Monday, July 08, 2013
Well, I'm back. Since summer started, I got away from Sparkpeople and my goal of getting healthy. Summer is supposed to be a good time to do the hard work because so many fresh fruits and vegetables are available. However, I spend a lot of time at the beach and that's like being on a vacation all summer. My food choices have been typical vacation fast/junk food. Pizza, delivered Chinese food, cheese steak hoagie. Anything that doesn't require me to cook in the heat or take time away from the beach. And there is another problem. Sitting on my butt at the beach instead of getting up and walking or jumping waves or going for a bike ride. In addition, my summer drink of gin and tonic has only added to the calorie count. I've become a slug. I weighed myself this morning and I've gained 5 lbs since I came here at the end of June and now I really realized had off-track I've gotten.
So I'm back on Sparkpeople, cleaned out the fridge this morning, and am getting ready to go food shopping for nutritious food. I was so disgusted with myself this morning when I stepped on that scale that I'm hoping it was THE MOMENT. The moment when we get really serious about our health instead of playing around. Gaining those 5 lbs was my moment.
I'm also going today to buy new sneakers and work-out clothes so that I feel better about exercising. When I go to the gym or outside to walk, I wear big baggy t-shirts (not even nice ones) and gym pants because I really don't have any nice gym shorts. I think you feel better if you look better when you are working out, so that is on my agenda today too.
I must lose this weight and get fit. I'm 52 and killing myself. Literally killing myself with this extra 50 lbs I'm carrying around and sitting like an elephant every day instead of moving.
My grandmother lived to be 93 and I want to be that age. But to do that I have to do things differently. I have to accept that I will always struggle. I've struggled with my weight my entire life. I've always hated to exercise. But if I'm going to at least make it to 94, I must begin to put myself first.
And I begin that today. I'm going to try to use Sparkpeople meal plans too. Usually I don't do that. I get frustrated because they don't repeat food and I usually have a lot left. it would be nice if the meal plans used leftovers from dinner the night before for lunch the next day. Or use the ingredients from lunch one day a different way for lunch the next day. However, not having meal plans I think lets things too open for me. Right now I need structure.
Going now to print out the shopping list for this week. I start this moment to change my life!