Goal Busters

What are goal busters?  I’ve been thinking about this a lot this week because now that I’m committed to writing this blog and keeping to my 6 month goals, I want to be ready for any goal busters that come my way.  Here’s a few to look out for:

  1. Apathy:  Apathy is when you just say to yourself, “Who cares?  Why should I care?  No one else does.”  So, what do you do? You leave your goals on the sofa with a bag of chips and the remote and do whatever you want.  Apathy is a way to give up and blame someone else in the process.  STAY AWAY FROM APATHY!
  2. Procrastination:  Procrastination says, “Today I’m going to do what I want.  I’ll get back to my goals tomorrow.”  Boy am I guilty of this one.  After all, I’m 50 years old and still tackling my weight problem.
  3. Laziness:  Laziness says, “I’m too tired.  I’ve already worked hard enough.  I don’t feel like it today.”  Not that you don’t need some days when you can just sit back and relax, but when laziness becomes a habit it turns into procrastination and you end up fat, fifty and frustrated.  Oops, was that too strong?  lol
  4. Nay Sayers:  Avoid Nay Sayers at all cost.  These are the people in your life that offer you donuts when they know you’ve sworn off sugar.  They don’t really believe you’re committed to your goals so they don’t even try to help you achieve them.  They also make excuses for you to quit.  They say, “I like you just the way you are.  Don’t work so hard.”  Maybe they’re trying to be nice, but it’s not very helpful.
  5. Depression:  Whenever I get depressed, it’s usually because I haven’t met my goal or I’ve gone backward in my goal, or sometimes an event in my life changes my perspective and leads me down the path to depression.  Depression causes you to devalue yourself or the life you’ve chosen to lead.  Guess where your goals go then?  Down the tubes because we tend to throw the baby out with the bath water.  My life sucks, therefore I don’t need any goals.  Terrible thinking and terrible reasoning.  When you become depressed look to your goals to bring you back up on the path to feeling better about yourself.

I hope that when I get to these points in my goal walk, that I look back at this post and remember the goal busters and stand strong against their evil forces.  You can too.  Don’t let the goal busters control you.  You control your life.  After all, it’s yours to live.

And now for an update:

This week I lost 3.5 lbs!  Yea!  I’m back on track.  That makes 5 lbs altogether since I started.

I have been walking, but not as much as I was.  I need to improve this goal and add drink more water as a side goal.

I’ve been wearing my make up to work.  I had two presentations last week and two people commented on how nice my hair looked.  Check!

My car and countertop have remained clean.  I’m amazed at how attentive I’ve become to these two places.

Still no progress on my closet.  This seems to be my most difficult goal.  I CAN DO IT!  Get away from me procrastination!

My care package goes out on Monday.  It’s all ready to go.  I hope she enjoys it.

I found a pattern and will begin sewing this week.  I figure I can do a couple of bags a week.

I didn’t read the NT this week.  I’ll have to get back on that this week.

I found a painting challenge I like and will begin by taking some pictures of objects by candlelight.

Haven’t signed up for the esl test yet, but will plan for it when I get back from Boston.

Cheers to all of you out there in the blogosphere!  Good luck with your goals this week and don’t give in to the goal busters!

 

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The Battle Continues

Some days I feel like I’m in a battle with myself. Should I eat the cookie? Should I ignore the cookie? Really I think, “Should I really have to battle with myself over a cookie?” But the fact is, I do. Change is difficult and my body is just as stubborn as my mind. My body says to my mind, “I want a cookie!” and my mind rationalizes, “So what’s one cookie? One cookie isn’t going to affect my whole life.” as my body rants on “I want a cookie!” Maybe it’s so hard because my body is so insistent and has only one thing to say. While my mind must work through all the pros and cons and make a decision when in reality, the decision has already been made. I made the decision to eat healthier.

Eating healthy can mean a lot of things depending on who you are and where you live, but we all know that if you have a weakness for cookies, you should probably avoid them. So, I’ve decided that, for the most part I need to avoid sugary foods. I have a weakness for them. We can’t give up food altogether, but we can recognize where we have the most problems and take steps toward avoiding those foods that tempt us the most.

The battle rages, but I’m charging forward knowing some things are worth the fight. My health is one of those things. My first weigh in since I started up again is Monday. Wish me luck!

FIND A FRIEND!

This week has been stressful.  Lots to do.  Lots to pull together.  Good news.  Bad news.  Problems and blessings.  The worst time for me to watch my diet and health is during times of stress.  That being said, here’s what I learned through all of this.  HOLD ON TO A GOOD FRIEND.

I work with the best group of gals you could ever imagine.  They too are going through all of these things.  Do you know what they said?  Let’s ALL bring our lunch everyday this week.  And then…they DID!  I can’t tell you how much having their support made my walk through stress easy enough so that I could focus on what was important.  My friends and I are all very different people.  We’re different sizes and weights.  We’re different personalities.  We handle stress differently, but we care so much for one another that we see the point of need for the individual as well as the group.  Now there’s a real blessing. 

So today’s message is find a friend.  You can’t always do this alone.  Sometimes it’s embarrassing.  Sometimes you’re afraid of failure.  Sometimes you don’t want to have to be accountable.  We all feel that way.  Don’t put it off anymore.  If you’re really serious about this path to good health, FIND A FRIEND!

