I am learning over the years that all or nothing does not work for me, because I tend to be all for a short time and nothing for a long while. I am inspired by people who keep it together all the time, who make wise choices, and when they don’t, they get back to it. (LSL)
I learned a lot of lessons in Germany, one being that I’m out of shape, or maybe that my shape is a little too curvy (don’t worry, not calling myself fat – because I have two friends who will give me a lecture – I’d rather have better conversations than that with them!)… we had to take the stairs (3 flights) everyday, good Lord, even if I didn’t have to carry 20 lbs of crap up the stairs it would have been difficult. So I decided that only I can do something about that… So I thought and prayed about it. Let’s face it, even with my new found free time I don’t have hours to always work out (at least not consistently). I pulled out an old “favorite” Jillian Michael’s Shred. I can get a pretty good workout in 20-25 minutes. And I found a yoga routine online for 25 minutes (and please don’t get all crazy spiritual on me – it’s just exercise for me). I can find 20-25 minutes everyday and maybe sometimes go for a walk or do Zumba, but 20-25 minutes is manageable.
I have also read that losing weight (getting healthy) is 80% of what I eat and 20% of exercise. I can live without gluten, and that really seems to be making me FEEL better. I love rice and beans, and thankfully there is no gluten in any of that! I love fruits and veggies… BUT I love cheese, pizza, cheeseburgers… French fries… and lots of other things that aren’t good for me… So I just try to make good choices, when I can. I try to drink 30 oz of water before my day starts. Somedays I do really well, and today… well not so much, I drank iced tea first… needed some caffeine. But the second thing I drank was 30 oz of water (I shoot for 100 oz everyday). And I love cheese in my eggs… but today, instead I added beans and spinach… and called it good, and left the cheese out. I try my best to plan, have good choices at home, snacks in my purse, and at my desk, but every day is a choice, and I just try to make the best choices… and sometimes I fall super short, but I hope that every day I can get a little closer to excellent, because perfection just isn’t attainable (thanks for that awesome insight yesterday AG!!!).
I am thankful for people who inspire me to be a better version of myself, and the friends who cheer me on, speak words of encouragement to me, and love me right where I am!