Hello again! My 12 week health transformation started on Monday! So far it’s a slow start. The first few days have been all about starting to think about what I want, what I would like to accomplish, and what is most important in my life. Also thinking about all of that in relation to where I am right now. Right now I am overweight, constantly tired, and slightly depressed. Here is most of my list of thinks I want (I kept some personal ones to myself):
- Be at a healthy and happy weight
- Live a healthy lifestyle – full of fruits & veggies and physical activity
- Have a healthy relationship with food and alcohol (i.e. quit binge eating and drinking)
- Help my husband lose weight and become healthy
- Have a clean and organized home
- Have a beautiful home from the outside too
- Be happy in my work life – less stress and more content
- Spend less time traveling for work
- Be more efficient in my work so I can work from home more often
- Connect with my husband more
- See my family more often and connect with them more
- Cultivate some quality friendships
- Save money
- Spend less money eating and drinking out
I have a long list! A lot of these seem like they should be so easy, but they just haven’t been for me.
That brings me to my next topic – attitude. What kind of attitude do you have? Do you have a can-do attitude or a whoa-is-me attitude? I think I fall into the latter way too much. I think I start all can-do, get discouraged, and end up all whoa-is-me. In the spirit of having a better attitude and outlook on life (mine has been so crappy lately), I wanted to think about things I’m doing awesome right now. Here’s another list… let’s just call this a list day:
- Exercising at least 30 minutes per day – since I made this decision last week, I’ve stuck to it. Well, except for yesterday. There just wasn’t any time. And that is perfectly okay… as long as it doesn’t become a daily habit again.
- Adding fruit/veggies into my day – I started slow last week, but I’ve definitely ramped this up. I had a fruit or veggie with every meal the last two days! I forgot my apple at home that was the other half of my breakfast today, otherwise I would also have a fruit or veggie with every meal today as well. This was one of those healthy habits that I had picked out for myself a while back, and definitely something I want to aim for daily.
- Cutting back on the booze – I had a glass of wine this weekend, otherwise I haven’t had anything to drink since October 4th. This is a priority in my life right now as I’ve come to realize how unhealthy and destructive I’ve been with alcohol. I did so well at the end of August by completely cutting out alcohol, but then I sort of slipped back into my old ways in September. Kudos to me for realizing that though. Now I’m back to no-little booze is best for me.
- Getting ish done and catching up at work – I’m getting there! My end of summer and start of fall were so dang busy that I fell behind at work. I have worked at kicking my procrastination skills to the curb and catching up. So far, so good! I think I will officially be back on track next week!
Those are huge… HUGE! I knew I had been making progress in the last week, but it was so easy for me to think about all of the mistakes I’ve made instead of the progress. I like this way of thinking. I want to add more bullet points! Don’t worry, before I go all crazy and try to change every bad habit I have all at once like I tend to do, I’ll just keep plodding along with these habits for now. I’m sure I’ll have a chance to work on more during my 12 week transformation.
This sort of goes along with what I just talked about above, but it’s also it’s own category. I’ve seen a couple of really great posts on self-care recently in the blog world. Like today recently! The first was from Lauren at Mindful Meals and is titled 15 Birthday Lessons from the Past Year (+ Self-Care Worksheet for you!). The part that is about self-care is obviously the worksheet. I love this thing! I filled it out today. Here are my completed worksheet items for today:
Nourishment – eat at least 3 servings of fruits & veggies; listening to my hunger & fullness
Movement – evening exercise; break in the afternoon to get some extra steps
Rest – in bed at 10; reading in the evening
Connection – talking to B; ???
Joy – music while working; dancing in the kitchen; listening to audiobook on my way home
The second post I noticed was from my old health coach, Jamie Mendell, and is titled What It Looks Like To Really Take Care Of Yourself. Jamie is full of great examples of how she takes care of herself daily. An important point to notice in both posts – both ladies count eating healthy as a way to care for yourself. I love this view! Over the last how many months (year?), I’ve used my negative outlook to see eating healthy as something I should be doing, and not something that I want to do in order to take care of myself. I definitely want to make this mind-shift! I think utilizing both of these posts would be a good start.
Finally, I am throwing another post in here from Katie at Peace, Love & Oats. This one is titled Answered Prayers and really doesn’t have anything to do with self-care. I just thought it was a wonderful post, especially for someone going through a tough time in their life. I know it helped me today to understand all of those prayers I’ve been praying lately that are seemingly going unanswered. Not so. I’m just getting a “hold on, hold on. All in My time” answer.