Monday, July 26, 2010

30 Day Challenge - Week 1

Today began my 30 day challenge. Didn't manage to get everything planned but I knew how I would go about it so I have begun. I went shopping on Sunday to get all of my better food choices. We will be eating lots of fresh vegetables and very little take-out. I won't be learning any new tricks to eating or doing any quick fix diets. I have known for many many years how to eat. I do really well at that as long as we are in a season of stability. Our lives take on so many twists and turns that we get stuck in the rut of eating take out and never being home. We are of the sandwich generation and life is not usually about us. We know that this is where God wants us to be so we are not complaining. But - and this is a big But - we often (actually always) forget that we need to take care of our physical and spiritual well being in order to properly take care of others.

Last year I succeeded in conquering my addiction to Coke. (Coca cola classic with about two cups of sugar per can) I woke every morning craving an ice cold coke. I went to bed wanting one. So after many years of battling that addiction I finally made the swap to Diet drinks. Eighteen months later and that is one area I have not fallen off the wagon to.

My dear friend and I joined Weight Watchers last year and were keeping each other on track until summer hit. Our busy lives took us in different directions and Weight Watchers was not one of those directions. I managed to keep the weight down until late last year when we became part time parents to an infant. At 45 years old we just simply do what we can to get by on food. Exercise became a thing of the past and sleep was not to be had. We do not regret our roles in his life, but we have neglected ourselves in the process.

So - it's time to dust off the treadmill, grease the stepper and change the batteries in the Wii Fit board. Sad thing is that we have lots of fun as a family on that darn Wii board. A routine is needed and this next thirty days is going to be the time to start anew. Who knows - maybe one day I can take Owen shopping with me and he will ask if I need that small rather than "we know darn well you don't need a small!" Gotta love that honesty of a child.

So - now my plan is to eat properly as in lots of fresh fruits, vegetables and lower fat foods; drink water water water; exercise five days per week and get into God's Word daily. I have fallen behind in every area that is vital to my physical, spiritual and emotional well being and my body is telling me loudly.

I covet your prayers and encouragement through this next thirty days. Join me and let me know how you are doing. I would love to pray for you as well. I am much more motivated when held accountable.

Love you all,



Amber Benge said...

You can do it, girl! I can't wait to hear how God works in you and around you during this challenge.

Anonymous said...

I began an exercise program in June, and have stuck with it -- I viewed it differently than I have other programs. I looked at it as "physical therapy", which I scheduled and which I was an appt. that I had to keep. The fact is -- if I don't exercise now to stay strong and healthy, I will be in physical therapy later because of an injury or illness. When I started looking at it this obligation to myself, rather than a choice, something seemed to click. I exercise anywhere from 3 - 7 hours a week now and have never felt better. I know it's irritating hearing that because at 52 years old, I've heard it so many times, I want to gag. You must look at this 30 days as a time to put yourself first -- If you don't put yourself first at this time, you will eventually become a burden to others, unhealthy, injure yourself, not have the strength to do the things you want to do, etc.

Recently when working on the back porch, I was the only person in our family who was able to stand on top of the ladder, maintain my balance, and still have the strength to drive in a nail while on one leg. . . certainly not recommended, but you just never know what you might have to do in the future, and you must be prepared.

You already know that though, huh?

Your new friend,

SurvivorDiane said...

Thanks for the encouragment - I am feeling really good about the next 30 days.

I am a caregiver for my mom. She is 72 years old and in extremely poor health because of diabetes. I set out to conquer the cokes because of the sugar. Now to build the desire to exercise.

On the other end of the spectrum I am the part time mom to a 10 month old. I absolutely need to make some priorities for myself. I need to be healthy in order to take care of my family. So - again, thanks for the encouragement. So far four of my friends and family are committed to taking this challenge with me.

Thanks for the idea Amber and I pray that satan tires of you sooner than later! But I have faith that you will overcome his attempts to de-rail you.

Cristi said...

Hey I am on board. I am actually on Day 7. As a matter of fact I found out today I have lost 4 pounds! What?! I exercised 4 out of the 7 days and am eating little to no salt, and making healthier choices. Not a diet though. No real restrictions. Just healthier choices and more exercise! So lets do it! :)

SurvivorDiane said...

Glad you are on board Cristi. Keep us motivated since you are already doing so well. Just feels good to make better choices.