Week 24 - Is this the end?
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Ha! Hardly...but it's the end of my "6 months to a new me" campaign. And I have to say, I am rather disappointed in myself. I've lost about 4 lbs total, due to a lot of ups and downs. I still can't believe the end of 2007 is only a few months away! I know that life sometimes just gets in the way and good eating and exercising are put on the back burner, but I also know that I give up a lot. Meaning, if I'm not seeing progress FAST enough, I get discouraged and just eat like crazy or choose to lie around on the couch and watch tv when I can get a quick hour in at the gym...or even on my living room floor! :-) I don't want to use GETTING OLDER and it's GETTING HARDER to lose weight as an excuse, I don't want to use busy at work as an excuse, or my husband eats like crap and keeps too much junk in the house as an excuse. I want to take ownership of making healthy changes and getting into a consistent exercise routine. Like a member of my Pink Team pointed out another member's quote: Care enough about yourself to commit! Seriously, how wonderful would it feel to know that I'm being good to my body by feeding it the right things and keeping it moving?! Stop making excuses and just do it. So...from what I've learned over the past 6 months, here is what I want to focus on:
# 1 - GET MORE SLEEP! This is a major problem for me. Not only does it make me not feel like working out at all the next day, but it affects my appetite and raises my stress level. Just un-good all around. So I am committing myself to turning off the tv by 10p every night (that I'm at home. hehe). That's the point of DVR anyway.
#2 - DRINK WATER BEFORE SNACKS. I'm trying to come up wtih techniques to stop the sweets and junkfood problem that creeps up every now and then. I am going to drink a full glass of cold water before I eat ANY snack...heck, and meal - why not? :-)
#3 - 30 MINUTES OF CARDIO MOST MORNINGS. I think expecting myself to do 60 minutes just mentally psyches me out. Like it seems soooo long. But how about I just plan to do a quick 30 minutes to start my day right, which I'd be happy with...but once I'm in the workout, just keep going if it's in me? The biggest challenge is getting off my rear and into the gym. Once I'm on that treadmill or elliptical or standing in the class, it's on and popping! haha Yeah, I commit to 30 minutes of cardio at least 5 mornings a week. I say mornings because I'm not fooling myself this time - evenings just don't work for me unless it's a class.
#4 - DE-STRESS and STOP PROCRASTINATING. Yoga, stretching, meditation, reading, writing in a journal...SOMETHING! I need to do this for 5 - 10 minutes in the morning and at night. Plus I read once that you should always take the first 15 minutes after you wake up to do something you enjoy. Makes starting the day a lot easier. I used to read in bed, which was nice. But now it seems I sleep til the last minute and always rush out of bed. I've been feeling a lot of tension in my back, shoulders and neck lately and I know it's because I have so much going on at work and other commitments in life. I feel a lot of clutter in my head all the time and constant to-do lists. This has been on my SP goals since I started and I always pass it up when I'm checking off my daily goals. That has to stop. I commit to taking care of ONE thing that I've been putting off everyday and 10 minutes of de-stressing before and after bedtime.
Okay, that's enough. I don't want to go crazy here. I commit to those 4 things and look forward to a wonderful remainder of the year. Because of course, as we enter 2008 I'll be ready to start something new...since I'll be super fit, relaxed and happy! :-)