Saturday, March 29, 2008

I'm on day 5 of the South Beach diet. I can't believe I'm doing this and actually FOLLOWING THROUGH! I feel soooo much better already.

It is a tough diet though. For 2 weeks there's no enjoying fruit, bread, pasta, potatoes, rice...of any kind. Only veggies, lean meats, nuts, beans, eggs.

It's tough, but doable. The first 3 days were the hardest because it's a total overhaul on the way I was eating.

5 days in though, I actually have energy to make it through my whole day without crashing around 2-3:00 like I used to. It's a great feeling. Those crashes used to put me down whereas I had no energy or inspiration to even crawl through the rest of my day. No wonder I was procrastinating so badly!

With my newfound energy, I am tackling my messy hall cabinet, getting my pictures organized (slowly but surely), and I've even got back into practicing my guitar.

After the 2 weeks are up I will add back in the fruit, (only those with low glycemic indexes), and whole grains. No more white potatoes, white rice, etc...those starchy foods that turn to sugar so fast they have no time to do anything other than go to your gut, hips and thighs.

I will keep my updates here on how I'm doing. (They say belly fat is the first to go, so we shall see!)

Interested in getting some more information on the Southbeach plan?

Check the site out here:
Gives an explanation of the plan and what it entails. Check out message boards for loads of recipes, great ideas for eating healthier, and tons of other goodies.

Here's to feeling better!

Monday, March 24, 2008

Doctor, Doctor Give Me the News

One of the things people procrastinate most is going to the doctor.

It's a hassle, it takes up our precious time, and it can be downright scary. Yet, it's a necessity that shouldn't be put off.

I hate to say, but as a woman, I put off one of the most vital (or most dreaded, whichever you prefer) tests: The Papsmear. I hadn't had one since before my daughter was born.

She's now 7. Uh, I think it's time to get a checkup.

And that's just what my doctor kept telling me everytime I went in for other aches and pains. "You know, it doesn't take long, and it's so important. Make an appointment as you leave."

Yet there I'd go sneaking out the door without an appointment.

When my girlfriend finally went in for her long-delayed pap and gave me all the gory details, I knew why I had procrastinated so long. It's humiliating. It's a pain. It makes us girls nervous, scoring way too high on the blood pressure test. (Same goes for the guys! Cough, cough...prostate.)

So this is why I procrastinate. I know I'm healthy. I've been with the same man for 14 years for heaven's sake. There is nothing wrong with my insides. I have no need to spread my legs in stirrups and count the dots on the ceiling while my doctor pokes and prods my insides with cold, metal instruments.

Luckily for me, my girlfriend's elated relief over getting it over with, and hearing the good news that everything was negative, prompted me to finally take the plunge and call in an appointment.

Yes, it was nerveracking. I was uncomfortable. I hated every second of it. But it's done.

It's done! I can check it off my to-do list. One more thing I conquered. And guess what?

Test results are normal, just as I thought they would be. But now I truly know. There is nothing more empowering than taking charge of your health. There is nothing more gratifying than putting an end to procrastination.

Today, put an end to procrastinating the doctor. Take charge of your health. Make an appointment today.

If you happen to notice, those dots are on the ceiling for a reason! :D

Friday, March 21, 2008

Calling All Procrastinators!

Okay...I admit, I'm a procrastinator.

A big one.

In fact, I'm such a big procrastinator that I've often jeopardized big opportunities by ignoring, delaying, or not following through.

If you're a procrastinator, you know exactly what I mean.

It can be so darn frustrating. You want to change, you really do, but something holds you back.

Which is why I started this blog.

Won't you join me as I work to slay this vicious monster before it attacks anymore of my dreams?

While we're at it, let's destroy the procrastinator monster in you too! Let's realize our dreams together.

So what do you procrastinate? I want to hear it all, from the laundry to the large writing projects you have sitting on your desk.

Stay tuned for posts to come full of my own procrastination nightmares, and tips on how to make it through.