Time to get specific
Monday, March 07, 2011
Not just 'need to do better' kind of thinking.
I did not do a good job with my eating on Saturday. We left home at 5:30 in the morning and sat for 8 hours in a student union while the Girl Scouts did their classes. I did great until after lunch. Boredom set in, the hospitality room called our names. I'm not even sure how badly I did. I don' think it was really horrible. I certainly did not eat everything I wanted, but did eat more than I should have. I didn't track. That is my MO, I am really recognizing. If I am going to be successful, I have to get over this very big stumbling block. I'm still spendinga lot of my time in the 'all or nothing' place. I eat well and track for a few days and then blow it off when I think I've blown it.
The food tracking is an issue for me. I have an older program that I LOVE! The problem is they have not upgraded it to work with Windows 7. It is very user friendly and I have most of my recipes in it. I've tried several others and just haven't gotten in the groove with any of them. I have to make a decision and do it! Every bite, every day.
I am not exercising enough either. There are limits to what I can do due to arthritis. BUT I can do more than I am doing! Right now I shoot for 30 minutes a day. That is not going to cut it. I am working on a daily schedule where I throw in 10 minutes 2-3 times a day in addition to the 30 minute block.
Spring is going to come. It will be here before we know it. Soccer practice begins this afternoon. Then softball, then swimming. I was miserable last summer going to all of these events with this extra weight. Am I going to go through the same thing yet again this year or am I going to truly step up? Yes, age makes it harder and menopause is a real a** kicker, but neither of these things makes it impossible. I just have to work harder. My health MUST be a priority.
Planning is another issue. I call myself planning meals. In reality, I do it half-way. I plan family dinners and my breakfasts and lunches are whatever gets in my way. Clearly , this is not going to cut it.
There it is. I know this is not rocket science or even anything new. It is just time for ME to really embrace the truth to get specific and persistent. No more 2-3 days and then falling by the wayside. Hopefully, I have convinced myself that I CAN do this thing! It may not be rocket science, but it IS science. My body is not somehow immune to the science. (Even thought it feels that way sometimes.) Less fuel in , more energy out=better health, more fun, more confidence, easier moving and participating, and hey, way cuter clothes!