Saturday, September 29, 2012
Helpful or Hurtful
“There is only one who is perfect!” -Mary Jo
“Even though it hurts – I just do it. When I wake up and it hurts – I go! I think of it as a matter of life or death.” -Sherri
“Are you helpful or hurtful?” -God
This is just what I needed to hear today! My journey has been far less than perfect recently. It seems so easy to fall back into old habits. I can use one excuse after another but the simple fact is – I stopped doing what I know I need to do. I have been eating things I know are bad for my body (let’s just say – my car thinks if you get in it at night – time to go Brahms’). ,
slowed down stopped tracking,
stopped walking, not planning for eventful evenings (eating out way too much) – basically – not working the plan. The result – weight is creeping back on.
I am not beating myself up – I am doing a self-check, and with ofi’s (pronounced- / oh-f-ee-z/ - opportunities for improvement) I also need to look at the positives. I am still eating minimally processed food free – when I am at home. I have memorized my bread machine bread recipe (we have not purchaced bread from the store since spring break). My family is still on board with this lifestyle and loves when I try new recipes – in fact they encourage me to try new ones. I only drink coffee, water and tea. I keep junk food out of my house.
I have looked at the ofi’s, looked at the things I am doing right. Now it is time for an action plan. I made a deal with Tammy from my Weight Watchers group. We are going to hold each other accountable for one thing this week. She is going to weigh and measure everything; I am going to track everything. That is a great place to start! In addition, I am increasing my water intake.
I started writing this blog entry then needed to start breakfast. While I was cooking, the words Helpful or Hurtful kept coming into my head. Let’s back up a little. These are words I use in my classroom. I read a book this summer that talked about young children not making connections with behavior and choices (good choices/ bad choices). It was suggested in the book that you ask if their behavior was helpful or hurtful. It has made a major impact in my class – no one wants to be hurtful. I need to look at my journey in the same light. Is what I am doing, not doing, eating, not eating – is it being helpful or hurtful to me?
It is easy to say I made a bad choice – however, it is HARD to say I am being hurtful to myself. From now on, I am going to look at my decisions based on – is it helpful or hurtful. This is going to make me think a lot more about the choices I make.