Thursday, November 10, 2011

Day Three Hundred Fourteen

Something new I'm thankful for.

Custom piece by Chrissie Grace from In His Grace.

When I hit my one year anniversary for quitting smoking I knew I was ready to take the next step in my journey to wellness.  In the past several years I've gained quite a bit of weight.  I've never been an overly active person but a combination of quitting smoking, working from home, medication side effects and poor eating habits have resulted in a much larger and unhealthy me.

I'm told small steps are best.  So I've been making some changes with my food.  I'm trying to eat more vegetables.  I'm drinking more water and less soda.  I'm eating salads most days of the week.  (I still use Ranch Dressing but I think I'm moving in the right direction.)  I'm trying smaller portions and seeing if I'm still hungry later instead of eating until I'm full.  I've been eating breakfast each day for the past several weeks.  I'm trying new things. 

I am struggling with the exercise part but I'm sure I'll figure it out eventually.  I hate to exercise.  HATE IT.  Seriously hate it.  I'm not going to sugar coat it.  This will be the hardest part for me.  I smoked for half of my life and I'm overweight.  Moving is hard for me.  I'm easily winded and my knees hurt.  I don't know how to swim and I've tried a bike and even the bike hurts my knees.

A few weeks ago I contacted Chrissie Grace to see if she could make a custom piece for me.  Over the years I've purchased several items from Chrissie including custom items and she never disappoints.  I wanted something to help me through these changes I'm making and I knew one of her "She Said" pieces would be perfect.  I told her what I wanted it to say and that I liked yellow, purple and butterflies.  I left the rest to her.

When it arrived I was moved beyond words.  It was more beautiful than I ever imagined it would be.  It is perfect and I am grateful.

Check out all of the amazing, creative pieces Chrissie has. 


Carmen A said...

It is beautiful...I know all about the weight struggles. I hate myself for not having any control when it comes to food. Maybe that should be our thing next year. Loose weight together, lol... I was doing so good with James, I lost 35 lbs. Then I decided I didn't want to walk anymore. He tried to make me, lol. I jumped all over him a few times. He finally gave up. I hate all exercise. I love to walk outside. I have been to lazy to do that. I hate the treadmill. James uses it.

Susi said...

Beautiful piece. It sounds as if you are on the right road to a healthier you. Congrats.
By the way, I totally agree with you on exercise. I to HATE it but have found that walking on the treadmill isn't all that bad. I try to walk on it 30 min. 3-4 times a week. I have a treadmill at home and it does help that I do not have to leave the house.
Good Luck!

Deirdre said...

This is a great story and you should be so proud of yourself! I've exercised since 7th grade (cross country), but I always struggled with food and body image. You are on the right track; just keep going in that direction and it will only get better!