Sunday, March 06, 2011
As you might remember, the head of a company survived 9/11 because his son started kindergarten.
Another fellow was alive because it was his turn to bring donuts.
One woman was late because her alarm clock didn't go off in time.
One was late because of being stuck on the NJ Turnpike because of an auto accident.
One of them missed his bus.
One spilled food on her clothes and had to take time to change.
One's car wouldn't start.
One couldn't get a taxi.
The one that struck me was the man who put on a new pair of shoes that morning,
Took the various means to get to work but before he got there, he developed a blister on his foot.
He stopped at a drugstore to buy a Band-Aid.
That is why he is alive today..
Now when I am stuck in traffic, miss an elevator, turn back to answer a ringing telephone ...
All the little things that annoy me.
I think to myself, this is exactly where God wants me to be at this very moment...
Next time your morning seems to be going wrong,
You can't seem to find the car keys, you hit every traffic light, don't get mad or frustrated; it may be just that God is at work watching over you.
May God continue to bless you with all those annoying little things and may you remember their possible purpose.
I hope everyone has a blessed week!
Monday, February 28, 2011
I definitely had some cracks in my resolve this weekend. Friday was good - complete with a great workout... it all went downhill on Saturday. My husband and I were spending the day visiting his family out of state. I knew it would be harder to track/plan food in an uncontrolled environment (and I KNEW the food options were not going to be ideal) I didn't work out in the morning because I had worked out late on Friday and like to give myself time for muscle repair. We were supposed to be home around dinner time, so I assumed that I could adjust my dinner to offset any lunch 'downfalls' and then workout before bed. We were having a great time with his family. I feel very blessed to have in-laws that I really love. My husband has a great family - from his parents to his cousins - they are very similar to my family. Lunch wasn't bad. I had a ham sandwich, with a pickle spear and four tortilla chips dipped in salsa. I managed to resist the mayo, sodas, potato chips, cookies, donuts.... ugh. All of us girls went on a thrift shopping excursion in the afternoon and returned to show off our treasures. This is where I couldn't help myself. It was around dinner time, I was getting really hungry, and the only food available was the lunch leftovers: sodas, potato chips, cookies, donuts.... ugh. We were all sitting around the dining room table to chat and I ended up sitting at the chair with tortilla chips and salsa in front of me. MY FAVORITE!! While this was the lesser of the evils on the table, I reverted into my old bad habits - mindless eating. I was consciously trying to pick out the smaller pieces of tortilla chips to trick myself into thinking I was eating more than I was, but I still ate a lot. I moved the bowl further away but it kept getting pushed back in front of me. We ended up heading home after 6 or so. STARVING by then. I spent the hour-ish drive thinking about every one of my favorite 'outlawed' foods. I seriously considered having my husband just stop at a restaurant on the way home, but suggested us stopping at the grocery store for something we could eat quickly, like a prepared rotisserie chicken and salad. By the time we got home and started making dinner (aglio olio pasta with broccoli YUM!) it was almost 9 at night. I had no willpower left... of course his mom sent cookies home with us and I scarfed one down while cooking dinner. My husband was drinking the throwback Dr. Pepper (made with 'real' sugar) and I was seriously thinking about grabbing one, but resisted. I haven't had soda in MONTHS!! I was ready to eat everything in the house!! I did resist for the most part, but it was one of the hardest days for me. I felt so horrible that I came so close to caving in numerous times. Since it was late, I didn't work out. Then on Sunday, my husband and I were having a spectacular time sleeping in, curled up on the sofa, watching movies, pulled out a 1,000 piece puzzle and almost finished it together. It was great couple-time, but we got so caught up with the puzzle - it was past midnight before we realized!! I wanted to work on the puzzle for a while, then workout... oops! Two days missed makes me feel like such a slacker!!
This week WILL be better! I was 'off kilter' all of last week for some reason. I had a drs. appointment, two days babysitting my niece, 8" of snow to deal with, lots of work and a complete lack of motivation. I just felt foggy and lazy last week and pushed through it, but by the time the weekend came around I threw in the towel.
I do well in a controlled environment, with a strictly planned schedule, but as soon as I am out - I lose my resolve. While I am trying to convince myself that I didn't do THAT BAD, I am disappointed in myself.
Not to self: Work more on planning for excursions filled with temptations. I need to pack a meal if necessary. Expect the unexpected!
Hope everyone has a great week!!
"Opportunity is missed by most people, because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." - Thomas A. Edison
Monday, February 21, 2011
So to help calm my nerves before my first weigh-in tomorrow, I wanted to run a full nutrition report to see how I have done over the past three weeks since joining SparkPeople. While I have had some ups and downs and am still adjusting to the new routine, I was surprised to see that I am doing better than I expected! (Pat self on back.)
I am trying calorie cycling as another Sparker suggested. See my nice zig-zag towards the end?
Can you tell what day we went out to eat at Buca di Beppo? I'm not sure if it works, but I went really low on fat the next day in an attempt to compensate for that piece of cheesy garlic bread that put me over, ha, ha.
