Monday, April 20, 2009

Tackle It Tuesday: A Necessary Change

I know Tackle It Tuesday is supposed to be about housework. But I feel like I need to make an important change so I am going to blog about it, simply to try to keep myself honest. If I truly make it three months, I will be shocked, but I want to make a worthy attempt.

A little background:

Last year at my annual, I had mentioned several problems I was having. As a result and after many expensive tests, a diagnosis came down and I went on hormones. My life improved drastically, other than about a ten pound weight gain pretty much immediately.

Three weeks ago I went to fill my last month and found out that the hormone prescription ran out. I decided to see what a month without them would be like before getting back to the doctor, for many reasons. It has been an interesting experiment.

I am also trying to make the decision about finding a new doctor or sticking with the same. Either way, I will be facing many more expensive tests that I can't afford, which is one of the many reasons I have been putting it off. I also have gained quite a bit of weight this year, which another thing that I haven't wanted to face, but I know it is time to deal with it.

I am not a good eater. At one point I was a lifetime member at Weight Watchers, but that was before Noah was born and I can guarantee I will never see that weight again.

Nor am I a good exerciser. SO many excuse, but the truth is that I am just a bit too lazy to find the time...yup, I admit it.

But I need to start making some changes. After being up all night in misery from the cramps I am suffering, I know I need to make some changes, but haven't been sure where to start.

I have thought of one. All of you "good" people who are being conscious of diet and exercise out there may not see it as much, but I think it will be a good start for me. Here it is:

I am a habitual diet coke drinker...both with and without caffeine. I have been reading more and more studies that are suggesting that drinkers of diet sodas have a 41 percent higher chance of being overweight. I am not sure if it's true or not, but it is a scary finding nevertheless.

So my first baby step into a world of a healthier me is going to be to try to replace diet soda with water in my day.

I have also read somewhere that it takes 21 days to create a new habit of anything. Will I make it 21 days? I really can't say. I suffer from a serious lack of will power, so I am reaching out the blog world for my support. I have posted a ticker on the side to try to keep myself honest.

Wish me luck my friends. It's going to be a bumpy ride, but I have to believe that it will put on the road to changing other bad habits and eventually becoming a healthy person that I can be proud of when I look in the mirror, rather than ashamed.

Wish me luck!

Have a great Tuesday.


Anonymous said...

You can do it!! You are going to feel so much better and think of all the money you'll save!

One day at a time, friend.

bethn said...

You can do it Kristi! What a great step to take. I've tried to do that and the simplest way is just to stop buying it. I just buy Mark regular coke and don't buy diet. I also make sweetened iced tea or diet lemonade and that gives me something else to drink since water just doesn't do it for me. I've also put pitchers of water in the fridge with lemons in it and tried to finish the pitcher every day, but I"ll admit I've never managed to last for 21 days. Good luck!

Stacey,momof 2 said...

I have much the same issues, --
One thing that I do is drink my water with Crystal Light drink packets~
some of them are better than you might think-- but the hydration ones are weak...
I have yet to commit to 21 days -- I'll be praying for you!

Growin' with it! said...

oh boy can i identify with this post! congrats for you for starting...may it bring you GREAT results! and nice to meetcha btw! ☺

Kila said...

Good luck with giving up the soda. If you can do it, you'll notice a big change! I'm a water drinker, but sometimes I use zero-carb sweeteners in my water.

Cutting way back on how many carbs I eat has made the most difference. American tend to eat way more carbs in one meal than we should have in the entire day.