Take pause and give strength

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My blog, From Here to Me, is really just a journal where I keep my thoughts and experiences as I go through this journey called life.  I have made a lot of changes over the past year and a half, I have failed at some goals, and far exceeded my expectations for others.  When I fail I have become much better at getting back up and trying again; when I succeed I feel great.

My journey is personal and a choice I have made for my life.  During this journey I have become more aware of others life experiences; some are on a journey not of their choosing, and others, like me, have chosen change, but may be struggling in ways that I am not.  The strength in the human spirit is remarkable!

Since I truly believe that there is strength in numbers and strength in positive thoughts I am going to share with you some information on folks that I know need strength.  I am asking you to offer a brief positive thought, or if you are so inclined, a prayer, for each of these folks and anyone you may know that needs this strength.  You could even share and add my strength to your list of folks in need.

Right now I know someone who is –

  • Trying to bring hope and a new life to a child in a bad situation
  • Watching their child lose her battle with cancer
  • Struggling with her loss of physical well-being and her marriage
  • Mourning the loss of her husband
  • Hurting because a relationship has ended
  • Dealing with excessive pain
  • Putting her life in order after getting laid off a job she has had for over a decade
  • A couple overwhelmed with debt because of recent illness

These experiences and journeys are all very different from mine and likely from yours; yet they are still similar and very human.

Take a moment today, pause, and send positive thoughts.  I will do the same for you.

 

Move! Damn it!

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This morning my husband came into our room while I was standing on the scale; I was standing there looking down, just lingering on the scale.  He said “What is the matter?”, I said “I cannot get this number to budge and it is irritating!”(I think my language may have been a little more colorful than that).

He then went on, in the best way a good husband should, to tell me the number does not matter, it is definitely evident that my body is changing for the better; I look slimmer and my clothes look better, etc. (and my clothes definitely fit better over the last couple of weeks).

You know what though!?  I WANT THE NUMBER TO MOVE! I want to see weight loss in numbers on that scale.  And I do not care how many people say, it is ok, as long as you look and feel better; I would bet a large percentage of women, and men, are with me on this one.  If I were at a lower, healthier weight I would agree, it would not matter as much, but I am not and I know I have a ways to go until I am.  So, move! Damn it!

Now that the rant is over, I will be honest and tell you that in the past two weeks it has moved, I am down 5 lbs, but just hasn’t changed in the past couple of days.  The fact that I want it to be down more is just me being impatient.  I am working and running regularly now, I am over a week into my healthy eating challenge and it is going well, and I feel great!  And these are the things that really matter.

I have a weekly weigh in tomorrow then I have to make myself not step on the scale for at least a few days, or at least until I am calm and rational again :).

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Until next time…

A Stroll in the Park

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Hi all!  I am almost 1-week into my healthy eating challenge and everything is going well; actually easier than I thought it would be.  Although I did slip one day and had to list a Kind Bar and a Vodka and Diet Coke to my snacks on my food tracker, not as serious as it sounds, just an end of the work week, please give me respite kind of snack.

Do you think one of the most common excuses for not exercising and not eating healthy is “I do not have enough time.”?

I know that over the years I have used that more times than I could count or care to admit.  Constantly telling myself I do not have time to exercise; I do not have time to cook all of my meals so they are healthier.  Well, that is BS!  When I measure all the time I have wasted instead of giving it the value it deserves, I get a little upset.  But alas hindsight is 20/20 and we cannot go back, so I am over the regret and looking to the future.

We have to make time to get more time in the future.  The time we spend now on being healthy will be years we add to our lives, and what are you doing with the time you are wasting anyway?  Watching TV, going online, or working?  I believe that idle time has value, but should be in moderation.

I am sure there are a million arguments to my simple statements today about time being something that we all have and I know everyone leads different lives.  However could you find 30 minutes a day to exercise?  Or a couple of hours on the weekend to prepare meals?

Today I am forgoing my run to take a walk in the park with my daughter, I will still get my activity in for the day, just going to take my time and enjoy the scenery and the company.  Kind of like multitasking to save time ;).

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Beautiful day in the park with my beautiful daughter!

Until next time…

The Fit and Fabulous 50s

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I am not old, but sometimes I feel like I picked a hell of a time to bring fitness and healthy eating into my life; I feel this might have been much easier when I was 20 or even 30.  When I was an adolescent I was of average build, I was pretty active but not athletic, and I had a lot of bad for me eating habits like lots of teen girls, the same could be said of my young adulthood.  After I had children I put on a good bit of weight and spent a lot of years trying to lose it in a lot of unhealthy ways, everything from fad diets to diet pills.  I also smoked from the age of 17 until the age of 48, this certainly did not help.

Over the years I just felt gradually worse blaming it on aging, on illness, on everything except my unhealthy choices.  That changed for me about a year ago.  In that year I have done good things, but have also failed at being consistent; falling back on old habits and old states of mind.  It really wasn’t until about a month ago that I decide to take this thing as a serious long-term commitment.

With all of that serious stuff said and out-of-the-way, let me share with you a little Plus/Delta study of making the decision to Get Fit at 50.  **I will not be 50 until March, I figure my journey will still be going at that time and I like round numbers.

