Monday, October 22, 2012
I find weekends particularly difficult. At work I can control my portions very well, partly because I can limit the foods that are accessible to me. At home ... well, sometimes I snack without thinking, there is a large supply of food available, and there are few incentives to control myself when I feel entitled to relax after a hard week!
I'm thinking that I need to pre-package my snacks at home, so they are easy to grab and easy to control. I recently bought some small circular Gladware dishes that should be PERFECT for dividing up my favorite snacks.
They will also be handy for those nights when we are off to Girl Scouts or piano lessons!
Friday, October 19, 2012
I'm trying out SparkCoach, and my assignment for today is to blog about the time wasters I have throughout the day.
I would have to say that FACEBOOK is the biggest time waster for me. It's all too easy for me to get lost among the interesting posts, or an article that someone linked to, or to get stuck playing one of the games, etc. etc. I find that on days that I actively avoid Facebook I get a LOT done!
Random flights of fancy on the internet are also big time wasters. It's just too easy to have a question pop into my head and then spend ungodly amounts of time finding the answer ... and then looking at a different, interesting aspect of it ... and then seeing something else that's interesting ... and on and on. So pretty much the internet in general, for all its benefits, is a detriment to my time.
I believe that I can control this by setting limits for myself. Since I'm in front of my work computer all day I like to use my Outlook Calendar reminders to schedule homework times, limit my internet usage, and basically keep myself on task. My phone is another good way to do that - setting alarms or scheduling alerts helps me keep track of my to-do list.
I will try putting some reminders in my calendar to limit my internet usage, and to avoid Facebook as much as possible throughout the day.
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Long time, no post! After graduating with my BS in psychology, starting a new job and simultaneously starting grad school, SparkPeople fell to the wayside for me. But now I'm back in the game! I forgot how much I enjoyed it! I have gotten my eating mostly back under control, and I feel amazing.
I'm working out mostly in fitness classes this semester. After talking with a (former) personal trainer I have also decided to really focus on toning my upper body with weights. Weight loss is still important, but I am splitting my cardio time with an equal amount of weight lifting. I have muscles - VISIBLE muscles - now!
My only problem? Trying not to sing "I'm Sexy and I Know It" all the time. It's hard, ya know?
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
I managed to stick with my jogging throughout the summer, and gradually worked my way up to a 30 minute jog every-other day.
Consequently, I'm looking and feeling better than I have since high school! I've had to buy new work clothes because all of the ones I wore last year (I work at a university, so my "year" = August-May) fall off now! That's a great feeling. I'm back into my high school size!!
I think the best thing that's happened to me is the sense of power and accomplishment. I wanted to lose weight and I DID because I stuck with the exercising!
Unfortunately, with the 15 hours of classes I'm taking this semester (plus my job, plus my kids and hubby) I don't have a lot of time to prepare healthy meals for myself. I plan to work on that next. :)
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Well, yesterday marked 1 week at sparkpeople.com for me. I've checked in every day, kept track of my meals and exercise, browsed recipes, and joined groups. Has it helped? Heck yeah!
Already I can tell a difference in the way I think. I don't view food as a rival - now I just look forward to combining different foods to reach my nutrition goals!
Having a water counter is great too. While I still have to have my daily Diet Dr. Pepper (caffeine addict), I keep a 24 oz. water bottle on my desk and refill it at least once during my work day. I'm not quite up to 8 glasses a day, but I'm averaging at least 6.
I had been exercising fairly regularly beforehand, but now I don't dread it - I look forward to breaking a sweat! Having a visual reminder of how much I've done is really inspiring me to do more. I've dusted off my bike and rediscovered how much fun it is to ride around my little town, something I haven't done since high school.
The best part is that getting active at home as well as in the gym has been a lot of fun for me AND my kids. We've been going to the park or playing outside every evening, and that time with them means a lot to me.
It's been an awesome week, and I'm so happy to have found a site like this! Everyone I've talked to has been so supportive and inspirational - thank you!
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