Welcome back to Wednesday’s Weekly Check-In J All in all this has been a week of insanity, pouting, pushing, firm ‘get down to business, woman’ talks, and in the end it was worth it.
I forced myself up those stairs every day (minus Saturday and Sunday this week) to walk the treadmill each day to burn off at least 185 calories a day. Hey, I get calorie points for going up and down those stairs every day too J Monday night I began getting those calories bumped off at 188 calories per walk each night J So yes, I’m improving.
I’m down a total of seven pounds since May 22nd J So that in my book is a huge plus for all of this.
How am I liking myfitnesspal? I’m actually loving it. I’ve learned to be a bit more cautious about what calories look like in food. Meaning, I am more aware that everything that I pick up to eat has a calorie intake J
I’ve also learned to use my resources. I’m not just talking about computer and phone resources, but those people who are on similar journey’s as my own. People who are willing to help me talk it out when I’m in a slump or offer helpful advice, or even smack that donut out of my hand if I need it LOL.
I’ve added more fruit to my diet along with measuring everything I eat to help me learn proper portion sizes. Something I added to my daily intake was some amazing water. I took regular tap water, added lemon slices, lime slices, and cucumber slices to it, put it all in a gallon jug and stuck it in the fridge. Oh my word!!! Now don’t faint those who know me well enough to know sweet tea is something I will never give up as long as I live, but this water I even like better than sweet tea. In fact, it has me drinking more water each and every day. The warmer the day the more water I take in. I even had one day last week where I only drank my mug of sweet tea at work, didn’t even have my morning coffee, and drank this water the rest of the day.
I’m averaging about a half a gallon a day with the hopes of increasing this to a gallon a day before summer is in full force.
I’m also pushing the mark on days off trying to get a few of the exercise equipment things I own in, such as my exercise bike and weights along with the treadmill. I’m also trying to work in either walking one of the dogs, a walk, or a bike ride each day that I don’t work until late at night or work long hours for that day.
Now the downside to all of this. Because I am not treating it like a diet but a lifestyle change, the thought that this is for life has occurred to me numerous times over the course of the last week. So, yes, there are days I ask myself, “Is this worth it?” “Do you want to still be doing this a year from now?” “What about five years from now?”
When I weigh the options I would have to say yes it’s worth it, yes, I will still be working on this a year from now. Maybe in a different manner because at that point I will have hopefully reached my ultimate goal by then, made this eating correct portions a routine, and the rest won’t be so ‘make myself do it.’
Now mind you this has not been an easy week by any means. Yes, I still want those yummy donuts people bring up to the register each day. Every day when I think of going up those stairs to get on that treadmill I try to find a way NOT to do it. The whole first lap I’m bitching. The second lap, well, I’m still bitching. By the third lap I’m telling myself, “You could quit after this lap.” By the fourth I’m telling myself, “You got this, keep going.” By the fifth, it’s all about the finish line, the calorie goal and the fat calorie goal J
Yes, I still want a big bowl of ice cream covered in peanuts and chocolate syrup. Yes, I would love to down a soda instead of water, or go grab a sandwich at the local Arby’s instead of cooking the evening meal or measuring my portions for my breakfast or lunch. But that defeats the purpose of getting healthy and staying healthy, so I change things up a bit and tell myself no.
What I’ve learned about myself through this past week is that I can do this. I may not want to. I may complain, bitch, and moan, but all in all it is something I want not something I feel I have to do. I have revisited the ‘why’ of why I’m doing this and realize that I cannot live with being so depressed and down on myself. I like the feeling of accomplishment that comes from hard work. If it was easy it wouldn’t be so memorable and there would not be any sense of accomplishment.
One thing I am famous for is never taking the easy way out of things. I knew when I kicked the healthy way of life to the curb it would cause issues in the long run. At that time my mind frame was not in a good place and that ‘I don’t care’ attitude had taken control of my life. The real fact is I do care about being that person who can get out and play with the grandchildren, not just sit and watch them. I do care about being active and when I am carrying more weight than I should be, active is not in my vocabulary.
I know my chosen career of being an author keeps me idle in a chair more often than another career choice. I know that growing older slows down the process of the metabolism. I know that if I am going to stay within my healthy range of things I need to be more proactive. I need to get up and get moving and be mindful of what I take into my body, giving myself more brain food. I also need to be more mindful of my spiritual health. Walking every day helps keep me in tune with that aspect of life. It gives me time to reflect.
So this is it for my first week and a half. I’ll check in next week and let you know where we stand J
Everyone have a lovely day!!!
Blessings to all!!!