Friday, January 22, 2010
Well, well, who knew that eating sensibly could become a habit at my age?
This 3rd week of the Win in 2010 challenge I'm in was the easiest yet. I'm basically eating the same breakfast every day and happy with it. I don't think about lunch until it's about time for lunch, instead of dwelling on it all morning. It's the biggest meal of my day.
Dinner has been reasonable and I even told Joe I didn't want him to make popcorn last night.
I have had a few urges to eat after dinner, but guzzled down more ice water and ignored the urge to eat and it went away.
I go to bed happy each night, knowing I'll have a small gift when I get on the scale next morning.
So three weeks and the good habits are settling in; staying on plan is not as hard and the rewards are wonderful. I'm down almost 8 lbs for the year and 1.5 " smaller in my waist.
Most of all, I'm feeling good!
Friday, January 15, 2010
This week I really "got" the fact that I can eat one of those small, 1 oz bags of chips and be happy! I used to sit the giant, family sized bag next to me and munch away at it while I ate my sandwich. I cannot even imagine how many calories, fat and sodium I used to consume at those times.
Also, I realized that I have not eaten any added sugar since January first! Sugar-free gum and/or a strong menthol cough drop goes in my mouth the MINUTE I have finished my allotted food!
I always think, I'll have some chocolate a little later, but once I get the gum or menthol drop in me, I never go back for that sweet stuff. It's like a miracle, lol.
AND, I have eaten everything Joe has cooked, but I have stuck with ONE SERVING which I measured.
I haven't felt deprived at all and the weight is coming off. That is a great emotional reward, but also my body is telling me it's feeling so much better eating these sensible meals.
Who knew "sensible" would turn out to be so "satisfying" and "sensational"!
Thursday, January 14, 2010
I spent most of yesterday looking at two senior living communities near me, trying to find a place for my mother.
The first place was 25 min. away and sort of like an apartment building with elevators. I spoke with two of the residents there and they told me about some of the activities provided. I was pleased.
But the 2nd place I visited is the Jewel in the Crown! A beautiful place with 1-story duplex apartments spread out over beautifully landscaped gated grounds. They have a pool, hot tub, exercise room, library, computer room, communal dining room and really lovely apartments.
I'm ready to move in myself, but I'm not old enough, lol. I met some of the ladies who live there and they are a bunch of spunky, active, fun-loving oldsters. All really great. They have Bingo night and Bible Study morning. Social lunches twice a week and pot-luck suppers often. They provide 4 rides a month to Wal-Mart or HEB - our largest grocery store. There is a program so she can get 6 cab rides a month, or 3 round trip cab rides a month, free.
So now I must learn to wade through the web of State and Federal laws, rules and regs. My mother gets housing assistance and I have to speak with them. Help her meet some requirements to be able to live in this place.
Lots of work ahead, but I'm pretty amazed at the wonderful Senior communities available out there, no matter what your income. It makes the thought of getting really old much more fun!
Sunday, January 10, 2010
I'm not a person who likes breakfast. I don't really care for most "breakfast foods" either. Like everyone else, I've read and listened to much advice from everywhere that says we SHOULD definitely eat breakfast.
Still, it always seemed to me to be rather silly to make myself eat when I'm not hungry as there are very few times in my day when I DON"T want food, lol.
Recently, I found some information that makes the case for breakfast so much more than anything I've heard before. I'm convinced.
This is a link to a short video from Dr. Oz, who consistently makes more sense than all the other "celebrity" health gurus I've heard. In it he talks about the GHRELIN HORMONE, how and when it is produced in our body and what it does in reference to hunger and certain fat storage, especially BELLY FAT.
This link is a more detailed scientific article on the same subject. These two links give you a pretty good idea of what your body does when it wakes up in the morning and how it affects your health and weight.
My breakfast of choice is Yoplait Lite Yogurt with 2 tablespoons of cold-milled ground flaxseed. I now know it's important for my body to do it's work during the day.
I hope this re-enforces your habit of eating breakfast, if you have one, or motivates you to eat breakfast from now on, if you haven't been.
Our body is so intricate and works so hard to function they way it is meant to. It asks very little from us, really, considering all it does for us, even through decades of neglect. The least we can do is help it out as much as we can. The reward is pretty awesome.
Friday, January 08, 2010
I really can eat less.
This first week was important to me because of a challenge I started on my Over 60's team. So I kept that challenge in mind constantly all week. All I have to do is lose. Not any certain amount, just lose something. To stay in the challenge, I have to do that every week! (Or at least stay the same.)
With this in mind, I had lots of realizations. First I realized that I haven't been very serious about actually losing weight since I got to Spark People. I didn't have that much to lose and I had some real issues with pain, so I didn't focus much on LOSING.
I also realized that I CAN be happy with less of the food I like. To achieve that end, I've been sure to buy everything in the smallest packages I can find. Single servings. I also divided everything I cooked into single servings.
I eat more slowly and focus on the eating and the enjoyment of it. This really makes a difference.
I have also made "presentation" important in my meals and try to serve myself as if I were serving a dinner guest. (Thank you, Marianna!)
I found a new dessert. SUGAR FREE GUM! I pop some in my mouth as soon as I'm done with my healthy portion of food! This has become a signal to me that I'M DONE EATING and there's no need to even give food another thought. I really think this is going to be a very important habit for me.
I try to make my last meal of the day a little higher in protein and without any white carbs. Those carbs my body really reacts to by wanting more, more, more. (Pasta, Potatoes, Hot Bread, Sugar, White Rice) If I eat any of those foods, I do it at lunch.
I have stopped thinking of eating out as a "time out" from healthy eating. I have a friend who has stayed at the same low weight for over 20 years and as I observe her eating out, I notice she chooses the same lower calorie, healthier meals at a restaurant as I do at home.
Mostly, I've made the connection that I'm not losing a few pounds so I can once again eat all I want. I'm losing a few pounds so I can be healthier, move better, look better, FEEL BETTER.
It's a full time job. And very rewarding when I accomplish it for an entire week.
When I eat healthy meals every time, my body feels so good. I don't need the calorie count or carb or fat or sugar count to know I've done well. My body tells me. And my body doesn't lie or fudge a little on the totals, lol. My body knows what I eat and it reflects what I eat. Can't get around it.
So this week, I feel great because my body feels great!
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