That is the thought that comes to mind for me lately. I sometimes place such lofty goals for myself and then get very frustrated when I am not seeing progress. I keep telling myself it is ok to cheer for the small successes that come my way.
For instance just today we had a party at work. Of course there is always wonderful food at these gatherings. A co-worker had made some homemade cupcakes which are usually not a problem for me to pass up. Here is the challenge though- she made these cupcakes with raspberry filling and lemon frosting. Fresh tangy lemon anything is always a favorite for me. Well I stayed strong for most of the meal but then at the end I decided to take just one cupcake and enjoy it later.
I stayed strong for most of the afternoon, but, then temptation was too great and I gave in. I took that bite. Now it was a very good cupcake but truthfully it was not nearly as good as I pictured it in my mind. After this first bite I decided I really did not need to eat the whole thing and gave the rest away. I was pretty proud of myself for having the willpower to sample a small amount and get rid of the rest.
While this one cupcake I didn’t eat may seem small in the big picture it was a giant step in gaining control of my willpower. With each of these small steps I will continue to grow and move forward. These steps will take me on the most amazing quest of my life. My Quest to be My Best!
Chocolate and chocolate and chocolate OH MY!
Easter has come and gone but for someone who is a big...okay… huge chocolate fan it is really hard to stay away from the malted milk eggs, chocolate M & M’s and the Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs. Those malted milk eggs are so easy to just keep popping into my mouth. And what can I say about Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs they are hands down my favorite. With all these treats and goodies it is really hard to stick to the healthy eating plan. As much as I know I need to stay on track to reach my best some times are just harder than others.
Over the holiday I did not stick to the healthy eating plan, or getting my necessary protein in each day and it did make a difference.
I find that I am also a very routine person so when we have a holiday and my routine is changed I can get off track very easy. It is so easy to fall off the bandwagon of 10,000 steps in each day.
To help me stay on the bandwagon I think I found a Secret Weapon!
Okay it is not so secret but a very helpful weapon and it is the new addition to our family, Bailey!
Bailey is a very energetic Labrador who became part of our family rather by accident. Not too long ago my dog of many years passed away and I was not going to get another dog anytime soon. It is hard to let a friend go. Then along came this very sweet adorable and well trained dog that was seen wandering around for several days. We thought for sure someone would come to claim this well trained dog, but no one did. We couldn’t just leave him so we officially adopted him. Not only is Bailey a wonderful dog he is the most willing walking partner anyone could ask for. He is always willing to take a walk with anyone and at any time of day.
It is wonderful to have him on my daily walks in an effort to reach 10,000 steps. I am dreaming of the day when the sun is out and we can just walk and walk and walk.
Somehow I think I will get tired before he will. But I am up for the challenge.
My goals for the next week are to get back into my routine of 10,000 steps each day and stay on my healthy eating plan. I will keep you posted on how Bailey and I are doing with this goal.
I am forty-seven years old and overweight. Food is where I find comfort - happy or sad…it does not matter. What I really want is to learn how to use my own strength and confidence to handle situations, not food! I have decided to make a commitment, a commitment to being healthy! Join me in this journey to good health, as I blog about my successes and struggles along the way. Each week I will share with you my ups and downs, recipes, healthy lifestyle tips, workout ideas and more. Join me on my “Quest to be the Best.”
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