Wednesday, August 1, 2007

begin the way you mean to go

Well, here we go. The first day of a new month. The first day I have been home by myself. (Jules went back to Maryland yesterday.) Time to get started on the new, improved Anne. I am not a big fan of platitudes - I guess the choice of that particular word tells you that - but sometimes they are just so darn apt. I do think it helps to start out in a new and positive way, and that is what I hope to do.

To that end, I got up before Ben left for work this morning. I had a cup of coffee with fat-free milk and Splenda. I really wasn't hungry, so no solid food yet, but I am seriously thinking about some V8 and cottage cheese real soon here. After my shower, Rufus and I went out for a ten-minute walk. It was already too hot at 9:00 in the morning, but that's August for you. He is such a good little walker, and kept looking over his shoulder at me as if to say, "Are we doing a good job, mommy? Is this O.K.?" He is more used to Julie taking him every day, but I think he will get used to me. When we got back home, big drinks of water for me and Rufus, and some attention and treats for Lucie, who must be left behind due to health concerns. (Does it sound like I am doing it right, Jules?)

I am usually pretty secretive about starting a new health regimen - for fear I will immediately fail, I guess - but this time, I will try putting it out here for all to see. Wish me luck.


Julie said...

sounds like you're doing great, mom!

rufus is looking back to make sure that he's doing it right, not to see if you are. he is a sweet little walker, isn't he?

the only change i would suggest is walking him before you shower--you're bound to get sweaty on walks this time of year!

Ben said...

Don't think of it as a regimen that might fail. Think of it as the way the new, improved Anne lives.

And enjoy it!

Kristy said...

Best wishes and good luck at your new lifestyle changes! Just don't be too hard on yourself.

Also - here's a good analogy that my doctor told me. Think of any new lifestyle change like driving a car. Sometimes you get off to the side and you're in the gravel (like you eat a whole pint of ben and jerry's or something delicious like that) and your tendency is to overcompensate (today a pint of BJ's, tomorrow egg whites and celery ONLY). But just like driving a car, if you over compensate, you're bound to swerve (oh god, egg whites and celery - I can't stand it - gimme a whole pizza. Or - I only ate egg whites and celery yesterday and thus deserve a whole pizza today), and from there you swerve out of control and eventually crash. You don't want to crash, so if you do get off of the road, it's important to not overcompensate (so I had that pint of ice cream, but tomorrow is another normal day and I'll treat it as such). Hopefully that makes some sort of sense.

anne mancine said...

I love that analogy! It makes so much sense. (The egg whites and celery part particularly cracks me up, but I think that might be your addition.)

Thank you.