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A Great Start to the Week and Reflections

Sunday, February 17, 2013

After the laziness of yesterday, today served as a great start to the week for healthy eating and workouts. I planned out my meals and grocery list for the week this morning. (Sidebar - SUPER excited that there are only 2 meals that are outside of my control on the docket this week. It means I have CONTROL over my meals and that makes it so much easier to track). After getting into the groove of planning my meals and writing out my grocery list, it's becoming easier to plan out that portion of my week. It's also resulting in shorter trips to the grocery store. I hit the outer ring of the store for produce, protein, and dairy, with a trip into the bread aisle if necessary. What began at the beginning of the year as an hour-long trip to the store now is only about 30 minutes. I know what I need and where to find it. I have my list and a pen so I'm getting only what I need - nothing extra. This was exemplified today by going straight past the Oreos and Kraft Mac and Cheese without throwing either in my cart, even though both were on sale. Personal non-scale victory!

I've also blown past my goal for steps for the day. That was mainly due to the long walk I had today (while watching my Buckeyes get spanked by the Badgers). Another thing I'm noticing - it's not as hard to walk at the speed and incline - I'll probably speed up a little bit as I walk more this week. Progress!!! 100 minutes today is great - I should be able to get in walks 6 of 7 days this week, with Wednesday being the only one out due to band. I'll also get my strength training back on schedule this week, it fell by the wayside last week.

Finally, as I conclude today's entry, I just wanted to say Thank You to the community here on SparkPeople. I've been on the site since 2010, but it's only been this year that I've buckled down and am making the changes I need to make. But everyone has been incredibly supportive. The comments that I receive from you on my blog make me even more motivated to continue on. I also enjoy reading other members blogs - reading them and seeing the pictures that some people put up there makes me realize that maybe I CAN do this after all. I know that I have a long way to go, but others have gotten there and therefore, it's not impossible. There is time to do what I want and need to do. I am making the changes in my lifestyle to result in changes in ME. I don't necessarily not like who I am now, but I could be so much more I think as I get to the end of my journey. It's having the support and testimonials here that makes me get up every day and continue on. So again, thank you everyone.
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  • CMW405
    LOVE that almost sprint through the grocery store now. I even forgot my list last week and since I had spent time planning, I could recall all that I needed. Even when I have my list though, I get that feeling like I forgot something since I didn't go up and down every aisle. Hopefully that wears off.
    1831 days ago
    this is a wonderful blog post all around! there's a peace that comes from knowing that you are making small meaningful changes that will add up! High five for walking past the oreas and mac n cheese!
    1832 days ago
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