27 December 2006

The old year is winding down and a new one is just around the corner.

I love beginnings (I think I've said this before). Every beginning is a chance to start new. It doesn't have to be a new year. It could be a new week, a new day, a new month, a new hour, whatever.

In my journey towards outstanding health and fitness I have learned to always look for the new beginnings, especially when things are tough. I've had days where every hour was a new start for me. Luckily things have gotten better and I don't have to start over that often anymore. Now I pretty much choose my new beginnings.

There's a house about a block from mine with a sign in the front yard that says "NEW BEGINNINGS" I have no idea what it means or why it's there but it speaks to me everytime I see it.

Anyway, Monday was a new beginning for me. I have this whole eating plan worked out and while I knew this would be a tough week, I decided to start now - why wait. Start today avoid the 1/1 rush :) So since Saturday I've been writing down everything that goes into my mouth and tracking the macronutrients on FitDay.

It's been a rocky start but I'm getting the hang of it. Journaling my food was never my strong suit, even when I was in WW. I'd been using an old spiral notebook I had that fit in my purse. Tonight I picked up a nice Moleskin journal that's smaller and thinner and fits really nicely in my bag. This is something I will have to force myself to do everyday until it becomes a habit so I might as well make it enjoyable, no???

So while I was in the mall picking my little journal up (among other things) when I passed this little shop that I just love. It sells homemade quirky things; quilts, candles, signs, etc. I just love going in there because it's small and packed and you'll just never know what you can find there.
One thing they always sell that I have a weakness for is homemade fudge. They generally have a variety of flavors but I love the vanilla. As I passed this store for a minute I was tempted to go in which would lead to fudge being purchased then eaten. But then I thought to myself "you have not been in there in months" and I was shocked. I hadn't been in there in a long, long time. Wow, I'm proud of myself. I've managed to eliminate my twice monthly fudge feast and was not even aware of it. Totally cool.

Commodore gives his years a theme. For this one it's "The Year of Gotta Step it Up" I'm on the lookout for a theme for my year. Comm is way beyond me, I'm not sure I'm ready to step it up yet. I need to get it in gear. I have a few more days to find a theme for my year. I can't wait, I love things like this.

I'm ready to start swimming again. My tattoo is almost completely healed but there are a few places that need touch-ups. Ugh!!! That means 2 more weeks of no swimming. I'm ready now.

Workouts have been going really well. I'm really inspired and am pushing myself but not too hard. I'm really feeling awesome.

Okay, that's it from here. Life is just chugging along at a nice, boring, pace. Just how I like it.


Anonymous said...

Sounds like you have some great training schedules for the new year. Way to go on passing on the fudge store! I'm afraid I indulged in too many sweets over the holiday but not it's back to the program and tracking what I eat too. I try to do it online as I was getting bored w/ writing it down.
I like new beginnings too! A theme for the year sounds like a good idea, maybe I'll get one too.

Vickie said...

Way to go! I think writing it down makes you much more aware of what you're eating. After a while, it becomes second nature to figure out everything when making food choices. How about the "New Beginnings" theme? New Beginnings, New Challenges, or something like that.

Anonymous said...

You skipped the fudge fest in your favorite store? Wow, you are serious about making changes this year! Great job!

Anonymous said...

I kept a food journal. It's time consuming, but it worked for awhile. I'd go to eat the bite size snickers bar I'd usually think nothing of and would think twice before putting it in my mouth. Hmmm. I don't want to have to see that written in my log for the day, a snickers.
Good luck and don't forget to write down every insignificant thing that goes in the mouth. That will probably mean keeping that journal very close at all times.

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