Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Looking through my old blogs I came upon this one. Sometimes it helps me to read something I've posted in the past that once helped me.
I am finding that my path to goal has many zones. The first zone is the "motivation" zone and I speed right through that. The second zone is the "determination" zone and I'm plowing right through it at breakneck speeds. The third zone is the "why me" zone. This is a very dangerous zone to be in. You will need to press down on the gas pedal to get through that zone without damage. The next zone is the "doing the same thing but expecting different results" zone. This, too, can do much damage. I was stuck there most of last year. My wheels were spinning but I didn't have any traction. I would start out great but at the first undeserved gain, I'd fall back into the "why me' zone. Right after that I drive dangerously close to the discouragement zone. I know at any moment I can unknowingly enter it. I put my radar detector on and try to outrun it. Right now I'm hovering close to the "success" zone. FitDay even has me reaching goal in May. I know that this zone can catch me off guard and get me thinking, I can have just this one favorite food. I can never let go of my diet mindset because it's so disastrous to let my mind think that I can handle it. I'm not saying I can't ever have anything I want, I just have to avoid losing my mindset about dieting. There is also a danger zone that allows you to think you're "normal" and you can just watch what you eat. What I've found in dieting for 3 years is that to succeed (just like with any goal) you have to have the right mindset. Our minds are very powerful when used to help us. It also is a powerful detraction when we listen to that voice in our heads that trys to make us think it's us. It puts forth all kinds of reasons (rationalizations) why we should just do what feels good for the moment. These thoughts blur our reasoning about why we want to reach our goal. It's easy to forget that not only will we look better but we'll avoid, or improve, those diseases that come with obesity. If you are offended by the word obesity, try a reality check. Have someone take your picture. Trust me, you'll look a lot worse than you do in the mirror. Mirrors are untruthful. You don't see yourself from the back or the sides. Successful dieting takes a lot of focus. Get slack with the measuring, just one bite and with the counting calories is a sure fire way into the "what's the use" zone. Only 5% lose weight and keep it off. No one ever said it would be easy but I say it's worth it.. Sorry to say, restricting calories has to be the "norm" and eating whatever the "exception" You have to get to the place where restricting feels comfortable like an old friend. Then, you'll be in that 5%
Saturday, August 09, 2014
You could hardly see for all the snow,
Spread the rabbit ears as far as they go.
Pull a chair up to the TV set,
'Good Night, David. Good Night, Chet.'
My Mom used to cut chicken, chop eggs and spread mayo on the same
cutting board with the same knife and no bleach, but we didn't seem to
get food poisoning.
My Mom used to defrost hamburger on the counter AND I used to eat it
raw sometimes, too. Our school sandwiches were wrapped in wax paper in
a brown paper bag, not in ice-pack coolers, but I can't remember
Almost all of us would have rather gone swimming in the lake instead
of a pristine pool (talk about boring), no beach closures then.
The term cell phone would have conjured up a phone in a jail cell, and
a pager was the school PA system.
We all took gym, not PE . and risked permanent injury with a pair of
high top Ked's (only worn in gym) instead of having cross-training
athletic shoes with air cushion soles and built in light reflectors... I
can't recall any injuries, but they must have happened because they
tell us how much safer we are now.
Flunking gym was not an option, even for stupid kids! I guess PE must
be much harder than gym.
Speaking of school, we all said prayers and sang the national anthem,
and staying in detention after school caught all sorts of negative
We must have had horribly damaged psyches. What an archaic health
system we had then. Remember school nurses? Ours wore a hat and
I thought that I was supposed to accomplish something before I was
allowed to be proud of myself.
I just can't recall how bored we were without computers, Play Station,
Nintendo, X-box or 270 digital TV cable stations.
Oh yeah ... and where was the Benadryl and sterilization kit when I
got that bee sting? I could have been killed!
We played 'king of the hill' on piles of gravel left on vacant
construction sites, and when we got hurt, Mom pulled out the 48-cent
bottle of Mercurochrome (kids liked it better because it didn't sting
like iodine did) and then we got our butt spanked. Now it's a trip
to the emergency room, followed by a 10-day dose of a $49 bottle of
antibiotics, and then Mom calls the attorney to sue the contractor for
leaving a horribly vicious pile of gravel where it was such a threat.
