Saturday, June 09, 2012
Lately I've noticed that when I'm sitting, my legs aren't battling for chair space. They might cozy up a little, but there's no all out battle anymore. When I stand up they do get all loving with each other, but that won't last forever. I may not have all that space yet, but I can see the progress of skinny legs. I look at other women and see all that space between the legs, but then look at mine and see how much less space there is, but I can see the progress to skinny woman legs.
I do still sit enough to notice this. They used to have no space, they used to be the best of buddies and cuddling up to each other all the time, but they are starting to grow apart like old friends that had a change in lifestyles from each other. They are slowly losing touch with each other and eventually they'll never see each other again.
Usually it's sad to see one lose a friend like that, but in this case it's better this way. The relationship they had was toxic. They were relying on each other to feed their habits. They were giving each other back-handed compliments. They were making sure the other felt worse so they felt better. It wasn't working and it is starting to fade.
As much as I love my legs, they will be better off being long distance friends. They need their space.
Friday, June 08, 2012
It's finally the last day of school. Had we not had a springtime snow day (it was bad that day...) we would have been done yesterday.
We tend to have last day of school rituals. We always pick the kids up (to make sure everything they brought to school comes home) and go out somewhere to eat. I suggested Perkins and that seems to have gone over well with them, they love the pancakes there. Fortunately the nutrition information is online, unfortunately it's only online, I can't get a printed nutrition sheet while sitting there. I may have to call corporate about that... Looking at the menu, there are few things that I can have without killing myself with salt and half (or more) of my calories for the day. I found one thing that I will be having today, steak! I was looking at the breakfasts, but even with omitting the things I wouldn't order with them, I was still getting half my calories or more and most (if not all) my sodium for the day. There are few options there for anyone wanting a decent portion size.
I don't know if I can go online with an Amazon Fire. Does anyone know if that has that capability? I would love to be able to have portable nutrition with me and can't afford an IPad. I don't have one of those fancy phones that does everything my computer does, I just have a cheap one with prepaid minutes to do phone calls.
I plan on being at the school all day and going to lunch with the kids again. I discovered that I can do lunch there for under 400 calories. They have a great salad option! If I don't do the extras, like goldfish or animal crackers, then I can get it under 300 calories!
I know the kids love having me there and enjoy having me play with them at recess. (I actually like recess, workplaces really need recess!) I've made many kid friends and just love the things that come out of their mouths. I even ran into one of the kindergartners at Target last night and waved, as I was walking away I could hear her telling her mom that I'm the mom of one of her classmates with an excited voice.
Hopefully the kids will end up with summer friends from their classes. I know they have gotten a couple of phone numbers and there are a few of their classmates right in the same building as us. I look forward to an exciting summer playing with the kids!
Thursday, June 07, 2012
I'll do it tomorrow. We've all said it. To figure out why we're procrastinating is the issue.
If you're here, you've taken the first step. It's no longer tomorrow in your world. You may not have started all the steps to a new you, but you're here.
"I'll have one more big meal, then I'll start my diet tomorrow."
Problem with that is that there are many "One last meals". Start today and have a sensible meal. Start out by adding fruits and veggies. Don't deny yourself of anything, but don't start with your triggers. I have cookie triggers, I'll eat the whole box. I haven't had cookies in months, not the whole 5 months I've started this, but it has been a few. Most days I have fruit, veggies, yogurt, cheese and meat at at least one meal. Occasionally I have cookies, chocolate or the occasional pastry. I do not have the trigger items in the house, I make sure I have to go to the store if a craving is bad enough. Having one car, that sometimes means walking a mile for my craving. I only buy one of whatever I'm craving so I don't go overboard.
"It's too hot to go outside and walk."
You could easily do walks in the mornings during the summer before the heat starts, you could invest in some weights or tension bands and do strength training instead. How about using one of the Spark People videos? Don't give yourself excuses to sit on the couch watching tv instead. (I mean, really, what's that important on tv, there's only 2 shows on right now that I consider even watching, the rest is pretty much garbage.) Start looking for opportunities to get extra steps in. Go to work? Park at the back of the lot, your car is less likely to be dinged and you get the extra few feet of walking. Have stairs? Use them! It can actually take you less time to get to your floor than waiting for the elevator some days. Have a video game system? Invest in the games and accessories that get you off the couch. Find your local park and walk the trails. Look into local gyms that offer group classes, some of them can be fun and there are a variety of them to choose from, community buildings may have classes too.
