Monday, May 27, 2013
As some of you who read my last blog will know, our family is doing a no junk food challenge this month and we have called it "No Maccas May". We are now close to the end of the month and none of us have had any junk food/take away food other than Subway. With only four days left in the month I am really confident that we will achieve our goal.
Last week I was at a conference in Sydney and had to really think about what I ate as all meals were in the hotel or at the conference. As soon as I arrived I walked to a late night convenience shop and brought some skim milk and little bowls of healthy cereal so I wouldn't go down to the buffet breakfast in the mornings. I chose fairly well at the conference and while I did eat a few little treats I am fairly confident that I was close to my calorie range, although I didn't track calories as I found it too hard to guess, so I just wrote down everything that I had to eat and drink. No juices, no fizzy drink, just water and tea - saved my calories for the little treats. I also did more exercise as our conference was on level 2 and I took the stairs every time. I was also staying at a different hotel so walked every morning and afternoon. I should add that I had to walk past a McDonalds every morning and afternoon and even though no one in the family would know if I went in - I wasn't even tempted, well not seriously tempted, as I would know.
Yesterday my little boy and I were running quite early between appointments. We didn't have enough time to go home and then go out again but weren't due at our playdate for 40 minutes. So we went to a local lake close by, that has parks and a nature walk and went for a spontaneous walk. He now knows how to recognise an Australasian Coot, Black Swans and Willy Wag Tails (local birds). And we had a 30 minute walk that wasn't planned. It felt great and we had a really nice time reading the information boards and looking at all of the wildlife. This is something new for us - spontaneous and enjoyable exercise!
So hooray for May and all of the positive things that we have done toward achieving our goals.
Thursday, February 07, 2013
At the moment I am feeling a little like Dory, the lovely blue fish from the film Finding Nemo. At one point the hero of the tale, Marlin who is Nemo's Dad gets very disheartened and Dory in her sweet and carefree way tells him that no matter what, he just needs to "keep on swimming, keep on swimming".
This is SO relevant to where I am at the moment in this quest for better health and fitness. The last 3 weeks I have had two good losses and one small loss. While I am pleased that each week has been a loss, I have felt that this week and particularly last Sunday/Monday it has been challenging to stay on track. I really did feel like I was treading water despite being in calorie range nearly every day and more active. I was eating well, but not at regular intervals and wasn't as active as I felt I should have been. It is normally at this point that I would go crazy with junk food for a day or two or something similar.
My motivation hasn't been helped by the fact that I weigh every day. I know that this is wrong, I know that this can hurt my efforts rather than help, I know that there are many ways to measure success and not all of them are scale related...and yet I do it anyway and don't seem able to stop doing it just yet. I have given up all fizzy drinks, chocolate and fast food so perhaps I will eventually give this up as well. The issue with this was that after my weigh-in on Saturday when I had my small loss, I have weighed heavier every day and it just wasn't budging! I realise it can be dehydration, not eating enough calories, hormonal etc. If you read enough articles on Sparkpeople you do start to understand this stuff - but it didn't change the FEELING that I wasn't doing well even though I was on track.
So two days ago I decided to take on Dory's approach to life and just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming which in my case is keep tracking and making good choices, knowing that eventually it will all work out in the end.
So here's to everyone at Sparkpeople who is still swimming in the right direction.
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