Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Hi friends. My mother had orthopedic surgery on her ankle, foot and knee last week so I'm in Indiana taking care of her. It took a lot of scrambling to get ready to be away from work for 10 days, which is why I haven't been around SP much. But I'm glad I could be here. My mom is in a lot of pain and I think she'd be in more pain if she was trying to do anything on her own. My sister comes next Monday to relieve me and finish the recovery care.
I was looking through my mother's recipe collection so I could make sure I was cooking things she and my dad liked. After getting past what seemed like thousands of recipes for cookies, all of her main dish recipes are full of sugar. Between one side of the family having diabetes and the other having recurrent cancer, that's no good for me but knowing what a hard time I've had keeping my goals when I visit my parents, I resolved to set my standards way lower while I'm here. However, I found recipes similar to my mother's without the sugar and thankfully my parents haven't complained at all about it. So I've been very successful at staying away from sugar and wheat (which gives me sugar cravings) and I've also had good calorie differentials each day despite not exercising! I'm finding it very rewarding to gain more days of blowing off cravings.
As for exercise while I'm here, I'm watching tennis on t.v.
I got in a 3 mile run on Sunday. For the rest of the cold, windy and snowy week, I'll give my body a well deserved vacation from all the work it usually gets. Many thanks to My Body for doing all it does for me!
Monday, December 16, 2013
Gawly, has it really been 2 months since I last blogged?! It's only because when I spend time exercising, eating well, and relieving stress, it leaves less time for computerizing, which I'm not naturally inclined toward anyway. But I'm grateful for your friendship and support, plus I think you're all wonderful people.
I'm still not feeling settled on the island since I moved back, mostly because it's so far away from everything. Living in the city for a year really spoiled me. On the other hand, the quality time with my sister and her boyfriend are ultimately worth it.
I'm also pleased because I've been able to keep up my work outs. I just get up earlier. Do you get to bed early enough and get up when you need to in order to exercise, especially during the busy holiday season? I hope so! It helps to know you're out there with me.
My December goal is to give up wheat and sugar. I haven't been perfect but I've done an amazing job, especially with holiday food pushers. Yes it's possible to mostly eliminate wheat or sugar in December, no matter how many people think it's impossible to try. It's amazing how much easier it is to manage depression. If it wasn't inside my head, I wouldn't believe the difference in my mood.
Part of the reason for my December goal is because I have to go to Indiana the last 2 weeks of January. My mother is having surgery to repair a broken ankle and torn ligament and won't be able to take care of herself. My sister and I will be taking turns going out there every 2 weeks for 8 weeks. If I can stay off sugar while I'm there, I won't feel as miserable, so I'm practicing just not having the junk in my life starting now. It will be the best thing I can do for myself while I'm there. I bet I'll need your support. I KNOW I'll be grateful for it. I'm getting new internet service for my phone and laptop so I'll be able to Spark and work while I'm out in the middle of the corn fields.
In the meantime, work is demanding but I'm trying to be good about stress relief every day. I'm excited about having a quiet Christmas with my household. We plan to max and relax and enjoy each other's company, probably hiking in the woods for a couple hours that day and making a meal.
I hope you all are having a delightful month!
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Sometimes I read blogs about people's progress or discoveries they make as they improve their lifestyles. I get a lot of inspiration from them, so it seems selfish of me to not share mine!
Up until this week, my many story lines'es's for why I was overweight was that I don't have any metabolism; I gain weight chewing a hang nail no matter how much exercise I get; I'll never figure out how to eat just enough but not more; I have too much arthritis to increase my exercise; why would I eat broccoli when I can just eat the cheese?
I think that by keeping my exercise steady, my body is being convinced otherwise. In addition to giving myself a new exercise goal every few months, I work in a building with 6 floors, which I go up and down twice every day that I work. I don't get stuck sitting all day at my desk because I took my recycling and trash bin out of my office, so I have to get up and walk it away. I don't let myself sit still for more than an hour. Every week that I have 3 days of way too much food, which has been every week for the past several months, I still lose pounds and inches. Not fast, but that's not what counts.
Of course I'll still work on having a healthier relationship with food, but I've figured out how to change a lot about poor eating for the long haul.
And my reward for spending the past 3 years slowly but sustainably improving my exercise and eating is that I hit my 50 pound total loss yesterday. Only 13 more and I'll be out of high risk for diabetes - even if it takes me another year, it's a year I know I'll spend figuring out how to keep it off. I was feeling pretty down last week about all the things I haven't perfected and I likely will feel that way now and then again, so if you're like me, don't worry, I won't give up on you either.
Saturday, October 12, 2013
At the beginning of the month, I blogged about my stress relief and calorie deficit goals, so here's my accountability check:
Despite doing well at practicing stress relief tactics, I haven't achieved my 300 calorie deficit goals.
Maybe if I change my goal to the opposite of what I'm going for and make it a calorie surplus of 1000 calories every day, whatever rebellious part of me seems to be winning will defy my own goals and I'll end up with a 300 calorie deficit every day.
I know what the problem is; now that I'm back on the island, it's not easy to get to the grocery store like it was when I lived in the city, so I'm not as prepared.
But since I'm here trying to be honest and accountable, I should tell you that I walk past Pike Place Market every day on my way to the ferry. If you've ever been to Pike Place Market, it's likely that you'll immediately remember the aisles and tables of fruits and vegetables you have to be careful not to knock over as you walk by, right? Us local yokels tend to avoid it as a tourist destination because it's annoying when tourists stand in the middle of the market and ask "Where's the closest McDonald's?". There's one 4 blocks away, but I'm the smart mouth who sends them to the McD's that's a mile and a half away since I know they don't know any better. So if you're ever at Pike Place Market and ask somebody where the closest McD's is and that yokel tells you it's a mile and a half away, know that you've just bumped into 2wheeledsharon and introduce yourself ;)
Not that I believe that any of my Sparkfriends would be looking for McDonalds in the middle of a produce market!
I'm rambling a bunch of silliness, but the point is to confess my silly excuses and move past them. No excuse is a good reason to not partake in the healthy options available to me, so I'll venture into the market this week for my 6 veggie servings per day.
I could be easier on myself about the calorie deficit, though, because I haven't had more than a 100 or 200 calorie surplus, and since my workouts are geared for metabolism boosting, I've actually lost a pound this week and another half inch off my waist.
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