Sunday, December 25, 2011
Of course I did not use the food tracker yesterday, being Christmas Eve. But again, I feel a sense of success. Why? It felt weird not to use the tracker. And as I was mindlessly putting homemade Christmas cookies into my mouth, I stopped and thought, "I don't even like these that much" It was like a sea change, I do not know how to explain it. I enjoyed my food, I did not pay attention to the calories, yet, I felt I was aware. Alive and aware.
Friday, December 23, 2011
Even though I had 2500 calories yesterday, my success is that I honestly recorded every single bite.
Previously, I had been only recording breakfasts, or maybe lunches, too, but almost always slacking off on dinners. Still, it was good to record at least half of what I ate. Now I feel I am on the road to honesty. There will be 1800 calorie days and 2500 calorie ones, but if I can firmly establish this habit, then maybe I can get to the 1500 calorie ones, which are the ones that will cause me to lose weight.
I have also developed the measuring habit. I noticed now each day, I measure a bit more. It is incremental. It slowly is developing.
Another success is that I finally got to morning exercise, using the Spark video. I could only do five minutes at first, but the next day I did ten, and the next a bit more. Again, this is incremental.
You do not go from never recording foods, to suddenly recording every single thing you eat. And you don't go from not exercising to suddenly doing hour long workouts!!
Thursday, December 22, 2011
My big success yesterday was
#1 Choosing a Japanese restaurant instead of pizza joint for dinner
#2 Skipping the Kirin beer I usually have, sticking to the tea and water
#3 Skipping the tempura I usually have, sticking to the udon soup
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
I love to cook, and I was going to give myself a challenge to cook all the items in the current issue of Fine Cooking magazine. I love this magazine!! And this time of year with all the visitors plus my mom's birthday, well, it is fun to cook for a purpose.
Now, I am not sure what hand movements will make my thumb situation worse, and if I should just do nothing for awhile.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
I have a rather serious physical problem right now. I have either tendonitis or arthritis or a combination of both in my left thumb. My right hand also has problems, but the left is worse. I mean, really worse. You cannot imagine all the things you do with your thumb and forefinger until you cannot use them. I cannot garden, I cannot cook, I cannot tie shoes, I mean, the list is endless. Even flossing is hard. Even holding a book is hard. I went to an arthritis website and they showed another way to hold a book!! After 66 years, how do I change this? Of course, pain is a great motivator. Am I consigned to just sitting around watching tv? What am I going to do with my life? To top it off, my crooked middle finger is really starting to hurt (off and on)
I am trying to ignore it as best I can. I do not think there is really anything that can be done. Just when I was starting a strength program, now I can't lift weights. I cannot do anything that involves using my opposable thumbs!!! Horrible.
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