Journey to Me

I am on a journey right now to become the best me I can be!

By implementing small, manageable changes weekly I am hoping to improve some sections of my life that can use a little improvement. Check out my Challenges section.

My journey to self-improvement started with smooth sailing, but recently some life issues have gotten in the way. I can make excuse, after excuse, but that is how I handled things in the past. Now, I am picking myself up and starting again. Every day is a new day to become a better me.  And that is who I am working to be!

PSA of the Day…Pick yourself up and start again!

Daily Prompt: Journey

To Forgive

Learning how to forgive myself is hard work.

Mistakes or lapses tend to lead me to berate myself pretty badly. So, my new mantra is to be kinder to myself, learn from the mistake, and move on immediately.

I really put this to the test this week.  Recently I set small, but manageable challenges for myself and last week I slipped up a bit. I wrote a post about it on Tuesday and promised to get right back on track.

But…instead of getting right back on track, what actually happened was a bunch of girl friends gathered for some fun eating, drinking and being merry…and I stayed out a bit beyond my bedtime.

So…on Tuesday night I didn’t track my food and drink.

Weigh in at Weight Watchers on Wednesday morning resulted in a .2 lb gain…not horrible for the damage I did the night before, but it did wipe out the loss I should have seen on the scale. Bummer.

The plan was to get right back on track again Wednesday morning, which I did by tracking everything I ate…but, I was exhausted, so I only earned one Activity Point instead of my required 3.

The old me would spend the day criticizing myself and I probably would slip further off track.

But I am forgiving myself…and I am getting back on track (again).

I am drinking my water, tracking my food and moving my butt.

PSA of the Day…be kinder to yourself!

Daily Prompt: Forgive and Forget?

It’s Going Down!

isolated-scale it is going down

The scale that is! Yippee!!!

I mostly credit the tracking of everything I eat. By writing down everything I am more mindful of what I am doing. Also, because I am forcing myself to write it down I am finding that two things are happening:

1- I realize most of the time when I eat something bad it is not nearly as bad as I thought it was

2- Allows (or forces) me to get right back on track, not the next day or week, but the next minute

I am sure that drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water and getting a little more activity has helped also.

I lost 4.4 lbs this week for a total of 20 lbs!

Very excited! And very motivated!

What tricks help you stay on track and motivated to eat properly?

PSA of the Day…if you bite it, you write it!

Slash and Burn – Calories, that is

Eat less move more

It is time to slash and burn my calories! I am excited to recommit to my weight loss journey and I look forward to a more active spring and summer and beyond!

The only way I am going lose weight is by cutting the number of calories I eat and burning more than I have been with my recent coach potato ways!

I can’t even count the number of times I have joined Weight Watchers in the past. The last time I joined was in September 2013 when I hit my heaviest weight ever! I have been going to meetings on and off ever since. I have been paying all along, but like a gym membership, just because you pay doesn’t mean you benefit.

BTW, my gym membership is also being paid for, but not used!

I had lost 38 lbs, but gained 23 of them back.  Right now I am down 15.6 and have a long way to go until hitting my goal.

In the past week I have started tracking (food journaling) everything I eat and have started moving a little bit more.

My goal is to lose something every week. I know some weeks will be better than others, but I need to start and keep forward motion.

I am hoping to not only look and feel better, but to also be healthier and more energized.

What tricks do you have for eating less and moving more?

PSA of the Day…Eat Less and Move More

Daily Prompt: Slash and Burn

No More Couch Potato

Rainbow chase exercise

Each week I am challenging myself to make small improvements.

This week I am vowing to end my couch potato ways and become more active. I am going to start slowly and work my way up.

Through Weight Watchers I had purchased an ActiveLink activity monitor. It is a fancy pedometer, but not as fancy as a FitBit, which I hope to upgrade to soon.

My goal is to be active EVERY day. This week I want to earn one activity point every day.  That does not mean 7 points this week…it means a minimum of one point every, single day. Next week two points per day and so on until I reach four points per day.

I then want to maintain the four points per day through the summer.

For those of you not familiar with Weight Watchers, activity points are earned after a baseline of movement happens, so basically, not being a couch potato.  Then you earn activity points for burning somewhere between 50 – 100 additional calories.  It is hard to translate exactly, but at least it is measurable.

I am going to start with a slow walk daily this week.

What do you do to get yourself moving?

Update on past challenges:

On 4/15/15, I challenged myself to track (food journal) everything I ate. I have tracked every day since…even when I ate the 16 point Nutella Pizza!

On 4/13/15, I challenged myself to declutter one corner at a time. One corner is complete and the second is in progress.  I will report more on this tomorrow.

On 4/8/15, I challenged myself to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day.  I have managed to accomplish this every day since then except for one, which was yesterday (4/19).  I spent most of the day in the car and after the second emergency bathroom pit stop I decided the challenge wasn’t fitting in with my day’s plan. I did still manage to drink five 8-ounce glasses because I didn’t give up the goal completely.

PSA of the Day… A little exercise goes a long way!

What goals have you set for yourself?

Daily Prompt: Roy G. Biv

Turn This Ship Around – NOW!

Accountable food amnesia 4.15.15

I need to turn this ship around, and by ship, I mean myself. More specifically my weight.

Today I am going to start by focusing on small manageable steps.

This week’s step will be holding myself accountable.

My mentors have been my Weight Watchers leaders.  Some have been better than others, but as a general rule I try to find a good one. Continue reading

Weekly Challenge: Improving Something

small steps 4.12.15

I am going to set a new challenge for myself every Monday to improve something in my life.  Some challenges will be easier than others. I am going to try to make each a manageable and achievable task.

Last week I set the challenge of drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water every day…and I am proud to say that so far I have stuck to it.

Most challenges will probably last more than a week, such as drinking enough water daily.  Others may be quicker hits like cleaning out a closet.

I am going to spend sometime today trying to figure out what my next few challenges will be.  I am going to start by focusing on challenges that will make me healthier, more organized, learn something new, and help improve and/or expand my social relationships.

I am open to suggestions.  Please let me know your thoughts.

PSA of the Day: Starting today I pledge to take small steps to be the best me I can be