Eight weeks ago, I started a quest to get healthy. I said I wanted to lose eight pounds by Memorial Day, among a few other goals. Well, here it is, a week after Memorial Day, and how did I do?
Meh. I think all told I lost 5 pounds, then maybe gained a pound or two back. BUT, I did learn some very important things about myself and my health along the way.
1. Adopting a healthy lifestyle takes a major commitment. You can't choose healthy habits one day, and then let them all go out the window the next and expect any kind of results. Naturally. Health needs to become a habit that you practice every day.
2. That said, a little cheating is okay. Even the Self Magazine Drop 10 Diet lets you have 100 "cheat" calories a day. However, one must learn to cheat wisely.
3. The older/busier you get, the harder healthy habits get. For me anyway. My baby weight used to just melt off. After child #5 and hitting the Big 4-0, that's not the case anymore; yet I'm eating like I did when I was in my twenties. The busier the boys' schedules are, the more I need to plan for healthy meals and snacks, too. As our life changes, our self plan should change as well.
4. Food journals are not for me. I've tried, I really have. I gave My Fitness Pal a good go. For someone who is committed, I'm sure it's a useful tool. I found myself either eating the same things all the time or eating a lot of pre-prepared foods just because they were already logged in the app. As the weather warmed and Hubby and I were creating more salads with a little of this and a little of that, I really didn't want to take the time to add up every slice of this and every sprinkle of that. So actually NOT using the app turns out to be a good thing for me because I'm eating more fresh, whole foods and worrying less about finding the time to write it all down.
5. Even a little exercise every day is a good thing. For the past four or five weeks, I have exercised almost every day. Whether it was a workout just for me or a walk to the park with the boys or a dance party in the basement, I was doing something. As a result, I do think my legs look a little better; but I still have my gut, which will be hard to lose unless I do some serious cardio and cut back on the last few no-no foods.
6. Having a plan and sticking to it, even half-assed, is the best way to get to know yourself. If I hadn't tried and quit My Fitness Pal, I wouldn't have learned about my eating patterns and known how to fix them. If I wouldn't have made a pledge to exercise every day, I wouldn't have realized how much my mood, mind, and soul really need it.
7. Good health is a necessity, not an option. I'm entering the sandwich generation. I still have young kids to care for, but I also have parents who are or soon will be in their seventies. To show my love and care for my family, I need to treat myself carefully and lovingly so that I am around when they need me.
8. It's hard to "just let stuff go." Something's gotta give, right? I am actually not one of those women who is capable of doing it all, but I find it hard to let certain things go. So what tends to come last? Myself. Note to self ---> Keep repeating #7.
9. Talk is cheap. Action is valuable. 'Nuff said.
This is the last of this Tuesday Truth series, as my boys are home for the summer, and I want to focus on us. I want to work with them on healthy eating and valuing daily exercise. I'm sure I will post again about my struggles and/or successes with finding the healthy me. I just can't promise the regularity of it this summer.
What about you? Do you have any revelations about getting healthy? Have any successes? Learned anything from any failures? Please share.