So far so good. My announcement earlier this week has garnered support and encouragement. Thanks, guys, you rock!
I have to admit that I’m feeling a mild panic along the lines of “Oh boy, what have I done? Couldn’t keep my mouth shut, could I?” Well, that was the point, wasn’t it: declare my intentions to eat healthy and exercise, thereby obliging myself to follow through.
Fine. What’s next?
Carrie wrote, “Starting with a few small changes often leads to noticeable results, enough that we’re motivated to keep going.”
Wow, those comments were helpful! “Small changes” has been my mantra for my community work. I never thought to apply it to my health, too! See? Already I’m reaping the benefits!
First things first: a plan. It’s in two parts: decrease intake and increase output. I intend to
- Eat nothing after 7 PM
- Reduce the amount of oil in my diet
- Eliminate fries, chips, and processed food
- Walk at least once a day for at least 30 minutes
*** …two day’s time passes… ***
And it begins: the rule breaking and excuses.
Two walks on Tuesday. Yay! That calls for a treat! An ice cream cone at 8:45 PM. Oil. Boo! After 7 PM. Boo! Hiss!
My wonky hip paid the price of those extra steps. No walk on Wednesday. Boo!
Chiropractor set me straight – yay – suggested orthotics, to the tune of $450.00 boo, hiss…
An extra-long walk on Thursday evening – wonderful trail, but my hip just about seized. [Insert you favourite cheer or jeer, here.]
Today, no walks. I need to rest my joints. But I did haul the vacuum cleaner around. That counts for something, doesn’t it?
This weekend we travel north for mineral collecting. Five-hour drive, seated. A favourite chip wagon on the itinerary. Restaurant food. Clambering over rocks and boulders – at least I have suitable footwear for that. I’ve packed my walking cane just in case.
Not exactly a stellar start. Anyone else doing the “One Step Forward, Two Steps Back Tango”?
Categories: Personal Growth
Tags: weight loss