Good morning Everyone!
I did manage to meet my goal of drinking 32 ounces of water a day last week, although sometimes it was just by the skin of my teeth. And, to be honest, most of the time I drank it all at once quickly either late in the afternoon or with dinner, which probably isn’t the way it helps you the most. But at least I met the goal!
Eating breakfast at home suffered a trifle, but I still ate at a fast food place much less (only twice) than I did than before I worked on that goal for a week or two. And I did manage to skip the chocolate chip cookie snack that I used to get with it.
How do I feel? Not too very different from when I started this adventure. This point is where patience needs to kick in and I have to remind myself of many different tried and true (ie., trite) sayings such as “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” I have no right to expect to feel any different yet, since my grand total of goals met is two, but the part of me that really doesn’t like change is starting to whisper in my ear that if I don’t feel any different now, I won’t later, that sooner or later I will give up on this so why not just go ahead and stop now, and various other such “helpful” statements.
So I am going to choose today and every other day not to believe that whisper, even when it grows to a shout (and sooner or later it will). Instead, I am going to focus on the fact that I can make these changes I am working on, and that even one change kept persistently will make a difference. I also acknowledge that I will have times when I might miss a goal (the voice gets really loud then), but that if I do, I just need to climb back up on the wagon and keep going.
Sigh. If only it were as easy to do it as it was to write it. I still choose to keep trying, anyhow.
Now on to this week’s goal(s). I have so far kept to one goal a week, but this week is unusual for a number of reasons, the biggest being that I am going to have to be out of town from Wednesday afternoon through Sunday morning. (Don’t feel too sorry for me – I am going to be at a conference, but it is at the beach.)
I thought about it a lot this weekend, and have decided to include more than just one goal this week. It shouldn’t task me too much, as you will see.
So without further ado (fan fare please), here are the goals for this week.
1) Drink 64 ounces of water a day. (64 ounces equals 8 8 ounce glasses, the minimum recommended amount.) To accomplish this goal, I am going to have to get in some water drinking throughout the day rather than all at once.
2) For the first time since I started this blog, I am going to weigh myself and record the weight in a log somewhere. I immediately promise to not talk badly to myself when I see the number on the scale. To accomplish this goal I also will need to remember to either bring the scale from our old house to our new house (we’ve been moving) or to buy a new one. (If I buy a new one, you can rest assured that it will not be the newfangled scale that obligingly posts your weight on Twitter for all to see!)
3) I am going to plan my meals for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday breakfast and lunch. (After that, I will be at the seminar).
4) I am going to follow the plan on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. (Important point!).
So take THAT, negative voice. All you’ve accomplished is getting me to “step it up a notch,” at least for a few days!
If anyone else is out there trying some health improvement efforts, I sure would love to hear from you! I know some of you are reading this (Thanks Mom!) just from the numbers, but part of the fun of blogging is when you start to communicate with others. If you’re too busy to comment, I understand; thank you for stopping by anyhow.
To your health!