Monday,May 1 - May Day, May Day - Day One
Monday, May 01, 2017
There is something so symmetrical when the first day of a month is a Monday. It makes the perfect day to start a blog series with a purpose and a countdown attached.
So my story for this blog series is that on June 15 I am due to have hip replacement surgery for an exceptionally painful, bone on bone, arthritic right hip. I saw the doctor on March 8, when I scheduled the appointment. He said it would be great if I could lose some weight by the time surgery arrives, that 20 lbs would be ideal. We both agreed that was an ambitious goal, but it was the goal nonetheless.
Over the course of the last almost 2 months, I have had very, very good days. I've had some bad days, but the good days have far outnumbered the bad. I have not lost a pound. Now, I am not a dieting rookie. Far from it, I possess as much knowledge of how to and what to in order to succeed as anyone I know. But part of my formula for success is exercise. Not that I exercise so vigorously that I burn lots of calories, but when I exercise it makes everything better for me. I'm in a better mood, I am more motivated to eat well, I sleep better, and yes, I do burn a few calories. So the inability to do any meaningful exercise has definitely hurt me. Additionally, the last year has been pretty stressful for me. Not that they are secrets, but let it suffice to say that there have been a lot of family situations that have caused much stress, and have taken pretty much all my free time and energy trying to navigate and keep things as calm as possible. So while I know that in order to be the best Tina I can be for everyone else and myself, I have to put me first, that has not always been possible.
So today, as June 15 creeps ever closer, I realize that I just have to redouble my efforts to take those baby steps towards my goal that have always been best for me. I can think of no better way to begin than to make a public declaration of my plan and intentions.
1. commit to eating my planned meals and snacks, and no more
2. do one seated workout of the several I have found on SP daily
3. set aside 15 minutes in the middle of every day, just after lunch, to pray/meditate
4. report my daily progress in this May Day blog series
Small, baby steps. They will take not more than an hour from my day in total, between meal and snack planning and preparation, doing the little bit of exercise I can, spending my 15 "me" minutes, and reporting my progress on my daily blog series entry.