Friday, April 09, 2010
I am so back on track and happy with my progress this week. I started out very discouraged and watching the scale creep up up up. Then I did my homework on sodium in food (as if I didn't already know - just needed to do some continuing education on it) and added the sodium nutrient tracker to my nutrition tracker page.
Did you know that you can track up to 80 other nutrients in addition to calories, fat, protein and carbs on the nutrition tracker? The information will show up at the bottom of your page with your weekly progress. That's when I figured out that I had more than TWICE the daily allowance of salt on Sunday last week. No wonder I gained!
So, I've upped my water and my fitness minutes this week, in addition to some helpful advice I got from my ND (that's naturopathic doctor if you're not saavy) for some natural ways to help encourage water weight loss. I was ecstatic this morning when I was almost back down to where I was at the end of last week. I know that by tomorrow's weigh-in, I'll be to my weekly goal and pushing further ahead towards my big goals. wOoT! I am so glad I didn't give in to dejection, despair and frustration. I easily could have slipped the whole week and eaten really poorly. Instead, I focused even more on my healthy habits and made them work for me.
This just goes to show that when you're feeling you're at the bottom of a big hill and the climb is going to be very difficult, there could just be help along the way to make sure you get back on your way to the top!
Tuesday, April 06, 2010
So, in the last few days, I've watched the number on the scale slowly climb up each day.
Not the progress I was looking for exactly. I've been doing great with meeting my weekly goals for nutrition and fitness and still have room to improve. So why the increase in the number the scale reports?
Part of me thinks that in the week before and during my period, I gain a few pounds, which are then shed after. This is really frustrating to me, as I'm watching all my hard work of the past few weeks seemingly slip away with another two weeks of hard work coming up just to get back to where I was. Recycle, repeat, again and again. The joy of being a woman
ARRRGH. *sigh* I have been framing this as positively as I could all day, but I really am feeling frustrated. Why am I bothering to do any of this if I'm always coming back to the same place? I WANT TO GET TO MY GOAL, not stay where I am. I have a different homeostatic point and I want to get to it. I know that this is not where my body is supposed to stay weight-wise and I want the little voice in the back of my head that keeps whispering, "But this really could be where you just are going to be forever," to shut up.
Grrrrrrr - okay, done whining now. I know that I just need to keep up with my daily habits and I'll get to my goal. This isn't happening overnight and if I just stick with it, it will happen.
Saturday, April 03, 2010
So, my DH and I went to see a movie this afternoon. Talk about dangerous territory - I LOVE movie theater popcorn. We usually get a small buttered popcorn and a medium soda to share while we watch the film.
Today before we went, I decided to do some research on just how bad movie theater popcorn is for you. We've never been ones to get the giant tub or have our own bags. But really, the stats are scary when you realize that if you do indulge in a big bucket, you're basically eating almost two days worth of calories and up to three days worth of fat IN ONE SITTING! Wow, talk about not knowing what was in the thing I was eating.
I also allowed myself to have several "coffee drinks" this week from various cafe establishments around town. While I have stayed on track with my progress, it wasn't totally what my goal was for this week, and I think indulging in these extra "treats" lessened my results.
Thus, I'm committing to really making treats treats this week. I can have it if I can make it at home (I loved Michael Pollan's book, "Food Rules" for some of his guidance on this issue - "You can have all the junk food you want, as long as you make it at home" Wouldn't that put a cabash on ice cream for most people? )
That being said, DH and I did split the small buttered popcorn and got a diet soda with "no calories," so my movie theater experience had a nice little treat in it for only 315 calories. We haven't been to a movie in a long time, so I feel okay about indulging a little. You only live once!
Friday, April 02, 2010
So I've realized in the past two weeks the awesome power of the nutrition tracker and its goals. When I first joined SP, I used the goals for calories/fat/protein etc as suggestions and did a lot of my own guess work with the "Calorie Differential" report. I gently ignored the note from SP that they didn't recommend working with that information to actually see results.
Big surprise - I didn't see the results that I wanted. I got frustrated and stopped using SP in November, telling myself that it was too much time to use the site over the holidays.
Re-enter my commitment and desire in February, around the time the 2nd Biggest Loser contest started for my team. I still wasn't really using the tracker or its goals properly, but I was back to logging in every day.
In the past two weeks, with truly following the goals set by the Nutrition Tracker and not worrying about looking at the "Calorie Diff" reports, BIG SURPRISE - I'm getting results!
I am so excited about this development that I can't stop talking about SP to -everyone-. I had been talking about it casually to patients and other folks I know, but now I'm on a mission. Every single person that even mentions that they need help with meeting health goals is told about SP and what a great resource it is. I cannot believe that this level of resource is free - I am constantly impressed with the quality of the site, the people using it and in general, the whole experience.
All of this is to say, I am totally on track with meeting my weekly goals now and looking to hit my big goals soon. Thank you SparkPeople and the whole SP community. I am so grateful!
Sunday, March 28, 2010
I'm sure that many people have already posted about this, but as I was driving to my 8:15 am Jazzercise class this morning (on a Sunday!), I took a few minutes to really think about and be thankful for a few things:
-My strong legs that let me jump, lunge and chasse my way through class.
-My strong lungs that keep me supplied with oxygen without any problems.
-My cute booty that shakes to the music really well.
-That I have the opportunity to work out in a way that is pleasing to me.
and so many other things. I've been working on self-love and gratitude this week, and I think it's really starting to sink in.
Do you have an attitude of gratitude? If you're focusing on something positive that makes you smile and that you're thankful for, you have no time to think about what you don't have or don't like. I hope you'll join me in my goal of thinking thankful thoughts!
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