November 14, 2013 by CJ
I follow a blog called My Sixteen Day Journal. Not sure how I stumbled upon this blog, but I love it. It’s a fairly simple blog, no stories to tell, no deep dark secrets revealed. Just one person’s attempt to make some changes in his life in 16 days.
I really like the set up. Each day his goals are listed and he comments on each one, did he do it, how he did or didn’t do it, if he completed the task, like dancing, exercising, saying positive affirmations, to name a few. I’ve been reading his blog for 3 days now and feel oh so inspired to get my act together. As I get older, I am coming to terms with what I need to do to be a healthier person. If I want to run around and play hard with my future grandchildren, I need to get my blood pressure under control.
How do I do this? I can do it as I am now, with pills. Or, I can do the more complicated thing and take control of my own health and wellness. I can lose some weight. Number 8 on my list is to take better care of myself. What better way to run faster, feel better and lower my blood pressure than to lose some weight.
I’ve battled with the scale many times. After the twins were born, I began a diet and exercise program. I worked out all the time, watched what I ate and lost @ 30-40 lbs. The problem , I became obsessed with the scale. It ruled my life. I’d wake up and weigh myself, after every meal and workout, and before bed. If at any time my weight was up or it didn’t go down after what i felt was a tough workout and or diet week, I was depressed. I stopped because I walked into the bathroom one day and saw my little 2-year-old daughter standing on the scale. She was looking down at the numbers, then stomped off saying, “What am I going to do?” I knew then and there I was going to create a young woman with food issues and I could not burden her with that. I put the scale away and haven’t looked back. When I go to the doctor, I get on the scale backwards (sometimes I do peek, but I try to avoid it). I decided to not worry about my weight unless my clothes got too tight.
They did. And that’s when I started running. Running does keep my weight manageable. But to get my blood pressure down, I need to take off some major pounds. I’m not sure how much I weigh right now, but I do know I have a belly, my thighs rub together and my arms are fat.
Now that i have pointed out the problem, how do I go about solving it. That brings me back to that blog, My Sixteen Day Journey. My plan is to dedicate 2014 to #8, Taking Care of Myself. I did well with exercising when I challenged myself for 30 days. For 2014, I am going to challenge myself each month. Every month I am going to try something new and different that is good for me, no meat for a month, exercise daily, run so many miles, eat clean, etc. I’m not 100% sure what my 12 challenges are going to be in 2014, but I feel excited and ready to jump on this.
Has a blog ever inspired you to make a change or try something new?