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Monday, July 25, 2011


This morning, as I mentally reviewed my weekend, I began thinking about the obstacles that occur in my journey to good health. For a short while, when I reviewed my daily progress, I noted what didn't work so well, and what I could do to prevent a "non-event" from happening (I didn't exercise fro 10 minutes, or I didn't hit 10k steps today).

So, here's a little self-analyses of my current obstacles:

"Laziness" is a cop out in my opinion. It's an easy way to describe not doing something without thinking about why it didn't happen. So... what are my obstacles?

My most legitimate obstacle, or I'll term it challenge right now, is my physical well-being.

Last week, I played on my new Wii system 2 nights in a row. On the third day, my back was in quite a bit of pain. Associating playing with my Wii system with my back pain definitely caused me to STOP doing what I was doing and see how things went.

I feel better after the weekend but I don't want to lose my excitement over my wii system, which has great positive potential for my health goals. I have to realize there were other factors at work there as well: 1) I hadn't been to my chiropractor in two weeks (I had been doing regularly for quite a while), 2) I hadn't been able to walk as much due to really hot weather during lunch and even at night, and 3) I hadn't done my back exercises in over a week, which I'd been doing almost every day.

So... my goals for this week are to get a chiropractor appt. (SCHEDULED- tomorrow) and to get back into my back exercise habit (started TODAY). I will play with my Wii tonight (I got two new fitness related games), but will pay particular attention to any tension in my back, and will limit my wii play to a MAXIMUM of 20 minutes for now. I'll also try to take a short walk around my block in conjunction with my wii workout, so I can get closer to my 10K goal for the day (although I acknowledge I will not reach my full 10K and am ok with that for now).

Another physical obstacle is that I've been feeling some dull heel pain the last week or so... again, it could be from initial over-enthusiasm on the wii. In this case I don't know what else could be causing that pain.

So as not to lose my focus, I ask myself again: "What obstacles kept me from accomplishing what I wanted to do this weekend?"

Weather! Friday I had 1/2 a day, and I had intended to do some wii stuff at home. It was VERRRY hot that day and that coupled with my back pain kept me from doing much of ANYTHING physical on Friday. Instead I chose to relax, lay down and read most of the afternoon.
The problem was that when I am sedentary I tend to over-snack. This is especially true when I am in front of the TV, which I also did some of on Friday (watched TV). For this week, I have to work on drinking lots of water at night- my hope is that when I feel hungry, instead of reaching for food, I'll reach for my water. The funny thing is that doing so causes me to use the bathroom more, and since I am up anyway, I may also wind up being more active - I'll move a load of laundry, load dishes, clean cat box, or some other small task around the house. This is good. It gets me up and about at least for short time periods, which keeps my mind off my stomach and also benefits my back!

..and again.. "what obstacles kept me from accomplishing my ideal weekend?"

Lack of energy. I have been not getting to sleep early enough to get my minimum 7 hours of sleep. Although mentally I really wanted to do some meal preparation this weekend, and I am proud of myself, that I managed to get some shopping done, my lack of energy worked against my ultimate goal. My body chose to "stay at rest" instead of put the effort into moving in order to get my food stuff done. So.. another goal for this week: Get INTO bed by 10:45. if I get in bed by 10:45, I have a full 45 minutes to do some pleasure reading and prepare my body for sleep.

OK.. This is a loong blog... let's see if my self-analysis helps in the next few days. Tomorrow: Back to my basic "Day in Review".

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