We didn't act up at the neighbor's house either because if we did, we
got our butt spanked there and then we got butt spanked again when we
I recall a friend from next door coming over and doing his tricks on
the front step, just before he fell off. Little did his Mom know that
she could have owned our house. Instead, she picked him up and swatted
him for being such a goof. It was a neighborhood run amuck.
To top it off, not a single person I knew had ever been told that they
were from a dysfunctional family. How could we possibly have known
We needed to get into group therapy and anger management classes? We
were obviously so duped by so many social ills that we didn't even
notice that the entire country wasn't taking Prozac! How did we ever
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
This is to remind me of things that set me back. Right now I have ice cream drumsticks in the fridge and ice cream too. No wonder I've stopped losing.
Today, I've been thinking about this and about my dieting and my failures and my successes and I'd like to add a few of my thoughts about this today. I have been having a struggle with adding 3 lbs, losing 3 lbs and eating too much and too many of the wrong things on my up day. These are the two devils I've been fighting:
ice cream drumsticks (thinking I can have one on my up day)
raisin bread with margarine.
These two have not always been trigger foods but right now for me they are my trigger foods.
I have been rationalizing that I am at goal and I should be able to have these so I have been buying a big box of Klondike drumsticks and keeping raisin bread in the house too.
I have had a very hard time keeping my up day calories under control for about two weeks and my friend Lila suggested not keeping them in the house, DUH! This would be the advice I'd give someone having a problem with trigger foods but since my mentality has been, I'm at goal, I deserve it, my mind has fogged over to where I could not think clearly. I have been having a problem with this and the thought has just occurred to me that I am not cured, I am in remission because I'm in the 5 lb range but in no way am I cured. I cannot eat whatever I want whenever I want it on my up day. I need to get those two things out of my house, there's no such thing as using them for a treat on an up day, I can't be trusted. Now my first thought is that I need to eat them all today and just get them out of the way, (fat person's mentality) but I will either throw them out (I'd have a hard time doing that) or keep on struggling until they're all gone, or just sucking it up and staying out of the freezer. I'll probably suck it up but I need to refocus and realize I'm not cured, I'm in remission...
I've been thinking about this for a long time...When we are fat, we are really sick. We don't feel sick but inside of us the fat keeps piling onto our internal organs and sticking to our bodies even though we can't see it. We get heart attacks carrying around all that weight and having all that fat surrounding our hearts, our knees give out from the constant poundings our heavy body gives them, we get asthma because fat is clinging onto our lungs, we can't fit the seat belts around our stomachs and when we sit in a normal chair it pinches us and we go to get up and the chair comes up with us. Our beautiful faces are distorted so no one can really see how pretty we are. It's hard for us to keep up with other people, we get passed by for promotions because we are grossly fat. Our blood pressure goes sky high and we get diabetes. There is more but I'll spare you anymore details because I know you're aware of all the disadvantages of being fat. I said all that to say this: If you knew that something was slowly killing you, would you continue to eat it? No matter how good it tastes? Food is killing us, little by little the fast foods get bigger and bigger, super sizing everything to sell their products. Food companies knowing people are scared of fat, reduce or eliminate it from their products but add more sugar to compensate for taking out the fat. They hide the amount of sugar by using names for it that we don't realize are really sugar. The sweeter the product the better it sells when actually they are killing off their customers. It really doesn't matter because even if they die there are the kids that have been raised this way. Food can be good for us, yes, but food can be bad for us too. The sweeter the food is and the more carbs it has, the more we want it. And if that's not bad enough, sometimes our only entertainment is eating out, having pizza parties, everything is based on our enjoyment of eating the sugar and carb filled goodies. Yes, some aren't sweet, but they are covered with sauces and gravies to make them taste yummier. Food can be healthy in it's original forms but food can kill you too. If you were sick, which you are if you're obese, wouldn't you take the medicine to make you well no matter how bad it tastes? Well, fatness is a sickness and the prescription is to eat to live not live to eat. Cut out the sugar and the processed foods and let your body heal. Yes, your family can eat differently than you and you shouldn't feel deprived. They're not sick, you are. I'm healthy now and I'm going to stay that way even if I have to monitor each bite I take. I love thin! I should have known this years ago so I could have avoided "my sickness". ￼
