Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Continuing with my review of the Stages and Steps already passed, to ensure I'm not glossing over them too quickly and to give myself a written reminder of how I understand and apply the concepts.
- Finding the Time
* This one I don't particularly practice unless it fits in with other reasons for making a change. I won't substitute mustard for mayo (their example) because in those cases where I want mayo, I want the creamy flavor of mayo. I have, however, been making slow adjustments in my snacks to include veggie packs or fruit cups or fruity yogurt - things that make getting more healthy carbs easier.
* This one I do rather without thinking hard on it - as my earlier blog "I'm a bundler" expresses. It might be part of why scale numbers aren't very huge in my mind, as my real goals are more about keeping track of what I eat and improving my physical strength and activity. Weight loss is bundled with that as a natural outcome, but isn't the focal point of what I do and why.
Think 10-15 Minutes.
* I did do one of the 10-minute daily challenges, and both before and after I have kept in walking daily with a 1 mile minimum (which is 16-20 minutes depending on my pace). I've made it such a routine that I will go out at 11 pm to do this if I haven't earlier.
* That said, I ~know~ I waste a lot of time through my day. I play time-burning games or even sit and browse the net just to be available for my best friend and daughter. As I get better with the Strength Training, I'd like to expand do-anywhere exercises into some of those blocks.
* I did buy a meal planner (combination with recipes, inventory, shopping list), but have not gotten deeply into it yet. A big reason is that recipes are mostly out of the question with my current situation - I buy pre-made meals heavily and mix-and-match packaged foods mostly. I am working on getting a couple of meal for one, particularly microwave focused, cookbooks to see what I can come up with for a longer term.
* I am doing a good bit of planning ahead otherwise. On a day to day basis, if I know what I want for dinner, I work out how much I can have the rest of the day around it. (The few days I've way overdone it have been spontaneous dinner out with daughter at her call, too late in that day to adjust in advance.) On a weekly basis, I'm successfully shopping for just enough to meet my needs for the week. And on a longer basis, I'm planning ahead for 5k races as well as making monthly and quarterly goals to work on.
So, mostly done, but a bit of work in some areas could make things easier.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
As mentioned in my prior blog, at the point I was in Stage 1, I didn't even actually know about it. It's funny because the things I listed in my program fit with it to some degree, but I didn't even see the link and read the steps until I was moving to Stage 2. I'm just reviewing Stage 1 here as my in-writing reminder of the steps involved.
- Do you know what you're eating?
The first thing on my self-made program was to track what I eat. I haven't missed a day since, though some are not as easy (*shakes fist at restaurant menus without nutrition or portion size*).
This has been considerably easier for me in one regard. Other than the spontaneous dinners with my daughter, every meal and food I consume tends to be planned. I shop for me, I plan where I'm going to eat. I have computer access at both places I eat most often - home and work.
Then again, even when I was gaining, I was well aware of what and how much I was eating. I knew it would mean more pounds. When I'd eat a whole bag of Chips Ahoy, it wasn't an accident. I started with a huge mug of milk and the expectation I'd eat it all.
I will say I'm still learning about some foods. When I sit down to dinner with my daughter and order a Dark Chocolate shake from Johnny Rocket's, I'm certainly aware of what I'm eating and that finishing it all off will "rocket" my calorie count, but I'm not thinking about it in terms of just how much it will do so (1100 calories or more ...)
As far as tracking regularly? I like having the history. I like comparing days. I like tracking it publicly and having both and accountability and being proof it doesn't take a diet of rabbit food to work toward healthier living.
So, yeah, I know what I'm eating and I'm having no considerations about continuing to track for a long time to come.
Sunday, November 13, 2011
I had originally noticed this in the online game I play, World of Warcraft. When possible, I try to combine several tasks.
Today I was delighted to measure and discover that walking to one of the stores I buy groceries at is 2.02 miles. Rather than take the bus there and back, I did my 2 mile walk to get there, did my shopping, then took the bus back.
Then realized I forgot to get a gallon of milk. But because I have no logical reason for heading back out in that direction other than the milk, I don't plan to go. I'll buy some on the way home tomorrow. I have water and V8 to drink anyway.
I often do a couple of my strength training exercises if I have a while to wait for a bus. Calf raises with chair? Works fine with either the bench or the sign post. Ditto for several others.
I'm infamous for reading and walking. I can avoid sidewalk pitfalls, other people, even cyclists ... without ever lifting my nose far out of my book.
Even my eating works in that sort of way. I love food combinations that get me a good mix of calories, fat, protein, and carbs in a balanced amount. The less maneuvering I have to do late in the day to get a few more grams of one thing without going over the calorie range or over the fat range, the happier I am.
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