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.
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.


  1. Great picture!

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

  2. It is from Gwynnie Bee, but it's a Style & Co. dress, so it might be at Macy's:

  3. This might be it:

  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.

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

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


"Count your calories, work out when you can, and try to be good to yourself. All the rest is bulls**t." -- Jillian Michaels at BlogHer '07