So I confessed last week to struggling with this whole losing weight and getting my act together issue. It hasn’t gotten any easier. The reason that I started this blog in the first place was to have an online journal for myself. A place where I could be honest and forthright in the struggle of turning my life around. (Hey, maybe our political leaders should have a blog so they can be forthright and honest…p’shaw). Being healthy after years of not being healthy doesn’t just happen with the flick of a switch. It is a complete lifestyle overhaul, which is putting it lightly when you’re trading in potato chips for kale chips. I have to now think out planning meals, have healthy snacks on hand when the hormones exercise their schizophrenic tendencies, constantly talk myself into (and out of, and into and out of, and into…) working out, arrange time to work out…it takes over your life. But…so does being a food addict.
Living in the U.S. means that we are surrounded by food. We are taught that good times happen around food, the way to a man’s heart is food, hell, we even have TV channels devoted to food. There is an entire economy built around food and us porking out on it. Food is big business. This was never more apparent than when companies in my town were slashing jobs, people were losing their homes by the boatload but by golly, every restaurant in town had a full parking lot at night.
I’ve made improvements since I started this blog. I eat vegetable based meals (not every meal but more now than I was before). I exercise…somewhat.
I need a drill sergeant
My real problem is that I lack discipline. And that I am my own worst enemy. I can play head games with myself that would make a member of a terrorist cell go sane. I don’t believe in the whole “I don’t have time” excuse and frankly, I do my best to avoid it and I try to avoid others that use it too. I do have time. I have time to write blog posts, check Facebook, watch TV, talk myself out of exercise, check Facebook again, shop…all activities that could and should be sacrificed in the name of getting my cheeks off the couch. So why do I avoid discipline? I truly have no idea.
I had a great session with my nutritionist yesterday. Kerry is becoming such an important mentor to me. Yesterday, she presented me with an amazing journal. It has a daily page for “Morning Intentions” , followed by a page for “Evening Reflections”. There are things listed such as massage, visualization exercises, meditation…I feel my inner hippie coming out in this journal (hold the doobies). As soon as I got home, I went through this journal and usually when I think of my nutritional journey, I get all hunched up and stressed. This journal took all of that away! I really believe it is exactly what I need. (I’d post a picture but I’m the world’s worst picture taker so I’ll direct any questions to my wonderful nutritionist Kerry at Meaningful Wellness.)
So – what does an overweight girl with no discipline and a knack for laziness do to get in shape? I don’t like to run so dangling a donut in front of me while running won’t work. But KISS will! No this is not a salute to Gene Simmons and his horrible music (sorry KISS fans but they suck). Keep It Simple Stupid – KISS.
I have my goals, short, sweet, simple goals.
1. Drink 12 ozs of water first thing in the morning (I thought I could absorb this while showering but that was shot down so I guess I’ll just drink the damn water)
2. Get at least 7 hours of sleep a night (I’ve had sleeping issues for years)
3. Drink plenty of water (my doctor says instead of trying to count ounces, just drink until your pee is clear because that’s the whole point of drinking water – flushing your body of toxins)
4. Exercise every single day (can be as little as 15 minutes, but must do something)
5. Pack my lunch
6. Cook majority of meals at home
Doesn’t seem like much but these six items are going to rock my world. I have additional goals and I’m going to write them all up and hang them around the house to keep myself in line.
Tell me my little blog minions…how do YOU maintain discipline and stay on track?