Monday, August 09, 2010
I pushed it extra hard during my workout yesterday, which is great, but now today my arms are so sore! Does anyone else get proud of the fact that it hurts just a little bit to get into your shirt in the morning? After so many months of physio exercises, it feels great to be at the point where I can really push myself again.
And then after our tough workout, my hubby and I watched a movie, so I ended up getting to bed late. That has been a problem for me lately. Most of my clients are away for summer vacation, so I have no reason to get up early. Thus, I don't watch the clock as closely at night and get to bed too late. But I find that if I get 8 hours from say, 12-8am, as opposed to 10:30 to 6:30 like usual, I'm more tired. It's the same amount of sleep, but I feel more refreshed when I get to bed earlier. I guess it's my rhythms. I think I'm going to try to get to bed a little earlier each night this week. I don't want to start feeling tired all the time, because that spells death for willpower!
Do you have a set schedule for sleep? Does it mess up your day if your schedule is thrown off?
Sunday, August 08, 2010
I lost 4.6 lbs this week! I know it's not all fat, but it's a great start! I look less bloated and I feel lighter. Normally this week would have been a lot harder for me, because we had friends over for dinner and attended a wedding. In the past, those type of events were a licence to pig out for me. But after only one short week on SP, my perspective has changed. I used to think I had to work out extra or starve myself during the day so that I could eat tons at the social gatherings. Then I would always feel bad afterwards. But now, other Sparkers have taught me just to work the treats into your day, in moderation.
When my friends were over, I planned a really healthy dinner and decided to have fruit salad instead of a traditional dessert. It saved a bunch of calories and was the hit of the meal! I started thinking, perhaps my guests would appreciate a healthy meal rather than a high calorie one. I mean, if I appreciate healthy options when at a social gathering, why wouldn't other people? I've decided to be that person that you know will have healthy stuff when you go to their place.
Also, the wedding last night was another huge success for me. My biggest weakness is social eating, and the food at this wedding was delicious. Luckily it wasn't a dinner, but it was still lots of really yummy looking food. I had a certain number of calories that I could have, and I scoped out what was available and chose what I wanted. In the past, I would have tried one of everything! Instead, I savored a beef kebab and a curry chicken kebab and then had a mini flourless chocolate cake (like about 2.5" in diameter, they were so cute!) and some fresh fruit. And I sipped away at a small glass of white wine. Although some of the other desserts looked amazing, I reminded myself that I had to weigh in in the morning! I also reminded myself that more doesn't taste better and we really most enjoy the first 3 bites of a dessert anyways, so I'd already had the best part!
Overall I was very proud of my self control and even if I hadn't lost any weight this week I would have considered the week a success because of my behavioral changes! And those I owe in great part to my fellow Sparkpeople! Thanks for your support and advice!
Friday, August 06, 2010
Our dinner last night was wonderful. I had calculated in advance how much I could have of everything and worked it into my day. So I enjoyed a wonderful meal with a glass of wine and dessert and still kept within my calories and nutrients for the day. Plus, our friends raved about the dinner. The turkey burgers with feta cheese were fantastic and I decided to serve them with grilled pineapple as well, which everyone loved. The sweet potato fries were very tasty, but I didn't have time to get them crispy as they were the last thing to still be cooking and we were waiting on them. So we ate them anyways and they were still great. My friends brought the salad and it was mixed greens with peppers, cucumbers, avocado (yum!), dried cranberries, and sunflower seeds with a balsamic vinaigrette dressing. It was all very delicious. Then, after dinner, I suggested a walk around the neighborhood before dessert. Finally, the fruit salad was wonderful! Even better than when I've made it before! So all in all, a very successful night! For me, it was a huge success too, because I've always used friends coming over as an excuse to indulge. Yay for lifestyle change!
Wednesday, August 04, 2010
I got a comment today about my reward system and it got me thinking. I put a lot of thought into how to reward myself WITHOUT food and I'm sure a lot of the rest of you have too. The last thing we want to do for our goals is reward a week of healthy eating with a cupcake. That's like rewarding a week of not smoking with having a cigarette! So I thought about things that I love to do that I either don't do because they cost money and I can't justify it, or I'm too busy. My list is as follows:
Things that cost money
3)classes (dance, cooking, language, you name it!)
5)flowers (an inexpensive one)
7)trip to a museum or art gallery (often this can be free as well)
8)going to the movies or theatre (minus popcorn)
9)playing a video game (renting is cheaper)
10)getting my hair done
11)hiring someone to clean your house
Things that are free!
1)bubble bath with candles and a book
3)long walk with a loved one (husband, dog, or both!)
4)watching your favorite tv show
5)calling that friend you've been meaning to call for ages and having a nice, long chat
7)homemade "spa" treatment (avacado hair mask, milk baths, sugar scrubs)
8)taking a free class (most studios let you try a free dance class etc.)
What non food related rewards do you have to add to this list?
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