Wake Up Call

Ever had that huge knock on the door, the ultimate wake up call that tells you

Hey Dork!  You gotta make changes!

Well, that’s where I am at the moment.  Now that the kids are all back on track with their dental health and even up to date with their own physicals, I decided I needed to practice what I preach and go to the dentist myself (followed in a few months by the doctor).  

I have had a couple of broken teeth for a few years now, but I didn’t really have the money to get them fixed until recently.  So to the dentist I went.

The Dentist

I don’t know if it’s because I haven’t gotten a lot of dental work done as an adult, or if it’s something new they do, but they take your blood pressure at the dentist’s before they do most procedures on you, and I’ve learned that I have high blood pressure.

Like HIGH blood pressure.

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(Unless, of course, I’m just that nervous about seeing the dentist, but it’s high at my dad’s house, too).

So, despite so many other changes in my life recently that has me emotional at the drop of a dime, it’s time to get serious about my health and start making changes with my well-being.  You only live once and I really need to start putting my nose to the grindstone and getting myself healthy.

Step 1:  Exercise

I’ve begun going over to my dad’s on Tuesdays and Thursdays to ride the recumbent bike he has there as I have so much weight to lose.  Last week I began riding for about 20 minutes, last night I went ahead and rode for 30.

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays are going to consist of either walking outside, doing a Leslie Sansone walking DVD or even Zumba.  

Step 2: Eating right.

Eating healthy would be easier if I had a husband who didn’t bring home choco tacos every time I said “I want to start watching what I eat”.  It really makes it difficult. In one aspect it’s sweet he doesn’t think I need to lose weight, but the reality is I do, and when he buys me crap or makes crap it doesn’t make me feel any better, often it makes me feel worse because I begin feeling guilty for not eating how I should.  

Step 3: Meditation.  

Something, anything to help me destress.  I am one of those weird people who often internalizes everything and I need to let go.  I constantly have to remind myself when my children don’t get the grades I know they are capable of that it’s not my grade, it’s not me.  It’s their grade, and a B doesn’t make it bad, I know a B is okay, highly acceptable, it’s technically still above average.

So my big thing is finding ways, other than exercise, to de-stress.  

Is there anything you do that helps you to relax? Share what you do in the comments below, I would love to hear what works for you!

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That Moment When You Know It’s Time

So it happened a few weeks ago, I was walking up the big staircase at work (my work area is on the 2nd floor and there is no elevator) and it happened.  It was that motivation I needed to begin working out and losing weight.  I can honestly say I had that almost 7 years ago when I was able to lose 35 pounds but even trying to repeat that moment wasn’t enough to encourage me to lose weight.

I was walking up the steps and I could feel the bulge of my stomach down between my thighs on this particular day and that was it, I was done, I knew my journey of health was finally going to happen once again.

That was a little over 2 weeks ago.  I haven’t lost tons of pounds. I’ve lost 3.  But it’s better than gaining and I’ve been plagued with a ton of migraines so jumping around in the evening and provoking more headaches hasn’t exactly been on my list of things I want to do. But I have exercised and I’ve done well in staying within my calorie range.  I’m sure I can do better, but sometimes it’s easier to start off slow and work your way up to bigger milestones.

It’s all about believing in myself.  I’ve not stopped eating anything in particular, just tracking my food and trying to exercise when I am able.  I’ve done the 20 minute Zumba basic exercise and some Leslie Sansone “Walk It Off in 30 Days”.

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Photo above from www.startdominating.com

I truly believe that weight loss is 99% mental and 1% physical.  It’s all about re-training yourself to eat better so you can feel better.  It doesn’t happen overnight and there are moments when you truly have to talk yourself into not indulging on your vices.

If you want to follow me on my weight loss journey I’m BeckyS222 on Sparkpeople, I would love to connect!

The Best Ever Quote

Best Project Ever

While seeking out motivational quotes on Pinterest tonight, this quote stood out to me like lightning bolts from the sky.  How can you not like it?  It is just the best quote ever!

