Thursday, February 25, 2010
YOU CAN'T LOSE WEIGHT AND KEEP IT OFF WITHOUT CHANGING YOURSELF!
When you own a business and you are active in the community, there are loads of eating opportunities and I take advantage of every single one of them. No wonder I put on weight. Just this week, I am only half way through the 4 eating ops available to me. Sunday was our church Tasting Fare and I did okay with that. Last night was the 4 chamber mixer and I ate more than I should have but it was okay. I did have some frozen yogurt and some chocolate which I had put off limits for Lent but it was a special occasion and I didn't eat that much.
Friday night, my husband sings barbershop and we have a show to go to. Afterward is the AfterGlow where they celebrate the success of the show and go to a local restaurant for food and drink again. Of course there is beer and wine to go along with it. Then on Saturday night, we go to a big fund raiser for the local community theater group and of course, food and drink again. THAT IS FOUR IN ONE WEEK! I'll do good just to eat sensibly and not over do it like I've done in the past. Eat and eat and Eat. I'm going to shoot for just Eat.
This morning, I feel the urge to go for a walk. It's sunny but cold but I could bundle up and take the dog. AFterall, I have a challenge to do so. I have end of the month bookwork to do when I get back. Everyone always tells me I have such a fun job being a decorator. And I do! But it is a business and there is bookwork that comes along with it and that is the not so fun part. So, onto my day.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
yOU CAN'T LOSE WEIGHT AND KEEP IT OFF WITHOUT CHANGING YOURSELF!
Okay, this is Day 60 of my journey and I decided to go back and look at all 60 blogs I have written to review my progress. My first day was Dec 27, 2009. What have I learned since then?
1. Focus and commitment are necessary if you want to succeed at weight loss and fitness. If you get off track, refocus on the task at hand and recommit.
2. As I read the book which I received in early January, I learned that tracking your food intake was essential to see what you were eating. I always hated doing that but the spark tracker is so easy and so fast and so correct. I love doing it now and programming my food for the day.
3. On Day 12, I learned about moderation being the key to success and so I gave up trying to do the bootcamp, and stuck to learning how to eat and keep track of my business at the same time. In addition, I was trying to reduce one of the medications I have been taking for depression and was having trouble with that.
3. Day 17 was my big AH HA day of all time and I was a featured blog post! I realized that day, January 12, 2010 which will be forever etched on my memory, YOU CAN'T LOSE WEIGHT AND KEEP IT OFF WITHOUT CHANGING YOURSELF! THis is not a hurry up and lose the weight and get to goal so I can start eating again. This is a slow process which will take time and I will never be able to eat the same way again. That was HUGE for me!
4. Day 22, from the Book, I learned that I should measure my food portions. Instead of throwing the cereal in the bowl, I actually measure the portion. I've discovered that 3/4 c of shredded wheat and bran is good for me rather than the 1 1/4 c they suggest. So now I measure. I also learned the importance of Criss Cross, how everything crosses over to other things.
5. Day 27 - Meltdown Day! Here I was doing what I thought I should be doing and nothing was happening. In addition, my depression was getting me down. Getting off meds wasn't working. At this point, I would have given up on other diets but I knew I needed to persevere.
6. Day 30 was time to get back on the medication I was trying to get off. That little blue pill meant more to me than I realized. Without it, I was sluggish, discouraged, one step below normal. It takes about 2 weeks for meds to take effect so I had a few more days to recover.
7. Day 34. Disillusionment on my progress. Sigh!
8. Day 39 Whoo Hoo! I received perfect attendance and 500 points! That was quite an honor and an achievement on my part to stick it out even though the scale wasn't showing progress. I reviewed my 3 main goals that I started with and found myself achieving them.
a. Cook dinner 5 out of 7 nights a week. This is a biggie as we were eating out many nights a week and I decided that had to stop, not only to save money but to have a better diet.
b. Reserve sweets and desserts for special occasions. WE had gotten in the habit of always having some kind of dessert after every meal. I have won that battle and last week, I committed to keeping that up for Lent. It's working!
c. Eat 5 fruits and veggies a day. I'm eating more and more and I don't feel bad about piling my plate with green beans.
9. Day 42. Recovered from my battle with depression and I've gotten all my tax paperwork done and caught up on some business goals.
10. Day 59 I wrote about choosing teams and how it is a trial and error thing. With digestive problems, I joined the IBS team and I learned about the difference between soluble and insoluble fiber and how to balance what you eat.
And now I am on Day 60 and loving it. I have lost about 5 pounds which isn't much but my belly is flatter and my pants aren't tight anymore. I can easily button all of my pants and have a little room. I tried on a shirt I couldn't button last year and now I can. I am committed to upping my exercise and getting out to walk more now that the weather is warmer. I can easily walk 3 miles with my friend Pat and we did so yesterday. It was lovely and I felt thinner this morning. Adding that walk at least 3 times a week ought to get the weight moving.
My ultimate goal is to lose 30 pounds by the end of July. I think I can do that! The nutrition tracker is now my best friend, aside from all my spark friends of course. Thanks Spark! Best place I've been in a long time.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
YOU CAN'T LOSE WEIGHT AND KEEP IT OFF WITHOUT CHANGING YOURSELF!
How do you choose a team to participate in, there are so many. I've tried several and then I disengage myself from them because they don't fit, etc. I just joined the IBS team and Cooking from Scratch team and the whole foods team. And my favorite site on the Spark Cafe is diet and nutrition. I talk about food a lot in my blogs and it looks like most of the teams I enjoy have to deal with food. I also love looking at the recipes. I usually check them every night when I'm fixing dinner to see if there is something I want to try. My most favorite thing to do is to track my food and nutrition daily. So I guess I am a foodie.
As I posted several days ago, I think I have chronic constipation(CC) so I joined the IBS team to find out more info. Some of the stuff they talk about on there, you can just bare all your private moments. They even sent me to Heather's website and I learned about the difference between soluble and insoluble fiber and that I should eat more soluble fiber. She included lists of both and it turns out that the soluble fiber foods are things that you are not allowed to eat on most diets, like fresh white bread, pasta and noodles, white potatoes, carrots, corn meal, avocados, bananas, flour tortillas, etc. etc. So after many years of eliminating this stuff from my diet, except bananas, Now I have CC. Now I will have to learn how to put these things back into my diet to cure the problem and mix them up with insoluble fiber foods. I definitely don't want to take any more medication.
Last night we had grilled fish, green beans and I added a sweet potato as the soluble fiber food. I tried the recipe, Sweet and Spicy potato oven fries and they were delicious. Try it! Usually when I go out to eat, if there is a choice between a chef salad of some sort and a meal of meat, veg and starch, I usually go for the salad. Now I will have to rethink that and maybe choose the other but get healthier versions, like grilled and scrape off the gravy.
Now that I'm getting my food down, I must get into exercise. I did take the dog for her 1 mile walk yesterday and I plan to walk at 3:00 this afternoon with my friend Pat. Hope the weather is good, it was beautiful yesterday. And business wise, I finally have caught up on my yearly requirements for taxes, etc. and it's only the end of February. Thank God, that was weighing on me heavily. My company (I would love to tell you all about it but I don't think I'm supposed to advertise although there is no way that someone in California would call me in Florida) is launching a new brand and website and we are getting into social networking big time. I am really excited about that. Had first of many training sessions on it. Internet shopping and social networking are the way to go now so have to get on the bandwagon.
I am feeling better without all the added sugar in my body, giving up desserts and sweets for Lent. And I'm going to get that other problem under control as well, somehow. Until tomorrow.
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