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Day 6 of Small Changes: Make Yourself a Priority

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Since I retired and have more time, making myself a priority doesn't seem quite so hard. My commitment to walking every day is in a sense making myself a priority. If I have to choose between getting some work done or walking, I'm going to walk. And when I walk on the treadmill, I read books on my kindle. I also am taking time to track my calories every day. When I was teaching, I would try to watch what I ate and keep track, but inevitably I would feel the pressure of needing to grade papers, plan, prepare for the next day, etc. and would quit keeping track of what I ate and gradually quit exercising. That didn't work so well! I'd make progress during the summer, only to slide back when fall came.
Tonight I made a stir fry loaded with vegetables. I knew it wasn't something my husband would love, but I really am trying to eat more healthily. He surprised me by not complaining at all. Usually I try to prepare things I know he likes, but tonight I made myself a priority and it was okay!
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    I was also a teacher and like you, I would do pretty well during the summer with doing yard work and gardening. Then reality hits in the fall with preparing my classroom and planning, planning, more paper work. I retired 3 years ago and my life and my time changed completely. I do Leslie Sansone Walk Away the Pounds DVDs, track my food, and even find some recipes that are good. My husband eats everything that I eat. Good luck on your journey and enjoy your time from the classroom. I love retirement and the stress is ALL gone! That's the best about retirement. emoticon
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