Friday, January 8, 2010

The Monday Project - All About Me

Call it what you will, its homework and I am totally admitting right here, right now, I haven't been a good girl this week. I've had a cold since Tuesday and just haven't felt like exercising, getting on the scale or doing really much of anything.

But for me, that's all part of it. I can't say as that I have a defining moment or a rock bottom moment. For the past year or so, I've known it in myself that I needed to make changes. I was aware of it but for the longest time I didn't do anything about it.

Like many people, I gained my weight after I had kids. With my daughter in 2000, I gained 27 lbs which for me is considerable as I'm such a small person. I lost it all the next day - literally. You never would have known that I was pregnant. Then I had my son in 2003 and that was a bit different. I gained about 30 lbs but it didn't disappear quite so easily - I think sometimes our bodies have minds of their own.

I've probably hovered around 140 lbs for quite a while which is not bad...but not great for someone of my height and while I'm active, I'm not actively active if you know what I mean. So I made a change. But in this case, it was something I wanted to do and I was ready to do it.

I'm a firm believer that with any kind of addiction, problem, whatever, the person needs to want to get help or change themself and its the same with weight loss. If you're not truly there and ready to do it, it just ain't going to work. Ask any of the contestants on The Biggest Loser - they really needed to be ready to change.

How was I ready? Ah, back to the whole mind over matter thing. I stopped snacking at night so much and noticed, rather quickly that because I stopped, I wasn't hungry anymore in the evenings. This was *huge*, I'm sure of it. The snacking is bad and for me, I'm a sucker for salty snacks like chips and the like but if you don't buy it, you can't eat it. (But we won't talk about the Xmas holidays will we?)

Coke. Its Evil Incarnate and I'm addicted and while I totally admire those of you who cut caffeine out of your life, I can't. I don't drink coffee and I rarely drink alcohol so coke is my one big vice but if I limit it to 1 per day, I don't feel so bad about myself and really why should I? I need to be healthier and still have some joys in my life food wise and if a coke a day is one of them, I'm okay with that. Slurpees, same thing. Love them, can't drink them so I have 1 a week and boy does it taste good.

I bought EA Sports Active back in the late spring and I just can't say enough good things about this program. It is truly a good workout and loads of fun and the best part is that it really does make a difference. I did two 30 day challenges with the original and I contribute my weight loss over the summer and fall to this and my determination to stick with it. More Workouts which came out in November is equally good and even better, I would say. I just completed the 6 week challenge on it and Wow! Did I ever sweat!! I encourage anyone who isn't sure to purchase this program and try it for yourself. Like anything, you get what you give into it but if you only have 20 minutes a day, that's all it takes and I guarantee, you will do more than you think you will. I myself, am going to head downstairs right after I post this to do a workout for the first time since Monday. I need to get back on track and I will. Today.

I hope to be down a few more pounds by the end of this challenge and even meet my goal but if I don't, I just know that I'll need to keep plugging along, putting one foot in front of the other and keeping my "mind over matter" mantra at the forefront of my mind. And you can do. Do whatever works for you to get it done but more importantly ask yourself this - Are You Ready?

Join us over at the Sisterhood to Re-think your Shrink or even if you just need some inspiration, I know you will find it there!!


Brooke said...

you've got a healthy perspective on it. labeling anything "forbidden" is like putting a neon sign that says "eat me" on it! :)

Jess B said...

I'm ready! It's good to be on this journey with so many other like-minded people!! :) Keep it up!

Christie O. said...

you're exactly right about being ready. nothing will ever happen until the person is actually ready and there is no other option in that person's mind. you've made some great changes and that's awesome that you've found a workout program that you love!

Mom of 3 boys said...

I also totally love the EA sports active and the sisterhood, of course. I also think it's okay to have some things like your Coke otherwise if you feel like you are cheating yourself then you are more likely to stop with the good habits. Keep it up.

the lewis 4 said...

I love your approach & attitude. And yes, we have to be ready to actually follow through and do it! Good for you!

OH, FYI: I'm a total caffeine addict myself and won't give up my Diet Coke BUT my new rule is no soda until I have at least 64 oz of water in for the day. So far, so good. :)

Mommy P said...

I've been reading a lot of positive comments about EA Active. I think that might have to be a purchase for me. Of course it will have to wait a little bit but I will own it. :)

Anonymous said...

I like my caffeine. I gave up Coke but still drink coffee daily. Ok, I'll have a Coke a couple times a month. I think one a day is fine. If you were drink a 6-pack then we might need to talk. Getting healthy is totally mental. If you can't convince yourself to do something for YOU, then how is anything going to change?