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Changing the Way I Think!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

I was lying in bed last night wondering why my journey has been so very slow, when it dawned on me that apart from plenty of bad food choices, it was also a case of me trying to be like other people by doing what other people do or trying to live how others live their own lifestyles.  This is when I discovered that I am doing this for me, not for anyone else and not to be like anyone else.  This is MY journey and I am going to do it my way.

This revelation got me thinking about how can I make it work best for me because what may work for someone else isn't necessarily going to work for me.  As much as I love reading blogs, finding inspiration, getting motivated and gathering little tips and tricks to fight any further weight gain, I need to start doing my own thing.  I need to adjust them to me, to fit my lifestyle.  

Just because Julie from Peanut Butter Fingers gets up at 5am (sometimes before) to workout doesn't mean I have to and if I try and force the issue, I know that I'll resent it and I won't workout at all.  I can however, adjust the alarm clock to 6am - this would work for me.

One of Julie's tips for fighting weekend weight gain is to ........  

"Put a to-do list on your fridge: Make a mini to-do list for the weekend and tape it onto your fridge featuring easy, around-the-house things that need to be done (like the laundry). If you're heading to the fridge to fight boredom and not hunger, look at your to-do list and tackle one of the items on the list."

I love this idea and plan on using it, but the best thing of all, it doesn't need any amendments or adjusting - anyone (meaning me) can do this!

I have noticed in the past that when I make food my priority, I lose weight whether I have exercised or not, so the first thing I am going to adjust is food.  I have already made some changes to what and the way I eat, but there is definitely room for improvement.  What I really need to do is make it my priority every day, every week, not just a day or week here and there.

Exercise is also important for me and not just to assist in my weight loss, but because it makes me feel good.  The problem with my exercise is that I have been so focused on the exercise and whether I have been doing enough or too much that it has taken over and dominated this journey, but without a more consistent attitude with what is going into my body, the weight is simply not going to shift.

I need to remember this......

I need to do what is best for me, what I feel most comfortable doing and what I know I will continue to do.  Like so many other things in life, it's all about prioritising :
  • Food - track it!
  • Exercise - do it!
  • Consistency - track it and do it everyday!
  • Remember............


  1. What a great post and so very true. You need to find what works for you and stick with it. I am really battling with exercise at the moment because of my knee - I need to find my way around this so that it doesn't become an excuse for not exercising - especially as I was enjoying it so much.

    Have a great weekend - love, hugs and positive energy !

  2. I love the "you can't out-exercise a bad diet" poster. So true!!

    You and me both..working out our own journeys and getting back on track.

  3. Good post Jane!!! Some journeys are short some are long, but they always reach a destination.

  4. Very, very true Jane, you can't do what other people do, you have to do for YOU. No way I could get up at 5am to exercise, I fit mine in somewhere else in my day that suits me, generally when my son is at school and my girls are in bed. If I don't get a chance to do that, I try to incorporate the kids into my exercise by doing some boxing on the Wii with them :D definitely better to do it your way than to try and walk in someone else's shoes :)

  5. Hi, popping over from Happy Family, Healthy Family... great blog and I so need the inspiration and perspective as we go into the holidays.


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