Monday, February 28, 2011
Lately, I have been choosing to let go of the chores and even some things I enjoy to find a bit of escape in a good book. It's an escape, for sure from the everyday hum of living a busy life but also, a way to achieve a state of mind that has no connection to real world obligations.
The household responsibilities will wait. The clutter is patient, even if I am not. My jobs, don't literally come home with me but, there are always routine tasks that must be completed. They can also be put off.
My participation on Spark is usually well spent with logging and social interaction but, also a commitment that drains time. Keeping track of my nutrition and fitness are important but, only one component of my path to health. And although, I do enjoy the verbal sparring and talk of politics on the threads, I find myself very picky lately in what discussions I participate in. It's not that I don't care or that I don't have an opinion. I'm just seeking some serenity. I need that as much, if not more than the jolt of adrenaline that follows the jib and jab of political debate.
I certainly get enough exercise and social stimulation. My diet, while not perfect, is pretty darn good. I'm living a comfortable life, like my jobs and love my family and have great friends. I should be able to lose this weight. So what's missing?
Serenity. It's part of the equation for sure. We all live busy lives. We all have responsibilities, chores and commitments to keep but, how many of us actively seek serenity? I think we must escape once in a while whether it's into a good book, a walk in the woods, the sanctuary of prayer or the zen of meditation.
I've realized that I must actively seek this peace and tranquility in order achieve my goals.....
I need to feed my soul.
Wednesday, February 09, 2011
I have team member LadyIrish to thanks for this blog. Her fantastic blog about lessons had a Doritos reference that made me laugh and remember.
I use to do taste testing for a major food company.....for seven years. Let me tell you, I can't stomach most commercial snack products because of that experience. Do you know how many different food chemicals it takes to make a snack chip taste like a vegetable?
I took the part-time job as a stay at home mom, when our kids were little, to supplement our income. The pay was good, the work was interesting and gosh who wouldn't want to get paid for eating snacks. Well...........it's not quite as appealing as it sounds.
Masticate and Expectorate were our buzz words...yes chew and spit. We worked in two hour shifts and could not possibly taste AND digest all of that CRAP and still be discerning enough to explain our thoughts on the developing product.
I was REALLY good at my job. I could detect flavors and identify spices with dead on accuracy.....because I LOVE food. But, Food Science is not about loving food. It's about fooling the taste bud of consumers into eating mass quantities of chips in one sitting. I learned things you never want to know about snack products and over time, I stopped eating most of those snacks.
I became a label snob. I would search for the product with the least amount of unadulterated ingredients or eat fresh and homemade instead commercially prepared.
To this day, it's stayed with me. Not to say I NEVER eat commercially prepared snacks but, I am choosy as can be, when I do.
Tuesday, February 01, 2011
I'm not giving up but, wanting to be a loser is not the same as being a loser. I have been exercising vigorously, have upped my veggie, fruit, protein and fiber intake and am working on the carbs. Still, no permanent weight loss this month. Winter has always been a hard thing for me. I usually gain 10 pounds and then lose them in the spring.
Last March I started on a new asthma medication (which works quite well) and since then, the weight won't budge (much). It jumps up a bit and I get it back down to where it started but, that's it. This medicine has no known indications that weight gain is a side effect but, I am beginning to think there is a relationship. There are spaces of time when I do not need to take the med and I start to lose but, I have to go back on it when the my symptoms flare and I'm back to square one.
I may have to check with the doc again to see what she has to say. Maybe it impacts adrenal or thyroid function. Or, maybe I'm just not working hard enough at being a loser. I've had success before, I can have it again.
Why can't being a loser be easy???
Sunday, January 09, 2011
Eating out is never an easy proposition when trying to keep within the parameters of healthy eating.....calories vs. choices. Eating out two days in a row and eating restaurant prepared food that you LOVE, LOVE, LOVE is going to have an impact...no doubt there. So, my choice yesterday, was to limit my calories earlier in the day to make room for the Greek food orgy of last night. Not ideal but, better than just giving up entirely.
I also made semi-wise choices about what I ate AND eliminated one of the things that ALWAYS gets me in trouble when we eat out. BREAD. When I eat bread, I want to butter it, or dip it, or soak up juices with it. Even without the bread, there were carbs but somehow, I was able to enjoy my meal and and steer clear or limit the worst of the caloric offenders.
For appetizers, I enjoyed saganaki (flamed cheese), pan fried zucchini with skordalia (a garlic sauce made with mashed potatoes) in limited quantities. For dinner, I ordered fish....traditional, pan-fried codfish to be exact, sautéed with olive oil and bread crumbs along with boiled beets and avogolemono soup ( I brought a small part of the large portion of fish home). Had a small glass of Rodytis wine and a metreo (sweet) Greek coffee. Even with my self-imposed limits, this meal cost me a whopping 1078 calories!
Still, eliminating bread, choosing fish, limiting high calorie appetizers and wine AND eating very light earlier in the day made it possible for to NOT feel deprived. Also, I stayed within my recommended caloric range for the day. An added benefit was that I did not feel STUFFED after eating. BTW, we ate at a very leisurely pace.
The night before, Italian-Night, I ate bread AND had pizza (more bread with cheese and meat), a slightly larger glass of wine in addition to a salad with dressing and felt STUFFED to the gills. This meal was, higher in fat, had a higher carb count, less protein and way more sodium.
No offense against my Italian cousins but, even with a similar calorie count I think I made better choices on Greek night. OPA!
Saturday, January 08, 2011
Well, up to yesterday I had a pretty good week. I was feeling PRETTY SMUG! Dinner last night....did me in, put me over the edge, hung me out to dry, added more Crisco to the can......you get the picture.
I had a salad w/Italian dressing, bread, pizza and a glass of red wine. 1071 calories total! Now IF I had NOT had the bread and the wine(I could go to communion instead), I would have been at 740 calories for dinner and I would have been just under the high end of my suggested calorie range.
SO, next time we eat out...Oh damn, that's tonight!....I should eliminate the bread and the wine, right? Last night was Italian, tonight is GREEK...even worse for dieting....at least for me. I LOVE Greek bread and all the good stuff you eat it with. So, I'm gonna have to figure out how I can offset the good stuff with the good for me stuff. I'll report back on how I did. WISH ME LUCK!
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