Sunday, November 10, 2013

Attitude adjustment


My new fitness goal, staying injury-free for the next year, has really helped me make an attitude adjustment.  I think that the problems I have been having -- nagging injuries, difficulties losing weight, general lack of motivation -- have been related to my attitude toward myself and my body. I'm always trying to prove that I'm good enough, and because I'm self-conscious about my weight that translates to pushing myself too hard, ignoring my body, trying to be perfect, and then getting discouraged and letting everything go.  This has been a central issue for me as long as I can remember.

This week I took a couple of days off working out because I was feeling sick and run-down. I planned meals for the week that fit my definition of healthy but that I would also look forward to and enjoy.  We have lots of delicious and healthy leftovers in the fridge, so even a day where I didn't want to cook won't be an excuse to go out or order in.
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I am being more forgiving with myself and have a better body image, which takes away the urgency to beat all of this extra weight off and double-quick. I'm doing a better job of living in the body I have now.  That's the reason I post pictures of myself.  I still have my weight loss goals but that doesn't mean I have to be angry at myself until I reach them.  I am looking forward to the rewards I set for myself at my weight-loss milestones, especially the new jeans. There is a place in Toledo that does custom-made jeans at a pretty reasonable price, and I am thinking I might do a pair of those when I get to that milestone, or maybe save that for hitting goal. Behavior change is so much easier when there isn't nasty self-talk in the way, whispering, "Why are you even bothering, when you know you will always be a fat loser?" Or maybe that's just my inner voice. I hope yours is nicer. I can't totally shut mine up, but I have started talking back to it.

Today's plans: Make a weekly menu, visit with my family, do some cleanup and prep for next week, go swim.  Hope you have a relaxing and restorative Sunday.

6 comments:

  1. Great picture!

    Love the dress, is it from your exchange place? Available in stores?

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  2. It is from Gwynnie Bee, but it's a Style & Co. dress, so it might be at Macy's: http://closet.gwynniebee.com/products/style-co-three-quarter-sleeve-polka-dot-dress

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  3. This might be it: http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/style-co-dress-bell-sleeve-polka-dot-boat-neck?ID=871759

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  4. I ordered. It was only available in a small. I am always at mercy of cut of bust and shoulders. Would have ordered in S and M if possible. Very cute dress. Thanks.

    I ordered a couple Bar III ( each in S and M) to get the free shipping category. Middle loves that brand and there were a lot on sale.

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  5. Small all fit easily with room to spare so it hangs nicely. Fit easily thru shoulders and bust. Very pleased, thank you.

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    1. Glad it worked out for you. I'm actually wearing this dress today. It's very comfortable.

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