Sunday, February 10, 2013
It's been quite a week. I had a call from my daughter's basketball coach last weekend, whilst she was away for a tournament in Luxembourg, to say she wasn't feeling too well. By the time she got home on Saturday evening she was quite poorly. For many years now she has suffered from Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome. We thought she had grown out of it as she hadn't had an attack for over 3 years, but no, it had hit again with a vengeance.
Long story short - she ended up in hospital for a few days whilst they tried to stop the nausea and get some fluids into her body. Once she got the care she needed, she recovered very quickly and is now home again as if nothing had happened.
I, meanwhile, have managed to put on 4 lbs this week, which disappoints me. I know exactly what went wrong. I am a comfort eater - the first sign of stress and I reach for the chocolate. It's more than a craving - I physically feel hungry, with proper tummy rumbles and all! Factor in that I was trying to eat from a hospital cafeteria menu combined with what they'd got in the gift shop, no tracking, no chance to exercise, very little water and poor sleep and it's no surprise the weight crept on. I'm sure that I could have made better choices but I had other things on my mind.
SO.... back to basics this week. It will be a challenge. We were supposed to be on the ferry to England last Friday evening for the midterm break which obviously didn't happen, but I have managed to change the booking to Tuesday evening. So we will be staying with my parents for a few days. My mum is a feeder - and she will see Amy's hospital stay as the perfect excuse to "build us up". But it will be manageable and I can get out for some good walks. My sister is a runner and has already mentioned us going out for a wee joglet together. And Lent begins on Wednesday, which will be an extra source of motivation to stay off the sugar.
Saturday, February 02, 2013
Time to get back to it. I have bunkered down for the month of January, I'm not a fan of being cold at the best of times - and the dark, wet days of January certainly don't constitute the best of times in my book. But enough is enough. Time to throw off the blanket, switch off the daytime tv, give away the last of the Christmas treats and start living again.
This morning I went for a 5K jog. Looking out of the front door, it was grey and windy and I began imagining how muddy and unpleasant the trails would be after all the rain of the last week, and I very nearly didn't bother going. But I pushed myself out anyway and I'm pleased I did. It didn't seem quite so grey once I was out in it. The birds were singing, the goats were scampering and the first buds of spring were appearing on the trees. I returned home feeling invigorated and slightly proud that I'd done it. A quick bike ride to the shops (4 mile round trip) and my legs are feeling satisfactorily weary, if there is such an expression! This afternoon I'm baking some snacks for a Salsa Party we're going to tonight - sounds fun! - then watching the kick off of the 6 Nations rugby on the TV.
I'm back tracking food, with a goal of 6lbs to lose this month. I have a good feeling about February!
Monday, January 28, 2013
I am a member of an online virtual running club on which I run the weight loss group. There are about 60 members of the group, all ages and sizes, all wanting to lose for many different reasons, be it a couple of stones to improve general health or a couple of pounds to improve race performance.
One of the things that makes me cringe on an almost daily basis is when members describe their actions as "being good/bad".
"I've been really good today", or worse, "I've been bad, I ate a donut".
Life is about choices. Sometimes we make poor choices. We all do, it's part of being human. But if you were driving your car somewhere and had a choice of 2 routes and picked the one that ended up with you sat in a jam, you wouldn't tell yourself that you'd been bad! You would maybe sigh to yourself and think you chose the wrong route, next time you'll go the other way.
Healthy eating is just the same. We are constantly faced with choices. Sometimes we choose the wrong route. But instead of beating ourselves up about it, we should look forward and resolve to choose differently next time. Put the bad choice behind us, draw a line, move on.
The quote from the Best of SparkPeople email I received this morning :
Coach Nancy says:
Guilt and shame only make us feel bad, but do nothing to change our behavior.
Sums it up nicely!
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