Thursday, November 19, 2015

Small Victories Get You There


Yesterday, I shared with my friends and family that I finally saw the 150's on the scale.  159.2 lbs to be exact.  I haven't seen anything on the scale below 160 in probably 25 years.  When I graduated high school, I was 138 lbs and within a year was over 160 lbs.  Lack of sports?  Probably.  Undiagnosed diabetes?  It's a possibility.  Poor eating habits?  Definitely.

Like a lot of teens, I thought I was fat.  My scale weight was always higher than my friends.  Looking back though, I remember people and classmates commenting on the definition of the muscles in my legs.  Thanks to diving, weights, soccer, water polo, poms and cheer, I had a certain build.  They are still there, just not as predominant, but noticeable.  Since muscle is denser than fat, I could fit into their clothes, but that didn't match what I saw on that scale.  I was also taller than most.  When we are younger, I think it's hard to grasp the concept of how all this physiology works.  At that time, I only saw a number on the scale, so while their weights were 110-118 lbs, here was me at 125-132 lbs.  I got depressed. Why am I so big?  I look back now, and as a woman, I can appreciate the athletic, toned, muscular physique I had back then.  I couldn't see it at the time, because I only saw that damn number.

Some of us get in the rut of obsessing over that number.  I know I have, and yes, it was a small victory for me to lose the weight.  It will be another small victory to get some of that definition back.  Yes, I have the mommy gut and the loose skin, and it's frustrating.  I'm still a work in progress.  I will always be a work in progress.  Getting older, wiser, and getting more of a IDGAF attitude toward what others think of me.  It really can be freeing when you reach this level of consciousness.  I still have a ways to go to my health and fitness goals, but I will celebrate the small victories as they are achieved.

What have you achieved?  What is/was a small victory that you celebrated?  Comment below!  I'd love to read it.  Let's celebrate, congratulate and motivate each other!  Enjoy your weekend!



Tuesday, January 6, 2015

What's Yours?

We all have our bad habits.  Some are easier to break, while others seem to have some sort of control over us, like a monkey on our back.  Some of them can be a risk to our health like smoking or over eating, while others can be just annoying or unsanitary, like biting our nails or cracking our knuckles.  Some might say they can be all the above.  Bad habits only prove one thing... we are human.

It's never too late to try to break ourselves of whatever we consider a bad habit and WebMD has some great tips and steps on breaking those habits.  What's nice is they break it down into 3 simple steps that include 1) make it conscious, 2)  put it in writing so it really sinks in and 3) bait and switch.  So while we are making ourselves conscious of our bad habits, we can put it in writing and then find something to replace that bad habit when the urge arises.

While many, including myself, state that old habits, addictive behaviors, are hard to break, sticking to these 3 Easy Steps to Breaking Bad Habits can really be the push we need to move forward with change.

Have a terrific Tuesday!
Cheryl

Sunday, January 4, 2015

No Negativity Allowed

There is probably going to be only one "new year's resolution" that I have been sticking to for a while, and will continue to do so throughout 2015 and beyond.  Not allowing negativity in my life.  This goes for negative people as well.

It doesn't matter if they are family, so-called friends or co-workers.  Don't allow it, and don't engage in it.  We can love from afar and not allow their negative, non-supportive, bashing, spiteful and even vengeful comments and actions dictate, or even change the way we live our lives.

Perfect example I see daily on social media are the H.A.T.E.R.S.  (Having Attitude Toward Everyone Reaching Success)  These are those people that have to comment and issue statements about this person or that person, or even post directly on a person's post about how they are sick of seeing their workouts, food choices, calories burned, weight lost, whatever.  These people need to worry about their own issues and problems and need to ask themselves what makes these type of posts so annoying or offensive to them?

Last I checked, these are our accounts, our pages.  So for all you complaining or talking behind someone's back about their fitness and/or nutrition posts, please realize that this is what inspires them.  This is what motivates them.  These posts help them be and feel accountable for the choices and changes they are making in their lives.  So believe it when I say, if you response negatively to them, you are not being supportive and they truly don't need a negative energy like you in their life.

