I'm very happy to be home again after three weeks in Florida and Virginia! Unfortunately, I did not benefit from our constant travel and eating out during last week, so my weight is up. The good news is that my weekly focus on acceptance helped to keep me on an even emotional keel so that I'm pretty upbeat about my progress in spite of the weight gain. Now there's a NSV! I'm even excited about this week's focus on obstacles! Boy, have I had some that were unique to our vacation and I have oldies that will pop up to greet me once I'm finished with post-vacation laundry and in the swing of our daily lives again. So let's get going!
My vacation obstacles were my in-laws' erratic and often unhealthy eating patterns. I succeeded in dodging most of the temptations and took charge of my food choices. My sweetie was my champion and supported me when we were faced with challenges. I'm very proud of him. However, now I'm home and I have only the face in the mirror to keep me on the path to good health. So my first obstacle can be me, myself and I. I'm in charge of the kitchen, I like it that way, and only I can bring in junk to eat...unless my sweetie does after one of his rare trips to the grocery store!
I'm doing well and haven't sabotaged myself, but I know I need to stay focused on my goals. In the past, I argued and steeled myself away from the kitchen and then gone ahead and gotten into the refrigerator any way. This week I commit to be good to myself and do the following:
1. Get sufficient rest every night. This means I won't get to watch the Olympics when I want, but we can record everything after my bedtime.
2. Absolutely no contraband in the kitchen. It's funny how I don't turn to fruit or vegetables when I want to snack at night.
3. Okay, I don't know if I'll trip up anyway this week. So I promise to forgive myself if I slip up.
Lack of planning can be an obstacle for me. I have a meal plan set for the week, but I'm pretty casual about lunch and/or vegetables. I commit to choose something new for lunch that's nutritional and to plan ahead what kinds of vegetables to prepare for dinner.
Portion control can be an obstacle. I'm careful with some food, but not all. I commit to use my measuring scale and spoons for my lunch and dinner.
Me time includes exercise. Allowing the amount of time I need to exercise to get back to reach a healthy weight again is an obstacle. Today I conquered that by making exercise The Priority for my day instead of my household chores. If I don't get exercise, the day just isn't fun. I commit to maximizing my exercise time to fit my scheduled tasks.
In my first blog for our Maize Mountaineer team, I remarked that I don't always recognize the barriers that rise up during my journey. I think that's still the case, but the ones I do recognize are the ones I can, and will, defeat. To assist me this week, I've chosen the following affirmations:
1. To change my body, I must change my mind.
2. I refrain or reduce my intake of white rice, flour, bread.
3. Step by step, rep by rep I am creating a new me.
4. Every day in every way I am approaching my ideal weight.
5. I love myself unconditionally.
I choke a bit on number 5 because it sounds conceited and self-centered. However, if I don't love myself, I think that I show that I am not able to love any one else. I am 100% percent sure I am loved, just as I am, by God and my sweetheart. If I don't love myself, I hate to think what that says about the Almighty and my favorite man on the planet. Number 5 is a worthwhile affirmation because I accept that I am loved. Loving myself unconditionally doesn't mean I ignore self-destructive behaviors that prevent excellence in healthy eating and exercise.
So, there is it. And now let's get going and have a healthy, strong week!