It’s no secret I have been struggling to live a healthy lifestyle. All of my excuses have not helped me climb back down the scale. My 12 pounds of Christmas ended up being about four. Each time I look at a picture of myself from Fall of 2011 or earlier, I cringe. Not at the picture, but at what I see now. It’s not really about the number on the scale though. It’s mostly what I see in the mirror and all about how I feel.
When I get on the treadmill (yes, the once in the past month) I feel sluggish. I roll over on Sunday morning when I should be excited to go to yoga and sweat the toxins out. When I want fast food, I get it. I can’t really explain any of these things. I’m going through the motions and I’m not living with a healthy purpose in mind. Yuck.
I keep thinking that one day I’m going to wake up and something big will convince me to change my lifestyle. I’ve just assumed that there’s a number on the scale that I will see and say “this stops today.” As the numbers fluctuate, I just seem to shrug my shoulders. I’m too busy to care about my well-being. I think I saw the sign this weekend and I’m ready to make better decisions. I don’t want to do anything drastic, and at least not yet. I also get the feeling that just a little change could make a big difference for me right now.
First step, I’m going to keep track of my eating, exercising, and water intake. I’ve been doing this pretty half-assed lately. This will be made easy by using my “Get Fit” stationery from Charm & Gumption. I’m absolutely loving it. The best part for me is filling in the eight waters each day. Drinking water is such a struggle-fest for me. Cucumbers and lemon are helping. I like to fill in the waters a different way each day, so far I’ve done waves, raindrops, chevrons, flowers, polka dots, spiderwebs, hearts (on Valentine’s Day, duh), swirls, you get the picture.
I also think the “today’s inspiration” and “today I feel” sections help me more than I realize. I’ve often left them void but when I have taken the moment to fill them in, I feel so much better. By having to fill in an inspiration, I create something positive, and I reinforce it by writing it out. It’s a little more that just reading it, and it’s a little more that seems to make a difference. The “today I feel” section might not be as positive but it’s reason for me to reflect that I might not have otherwise. Each time I fill in this box, I’m a little more self-realized. Some honesty with myself goes a long way.
I’m not sure what I can promise myself right now in the name of health. I know I can do more water, exercise every day- no matter how little, and not buy junk food. Let’s see how that goes, and then I’ll go from there.
How do you get back on track? Where do you find daily inspiration?