Turning the page and continuing my journey

ImageOver the last year I’ve been working on self improvement.  First I was working on getting my weight under control.  I had been gaining weight slowly for decades now and it was time for it to stop.  So I’ve dropped about 45 pounds.  Then came the fact that I need to start going to the gym.  I was doing lots of walking but I still have this beer gut that I need to work on loosing.

Also there’s been work to do on my general outlook on life.  That sounds far easier than it actually is for some reason.  I have a lot going on for me and there’s a lot of things going right.  Lets take a look a couple thing…

  1. I had a stroke 3 years ago 
  2. I picked up and moved across country
  3. Oh did I mention when I moved I didn’t have a job

So life could be far more difficult than it is for me.  I could be physically impaired due to the stroke.  I could be mentally impaired by the stroke.  I could be without a job still. Even worse I could be living back with my parents because I don’t have money to live on my own.

So this week I’m dedicating lots of time to getting my attitude adjusted.  I’m going to work on getting a positive outlook on life.  I’m going to leave those negative thoughts that creep into my brain on the side of the road.  I’m going to be grateful if it kills me gosh darn it!

So as part of my life I’m going to work on posting here.  Sometimes it won’t be much but it will be something.  Maybe I’ll take my word a day that I do and start posting it here.  Making the sentence I create using the word a positive thought for the day.  I’m not sure how it’s going to work but I’m going to work on making it work.

So thanks for all the support and I really appreciate any feedback you may have about my post. Sometimes people laugh at this but I wasn’t an English major so I’m sure my writing could use some help.

Monday evening thoughts

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So I just came back from a walk.  I went out specifically to meet my daily activity goal but it gave me time to think.  Walking has always been good for that one specific activity.  It lets me think, collect my thoughts and work through things that my be plaguing my mind.

So this year seems to be self empowerment.  I’ve taken on some personal growth activities that may seem pretty daunting to some.  To meet I’m just trying to move forward with my life.  I get to this point where I feel stagnant and I need to do something.

What I need to do isn’t always clear.  It can be simple or more complex.  This year it’s meant a couple different things.

  1. Lose weight
  2. Learn how to play a new instrument
  3. Create a small business

These are all monumental things by themselves but I’m taking on all three at once.  Why I’m not sure to be honest.  They all deal with different parts of my life and they are major parts of my life.  They are three things that make me happy.

So I’ve been going to Weight Watchers now going on 4 months.  I’ve lost 21 pounds and I can feel a difference.  I’ve been increasing my activity by using their ActiveLink.  At first it didn’t seem to be to bad.  I knew that my activity level wold increase but I didn’t think it was going to be that bad.

I walked from the 24 Street Bart station to Castro Street on my way home tonight.  That’s 1 mile with a pretty decent hill.  That wasn’t the only activity today.  In order to meet my activity level for the day I walked down my from my apartment to the Castro and back home.  That’s about 1.25 miles each way.  I’m happy to report that I topped my goal at approximately 114%.

As for learning a new instrument I’m working to learn how to play the viola.  I’ve had 5 lessons and the teacher tells me that I’m a natural.  It’s slightly frustrating because I want to progress faster but it’s all about forum and I’m still in the learning stages.

Last but not least is the small business.  I have two things that I’m working on right now.  I need to do more work with them so that they develop but I do have them started.  They aren’t profitable yet but I’ll work on that because the one can be.  Like anything it just needs more time and attention.

So I’m going to try to focus more and use this blog to keep track of my success or short comings.  I don’t plan on any short comings but it’s good to be realistic that there will be some along the way.  If any reader has any input I would greatly appreciate constructive criticism.

Status update

So I’ve been remiss on posting for a couple of weeks.  I joined Weight Watchers and I’ve watched my diet.  Last weekend I went to the grocery story and I found that my purchased was 90% produce.  I am trying to keep everything out of the kitchen that would be ‘bad’ for me on the ‘diet’.  So it’s been a lot of salads, fruit, and new veggie dishes.

So earlier today I went to my Weight Watchers meeting where I weighed in like I do each week.  This week I lost another 3 lbs.  That’s a total of 8 lbs.  It’s a good feeling to know that I’m losing weight.

I’m not seeing the changes yet but I know that it’s going to take time.  According to the charts I should lose about 100 lbs.  That’s a little more than I can imagine for myself.  If I could actually make it that far I think it would be amazing but I think if I take it 1 lbs at a time, I’ll be just fine.

Also I’m gaining my focus and trying to keep the negative out of my life.  It’s not easy but I find that I’m getting better at it.  I’ve walked for exercise, taking online courses, and reading to help me gain perspective, be positive and feel like I’m being productive.