Tuesday, March 9, 2010


Let me clarify the discipline part....I was determined that this was going to be the week that I got back into a good exercise schedule and eating healthier. Good intentions...It's now Tuesday night and that has not happened. And I am bummed...Please tell me that some of you have this same problem. I need to know I have company. I am almost to the point of DEPRESSION. I can't believe I said that. I have legitimate reasons for why I haven't, as in a ton of work, as in 30 people need new Spring Wreaths ASAP, a sinus headache that is hanging on, a conflict in my extended family, and on and on. Stuff that we ALL HAVE. BUT, I know we all have 24 hours in the day and we all choose how we will spend it...I so want to get on a healthy eating plan, not only to lose some pounds, but to have more energy, which leads me to the rest of the title...
I need ANY and EVERY suggestion and tip to help me get started......
Yesterday I read Melissa's blog! She is not only an inspiration but a great decorator.. She and I have very similar taste. Then my friend Melinda is on a new program...and she has inspired me.. But the fact remains I have not been DETERMINED ENOUGH to do it and tonight I am just mad at myself. Then there is the wonderful story of my blogging friend Nancy! I am so proud of her. So tomorrow is another day and I am hoping IT WILL BE THE DAY!
I am still planning to post some pictures of my house and the new look from Terri, as soon as there are not wreaths all over the place waiting to be delivered. A hazard of having a HOME BUSINESS is that stuff is EVERYWHERE. Pretty stuff but my living room looks more like a store than a home right now.
My goal tonight is to make all my stacks of catalogs and paper work into very neat stacks. I am the QUEEN of NEAT STACKS.
We are still working on my new blog design..My problem is I like too many looks, too many fonts, that would be a designers nightmare. (I think)
A little eye candy...These are the main colors I am using in Spring wreaths...I love all these colors combined. These are from a grouping of some containers I picked up last week on my market trip.

A smile will be on my face as two of my favorite little guys are spending the night tomorrow night. In case I have not said it lately, I do not take it for granted that they live five minutes away from me.
Ok,email me or leave in the comments any MOTIVATIONAL TIPS or at least let me know if my struggle is yours too. I need to know I am NOT ALONE. AND I HOPE YOU WIN ON FRIDAY...I would love to send everyone of you a GIFT as you all have been gifts in my life.


Channa said...

OK, I am totally you! I wish we lived closer because we could work out together.
Lets talk about Advocare after the boys leave Thursday, so maybe Friday?

PS. I wish I could go to Market! Looks like Heaven!

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

You're not alone. I go through waves of motivation and then hitting the ground again. I just need to have a bit more of an excitement for the challenges of eating better and exercising.

Have fun with the kiddos! I know that it's great to be so close to them.

The colors of the spring wreaths are going to be so beautiful!

Kaypt said...

My main tip would be to start slowly. After a long period of not exercising, I set a timer and walked 7 minutes away from my house and when it went off, I turned around and walked back. Then I built on that each day but in very small increments for awhile.

SusanD said...

I think most of us are the same. More motivated some days than others. Thanks for the great card giveaway and congrats to the recent winners. Blessings, SusanD

Love Being a Nonny said...

I think at our age we are sometimes just so tired...so dang tired. But, if guilt will make you exercise...here it is!!! I don't want to NOT be able to do EVERYTHING with those grands....and I KNOW Grammy Girlfriend that you are the same way! I know you don't like to get up early, but I PROMISE, if you just tell yourself *I can do it for those precious boys* you will feel GREAT after your workout is over. NOW, did that guilt you?

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

whew! You keep very busy :o)
I have some picking up around our home before our son and his friends come down for their spring break. Oh how I wish I didnt have to work this and next week when they are here.

Motivational tip for me, is to take each area (of wahtever I want to accomplish) in small "bites"...little goals.

Blessings & Aloha!

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Oh! meant to say...I totally understand how hard it is to decide what you want for your new blog design! I am the same way...love too many different colors and fonts, etc...

Have a wonderful time with your grandsons! I can't wait to be a gramma and hope that we will be living near ours one day!

