As I write my post for today, it is with extreme appreciation for the gifts I have been given and the opportunities I share them with others. I drove to Wellsboro, PA today to speak with a group of MOPS moms about self-confidence before heading into the office.
I know. You’re thinking You?
I was thinking that, too. Me, Lori, speaking on the topic of confidence and indecision, and suggesting ways to push back the procrastination that keeps us in bondage to the same old failed systems day after day, after miserable day.
I shared with the ladies about my Three Goals Thursday experiment.
There were about fifty women in attendance, ranging from young moms to seniors. They were a fun group!
I loved the opportunity I was given today to speak on such an important subject to women. Many were able to relate to what I shared. One asked me if I counsel others?
I told her I don’t, but I listen well.
Another gave me a hug and said she has made her own list of likes and dislikes this year, her first venture into teaching people how to treat her—a favorite habit of mine. She shared how hard it is to change, but how much satisfaction she is finding in learning what she likes and what she doesn’t like, and how to effectively communicate all that to the important people in her world. I shared with her my understanding that in the beginning there is a lot of blow-back when we change. Folks who have always known us want us to behave the way we always have with them, but we can’t anymore. It’s hard on them and hard on us, but change is so worth it!
I could go on and on about how exciting today’s time with those Moms Of PreschoolerS (MOPS meeting), was for me, but I have a set of goals to talk about and some new goals to set for this week so I guess I best get to it.
MY THREE TEENY, TINY GOALS FOR LAST WEEK
1 Continue exercising in the morning, 16-18 minutes in duration each day.
2 Add to my morning routine 5 minutes of bike time in the evening. I’m keeping this purposefully teeny, tiny, so I know I can actually do it with all the sore muscles lately.
3 Take a 3-pronged approach to food accountability this week. What that means is that I will count calories one day, meal plan one day, and count sugar intake one day this week. I will not do these all on the same day, but will dedicate 3 days to better planning; an homage to my 3 Goals Thursday initiative.
HOW DID I DO?
First off, I think I offended someone this week by being sugar-starved me. SUGAR IS MOST CERTAINLY A MOOD-ALTERING DRUG! What I shared with this other was raw, unfiltered, frustration with the dieting process and my part in it. I hope I wasn’t mean when I shared, I don’t think I was, but the frustration was easy to recognize in what I said. Sometimes I think people don’t understand how hard it is for some body types to shed the pounds. Lots of folks know how addictive sugar is, but if they aren’t addicted themselves I’m not sure they understand how it alters brain chemistry. How hard it makes it to kick that habit. Maybe they do, and I just whine a lot. It’s possible! This week my last nerve was struck and I reacted. Not the best of strategies, and as I said, it did knock me off my game with my goals, so I’m hoping not to do that again.
What was it momma taught us: If you don’t have anything good to say, say nothing at all? Lesson learned.
MY PROGRESS REPORT
Goal No. 1: FAIL. Big Fail. On Sunday I quit the exercising that has been causing me so much pain. I could not do it anymore. Sooo, from Sunday until today, I have not done my morning exercises. I feel bad about that, emotionally, but my body feels so much relief. I am on the hunt for a new type of exercise that I can do that won’t hurt so much, but in the meantime I will count Goal No. 1 as a fail this week. Boo!
Goal No. 2 SUCCESS! I exerciseD on the bike each night this week, and once or twice in the morning. I kept my sessions short, but got my five minutes in each day. Yay!
Goal No. 3 AWESOME! I frankly can’t believe I did as well as I did on Goal No. 3, but I did really well! Yay, me! I also discovered that it doesn’t take much sugar to exceed your sugar allowance when your calorie count is low. Not much at all! My meal planning day went better than expected, and on the day I counted calories, 1553 of them buggers went in my pie hole and down the shoot. Not too shabby. I feel good about the completion of this goal.
THREE NEW TEENY TINY GOALS
This week I am going to set my goals around FUN ways of being active without hurting myself. I am also going to do some exploring, re: exercise options.
Here are my goals for this coming week…
1 Call the Y and the BW in my area to check on swimming options.
2 Plan meals 2 x this week, and count calories 2 days this week. Try to eat enough less that I am hungry before I get to the next week.
3 Talk to a professional about putting together a workable plan for losing 10 lbs before summer.
These are admittedly small goals for this week, but that’s the point of TGT. It’s all about setting goals small enough that they are easily achievable and can be easily completed. Keeping those fingers crossed and doing my part to make sure they get done this week.
Do you regularly eat so little that you’re famished by the time you get to your next meal? How do you do that?!