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The track? I'm baaaack!

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Back to reality, back to tracking.

We're all doing it today, aren't we? The post-holiday glow is fading, and there are four more days until the weekend. Time to get serious about working off that extra beer or handful of chips that was eaten yesterday. Time to make sure we're drinking enough water, exercising, and tracking consistently. Its nice to be here and feel like I'm not the only one doing this today!

I'm looking ahead, too. Next week I'll be spending the week at an academic conference. I'll be living in a college dorm, eating dining hall food for two meals per day, and restaurant/catered food for the third. I'm going to need to be very careful about what I'm doing next week, particularly since I'll be spending the 9-5 in conference rooms and probably not exercising as much as usual. I'm a little bit nervous about this, but I want to continue making progress towards my weight-loss goals. I'll probably be talking more about this in the coming days, but for now I'm at home and need to make the most of it.

More water, more lean protein, and more of that delish massaged kale salad from last night! That's what I have planned for today!


Choices and consequences

Sunday, July 03, 2011

My husband and I took a short, virtually unplanned trip this weekend-- and it was mostly great fun. We did a LOT of walking (in Manhattan and Brooklyn) and biking, and did a lot of other fun things, including seeing a new hit Broadway show.

What I didn't do: plan good meals, or make good choices. As a result, I didn't have the energy that I usually have when I have good, whole foods and drink plenty of water. I felt sluggish, and the heat was bothering me more than usual. I had periodic headaches, mostly as a result of being off of my usual schedule and not paying attention to the needs of my body.

It was a good reminder that I need to change the way that I live, and that I need to stand up and plan for what my body needs. Just because someone else isn't ready to eat, or wants to eat pizza and bagels for every meal-- doesn't mean that I can't make my own choices. Hunting down my own food (greek yogurt, fruit, granola) should be a priority, and so what if it takes more time? At least I'll feel better and have more energy (and less fat) after eating it.

Choices-- and consequences.


The snap?

Sunday, June 26, 2011

I've been trying to think: was there a tipping point, a snap that propelled me to start taking this weight loss journey seriously?

I don't think that it was one big problem-- but a lot of little annoyances and observances that led up to one big realization: that I've been sabotaging myself by continuing to indulge, by failing to plan, by ignoring reality. Whose fault is it that the numbers on the scale and the numbers inside the tag keep going up and not down?

This is the first time that I've really been able to get 'into' the tracking mode-- and it is helping me so much. I didn't really understand how useful it would be to force myself to be accountable for every bite and sip that went into my mouth. Furthermore, it is helping me to identify food as FUEL for my body and mind-- making better choices about protein and vegetables to get the most bang for my caloric buck, so to speak.

I'm just starting on this journey, and I'm learning so much from the others before and alongside of me. Thanks, y'all for sharing your tips, blogs, and ideas everywhere on the board. Knowing that I'm on this path with many others that understand and have similar struggles makes it easier for me to stay on track.

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GLMOM2 6/28/2011 3:39PM

    Best of luck to you on your journey to a healthier you!


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CHOCZILLA 6/26/2011 9:36AM

  Your post caught my eye because of your SP name - love it emoticon

My tipping point moment was the result of an accumulation of many things large and small. I'm just glad I finally wised up, and am here now!

I'm finding the tracking to be immensely helpful, too. There are still some days where "I don't wanna..." raises its head, but I'm getting there. I like that tracking is more than accounting the numbers... it's also teaching me to make better choices.

Nice post - best of luck to you!

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