For the last few weeks knowing that my "Makes Me Smile" 365 day project was coming to a close I have wondered if I wanted to do another one. I had many ideas bouncing around in my head of what I could do, but then a few days ago I remembered why I started this project in the first place. I have been dealing with anxiety and depression and thought that focusing on something happy each day would help with that. I had started the project to help myself improve emotionally. As I thought about that I decided to continue with this daily project but to focus on something else I need to work on. I have spent that last 5 years in therapy working through some emotional issues that were connected to the anxiety and depression. I have to admit that emotionally I do feel like a new person. During this intense focus on my mental well being I have let go of my physical well being. I thought that since I had spent this last year on the inside that it might be a good idea to spend the next year on the outside, so here is my three fold plan:
- I asked my doctor for tips on losing weight and she said that she believes that the number one thing for her is to have a food journal. Well, I have one and I do it hit and miss so this step is going to be about trying to use it daily. I have the Fitness Pal app on my ipad and my phone so I have no excuse to log in my food and exercise there. I have used the plate method for my food and lost weight before so I will use this again for my food plan. I need to make sure I drink a lot of water and get my exercise in every day and I will be able to record both on Fitness Pal.
- I have recently found a few products that I just love, so much so that I signed up to be a distributor. The It Works! products that I love the most are the Defining Gel, Wraps and Fat Fighters. These products help tone, firm and tighten the skin and the amazing results I have had with the Defining Gel alone on the cellulite blows me away. This step will be all about toning and tightening as I lose weight.
- I am also a distributor for Close to my Heart which is a company that sells stamping and scrapbooking supplies. A few months ago we had our annual convention and I went for the first time in a really long time. I loved it all, but there was one comment by one of the presenters, Stacy Julian, that I keep finding myself saying which is "cute matters." Cute definitely matters in crafting, but I have come to realize that cute matters in how you feel about yourself too. My plan with this step is to not just throw on sweats every day like I have been, but to really make an effort to make myself feel cute.
I am curious as to how it will turn out and if you are too, click on the link above. It should be an interesting journey.