Weight Loss

As you know, I had been getting very discouraged because I wasn’t losing anymore weight.  Well that has changed!  I’ve lost 14 lbs altogether now just by giving up sugar.  As I mentioned earlier, it has also taken away the desire to eat fast food, so that may be another added bonus to losing weight.

It’s kind of funny.  People are starting to notice my weight loss although they don’t really realize that that’s what they’re noticing.  They say things like, “I really like that shirt on you.”  or  “That color is very becoming.”  What they are really saying to me without saying it is, “I can see that you’ve lost weight.”  They don’t know this because I’m still very fat and they see me everyday.  What I’m looking forward to is coming back to work after summer is over and seeing their faces when they do notice!  Like I said, I’m making this change a permanent one in my life.  You can do this!  No fad diets, no rigorous exercise, just give up the sugar.  My daughter believed in me and I believe in you.

The Day has Arrived!

Today is the 60th and final day of my sugarless commitment.  Wow!  I can hardly believe it.  More satisfied and 10 lbs lighter, I ‘m glad I did it.  Honestly, I don’t plan to go back to my old lifestyle filled with fast food, sugar and weight gain.  Although I didn’t lose a ton, I’m satisfied to have lost some and kept it off. 

As for lent, I plan to keep to my sugarless promise, plus this whole idea of keeping up the laundry and the dishes is developing into a good habit.  I never knew I had it in me!  🙂  I’m hoping that these challenges will bring more light into my life and give me the strength to believe I can do more.  So, here’s a recap of what I’ve done:

1.  No sugar for 60 days (and now moving on through lent)

2.  Clean my kitchen nightly before I go to bed including wiping down all the counters.

3.  One load of laundry daily:  washed, dried, folded and put away.

4.  Meal plan weekly.  This one thing has saved me money and helped me to regulate what I eat.  I have fallen down a time or two, but it’s much easier to pick yourself up when you think you’re saving 300 – 400 dollars a month.  (I’m not kidding.  It really is that much savings.)

I don’t think I ‘m ready for any before and after pictures yet, but it can’t be too far away right?

A New Sacrifice

It’s too bad that it took 49 years for me to understand that being organized is not only a good thing, but essential.  I’ve always been kind of a creative person, a global thinker, a maverick.  Yes, I’ve heard all of those descriptions.  What they really mean is you’re a likeable person who is disorganized.  I have to say, I am creative, I do think globally, and I do have my own ideas about things, but none of these things have to be absent of organization.  In recent years, maybe because of my age, I’ve found it necessary to be more organized–even if I didn’t quite follow through.  Since I quit sugar, I’ve had to plan my meals and you know what I found out?  I’m saving money!  I only buy the things I need.  I almost never eat out.  Eating out costs A LOT!  And, I’m more satisfied with my meal.

Now the Lenten season has arrived and I was searching for some sacrifice in my life.  I often give up sugar, but I’ve already done that.  My husband is in the coffee business, so it wouldn’t do to give up coffee.  I like to do something for lent that sets a new pattern in my life, something that helps me to become somehow better in some way.  When I started to think about sacrifice in this way I thought, “I need to set a new pattern of organization in my life.”  I knew it had to be baby steps, so I looked up on one of those organization sites for what to start with.  Here’s what I decided.

1.  I will not go to bed until my kitchen is clean.  All dishes done, counters wiped off.

2.  I will do at least one load of laudry a day:  washed, dried, and put away.

3.  I will chip away bit by bit at the projects that are unfinished.

Not too hard right?  Well for those of you who consistently do this it might seem silly, but for me it was a challenge.  I have to tell you.  I like it!  I love when I get up in the morning and my kitchen is clean and fresh.  I love when I go to my drawers that there are clothes in them.  Usually my clean clothes are stacked on the dryer.  At the same time I’m building habits that are good for my whole family.  I’m making them stick to the rules too.

Let me encourage you.  Take baby steps.  Choose one thing.  Do it consistently.  Don’t give in to, “I’ll do it later.”  If I can change my life at 49, anyone can do it at any age.  Good luck on your journey.  Wish me luck on mine.  😀

Bone Tired

Have you ever felt tired to the bone?  That’s how I feel today.  Tired of eating all the right things.  Tired of my job (I actually love my job, but some weeks are like that.).  Tired of trying to do my best while at the same time knowing it’s not quite good enough.  I know, I know, I’m having a pity party.  It’s one of those days when you want to go home, lay on the bed and just let your mind spin away to another world.  Sometimes a good cry helps with that too, but I’m too tired for that.  It’s in these times when  you want to throw up your hands and just say, “Who really cares?  I’m going to do whatever I want to do.”  That’s what my body tells me, “Go ahead.  Do what you want to do.”  Even when I’m tired I know this is a lie.  We weren’t made to do whatever we want to do, but sometimes I give into it anyway pretending I don’t know any better.  Not today.  Today I will choose health.  I will choose what is best instead of what I want.  Not  because I have some lofty goal.  Not because something might happen to me if I don’t.  It’s because, if I really want change in my life, if I really want to be something different, what I want has to take a back seat to what is right.  Ok, so I’m tired.  So I feel defeated.  So I don’t get to do everything I want to do.  Choosing what is right is the catalyst I need for change.  But let me think about that after a nice, long nap.  ZZZZZZZZZ