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Accountability for December 26, 2011

After falling into the cookies, on December 20, I committed to being accountable through the New Year to you Fabulous Readers about my diet and exercise as I recover from surgery.

I am back on track! Ate clean—no extras or sweets—and got in all four-doctor-prescribed walks. My intention is to do it again today.

 

Have a goal on which you would like to be held accountable? Feel free to use the comment space on each of my accountability blogs, and I will cheer you on. Just let me know what your goal is, what you will be doing to meet it, and how often you will be reporting in.

 

 

Just One Step

I caught myself several times over the holiday weekend mentally chastising myself for eating, and eating, and eating. But that line of thought truly is not helpful, and could very well end up making me feel so bad about myself that I would just give-up trying to eat healthy until the New Year.

If I found myself driving in the wrong direction, I wouldn’t just keep going for seven more days and then try to find my way to my destination. Think of all the extra miles I would add-on to the trip, and the possible damage that could be done to my car? Instead, I would turn around right now.

Often we put off taking care of ourselves until Monday, or the first of the year, or some deadline that is later. Then when we get there, we do well for a couple of days, only to feel overwhelmed and deprived and find ourselves back to our old eating and exercise habits.

What if, instead, you committed to eating a little bit healthier today? Or getting in a 10 minute walk today? And you celebrated what you did, instead of what you didn’t do? Would making that same commitment be a little easier tomorrow? What would your wellness journey look like next week? Next month? In six months?

 

“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.”

Lao-tzu, Chinese philosopher (604 BC – 531 BC)

What step are you willing to take on your wellness journey today?

Together we can do it!

 

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Accountability for December 23, 2011

After falling into the cookies, on December 20, I committed to being accountable through the New Year to you Fabulous Readers about my diet and exercise as I recover from surgery.

Day 4 of healthy eating! Did great yesterday, particularly considering that treats from my sister-in-law arrived and it was all I could do not to fall right into them. Instead, I had three Gin-Gin ginger hard candies to satisfy my sweet tooth. Everything else was on plan. Win!

Also got in all four-doctor-prescribed walks, so I’m continuing to do well on the exercise.

And I feel great! I am definitely hoping the doctor gives me the all clear next Wednesday as I feel ready to resume my normal activities.

I won’t report in for Christmas Eve or Christmas day. Since I wasn’t sure if I would be feeling up to cooking a big holiday dinner, we made plans to go out to dinner tonight, so today will be my Free Day. (I just had some of the banana bread my sister-in-law sent. Yum!) Christmas will be pretty moderate, but I plan to have a cookie or two and perhaps a slice of the apple pie my husband is planning to make.

My intention is to be back on track Monday, and I’ll be back with accountability next week.

Happy Holidays!

Have a goal on which you would like to be held accountable? Feel free to use the comment space on each of my accountability blogs, and I will cheer you on. Just let me know what your goal is, what you will be doing to meet it, and how often you will be reporting in.

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Accountability for December 22, 2011

After falling into the cookies, on December 20, I committed to being accountable through the New Year to you fabulous readers about my diet and exercise as I recover from surgery.

Day 3 of healthy eating! Was over my food plan by a small grapefruit, 4 olives (not in the same meal!), and 3 Gin-Gin ginger hard candies. Not perfect, but could have been much worse! Was able to wear my jeans for the first time yesterday, and was pleased that they fit just fine.

Almost forgot my last walk of the day (thanks David for reminding me) so I cut that one short. Fortunately I had bumped up my time and incline on the other three-doctor-prescribed walks, so I’m continue to do well on the exercise.

Another day of progress!

Have a goal on which you would like to be held accountable? Feel free to use the comment space on each of my accountability blogs, and I will cheer you on. Just let me know what your goal is, what you will be doing to meet it, and how often you will be reporting in.

 

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Accountability for December 21, 2011

After falling into the cookies, on December 20, I committed to being accountable through the New Year to you fabulous readers about my diet and exercise as I recover from surgery.

Day 2 of no cookies! I was craving chocolate twice, but knowing that I would have to report it to you all, I instead chose a small grapefruit and an apple. Win!

Was not a low-calorie day as we ate lasagna that a friend brought over, which we thoroughly enjoyed and David appreciated not having to cook! Another friend brought over orzo with feta and pine nuts, which I had for lunch. I am basking in the love of my friends!

I did get in my four doctor-prescribed walks—even bumped up my time and incline a bit, so I’m doing well on the exercise.

Another day of progress!

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Accountability for December 20, 2011

Yesterday, I committed to being accountable for the next two weeks to you fabulous readers about my diet and exercise as I recover from surgery.

The good news is no cookies! But my inner toddler did throw a tantrum at one point and I ate an unplanned grapefruit (yes, the whole thing) and 2 tbsp of cashews. But it was much more nutritious than cookies, so I will take it! Also was not a low-calorie day as a friend brought over pot roast and lasagna so my husband wouldn’t have to cook for the next two nights. (Do I have the best friends, or what?) There were many yummy sounds coming from our house last night.

I did get in my four walks and also walked the dogs (I survived!), so I’m doing well on the doctor prescribed exercise.

I wasn’t perfect, but it was definitely a day of progress.

Do What You Can Do

I just finished up the first of four (doctor ordered) walks today. Walking and drinking plenty of water are the two things my doctor recommended to speed my recovery from surgery, so my commitment to doing them is unshakable.

There are other things I can do, too. I can rest in-between treadmill sessions, eat healthy foods that are easy on my stomach, and resist the temptation to lift anything heavier than a carton of milk (for the next four to six weeks!).

I can also focus my thoughts on how well I am doing instead of fretting about the things I won’t be able to do for a while. This recovery period is temporary and I will be back to my regular workouts–and strength and energy–before I know it!

Beyond doing these and a few others things, my wellness is beyond my control. I can support my immune system and healing process, but I can’t control it. Regardless of whether anyone else would see me right now and think “optimal wellness,” I can maintain my knowing that wellness is absolutely and completely mine. But I can’t dictate how quickly it will come or when others will acknowledge that reality.

The absolute best thing I can do is spend the majority of my time feeling good—and doing what I can do—and letting go of all those things I can’t control.

Too often we wrap our mind and results around the things over which we have absolutely no influence and ignore the things that we actually can do.

One way to shift this dynamic is to draw a line down the middle of a sheet of paper and on the left-hand side, write down all the things that you can actually do to meet your goal—and then do them. On the right hand side, write down all the things that are outside of your control. Those are the things you have to turn over to the Universe (God, Source Energy, Higher Self, All-That-Is—whatever works for you)—and then let those things go.

Whenever you catch yourself worrying or stressing about those things that are outside of your control, shift your thoughts back to what you can do and celebrate what you are doing.

The key to optimal wellness—and living the life of your dreams—is to look for more ways to feel good everyday and let go of what you can’t control.

Together we can do it!