We have all been through our share of losses. The pain of losing someone very close is not something one can describe in words. People talk about moving on, letting go, about making peace within, not holding on to any pain, so on and so forth. (more…)
A friend with whom I shared my food log (www.myfitnesspal.com) commented on how little I ate. I also noticed that she had a few issues dealing with her weight loss — I shared my thoughts through an email…..here it is.
Today I woke up feeling blue. For no reason, as I said. Just did. Each time I felt the desire to get something out of that pantry, I stopped myself and drank a glass of water. Yes, I feel bloated now, ha! But, guess what. Today, I won’t be doing any of that. I put my mind over matter – fully.
Instead, I will::
- Continue with my normal healthy options
- Go for a walk, and exercise longer
- Call a friend and chat – and be honest about my feelings
- Read a trashy novel
- blog (which I am doing now – but will I post this? hope so…so others can get some tips..)
- Watch ‘Jeremy Kyle’ and see how life is worse for others
- listen to my favourite songs (oh, Dido…where are you?)
- Perhaps, feel a little bad for myself – get tired of being a superhuman some times…
- And simply CHILL
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My blog is not about losing weight. It is about re-gaining health. I am a middle-aged woman, with a full-on life. I lost control for a while, gained huge amount of weight in a very short span, and got very ill. I was told I couldn’t live much longer if I did not do something about it. The starting point for me was to lose the excess weight. It was not easy. It was not hard either. It was just about making a decision and taking action. I decided to take one day at a time. Every day, I focussed on that one day. And slowly, things changed. I lost the weight. I re-gained my health. My diabetes went into remission. I no longer suffer from hypertension. My liver is fine. The stone in my gall bladder is getting smaller. Is it a “miracle” as we would like to believe? No. It is simply, about making a decision and taking action, and sticking with it, every day.
One common phrase I have heard over and over again, “You are so lucky, you can exercise, I have no time to exercise”!
Seriously, one thing we all have in common is the 24 hours we get. What we do with those 24 hours each day, is what makes us different.
Make the decision and take action:
I have been there — making hundreds of excuses for not being able to exercise> some of my common excuses were:
- No time – long days, and longer nights of work !
- Travel – as you all know, I travel atleast 10-15 days a month
- Children – Two teenagers is a full-time job plus more…
- Social life – late nights can be tiring … with all that eating, and drinking!
- Unpredictable life – I have to travel at short notice at times
- Over 40 – My life is now about my children, so why bother!
- Why put the effort – Exercise does take effort.
- What will people think – Oh, I thought the whole world was watching 🙂
- Buckets: Oh, that’s the best. I use half filled buckets (soaked with whites) to lift. helps with building my core, and also my arms.
- kichen bench for push ups – while cooking, waiting for the pot to boil…
- More ways to use the chair – I do planks, tricep bench dips. I sit on the chair at times, and do stomach crunches.
- Stairs: Apart from using the stairs to go up and down, I use them to do push ups. I do about 50 odd a day. Just because I can!
- Children : If you have young children, carry them around! Amazing calorie burners.
And losing weight was not just an exercise in working-out and diet, I realised it was much more. It meant, I had to:
– re-tune my thinking
– get my family on my side
– be more disciplined (if I had to wake up 2 hours earlier than usual so I could add gym to my routine, I had to). Also getting adequate sleep was as important as the work out.
– work on my emotional side – lots. There are days you just don’t good. Those are the days you need to be stronger, and push yourself
– find my spiritual side, to ensure I was happy inside, knew who i was. (this lead me to searching for a higher purpose which I had always questioned in the past – more on that in later posts)
– change my way of attitude towards food.
– change my attitude towards working out. Wow, is it hard! In London when the temperatures get low and all you want to do is lay in the duvet that extra hour….
– let go of all inhibitions – when you are at the gym, you are the only ‘focus’ you need to be
– learn to be more happy
Biggest question I worried about: But, where do I start?
I realised, I had to simply give it everything I had – to make a change!
Don’t believe anyone who says that you should go ahead and eat/drink anything you want as long as you drink/eat in moderation. NOPE.
It’s a committment. No half measures. You got to give it all that you have got!Life gave me a second chance – I wanted to not mess it up.