Many of you may have just started reading the Ellipse blogs, so I want to re-introduce myself. My name is Tiffany and in the past year I lost 110 pounds! My weight loss journey started in January of 2009 and by September of 2009, I had lost 100 pounds! By simply committing to 6 days of workouts at Ellipse, following the Ellipse Nutrition Program, and some self-healing, I am happy and healthy today! If you want more of my story, please feel free to look back at some of my earlier blogs.
Today my message to you is that you need to take time for yourself. This week I had the opportunity to listen to a very empowering speaker talk about life and how we need to remember to fill our lives with happiness and clear out all the “junk”. We work hard to take care of our families, feed the dog, do the laundry, call our friends, make dinner, eat right, workout, go to work, etc….. What about you?? Do you need a little “me time”?? I have to admit that I haven’t been sleeping well over the past week and was whining to my mom that I really needed to get some sleep. Being the wise woman she is, she suggested that I go home, take a hot bath, have a cup of hot tea, and go to bed early. Wow….what a concept! You mean I shouldn’t rush home, cook supper, do the laundry, dust, feed the dog, do the dishes, etc….. ?? I should actually have some “me time”? Between taking my wise Mother’s advice and listening to this empowering speaker this week, it renewed in me a sense that it is OK to take time for yourself, relax, pamper yourself! Life is TOO SHORT to worry about all the little stuff.
So this week, vow to yourself to find time for YOU! Pick out a great book at the bookstore or library and read one chapter each night, make a coffee date with a friend, soak in the tub, finish that scrapbook page you’ve been putting off, get a pedicure, get your hair done, go for a walk with your dog, watch an old movie, go out for dinner (healthy of course), play a board game with your kids, sit in your favorite chair and have a hot cup of tea, or take a nap! You get the picture….find some time and enjoy a little chunk of life! Clear out the “junk” from your life for just a few moments and you will be amazed how rejuvenated you will feel.
Tiffany’s Tip: Journal….journal….journal! Write down every single thing that you consume. Write down meals, calorie free drinks, gum, mints, 1 M&M, 2 potato chips, handful of carrots, snacks, alcohol consumption, water intake, vitamins, and so forth! Not only will you know your exact calorie intake for the day, you will soon know the calorie count on all your favorites! This has helped me learn what keeps me full longer, be accountable, and adjust my day if I mess up half way through. Journaling is first thing that I do EVERY day. I pre-plan my snacks and meals so that I don’t go off the deep end and eat something crazy “cause I didn’t know what else to eat”!!