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Monday, December 19, 2011

It is 2:47 on a Monday...not exactly the time when most people make declarations about what they are going to change. But I have been working and thinking while working about things that I want to change.

I tend to have an all or nothing mindset...when it comes to being "good" about food choices, exercise. I have been on this website for 2 and a half years and have lost 10 pounds. Really? With all the tools, all the helps...10 pounds? Seriously, Marsha? Get your head out of your butt, put the effort needed.

So I'm done focusing on weight. I'll get there when I get there. But I'm not done focusing on what I need to do to get healthy. Most of these are starting NOW. Not January 1st, but now, December 19th. Because I'm done.

1- Stop drinking pop......again. Seriously, I have given up this habit/addiction three or four times already. And every time, I get the caffeine headaches and think "Never again", but then I will be tired or desiring energy. So I head for the Diet Mountain Dew. Let's think about this for a second. Pop (diet) is laced with chemicals at worse and sugar/ high fructose corn syrup (regular) at best. Neither one is a good option. Water, water, water. How many times must we go over this? (Sorry, lecturing myself.)

2-Cut out sugar. I have a serious sugar addiction. I can rationalize eating sugar...because I'm tired...because I'm bored...because, because, because!!! (I actually posted on FB last week "Tomorrow will be one of those 'I'm only awake because of the obscene amounts of caffeine and sugar that is in my blood stream.'") Time to get over it. And according to some people, sugar is just plain toxic. Look up youtube, "Sugar, the Bitter Truth."

3- Limit servings of bread/pasta/white rice (in other words, processed grains) to once a day. Mmmm....I love me some bread. Yum! And pasta...give me a bowl of pasta and spaghetti sauce and I am one happy girl. Here's the problem. They are trigger foods for me. I can't just have one serving, I must eat until I'm about to burst. So, they go on the "naughty" food list. (I don't believe that eating any food is inherently bad. Except for eating animals...sorry, that slipped out. Vegan, here. Bottom line is God don't make junk. But people do. And personally, these foods belong in my "People Junky Food" list.)

4-Do a high raw (80-90 percent raw) diet for no less than 30 days. I want to use this as a way to break addictions and habits. I will probably wait until the new year to put the high raw part in motion, but until then, I will eat more raw veggies. Spinach, anyone?

5-Treat my addictions as if they are that...addictions. I'm a sugar and a caffeine addict. I feel I need it to "run" . I spend a stupid amount of money to make sure I have it. Probably upwards to $600-$800 a year in between fountain pop, canned pop for home and candy when I'm low. Water? It's free, people. And as far as treating sugar as an addiction...stop accepting it when people offer it to me. No one who has been through drug rehab, and is thinking straight, will say "It's just a little coke. It's not going to hurt me this once."

6- Gym- no less than 3 times a week. You can't give up 4.5 hours a week, Marsha? Seriously, turn off the freaking t.v. and then tell me that! I have been stressed out lately. I went to the doctor and my blood pressure was up. (Not high enough for meds, but high for me.) My back hurts because my muscles are tense. My head hurts, probably caused by stress. And if I was going to the gym like I should be, these problems, for the most part, would be gone. Just get up and go, Marsha!!!

7- Track most days. I'm not perfect and won't do this perfectly. We all know how important tracking is to losing weight. I can do it on my computer at work, my computer at home or on my phone...so what's the freaking problem? In a word, laziness. Or complacency. (Okay, so that is two words.)

8- Run a 5k. Not walk, run. This has been on my list for a long time. Time to put on my big girl pants and just do it. If a 400 plus man can run 5 miles on Biggest Loser, I can eek out 3.1 miles.

9-Work on my birthday goals, with the exception of the pounds I want to lose. I have four months to get them done...need to start TODAY.

10- Get 6-8 hours of sleep per night average. (Instead of averaging 4 to 5 a night.) And start using my CPAP.

These last two could be about health, but just round-aboutly. (Is that a word?)

11- Stop using plastic shopping bags. Did you know that there is a body of plastic floating in the ocean that is the size of Texas? And did you know that most stores sell reusable shopping bags for $1 or $2. I have no excuse to use plastic bags.

12-Look for another job. Right now I work two jobs. One, I work at a mortgage company. Two, I work for a pet store. I would like to find a job where I enjoy what I am doing and I like the people I work with. Not much to ask for, right? Just give me the moon.

So that's it. Things I am working on right now. (When I started writing, I was drinking a Diet Mountain Dew. I got up, dumped it out and replaced it with water. I was also eating some sour gummi worms. They are in the trash.)

Let's make it a great year.

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  • LIV2RIDE
    Some parts of this blog are like I wrote them myself. We all know what it takes to get healthy so why is it so hard to just do it? Really??!! You are on the right track. Starting now is the best thing you can do. Get your holidays started on the right foot. I've been working on the sugar and bread thing a while. I also limit myself to those kinds of carbs one meal a day. If I have bread with my lunch then I don't get it for dinner. Seriously I could eat a whole loaf of bread in 2 days if you let me.

    One of the hardest things to do is to step outside your comfort zone. If you are serious about finding a job you love then you need to start looking at areas you love. I was stuck in a job I hated for a while and took a leap of faith last year. I took a cut in pay but found that I'm once again in love with what I do. It paid off because I just had my review and they love me just as much as I love them. So step out on faith and make it happen!

    emoticon And I'll be right here to support you every step of the way!
    3513 days ago
  • SHRINKINGLULU
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    Love your goals!!! Reading this was a much-needed reminder to get more focused on some of my own!
    3514 days ago
  • YDAVIS23
    Good luck! You can do it!
    3514 days ago
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