Week 1 Reflections & Inspiration
Thursday, June 03, 2010
OK, I have to admit, I didn't expect this to be so hard. I've had ups and downs this week, and a lot of frustration. In retrospect, this might not have been the best timing to start a project like this, but really, when would be a good time? Yes, it's busy with the kids' activities (baseball, track and gymnastics this season). Yes, I'm going through finals at school. But really, if I can do this during the past week and the upcoming week, I should be able to do it anytime.
I found a quote this week that I loved. It was in this month's (June 2010) Shape magazine (my favorite magazine EVER). On page 170, there's an article about Los Angeles trainer Jackie Warner. She used to have a reality show, I think on Bravo. Anyway, here's the quote: "How you train is how you tackle life. Don't avoid discomfort; deal with it head-on to get stronger. Learn how to work out with passion and that fire will carry over into everything you do."
I thought this quote was pretty powerful, and carries a lot of truth. I am an avoider. If there is something I don't like, I avoid it. I avoid stressful situations, I avoid conflict, I avoid working out. I know that doesn't solve anything in the long run, and most likely even makes things worse, but I guess it's about instant gratification. One of the reasons I joined SparkPeople was to start tackling my weight and my health head on. I still don't like working out, but I like what it can bring me. I'm trying to learn to delay gratification. And if I can do it with exercise, I can do it with other things.
I wasn't perfect this past week. I went over my calorie suggestion a few days, I didn't get in 8 cups of water a few days, and I didn't work out a few days. But it's a start, and I'm down 1 pound. It's not much but I have to start somewhere. I need to use that 1 pound as motivation for this next week. If I can make my calorie goal, drink all my water, and work out everytime I'm supposed to, maybe next week it'll be 2 pounds.