I mean EVER!

As with most of the world, I began 2017 with a goal of losing weight.  Yes, it’s a topic I’ve touched on (I think groaned on is a better way of describing it) from time to time.  I am overweight, and I really need to do something about it.  But I think one of my biggest issues is that I attempt to lose weight for all the wrong reasons.  I think it’s to be healthier, and I truly wish to feel better, but it’s also so I can look as good as one of my friends who lost like 60 pounds a couple of years ago and looks phenomenal.

But that carrot isn’t enough of an enticement to have me stick to exercising each day (could it be because I dislike carrots – and most everything else that is orange?). Another problem is I start off eating okay – but then I succumb to temptation with hardly any fight.  It’s like I am waving the white flag before the said temptation even makes any demands.

So I keep trying to find motivation.

One way was by re-installing my tracker that my mom bought me a couple of years ago from Sparkpeople.  I love my Sparkpeople tracker – but while in the midst of re-loading it onto my computer, it turned out that the company that created the sync-er was going out of business so their tracker wasn’t going to work anymore (okay – sidebar – I am still wrapping my head around this – for all the time I used my tracker – it synced fine – but why if the business decided to go under does it mean that my tracker is no longer going to work?  I just don’t get it.  Wouldn’t my sync-er still sync?).  What was worse was that even though the last day for my tracker to work was February 21 – it wouldn’t let me complete the re-installation of my tracker.  Nothing.

So I signed up to get the $10 gift card they offered to those with Sparkpeople trackers so they could purchase a new one.  I had to wait until February 13 – and when I got it I purchased a new tracker right away.  Cost me all the way to $8 additional dollars (including shipping) because I had seen this one when I was checking out the store on My Fitness Pal – and they had a Jawbone UP Move.  It is very simple to use.  It tracks my steps and my sleep.  No flights of steps like my mothers FitBit, just steps (which is what my Sparkpeople did – however it was waterproof too – which worked great for the Water Fitness classes I loved to take at our local Natatorium, but we aren’t members presently so I guess I’m not missing out on anything).

My goal is 6,500 steps a day.  I think I’ve done it twice in the almost month I’ve had the device.  Having an office job is a struggle at times as it’s difficult remembering to get up and walk around at least every hour on the hour (if not more frequently).  I do what I can – but I can honestly say that makes a huge difference.

I’m trying to exercise more regularly too.  I started doing Leslie Sansone’s Walk It Off In 30 Days DVD where you Walk 30 (30 minutes of cardio exercise of walking) and Firm 30 (30 minutes of strength training).  Last week the pain got me good.  But I slacked off by the weekend.  This week I’m determined to last – and so I began my 30 days this past Monday.  I will do it!

But it all starts with a beginning.  It is all a series of baby steps.  It’s all about making good choices.  And today my choice is simple:  The best project I’ll ever work on is me (well, and my kids too).

Let’s motivate each other one day at a time!

 

My Rude Awakening

So tonight was a fun evening for my family. Boy-child had the lucky experience of pie-ing my hubby in the face. He did an awesome job of centering it and squishing it in his face into the plate quite nicely. Hubby has whip cream up his nose, such a great evening.

My rude awakening came when the Cub Scout meeting was over and I was sitting at home in my recliner and parents began posting pictures of the meeting (5 Cub Scouts were allowed to choose a leader and pie them in the face for selling $300 worth of popcorn in the fall). Videos were posted but one photo in particular caught my attention.

It was a profile picture of myself and for the first time I totally saw how large I’ve become.

I got up yesterday morning and exercised, partaking in Leslie Sansone’s Walk It Off in 30 Days. I ended up with a migraine by the end of the morning so I took it easy today.

But no more.

No more excuses. No more sweets. No more Dr. Peppers. It’s time to be strong. It’s time to get healthy.

And it starts now.