It is Thursday and time for Healthy Thinking! I'm going to ramble a bit- just be warned. I'm still finding it hard to find some kind of balance in my life. I'm a girl that likes lists, schedules, and little change. Right now with trying to help my Mother In Law find some kind of new balance in her life, I feel like my own life is all out of sorts. I've tried to work out some new "schedules" for myself to stick to- a constant that won't change so that my mind can feel a little calm. I wonder if I am the only person to feel this way- almost like if I don't have a plan I can't concentrate and I end up just floating all over the place? So- first let me tell you about last week. I did pretty good. I did not exercise every day- but I spent a lot of time out in the garden and I know that counts in a different way. I ate pretty good- lots more veggies, less sugar. I had the most wonderful greasy hamburger from the bar on the corner this last week-but made up for it the next meal with an awesome salad. Like my friend Laura says- it's all about balance and not denying yourself all the time. I finally stepped on the scale and for the last 2 weeks I am down one pound. I was originally really upset about this- it's not coming off very fast for me and it's frustrating. However,I just think that I have to stop thinking this way- who cares if it comes off at all- I just need to be healthier. I can feel muscles in my legs and butt that I couldn't feel before and I'm falling into bed and sleeping through the night- and those are healthy improvements. I tend to beat myself up and head towards the negative and thankfully my friends that are with me in this journey are there to remind me that it is about being positive and being healthy- not about being skinny and starving myself for that pound. I know from being in weight watchers before that I will reach a point that these struggles will suddenly disappear and I will wonder why it all seemed so hard- so I just have to stick it out and keep my chin up. Go away bad, negative thoughts- I have no time for you! So....I got out my pen and paper and made some lists. First off, I chose a couple of exercises I could do in my office each day that I am at work. I am lucky in that I work in an office alone. People are in and out during the day- but I have plenty of time alone to do 15 jumping jacks or 15 lunges as a break from my paperwork. It's a schedule I can stick to and puts some order back into my life. I also sat down and planned some meals that I can prepare for lunch as well as dinners. No more rushing to figure out what to make for dinner when we get home from work or errands, and I can make my lunch for the next day at the same time as I am preparing dinner. Just this little bit of order and schedule should make my next week a lot more pleasant and hopefully help my concentration a lot.
Here is my one healthy tip I found this week:
Focus on complex carbohydrates. Foods such as baked potatoes, whole-wheat pasta, brown rice, oatmeal, whole grain breads, and bananas boost your “feel-good” serotonin levels without a crash. They also provide plenty of fiber, so you feel full much longer
Please visit my friends on their healthy journeys also--
♥ Hi, my name is Kim. I live in northern Minnesota with my wonderful hubby and my pomeranian Miko. I love dollhouse miniatures, art journaling, sewing, jewelry making, gardening----I really love to make things and I jump around from project to project a lot! ♥ firstname.lastname@example.org