The Bible says life and death is in the power of the tongue. This goes true for everything in your life, including loosing weight and gaining your health back. Have you ever heard of the quote by Henry Ford, “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t your right.”? Well that’s true.
A few years ago I was a member of a group that had to do with size acceptance. It is true that beauty is what’s on the inside, but it was difficult to be around people who had such bad attitudes about taking care of yourself. I realize that some people have eating disorders and stress over every inch they loose or gain, but that’s not what I’m talking about. What I’m talking about is people who don’t care if they are dangerously overweight and they don’t care and don’t want to try and change their lifestyle one iota even if it means to save their lives. One woman even stated that since she knew she would gain the weight back she wasn’t even going to try.
Well, after becoming diabetic myself after years of being 125 lb. overweight I realized I needed to make some changes. My first change was to leave that group. My second change was I changed my lifestyle and all I had to do was go to beauty school. Just being up on my feet doing something all day helped a lot. I lost 30 lbs.the first few months!
Lately changing my eating habits and controlling my portion sizes has caused me to drop another 20 lbs! I’ve gained a few back but I’m going to start over with a new attitude and I* will* loose the weight.
“Old habits die slowly” is an old outdated mindset. To replace old habits here are three steps:
- Decide what you want to do and the results you want. Be specific.
- Develop actions that would accomplish what you desire.
- Examine your actions to see if you are holding back or not, or if you need to make any changes.
Here are my three steps:
- I want to loose my next twenty pounds in about four months.
- I will include at least thirty minutes of exercise in my day, every day. I will use portion control and be careful about the deserts. I will start walking tomorrow. I will buy a DVD player for my exercise dvds to go in the living room where I have a little more room to work out. I will get plenty of sleep so I will be able to do this. I will buy the food I need to make the portion control recipes in my book.
- Actions seem good so I’m good to go!
Well, to be honest with you I’ve majorly slacked off last month. First, the cooler weather discouraged me, even after bringing everything indoors, buying the exercise dvd’s etc…and then the holidays hit and Lord help! lol….and when I’m at someone else’s house for a vacation-I really loose interest .
But I am in no case discouraged. We have a new year, and in a few short months (3) I will have been exercising for a year! So my goal is to finish out the year with NO MORE setbacks. Time to jump back in and get to work! So it has been raining all morning but tonight at seven I will do exercise bike, maybe tapes, push ups, squats, arm bands. Yes! I WILL do this tonight at 7:00pm. The days it is not cold and raining I will do my 2 mile walk and finish up with stretching and yoga , my favorite cool down.
Despite not exercising last night, I had a really good blood sugar this morning. It was only 120. So I’m pleased about that. But generally when I don’t exercise at night I have a sorry blood sugar in the morning. So a little exercise goes a long way.
This year I’m also going to challenge myself. Maybe walk longer or ride my bike for 20 min. longer during an inside work out. I would consider myself healthier since I decided to start exercising last April-so don’t be discouraged if it seems like your not making progress. Even loosing 5 pounds *is* progress.
Setting new goals is a good idea. My goals are to loose 20 more pounds and exercise in some way every day, some times twice a day. Also, cut back on my calories. With my craft business my goal is to start taking my art to shows and events (hello Bonham trade days, the fairgrounds, etc…). With my home I want to get another shed built outside that we will turn into an art studio, and get kitchen cabinets built and bookshelves. (I’ll provide the money and husband and I will do the work.) What are some of your goals?
Hello people. With winter ahead of us and cooler weather/cold fronts it is hard to stay motivated and stay on track. My usual exercise is a two mile walk followed with a cool down of stretching and yoga. But today or this morning I decided I wasn’t in the mood for a walk. When that happens it is better to change it up a bit.
I bought two new workout DVD’s last month and brought the stationary bike into the house. The other day I did what my husband calls “around the world”. It is a series of different types of exercises that became an inside cardio workout. Instead of lifting heavy weight you choose about three or four light weight exercises and do three-four sets of each. My routine went like this: one mile on stationary bike, twenty pushups (can do these on the knees), about twenty stretchy band exercises (I did bicep curls with my arms stretched out to the sides), and then I did about twenty squats using the doorknob for balance. I did about three sets of these. My husband reccamends four sets. Squats are real good for working out the butt and thighs. I try and follow up a workout with some gentle stretching and a little bit of yoga to cool down.
Yesterday I did my walk. But sometimes I don’t feel like walking. Like today so I used one of my new work out DVD’s by Denise Austin. She is such a charismatic, inspirational person. I just love her book, Fit and Fabulous after Fourty-and she has a slew of workout DVD’s on amazon-some very inexpensive.
I have made 7:00 pm my workout time in doors because I’m done with supper and I can work on bringing my blood sugar down so I won’t have to use so much insulin. Tonight I worked out with Denise’s bootcamp DVD and let me tell you it kicked my rear! A good investment. I highly reccamend spending some moola on some basic equipment to help you work out.
These are an inexpensive alternative to dumbbells
You can do it! If you keep working at it you can reach your goals!
I have tossed around the idea of combining my own blogs into one so all the traffic would be directed into one place. The hard part would be which blog to direct all the traffic to. Anyone have any input/suggestions on this?
First I’m going to show you where I live and then we’ll get to the tortilla.
This is our little cabin in the country and some of the scenary and animals.
My husband and our cat big tiger and our snouzer we affectionately call little guy and our mamma cat I call loveables.
She had kittens in July and we gave them all away except big tiger.
A few more pics around the house..
Our workout equipment.
Kelly already tilled up our garden spot for the spring.
More pics around the house….
Big tiger stretched out on the sofa. He is already bigger than his mamma and he’s only four months!
Here’s my little fiber nook where I do all my reading, knitting, crochet, dreaming.
I’m a bit unorganized and messy. I probably clean out my corner once or twice a week but it always messes back up the next day…like it has a mind of its own.lol
And here is me, the new found health guru and fiber fanatic….
Me , the not so quiet quietwoman
Well, this is enough for now. I’m about to run out of juice on my notebook so I will continue with the tortilla next post. Have a blast today!!!
I thought I would post an update on my progress. This will be a short post just to get caught up. I took yesterday and the day before and worked on my rugs. I ran into some photo/camera problems and I can’t post on my fiber nook so I thought I’d write a little more on this blog since it is everyone’s favorite so far with my blogs. Eventually, I think I might combine the blogs that way I can make only one or two posts a/ day and have everything right there for people to read.
Since I got back to exercising my blood sugar has been pretty awesome. I have been taking less insulin since the little bit of activity has reduced my blood sugar considerably. Day before yesterday it was 140 in the morning and today it was 100! What my normal b.s. reading is without exercise is over 200. And when I skip exercise in the evening my blood sugar before bed is over 300-400. However, when I workout it comes down to around 200, so I get to take less insulin. So if your diabetic I *strongly* encourage you to put in those exercise dvd’s, get that jump rope, lift those weights, go for that walk or swim; do what ever it is you want to do to bring that blood sugar down. It *does* make a difference.
I found out after trying it all day that counting calories is not for me. Its monotonous and tiring. Instead, I will focus on eating healthy food only half as much. For breakfast instead of eating my normal two eggs and two pieces of toast I will cut back to only one egg and one piece of toast, of course with butter and preserves or jam (moderation in all things).
I will continue to exercise at least once a day for thirty minutes. I can break the exercise up or choose to do it all at once. I can combine different types of exercise as I work towards my goal of loosing 100 pounds. Eventually I will add some strength training to my routine, but I’m not ready for that yet.