Taking the morning off from blogging today really helped me to refocus on where I want to go on this pilgrimage to a healthier me. I know what I need to do to get to my final destination and I am becoming more aware of the majority of the obstacles that may present challenges along the way.
I have been aiming to blog once when I wake up to solidify my mindset early each day and once before going to sleep to allow myself to reflect on what was accomplished or which parts were a struggle. I will have to remind myself that this is an ideal framework and one that needs to be flexible to actually allow my overall goals to be achieved. If I can only do a single post once in a while – or even if I have to skip a couple of days all together on the very, very rare occasion – then I have to be okay with that. Like it is with this weight loss journey, I need to let go of the all of nothing mentality that I sometimes find myself defaulting to.
I do not want to give up journalling this daily fight. I refuse to actually. It has been too important a component in helping me get this far. The accountability, accurate records, and motivation that I get from this are all integral parts of why I have succeeded as much as I have so far. Learning about what others go through, developing a sense of camaraderie with other bloggers, and having the community remark on my progress has given me invaluable gifts. There is no way I could continue as enthusiastically as I have without all of that.
So I am staying committed to this blog. I will do my very best to continue posting twice a day as I have been, but I will recognize that this is not always possible. If I have to miss the odd entry then I will not dwell on that fact, but rather rest assured that my readers will understand as well as in the knowledge that I will not falter in my pursuit of health simply because I was not immaculate in recording my every waking thought about the path that I am walking.
Writing about my food and exercise, feelings that arise due to complications or celebrations, or the random insightful and thoughtful post about a particular aspect of health or weight loss is important. Yet actually dealing with these things is the most necessary part of getting to where I am going. Today, I took the time to remind myself of that fact. However, I know that if I work hard, stay focused, and do my best to manage my days effectively, the majority of the time I can still generally do both.
FOOD & BEVERAGES:
- 11 glasses of water throughout the day
- 1 banana
- 3 cups of steamed asparagus with margarine
- 1 cup of steamed cauliflower with margarine
- 2 slices of ham with mustard
- 3/4 cup fat free peach yogurt with 1 cup Vector cereal
- 1/2 glass caramel macchiato soy milk
- 45 minute step workout video
- 50 minute walk
- 40 minutes on the recumbent bike
- 2 sets of 2 minutes of weight lifting with 5 lbs per arm