Saturday, May 25, 2013
Today's "magical" spark coach lesson tried to get me to use the strategy of out of sight, out of mind. Put the trigger foods away where you can't see them constantly, every time you walk through the kitchen or open the refrigerator door, and you'll be less likely to partake.
Well, it didn't work when I was a kid. And it doesn't work now, either. And I believe that's the truth of the matter for most people, no matter whether you can't see the cookies in the cookie jar or not. You can leave them on the shelf at the store, or put the jar on the roof till you can stand it no more, and you know exactly where they are and what to do to get them.
It takes more than hiding them.
My brain is in a collective made up of all the cells in my body. And Collectively, THEY ALL KNOW right where the donuts are AND what to do to get them!!
THEY are smart enough that something as silly as putting the cookie jar on the roof will NOT fool them.
What DOES work? Trashing the offending treat has worked. Encouraging the little shredded wheat character to talk some sense into my collective cells has worked. Saying NO usually doesn't work because there's a challenge there somewhere. Offering a healthy alternative has worked.
Actually analyzing the nutritional value as if this monster were an adult has actually worked. Hm mmmm.
The body collective is glad for strategies that have actually worked.
Saturday, May 25, 2013
One of my favorite places to go to to check out new things to read is Smashwords.com. Budding writers pay someone a nominal fee to format their manuscript or figure it out themselves and are instantly published.
They sometimes make their books available for free, in many different formats for whatever kind of e-reader you might use.
So I checked out nutrition resources this morning. A quick check of titles after my search showed at least one I wanted to download on juicing recipes. I noticed the same author also published a collection of green smoothie recipes and quinoa recipes.
You'll have to decide if the topics are something that would enhance your program.
If the site asks you to register for an account, registration is free. And that will allow you to download free books, purchase books that are priced, and also to publish your own manuscript.
Friday, May 24, 2013
I am having a relationship with this ice cream.
Well, really, I'm trying to NOT have a relationship with this ice cream.
The shop is only 3 miles away. I drive past it if I go the YMCA, and on the way home, a little voice says, "Go ahead, you earned it."
Then that little shredded wheat guy steps in and says, "Sure, it's only 50 calories of cool deliciousness. But what nutrients is it providing to add to your health?"
And I can't come up with a single answer, because it appears to have only 1.5 g. of fat, natural sweetening, and a bunch of air. It doesn't set me off on a binge. And what harm can 50 calories of a bunch of air do???
Well, since I don't know the answer to that, I just don't want to find out. And I drive right past on the way home from the Y. And tonight, I'll just say, "I don't eat that," and walk up to the pool.
See ya there!!
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
I've been watching different varieties of shallots and garlic grow in my square foot garden boxes and grow bags. Much like my weight loss, I didn't know they were going to be such slow growers. But the coolest thing was the elephant garlic this week. I had 3 spathes sprout up a couple of weeks ago, and this week they opened, revealing the flowers you see in the photo. My photography doesn't do them justice. They are a pale lavender shade. After I took the picture, I added some to a vegetable juice I made for a snack.
Then they added zing to my avocado/lime/sundried tomato dressing that topped my lunch salad. When I chewed one flower by itself, it had a STRONG bite to it, nothing like what you'd expect from such a pretty little flower. Definitely a surprise.
My journey here at spark people has had those kind of surprising moments when I think, Wow! I never thought of that; or, Okay, I never expected this!
Monday, May 20, 2013
Well, I've finally settled on my goal weight. Last week I found a picture of me in 1971 in my 2nd year of teaching.
I believe I was overweight then at 150 pounds, and the dress was a regular size 16. Sizes have definitely changed because I'm wearing regular size 16 bathing suits right now.
So I'm aiming for 140 pounds, 10 pounds lighter than that weight. I have graduation pics from even earlier times, but those pics aren't vey helpful covered up with cap and gown.
I'll be very happy to get down into the normal range.
I'm also switching my ticker over. I have been motivated seeing the "weight lost" number get bigger. But I think now I can see the possibility of reaching my goal, so I'm looking forward to that downward trend on my SP ticker.
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