Monday, May 19, 2014
Well, I'm kinda sorta doing the 10 day blood sugar detox...grains aren't all the way out the door yet. I really like the protein smoothie for breakfast--berries, seeds, avocado, lemon, nut butter, almond milk. Been doing spinach-based salads at lunch; almonds for snacks. (This evening's snack is hummus and pretzels though). A friend and I are sharing the book, so I'm trying to get the crap out of the kitchen and make a more conscious effort to eliminate sugar from my diet. I'm also picking up the activity a bit more--1+ hr cutting grass; 3 mile walks at a good pace... Baby steps. When I start my new job, I'm not going to be able to graze on stuff quite the way I do know, so I need to get my sugar balanced so it doesn't seem like it's tanking a lot....
Friday, May 09, 2014
I am truly amazed that I've stayed within a 5 pound range over the last few months!
My schedule at work has been all over the place: days and getting to leave at a normal time, days that end up lasting 15+ hours, 12 hr night shifts. New computer system went live this past Sunday and there's been a mess of prep for it as well as being there for support this first week while the nursing staff nuts up trying to adjust to it (it was an 18 month deployment done in 5--don't ask me why 'cos I've got absolutely no clue whatsoever). The vendor has supplied a lot of tech support, but because they're not clinical it's a bit more frustrating working on the flow and where to chart stuff.
I'm getting married in June and my fiancé and I are working on wedding plans--good thing we're going the informal-ish ceremony and pot-luck reception! Still haven't gotten invites out yet. He just started a new job 3 weeks ago that's 90 min away.
I'm starting a new job in June--a fixed schedule at last!!!!!!! I haven't had one since I left Tacoma in 2008. It's an hour away for me, but my fiancé has a house within a couple miles so I can stay there the nights before I work. I'm going to try to continue with my current job for a while, but there will definitely be some limitations on the hours I work!
So, with all that going on, we're looking for a house that's closer to where we both will be working. His brother's taking over his and I need to sell mine. Joy! Ugh! Not much planted in the garden this year…might not get much more planted. We'll see.
I'm 90+ days with no refined sugar/artificial sweeteners. I'm trying to incorporate more veggies and healthy snacks. I'm still struggling with bread and cheese. I'm off meat completely and actually don't miss it a bit.
I think that's about it for now. I'm working on reducing the number of irons I've got in the fire with extracurricular stuff. The lawn takes about 4 hours with a push mower, so that's 4 days of good exercise!
Plodding right along….
Sunday, September 29, 2013
I stress, I eat. I really want somethng to gnaw on. I want something sweet (ice cream and chocolate have done me in this month). I've managed to avoid fast food, although I've had to make a very conscious effort a couple times. It's all emotional eating. No doubt about it.
Fiscal funks. Yep, been having a lot of those lately. I've found ways I can cut back on expenses and stuff I can sell if it comes to it. I was looking forward to a good pecan crop this year, but with all the rain at the beginning of the summer, it doesn't look like there'll be many at all. The pomegranates did well, though. Short term pain will yield long term benefit. It'll be okay.
I've actually gotten out and gone jogging a few times. It helped a lot. The last time I got all cramped up which reminded my I'd slacked off on jogging last summer. Gotta get that checked out.
Emotional eating is what got my weight gain started and kept it increasing. I spent some time the other night making a list of all the things I could do to relieve stress that didn't involve eating or any other unhealthy obsessive behavior. I'm considering OA--I've heard they've got a good program for emotional eaters.
In the mean time, I need a plan. Gnawing on carrots better than fireballs. Keep the smoothies stocked up in the fridge. Make some batches of air-popped popcorn to have handy. That'll at least give me something healthy to graze on. Journaling -- what are the triggers, stressors, etc. Explore the emotions. Phone a friend. Learn from the experience of others.
There are solutions. They require action. They work. Support from others will both help guide me as well as hold me accountable.
The good news is that I haven't resumed all of my bad eating habits. I'm still staying away from processed foods (except for the sweets); with the exception of the past week, I haven't actually bought any sweets; still following vegetarian diet; still buying primarily organic.
I have yet to get into a regular routine. A variable work schedule does kinda make it difficult. Haven't made much progress with reducing clutter either. Early morning project instead of playing sudoku (I've already deleted the games off my phone) can be tackling one area at a time, taking stuff I'm not using to donate or recycle. Just keeping the kitchen table cleaned off with be a big help!
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