Working on Motivation

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Where to start? I have no idea how any one person can have such good intentions and such little follow through. I look at the SparkPeople icon on my favorites daily, and yet I don't click on it and work on my goals.

Hmmmm... rather similar to my intending to get so much exercise done each day, and then passing the elliptical and going on to do something else. No one will achieve these goals for me. So where does the motivation come from?

I think that some people are wired to get things done... they see what they need to get what they want and they are able to focus on it and achieve it. DH is like that a great deal. He could not have built up his business otherwise. I know that he is doing this for us, but I think he is really able to identify what he wants and understands how to progress towards it. I really admire and appreciate that about him.

Me, I'm wired to help... I'm a helper from way back. I remember helping my dad in the garden... and being quite motivated to do so... working in the garden meant that chores inside would have to wait. emoticon

I also remember helping my teachers...helping to pass papers out, helping to clean up after an activity, helping to set up for an activity, helping my friends when they have needed it, helping my husband grow his business, etc.

But when I ask myself what do I want in a given moment, I am often silent on the topic. My latest motivation has been due to my DH having a medical check-up yesterday. His is a medication controlled diabetic, and we found out that his A1C has crept up significantly from where it was last time. (Maybe too much good food in Europe, etc.) I have been researching and considering moving to a mediterranean diet for a long time, and this week, I have been committed to making sure that I have been cooking from scratch for all DH dinners, so that I KNOW what is in them. I have been committed to keeping our protein sources varied and to plan, and I have been finding all kinds of ways of including vegetables into his diet.

I previously had lost a significant amount of weight through a local weight loss clinic that focuses on a low-calorie liquid diet. I have maintained the weight loss, but I can't seem to move forward. So I am trying to make my commitment to my husbands diet to be my own as well. I have been spending so much money just to bounce up and down with the same 5 pounds. So I feel like I am wasting my time, money, and at the same time depriving myself of the pleasures of dining. By avoiding food all together, I don't seem to be correcting my bad habits.

So here it is.... my goal is to lose 10 pounds this month by following a sensible eating plan and more importantly increasing my exercise... just to prove that I can do it!!!!

The eating plan:
1. Keep daily carbs to about 120 - 150g/day concentrating on glycemic index.
2. Select our proteins for dinner from the following: Beef x1, Vegetarian x1, Shellfish x1, Chicken x2, and Fish x2.
3. 5 servings of fruit and vegetables a day.
4. Move all our use of fats to olive oils. No more butter/margarine.
5. 30 minutes of exercise per day.

So there it is... I am also committing myself to report on how well I'm doing on the above plans.
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