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
I got up this morning, combed my hair and headed for the kitchen to take my vitamins and drink one of my twelve glasses of water. As I made my way past the bathroom I thought I heard something so I stepped inside and listened. Then, there it was again, kind of a small whisper saying “look at me” By this time I realized it was my scales, laying there on the bathroom floor looking sadly forsaken. It said to me that I really should get on and check my weight because it’s been awhile since we’ve had a relationship and you know you’ve missed me, and you want to see if you’ve gained. I quickly ran into the hallway pulling the door shut behind me. I thought I was in the clear so I went down the hallway on my way to the kitchen again. As I passed the pantry, I saw a small Frito beckoning to me from under the door. It wanted to know if I still loved it. It said if I loved it I would have some as a snack. I thought about telling him that I’d have some later but then I came back to the reality of what I’d be doing to my body yet again. I grabbed the Frito and tossed it in the trashcan sitting next to the refrigerator. As I came closer to the trashcan, the frig started calling my name. I quickly ran to the sink and got my 16 oz of water. I downed it along with my vitamins. I kept hearing those tiny whispers and I could almost see the light in the crack of the refrigerator door. Then I heard more voices coming from the frig. This time they were really loud. There were the leftovers, the marmalade, the biscuits from hubby’s breakfast, even the sausage was saying “Eat me, you won’t be sorry. By this time I was worried, I knew that I couldn’t hold out much longer without moral support. I grabbed a piece of fruit and headed for my computer. I had to get out of the kitchen quickly because that’s where the danger was. I knew I could find help online so I quickly logged on to my “Friends” team. I was right, all my cyber friends were there encouraging me. I got absorbed in reading posts and seeing other’s progress, giving and getting Spark goodies and I almost forgot my hunger. By then the fruit had taken the edge off my hunger so that I could go back into the kitchen and eat something healthy. Long ago I’d found out that I have that incurable disease, fat. I will never be cured but if I reach goal, I can be in remission. At that point I’ll just have to take my medicine (dieting) when I get a flare up (gaining.) This has to be a way of life for me because it keeps me healthy, and yes, I’ve even managed to start exercising again. I’m getting excited about staying on track, it’s just not easy to do the right thing. I’m thinking that the closer I keep to natural, the easier it will be to lose those cravings, since the manufacturers add things that are addictive.
Once again, I’d managed to win the fight for control. I know I can do this if I keep focused and go for the long-term healthy body instead of instant gratification. Now tell me, are those things you crave worth giving up your good health? Join me, we can fight this battle together.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
If you tend to have oily skin this may not be for you but I have very dry skin so I'm not sure about oily skin.
Instead of using the various cleansing creams and face washes in the market, which by the way, contain chemicals, I switched to using pure olive oil for face cleaning. If you want to know how to use olive oil for face cleansing, then here is the simple method for it.
Take a small amount of virgin olive oil in your palms and apply it on your face. You do not need to wash your face with any soap or cleanser prior to its application. Use circular motions so that the oil reaches all the parts of the face, especially the creases of the nose, which normally get overlooked.
Continue massaging for about two minutes. There are many benefits of olive oil for facial skin cleansing. Olive oil helps in dissolving the oil, dirt, makeup or any other impurities that get deposited in the skin pores. Post massaging, leave the oil on the face for about thirty seconds.
Now take a washcloth and dip it in hot water. Rinse it slightly and then put it on your face. This will help in steaming your face and thus, remove the impurities in the skin pores which have already been loosened by the olive oil. Keep the washcloth on the face for about ten minutes.
After the face steaming has been done, remove the wash cloth. Splash cold water on your face and clean it thoroughly so that oil is completely removed. Remember not to rub or pull your face skin while cleaning. Regularly washing your face with olive oil, will make your skin soft, supple and fresh.
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