Saturday, February 19, 2011

The first few days - Journal

Okay, I am sure I am not going to be the best about blogging my journey here, because I have a hard time keeping up with my own blog! But I'll do my best :-)

I've been exercising with a friend of mine. Wednesday and Friday we walked and ran for 40 minutes around our little road here on our mission base. We are both pretty out of shape so on this rectangular road we walked the long legs and ran the short legs. We both hope to increase the running portion more and more but we'll see how it goes. Thursday we did Kathy Smith's "Lift weights to lose weight" DVD - the portion that focuses on the legs. I really like the DVD - it has 2 20-minute workouts, one for arms and one for legs, and then a short abs workout. It's not supposed to be cardio but the pace is fast enough that I work up a sweat which is good. I have actually been doing this workout for a couple of weeks now, alternating legs and arms, and feel like I am getting stronger. So I will keep it up!

I have been doing okay on the eating side this week so far, drinking more water, etc. But I HAVE allowed myself to have a small treat or two each day - a cookie after lunch, a small bowl of ice cream after dinner, etc. Last night we had friends over for dinner, quite a big group, a chip-in Italian meal. I made tiramisu and we also had ice cream. After this big dinner (which I actually had fairly small portions) I was feeling pretty guilty about eating dessert, etc. And then I had an "Aha" moment. I have been reading Dani Joy's suggestions about cutting out sugar, etc, but letting yourself have a free day, and I have realized that is really what I need to do. Instead of letting myself have a small treat or two each day, I just need to cut back on the sugar as much as possible and I think for me that means NO dessert during the week. If I had done that this week, I would not have felt guilty about having Saturday as my "free" day! (It is already Sunday morning here :-)) So I am going to try it. In God's strength, I can do it, right?! I don't think I can give up my coffee/tea (I only allow myself one glass/cup of anything non-water each day, because I put cream/sugar in it!) but if I cut out desserts that is a start, right? I am also going to start keeping cut-up carrots and cucumbers in the fridge for snacks. So that is my plan. Cutting out the desserts but allowing myself one free day. I can do it for 10 weeks!

Edited because Whoops I forgot to tag this post! I'm still learning!!!
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