Thursday, January 25, 2018

Thursday Thoughts, January 25th

<==  This cupcake seems to be fitting to some extent here lately.  I have had a bit of a sweet tooth.  Not anything super major, just those mini chocolates (like you get a Halloween), but definitely don't need to make a habit of so I need to get a handle on it.  I have been feeling a little low with everything going on in my life right now, but I am determined note to sink into a depression like that one that tried to sink me years ago.  I am trying to make some better choices this week, but it hasn't gone quite as well as I would prefer.  Such is life, right?  While I may not be where I want to be, I'm taking it one step at a time.  Literally, I am trying to hit at least 6,000 steps per day and I'm doing okay with that overall.  I guess it's about time to move that goal up to 8,000.  The thing that I am trying to focus on while I am trying to move toward my goal is that I want to hit my goal, but I don't want to try to do double workouts and such now if I am not willing to do that after I get closer to goal.  In that regard, I think I have some decisions to make.  I'm trying to get back into meal planning and doing some prepping.  It has been hit and miss of late, but I'm glad I'm trying.  I really think I will get better at it as I keep trying.  I do wish I could get some input from my family.  I have actually been thinking about pulling my bike out to ride to work when the weather starts warming up.  I think I may have to work up to riding it every weekday, but even once a week is a start.

Also, to be honest, I realized when a memory popped into my head about another family member that's passed that I really need to get back to writing those things out.  I know my children may not share all of the same ones about these same loved ones, but I greatly enjoyed hearing stories of my ancestors.  I really think that some of them may be a little ordinary, but if I write them down, then others can read them and enjoy a little piece of history that they will be a little more relatable. 

I am not sure I will see a loss this week, but I do absolutely feel like I'm making progress in my mindset and that's half the battle.

Monday, January 22, 2018

MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY - January 22nd

Wow, it's been a minute since I've posted.  I am trying to get my routines down and that is not easy.  I didn't do well with getting up early this past week.  It was really cold here and I don't deal well with the cold.  Our weather is supposed to be warmer in the coming week so my goal is to get a morning workout rather than trying to do smaller ones throughout the day, as I did when it was colder.  I also need to make sure I am tracking consistently.  I had a gain over the weekend, but to be honest, I drank some Dr Pepper last week and that hasn't been the norm for me.  I had a horrible headache and the caffeine seems to help.  This week, I have some meal ideas and can hopefully get everything together to make sure I get my dinners made.  

I was reading blogs on my bloglovin feed and ran across one from Friday before last and it really reminded me that negative self talk can really deter one's weight loss efforts, as well as cause problems in other areas of one's life.  Two of the Bible scriptures that were referenced were:

"Words have the power to hurt or heal." - Proverbs 12:18

"Death and life are in the power of the tongue." - Proverbs 18:21

I don't know about you, but those spoke volumes to me.  It reminded me that I truly need to talk to myself more like I would talk to a friend.  Have you ever noticed that we are our own worst critic?  Honestly, I think most days I wouldn't talk to someone I really didn't like the way I would talk to myself.  I think that is something I need to focus on as well and perhaps get back to writing in a journal.  

Many things seem to be happening of late, we have finally taken steps to put my Mom's house on the market.  Although I know it needs some work, I'm hoping to find someone to give it some TLC and to give her many more memories with another family.  I have struggled this week with trying to keep myself from getting depressed because of all of this with my Mom's house and personal things that I don't really want to get into.  So some days this journey is just taking me one step at a time.  Some days, honestly, that's all I can do...other days, I can do more.  I do have some snacks prepared for the coming week so that's a positive.  

Goals for this week:

Track
Hit 30 minutes of active time at least 3 times a week.  I am also hoping to get some strength training in.

What are your goals for the week?  

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy 2018!

Happy 2018, y'all!  I feel like I have been a bit of a slacker again.  Let's be honest though, I've been fighting some sort of illness for most of December.  At first it was just itchy ears, which my doctor prescribed me some Prednisone.  It seemed to help, but it didn't go away.  I saw my allergy doc for my re-assessment and she determined I had a sinus infection.  I took the Z-Pak that she prescribed.  On Tuesday, I went back to work because my co-worker was off and everyone had been sick...and came home feeling horrible.  I took my temp and realized I was running 102 degree temp.  Hello Type A Influenza.  I literally have spent the week in bed.  It was not the way I wanted to bring in the last week of December.  Well, I guess that catches me up to now.  I go back to work tomorrow for the first time in a week.  I am glad I went to the doctor so that I could make sure it was taken care of so I don't infect anyone else.  On a positive note, I haven't been eating much because I have had no appetite.  

My goals may be getting a slow start out of the gate, but as they say, slow and steady wins the race.  My exercise goals for this week is 10 minutes.  I know it doesn't sound like much, but when I get too hot, I start coughing profusely.  So I will start small and hopefully this cough will pass soon.  Eating will likely have to start small as well since I've not really been eating.  I doubt I'll jump back into eating 3 meals and 2 snacks.  

Goals that are not weight loss related, I want to have a better relationship with my Father above and with my family.  I want to be better...I strive to be more Christ-like, but I want to be a better wife and mother and friend.  I want to de-clutter my house and make it a haven for me and my family.  This is definitely going to take some time, but even if I make a point to do 10 minutes at a time, it will come together.  One step at a time, much like my weight loss journey.  I'll try to check back in soon.