Next time you go to the grocery store, don't put those high calorie foods in the basket. Be proactive. Walk the sides, not the isles. There are very few things you need in the isles, like canned or dry beans, pasta and rice. Most of the things that will work for your plan will be on the sides. It doesn't matter what grocery store you're in, all the ones I've shopped, and it's been quite a few, have all had their healthiest, freshest options around the edges. Start off with in season produce, add a few meats and eggs (if you're not vegan), head toward the dairy and add some cheeses and yogurts, then find other options for fruits and veggies in the frozen section. Change from white items to whole grain, read labels when you're doing this, some "whole grain" breads have more sugars added than white. Go from that minute rice to good brown rice for most of your rice dishes. It does take much longer to cook good rice, anything that claims it can be cooked in under 5 minutes isn't worth the time. Brown rice is just as cheap as that minute stuff. When mixed into hot dishes (casseroles) you can hardly taste the difference. There are whole grain pastas too. Little changes make a big difference in your diet.
Use a lot of sugar? Try using one spoonful less for a week, then use a second spoonful less. Eventually you'll be able to go sugar free without going chemically sweetened.
Start exploring. Explore your neighborhood for places to walk. Explore your neighborhood for those farmers markets that are starting to open now. Explore your neighborhood for people who want to do things similar to you, there are many groups that have similar goals, some are listed in your local newspaper. Explore your grocery store for new and unusual things you've never tried before. Explore your local parks for new ways to play.
Stop waiting, just go! Start now, not tomorrow. Tomorrow never comes, today is what you make of it, so make the best of every day!
Wednesday, June 06, 2012
Now that I'm down a second pants size, it will require me to buy a new pair again. Fortunately I did think ahead and buy the smaller pair when I found the convertable pants/capris for $15 a piece when I bought the 1st size down. My bigger pants are still fitting and not falling off, but I see the inch difference between my waist and my pants.
Now, don't get me wrong, it's great that I'm shrinking. The issue I have with pants is that usually I can't find a pair for under $30. I haven't tried on the biggest Target size yet and I know I can always find every size on their clearance rack. I've gotten used to buying clothes at stores that only sell clothes. I've discovered my new clothes rack "Fashion Bug". Surprisingly it carries those plus sizes that I have been fitting into. I'm getting closer to being able to fit into the stuff on the other side of the store. For some reason there's a wall in the center that shields the "skinny" women from the "fat" ones.
I won't have a problem with shirts, they're always on clearance for really cheap and some of those xl's that I got recently are "athletic" formed, so I have plenty of time before I feel I look good in those. I'm still working on getting rid of the stomach that protrudes through that fit. I won't be a medium any time soon, so those fitted xl's will fit me until then.
Pants fall off much more easily. I don't own belts nor would I want that extra thing to get through when I have to run to the bathroom. I love clothes shopping, but I've always hated shopping for pants. I have to try them on every time, each style fits differently. Some brands fit so differently that you're buying a whole different size. Different times labeled clothes differently, the bigger we got the higher the number went in the smaller pants. Although my highest pants are labeled 22's, I know that has to be a 2 size difference from what they used to be labeled. Today's pants size on me that fits right are 18's. I will have to start looking for a great deal and buy both one more pair that fits now and the next size down. I've been shrinking so much that it seems that I'm in a new size every other month.
As much as I love new clothes, it's getting expensive. I'm running out of fun money for the year. I know how to find the deal, but I don't even have that kind of money anymore. Hopefully this next size lasts me long enough to find a new pair of pants for a reasonable price.
Tuesday, June 05, 2012
This bring me to 35 pounds lost.
What has changed in 35 pounds?
I'm down 2 pants sizes.
I can walk farther without losing my breath.
I've gotten into a swimsuit! (And taken my picture in it for the world to see.)
I am able to eat a proper serving size instead of an American serving size.
I have proper running shoes (barefoot is my favorite way to go).
I've tried new foods and liked some of them.
I don't crave pastries and chocolate like I used to.
I've tried new exercises in new places I never thought I would. I have been doing group yoga and I did some pool running.
I feel more energized.
I actually get upset when I don't go out and move around, even if it's because I'm exhausted from illness.
What hasn't changed?
I'm still the same internal person with the same beliefs about humanity and same love for my family. I still love myself and am simply showing myself that more than I was 35 pounds ago.
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