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Welcome to Making It Healthy! Here you can find healthy, tried and true recipes (most with around 450 calories or less), and follow my weight loss journey - advice and support are most welcome. My goal is to use this blog to help me stay inspired - through my faith and through my readers - and hopefully I can inspire someone in return.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Sometimes Life Gets Stressful


I am not at a good place with my diet and exercise.  I’m at a feeling-sorry-for-myself kinda place.  My son has been sick more than he has been well for the past 2 months (including 2 ER visits and a 2-day hospital stay for febrile seizures), my husband has been working away more than he has been home, my foot hurts, my knees hurt, my boss wants me to change over to an independent contractor, I haven’t written on my blog for over 2 weeks.  All these things have been weighing on my heart and on my mind.  The 6 or 8 (I lost count) cheesecake cupcakes I ate throughout the day today made me feel better….for about 5 minutes…and now I feel terrible.  I KNOW that I have no excuse for eating unhealthy and being a couch potato, but all this stuff going on is just getting me down.  I need to do something to get out of my funk. 

So, step 1 is to make a plan.  Before writing this post, I started making a food journal for tomorrow, filling it up with nutritious food.  I need and want to get back to my “glory days” when I was eating what I was supposed to every day and exercising regularly and feeling really good about myself.  I lost 20 pounds in that month and a half (back in November/December 2011).  I’ve spent all of 2012 fooling around – losing 5 pounds, gaining 6, losing 1, gaining 1.  I’ve managed to maintain my initial loss, but I’m certainly going nowhere fast.  So it’s time to really try again…and try hard. 

Step 2 is to follow that plan.  That's where I always seem to fail.

There's a good chance that you're rolling your eyes and shaking your head at me.  I don’t blame you.   I’ve written a couple of posts just like this one before.  Believe me when I say I know that I’m a diet-flake and I do know what I need to do to be successful, I just don’t do what I’m supposed to for whatever reason.  All I can do is make a promise to myself – and to you – that I will try really hard to do better.  And I’m going to round up all the people in my life that love me and ask them to give me their full-on support in my journey to a healthier me because I need it – for my baby boy, my future child, my husband and for my own longevity and quality of life.  I need all the help and encouragement I can get.

Thank you for reading…I really do want to show myself and all of you that I CAN do this.  So here I go…again.   My goal is for progress, not perfection.  (Thank you Sarah Beth for sharing that concept with me a few months ago). 
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8 comments:

  1. Andrea - You know I totally understand where you are coming from with this blog. You know you can count on me to do whatever you need me to do to help you. It is a daily struggle and I know that all too well.

    Jana

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    1. Thank you Jana. You're such a good friend. Let's help each other.

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  2. Hang in there Andrea. I think you have the right idea. Make a list. Even if it has the most mundane everyday things on it like "eat breakfast" "take a shower" and "walk the dog", stick to it and do what needs to be done one step at a time. I've found when I'm extremely depressed, sticking to a plan for the day really does help me, but it can be tough when all I really want to do is curl up in a ball and hide.

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    1. Thank you Deb. I'm going to go to bed early tonight and hoping to wake up tomorrow morning to wake up tomorrow morning with a new attitude and a new outlook on my life and health.

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  3. I’m 100% agree with you Andrea. You won’t believe sometimes I forget what to do next because of stress. I went to my family doctor and he advised me to write down the things which I want to do. I started doing yoga and I think now I’m under control. Thanks for sharing an useful article.

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  4. I know it's hard when all these things happen at the same time and we feel this if we get hurt my the loved ones and feel lonely, but some how the life has to go on.

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  5. Glad you're standing strong with all the stress :)

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  6. Stress can be a really nasty thing sometimes but I guess the most important thing is to have the right attitude, if you suppress stress and think we are strong and try to move forward, then bad things happen inside, I guess the most important thing is admitting and learning to deal with it.

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