Monday, February 19, 2007
Well it's the beginning of week 60 for me. I had a disappointing loss of only .4 this week. But, I know my food could have been better. Not the quality, but the quantity. In particular, I'm eating too much after dinner. So, this week's challenge for me is no nighttime eating, and no eating in front of the tv. I've now lost 131.3 pounds and hope to do better this week.
Sunday, February 18, 2007
A smile is a curve that can set a lot of things straight.
- V. Borge
This is so very true! I'm not a naturally friendly person, ie. I don't usually start a conversation with a stranger, but while I'm out walking or running, even at the gym, I get so much out of just giving a smile and saying hello to other people. It makes me feel good just doing it, and I try to keep that smile going for as long as possible. Another thing that goes along with this is how amazing the brain is. By that I mean, if you look at this journey and say you accept change, and you relish new ideas and habits you can succeed. It's like when you don't feel like exercising and you say, "I'm only going to do part of my work-out" your mind accepts that but once you get there you don't quit. If you tell yourself you are strong and capable, than that's what you believe. While I know it isn't strength that makes or breaks our dieting efforts(I don't like that word, but..)it certainly gives you a feeling of enpowerment to not eat foods you know are unacceptable to good health. That kind of thinking shifts you from the victim to the one in control. If you believe you are powerless in avoiding eating a hamburger and fries than you are defeated and helpless. But if you mentally think you don't want them, or need them, than you are the winner. I guess being an athlete and having a competitive nature still, also play into my successes so far. I feel like I'm beating everything by doing this and I love to win...I want to be a winner for life!
Saturday, February 17, 2007
Well, I did an hour of spinning class today with the "toughest" instructor. I was really happy that today I did all the stands, jumps and kept the tension up(as per instructor) for the entire time. It was really cool and although my butt was killing, I finished and felt great for doing so! We had a banquet for my son's football team today, and the food choices were not great. I had the salad(already had a vingerette dressing on it)some veggies(could have had butter on them)and a piece of chicken(sans the skin, sauce, stuffing) along with the apple I brought from home...although there were hidden fats, I feel I still stuck to my plan and kept the calories well within my range.
Saturday, February 17, 2007
I'm off to my third spinning class today. I'm not having the best of weeks food-wise so I'm hoping this will help erase my mistakes. Of course there are outside influences at work here cyclically speaking, but that's no excuse. I know the mistakes I've made so I'm hopefully trying to right the ship here. You'd think that at my age I could be done with all of this! I've paid my womanly dues, had 5 kids and certainly experienced enough already! But alas, we all have to deal. So, here's to a better day...
Friday, February 16, 2007
The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny.
- Albert Ellis
It's interesting that this was the reflection quote today. I've recently found myself the recipiant of some snide remarks from posters on a particular site. While I'm certain this was partly a hightened sesitivity on my part, it was still disturbing. But the correlation of this quote is that I've come to realize that many times people are just looking for someone to relieve their reponsibility for not doing what they need to in order to be successful. I've learned a lot about myself and why I've been able to finally beat this weight thing now. Always before I refused to accept change, and had wanted to be able to blame everything and anything for my being a victim of obesity. But, I now see that in order to be the person I want to be, I have to recognize that my self-"victimization" was the root of the problem. What I mean by that is I always thought I couldn't - couldn't always eat right, couldn't always work-out, couldn't change my life...but sometime between month 9 and month 13 I realized what a strong, capable person I really am. I also understand that being ready to accept life-long change is key to my staying healthy. I can eat good foods and be happy, I can live for the rest of my life without ever eating another greasy, fat-laden fast food item and not feel deprived or neglected.
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