Hello Journal & Friends,
Time for Updates! First... dun da dun dun... the Monthly Weigh in results: down 3 pounds. Hmmm.... time to require more from myself, yes?!
And that brings me to the next update... on how my Secret September Challenge is going: GREAT!
For the challenge, I've been focusing on 4 areas that needed addressing, and have been feeling encouraged over the results. I know without a doubt, that if I hadn't committed to checking in EACH day with my Secret Partner, I would have made excuses.
I only had 4 things on my goals list:
-Go to bed at midnight
-Track calories, stay on plan
-Attitude input (Bible and one other)
Well, with much reluctance and grumbling, I dragged myself to bed on time almost every night for the past 19 days, since this started. And the "late" nights were like 12:24am, or 12:05am, etc. I would grumble that I'm not sleepy yet... or I have to finish this or that... but I did it anyway. I'm hoping that someday it might even feel "normal", LOL!
And I finally had something happen that I hadn't had in a couple of years: one day this week I was hit with a BURST OF ENERGY for a few hours!! When it's been so long, you forget what it feels like. And now I want more! So... this going to bed at a consistent time will be a permanent thing.
I had let calorie tracking get sloppy... but thanks to this challenge, I'm getting back into the swing of it, and didn't miss a day. The next thing in that department is to rachet them DOWN lower. :-O
The exercise... need to try harder here. I did do something almost every day... just not vigorously enough. Yesterday I dusted off my rebounder and used it, gently, for the first time in months. Feeling encouraged and motivated here.
Attitude? Finally got consistent with my "mental input". And it DID help. I think it's one of those things I tend to think I can skip if I am busy, and think I'll just catch it the next day. Funny... we don't think that with physical food! Oh, too busy to eat, I'll just eat some tomorrow instead. Uh huh... yet for some reason I think that way about spiritual and mental food! So, I'm glad I included this in my challenge.
Overall... I'm feeling encouraged, and challenged to up my efforts. I recently visited Princess Dieters blog, Two Years To Happy Weight After. She's lost 103 lbs so far, and her progress photos inspired me to require more from myself.
My Secret Partner is doing well and still making progress, in spite of some set-backs due to illness. You know... we all have a story. We all have "life" happen to us, and we can use it as an excuse to give up, or we can just get back up and keep going... and never quit.
I will never quit. This next leg of my Secret September Challenge, I am determined to increase my efforts... to see better results due to better choices.
Next month I want to be so excited I can hardly stand it, as I report the results from my efforts. It's on!
From Dr Phil's book: "There is strength and power in support."
My verse for today: "You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word."
My quote for today: "People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success." --Norman Vincent Peale
Enjoy the Journey,