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I have been around a while so I know a lot of stuff I have been around a while so a lot of stuff hurts
I have more discipline than I did in my younger years It takes more discipline to get anything accomplished
My children are grown, I have more freedom My children are grown, I cannot call it baby weight
My finances are in better shape than 30 years ago Good thing because fitness is expensive
I am more enthusiastic about fitness I am less enthusiastic about recovery time
There are more gadgets available to help than when I was younger I do not understand how to work half of these gadgets
I FEEL BETTER!

Getting fit and healthy wins!

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Until Next Time…

Why am I whining?

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Monday and Wednesday of this week we did ab work at boot camp, considering I am a couple of cases away from a six-pack, this has been a particularly interesting experience for my body.  Today I went on a short run, about 30-minutes, my normal morning run.  After eating breakfast I got up to get a shower and get ready for my day.  My abs screamed, my legs ached and all I could do was laugh on my way to the shower.  A small giggle to myself thinking “Why the hell am I doing this again?”

Then I remembered it is so I can be healthy and pester my children into having children so I can play with my grandchildren and great-grandchildren :).

Also, today, day-4 of the healthy eating challenge, mostly so far so good.  Yesterday I had a small bout of PMS related chocolate breakdown, then I read this…

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And had a couple of Hershey Kisses and called it a successful day.

Until next time…

Day-1 – I really want a cookie

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So today started my 21-day eating challenge.  It was going to be a 21-day Clean eating challenge, I have found that there are at least 2-million definitions for “clean eating”, so I am going with my version of eating healthy.

It is easy to do and easy to understand.  I do not have to find exotic ingredients or spend $4000 a week on food.  I love fruits and love to cook with vegetables, so yesterday I went grocery shopping for lots of fresh ingredients, and some natural sweeteners like honey for when I have a really sweet tooth.

Exercise has become a regular part of my life, I mostly enjoy it, I definitely feel better for doing it, and it has made such a difference in me I could not imagine living without it.  Eating healthy on the other hand I have found more of a challenge.

I LOVE food, good food, I do not eat unhealthy fast food, but I do eat processed foods.  Things that are easy to make and quick to fill (although that filled is short-lived), these are the foods I gravitate to throughout the day.  I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in January 2012, directly after this diagnosis I lost quite a bit of weight and felt better than I had felt in decades, so my big initial weight loss was pretty easy.  Keeping it off is harder.  In March 2012 I quit smoking after three decades of smoking, I have no problem not smoking but I know at times I am eating when somewhere deep inside I want a cigarette.

Telling all of my background and food issues will take at least 21-days so I will get back to the point of my 21-day challenge; to create lasting habits so that I eat well and remain healthy.

Here is my 10- point plan – 1.  Cook and prep ahead of time as much as possible  2.  Use fresh ingredients  3.  Avoid sugar substitutes and sugar as much as possible without wanting to knife someone.  4.  Avoid processed gluten-free food, stick to eating from the outside aisles of the grocery store to naturally avoid gluten.  5.  Limit dairy, dairy bothers me and if I eat a little cheese or ice cream I want it all :).  6.  Eat at home 7.  Keep a food diary  8.  Drink more water, I drink mostly water anyway, but need to drink more and no diet sodas.  9.  Eat breakfast daily, I cannot give up coffee and chocolate or I will decimate anyone I come in contact with, so I am keeping coffee.  10.  Stop letting my brain tell me when I am hungry and find a distraction to pass the time (I actually accomplished a couple of times today).

That is it, that is my healthy eating plan for the next 21-days and hopefully beyond.  I have no excuses only great things to accomplish.

Oh, and I am open to tips and advice from anyone who wants to offer.

Until next time…

10 things I learned over the past 21-days

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Well, today is my 21st day.  I ended it at boot camp, which is appropriate since it is this boot camp that inspired me to try this in the first place.  Also, today’s class instructor was The Vince, see my post from my second day to learn about The Vince.

It was an exciting challenge; some days were harder than others, but every day was worth it.  Here are some things I learned over the past 21-days –

1.  Your body is an amazing machine; it will keep going if your brain tells it to keep going.  I am now a firm believer that the brain is the most important muscle in your body.  Never say never!

2.  There are an infinite number of ways to do a push up.

3.  There are an equally infinite number of types of squats.  And according to Vince he has several creative ways to do Burpees, I do not ever want to learn all of these.

4.  What you are putting into your body is important,  if you are going to work hard to get fit, you also need to change your diet.

5.  Support from family and friends is important, and any time you can get them involved it is also fun.

6.  Age is just a number.  Our classes at the gym range from folks in their 20s to folks my age and older; and certainly at races I am smoked by several folks in more advanced age groups than mine.

7.  Every time I had a new pain in my body, I found a new way to overcome it.

8.  Stretching is important.

9.  Physical exercise leads to better mental health, or at least takes so much effort that the small stuff seems less important.  In other words “Don’t sweat the small stuff”, sweat OUT the small stuff.

10.  I am important, you are important, we all matter, whether you know it or not someone is looking up to you.  You are inspiring someone and may not even know it.  I have met people over the past three weeks that inspired me to keep going, I will remember and be thankful to those people for the rest of my life.

Thank you for joining me on this journey!  My journey “from here to me” is not over, it is just beginning, this bridge to better habits has been fun and full of learning and today I am going to start to plan my next challenge, 21-days of eating better.

As for tomorrow, I am taking a vacation day!  I am going on my morning run and then I am going to come home, shower, and take a nap.

So today I will not say until tomorrow, I will say Until Next Time…