Some days I am just not hungry and my carbs are a little short. I don't feel it is necessary to eat when I am not hungry to meet the goals set by SparkPeople.
This is hard to reach some days without the fat going up. If I were a teacher I would give myself a, "needs improvement."
I just started tracking fiber and sodium intakes out of curiosity and am failing miserably on both (I expected the fiber one to be a bit low, but did not expect such a high sodium intake.)
Now I have more to look out for... sodium, fiber and continuing to cut processed foods out.
Saying a prayer that my efforts produce some result that shows on the scale tomorrow. I have been working my butt off since January 1 (tracking nutrition the past 3 weeks only), seen huge improvements in my body and am feeling better than I have in probably 15 years... I just need to see the scale move or I may seriously cry.
Is anyone else out there as afraid as me to step onto a scale?
Monday, February 14, 2011
Every Valentine's Day, my mom would lovingly make my dad his meatloaf dinner (and still does.) It's not just ANY meatloaf though. My mom takes the time every year to shape her loaf on a baking sheet in the shape of a big round HEART. The really funny thing is that after cooking, it looks more like a big 'ole BUTT than a heart. My DH and I think this is hilarious and a couple years ago decided to perpetuate the tradition of the 'butt-loaf.' Years prior I would cook a full-out fancy dinner for us, but it usually ended up with us eating at 9 at night and left us no time to make other plans. This I can throw in the oven and we can get most of a romantic movie or a game in while we wait.
I am planning on cooking my 'butt-loaf' today but am scouring for healthier options. I only have ground beef and pork (1 lb each) and won't have time to run to the store today. Is there such a thing as healthy meatloaf? (Definitely will watch my portions tonight!)
Sunday, February 13, 2011
As I hit my two weeks using SparkPeople, I am so thankful for the tools it provides me to keep on track. I now realize that there were many days that I was eating too little and sending my metabolism into stockpile mode. On the complete end of the spectrum, I often had days that I probably ate thousands of calories and hundreds of grams of fat!
One of my biggest challenges has been special occasions. This is a work in progress, but I have learned some important lessons so far:
- Portion Control -
If I know that I am going to a party where they will only serve pizza and cake, I plug one piece each into SparkPeople and plan my entire day around it. Previously I could eat half a pizza. I am not depriving myself completely, but eating these things in moderation. I cook healthier dips for parties. I plug in every ingredient for some of the food I make to plan accordingly to what I can eat. I can easily talk myself out of eating something (or more of something) if it is not in my plan.
- Educating Yourself -
Eating out at restaurants has been, at least, a weekly thing for us. I never put much thought to how bad most of the food was for me even though that information is readily out there. I now know to look at menus online and locate nutritional info long before heading to the restaurant. Then I know what is in my calories/fat range, if I am allowed a rare glass of wine, and I can plan accordingly the rest of the day.
- Diligence -
(I still need to work on this) I never realized how many extra calories I was consuming with quick snacks. Creamy dips with tortilla chips galore, large hunks of cheese to nibble on buttery crackers, a handful of pretzels in ranch dip! I found how important it is to measure portions and accurately track every peanut that passes your lips. SparkPeople makes this easy if you can use their mobile app on your phone. You can excuse yourself at a party to track what you've eaten on the fly. At very least, write it down to track later. Sometimes it seems silly to plug in 10 grapes, but it makes a huge difference.
- Be Strong! -
We kept a candy dish out over the holidays for guests. (yeah right... for us) I would swing past the candy dish multiple times a day and end up eating six fun-size candy bars... wow that adds up! Stop kidding yourself!! Just because one fun-size candy bar is not going to throw you off track, regular, constant mindless snacking will.
- Inform Others -
I am shocked that so many people treat you like you're NUTZ for watching what you eat. I have been hassled for not eating another piece of pizza and skipping ice cream, had cheesy garlic bread put on my plate by 'friends' after I told them NO (I caved and ate that one...), getting told by my mother to not try too hard (?), my husband trying to feed me Panera bread bowls (I ate in small portions) and countless other incidents recently. Are people around you purposely trying to undermine your efforts too? My MIL gave me a nasty look and asked why I was was not eating more pizza in front of a room full of people. I just said politely, "Because I have gained over 30 pounds." She didn't say another word on the topic. :) Make sure people know what you are doing and maybe some of your reasons. You may not get their support and understanding, but at least they know. People who are not happy with themselves will put you down for trying to better yourself... sad. I do my best to let those folks know about SparkPeople.
I realize that this is probably repeated information for many readers and a bit late, as the dreaded holiday season is over. But there are always those unexpectedly tempting days with parties, dinners out, friendly gatherings, or office lunch meetings (pizza and 2-liters!) I wanted to put some words down to help clear my mind and remind myself of how much I have learned so far... It's actually things I technically KNEW before, I just never put pen to paper and tracked how I was doing before. Eye-Opener!!
And I am doing great... I have a new Spark under my butt.
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