Blessings & Aloha!

Joyce said...

No tips from me but I hear every word you say. I've had the same feelings about myself these past two weeks especially. My husband has been traveling and I had good intentions in the eating/exercise dept but have spent far too much time on the couch instead. Sigh.

Thankfully every day is a new day. We can always begin again

Elizabeth Mullins said...

You should check out www.mypyramidtracker.gov. You can get great tips and also track your eating/activity level and it will give you charts, graphs, & smiley faces to let you know how you are doing! Great for kid's too! Good luck!

Grami's girls said...

I hear ya! I am in the same situation. It use to be easier to lose weight but at this age it's so hard. Lack of discipline is a major issue, motivation and being too tired to start. But like you said each day is a new day! I spent 12 min. on the treadmill last night. Yippeee! A Start!

Grami's girls said...

I hear ya! I am in the same situation. It use to be easier to lose weight but at this age it's so hard. Lack of discipline is a major issue, motivation and being too tired to start. But like you said each day is a new day! I spent 12 min. on the treadmill last night. Yippeee! A Start!

Gram said...

No motivational tips from me - I need some also!

I love the orange. It's not a color I usually use, but I think I will look for something to give a little pop to my home for spring.

I too am blessed to have my grandson live within 10 miles of my home and get to see him frequently.

Nezzy said...

We all have to keep ourselves psyched and motivated. About six years ago the Dr. insisted I go on cholesterol drugs. I refused due to knowin' too many people who had liver problems taking the stuff. A nutritionist told me since I already ate pretty healthy I wouldn't be able to do it with diet and exercise. Well baby, just let somebody tell me I can't do something.

I had the summer off from school. (teaching Special Ed. I always took my summers) I went on the American Heart Association diet...for life really. I looked at the whole process as a life style change and not a diet. I walked 30min a day five days a week and did a AM and PM yoga tape. Less that two months I had my cholesterol down in the normal range. The Dr. office asked me if I would hold a workshop to share to others how I did it. Ha...showed them didn't I???

I didn't make it about weight, nobody told me I needed to drop some pounds. I was within the upper normal range for my height but sister I dropped 25lbs that just melted off like butter. I couldn't believe the bonus of the weight.

I have stayed on this eating plan. Yes, I cheat. We go out to eat and I have what I crave a couple times a month. I allow myself a couple dove chocolates every day. but I accept this is my lifestyle.
I feel better than I did in my twenties and the weight has stayed off.

You just have to find out what works for you and make it your lifestyle plan. When you make it about your health the weight takes care of itself.

I apologize for the length but we are all in this together and I wanted to share.

God bless you on your new and healthy venture sister.

Sunny Sue said...

I love love the green containers! How much fun it must be to go to market!

I cannot believe that you need exercise. You are the busiest person I think I have ever met! Motivation unfortunately is not my strong point. I've been trying to get motivated to exercise for the last 10 yrs. I'm a slow starter. :-) I try and catch Dr. Oz when my girls are out of school because he is a great motivator. But, I can watch him while I shove food in my mouth! I'm just no help, am I?

Nina Diane said...

don't worry....you're not alone. It's a daily argument I have with myself. I have the eating healthy pretty down pat right now but the exercise part...umm, not so much.

Lynn said...

You are so not alone! I struggle with exercising all the time. When I had a friend to work out with we kept each other going, now that we no longer live near each other I have a terrible time to stay (maybe I should say get) motivated!! lol

Warrior Princess said...

The best way to get your diet under control is to eat 5-6 small meals/day. No, I don't mean go to the kitchen and whip something up that often. 3 main meals, plus to mini-meals - something you like that boosts your energy like a cup of yogurt, or some almonds, a handful of pretzels with peanut butter, an apple (with pb if you're feelin' crazy).... and TONS of water. These things will a) keep you from feeling hungry so you stick with it; b) boost your metabolism and c) makes it easy to stick with. You still need to make good choices for your larger meals, but I have to say switching to eating every 3-4 hours has made a HUGE change in both my eating habits and my weight. Hope this helps!
PS - My Mailbox Sunshine campaign continues - I'm spreading the snail mail love too <3

Warrior Princess said...

