New Year’s Pep/Love Talk For All
The old sayings are just that… sayings!! Where is the actual nitty gritty advice on accomplishing our goals and dreams? I’m reminded of a WeightWatchers leader who was quite forward and frank, and bruised so many fragile egos. The ladies requested a different leader the next go ‘round. Ya see, what they really wanted was an entertainer, and we found one who could actually encourage while being entertaining. Different strokes for different…. Well, you get it. Sometimes we just need a little love and encouragement.
Over and over I’ve read that we need to make some changes if we want to see different results and that’s real nice, but where are the “how to’s”? What I am doing is compiling a list of what has worked well in the past and making some new plans based upon those. Take a look at my list and see if you can edit it for yourself, tossing out what hasn’t worked for you, adding what does, or what you’d like to try. Some of this may seem obvious but doesn’t it make it so much fun to work from a starting point? Yes, indeed.
1. Stretching and Core Exercise on Waking
I have a handy list of stretches and core exercises compiled from physical therapy experiences and research for results. Starting before rolling out of bed, then rather than struggle with the feet sliding, I roll out my yoga mat for better traction. Before I know it, it’s been 20-30 minutes and I’m ready to start my day. I have the list in google docs if anyone would like to check that out/edit it for your use.
2. Use a calorie counter again.
MyFitnessPal accompanied me for a spin recently. It was astonishing to see at how quickly the calories pack themselves into my day. Wow!! I’d been keeping some habits that were sabotaging my goals! Talk about some prolific producers! A little extra cream in the coffee (that extra from all the desserts had to somewhere!) A cookie here and there and then wasn’t it even more fun to dunk that peanut butter chocolate chip one into the coffee? And we’re off, more and more calories. Horrible experience to add those calories after the fact and see who’s been their own worst enemy! (ME!) (If you don’t need a calorie counter, practice mindfulness and portion control again.)
3. Check those restaurant menus online ...
... before allowing those full color food fantasies to cloud the judgement. Are they ever as good as they look anyway? It’s nice to know that the cheesecake at a well known restaurant is around 1,350 calories a slice – that’s more than my whole day’s allowance! As my grandma used to say, “Don’t eat it, honey, just wipe it right on the hips because that’s where it’s going.” She said that with a chuckle in her voice and a gleam in her eye. She was a hoot! I should really print out some of her sayings and paste them on the refrigerator!
4. Plan more healthy meals. It’s really fun (at least for me), to make some really great food without all the guilt! Logging back into MFP, I saw some of the old recipes I used more often! Also, the empty liquid calories really foul things up. It’s amazing how many ounces are in a glass of wine… and how many calories!!! It’s time to make more fruit infused water beverages – it’s really so much fun!! A visitor recently asked me what Sangria was like. Knowing he’s a non-drinker, I said, it’s about the same as infusing some citrus, grapes and pineapple chunks or whatever you enjoy, into some favorite tea, like the one I love “Roastaroma.” It reminds me of a very mild gingerbread flavor. The possibilities are endless! Water is always wonderful – helps clear the water from the fat cells, and cleanse the body.
5. Daily motivations!
It seemed to help when I kept the words of Walt Disney near my mirror -- “If You Can Dream It – You Can Do It.” My grandma’s sayings will fit in well.
As my doctor said recently, there’s no need to concentrate on a 30 minute routine, just keep moving. I have not appreciated a family care doc in quite a while but this one takes the cake. He’s the best I’ve seen in ages.
7. Stop contemplating and just start doing.
That’s a big one for me. Use a particular time of day for the contemplation, and use the rest of the day to get things done.
(Lorrie M. - January 6, 2019)
Remember the (4) S's for weighing:
♦ Same TIME of day (on the)
♦ Same DAY each week (wearing the)
♦ Same CLOTHING (and using the)
♦ Same SCALE to Measure Yourself - Remember, sometimes the scale doesn't budge, but the waistline will.
What are some of the things you will add to your healthy habits this year? Do you have suggestions for us? Please share! Being the artsy minded, using colored pens and art work makes it all the more fun for me.
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