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Nov 19, 2020
In Amanda's Blog
I feel like this year has had way too many... let's call them false starts. Some of them have had nothing to do with me (COVID quarantines and shut-downs) while others have had everything to do with me (choices I have made). Many decisions have been taken away from me, but I still decide how I live each day. I made the conscious choice to stop counting calories earlier this year because I was beating myself up and feeling really negative for going over my calorie limit or for not tracking the entire day's calories. With all the other COVID chaos, I decided to give myself some grace and stop counting. Well, not tracking calories turned into telling myself it was OK to eat another cookie or have another glass of wine. It's funny how people make reference to things such as "gateway drugs" because they are the "easy" drugs that often lead to trying worse or heavier drugs. For me it's food. One bad choice leads to rationalizing another bad choice, and so on. Ugh! So here we are almost at year's end, and I just can't bring myself to say that I'm starting over...again. I have decided to stop counting day 1s and simply accept that each day is a new day to make better choices. With that I am also keeping my goals smaller and more realistic. Instead of trying to run a 5k or lose 20 pounds, I have decided to walk at least a half mile, about 15 minutes at least 2 days a week (because I can do that in the field adjacent to my house). I have decided to not eat anything except water after 8pm. I have decided to drink at least 32 oz of water every day (no, that's not much, but my coffee intake has increased ridiculously this year, so I'm taking steps). Nothing extraordinary here, but I want to keep these goals small and realistic because my ultimate goal isn't necessarily weight loss or running distance ot anything like that, although those are included in my goals. My ultimate goal is to be more consistent. Period. Baby steps.
Nov 16, 2020
In Introduce Yourself
First of all, Roberta is amazing! What impresses me most is her consistency, day after day, year after year. Consistency is one of my biggest struggles. Period. I first met Roberta in 2017 and had a really great year. If I remember correctly I even won one of her Venus challenges! It was the beginning of a great few years. Got back into running & biking & checked some goals off my list (ran a marathon & 50k & biked a Century or 100mi). I was still doing pretty well & about to check another goal off the list (CrossFit competition) when the COVID shut-down happened. Since then, it's like I can't get going with anything! We make choices, not all of them good for us. And then, that issue with consistency. 😔 I logged on here and found my pics from 2017...and realize I'm in a worse place than I was then! Ugh! Very frustrating. But while it didn't happen overnight, creating changes for good won't happen overnight either. I've had too many "Day 1"s this year, so I don't even want to say that anymore. So here's to every day being a new day to make GOOD choices. 💗💗 And @robertasaum I think you previously created me my own space. Could you remind me where that is? 😏
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