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.
Monday, June 04, 2012
Today I get to go to the Como Zoo with the kindergartners. This requires forethought. What to eat for lunch, what to wear so I don't get too hot or too chilly. It's supposed to get into the 80's today, but right now it's chilly. I decided on pants that I can turn into capris at the end of the day. I also choose to try on the smaller pair (size 18) I purchased a little while ago when I bought 2 pairs in different colors in 2 different sizes because it was such a great deal for those pants. Today the smaller pair fit! Sure they're slightly tight, but they're not so tight that circulation is being cut off or that the muffin top is being exaggerated anymore. The darker green goes better with the barefoot shoes I plan on wearing. These pants did not fit 5 pounds ago, they were still too tight. I'm actually surprised that they fit so well this morning, it usually takes 30 pounds for my body to change sizes!
Last night I also had to plan my lunch. I already logged it last night and even decided to log breakfast so I had less to do this morning. It works out better for me to log that stuff the night before so I can see if I can have certain things in my lunch, if I have too much or if I need to add more. I decided to have two different fruits with my peanut butter sandwich. I looked at snack cakes when I was at the store, but I'm not putting that little into my mouth for that many calories, the banana cakes I looked at had 300 something calories in one cake! I love the ability to look at what I want to eat before I put it into my mouth. It makes things much easier and makes it easier to make proper choices.
I'm all prepared to go walking around the zoo with a couple of kids (or 3 if not enough parents show up). It'll be great exercise for me since I haven't been doing much the last couple of weeks after all the sickness that went through the house. I did manage some pool walking yesterday and that was really hard. I wish the trackers had something for that because I swear I burned more calories than the tracker allows when simply tracking for mileage. It takes a lot longer to walk in the pool than I can go on the treadmill. The water force alone makes you have to work harder to get there. Hopefully I will be able to track my zoo walking more accurately today.
Sunday, June 03, 2012
The news has been saying lately that the obesity epidemic is because restaurants serve pop in too big of cups. New York is trying to pass a bill that stops restaurants from serving regular pop in cups bigger than 16 ounces.
I agree with it in only one point. Pop cups have gotten too big. Small pops in a few restaurants are the 21 ounce size. I prefer having the 16 ounce cup. I have to remember where I am so I know what size my "small" is. I remember the days where small was an 8 ounce cup. You'd think that makes me really old, but I'm just a little bit old.
I do not agree with it only limiting the regular pop, diet you will still be able to drink by the gallon. Juice can still come in a huge cup, and you know most sit down places give you a 21 oz or bigger cup of juice when you sit down. It seems like trying to put a bandage on an artery burst.
Pop is not the reason for the obesity epidemic. Just because some people drink a 2-gallon bottle a day does not mean the restaurants are the pop culprit. Gas stations will still be able to sell the "big gulp" size. We fully know that there are empty calories in that pop when we decide to drink it, but it should be our choice which size to drink. I do wish that there was a consistency through the different restaurants, small should be 16 oz at each place instead of labeling the 16 oz "child size" or "value size", I mean, really, what child needs 16 oz of pop?
If the government feels the need to butt their noses into our health, they should be regulating the sizes of the pop (making them consistent throughout) and then looking into small farms to see what really works when it comes to raising food because those corporate farms just don't seem to have gotten it right. Stop giving subsidies to the corn crops and the problem will take care of itself.
Yes, portion sizes are crazy, I had dinner served to me on a serving platter last month. No way could I eat it all. I do agree with putting the calorie counts right on the menus so I can make the better choice, but I still want the choice given to me.
I don't think giving us less control over which size pop we can choose will stop the epidemic. We choose what we want, we choose to not drink it all and we choose whether we want pop that day or not. Let me keep my choice!
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