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A healthy start for the week


Monday, November 04, 2013

I'm pretty proud of myself! This past weekend I went jogging on both Saturday and Sunday, and I also ate relatively healthy. Today I felt ready to start the week off right. I ate healthy all day and tracked my calories (1,266 calories today) and I walked to campus and back which takes me about an hour and fifteen minutes if I walk briskly. I'm feeling motivated and confident. This is going to be a great week. It always takes a little time to get the momentum going and to turn that downward spiral into an upward one, but I think I'm getting there. I just have to keep on going. Every day is filled with opportunities to get it right, to build that momentum, to establish a new healthy habit. I'm going to make each day count from now on, because I know I deserve it.

I've been so miserable lately, to be honest. It has taken a huge toll on me that I stopped losing weight (not that I couldn't lose it physically, but I just lost my motivation and gave up and maintained for a year and a half) and I've felt like a fraud updating my blog and being here on SparkPeople when I wasn't even losing any weight. It seemed like "everyone else" around me were doing so well and losing weight and I was just... stuck. I kept (and still keep) telling myself: "Just do it! Stop slacking and complaining and start losing weight again already!" Needless to say, it didn't help. It just made me feel even worse. So now I'm trying a different approach. I'm going to be patient with myself. I'm going to talk to myself like I would talk to my best friend. I'm going to encourage and support myself every step of the way. Being negative doesn't help! Beating myself up doesn't help.

I'm ready to do this now. I know I've said it so many times before, but this time it really is different. Just wait and see! :)

Hope you're all having a great day!
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SAZZLERAZZLE 11/18/2013 4:10PM

    i love the idea of talking to yourself like you would talk to your best friend, thats a really nice idea that i am going to steal - thank you! xx emoticon

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ZANNACHAN 11/11/2013 12:54PM

    *hugs*

I know that you are doing better now, but please don't feel like a fraud. I can sympathize--I've been on sparks since 2009 and I've been pretty active in that time period and yet I actually weigh about 20 pounds MORE than I did when I started sparks! I'm doing what I'm supposed to--watching what I eat, exercising, drinking my water, eating my veggies, etc. I even pretty much cut the soft drinks from my diet. So yeah, sometimes I feel like such a failure and a fraud. But thing is, I *am* doing what I need to and I *am* getting healthier by every other measure than the scale. I'm stronger. I have more stamina. My blood cholesterol etc. is better. My blood pressure, which had started to creep up, has come back down. Etc. I'm not sure why I'm having so much trouble. My doctor thinks is stress. My mom thinks that it's at least partly because of some of the medications I've taken for my hip. I don't know.

But the point is, there are lots of measures of success. Don't let the scale, or even the set backs, get you down. Remember that *everyone* has those moments. What matters is that you are not giving up but getting back on that wagon and jogging and watching what you eat etc. You can do this. *hugs*

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FUNLOVEN 11/7/2013 8:39AM

    Keep rock & roll'in! I know you will get there. It is a very reasonable goal and you may even surprise yourself with more lost pounds with the great job you are doing! emoticon

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RODRIGUEZ41508 11/6/2013 10:12PM

    It sounds like you are definitely off to a Great week girl :)
You got this! and I know, we all know, how hard it is at times to get motivated. We just have to stay POSITIVE and encourage ourselves (SELF POSITIVE TALK) that we can and we will continue with our journeys even through the tough obstacles in our lives.
Have patience and emoticon ahead !!!

Don't give up on yourself emoticon emoticon

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FUNLOVEN 11/5/2013 5:01PM

    I love the part you wrote - Every day is filled with opportunities to get it right, to build that momentum, to establish a new healthy habit. Way to step it up a notch! emoticon

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KING_SLAYER 11/4/2013 10:56PM

    It's kind of sad how we can so easily treat ourselves in a way that we would never think to treat a stranger. This is one thing that I need to work on myself. Best of luck to you, I'm sure you can do this!

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IGSBETH 11/4/2013 8:17PM

    Way to go!

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JACKIE542 11/4/2013 6:29PM

    We should be patient and supportive to ourselves for sure, I could not do anything when I was negative. We all have our ups and downs. Everyday is a new day.
WOO HOO for having a great weekend and starting the week off right. emoticon emoticon

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DOVESEYES 11/4/2013 6:21PM

    So true stress and worry are like a road block. One day at a time.

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ARUNNINGKAT 11/4/2013 5:08PM

    Glad your week is off to such a great start! I know you will have a fabulous week! It is amazing how much of this journey is in our heads and how much our mental health impacts our physical health.

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