Sunday, August 4, 2013

Thirty Days to Better

Has it really been six years since I started writing this blog?? Yes! I can hardly believe it. When I started writing in 2007, my life was so much different. I was morbidly obese at 278 pounds. I had five much younger children ages 2 through 16! How time has changed things. In just six years all of those sweet boys have turned practically into men, with the youngest a senior in high school this year. My baby girl is a big girl now, so helpful and enjoyable and a shining light in every day. I'm not morbidly obese anymore, but am still working on getting the rest of this weight off. It's frustrating in a way (that I am not at goal yet) but so amazing in another (I have kept most of the weight off).

Life's changing. It always is, whether we notice it or not. Only when you look at the big picture over years of time do we SEE the big changes... like a teen becoming an adult, a toddler growing into a confident young girl, a woman in size 26 jeans becoming frustrated because she is "stuck" in size 16's. Makes me laugh a little bit!

I made a little notebook into a planner for the next 30 days. I'm not changing my plan, but I am focusing on taking little notes and trying to improve myself every day. Thirty Days to Better. Not "30 days to a thinner body" or "30 days to firm abs." It isn't "30 days to a happy life" or any other kind of line-in-the-sand goal. It's just "30 days to better," because my goal is progress. Betterness. In 30 days I want to be better off than I am today. How much better? As much better as I can be!

We all try, or at least want to try, to improve on things daily, but do we take note of the effort? So we pay attention and do a bit more each day? I think it helps. It makes you think about whether today is better than yesterday. And if you string together a lot of days, each better than the last, the end result is a while lot of improvement.

It's a little thing, but it's my way of adding *just enough* structure and attention to what I am doing until summer's over and I have more time to focus on my goals.


Anonymous said...

What a cool idea! I can't wait to hear your progress.

Lori said...

I like the idea, Lyn.

I've felt similarly about being frustrated to be 'stuck' and trying to remember what life was like 4 years and 50+ pounds ago. It is easy to lose perspective.

dlamb said...

Lyn, that sounds like a really good idea. I often try to make so many changes at one time that I get overwhelmed and I don't don't change anything.

Do you have a specific goal in mind? Something that is measurable ? I find that if I am too vague in selecting a target behavior, I don't follow up. If I say, for example, "I will not consume anything that has sugar within the first 5 ingredients", I am more likely to achieve my goal than if I say "I'll eat less sugar". Good luck!

Lyn said...

Thanks guys :)


I am looking at bettering my health which includes weight... mainly, taking time each day to say "what can I improve on over yesterday?" For example, steps (distance walked) on the pedometer, eating more greens, choosing lower fat proteins, being more active in general, doing things that bring me happiness, improving sleep quality... stuff like that.

Bonita Gordita said...

What Lori said. This summer I've stalled out on weight loss (at 250), and it can be frustrating. But looking at the bigger picture, I'm down 40 pounds since last year. Which one would I rather? Perspective, perspective.