Sunday, January 18, 2009

Plans, Plans, and More Plans

Today was a nice relaxing day with the family and with my head stuck in a book reading up on my blood type. I must say that I am completely fascinated with the "Eat Right 4 Your Type" book. The concept makes so much sense to my logical noodle. I know it won't be the easiest transition. I wouldn't expect 28 years of eating habits to go quickly. I just plan on making it a gradual change. A little bit here and there. I had already begun giving up soda and caffeine and cheese. Honestly, those were likely to be my two biggest "Ahhh! I can't eat that anymore" hurdles. I am really feeling so much better not eating cheese and drinking sodas that it has made the transition a bit easier. I know there will be more food hurdles to come - like not eating out so much- but I'm actually quite excited by the concept of facing the hurdles.
Another hurdle I know I'm going to have to get past is working out - more like making time to workout and getting past my exhaustion. With the crazy schedule in the Schechner home, I never really know what's going to happen when. I'm pretty certain (fearfully so) that waking up early and starting the day with exercise is going to be my best bet. That will be my goal this week. Getting up early and working out 3 days this week. Again, it's all about gradual changes for me.
I'm going to end this post with my top 3 fitness goals for this week.
1.) Getting up 3 days this week to walk 30 minutes on the treadmill (or do a fitness video)
2.) Plan our meals for the week and actually go grocery shopping (This is a big deal since I haven't been grocery shopping in over 2 months.)
3.) To post to this blog at least 4 days this week.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Darn You Texas Weather!

What is about planning to start something new that makes obstacles automatically pop up? It's like something notices you moving out of your "comfort zone box" and socks ya one (as my mom would say). The past three days I've been dealing with a sinus infection. I get these quite frequently since I have chronic sinusitis, but this one made me particularly exhausted. This 60 one day 20 the next is not helping me, but I'll get passed it. Thankfully, I have a variety of workout equipment and DVDs here at the house to use. Now if I could just get passed this exhaustion and not use it as an excuse, I'd be doing good. To get me through this exhaustion I just have to keep thinking about my goal and Philippians 4:13 - "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength."
I have been using the downtime to study Dr. Peter J. D'Adamo's book "Eat Right 4 Your Type". I am loving it. I think it will be a great way to give me energy and get my body back to be the well-oiled machine it is meant to be, not the exhausted machine with one wheel falling off that it feels like at the moment. Charles and I are both going to commit to start changing our eating habits to this way. He's done it in the past, and I know having him to help me will be so great. He is such a supportive hubby. We are going to work this weekend to get what we can and can't eat straight (since we have 2 different blood types) and plan to do some shopping.
I'm going to use this weekend to do some planning, get some rest, and hopefully do a little walking on the treadmill.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

I do my own stunts...

So here's a few little things about me. I'm 28 years-old. I've been married to my wonderful husband for four years now. I have an amazing 3 year-old son. I have a job that I enjoy in a ministry that I was surprised God put me in. I have a great family and terrific friends. Overall, my life has been richly blessed. But I have a few confessions to make.
I am 120 pounds overweight. I have back problems. I'm a stress junkie. I have horrible eating habits. I like to drink Cokes. I love ice cream and pizza and just about anything you can buy in a drive-thru.

And I've had enough!

I'm tired of being tired, unhealthy, unfocused, anxious, stressed, and not being the best person that God created me to be. Enough is enough and it's time to get that all off my chest. Whew... This past year has had more health challenges - some related to weight, most related to stress. I'm just not feeling like my fabulous self anymore. Instead I'm exhausted most of the time. I want to change that.
This blog is about me and the journey of getting this weight off and becoming spiritually, mentally, and physically healthy. It's transformation from the inside out. I know that it won't be easy, but most things worth doing aren't. I won't always know what I'm doing, but I'm willing to try and willing to share it here. Some things I will have to start slow on. I know that. I expect that it will take me about a year of changing habits and taking care of myself to get the weight off. That's ok. I want to do it in the most healthy way possible. I'll make it my goal to blog a little every day about what is going on in my life and will post my progress or any aha!s I have along the way.
I cling to the hope of Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future."

P.S. Not sure why this text is all different sizes. It looks normal in my editing window. Will fix it later.