See my problem? I'm good at wanting to change, but I'm also good at making exceptions to my own "rules". It makes me feel frustrated with myself. It makes me grouchy. I feel like I just can't accomplish what I set out to do. It's not a good feeling.
I've spent quite a bit of time this weekend hashing it out (again) with Mr. Crum. We're trying to figure out how to cause some real and dramatic change in our lives.
Here's the thing - to my best figuring, the thing that causes the most effective changes in my life is crisis. It's hard to ignore a crisis. I know with all my head that I am in a state of crisis. My blood sugars are not in control and that makes it hard to function. Not only does it make it hard to function, every day that I live like this I am making a choice to not be fully with my family as my beautiful boys grow. Ouch.
A GeoPalz Pedometer helped get us motivated to make a change in our walking habits. Thanks GeoPalz.
More good news about walking for exercise - it's green. I'm not putting nasty emissions into the air when I walk (unless I'm gassy). It costs us a lot less money when I can walk where I'm going instead of driving. I honestly wish we lived just a bit closer to downtown so we could walk to the church as well as walking to the businesses downtown which we frequent.
So for the first time in my adult life, I'm being seriously intentional about getting exercise. That's a good step. The next big step is the food thing. Really we eat pretty well at home most of the time. The problem that we have is that sometimes we don't eat at home - sometimes happens a lot more frequently than I care to admit right now. It's just so easy to hop in the van and go somewhere else. (Or even to walk somewhere).
Why do we need to make this change? 1) It's expensive. We eat so much cheaper at home than we do when we go out someplace. 2) It's healthier. When we eat at home, we are able to use fresh ingredients that we trust, and we choose vegetarian (mostly vegan). 3) It helps with blood sugar control because I'm in better control of my food intake. 4) I don't want my boys to fight this fight. I want them to learn right now to take care of their bodies.
Wise Mr. Crum also said that we need to figure out how to change our environment to help cause change - now, we're not moving to a new house, not changing jobs or friends... so how do we change our environment?
How do you make real, dramatic changes in your life and family? What has made a difference in your struggle toward health?