Wednesday, July 13, 2011
When the 5% Summer Challenge invited us to write about our trigger foods, all the normally loves came to mind. After reading a few other people talk about their trigger foods, a revelation came to me: Letís face it, I see food and I begin to salivate. I can so relate to the classical conditioning theory that Ivan Pavlov showcased through dogs salivating when he rang the bell.
When it came time to lose weight, I would teasingly say I wanted to do the seafood diet, only it should have been spelled the way it was meant to be: Seefood Diet.
Here I am at a Sri Lankan buffet. I am so in my element with a good buffet! Asian cooking offers so many better food options than the typical comfort foods most Americans enjoy. Other than a higher salt content, I really do fare rather well at buffets and often stay within my calorie range. Just writing this sounds weird. Weight Watchers and the new food pyramid/plate have taught me well about core foods that leave us feeling the most satisfied . . . and naturally, I love them all! How else do you think I can average more than 20 servings of freggies daily over a two-week period when two of my challenges concentrated on eating fruits and vegetables?
I have a reality to face up to. I know I can master food, but it wonít be without its trials. Iím nearly at goal (97 lbs gone). Iíve learned how to eat much healthier, but I still love my food and am very aware that if I donít keep this in check, it could get out of hand all too easily. If getting a few extra bags or wrinkles is the side effect of losing this much weight later in life, then I guess thatís a small price to pay for this one very happy and blessed child of God. I pray that I can continue to make improvements and can now begin to concentrate on other areas of my life while working to stay fit and healthy.
May you know your weaknesses and find effective ways to change course when needed.
Monday, July 11, 2011
Pre-challenge #4 for our Summer 5% Challenge 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. Iím now a convert to frozen yogurt or low-fat ice cream or McDonaldís 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 two or three frozen treats this week. This is major success! You see enough pictures of me, so here's one of my partner in crime (snicker, snicker) while I was touring India last summer and visiting McDonald's for a cone.
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, Arnold's sandwich thins, 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. However, more recently, Iíve picked up the Planterís deluxe mixed nuts at Samís Club. Iím began keeping the serving sizes reasonable and within my calorie and salt ranges, then I had a couple instances where I just couldnít keep my mitts off opening this tasty jar of treats! . . . This has become my newest ďtrigger foodĒ! I've been hot-air popping my popcorn for more than ten years. Donít even want that fat-laden 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 ďOne PointĒ 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. I find that the flavorful cheese serves quite nicely when used as ďgarnishĒ (vs the fat-laden entrťes of old). I can now even eat within my calorie range at Cici's Pizza! Their thin crust pizza is only 190 for two slices! WooHoo!
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 Ė this strategy has served me well. I also can share the seafood platter at Perkins quite nicely. Iím still waiting to give my Hungry Girl onion ring recipe a try.
Iím looking forward to reading how you handle your trigger foods?
Sunday, July 10, 2011
In responding to a 5% Summer Challenge, our assignment was to write about why we want to lose weight. This list is not prioritized.
1) Because I can. So many people proclaimed from the rooftops that, ďAfter you turn 50, losing this much weight just isn't either feasible or possible.Ē Sounds like a good challenge to me! I know I can do this, but I chose to do it s-l-o-w in an attempt to help me KEEP it off. I do believe this was a wise strategy.
2) With early retirement around the corner, I want to be able to travel to some of the countries so many of my friends, former classmates, and school colleagues call home: Japan, Peru, and China (loves that began when I attended campus in the 70ís), Taiwan, Sri Lanka, India, and Nepal (most recent university graduates, many of whom are working in this country or attending graduate school).
3) One of my biggest motivators was this mentality: The last thing I want to hear overseas are these words, ďLook at that fat American, over there!Ē Letís face it, America has become the face of obesity. I always dreamed I might perform Tai Chi in a public park in China. May 31, 2006 was the time that I took a stand to change this cycle of weight gain and I just recently celebrated my five-year anniversary with a healthy BMI.
4) I want to improve my health. In the past five years, Iíve put the 3-pronged cane back in the closet, disconnected the sleep apnea machine, lessened the acid blocker prescribe me (in half), and lowered my heart meds to a half minimum dose. Big WooHoo!
5) Take personal responsibility for a body which I ultimately believe belongs to the God of my living faith. This body is the foundation for sharing my worship, praise, and thanksgiving. I cannot do this very well as a morbidly obese person. Now is the time to be able to do, with much more ease, that which God has planned for me to do.
Now that Iím within three pounds of losing one hundred pounds, Iím excited to use this challenge to grow a level of fitness that Iíve been missing all my life, grow my intimate relationship with God, and eat much more nutritionally sound meals.
Hereís my sometimes secret confession, I donít recognize myself as either of the before and after people that have become my personal testimony. All too often, I consider myself fat. I really need to change this mind set. This challenge and following the example of some wonderful long-time SparkFriends like Maartjebol and Northwoodsmom8 and some newer folks Iím meeting in a maintenance SparkTeam (Momfan, Janetelizabeth1, ReynJanet, etc), will help me put my mind set in perspective.
Iíve pretty much been fat or obese all my life with the exception of a brief time in the mid 70ís. Itís time for a reality check and Iím hoping this 5% challenge and monthly fitness minutes done in primarily maintenance mode is just what the doctor ordered!
How are you doing in meeting your goals? Care to share a secret to your success?
Saturday, July 09, 2011
A little walk on the wild side brings a little excitement to any day of mine. Sometimes my walk on the wild side has a little more wildlife than I expected. One such weekend was during our family reunion, one fox was preening the other in the back yard.
A doe and her fawn frolicked in the yard of my brotherís place in the Milwaukee area.
Are you noticing a little wildlife in your area?
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