Monday, July 25, 2011
You've been here too, right?
One indulgence turns into two.. and a weekend away turns into one bad choice after another. While I made *some* healthier choices, I know that I could have done better. But that's in the past now.
Time to look forward, move ahead. While I can remind myself of the bad choices that I made (really, a milk stout AND a grilled cheese sandwich with bacon AND a mountain of fries? at one meal? was that necessary?), I can also remind myself that I need to move ahead with grace and intention. That some of the better choices meant that I didn't GAIN this weekend-- just maintained instead of a loss. Choosing to have a black bean veggie burger and carrots at the bar instead of a massive hamburger and fries was a good decision, and I need to acknowledge that, too.
I can remind myself that I worked hard all week for a loss and then sabotaged it with the choices that I made between Friday-Monday. I can mourn the loss of my various streaks (logging in, tracking food, exercise) and maybe next time I'll remember all of that work BEFORE making a bad choice.
In the end, who am I sabotaging by doing this? Myself. Why is something that is called a "treat" actually detrimental to my goals?
Something to think about this week as I move ahead.
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Well, I've been out of town a LOT lately. A visit to NYC, a visit with friends in western MA, and then a weeklong conference where I had little/no free time, especially since I had a roommate. These were all great experiences, and I had a good time, but I didn't really have time to track online. Actually, I didn't really even have time to answer email or get anything else done, either.
But I'm really proud of myself for tracking on paper, and for not straying too far outside of my eating boundaries. In fact, I stayed mostly around my limits, even in buffet-type situations where I couldn't control the food that was available. I didn't lose weight this week, but I didn't gain any, either, AND I managed to get much more walking exercise than usual. I didn't drink enough water, but I ate a lot of water-based fruit like cantaloupe and melon and strawberries and pineapple.
So, now I'm back home and I want to keep some of the things that I was doing-- like walking a lot in my daily life, or eating quite a lot of fruit mid-morning (instead of the bagels-and-muffins that appear during conferences). I want to keep up my goals, and to move forward. I want to be more fit and thinner the next time that I see my professional colleagues in August!
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!
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.
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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