Push Yourself to the Limit, Not Over It

As I create healthy habits, I learn that I have to pace myself.

I like pushing myself. I like the feeling of working hard, of being busy and productive.

Last week, I pushed myself too much. I was wrking out to one of my Turbo Fire DVDs and all I could see was how my body would look once these workouts paid off. I was doing it, boy! But then, I got too hot. I felt sick. I threw up.

I was reminded then that becoming healthy is a process, a journey, and it is not going to happen overnight the way I would like it to.

After visiting my first and only Weight Watchers class this week at Orange Hill Baptist Church, I realized that I should not rely upon the accountability I wanted from Weight Watchers. However, I did learn that ultimately Weight Watchers and any lifestyle is about choices.

Weight Watchers calls it points, but really, it’s just choices. When it comes to building a sandwich, the type of bread or even the choice to use bread instead of a lettuce wrap or something else is always  a choice that will impact the other choices you have to make for the rest of the day or even the week.

Looking at food, or anything else, in this simple manner makes it easier to transform a lifestyle, one choice at a time.

I don’t think I’ll do Weight Watchers at this time. Mostly because I can’t afford it right now, but I will revisit it in the future.

With the help of Amia Freeman, the Austell mom who is a nutritional and fitness guru, I went to Walmart and purchased more fruit, veggies and healthy foods than I’ve ever purchased in one grocery shopping trip.

My fridge is colorful because it’s stocked with clementines, strawberries, guacomole, avocadoes, mango juice and other natural goodness. With only healthy options available at home where I work and snack, I eliminate the choice to eat unhealthy. However, I did buy some Thin Mints this week from the Girl Scouts outside of Walmart. I can’t pass them up, and that’s a choice I stand by.

So, I haven’t lost the toddler yet, but he got my attention and I am making choices every day, every hour, every minute to say goodbye and let him go. Thanks for following me on this journey.

Erin Stack March 21, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Kiri- Saw this app and thought about you, it's similar to Weight Watchers and is provided by Livestrong. You can join online at livestrong.org or through your mobile phone. The iphone app is $2.99 and it tracks your food intake, weight and exercise daily and allows you to set a weekly weight loss goal. Been using it for two weeks and dropped 4 pounds, my husband is also using it but only lost 1lb. Check it out. Erin


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