Friday, December 19, 2014
Friday is here and I am so happy. For some reason this seemed like a really long work week.
Now, Friday's have always been my "down" days. Even way back in college. After classes were over, I did NOTHING but relax the rest of the night. My Friday relaxing continued into my 30's, 40's, and now I hate to admit 50's except that I seem to have added to the relaxation take-out for dinner and happy hour.
NOT TODAY! I have the whole day planned out. First I made time for breakfast: Oat bran with blueberries. Second, for our lunch meeting today we are having chicken parm, pasta alfredo, and antipasto salad. NOT ME! I stopped I bought a healthy garden salad with grilled chicken. Tonight--NO TAKE-OUT.....baked cod (quick to cook fish especially on a busy Friday), stewed tomatoes, and green beans (hubby will have mashed potatoes too).
Happy hour? I have planned ONE--yes say it again Charlene--ONE glass of white wine. I made my work colleague promise to keep me honest today.
So I have a plan. The trick of course is to not give in to any temptation and stick with it. I put all of these goals on an index card that is like a post-it and I keep sticking it on my notebook, my ID, my phone.....whatever I'm carrying around so I remember my plan for the day.
I'll let you all know how I did tomorrow!
Sunday, December 07, 2014
This is one of those blogs posts that I think we all make now and then we have really messed up for a while and are feeling really sorry for ourselves.
I've not been on Sparkpeople checking in with my friends consistently. I stopped tracking my calories. My exercise has gone to nothing. And I've been out with friends and drinking way too much again. And I gained 6 lbs back since Thanksgiving!
I hate to blame the holidays, but the hectic schedule, the decorating, the shopping, the parties,----I let myself get away from everything that is good for me when I promised myself I wouldn't do that. When I stepped on the scale this morning, I cried--literally.
After a few boo-hoo-hoo's. I pulled up my big girl pants and promised myself that I cannot let myself and my health take a back seat to thses holidays.
I immediately, created a huge poster this morning using large post-it paper. One block for each of the 68 lbs I need to lose. I put it right in the kitchen where not only I but my husband can see it too! That should keep me honest.
I emailed my weight loss team and admitted that I had gained 6 lbs! That was hard since I am the team leader. BUT I also told them we have 4 more weeks and I'm determined to lose my goal for those 4 weeks even if we don't win the competition.
And then I totally restarted Sparkpeople! I reset my weight loss goals and I redesigned my Sparkpage to motivate me. New background, new colors.
Now I'm admitting my flubs over the last few weeks to all my friends and sharing my struggles and how I am going to make today better than the last two weeks, and then the next day and the next and the next.
Now I am going to church this beautiful chilly Sunday and to thank God for keeping me safe and asking him to direct me on a good path.
Have a great day everyone!
Thursday, November 27, 2014
Last night, on Thanksgiving Eve, I was reading the OA Twelve Step book to psych myself up for a healthy Thanksgiving meal and to motivate myself not to give in to temptation today.
One of the concepts that really hit home at this holiday was the idea of deprivation and how those of us with eating issues often feel we are depriving ourselves when we have to give up foods that we like. But OA says we have it backwards.
When we eat our problem foods to excess, we think we aren't depriving ourselves. But we are! We are depriving ourselves of energy, health, our self-esteem, and more. The FOOD is actually depriving us of feeling our best, looking our best, and being our best healthy self.
When we abstain or refrain from eating our problems foods, we aren't depriving ourselves. By not eating those foods we are GIVEN energy, health, our self-esteem, and more. Choosing to abstain from eating our problem foods is not depriving ourselves but enhancing ourselves and the best people we can be.
We gain great things by eating healthily, and we deprive ourselves of great things when we eat unhealthily.
I am going to remember this today and every day. When I go to put that extra spoonful of stuffing in my mouth today, I am going to remember the real things that spoonful is depriving me of and then I'm going to put the spoon down!
Have a great Thanksgiving everyone! and remember everything you are giving yourself by eating healthy today!
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
I was at a funeral dinner yesterday, and my cousin was in front of me in the buffet line. She said to me that she was going to eat up because the holidays are here, and she is not going to worry about her weight over the holidays. She said, "I'm going to enjoy the holidays."
Focused as I am on my eating, I found that interesting. She related "enjoy the holidays" with food.
I have not been good lately. Last weekend I visited my sister and there is no other way to say it: We pigged out. Wine, pizza, cheese steak, etc. Foods that I recently put on my "naughty" list and said I would do anything to avoid. Why? Being honest with myself, I do believe that I associated food with "fun" that weekend. I didn't even think of what I was putting in my mouth. More importantly, I turned to the foods that I have no control over.
That one weekend totally got me "unfocused" and I had said to myself, I'll re-start after Thanksgiving on Thursday.
Well, I'm not going to do that. There is no better day than today to get back on track and refocus. And so that is what I am doing. No apologies for last weekend. I can't go back and eat well last weekend.
But I can today. And tomorrow. And the next day.
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