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Pick Yourself Up, Dust Yourself Off, Start All Over Again

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Yep. It's Day One of a new streak for me. I'm concentrating on only one streak this year - to make each day as healthy as I possibly can. Not as perfect as I can ... though the inclination is to obsess over reaching or not reaching perfection. I'm pretty good at dismissing the perfection imp. Doesn't mean I don't feel his pinch - just that - I can tell it to sit down and be quiet.

No - what I want is to eliminate - or at least drastically limit the number of days when I blank out, eat all over the place, remain inactive and make other bad choices by default. Mindless eating, eating when my body says "please, no more", eating because "It's dinner time", eating because it's there.

To tell if I'm making each day as healthy as I can, I have to track. I wear an exercise monitor so that takes the burden of tracking off my shoulders. LOL. I wish I had an eating monitor I could slip over my teeth that would do the same with tracking food. But I can write down everything I eat. I have a pretty open plan for making sure my days average out to the right amount of food to keep me healthy. There's a daily caloric total and a daily activity total but I can go a little over or under in any given day just so long as I stay within the total week's allotment.

that's the plan

so far I've been pretty good at sticking to it.

But not last week.

Last week I just plain ate more calories than I burned up. Each day the tracker showed the excess but it wasn't till Sunday that I hit the red zone. I could have made up for it with a little more exercise and a limited, but healthy, amount of food. But I didn't. By lunchtime I found myself spreading butter on a second roll at the restaurant. The thought floated through my head "Hey Bess - isn't this how you got to be 173 lbs - and 187 lbs and 200 lbs?" I answered "Yeah - it's the end of the week. I already blew it. I'll start tomorrow ... at Tara" and took a big bite into soft fluffy wheat and dairy.


There you have it.

My Bad

Mea Culpa

Today is different. Today I am hearing this old Jerome Kern song - one my mama used to sing to us. Here's the Frank Sinatra version:
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    I'll have to join you in restarting. My calendar tracking my calories, alcohol intake, and early bedtime is looking pretty sparse in the gold star department for the first 7 days of July. Finally had 3 stars yesterday. Hope it's the start of my own streak for health. Good luck!
    1719 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/9/2013 11:06:01 AM
  • MAGGIE101857
    I hear you loud and clear!!! I did great yesterday for breakfast, lunch..then I got home and my resolve flew out the window AGAIN. What is wrong with me??? emoticon
    I guess we will have to develop our own "sensor" for our calorie intake; I hate logging everything...but it's the only way!

    Have an emoticon day!
    1719 days ago
  • KANOE10
    Have a great day..restarting and staying healthy! You can do it.

    1719 days ago
    Today is always a good day to reach our daily goals!

    1719 days ago
    Great attitude! That's the attitude that will help you be successful!!!
    1719 days ago
    1719 days ago
    You're on the right track now! Yesterday is gone and forget it, look forward at all you CAN do! emoticon
    1719 days ago
    I loved your comment about the "perfection imp"!

    Great blog - with your positive attitude...I know you can do this!

    Take it one day at a time; one step at a time; one meal or exercise routine at a time...

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    1719 days ago
    My holiday weekend was much like yours. The house is empty again and I can concentrate on myself. I am ready.

    1719 days ago
    Now that's a great way to start the day! Thanks for sharing that song and I know that you and I will rock the day! HUGS!
    1719 days ago
    Thanks for sharing
    1719 days ago
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