02 Jan, 2012
Here we go again…
Posted by: sgregg In: Uncategorized
It’s a new year and everyone is starting their resolutions. Why do people think they should start at the beginning of a new year. Today is just like any other day, right? So, with that being said, I’m not making any resolutions. I should just continue with my lifestyle change. I’ve been dealing with my weight for a very long time now. I don’t let it bother me too bad, but just like everyone else, I would like to be healthier and thinner. I would like to be able to shop in a normal store and be able to find something that fits me. I would like to not be embarrassed to wear shorts or a bathing suit. Also, I want to be here for my family for as long as I can. I will finish school this May and will be actively looking for a teaching position. I want to be healthy and confident when I start my interviews. I also want to be able to get down with the kids and not have to worry about getting back up. I don’t want my weight to be an issue for them. I don’t want my kids to be embarrassed of me. Yes, that is a lot of things, but I have already started working on many of these things. My self-esteem is already better than what it used to be. I have realized that no one is perfect, and no one can change me except ME. I am a good person and a good wife and mother. I never realized my self-worth until this past year talking with a good friend of mine. After having a thoughtful conversation with her, I realized that I should take care of myself because I’M WORTH IT. I should do things that I want to do because I want to do them. Not because someone else is doing it or because someone else wants to do it. I should buy myself nice things if we have the money to spend. There is nothing wrong with buying expensive shampoo or expensive soap. Your body likes it and it builds your confidence too. It makes me feel good knowing I am taking better care of myself, physically, mentally, and emotionally. I know I am just rambling and some of this probably doesn’t make any sense, but I have realized so much this past year. It took me so long to realize these little things, that I am still excited about my new way of thinking.
Anyway, by taking better care of myself, I know I need to get in better shape. I’ve already made so many changes with my eating habits. I hardly ever eat fried foods. We usually always bake or grill our meats. I like steamed veggies now. We have cut back on breads and starches a lot. I used to think we had to have some kind of bread at dinner. Most of the time, we don’t even have a bread or starch with our meal. That’s saying a lot coming from someone who grew up on southern meals. Growing up we always had biscuits, garlic bread, corn bread, or rolls with our meals. I have cut back considerably on soft drinks, sweet tea, and other sugared drinks. As a kid, we always had some kind of sugary drink. Koolaid, tea, coke, something. Now, I drink water or diet soda. Tea is an occasion and I hardly ever have a regular soda. I have lost my taste for fast food. I just don’t see the point most days. As a teenager, it was something that I wanted all the time, but now it’s just something we will eat on occasion. And if I do get something fast-food it has to be really good. It’s almost like giving myself a treat. Also, we don’t ever go out to eat at sit-down restaurants either. I have realized that most chain restaurants are all the same. I feel like the food I eat at home is just as good and a lot cheaper. Something else I have noticed since being more conscious about my eating habits is that my portions are so much smaller than what they used to be. For example, I used to eat a whole chicken breast and now I can only eat half of one. I hardly ever go back for seconds either. So, yes, I’m doing better. It has taken me a while to change, but I am better than what I used to be. I have learned a lot over the years of trying to get healthier. I still have a long way to go, but I know I can do it. I have confidence in myself.