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what motivates you?

29 Apr

So, as I climbed on the scale this morning and watched the numbers bouncing around, building up the unneeded suspense on just how well I am doing so far, I held my breath and waited for some good (or maybe not so good) news.  When the numbers finally settled down and blinked (to indicate that the scale had made up its mind)…I was pleasantly surprised and did my little victory shuffle.

Down 2 lbs from the last time I weighed!  I’ll take that for sure!  Nothing is more motivating than seeing progress…be it in a pair of too tight jeans or the actual numbers on the scale.  These little victories all add up!   When I am feeling tired and it sounds a lot better to continue sitting on the couch than getting up and going for a walk…it’s these rare moments of victory that light a fire and get me going!

I realize on this journey, I won’t always have losses (at least on the scale) and probably need another way to stay motivated, so I decided to start a list of rewards that I can look forward to when I reach little milestones.  Of course, this will also require me to set some short-term goals in the process.

So over the next few days, I will be thinking of little milestones and the fun goodies that I will reward myself with along the way!  YAY…I love presents!

In the meantime…any suggestions?  What motivates you?

dusting off the old scale

22 Apr

So, I haven’t gotten to the point mentally where I am ready to share my actual weight, but I have dusted off the old scale and once I begin working with my Dietitian to get a better grasp of how to approach food, I will begin sharing my progress.  I realize that I’ll probably lose more in the first few weeks because I’m going from eating anything, anytime, anywhere to learning how to eat better and because I’m going from not moving at all to actually trying to move everyday.  I’m so excited!

I started a friendly challenge to get me moving 30 minutes a day and drinking more water.  I went for a walk around the park on Sunday.  I didn’t really break a sweat (I rarely do), but I was breathing harder (which really doesn’t take much work).  I was able to get my 8-8oz glasses of water in as well, which I was happy about…until of course I had to get up 5 times in the middle of the night!  LESSON:  Drink earlier, silly!

Monday was my second day of this challenge.  I drank my water earlier and slept almost through the night–ah I missed you Deep Sleep.  Tuesday and Wednesday were even better….slept the whole night!  YAY!  What a difference it makes to get that water in early!

As far as the moving more part of the challenge, I realized quickly that this would be tough!  About 20 minutes into watching a workout video on Monday, I wanted to “re-think” the situation by trying to rationalize that I had made a mistake joining such a challenge because this BIG girl needs to start off slower than that and work my way up to 30 minutes a day!  But before I could turn off the workout video I was watching, I started feeling doomed and decided to get back up and stop watching the skinny lady with the perfect body on TV workout alone, but join her to finish the 10 minutes I had left.  So I got my butt off the couch and did it!  Hurdle one…stop talking myself out of doing the right thing… I’m 33, not 133 and if my body can carry this weight around, it can stand a low impact workout.

Tuesday, I bounced around a bit from a video to the elliptical to settling on doing some yard work…which somewhat counts since I was digging a trench (don’t ask).  Yesterday, I almost abandoned my challenge as my day was thrown off a little.  At 9:30 I noticed my shoes were staring at me from across the room…as if to say, “Hey you…you going walking today or not?”  I was tired and really wanting to just skip it, but as promised, the boyfriend (actually trying to be supportive in this area) put on his shoes around 10:30pm, grabbed two dogs and put them on their leashes and said, “Let’s Do This!”.  Now, I am not sure if you have dogs, but if you do…you know that once you break out the leash and say the word W-A-L-K, it’s over.  You have committed to the moment they’ve been waiting for all day!!  There they were, tails a’wigglin’, mouths a’droolin’, and ready to hit the door.  I couldn’t very well look into those happy little eyes and stomp on their dreams..so off we went at 10:35 at night (geez)!

We rolled back into the house at 11:22pm after the boyfriend thought it’d be fun not to go around the park, but to walk the dogs up to the store and back.  He then convinced me of a shortcut that I am now pretty sure isn’t a shortcut at all!  The good news…I moved for at least 30 minutes and went about 1.9 miles, something I never thought was possible!  So, I secretly admit that I am glad he had that bright idea!  My shoulders were killing me (I’m thinking it was the pulling from the dog), but my feet were doing ok and I was sweating…which is a great sign!  But the most important thing, I feel good because I went to bed knowing that I tried doing better and pushed myself (or got pushed).  Either way, I did it… now  I pray I can keep it up!!

I am just getting started and as I mentioned before, I’m keeping a food journal for the Dietitian I am meeting with soon.  I think if I can keep a positive attitude and stay focused on my goal, once she starts working with me to give me the tools to re-learn HOW to eat better and optimize my meals, I’m praying I will be unstoppable!