I’m running a little late on posting my goals of the week. We went to go see the Avengers movie on Sunday and also got caught up getting prepared for the week. Great movie. Not saying anymore. I don’t do spoilers. YAY!
Last week I spent a week in a training center and one of the people in the class was a success story with doing the Keto diet. He showed us pictures and showed great will power with the food that was provided. I thought about him quite a bit. He believed in the plan because it had and still is paying off for him, but I don’t do fad diets. Actually that plan was created in the 1920s, but still. Anyway, it got me thinking. Doing it my way hasn’t provided the results I’ve desired, so maybe going at it alone just doesn’t work. So my solution is going to show up in my goals for the week below so stay tuned.
Goal 1– Work out 5 days a week- I’ve been pretty successful doing 4 days a week and I believe I can do this. I’m on level 2 of the Daily Burn True Beginners course, and its hard, but I can feel my legs and core getting stronger which I like.
Goal 2– Check into seeing a dietitian- I found a dietitian/ trainer that’s near by and scheduled a 15 minute phone consultation for Wednesday at 3pm CST. I’m excited to see how this goes. I hired a dietitian a long time ago, but that has been ages. If the phone consult goes well I’m going to go forward with the initial visit that gets me a tailored meal and workout plan and support afterwards.
Goal 3– Eat a veggie snack- I’m super stubborn and not letting this slide. I still don’t have an answer but I’m working on it.
Quick and simple this week. I can’t wait to share with you how the dietitian meeting turned out so make sure to tune in next week.
Until then, Eat Well and Prosper!
Goal 1- Drinking decaf coffee- I’m still doing well with this. Thankfully, the agitation that I was experiencing after quitting caffeine has passed. My friends and co-workers are even happier than I am about this. One more week of success and I’m going to consider this a new habit and take it off of the goal list.
Goal 2- Do some research on finding a way to up my energy now that I’m not drinking caffeine- I found a great article with some ideas that I’ve tried out and it appears to be working. Some of the ones I’m trying is drinking more water, walking around the block, eating oatmeal,almonds and some apples and peanut butter for snack. I was happy to see that my decaf iced lattes count because of the milk. Sadly I’m unable to include the power nap at work. https://www.webmd.com/women/features/10-energy-boosters#1
Goal 3- Up my workout goal to 4 times a week – I was successful with this goal plus one. I did four True Beginner workouts in the mornings and went kayaking with my inspirational daughter on Saturday. We were so excited that the weather was favorable for getting out on the water. It’s been a long time since I’ve been out. Unfortunately we got horrible burns on our legs, but all in all it was worth it. Next time I”’ remember the sunscreen.
Goal 4- Eat a veggie snack a day- Still a problem. I wish I liked drinking vegetable juice, because that would make it easy, but I can’t stand the taste.
Goal 5- Try to write more often- I’m excited to be able to blog this week. Here lately I’ve only been able to write every other week. I’ll count this as a win.
It’s been a productive week! Stay tuned for next week’s goals.
Eat Well and Prosper!
A few of my goals this week are a bit of a repeat of last week’s, but I also have some new ones.
Goal 1- Keep up the good work on drinking decaf coffee. The desire to drink caffeinated coffee isn’t there anymore, but I’m struggling with lack of energy and getting agitated more easily. I’m hoping to push through this soon.
Goal 2- Do some research on finding a way to up my energy now that I’m not drinking caffeine.
Goal 3- Up my workout goal to 4 times a week. My goal the last two weeks was 3, and I’ve done 4 for two weeks, so I think upping the minimum to 4 is possible. I’m sticking to using the Daily Burn website to achieve this. All you have to do is show up. They plan the workout for you. Easy Peasy.
Goal 4- Eat a veggie snack a day. This still remains a challenge. It has never been a habit for me but I’m hoping that if I stick with it, that eating them will become a habit.
Goal 5- Try to write more often. My job demands a lot of time, and is very stressful, but I need to make time for me.
I think that’s enough for one week. Whew! I’m being pretty ambitious here, but my spirits are up and I know I can do it.
Have a great week and check in next week to see how I did!
