Day 6 and the thought has occurred to me that this 30 day challenge will not benefit me one iota if I don't make the lifestyle changes needed to continue whatever improvements I achieve. Big deal, I've lost 5 pounds but that will only come back if I stop following the program on May 24. I now have some very important things to think about.
Number 1, This isn't about how much weight I can lose, it's about how I can learn to live a healthier lifestyle. There is a part of me that gets that, that knows this has to happen and that has to happen. I get it, I do, but will I follow through on it? I've had 2 years to do it and I just keep backsliding and not really getting to my goal.
Number 2. Being healthy, losing weight is 80% the food we eat and 20% the exercise. The weight I lost, though small, occurred during times when I managed for a few days to do the right things. Somehow I get to a point where I begin to feel deprived because I can't eat the mashed potatoes and gravy or the big piece of apple pie with ice cream. When I get to feeling deprived I get angry, mildly depressed and then instead of having 1 piece I eat that and then candy, cookies, etc. I medicate with food. I need to replace that habit with something else I enjoy that requires movement.
Number 3. I need to get real about my daily habits. It's OK to turn on the computer during breakfast, but I let it get out of hand instead of shutting it off and setting about doing things. Thank you Swiffer for manufacturing the tools that allow lazy people to make their homes look clean even when they might not be. I don't remember the last time I took all the books off the shelf and actually dusted the shelf. See what I mean?
Number 4. I need to get out of the house once in awhile and attend events like the gallery shows for local artists. Or just wander around farmers markets and flea markets. Something that will inspire me to try new things. New foods, new ideas. Maybe pick up some decorating ideas for when we finally find our new home.
Number 5. Tomorrow I'm going to the local garden centers and look into some container gardening ideas. I doubt we'll be moving until the Fall, maybe I can grow a few things, a few veggies in some containers on my deck. Even if all I decide on is tomatoes and a bush of green beans, it will give me some home grown goodness to look forward to.