Seriously, what ever happened to "if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all"?  Since when did this world fill up with keyboard cowboys that feel the need to type out some unnecessary negative comment to either 1) try to bring someone down or 2) to make themselves feel important in some way, shape or form.  Whatever the reason, it's pathetic and they don't need you in their life.  Yes, they may want you to be, but they definitely don't NEED you to be.

Anyway, treat this new year with new respect for yourself, and know that no matter how long someone has been in your life, no matter what your affiliation or connection, you are not required, nor obligated to keep ANYONE that is a non-supportive, negative presence in your life.  It's not about the past, it's about how they treat you NOW.  Don't let it break you, don't let it stop you, and definitely don't let them affect the way you look at yourself and the positive changes and choices you are making!!

You got this!!  Have a great week!
Cheryl


Thursday, January 1, 2015

Resolve to Change

Well folks, it's 2015.  Another year to make those new year resolutions.  Most lists are the same - lose weight, get fit, eat healthier, quit smoking, save more money, cut Starbucks down to once a week, etc., etc., yadda yadda yadda.

Problem is that making a whole lot of changes at once can be overwhelming, and this is where our failure comes in.  A lot of these resolutions are lifestyle changes, so they can take time and usually are only successful when a conscious effort is made.  Tackling these challenges do not have to happen overnight, but an ongoing journey of self improvement.  A lot of people want to blame their lack of willpower, but it truly comes down to them not wanting or not being ready for that change.  It's as simple as saying "I won't" instead of "I can't".

I can't quit smoking.... no, you are saying I won't quit smoking.

I can't budget my money.... no, you are saying I won't budget budget.

It's all about perspective, and in actuality, you are choosing not to do the very thing you want so badly to accomplish.  Slow and steady wins the race, and maybe you are just not ready, but don't beat yourself up about it.  Maybe you'll do better come February, or March.  Maybe something will trigger you to make certain changes in the spring or summer.  Maybe other issues are weighing on your mind and you cannot fathom starting something new. Least you can do is try.  Try doing it in steps, phases, or in a check off list order.  Every day is a new day to start over, reset, reboost yourself to do you very best at whatever challenges you make for yourself.

Whether you hit the ground running, or stumble and fall, just teach yourself to get back up and try again.  Remember, failure is only the result of trying, and trying is better than complaining and doing nothing.

Best of luck to all of you in this new year, and I wish you nothing but health and happiness to you and yours.

- Cheryl

Monday, October 6, 2014

Education Never Ends

Well, here it is!  Fall of 2014 and I'm wrapping up my last 6 credit course for my Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Science.  Seems only yesterday I was balancing my laptop on my prego belly during my first year of college, and then onto the professors' voices lulling my infant to sleep during seminars.  Now it's a toddler climbing all over me while I try to take timed tests and do research for my assignments.  My education, however, is not ending there.  I am going to be starting soon on my teaching certification for general science/biology for 6-12 grade, as I already started substituting in the local school district.  I'll also be continuing with Kaplan for my Master of Science in Health Education.

My passion lies more with the teenagers.  That age where they either get it and thrive, or fall to the wayside because somewhere, someone along the lines gave up on them, and just getting them to have a conversation with you is like pulling teeth.  In the end, if I can help one teen find their strength, motivation and self-worth, I'm doing good.  It's tough, and there are plenty of subs that won't even dare come to the high school, but in the last month and a half, I have found it SO rewarding, and smile because I really feel I found where I was meant to be.

As some of you may know my husband has been deployed now since Easter of this year, and I'm happy to report that it's close to when we will be whole as a family again.  He wishes to start his education journey as well, so it will be a very intense road for the next couple years.  Lots of choices and decisions to make, so hopefully things will go smoothly, but they will indeed be a challenge.

Be sure to always challenge yourself.  I know for me, my quest for my education has left little to no time to fit in certain things for myself, but I do try my best to be active and eat well.  My body may not be where I want it to be, but I'm slowly losing weight and fighting the good fight.  As long as I don't give up, right?  Same with all of us.  We may have obstacles, but they are never to be excuses.  I look forward to continuing on my journey, because it will never be over!!

Have a great week!!