"You've always had the power my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself."
Glinda in The Wizard of Oz
When I read the above quote today something clicked inside my head. I have always had the power inside of me to change my health for the better. I just had to believe it. And nothing is more empowering than progress. As of today, I can report that I have lost two more pounds bringing my total loss to six pounds since returning home from vacation.
This new journey is not easy; but what is that old saying? "Nothing worth having ever came easy."
Getting a handle on my eating habits has been easier than increasing my activity levels. My biggest problem is lack of energy. At the moment I am really battling my insomnia. No sleep equals one very sluggish woman. However, I am aware that regular exercise will produce more energy and boost positive emotions; so I'm going to start putting one foot in front of the other and pushing through. Hopefully my sleeping will improve as well.
Speaking of exercise, I promised that I would keep you all apprised of my Zumba experience. I was very optimistic and excited about trying it. But I really should have considered how terribly uncoordinated I am before I ordered the DVD. I suffered a temporary lapse in judgement; I forgot that I can barely walk and chew gum at the same time. That being said, I'm not giving up. I'm just going to move and try to have fun at the same time. Like I've said before, if I don't like it, I won't do it.
Before I go, I want to share a few tips/tricks that I am finding helpful. Maybe they will work for you too.
- Munch on Crushed Ice: This keeps me from looking for something to eat between meals. Added benefit; I'm upping my water intake.
- Brush Your Teeth or Chew Minty Sugar Free Gum: Brushing my teeth or chewing minty sugar free gum will temporarily cause foods/treats to taste bad.
- My Fitness Pal: As I mentioned in my earlier post, at http://www.myfitnesspal.com you can sign-up for a free account and journal your meals, exercise, and progress. I can't recommend this tool enough. It is essential for me to keep track of my calories so that I don't get off course.
Until next time, God bless!!! :)