Saturday, May 23, 2009
For those of you who watch what you eat, here's the final word on nutrition and health. It's a relief to know the truth after all those conflicting nutritional studies.
1. The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks
2. The Mexicans eat a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than
3. The Chinese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks
4. The Italians drink a lot of red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than
5. The Germans drink a lot of beers and eat lots of sausages and fats and
suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.
Eat and drink what you like.
Speaking English is apparently what kills you.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
I'm starting now to plan for the long weekend. My holiday weekend will be longer than most because Joe is off work for 5 days. Joe the wonderful cook, lol. Of course, I'm a pretty good cook, too, and I'll be doing the ribs.
Last night I made one of our favorite casseroles. I was worried about that but I've decided that I have to learn to live amidst real food and still be thin, so I figured out the calories as best I could, planned my food journal and served myself with a measuring cup.
I ate really slowly and drank lots of iced water with it. It worked, because I didn't eat more than I had planned and my scale was down this morning.
Now I really have to focus on planning and eating like that from now until Monday, with more vigilance than usual.
Now you might think I'm a little flaky, lol, and you might be right, but I often think of my body as composed of little teams that hopefully all work together to keep me well.
Sometimes I pity the poor guys in my tummy.
*Can you just hear the little guys working in your tummy? Watch-out! There’s a load of sugar coming down! What! Where does she think we’re gonna put that fat stuff? We’ve already stuffed her gut to the max. Guess we’ll have to start sending it to boys in the basement. They’re not gonna like it since they’re already having to shore up with cellulite cells. Can’t that woman find an apple?*
Seriously, our bodies are quite magnificent. If you find an illustrated anatomy book and really read how it all works, it just makes you realize that the human body is nothing short of miraculous. If we had to BUY one, it would cost millions!
Fortunately, we get one for free. Unfortunately, we don't pay much attention to it until it starts to creak and groan.
Here's another "flaky" thing I do - Every morning while I'm taking a shower, I talk to all the cells in my body and thank them for manifesting in perfect harmony, according to the divine plan of Our Creator.
So, the guys in my tummy are my friends and I'm hoping to learn to treat them with more respect. I want them to have a good holiday, too!
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Wow, yesterday I wanted to eat all day long.
I had visions of ice cream, blackberry cobbler, huge portions of Mexican food.
Came really close to cooking a huge portion of pasta.
You name it; I wanted it.
And somehow, SOMEHOW, I managed to stay withing my calorie goal for the day!
I kept resisting.
I kept visualizing getting on the scale in the morning and see those digital numbers show a little less.
I took a walk. (My back wasn't hurting - a minor miracle!)
I chewed gum.
I drank ICE water.
I cleaned out the closets and did everything I could to stay busy.
I never did give in to one of those urges to stuff my face.
I DID IT!
Gee, it feels so good.
Monday, May 18, 2009
Something I learned when I began this journey to a healthy body is to change my perspective. Is my tummy grumbling to be fed MORE? Do I crave that hand-to-mouth-action of continuing to shovel food in my mouth? Are people around me eating scrumptious desserts and dinners with heavenly aromas, causing me to feel that I should eat AGAIN?
Well, THESE FEELINGS are simply SYMPTOMS OF WEIGHT LOSS; symptoms of getting healthy. THIS is how I'm going to feel when I'm ON TRACK; accomplishing my mission; making the switch to a healthy way of dealing with food.
It will get better, get easier, feel more like the norm, as time goes by. Such a wonderful transformation and gift to mySelf, hmmmmm?
Because, remember what it feels like when you give in and EAT way more than you should or indulge in too many sweets, etc. It doesn't feel good. You don't feel triumphant, you feel guilty and fat and stuffed.
Often, changing your point of view transforms your problem/struggle into more of an interesting journey or adventure with a chance for another small success right around every corner.
'Do something. If it works, do it longer. If it doesn't work, do something else. But we must do something."
Above is a quote from F. D. Roosevelt. I thought it really applies to our weight loss journey. Once we've been at it a while, even if we've been successful, we get a bit complacent. Truth is, we always have to be "doing" something to stay on track. Sometimes we can go back to our first weeks on track, when we were really motivated, and use what was in our food journal back then to help get us going again NOW.
NOW is really all that ever counts, isn't it?
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