Monday, June 7, 2010

Week #1

In some ways I did really well.  In other ways, well, let's just say there's a lot of room to grow.  First off I have to say that I like the rewards of points for good behavior.  I feel my inner child aching to put a gold star next to my name!  I plan on doing a lot of things differently this week.

-I really like protein.  It makes my my meals much more filling and I do much better if I have some good protein in the morning.  The days I skipped breakfast or grabbed something light were challenging for me.

-I will plan all my meals for the week.  Yes, even breakfast and lunch for me and Logan.  I've been winging it for the day time meals thinking I had them covered.  Not so!

-I will plan my activities for when Logan is napping.  I used to have lunch and watch the programs I wanted to watch on tv.  I found this my weakest time for all things bad for me.  I will now weed my garden or work on some artwork, read, household repairs, clean the bathrooms, weave that basket I've been meaning to get to...ANYTHING but sit, watch tv, and eat in the name of relaxation. 

-I will not compare my journey with others.  I am on my own path and that is just fine.  I have a lot of work to do and a lot of changes to make.  My deadliest obstacle lies in comparing myself to others.  This week I have my head down and focused on the week ahead of me. 

A friend of mine sent me this quote and I love it.  It has been on my mind since committing to this challenge...

"Wilma Mankiller, the first female principle chief of the Cherokee nation, once told me how the cow runs away from the storm, while the buffalo charges directly toward it- and gets through it quicker. Whenever I'm confronted with a tough challenge, I do not prolong the torment. I become the buffalo."  -Donna Brazile

Here we go, week #2!



  1. Jennifer,

    That's a really great. It sounds like you've put together a great plan so charge on little buffalo and impliment it. It's the start of a new week and I know by the end of it your numbers will be much higher.

    Why oh why do we compare ourselves to others? I'm sure that we all do it or have done it. I think we should make it our mantra that we will not compare ourselves to others. I'm joining you on this one Jennifer, maybe we can get the rest of this group to join the herd.

  2. Jennifer,

    I really like your goal next week to tackle that nap time and make it buffalo time for you! I think that that, in an of itself, is a challenging goal.

    I have found meal planning to be a huge help in creating a healthy balance, not getting bored with the same old, same old, saving on grocery money & not having unused food go bad. Plus I severely limit the treats that come into the house.

    A gold star this week to you for starting, for setting goals and for saying with confidence: "no comparison!" You can do it!

  3. Oh Jenn, I love that quote. It's absolutely wonderful. Things will get easier, I promise. It's all about practice, right? Today was not so great for me...but I am ready to be a buffalo too! CHARGE!!!

  4. You hit it dead on with the statement that we are each on our own journey. The best part about this forum is that even though each person's journey is different, we are all aiming for the same goal - to live healthier. This common purpose gives us a connection and a unity that makes the support and friendships forming here even greater. Thanks for sharing!

  5. You're gonna weave a basket? WOW! Are you some kinda pioneer women, or what?

    Good luck in the week ahead! You can do it! And when you can't do it, you can totally whine about it and get sympathy from us on this blog, cause we have all been there, girl!

  6. Good idea to plan ahead. I think I need to do that too. As a matter of fact I think I was nodding as I read your entire post because it reflects a lot of what I am feeling right now. Thank you too for that Buffalo quote. I think I am going to find a picture of one and hang in on my bedroom wall (and in my purse, car, bathroom etc.) as a reminder to drive through my challenges. Jenn, you are so insightful it's great to have you on this blog.

  7. Thanks so much for your support! I woke up this morning and I felt much more buffalo-like. I'm even saying to myself, "I can do this! I really can!"

    And no, I really don't weave baskets but if it would keep me busy enough to stay out of the fridge I'd do it!

    Thanks again!