Saturday, August 20, 2011
I have been reflecting on how weight gain or loss is all about habits. Same true for marriage. The individuals develop bad emotional habits, but I read that in a book somewhere and I do not know how people can go about changing things like that!! But I know what they mean. He does X, and you have a habit and react Y. Y is not the only way to react. Then Y makes him react with Z. Spirals downward.
I digress. Good news. I found myself developing a habit without conscious thought!!! Wow. Since getting serious with Spark, I have been trying really hard to measure, sometimes I remember, sometimes I don't. But the other night, I found myself using a measuring cup instead of a large spoon to put pasta on the plate of both myself and my fiance. (Up to this point, I did not let him know what I was doing for fear of seeming obsessive compulsive) I did not do it on purpose, but I measured out exactly one cup, which is 2 ounces, which is 200 calories (correct me if I am wrong)
Then this morning I put sugar in my coffee and I realized I could replace the little spoon in the sugar bowl with a teaspoon, and thus be sure I only got the 15 calories (not sure if this is correct)
Now I know it really does not matter if the spoon is 17 calories worth or 12 calories worth, but the act of measuring it, well, it is a reminder of setting limits on how much I eat or drink.
By the way, my fiance needs to lose some poundage also.
Friday, August 19, 2011
I developed a new habit: eating in bed, after brushing teeth, while I watch a video on my laptop. The moment of truth came yesterday at the dentist. How many ways do we lie to ourselves? Let me count them...
1. I told myself I was having yogurt, getting calcium.
2. I told myself I was good because it was not chips or candy
3. I told myself the sweetening in it would not hurt anything.
4. I told myself that it was okay not to brush teeth again because I was sleepy and yogurt does not really stick to teeth like caramels.
Now lets analyze it: how did this habit develop? Well, I am not eating enough for dinner, then I am hungry in bed. Also, if I see people eating the video, it makes me want to eat. I was watching reruns of Everybody Loves Raymond and they are always eating chips by the bagful.
Plan: have a planned healthy snack at 9 pm before I brush my teeth.
Read, instead of watching videos. Hard to turn pages with a spoon in your hand!!!
Thursday, August 18, 2011
8:20 - Went for walk, ate healthy breakfast, did bicep and tricep exercise
Plans for Day
1. Take mom to music class
2. Dentist 2pm
3. Audubon nest photography lecture
4. Work on sewing cushions project
5. Clean up computer room
6. Call to check up on Benise tickets?
Check in 4pm - did #1,2,4 - at dentist, I found out I have bad "pockets" in teeth; must switch to electric toothbrush, oh, no--one more habit to try to integrate and I just got started on strength training.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Had a big day yesterday, started a complicated sewing project in the morning, took my mom to the doctor, then my brother and I did a family outing with her, taking my mom to Tiburon to sit in the sun and watch the boats in the water, but I still got a 30 minute walk in the morning. Did not want to go out, it was cold and foggy, but I am trying really hard to make exercise a habit. I was going to skip entering items in the food tracker for yesterday, because we ate dinner out, and I was in a hurry and did not measure things for lunch, blah, blah, blah.... However, now this tracking is a firm habit, and when I sat down to the computer this morning , I felt I HAD to enter the items I ate yesterday even thought I was only guessing so the calories could be as much as 500 off one way or the other (probably the other) Did I overestimate or underestimate? Who knows, but it is good I tried. Now I am sitting here at the computer all comfy in my big bathrobe, sipping hazelnut coffee, working up the courage to face another cold, foggy walk. Once I am out there, I know it will be okay.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
6 am ---Only got 4-5 hours sleep, but I feel okay this morning.
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