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Thanks for the Encouragement

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The encouraging messages really helped my attitude to improve. Thank you all so much.

Today I decided to wear my pedometer and see how many steps I'm getting in, but I couldn't find it. Oh well, I got in some extra steps looking for it.

I'm going to accept the fact that don't enjoy exercising. My goal for now is to add as much activity to my day as possible. It looks very inefficient but I'm making everything I do take as many steps as I can. Yesterday, I folded and put away laundry one piece at a time, as in fold a pair of socks, walk it across the house to the dresser, walk back to the dryer, and fold something else. It took longer but I got in more movement than sitting on the couch folding laundry while I watch tv. Since it feels like spring here today, I piled both loads of laundry in the basket and carried them out to the clothes line. One load was jeans and the other was towels, heavy basket so that's strength training.

Another big issue for me is portion control. That is where I plan to "exercise" my ability to make good choices and to take responsibility for not making good choices. A lot of my excuses involve the idea that I can't throw that away so I might as well eat it, or my most common, it's tempting me so I'll eat it all so it can't tempt me anymore. Nobody is forcing me. I'm making those choices. If I keep making the same choices, I'll keep getting the same results. My goal for today is no second helpings.

Teeny, tiny baby steps but at least I've got a plan.

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    1910 days ago
  • LINDAK25
    You've got it! Just take baby steps. Make one choice at a time, that's all you have to do. I like the idea of just doing 10 minutes of exercise a day. Take a ten minute walk. Dance for 10 minutes.

    I've been making some of my meals so that I'm only making enough for one serving for each of us. I do a lot of food prep ahead of time. I cut veggies and fruit. I cook enough chicken for two or three days. When I throw everything together I measure out enough for two servings, one for me, one for my husband. That really has helped me. But I'm lucky because my husband is doing this with me. I don't have to keep foods in the house that are way too tempting for me. If I find I want to munch too much on something, I just don't have it in the house. I realize that won't work for everyone.

    I don't label foods as good or bad. I believe in everything in moderation. However, I find it very difficult to be with people who are eating without wanting to join them. I tell myself that I don't overeat anymore. I really do feel better eating less and eating healthier foods. The fact is that this really is a matter of perception. It is all a mind game. It's a matter of finding a way of looking at food so that we can make better choices and be satisfied with those choices. Maybe just taking time to think before we act. Slow everything down. Drink some water. Take time to chew food. Maybe then we'll make better choices.
    1912 days ago
    Portion control is an issue for me as well. I am fine at home, but the buffets get the best of me. emoticon
    1912 days ago
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