Saturday, December 05, 2009
In this vivid holiday season all packed with sugar plums, puddings and cakes, and all the other seasonal temptations, I hear a lot of people talk about "cheating" on their diets. And every time I hear it I feel a pang. There's just something wrong with seeing yourself as a cheat. It's got to be chipping away at your soul a little, even if the word rolls off your tongue in a humerous and joking fashion.
Of course, people should use whatever words, tools or techniques that make their lives rich and happy so from this point on I am speaking only for myself - but I am never ever going to think of myself as a cheater! I may make a poor choice - even a stupid choice - but I am NOT a cheat. I am a human full of complex drives, emotions and desires.
I choose. I choose mindlessly sometimes, but still - I choose. To help me realize what I have chosen I intend to always use my nutrition tracker and to always honestly put down what I've eaten. If I miss a day or two with the tracker it will be because of time or space constraints. I live in the country and sometimes my "high speed internet" is a bit pokey. And the computer is in a room that sometimes has to double as a guest room. But I won't fear or dread owning up to my consumption. It's just one of the many facets of myself.
I've spent the morning reading my friends' spark pages and blogs and one of them (I'm sorry -- I've forgotten which one of you shared this wise thought) reminded me that each day deserves its own unique and special honor - each day is a jewel that deserves to be polished.
And so - off I go to polish up my Saturday. May yours sparkle like a gem!
Friday, December 04, 2009
I'm always discovering fun stuff on Spark People and yesterday I stumbled upon the message board "Today I am Happy because..."
A little like counting your blessings, asking myself why I'm feeling good, why I'm happy, is just about the best mind-shift exercise I know. I've actually marked it as a favorite so I can pop in there whenever I want, without having to go through any layers.
Life is constantly flowing things my way and it's pretty much up to me to decide how I am going to receive them ... or not. I remember once telling my young boyfriend and future husband, who still flirted a little with affecting cynicism because he thought it made him look cool, "Happiness is a choice". I think it was about then he dropped the disdainful airs - and good thing, too, or I'd have dropped him.
So why are you happy today? Oh really? Then go post it here!
Thursday, December 03, 2009
The week after Thanksgiving, that's when. Especially when it was followed by the Second Thanksgiving Crowd and the Third Thanksgiving Crowd. Eventually you've polished off the leftovers and after a while the kitchen looks like it did on November the 21st.
My weigh-in day is Thursday and I was rather pleased that there had been no weight gain. This long after the most egregious eating day means I can relax about any lurking holiday calories "weight-ing" to make themselves felt. I am not surprised that there was no movement in either direction because though there were many opportunities to indulge, I tried hard to listen to my body and eat only when hungry, stop between (several) bites and ask if I was still hungry, and stop when I was no longer hungry. In short, though I did eat pie, and even cake, and kettle corn, I ate them deliberately, not mindlessly, and in moderation.
I count this a successful week and am proud about it.
In the coming weeks, though, I want to do better. I began tracking my intake on Monday and I go back to the gym today. I have a 3 pound goal I want to reach before January 1. I believe I can do it!
Happy Friday Eve to you all.
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