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What Works, What Doesn't

Monday, May 24, 2010

For me.

What doesn't work:
* First thing am doing anything other than track my food
* Not preparing my tea (herbal, iced) last thing the night before
* Wallowing in self-pity and self-intolerance and using excuses not to go to the gym
* Not putting my fitness and what works first

What works:
* Tracking every bite I eat as I eat it starting first thing in the morning
* Filling my water bottle first thing in the morning
* Planning my food (and my family's because I eat what they eat) on Sun am
* Putting anything before grocery shopping and having healthy food in the house at all times
* Move my body, and get to the gym, regardless of what's happening in my life.

I wrote a blog on 5/18 about being uncomfortable at the gym when I went at a different time of the day and there were lots of people there. I said that I had to protect what is important : getting to the gym when few people are there.

Well, I have found that getting to the gym when few people are there IS NOT the important thing to protect. What IS the important thing to protect is GETTING TO THE GYM. I haven't been there since I wrote the post. I let my self-pity and self-intolerance talk me into not going because I couldn't go at the 'best' time.

So this week my GET FIT and FABULOUS goals are:
PLAN my MEALS for the week. (DONE)
KEEP nutritious and delicious food in the house AT ALL TIMES.
PREPARE my liquids the NIGHT BEFORE.
GET 7 hrs minimum sleep REGULARLY instead of staying up late messing around.
Start LOGGING my food STARTING 1st THING in the morning.
DO my full body strength training workout AT THE GYM 3 times.
FEEL ANY FEELING that might come up and PRACTICE SELF-LOVE and SELF-ACCEPTANCE, while DOING all of the goals.

I do all of these things already, I just need to start doing them before anything else. Everything else will take care of themselves if I take care of the basics first.

OK, I guess in full disclosure I should admit that Feeling my Feelings has not been part of my goals before this, and I've rarely allowed myself to put this as a priority.
Starting this week, that changes. I can trace just about every snafu in my process so far to trying to ignore or push away or distract myself from my feelings.

I will be gentle with myself, but I am not alone. I have been blessed with many SFriends and SBuddies and SparkPeople who have encouraged me and supported me and hinted that maybe I should start focusing on this, and who have made progress in this themselves. I'll just hang around those folks, and focus and I know it will start improving.

I AM Doing It! (We need an emoticon that says You Are Doing It! and I AM Doing It! don't you think?

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  • URBANLOTUS
    Good for you! You are taking a very thoughtful approach to all this and it is going to pay off big time!
    3829 days ago
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    Yea for you! It is a great realization that you need to put your health in top priority. It is so hard to not make excuses but realizing what your doing is half the battle!

    You are doing it!!!!!

    We are doing it together!!!!! emoticon
    3834 days ago
  • MOMWANTSNOWAIST
    emoticon blog!!!I tried to do that,too--find times when there are few in the gym--but now it's impossible,so I set aside Thurs. for my day to go and I've had to PROTECT that day as workout day or something WILL come up! Good for you on your evaluating what works and what doesn't !!! Believe it or not, I have had to,too!! I DON'T stay in my caloric range--always turned to exercise +BMR to get me out of my over-intake of cal. and now,being injured , it has finally caught UP with me!! So, I'm going BACK to where I started {when I ate more in my range at the beg. of SP} and try to replicate that eating since it was MY OWN meal plan anyway! Keep up your positives!! emoticon ---Betsy
    3834 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6865471
    I find it the most beneficial nutrition-wise when tracking my meals, even ahead of time! It is easier to stick to what you tracked then tracking afterwards because you do not know exactly how many calories your eating...you could be too low or too high! That is what helped me the most.
    3835 days ago
  • RDARLING
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    3835 days ago
  • GALICIAD
    That all sounds familiar in my world also. Since I have not been properly tracking my food in the past two weeks, my eating has been all over the place and not the greatest of meals at all. I too said this weekend I am going to plan everything as I did in the beginning of our journey here.

    Just remember you are not alone. We will become the person, wear the clothes, have the strength, complete the tasks, love the life, embrace the energy... that is inside of us.
    3836 days ago
  • LUNADRAGON
    Fabulous way to start a week! You ARE doing it! Keep up the awesome work. Inch by inch, day by day, you can you can you can!
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    3837 days ago
  • NINJA-NED
    Great thoughts, great insight, great plan. Keep it up! emoticon
    3837 days ago
  • FRAN0426
    Cindy you are doing it, the best thing is being honest with yourself. We all get days that we push things (like making it to the gym, or its to hot, to cold to exercise), forgive yourself for slipping and more on. Looks to me that you got it all stated in writing for your goals this week and YOU CAN DO IT CINDY this week and then the next, and so on and so on ---and remember not to be too tough on yourself if you have a slip occ.
    3838 days ago
  • FRAN0426
    Cindy you are doing it, the best thing is being honest with yourself. We all get days that we push things (like making it to the gym, or its to hot, to cold to exercise), forgive yourself for slipping and more on. Looks to me that you got it all stated in writing for your goals this week and YOU CAN DO IT CINDY this week and then the next, and so on and so on ---and remember not to be too tough on yourself if you have a slip occ.
    3838 days ago
  • TEDYBEAR2838
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    3838 days ago
  • PERSISTANT123
    Cindy - you are AWESOME ... growing on the inside while shrinking on the outside. You were so brave to sit down and be honest with yourself. Your list is a good one! We are going to succeed!
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    3838 days ago
  • no profile photo CD7342839
    Wow! What an insight! I was all in favor of the protecting thought you wrote about earlier but of course you're right -- getting to the gym is the thing to protect! Now I'm looking at myself b/c I have a feeling my own focus might be a little skewed also...THX!
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    3838 days ago
  • LILPAT3
    I think you are beginning to realize that this journey you are on is for you and therefore it has to become personal. You are doing it and you just need to not be as bothered by other people...at the gym...! You have every right to be there and trust me...most people at the gym that are truly there to work do not have time to worry about what other people are doing, or how they look, or anything else. Gym time is "me" time for most of them and they are lost in their own worlds. Keep up the great effort! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3838 days ago
  • HIKESHAPPY
    Cindy, you are so AWESOME and AMAZING! You ARE doing this - each time you blog, you are GROWING, ummm, well, shrinking:-) emoticon Learning - that's it - you're learning:-) Thanks for sharing your lessons learned with us - I know that I learn right along with you. Okay, sometimes I learn and sometimes I'm not ready yet - lol:-) I'll have to think about the "feeling" - I'm emotional and I "think" I feel my feelings, but maybe I'm avoiding them, too!:-)

    I'm glad that you realized what's REALLY important about the gym. I'm just sorry that it's been difficult on you - hugs:-) Just remember when you go to the gym that most of the people there are so self-absorbed that even if they are looking "at" you, they're reallying looking "through" you - they're thinking about themselves and their own life. And those who do actually see you - are either amazed at you now or will be as time goes by and they see your success! So be empowered!! Go boldly!! You are one AWESOME LADY!!! Believe in yourself, as I believe in YOU!!!!!!!
    3838 days ago
  • NURSEKELLY09
    Wow, what a great way to stay motivated....and YES you are doing it!!! Keep it up!! emoticon
    3838 days ago
  • GAILRUU
    I think you are doing the right things. Planning ahead is half the battle.
    3838 days ago
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