More good habits
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
I've had to re-adjust my thinking and my focus on this journey to be healthier. Even stating it that way is different for me. When I started this journey 2 years ago, I did it simply to lose weight. I was like many who started off well and then lost my way. I ignored the articles that said not to make the number on my scale the end all and be all and focused on how much my scale and I didn't speak the same language. In fact, I stopped speaking to it for a few months and it surprised me with a number I could finally accept. But that clearly didn't last long.
I even ignored the advise to set small goals and try to create streaks that I could keep up. I went it all alone and, when I would mess up, I'd just give up on the habit. I was so down that I even left sparkpeople for a couple of months. Yeah, I was logging in and getting those points but I wasn't interacting or even trying to keep the healthy habits going.
Eventually, my conscience started nagging at me and I looked at the things I had started and kept doing that were much healthier than I had realized. Most of the time I drink water now instead of diet soda and I've switched from sweet tea to brewed tea with stevia when water doesn't quench my desire for "taste". I much prefer fruits for my sweet tooth than candy, cake or cookies. Don't get me wrong, I'm still the cookie monster where cookies are concerned but, I know they are a sometimes treat and can actually eat 1 or 2 instead of the whole tray. )Provided the tray is put away somewhere out of sight.)
As for exercise, it's still a work in progress but I can say that I no longer sit on the bench while waiting for the bus. I walk around, do strength exercises or stretch. I've even started walking from the bus station to the train station instead of waiting for a ride. As soon as my knees are better, I'll even take the steps UP and down instead of just down. (I tried this the other day and it wasn't pretty.) I don't always log my exercise so spark isn't rewarding me with the spark streaks I know I have but at least I'm moving.
Tracking has been an issue for me. Most days I simply don't do it but I'm working on it. My current goal is to at least record breakfast every day. I eat it every day and most days I eat the same thing so this should be an easy goal. I might even try to pre-record it so it's done before I eat. After this is easier, I'll work on adding lunch.
I'm really taking the idea of small steps to heart. That's how I made drinking water a habit, moving while waiting a habit and taking my vitamins every day a habit. I now I can do this because I've had some success before. These non-scale victories help me to see that I am capable because my scale and I are now just acquaintances who talk about once a week. I've seen that my weight doesn't define me and I'm happy with who I am right now....someone who's smart, happy, has simple, attainable goals and is pushing to get her master's degree. I can do this.