Gooood Monday Afternoon , Journal & Friends!
Since I no longer do a weekly weigh in, I decided to make Monday my day to do a review of the previous week... how it went, what went wrong, what I could do better or different, triumphs and trials!
Overall, I'm fairly on track. Just plugging away, day after day, trying to be consistent. That was my big downfall in the past. I might have made faster progress, but it was 3 steps forward, then boom! 3 steps back. Now I am just going for consistency. And it's working.
As far as learning normal portions: still within my calorie count. Pouted a couple of times when I ran out of calories before I ran out wanting to eat! Harumph!! But I don't write hot checks any more to the Calorie Bank, and my fridge doesn't accept credit cards. So, I stopped. Forces me to learn to balance my expenditures better throughout the day, so I am not broke too early!
I could do better in the nutritional department. As usual, I need to get in more veggies. I am a work in progress there...after all, you don't get to be over 400 lbs by being in love with veggies!!
So now, they are courting me, wooing me, and trying to win my love. Every once in a while I get a little heart flutter over one that I discover I really like. My current sweetheart is Mr Eggplant. :-D
And now for some FUN news about my exercise: I was so happy Sunday while doing my DVD exercise, I almost had "happy tears" over my pink dumbells. I was actually feeling the muscles in my back, near the shoulder blades, working... moving around, sliding, squeezing, doing their job. And it felt good! It was hard, yes, but good! I tried to find a video on youtube that was the same movement, so I would know what to call that particular exercise. But no luck. I know it has a name... where you curl your arms up and down in front of you, sort of out to the side, like a bird warming up his wings, up and down, and curling them around to the front...oh well. I am sure I murdered that description!
My point is, I loved it!!
I've been working on improving my Time Management. Results: eh... let's just say, I'm a work in progress. I see improvement, so I choose to be "realistically" encouraged. Meaning, I won't fool myself into thinking it's "good enough". But I will be a friend to myself, and acknowledge I am getting better.
The Mental part of this journey is paramount. I take that seriously, and put in the time to work on my thinking. And it DOES take time. This daily blog has been a key in my success, because it forces me to tune in daily. Not get busy, and fall into the "there's always tomorrow" syndrome.
If everyone got bored and tired of me, and disappeared, I would still be here, pecking away at the keyboard. By having to put my thoughts down into a coherent sentence, it crystalizes things in a way that helps me connect with ME. And feelings and thoughts that are fuzzy come into focus, and must either stand up to scrutiny, or be kicked out.
There just can't be room any longer in my brain for thoughts that don't take me CLOSER to my goal... that don't help me get healthier... that are not true... that are not in my best interest. Yes, I struggle at times with negative thoughts, doubts, self-pity, discouragement.
But I am not polite any more to Stinking Thinking. I show them the door pronto! I am a very picky hostess when it comes to who gets to live in my head now!!
Gotta go...Time to throw those pink dumbells around!
From Dr Phil's book: "Whatever the situation, you can choose your reaction. No matter what the circumstances, your interpretation of those events is of your own choosing."
My verse for today: "I press on toward the goal..."
My quote for today: "Every passsing minute is a chance to turn it all around." Tom Cruise, in Vanilla Sky