I’m pretty excited about my progress over the past two weeks. I’ve been drinking decaf coffee, working out with Daily Burn’s New Beginner Series 4 times a week, taking a 15 minute walk at work each day and struggling through eating a snack of veggies. The veggies remains the hardest goal which still surprises me. I received this in my email from my fitbit. It’s pretty cool. Since I’ve been able to do 4 days a week for exercising I’m going to up that setting from 3 to 4. It feels great to finally stop thinking about becoming active and actually doing it.
“Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.” That’s a quote by Napoleon Hill. It’s funny how our current emotions pick out which words stand out at the time. For me, the words continuous effort and struggle remain imprinted on my mind after reading the sentence. But what about strength and growth, which are more positive words? Maybe it’s because this past week, for me, was mostly about effort and struggle. The first week I hit my goals somewhat easily, with some adjustments to the working out goal, but this last week was a hot mess. The struggle to do them took continuous effort and struggle. I know that blogs shouldn’t go over a certain number of words or else you lose the readers at some point. A lot of things happened this week to qualify it as a hot mess, but I want to share them, so I’m going to break them out into sections. If you aren’t interested in some of it, you can skip it, or if you want, you can read all of it. Buckle Up. The ride is about to begin.
I’m a comfort eater. I’ve learned that over the past few months. I get upset and I want cheese cheese enchiladas mostly, but anything else I’m not supposed to have will do. This past week, every day at work, someone wanted to go out to lunch. We usually work through lunch, and for some reason I was needing comfort, so I went along with it. I’m not even going to tell you what I ate. It’s was a food nightmare that kept reoccurring every lunch hour this week. All I know is that it has to stop. This coming week I’m going to try to figure out what is driving me to do this, acknowledge it, and address it instead of trying to eat it away. I’m also a social eater and find myself following the leader. After I sat and thought about it a while, my in town family, husband included, and friends love to go out to eat. None of them make healthy choices and I follow along. A few times I’ve made a healthy choice and had to defend myself and keep repeatedly having to push away the appetizer dish that keeps getting shoved in my direction. I have to stand my ground and not be pushed around. It’s hard not to when the people around you don’t support you. I have to give that thought up and support myself and my goals.
Two weeks ago I blogged about either quitting sugar completely or moderating myself. I hadn’t decided which way to go yet. The first week I did OK moderating my sugar in take, but this last week I lost all control. I had candy, cookies, donuts, ice cream and more. I even bought the donuts under the disillusion that I was doing it to be nice to my work peeps and that I wouldn’t eat any of them. How on Earth did I think I could resist them? Any time I thought about never eating sugar again, it triggered a response that urged me to eat all that I could because I’d never eat it again. This is a very real fear, especially since I know sugar addiction is very close to a drug addiction. I’ve quit sugar before, and I know that once you get past the trauma and drama of it, you don’t care for sugar anymore. It becomes a non-issue. The question is how do I get to that point? I’ve done it before so I have to deep into the cobwebs of my memory to figure out how. If I remember correctly, I just did it cold turkey. I may not do it cold turkey this time since the panic of it going away for ever was very damaging to my health this last week. My plan is to only have one dessert items once a week (probably ice cream on Saturdays). The idea is that after a while I’ll not even want that ice cream. Along with working out again, hopefully my mindset will become more directed at getting healthy instead of eating badly.
Daily Burn and Exercise
Sadly I didn’t start my Daily Burn program back up yet and that was a mistake. I can’t beat myself up over it, but I can make it right. I’ve been having trouble getting myself out of bed in the mornings. I’ve gotten stuck in old routines of hitting the snooze button on the alarm and having a slow morning. The bad thing is, my brain needs the training as much as my body does. The good old brain thinks its OK to eat whatever it wants because it has no other reason not to. The problem is I’m supposed to be in control of what I’m eating. I certainly lack the drive to get back into it. I have plenty of motivations. My knees still hurt when I put pressure on them and when I go up and down the stairs. My clothes don’t fit right. I’ve been wearing what Iv’e started calling my fat clothes on Mondays so that I don’t feel like a stuffed sausage. This is because I was totally bad on the weekends. I have made some progress though, and I have to applaud those and not just focus on the bad. I’ve walked twenty minutes each day, some days more. I’ve started parking my car in the space that’s the farthest from the building, and forcing myself to walk up the stairs. Whew, there are some days that I’m super grouchy about doing it too. It’s sometime discouraging because it’s just one flight and I’m sucking air. Also, a co-worker mentioned that his fiance is interested in bicycling and wanted to meet up to talk about it. It would be great to have someone I can ride with and help get into it. There is so much to learn about the sport and really nothing out there you can read. My husband and I had to learn it the hard way. I’m super excited about it. With me being the only motivator in the house, and not feeling motivated at all, not much is happening. It’s hard, but living a healthy life is a daily commitment. I just have to find my way.
