Thursday, May 16, 2013
It's been a long time since I've logged in. I got tired of needing to enter information for every recipe, so I stopped recording foods all together. Work got super-stressful in the past few months, so I stopped even visiting SP. I got depressed, and stopped having any interest in cooking. I stopped writing in my blog, and so all of the depressed and negative thoughts I had just built up.
Long story short: I've gained a lot of the weight I lost since November back again, and I've fallen into bad habits (mindless eating, emotional eating, skipping exercise). The pants I have that were loose 2 months ago are tight again. Super discouraging. :(
I'm better than this, though. Things at work may be unclear, but I don't need to wallow in my anxiety about the future, that only makes it worse. I deserve to take time to take care of myself and my needs, and those of my family. It's past time to get back into good habits. I know it will be easy for me to feel overwhelmed and want to stop again, so I'm just going to work on three small goals at a time, and try to worry less about losing weight and more about just being healthier. Once I can complete a goal for the week or day without thinking about it, I'll add a new goal to the list.
1. Record at least 80% of my meals here. Trying to record every little thing becomes stressful if I can't figure out how to record something I ate at restaurant or something a friend made for me. It's better to record most of what I eat than to quit because I can't be perfect.
2. Empty my water bottle at least 1x/day. I always feel better when I drink more water, but I tend to ignore my water bottle outside of meals.
3. Don't eat when I'm not hungry. To start, this will just be trying not to start eating if I'm not actually hungry. I grew up with the rule that I always had to clean my plate, so it's hard for me to tell when I'm full, especially with the strong compulsion to keep eating if there's food on my plate. I need to get back in touch with my body's signals about when it's full, but again, I need to start small.
I'm also going to try to make at least one healthier choice each day (order a smaller portion than normal, skip the soda at meal out, add an extra veggie to dinner---even if it's from the freezer, etc). Baby steps is the name of the game!
I CAN do this! I lost this weight before, I can lose it and get back into shape again.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
There's definitely something wrong with the SparkPeople to FitBit syncing, so I'm recording all of my food and exercise at FitBit for now (I'm still here for the community). But there's no way I burned 500 calories in a 30 minute WALK. Anyone else having this problem?
Sunday, February 24, 2013
I never took measurements before I started this new way of eating; I just kind of fell into it, and by the time I realized I should I had already lost about 8 pounds and it just didn't seem worth it. My first NSV came today when my mom and I Skyped and she said she could really I'd lost weight. She asked about measurements, and reminded me she had some old ones from when she knit me a sweater, so she sent them over. I've lost 2.5 inches from my waist since I sent her those initial measurements!
So, 2 NSVs to reinvigorate my efforts to keep losing and meet my goals for this year!
Friday, February 08, 2013
I've come within a pound of my original Valentine's Day goal 5 times in the past two weeks, only to swing upwards and away. I don't record most of these weight jumps because I tend to be ashamed of myself; I only like recording when I lose. I've decided for at least the next few weeks I'm going to record my weight here every day, not because I want to obsess over the number, but because I want to keep myself honest with myself. It's much easier to lie to myself and say "That cookie won't hurt" or "I can eat that small piece of candy" if I'm the only one who knows I'm ticking back up instead of down.
I also feel bored with my current diet routine, so it's time to change things up. I updated all of my goals to change up what I'm doing each day. I'm also going to try eating "snacky" meals at 10, noon, and 2 instead of eating two snacks (at about 11 and 3).
I've had so much more consistent energy since I reduced the refined carbs and increased my protein, so I'm going to try a bean salad in my lunch this week, along with an apple for around 10 am and celery and peanut butter for a mid-afternoon boost. Hopefully changing up what I eat will help me get back on track!
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Just a quick update: I'm finally managing to hit my protein requirements. I added eggs and a piece of a bacon to breakfast and cut cereal (I still have oatmeal occasionally), and I'm doing much better. We had leftover roast chicken this week, too, so I've been taking a few ounces of that in my lunches.
Now, of course, I have to get fiber up! I know beans are a good way to get fiber and protein, but I don't really like them enough to eat them every day. I found a link on the mayo clinic website that lists some high fiber foods, so I'm going to see if I can incorporate more of them into my day. (The list, if anyone's curious: www.mayoclinic.com/health/high-fiber
I know I've always had trouble with fiber, so I'm going to start by trying to plan at least two meals per week that intentionally add a high fiber vegetable. I'll let you know how I do!
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