I packed a healthy snack this morning and a good lunch. When I got to work, a co-worker had brought in cake to celebrate finding out she's having a baby girl.
I ate a small piece of cake. I think we can all agree... I shouldn't have eaten the cake. I did though and I'm not going to beat myself up over it.
Here's my question...
Do I still eat my healthy snack as planned or does the cake take the place of my snack?
My healthy snack was an 80 calorie Pineapple and Coconut Yogurt (new flavor) which I turned into a parfait by adding blueberries, walnuts, and granola. It came to about 200 calories.
What did I do?
Ate them both. I think it was the right decision (for me anyways).
1. Blueberries and walnuts are brain food. My mother has Alzheimer's and I want to do all I can to avoid the same fate.
2. The cake gave me no energy. After eating the yogurt parfait, I felt wonderful.
3. Yogurt is a good source of calcium.
If I’m off of SP for a few days, it usually means that I’m off my program too. When I come back on SP, if there are no messages that anyone missed me….
a. No one cared – my feelings are hurt. (eat again)
b. I didn’t miss any challenges (eating didn’t hurt anyone else)
The responsibility has to be my own. I cannot do this for anyone else’s approval or benefit.
Mom needs entertainment so I took her out to eat.
My widowed aunt (no children of her own) called and asked me to go out to eat.
My sister who is a single-mother called me. We went out to eat.
Blame shifting!! I can find other ways to entertain my family. I allowed myself to put their needs before my own. I can make healthy choices when we do go out to eat.
I didn’t fix a low-cal meal because I needed to fix supper for my DH.
The break room is too crowded and it doesn’t feel like a break if I take my lunch with my co-workers so I go out to a fast food restaurant.
No one cleans the microwave in the break room. I don’t like to wait my turn to use it and a cold lunch won’t satisfy me so I go out for fast food.
Blame shifting!! Healthy food is filling. My DH will eat anything I fix.
I can take a walk first and then the microwave will be available. I can take my lunch at a later time and the break room will be empty. I can clean the microwave myself.
I can plan ahead and make a healthy selection at the fast food restaurant.
Some inspirational person said “No More Excuses.” My sign will read “No More Blame Shifting!”
A little tidbit… I accidently turned the faucet to cold this morning. I’m waiting for the water to warm up so I could wash my face. Doing the wrong thing and expecting the right results. Sound familiar?
I just saw my original goal. This is what I set as my goal when I joined SP on 08/09/2008...
Go From 258 to 150 by 2/25/2010
One year later, I had gone from 258 to 189 pounds (August 2009).
Here it is February 2010... I'm not at 150 pounds. I'm not at 189 pounds. I weigh 220 pounds. How sad it that?
I've been reading a lot of SP members' blogs. I like the ones about visualizing and setting specific goals.
I will never be as young as this woman, but I could look good in a sundress again. This is my new inspiration image.
My knee is killing me so exercising is difficult. Explanation or Excuse? I will move at least 15 minutes every day. I read the functional exercise article and I can do these simple stretching exercises.
I joined the FSC Olympics. I'm going for Gold on Friday (7 servings of fruits/vegetables). After that, I will set some specific goals for changing my eating habits.
Logging my meals and staying within my calorie range worked in the past. I don't know why I stopped doing it. I lost the weight because I wanted to look good at my son's graduation. When graduation was over, I stopped doing all the right things. Time to make the commitment to do it for me.
I watched a Hallmark movie last night. At the happy ending, colorful confetti rained down on the couple.
I want confetti. I want to go after something and when I'm successful...
I want confetti!
I feel like Pinocchio. I keep posting these great ideas and saying I'm going to do this or that... and then I don't do it. Well, I keep trying.
I've joined a wellness challenge at work. It lasts six weeks long and is meant to encourage healthy habits. Here's what I've committed to:
1. Be physically active at least 15 minutes daily.
2. Eat 1 cup of fruit and/or vegetables daily.
3. Do not skip meals -- breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
4. Limit sweets to one serving or less daily.
5. Limit alcohol to one serving or less daily.
#4 will be the hardest for me! I hardly ever drink alcohol so I'm changing #5 to limit my diet soda to one serving daily.
I'm also dusting off my pedometer! I've joined our Wellness Committee's 10,000 step challenge too. There's a whole group of us who will be wearing our pedometers at work. I'm hoping doing it with a group will motivate me!!
The Wellness Committee is offering a chance to win prizes. Of course, feeling better and looking better will be the real reward.
I want to order the SP Smart Portion Prep Kit. I don't want to order it and then not use it. (It would join a whole collection of health products I own and do not use.) If I stick with both of these commitments for 4 weeks, I will order myself the prep kit as a reward.