There is a really old joke about the woman who goes to the doctor and says, "Doc, I'm really worried. It's not that I am going to the bathroom more often than normal. It's that every time I go, there is money in the toilet."
"What do you mean 'there is money in the toilet." the doctor asks.
"Well, sometimes it's only a couple of pennies, but sometimes there are quarters and nickels and dimes. There is always money in the toilet these days."
"Oh!" the doctor says, "That's nothing to worry about. You're just going through the change."
I was reminded of this because today I knocked a quarter off the shelf above the toilet and wasn't about to reach in and get it. Had to flush it. So I got to thinking about 'going through the change'.
In the last 90 days I have gone through all kinds of change. And not the nickels, dimes and quarters kind (with the exception of that one this morning!!) I plan my meals and track them. I know that I only have to be honest with myself, but that it won't add up if I lie about the bites of cake or skipping the work-out. Tracking also keeps me from putting food in my mouth because I don't want to have to track it. And seeing those calorie counts of some meals or foods has really made me realize how I got so fat.
Tracking exercise is also causing changes. I don't want to put 10 minutes when I know I could do 15 so I keep going. I don't want to only do 50 jumping jacks now that they are so much easier...I want to get in 100.
I'm also tracking lots of things in the other goals category. Being mindful of what I put in my mouth. That's from one of my teams. It caused me to put in my own personal goal of saying 'grace' before eating everything. We did it when I was a child. I don't even know when I quit doing it. But I realized I SHOULD be thanking God for the food to fuel my body. I also put in personal goals about working with my pups to get them trained and walking one that is trained and sending snail mail cards to my friends just to keep in touch. I belong to several teams about clearing the clutter out of my life. I set the timer and work on an area. I set a new goal to box up one box of books each day to give away. I have 11 boxes in my garage and the big library book sale coming up in two weeks so hope to have 25 boxes to give them and buy NONE!! I belong to one team where you have to track how many times you laughed OUT LOUD each day! Did you turn a negative into a positive? Did you take 10 minutes to read something inspirational? Did you take 10 minutes just for yourself?
All the changes I am going through make me feel better about myself. They boost my confidence. They inspire and motivate me to do more. They make me a nicer, kinder person.
My family and friends notice it. My dogs notice it. and my beloved Dr. H noticed it yesterday when I went in for blood work.
So I lost a quarter down the Jim today. But I gained so much more with all the positive changes since joining Spark People 3 months ago.