Beginning Week 45 Feeling Great!
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
It's spring even though the Pennsylvania weather doesn't feel like it. I am feeling great and having spikes of energy. Maybe it is the season but I like to think it has a lot to do with the fact that I have been feeding my body good nutrition in proper amounts and moving my body on a consistent basis every day. I have lost all of my holiday weight gain plus a few pounds and I am getting stronger each day. I bought a balance board and am having a lot of fun learning to balance on it. I've also been able to increase the weight of the dumbbells I work out with a couple times a week. Although I am not walking very far or very fast I have been pretty consistent in walking at least 15 minutes most days either outdoors or on the treadmill. In the past I have cycled through phases of a lot of fitness activity and total couch potato. My weight has cycled up and down by more than 50 pounds several times. this time I am trying to focus on a sustainable lifestyle and persistence and not get caught up in the enthusiasm of pushing my body to do more and more but rather to do something consistently each day. I have been working on my mental game and learning to pay attention to the thought patterns I have related to food and activity. I am taking the time to celebrate and acknowledge that I feel better physically and mentally when I make the decision to take the positive actions for my health and wellbeing. I am also paying attention to the way I feel when I choose the less positive actions and give in to tempting unhealthy foods or choose to sit around being a couch potato. While sometimes the unhealthy or excess foods seem like a reward, I am becoming more aware of how lousy they leave my body feeling after indulging and the temptations are lessening as my awareness of the after effects grows. Managing activity levels is more of a struggle for me. I frequently have a hard time judging whether my body legitimately needs more rest and will feel better from a break, or will feel stiff and sluggish from inactivity. It's a learning process in an experiment of one and I am enjoying this journey of a lifetime one day at a time. :-)