Sunday, August 14, 2011
8 am - black coffee at computer
Goal for today: start strength exercises; do ball exercise; try to establish a habit of it.Question for self: how to integrate it as a habit in my life. The computer is now a habit in my life, why can't strength and exercise ball be a habit too? (I love the exercise ball as much as the computer, but obviously the computer is easier and more addictive!!!)
10 am - had a leisurely time, making my own muesli this morning, tastes delicious, and had a 300 calorie breakfast. A good start to the day. Now I am going out for 1.5 mile walk.
1pm - resisted eating at noon when I was hungry, pulled weeds instead, now I can eat lunch a bit later and hopefully won't be starved before dinner like I was yesterday. Can I limit calories to 400? We will report back!
11:15 - back from walk, realize calorie use is probably more than Spark computes because of the all the hills and stairs
Saturday, August 13, 2011
6 am -- no food yet....a new day....can I do better than yesterday?
3:30 pm -- went to Walnut Creek to babysit grandson, got there early, went to a coffee shop to get coffee. Even though I brought my own sliced apples, I got a bear claw, too. But FOR THE FIRST TIME, I asked for a bag, cut it in half, and only ate half. It was a huge one, and truly enough. Very hard to compute calories for something like that. But the point is, my vow is to do this in all restaurants, to get the bag or the box AHEAD OF TIME. To cut the item in half AHEAD OF TIME.
Ate apples and cottage cheese while I fed the baby, and then did have more of the bear claw, but it did not even appeal to me anymore. I gave him some (well, he is 18 months, feel a bit guilty) and he liked it. (of course)
Tossed out the rest. Another BIG STEP. Yes, you can toss out food. You really can.
10 pm - had only half a glass of beer at dinner; that was enough, amazingly. Measured out tablespoon of dressing. NOTE: always do this. Use measuring cups, measuring spoons as serving devices, this will keep me honest.
Friday, August 12, 2011
Going to try a new blog format. Will check in during the day. I will see if that helps my resolution to get back to my 2 pound loss by next week. (was going to say a much bigger goal, like "get to 130 pounds by September 30", but I remember Spark's advice to set small, do-able goals)
9:30 amThanks to all who commented on my blog. I just did a short 20 minute walk, that is all I had time for this morning. I did not put butter on my whole wheat bread this morning. So, so far so good, tiny steps.....
12 noon - 500 calories for lunch. Can I make it to dinner?
4pm -- had tea and cookies with mom -- I think they put something in those oreo cookies to make you want more. I should not have even eaten the first one. Does this spoil my day? Not totally, but not good either. Actually I am starving right now, and I had 1000 calories already.
9pm-- dinner calories would have been okay if I had not had 2 glasses of wine, ice cream, and cookies. The cookies were low calorie (150) AND WOULD HAVE BEEN ENOUGH. The wine should have been one glass. Also the second glass predisposes me to want dessert.
Analysis for future: limit wine to one glass/ substitute fruit for cookies at tea time
Record here if this is possible to do.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
I have done journals my whole life (off and on naturally, sometimes years off, but then back on when things got bleak). This Spark journal/blog that others read is a new concept for me. Of course, a person then really edits what they say here, and a personal unrestricted journal is good for the soul, too. Julia Cameron in her book talks about the "morning pages" and I started doing those, too.
I am going to focus on the knee issue. I know a friend of mine told me just five pounds made a difference to her. I was very encouraged by other Spark member comments as well. To lose for my knees is a great motivating force. I was in a lot of pain yesterday, and I know the vicious cycle once a person cannot exercise much, then it is so hard to lose weight.
Right now, I am a bit discouraged, because I am positive I gained back the two pounds I truly had lost and I refuse to weigh myself. My goal for now is to just lose those 2 pounds and then be able to weigh myself. To achieve this goal, I just cannot eat out. Yet, yesterday I had to do exactly that. I mean, it is impossible to be in relationships with others who want to eat out. You could say, I can control myself with chocolate, but with eating out, all bets are off. The trigger foods.
Spark is great, there are so many places to express yourself, email, the blog, response to others blogs, a person's spark page where people make comments, it is a truly amazing place. However, since I have been Sparking for awhile, I am wondering why I am still almost the same weight as when I started.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Usually, I do the blog in the morning. I love mornings, so fresh and new and hopeful. But today was very busy. Babysat grandson for my daughter while she had ultrasound for new baby. She was thrilled it is a girl!!! Then went to Giants game (they lost), did a lot of walking and my knee hurt. I cannot go on like this at this weight. Spark says consistency is the key, and that is why I am blogging now. I have been consistent with this journal, and I want to keep at it. I need to be more consistent with watching the calories.
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