Baby stepping and going through the motions
Thursday, March 01, 2018
I started changing my eating habits in the end of December. It was getting near the new year and I didn’t want to turn 50 and be in such terrible shape. Funny thing is I wanted to make changes before I turned 50 thinking it was this year but it seems I gained a year because I am currently 48 not 49! LOL. How often do you get a whole year when time usually goes by so fast. My husband and I started taking trips since our sons can stay home alone and watch the animals. OMG THE FREEDOM!
Last year we went to San Diago and I actually played in the ocean! We celebrated our 25 year anniversary in Jamaica and we played in the ocean there too! We went to Toronto and Niagra Falls and took many weekend trips all over the place. In total we spent about 8 or 9 weeks enjoying each other as a couple rather than just as Mom and Dad. My husband walks 10-15k steps every day and has for years no matter the weather or temperatures. I am a lazy house cat and need to up my game to keep up with him because there are many places we still want to explore and experience.
Around Thanksgiving I injured my knee and haven’t been able to do a lot. It’s better but my endurance is horrible now. I started out by going up and down the basement stairs and walking around stores more often. As soon as the weather is nicer, I will start going on walks outside with my husband and sons. Feeling discouraged about that today because even though spring has teased us, it has been snowing a lot today. So over the snow.
The WW Freestyle system has merit, but even though I was eating until I was full, I wasn’t eating enough calories. That is where SparkPeople has helped because not only am I doing the WW points, I am doing the nutrition logs here too. Trying to get close to the 1200 calories a day.
I have lost 16 pounds since I changed my eating habits but keep educating and adjusting to meet my body’s needs and make healthier choices. My family has been extremely supportive, even if they think many of my choices are gross. They are not big veggie people. My changes are just a diet, they are a new healthier way of life.
My sugar cravings are gone. Granted I do enjoy my Daily Dose of Dark Chocolate every night, I have not had the desire to eat other candies, cakes, ice cream of anything else. I have really started appreciating the fruits and yogurts for deserts if I am wanting something to add to my meal. I drink ice tea of many varieties and ice water and cute out colas. I don’t even enjoy cola anymore. I am not a great cook so working on getting better at preparing quick and easy healthy foods. When I cook for the family, I have their options and my options. LOL. I offered them riced cauliflower and you would have thought I had a severed head in the bowl. They acted like I was crazy eating it, but I love it and its such an easy thing to add to an protein. We have gone out to eat and I have been very successful at choosing the healthier meals.
To explain the title of this blog, I am baby stepping and going through the motions. Just focusing on good choices for today, for the next meal. I am not going to stress over the big picture. I am making healthier choices and know it’s good for my body. I have a lot of pounds to drop, but I don’t want to live for that number because living to be healthier is so much more important. Feeing good and increasing my endurance and activity will naturally alter my shape. Eating healthier and moving more will have the side effect of pounds falling off. I want to be in awesome shape when I turn 50 which is in a year and a year and 7 months. I know if I keep going through the motions, it WILL happen.
Every now and then, I do look up and see the long path and it feels impossible. I try to not step on the scale too often but when the number fluctuates, I do get discouraged. I expect there to be plateaus and for the pounds to go up and down, but it is frustrating. I called myself a housecat because I am so like my cats who just lay around on a nice windowsill and nap all day. I need to get past my excuses and get active. I have done great up to this point so now, the next step is exercising more. I will do this for me because I am worth it.