Friday, April 29, 2011
Pre-challenge #4 for our 5% Spring challenges asks us to define our trigger foods. Successfully making the best of these situations has meant a relatively long learning curve, and will likely remain part of a life-time of learning in how to deal with these and new triggers.
My weaknesses happen to be:
1) Ice cream. I’m now a convert to frozen yogurt or low-fat ice cream or McDonald’s like custard soft serve . . . and I no longer need an ice cream treat every night! I've come a long way, as I may have only enjoyed a couple frozen treats this week. This is major success!
2) Fresh Bread. Publix makes the best Italian bread. When I do buy it, I pick up the super-thin sliced bakery breads to make light BLTs, light French toast or grilled cheeses. I also now enjoy more whole grain English Muffins and lower calorie tortillas.
3) Salt. Love salty snacks (over sugary ones): crackers, nuts, popcorn, cheese and Chinese! For the most part, I have to pass by the Better Cheddars, Triscuits, and the like quickly and not even let them into the house. All too often, a 7-9 serving box would only last an hour or two, or perhaps a day or two (under due diligence), if I was lucky. I primarily buy unsalted almonds for their flavor and healthy properties and unsalted cashews (a little less often) for one of my favorite curries. I've been hot-air popping my popcorn for more than ten years. Don’t even want that movie popcorn any more. I've also learned how to eat healthier at the buffet, but the sodium there will likely always put me over the top . . . these are times I drink more water to flush my system. Apparently, what I'm doing works, because my sodium intake is currently on the low end of normal.
4) Cheesy Pizza with the works! I no longer want to even waste my Weight Watcher (WW) points with commercial pizza anymore because I can make it so much tastier, healthier, and lower in calorie. Before the new WW PointsPlus, I regularly enjoyed making “One Point” pizza slice using whole grain (light) English Muffins . . . making the six-point slices in most pizza pies a whole lot less appealing. Today, with the onset of a terrific variety of flatbreads, super thin crusts, and high-fiber tortillas, the pizza market is doing a much better job in bringing us lighter options. This has made eating out and shopping for new ingredients much more enjoyable. I've come to enjoy the veggie pizzas even more than the heavy meat and cheese laden ones. Flavorful cheese serves quite nicely when used as “garnish” (vs the fat-laden entrées of old).
5) Fried clams, onion rings, and French fries. I've learned that denial is not the answer, but eating in moderation and with a lot less frequently seems to do the trick in satisfying my appetite for these foods. I only order onion rings where three or more onion ring lovers are gathered – this strategy has served me well. I also can share the seafood platter at Perkins quite nicely. I'm also anxious to give my Hungry Girl onion ring recipe a try.
How do you handle your weaknesses?
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Our next assignment for the Spring 5% Challenge is to list all the reasons I want to lose weight. Here’s my reasons for being an active SparkPerson:
Just before beginning this five-year, weight-loss journey, I . . .
- Had to shop for clothes in the Fat Woman’s shop.
- Had trouble walking if I didn’t have leggings or shorts on.
- Wasn't able to get out of the bathtub without making painful contortions.
- Had to use and travel with a sleep apnea machine.
- Kept a walking stick or cane nearby.
- Wasn't too keen on seeing photographs with me in them.
- Pigged out when in a buffet line.
- When it came to exercise, I lived by a mantra I used to hear from a former Weight Watcher instructor who professed to, “sit or lay down until the feeling went away.” We would all chuckle.
I'm thrilled to say I’ve overcome all the above obstacles. However, I'm still working on the exercise mentality. I know it's good for me, but I can't say that I like it yet . . . well, maybe just a little . . . sometimes.
Having just entered the high-end of my healthy BMI range, I also want to:
- Complete my 100 lb weight loss, which means losing about 13 more pounds,
- Eat more plant-based foods, and
- Show greater respect for this mere mortal's body, which has been made in the image of our Lord.
I'm looking forward to having this year exceed my expectations in healthy living.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
As of last week’s weigh in, I finally entered the realm of a healthy BMI range. While the range runs the gambit from 130 to 174 lbs, I am now only 13 pounds from my goal weight to losing 100 lbs. There’s something magical in being able to say someday soon say that I have conquered this 100 lb weight loss milestone. In preparation for the 5% Spring Challenge, I have set the following goals:
1) Shed six pounds (although 5% would mean losing about 8.6 lbs).
2) Exceed 30 minutes in daily cardio and strength training
3) Track food and fitness daily in SparkPeople (SP) while weekly networking with my fellow Weight Watchers
4) Average six or more servings of fruits and veggies daily
5) Drink an average of at least 10 cups of water daily
6) Sleep 7-9 hours a night five days a week.
7) Satisfy meeting all seven SP recommended levels of: calories, fat, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, calcium, and sodium twice weekly. Meet four or more of these goals six times a week.
8) Spend at least 15 minutes daily in the study of God’s word.
9) Treat myself to something fun at least three times a week (connect with a friend with dinner out (stay in calorie range), hike in nature, movie, theatre, etc). This goal will be best documented through photography and blogs.
10) Complete the knitting of one prayer shawl
Looking forward to “going the extra mile” in traveling to exciting places with great teammates.
Monday, April 18, 2011
Hopefully that role is not one of sabotage. As I prepare my home for relatives to visit, the importance of family becomes even more evident. I am fortunate in that my family is very supportive.
My brothers and I are preparing to make plans to get my Dad to Milwaukee this summer for a Brewers and Twin baseball game. It's the one time of year that my entire family get together. While together, we'll coordinate a side trip to see cousins we seldom see.
Being holy week, my church family has a number of activities plans that begin as early as tomorrow. I’m active in something church family related every day this week. On Wednesday, my husband and I pick up my brother’s wife at the airport and look forward to a day with family and friends around the water and under the UV protection of the Tiki Hut.
My Spark Family has been the most instrumental in helping me succeed at reaching my goals. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I am thrilled to share the Last Teddy Bear Standing Award with Maartjebol, as we begin to ready ourselves for the transition into maintenance mode, as our weight goals are reached. I'm also thankful for the added motivation to record our mileage and Living the Good Life challenge for a couple more weeks, before the next challenge begins. I walked an extra 45 minutes that I might not have walked.
Here's my favorite photo of the day: While walking to the grocery store, I noticed a whole family of borrowing owls. Oh how cute they are . . . Just like little babies, they don’t stay little very long.
Ascribe to the LORD, O families of nations, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.
It really does take a village to raise a child. Do you have family who are supportive of your goals?
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