That Tricky Mindset

Sunday, July 24, 2011

The mindset can be your friend (positive) or your foe (negative); currently, my mindset is a mix of both. Since the last time I wrote, I have been going through some changes with my mindset. I am still going to school (working on my BS in Health and Wellness); therefore, I am continuing to learn about nutrition, exercise, wellness, and integrated health. As I continue to take my classes, I find that my mindset is changing for the better, though it is doing so slowly.

Over the last month and a half, I have gone from drinking nothing but soda to cutting back on soda and drinking flavored water to drinking plain water. I cannot believe that as of this week I am actually looking forward to drinking plain, cold water when I get up in the morning; this is a big change for me since I have never liked water because it is flavorless.

The second change is that for the last week I have been recording everything that I eat. I find that I am loving this because I can not only keep track of the calories that I have eaten, but I can also keep track of the carbohydrates, fat, proteins, and other nutrients. After printing and analyzing my daily results, I am able to see where I fall short, which then gets me thinking about what additional changes I need to make to my diet. Consequently, I have become more mindful in what I am eating. In addition, my cravings have decreased.

Third, I am finally under 250 lbs. As of today, I am 245.6 lbs. My next goal is to get under 245 lbs, then 240 lbs and so forth. I am finding that by setting five pound weight loss goals I am better able to manage the steps I need to take to achieve them. My goal by May 1, 2012 is to be down to 166 lbs. and my ultimate goal is to be down to 110 lbs. by November 12, 2012, which is 12 days before my 56th birthday.

Fourth, my A1c went from 6.3 % in December to my current reading of 6.1 % when I was tested earlier this month.

Earlier, I wrote that the mindset can be a friend or foe. I am frustrated with knowing that I need to exercise; however, my mindset has not changed much in this area. I have all of the knowledge that I need, but just cannot seem to get going, which is why my mindset is an enemy in this area. I guess I shouldn't beat myself up over this; I have made some positive changes with my mindset and the rest will come soon enough. Though I hope it comes sooner than later.
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