This past week I’ve been thinking about my self-image. My daughter sent me a picture from a lady she follows on Instagram, @fatgirlfedup. She showed a two-sided picture of her and her boyfriend–may have been her husband–and they were both very much overweight. The second half of the picture showed them both after two years and they were very healthy looking. She had mentioned that she never intended the larger picture to ever be seen but it made her realize the truth of what she really wasn’t. The words what she really wasn’t stuck with me. The image I have of myself is of a woman who is overweight but not too bad. I have a confident gait and hold myself well but I don’t see myself as obese. This image is probably part of my problem. My brain has an attitude of Hey, you aren’t obese so you got time. Well Ms brain, according to the scale I AM obese. Friday my back was hurting and I noticed that I was sitting slouched down in the chair and my thighs were higher than the arms of my chair. Now I have to have the arms low enough to slide under my desk but still. Then I started thinking…that’s pretty much how I sit. My thighs and butt have always been the biggest part of my body and they made it hard to sit straight up sometimes. My under arms can wave at you, and at this point my stomach is uncomfortably tights in my pants. I’m able to cover all of this up with clothes but this doesn’t cover up that the issue is there. I need to accept what I really am not so that I can get to where I want to be.
I continue to dig deep into my subconscious mind to find the reasons why I do these things in an effort to bring a stop to the after effects.
I stand up to the food bullies no matter how strong the pressure.
I work out and continue to climb those stairs even if I don’t want to.
I understand that I can make it to the self-image that I want.
I focus more on the words strength and growth in the quote instead of continuous effort and struggle.
I have faith that I can do this.
If you read the whole thing, thank you being a trooper and taking the time to follow me through this journey. Sometimes its a long one. If you didn’t have time to read it all, thank you for reading some of it. Maybe that section helped you in some way. I hope you come back to read the rest when you have time.
Another goal I haven’t posted is to write something, even if it’s one sentence, on the weekends no matter how busy I get.
Until next week. Eat Well and Prosper!
It’s been a little while since I’ve posted. I wish the reason was positive, but I’ve been struggling really hard with my weight and it has me depressed. I know all posts can’t be motivating, and I can’t always be inspirational, even though I try to do that for all around me.
Some weekends it feels like my brain is trying to convince me that I need to celebrate, like I’m on a vacation, and most times I give in. I will spend the week being mostly good with food, and I’ve been doing the True Beginner workouts on Dailyburn.com and LOVE them. It’s when the weekend comes that I lose it, and undo all the work I’ve done. So for instance I weighed in on Friday’s and I was 229, but then Sunday evening I checked and I was 334! That was it. I was so depressed and sad.
Determined to lose this weight I’m trying to be more serious about this. My one knee has been hurting me for a long while now, so I tried to use an all natural glucosamine herbal blend, but after four days I had to stop. My body felt like I had been beaten all over and after several days of laying low it didn’t get better. My heart was racing too. I’m finally starting to feel better after five days of not taking it, but that didn’t help my frame of mind.
Sometimes I wonder, just what was it that turned the tides for so many people who went from overweight to healthy? I’ve been on a search to find some stories. Will this knee problem of mine be my turning point? I’m so fed up with all of this losing and gaining and giving in to the numerous temptations all around me.
I always try to turn negative thoughts into something positive when I can, and with that, there was one thing that I heard recently that I’ve decided to make my mantra, in hopes of breathing some inspiration back into me. It was from the Daily Burn site during the True Beginners class. Justin, the trainer will often say, ” If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.”
I have such a trainer crush on him. He’s so motivational!