Encouragement…

I’m thinking about the things I am grateful for as I get ready for bed. I can’t express enough how much it means to have a kind word of encouragement. Isn’t amazing that we all of have this enormous power for good within us? Of course belief starts from within, but it’s just so nice to have someone else come along and back you up.

Maybe that’s why I love teaching. I love being that voice that says, “Let’s try it.” or “Wow, look at what you’ve done here.” or “May I just give you a compliment?” My students all know that I believe in them. I think that understanding helps them to work so hard even when things are difficult. I think we could all take a lesson from the children in our lives. They know a thing or two about overcoming struggle and living joyfully.

Joy and struggle are two sides to the same coin, aren’t they? Today I pushed myself to get to spin at 4:30 pm and I did it. It was a struggle to make it out of school and to the gym on time. Usually, I let myself get caught up in work or a personal commitment. Not today! I feel really good about this. Plus, I am also rolling over 4 SmartPoints which also feels pretty fantastic.

I think dreams are just as important as reality. Having a dream to strive towards, is helping me to discover how much I can really do. I’m just so grateful I am figuring this out. I could have lived my whole life and never have known what I could become had it not been for my dreams.

If you have something you are dreaming of – keep it safe, keep it close to your heart. If you have someone in your life who has a big dream – be an encourager. Be the one who says, “Yes, you can do it.” The truth is, you can do it – whatever “it” might be. It just takes a lot of work and dedication. I guess the one question you have to ask yourself is, are you willing to put in the time it takes to make a dream happen?

Be the light, be the hope, keep the faith.

Day Thirty-Six…

Getting out of my head and into my body was just what was needed this morning. Spinning was amazing, and by the end of the class, I was feeling really good.  It was an excellent day on plan. I used 25 SmartPoints and I have 29 Weeklies in the bank. I noticed I earned an extra FitPoint for spin class, so I guess that has to do with how #WW recalibrated those. It doesn’t really matter because I don’t convert those into points to use for food. It’s the collecting of the points that I enjoy. Each week I set a FitPoints goal and that helps me to keep on track with activity.

So I saw these quotes on #Connect and I found them to be very inspiring:

This is a journey of personal growth. My physical transformation is the result of a mental transformation. Some people don’t seem to understand this they look at me with wonderment and ask, “How did you do it?” It all begins with mindset and belief. I know I can do this, and that’s how I’m doing it. It has to be doing because I think this is a goal without a destination, it is a journey of becoming.

Day Three Hundred Eighty-One…

I had a conversation with a friend today who is has lost so much weight. she shared her frustration about gaining .2 pounds and being stagnant.  It was privileged to be the voice that reminded her of all that she has achieved.  I quoted my Weight Watcher leader, “Don’t forget all the pounds you’re defending.” Narrowing the focus to numbers minimizes the accomplishment. If you’re on a weight loss journey and you feel stuck, it doesn’t have to be a big deal. Acknowledge the disappointment but keep going. Just because it isn’t happening quickly doesn’t mean it won’t happen. You can do this. Believe it.

Year One…

Happy Birthday Getting to Goal! Today marks an accomplishment I am very proud of. I have blogged every day for one whole year. On Day One… I went to the Cheesecake Factory with my husband and son, and I didn’t crash and burn. That small moment was so important because it proved this could be done.

The thing that stands out to me is that I was full of hope and I believed in my potential. Thinking back to the beginning makes me feel so happy because I finally did something for myself. It is very hard to hold onto that good feeling when today has been so challenging. However, remembering better days, days, stronger days, helps.

Some wins…

  • My work presentation was amazing! Everyone applauded at the end.
  • I never felt like eating to deal with my stress.
  • I’ve been eating with the Healthy Eating Zone for three out of four days this month.
  • I’ve been drinking more water

Thank you for reading and coming along on my journey. I hope you are well and feeling strong. If you had a difficult day, it’s ok those days eventually end and better days are coming.

Be grateful… Be kind… Appreciate beauty… Find your brave…

Day Three Hundred Fifty-Four…

It’s fantastic to lose weight and feel good about yourself. But that is almost like a side-effect of this process. I’m losing weight, but I’m really learning so much about myself. I’m beginning to think that is the real journey.

My week in numbers…

Progress august 25, 2018

What I’m learning…

I am grateful that I lost a pound this week. However, I still maintain that the more important thing is that I’m coming closer to demystifying weight loss.  I am not helpless, I’m not just “lucky” if I go down on the scale. My actions matter. Through my actions, I can control this process.

That doesn’t mean I can control the numbers on the scale – like it’s crazy to for me to say, “Next week I want to lose two pounds.” Crazy, because there are too many things outside of my control. If I drop .6 pounds, is that not a success? Of course, that’s a success! If I happen to be bloated and I don’t see results in terms of weight loss, does that mean I should give up? No that’s just ridiculous. My body runs on its own clock and the number on the scale is not part of my control. However, the things that are within the auspice of my control, food, activity, and mindset are so powerful.

We had a great meeting today. We talked about so many good topics that make this journey better:

  • Daily goals: set daily goals to keep yourself invested in the process.
  • Positive self-talk: conversations in your head influence your actions.
  • Gratitude: Before going to bed pick a random letter of the alphabet and list all the things you are grateful for, “B” my bedtime routine is helping me destress at the end of the day and get a better quality of sleep.
  • Habits: Recognizing that habits are so powerful. When we make new habits to support our weight loss goals we are changing our lives.  Also recognizing that our old habits (that supported weight gain) still exist and knowing we can decide which one to grow.
  • Beliefs: Getting rid of clothes that are too big for us. When we get rid of those clothes, we are making a statement that weight loss is permanent.

There is no one else like you and so you are a gift to all of us. Whatever you are doing to better your life, I say, “Go you!” You are making choices to help yourself be the best version of yourself.  Keep going. Some days on the journey will be difficult. It may help to know on those difficult days, you may learning the most about who you are and what you need. Every time you overcome something you are growing wiser.  When you decide to open yourself up to this process, you are waking yourself up to your own potential. Keep going.

Day One Hundred Ninety-Two…

There is no better feeling than being in snuggled in bed on a dark snowy morning. The light filtering through the window is grey and muted. On any other day, a ringing phone would be jarring, but today it is as comforting as a childhood memory, “Good Morning, This is Dr. Gianni, due to the inclement weather school will be closed today, March 13th…” Clicking off the phone, it quickly shouts out another cheerful ring, click: “Good morning, This is Robert Banza,” the Northport choir singing softly behind him, “Due to the storm our roads will not be safe for travel for our students, faculty, and staff. Our schools will be closed…”  Getting a day like today is like receiving a gift to do whatever I want – or even to do nothing and just be. I know that everyone is safe and sound that is a remarkable feeling of contentment.

I feel like I’m making the most of the day. Our daughter did have to go to work but Stop & Shop is just down the road from where we live.  So my husband cleared the snow and we dropped her off and took a ride into town. This made me think of my father-in-law who loved to venture out on snowy stormy days. He loved the adventure of it, and it was comforting to think of him too.  We came home, and I made three batches of pancakes: M&M pancakes for my son, regular for my husband, and blueberry for me. Yes, on Weight Watchers I can enjoy pancakes too. That’s why this program is the best one for making a lifestyle change. It would be a dark, stoic, unhappy life if I couldn’t relish a dish of blueberry pancakes on a snow day!

I hope that wherever you are in the world you are well on the journey. I wish you calm, contentment, and joy. Yes, we all want to reach our weight loss or fitness goals, but the thing is, if you are on the journey to improve your life, you don’t have to wait to start enjoying today. Make it a great one.