My pleasure to stop by - your blog is so beautiful it's like a walk in the garden <3 And since you don't cook, stock up on Lean Cuisines (I like them the best and there's a lot of variety), yogurt, almonds, mini-pretzels, stuff that's easy, portable and doesn't require any cooking :-) You might also check out www.livestrong.com. You can set your calorie goals, track your food and exercise and it's FREE! Good luck!

grammy said...

There are just so many things to work on aren't there.
Making neat stacks is very important (o:
I have my four girls 10 minutes away. I feel very blessed too. Maybe i will be lucky on Friday...it was a great day for me 57 years ago (o:

Heart2Heart said...


I think you said it best when you stated that each day offers the promise of new beginnings. There is a great diet book called the One Day Way and think you would love it. You work on your eating plan for just one day. Maybe it's eliminating snacking at night for tonight or adding 2 additional glasses of water to today. You celebrate and realize you made progress today.

Tomorrow you start all over again with something new. Before long, those things will be habits and if you crash one day, no biggy, tomorrow's a new day to begin again but don't beat yourself up. Just celebrate the accomplishments and start over tomorrow.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Deb said...

I do know what you mean about needing to be motivated and encouraged.

It's so hard to do all that we do and make good choices about food.

Maybe you would want to consider making one small change.

And be consistent with it.

Like eat light at night.

And then do that 5 out of 7 nights for 2 or 3 weeks.

I don't know how this kind of thing might work for you, but it's working for me.

Very slowly. But it is working.

Just be encouraged that you're not in the boat alone.

Sweet dreams.

Grandma Cyndi said...

You are not alone at all! Everyone struggles with that inner conversation where you beat yourself up for not doing that which you resolved to do. Forgive yourself and change your inner conversation to praise and gratitude. Do one small thing toward your goal everyday and then after a week or so add a second small change instead of trying to to it all at one time. Two steps forward, one step back and don't get down on yourself for that backward step. You are an amazing woman and many that you will never know admire you greatly.

melissa Taylor said...

You were right. I totally relate to your post!!!! and you are also right..everyday is a new beginning. I wish I had some motivational tips for you, but the truth is that I need them too. But you aren't alone. Many of us share in this struggle, as you know. Don't beat yourself up, just start fresh tomorrow. And if there is anyway I can encourage you, let me know :)

Bama Belle said...

You can do it! I believe in you. I love those colors BTW!

the Spocks said...

You are so not alone. Trust me. I have recorded yoga and it helps-if you do it.

Jane In The Jungle said...

OK I'm not gonna tell ya how long my Pilates DVD has been sitting in my TV cabinet.....uh yeah that would be last year...it's still in the plastic! I just keep on going and let it slide!

He & Me + 3 said...

I struggle too. I know you can do it. I am taking on some challenges this month...hoping I can accomplish them.

Whitney said...

Yup... same struggle here! :)

Melanie said...

You are certainly not alone! :) Sometimes our bodies just don't read the memo that this week is "THE" week we get things in shape! Please don't despair or be hard on yourself. Tomorrow will be better.

with love,
Melanie :)

Lilly, Matt, and Sara said...

I think you would be alone if you DIDN'T struggle with healthy eating and working out with such a crazy schedule.

My only tip is that when you are so busy you have to PLAN ahead with meals that way you don't just drive thru somewhere and just do the extra exercise during the day doing day to day things. I.e. Don't look for a close parking spot or take the stairs instead of the elevator.

If you need a splurge do it for one meal and get back on track. Okay, so that is more than one but I talk all the time so what can I say?

BTW those colors are GORGEOUS!

Just Call Me Grammy said...

I had to jump on here to read the comments; I surely need the motivation. I know what to do and want to--but apparently not bad enough to do it consistantly. Makes me so made at myself. There are some great tips listed here. Starting again today...

Bacardi Mama said...

Teresa, I know just how you feel. Here is the website that got me going and keeps me motivated. I love these girls!!