It’s funny how a song can bring you back in time. I was watching the movie, Crazy Rich Asians, and heard a beautiful version of Only Fools Rush In. My uncle, Big Frankie, sang, that same song at my wedding. I remembered all the family and friends who were there to celebrate with us. It’s a very special memory.
You might be thinking, “Ok, so? Isn’t this a wellness and weight loss blog?” It is. Weight loss can be transformative experience. While it changes how I live my life, inside I am still me. I think, in order to stay on this journey, I need to gather everything I am, all I was, and all I hope to be and use that so I keep going. I need to embrace it all if I want to hold onto the best version of me.
So as you do the work to reach your goals, why not turn your gaze to something sweet? It is especially important to remember how much love there is in life. So this is what I have to say to you, remember the love, just remember that. Hold onto that and know you are worthy of accomplishing your goals. Even when you fail, or slip up, or have days that don’t go as planned. You can do it, you’ll get there. Say that and believe it.
I’m reflecting on my progress with goal setting. Last week was to focus on mindfulness and it was an up and down kind of week. There were some successes and some failures. I’m just trying to sort it out – trying to learn. So far all I really know for sure is that maintaining weight loss can be very hard some days.
I’m feeling ok, I woke up with a headache and missed my weekly WW workshop and that’s a real bummer for me. I love going and touching base with my people. Part of being a WW member means you’ve got people, how cool is that? If you’re reading this post, you’re my people too, and I am yours – together we can think of ways to make this lifestyle thing work.
I am in week four of weekly goal setting. Here is how that’s looking:
Week 1: crash and burn setting a goal to rollover points did not work.
Week 2: huge success setting a goal to reinforce night time rituals was a big win for me.
Week 3: Fresh Start thinking (practice mindful choices) was up and down as I said earlier.
My goal this week is to get some activity each day. I feel better when I’m active. That helps me to stay focused on plan and to be successful. I went to the gym today, and walked the dog:
I hope you did something that makes you feel good today. Believe that you can do this, because you can. Keep the faith and keep it moving along.
This was a good week. I went outside of my healthy eating zone earlier in the week and by the end of the week I was back on track rolling over points. I found ways to get my activity in. My meals were packed each day, tracked, and measured. These are all very good things to be happy about.
I think I need to work on going to bed earlier. The mornings have been rough, it has been hard getting up and out of my warm bed on these extremely cold days. So sticking toa bedtime routine would probably be very helpful.
So the journey goes, this is what Maintenance looks like for now.
Thank you to everyone for all the support and love. This was a cool message to get…
Full confession, some of those likes are my own because (especially when I was starting out)I see it as a kind of positive self-talk. Kindness counts and it meant to be given freely and generously so why not lavish it on yourself?
Saturday is my day to see if I make Lifetime and I’m starting to get a little nervous that it may not happen. I hope I’m wrong because I would really love to make this goal right out of the gate. That would be great, plus it would be awesome to (finally) sit in a free seat. In the scheme of things, the more important part of this is that I am learning how to live my life in a healthy way.
Exhausted. Christmas is here and thankfully it all looks beautiful. I ate three Christmas cookies, and I did think about each one. I tracked them and needless to say this was not a “blue dot day” and now I feel a little remorse. Learning how to manage cravings and bad choices is all part of the journey.
Sometimes (most of the time) I wish I didn’t have to think so much about this. To someone reading this blog they may say, “So what? She ate three cookies, big deal.” It’s not about the three cookies it’s the desire to eat them won over my better judgment. Anyway, it’s ok it’s only Sunday I can get myself together for the rest of the week.
Thank you for reading, and sending your support. Know that I send it all back to you as you travel your path to better health too. More tomorrow.
The Christmas season has begun in our household. We bought this beauty tonight…
We went with the Fraser Fir. I love the color, the smell, and the whole ritual of picking out the tree. All of it, the music, the decorations, and let’s not forget the cookies! Well, moderation is better than no cookies at all.
This time of year is so thick with nostalgia and I am grateful for my childhood memories of home and family. I do my best to make the season festive and happy for my own children. They are starting to leave subtle hints about what they may like to find under the tree this year.
I’m thinking about how special it is to give the people you love a special gift that they will truly enjoy. I love making them happy and am willing to wait on lines, save up money, and search out the deals just so everyone gets what they want.
As I reflect on this year, I realize this time I’ve spent on my journey has been a gift I’ve given to myself. Getting to goal and working towards Maintenance is my ultimate gift because I got back my own sense of self. Sometimes, it doesn’t seem real, and sometimes I can forget how I once felt. It’s very strange to be so transformed.
My wish for you is that you are feeling well as we enter into a season that is marked by love, generosity, and faith. Believe you can do this because that is the truth.
I forgot one more thing! I did make my 5:15 am spin class and it was so much fun. People were happy to see me and I felt amazing for the rest of the day… Find some kind of activity you enjoy it really helps.
There is no point friendly version of those mushrooms that are my featured image. They were the best stuffed- mushrooms I’ve ever made. It’s late, and I truly have that “Thanksgiving” feeling. It was a splendid holiday with the family…
I am on the road to maintenance but in the meantime, holidays and family events are going to happen. Being a part of these occasions will mean that I will be eating traditional foods that are not great options. I decided to pick and choose what I would eat. So, I didn’t have the cinnamon buns this morning because I knew I’d want dessert tonight.
I did this with the full understanding that tomorrow is not an extension of today. The holiday is over, and now I’m scheduled for 8:15 am spin and returning to all the habits that have helped me to lose the weight. I am looking forward to food shopping and my cut up vegetables and fruit. These are the staples that help me to make better choices when I’m hungry.
I am truly thankful for all the love and support people have shown me along the way. There are so many people who are both inspiring and encouraging. As I close out this post for Thanksgiving 2018, I am left with only feelings of gratitude and love. Happy Thanksgiving.
I did it. I made it to the gym and I’m proud of that. Now, it’s late and I’m tired. I spent my night working away and I’m really glad it’s Friday tomorrow. I had a “blue dot” day. I just don’t know if this is my week to get to goal. I’m sure taking my time towards the end of this part of the journey. We shall see.