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Week 4 Underway, Am I changing?

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Week 4 began for me on Sunday, after my built in free day Saturday. I give myself one day a week that I don't track anything. I think now is a good time to reflect on what I am learning, thinking, and feeling as I go along this path to a healthier life.

Emotionally, I feel pretty good. I can't explain it, but it's almost as if I was just really ready this time. I haven't had to fight bad days, and I haven't looked twice at my husbands junk food in the cabinets. It is still easy to just say no. I don't know what to attribute this to other than pure desire to do what's right, and not stop. The scale continues to be good to me, and at this point I am down 17 pounds in the 3 weeks I have been counting WW points.

My daughter is down 6, and we are thrilled with this number. A year ago Tuesday, she had a hemithyroidectomy to remove a mass from her thyroid, and we were told it could be 2 years before diet would be effective for her. I just told her that we needed to be concerned about more than the number on the scale, and that if all we accomplished was feeling better and giving her body better nutrients we were winning. Sbe agreed, but is beginning to focus on nutrition with gusto, and is happy to be seeing results. Although she is only 14, she understands that this means the remaining half of her thyroid is really starting to function as it needs to for her body by allowing diet to impact her weight.

The next big task, you might ask? Simple. Exercise. I have got to push past the naysayer in my head, and just start somewhere. There is a little park that use to be a school right by my house. That school use to contain a regulation size football field, and I know if I walk around that 4 times, I've at least gone a mile. Why have I not begun? I don't know..... I have a dog, she's very hyper, and it would be good for her too. I know I need to plan to do it, and just go. Right now I am thinking, I need to dig out an ipod, load it up and hit the trails. This is my goal for the week, begin exercising. More importantly though, I feel like I have to figure out, why I am not getting out there and just doing it. If I am going to succeed in making this part of my routine, do I need to figure out why I won't start? Do I have to fix the head first? Who knows, but we will find out. Because kicking, screaming, or throwing a mental fit we will doing it.

More later. Sorry if this seems jumbled, but it really is just a sounding board for myself. Comments welcome.
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    You've got the plan, now just do it. I know, easier said than done. I have the same problem getting up and getting moving so I feel your pain. I use my workout clothes as a way for me to get going. When I think about just sitting around and doing nothing, I think about all the brightly colored outfits I bought to work out in and it somehow gets me motivated. I go to the rainbow closet and throw something on and the next thing I know, I'm out the dog either walking the dogs or headed to the gym. I know it sounds stupid, but it works for me. I hope you can find your own personal motivator. Good luck!
    1899 days ago
    THis is all about making life changes, congrats on loosing 17 lbs!
    1899 days ago
    Sounds like you know what you want and are ready to go for it. So I'm saying just jump in with both feet and Go! Glad to hear you are doing so well with your journey. Good Luck and Keep it up!
    1899 days ago
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