Thursday, April 19, 2012

In Battle...

I finally scheduled a time with my personal trainer. My legs are too tired to continue running without working them with weight training. so next Wednesday at 3 pm, I will officially be getting my butt handed to me by a college boy. :)

But this is just half the battle.

This whole venture isn't just about the weight for me. For me, it's about my health. Women who are overweight are more likely to end up with breast cancer. Breast cancer is a family member on my mom's side. I am also at risk for cervical cancer because of some other issues and problems I have had. I can't imagine that being overweight makes those easier or less risk. If I ever wanted (Lord help me for saying this!) another child, I don't think I am in any shape to get pregnant or be pregnant. I want to run this 5k in a couple of weeks. While I am sure that I can DO it, I'm not sure I can do it without passing out at the end. I only ran this morning for a 10 minute period, and then a 5 minute period. Granted, my body is overly tired at this point, and I took an extra day off, which I shouldn't have done. But still. I got to get in it, or this is never going to happen.

In addition to the long run health benefits, there are also lots of smaller ones: my kids, for example. I not only want to show them what benefits being health has (which I am sure I've mentioned before in several of my posts), but I also want to show them about hard work and staying motivated--something I have always had a hard time with for some reason. My family has always been active: my dad worked out for most of my life as much as I can remember, and my mom roller-bladed for exercise, still does to my knowledge. We ate pretty healthy, never being allowed to eat massive quantities of anything, or being encouraged to overeat. My parents showed me what a healthy lifestyle was about: simplicity, good food, and staying active. And I want that for my children as well.

Also, the other day I posted about perspective and priorities...after long and careful thought, this is what I came up with:
1. God--He has to come first, because I need to be able to give over my burdens at a moment's notice, I need to know that I am loved no matter what I do, and I need for Him to take me the places He has planned for me.
2. My kids and family. (This is really like 1.1, not 2, lol.) My family and children are the most important things I have in life. Now, when I say family, I am also including the people in my life that have become my family: Jennie, Lisa, Holly (and the gang!), Mary, Angi, April, etc. This is my support system and I need to be there for them no matter what.
3. Time management. I need to focus on making sure we get to where we are going on time, with everything that we need. I need to make "To Do" lists, and to use my planner so we always know what's going on. The kids deserve my time too. Anymore, we have gotten to a point where they watch TV while I make dinner, then we eat, then they watch TV while I clean, etc. I need to make it a point to have them in the kitchen with me while I'm cooking, helping me set the table, helping clean up, working on homework together, reading together, etc.
4. Food. My biggest battle in my health is my addiction to food and binge-eating. I need to make sure we are eating healthy, home-cooked meals, and as fresh as possible. If we are extra busy one week, then it might be easier to take foods out of the pantry to cook, and that's okay every now and again. But as much as I am able to make fresh meals, I will.
5. Exercise. Getting out to exercise (mainly to run) has not been an issue. I actually love running. I love to exercise--I feel a lot less stressed, I sleep better, and my mind is clearer, all things that feel fantastic. But I have to make sure I stay on it. I can't get to where I want without it. I have too much extra weight in weird places to skip it.
6.School and housework. Generally, these two are not an issue. Although, I need to make sure that they both get done--and especially my schoolwork before the due date, lol. I am terrible about waiting til the last minute and turning something in.

It may seem like a lot but its a start. Hopefully I can begin to implement these ideas quickly and get a handle on things, so that everything is just that much easier.

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