Three Goals Thursday

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Today is Thursday, so its time again to report on my three teeny, tiny goals for this week.  Before I do though, I wanted to comment on the graphic attached to this post.  I wanted to say how grateful I am to have found a way to exchange temporary discomfort for long-term health.

I call that “way” HABIT!

Through planning and practice, I am finding a way to make my dream of getting healthy a reality.  It was hard at first to change my lifestyle–can still be difficult sometimes, I won’t lie–but lil by lil I feel like I’m gaining ground and learning to live for the long-haul, and not some string of temporary food “highs”.  I’m psyched about the habits that are forming in my life and encouraged to try new things every day. Who knows, that exercise I try today may become one of my favorite forms of movement tomorrow.

Who knows, indeed?

My three teeny tiny goals for this week were to eat oatmeal every day for breakfast, exercise for 10 minutes each morning before doing anything else, and meditate for 5 minutes each day while seeking a better understanding of why I am resistant in some areas of my life and program.

I feel pretty good about the progress I have made this week.

I ate oatmeal five out of seven days this week.  I exercised for ten minutes every day this week, and I meditated for five minutes in the morning every day, as well. In fact, some days I both exercised and meditated longer than planned.

Excellent!

One thing I am finding as I’m eating the oatmeal is that my weight has gone up a lil. Is that because of the oatmeal with walnuts every morning, reflective of other eating I am doing, or mere water retention???  Let’s hope it is not due to inflammation caused by the exercise.  I don’t think it is. One thing that has always stumped me in the past is that whenever I begin an exercise program I seem to GAIN weight.  What???!!!!  You heard me right, every time, and it is discouraging, but…

I will not give up!

Repeat: I will not give up exercising every morning.

Even though I have gained some weight over the past few weeks (3-4 lbs depending on the day), I also know that my clothes are fitting looser and I am more energetic, in part because I begin my morning with blood rushing through my veins.

Also, kinda ironic, but chuckle-worthy is the fact that our message at church this week was on hearing God.  I smiled when I heard that was the topic, because not only had I put meditation on my list of goals this week, but we had talked about it in our discussion time before service.  Was that message just for me? I doubt it.  I think many found it relevant and timely, even if they had not included meditation in their Action Plan or Goal List for the week.

My Three Teeny, Tiny Goals for this week:

1. 11 minutes of exercise each morning.

2. Oatmeal for breakfast each morning.

3. 7 minutes of meditation each morning.

Additional Observations:

I think that the success I am seeing with my goals, teeny tiny as they may be, is that I am accomplishing them first thing in the morning each day. When I started these goals, I knew I needed to get up earlier each day if I was going to do this, but I was hesitant to leave my bed before I absolutely had to in the morning. I’m still that way.  Maybe that will change down the road, or it might not, but I am convinced that it is the habit of getting these things done early in the day that is helping me meet my goals each week.

I toyed with the idea of not doing these things first thing in the morning, but that has been a problem for me in the past. The longer I delay, the less likely I am to do what I have said I will do, so early mornings it is, for now anyway.

Do you find yourself waiting to tackle those nasty jobs each day, or do you like to do them first thing?  What is your favorite time of day, and why do you like it more than other times?

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11 thoughts on “Three Goals Thursday

  1. I encourage you to continue doing your exercises first thing in the morning. Unless you are an exerciseaholic, excuses develop during a day typically interfering with accomplishing exercise. You have found a method that works for you. When something works well, I recommend staying with it!

    As far as weight gain is concerned, if you weighed 200lbs and wore a size 2 would you care what the scale says? If your clothing is fitting more loosely, you are unlikely retaining water which typically causes a bloating sensation. Are you drinking enough water to expel your body’s waste products?

    I would also encourage you to go to someone (a gym, personal trainer) and have them do a body fat analysis using a hand held device or scale. (Omron makes a good hand held and Tannita makes a good scale) It takes about 30 seconds and can be done for little to no cost. This is the ONLY method to determine whether weight gain or loss is coming from fat rather than muscle.

    Based on the intensity and duration of the exercise, it is unlikely that you are experiencing an inflammatory reaction.

    Keep up the great effort and add another week of success to the chart!

  2. Don’t worry about the weight gain, Lori. There’s a saying: Muscles are heavier than fat. So all is good. And it’s so awesome that you stick to your goals, a lot of people can’t say that from theirselves.

  3. All the studies show that exercise is not good for weight loss because most people eat more to compensate. What I do is eat a planned amount regardless of exercise. Why don’t you photograph all the food you eat for a few days so you can see how much and what you are really eating. Maybe post them for accountability. I do believe some individuals can be the exception, but most people can not eat a healthy, moderation based diet. If you are gaining weight you are eating too much food.

    • I like the idea of posting the food. I know I am eating more than I need, because the scale does not lie. I have decided to join a challenge in November called No Excuses November. I’m hoping to get a handle on some of my miscalculations/bad habits with food because of this challenge. maybe I will photograph my food during that time, too. At the very least, I will consider doing so. Thanks, Dr. J! As always, very helpful feedback from you, my blogger friend.

  4. Just to be clear, I mean too many calories, not food. If you can find ways to eat the same volume with fewer calories that will work. Perhaps it’s because I just went to a gathering yesterday of some old friends that I haven’t seen in years, but some of them have acquired, by their own unhealthy behaviors, debilitating diseases that cannot be cured or even managed well. I don’t want to see that happen to you. However, what I want will not make any difference, it’s what you want that will write your life’s story going forward.

    • Some days I feel like I’m alone in a dark room–no windows, no light, no help–and then I read a blog, or hear what someone else is doing, or I’m approached by someone in my circle of friends who asks me, “Hey, how are you doing with your goals?”, and I am once again encouraged to keep learning, keep trying, and keep pressing on. That happened this weekend. Woohoo, I love it when that happens!!!!

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