Wednesday, April 17, 2013
I'm really feeling motivated again, eating, breathing, dreaming about Spark People and Fitness and Healthy Foods. Good thing, too, since I'm a bit under the weather right now (really, just a ginormous abscess that's got my face swollen like a basketball), I need a lot of motivation in reserve, since I've been advised NOT to do strenuous exercise right now, but to save my body's energy for healing for a few days. I can live with that, it's not like I'm on bed rest, or unable to exercise *at all*! I'll just try to refrain from doing those butt-kicking, sweaty workouts that I love so much.
My eating is also undergoing some changes, to strictly soft foods (the softer the better). I can't chew or even bite down without pain, so I'm just trying to be creative about ways to fix my meals without relying on smoothies for 100% of my nutrition. It's working better than I had thought it would as well. Life is just full of surprises that way - I was prepared to be all bummed out until I could get my tooth fixed (or extracted) and now it's turning out that it's not the end of the world after all! I must confess, however, that I did add brown sugar to the cream of wheat that I ate for dinner last night (was feeling pretty nauseated from mixing antibiotics and pain pills). The cream of wheat always makes me feel reminiscent of my childhood, and we always put butter and brown sugar on it, so that's what I did. I didn't even think about it, so that might not be such a good thing, but I think it's still OK. I'm not eating sugar now, and don't plan to.
OK, I'm actually still taking the pain pills, and they might be making me a little bit loopy...maybe I should just stop now and come back later.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
I stopped drinking soda years ago, but not before I had already damaged my teeth, kidneys, and probably my bones as well. I urge my spark friends to stop using diet soda to replace sugary soda, or as a no calorie sweet treat. The things it's doing to your body is NO treat!
Please click the following link to see just 7 of the effects of drinking this "treat".
Monday, April 15, 2013
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Today's Spark Coach community assignment:
"Journal or blog about an area of your lifestyle that needs moderation. What can you do to change your attitude--and future outcomes?"
What an apt topic, considering the fact that I have just entered into the Tame Your Sweet Tooth challenge. I am clearly having trouble with moderation. In fact, I have trouble with moderation in everything I do, so it's always an "all or nothing" attitude I'm fighting. If I'm going to do something, I'm going to do it all the way.
Of course, we all know that's not the way to go about trying to make lifestyle changes, and it shows in my case. I am a fitness rock star, I have to be my best, you know! But when it comes to nutrition, I have the very attitude that everyone everywhere seems to warn against - I designate foods as being either good or bad, thus fostering feelings of deprivation and resentment. I also think I can "sneak in" a forbidden treat, even though nobody but me is watching what I eat; I have no idea who it is I think I am sneaking past. For example, last night I did it again! I was a rock star all day, worked out hard, ate well within my limits so that I had 100 calories to spare (from 1200) after dinner. But by the end of the day, I had added another 500 calories worth of treats. Forbidden treats. I can't just keep telling myself that it's alright, I'll make up for it in exercise the next day, because I keep repeating the same mistake, day after day. It is absolutely imperative that I get my eating under control, and learn how to eat in moderation. Otherwise I'm afraid I will be in maintenance for the rest of my life, without ever achieving my goal weight. Or worse yet, I'll deem myself a failure and quit again - that cannot happen!
But for now, I'm going to try to cut out processed sugar entirely, at least until I can get better at this moderation business. And maybe I need to find something to do to keep me busy in the evenings, and keep my mind off of food, at least until I get beyond this sugar craving thing that's doing me in.
Saturday, April 13, 2013
I have entered the Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge with the hope of getting my sugar cravings under control. It might be just in time - or too late. Last night, while in the midst of an evening snack attack / chocolate craving, I decided to see if I could figure out a way to get some chocolate in me. The only chocolate I have here is cocoa powder, because that's all I could trust myself with - or so I thought. But through experimentation I learned that I could add melted butter to the cocoa powder and mix it up, then add powdered sugar and vanilla and end up with something that tasted smooth and creamy, almost like a truffle! It was as I was finishing up that little treat that I decided I really need to find something that might motivate me to behave a little better. Something like a challenge, I love a challenge!
So today was my first full day of the Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge, and I'm beginning with this:
Week 1 Action Plan
1. Assess your current sugar habits.
[There was a "short assessment", which I took and which revealed that my sugar habits are "out of control!"]
2. List the reasons why you want to cut back. Maybe you want to lose weight, prevent diabetes, manage your blood sugar levels, or just make more room for healthier foods. Keep these reasons in a place where you'll see them every day when you need a boost.
[I'm thinking that my sugar habits being "out of control" is a good reason to want to cut back, I hate being out of control, and this lack of control thing could be the downfall of my weight loss efforts.
Also, type 2 diabetes runs in my family, so I'm sure I'm heading in that direction if I don't get a handle on this.
Plus, my teeth are decaying more by the day.]
3. Record your sugar habits all week long. Don't try to change your ways yet, but do keep track of what, when, and how often you crave sweets—and how much you eat. (Write it out on your SparkPage blog or in a private journal.) It may also be beneficial to jot down what you're doing and how you're feeling when you feel the urge to reach for sugar, as well as how much you ate if you gave in to your craving. At the end of the week, look over your entries to see if any patterns jump out at you. Do you crave sweets every afternoon? Are your cravings strongest when you're stressed or tired? Discuss what you learned in the Challenge Team.
[I am an evening cravings type. I watch what I eat all day long, staying within my calorie and nutrient range until after dinner, when the cravings strike. Also, I'm an emotional eater, so if I'm feeling depressed or stressed I bury that with food, which makes me feel depressed and stressed, so it's just a vicious cycle :( ]
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