Wednesday, March 05, 2014
i love reading these lists from other spark members and have always intended to do one of my own. i realized with 25 lbs lost i can do one! i said good-bye to the 240s this morning. sure, it's only one lb away, but that's good enough for me. i will NEVER see that number AGAIN!
so here goes, 25 things i've learned from losing 25 pounds:
1. water water water! even if you can do nothing else healthy, drink water.
2.track. good, bad, ugly, on target or not, write it down!
3. write down how you were feeling when you ate. i learned i was an emotional eater.
4. plan out every meal and snack. failing to plan is planning to fail.
5. eat on a schedule. every 3 hours works for me. i learned what true hunger was compared to boredom or emotion. i also don't get overly hungry and go overboard.
6. carrots are cheaper than chips.
7. prep prep prep! chop veggies and fruit. pre-cook meals for busy evenings.
8. cook the same meals for your entire family. don't add stress and waste time by making 2 separate meals. teach your family to eat healthy with you.
9. share your journey with your friends. they will support you if they really are a friend.
10. tired of water? try a new bottle or cup.
11. sneak in workouts when you can. don't let excuses defy you. i work out at 4 am and take a walk when the weather cooperates during my lunch break.
12. portion control! invest in a scale and some dollar store measuring cups. you'll lose weight and save money! i got 4 servings out of one chicken breast this weekend!
13. don't jump in feet first. make a plan and start there. adjust as needed.
14. plan everything! whether it's food, exercise, or eliminating something. have a plan so you don't get frustrated and quit.
15. setbacks will happen. life still happens, we can't live in a bubble. realize it, get back on track before it's too late.
16. get your priorities in order. i had a $2/day soda habit. when i realized all the veggies that could buy i worked on changing the habit.
17. discover your bad habits. work on changing them so they don't control your life.
19. realize you don't have to be all or nothing. babysteps will get you there.
20. breastfeeding really is a miracle diet
21. just because you're pregnant doesn't mean you have to give up healthy eating or a healthy lifestyle.
22. make small weight loss goals rather than focusing on one number way down the road.
23. find healthy replacements for your favorite foods rather than deprive yourself.
24. experiment with new foods.
25. research. don't let gimmicks and ignorance keep you from a healthy lifestyle. just cause it looks healthy doesn't mean it is. read that article about foods that have more sugar than a donut, it's an eye-opener.
to be continued...
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
i love making goals for lent. it's a great time to renew yourself, your new year's goals, challenge yourself and really dig deep and push yourself. i like that it's an allotted amount of time and you're not alone in making a goal. like new year's goals, you're not alone. it's also a good amount of time. it's longer than a month, but not so long that you feel deprived if your goal was too lofty. like the tradition of giving up meat. that's a tough one for a lot of people. my previous lent vices have been soda, alcohol, sugar, the internet...and more that i can't recall.
this year i was having trouble thinking of something. i have already given up so much this year. my new years goals are huge! so what could i add? what could i take away? i really had to think. i read an article on sp about lent goals and it gave me an idea for working out.
i came down with a cold at the beginning of the year. dh and dd were also sick. i was so busy taking care of them and stressing about dd that i wasn't taking care of myself. they got better, i didn't. then i got one cold after another. finally, 2 months later, i am better. no more coughing attacks, breathing is better and i have energy. all this took a toll on me. i didn't have the energy to workout regularly. too much exertion led to coughing. needless to say, my routine is destroyed.
well, lent looks like a good time to restart that streak! my goal is to work out for 30 minutes every day of lent. i have no guidelines or restrictions on this. just 30 minutes of activity.
*each person's view and belief's about religion are their own. i don't push views on anyone and realize most people don't even know what lent is, even if they are regular church-going people. i'm not trying to make people feel or believe one way or another. i learned a lot about lent 15 years ago and though it's not directly related to my own religion i still like to partake and recognize what it's about. i hope my entry has not insulted anyone one way or the other.*
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
ah, thank goodness! the scale was very scary yesterday. i knew it would be. busy, crazy, hectic weekend. tom water retention. water retention from too much "bad" food, not enough water intake and whatever else causes water retention. i always know when i'm retaining cause my fingers get all "fat". when i clasp my fingers i can feel they're puffy.
i noticed about friday that they were getting puffy. saturday i drank a gallon of water, today is day 4 of drinking a gallon(if i drink a gallon today, that is). i could tell yesterday i was starting to lose the water weight so i decided to give the scale another go this morning. thank goodness i did! i was back down to pre-tom weight. phew! my fingers are still feeling a bit puffy so i'll just keep drinking the water and watching what i eat. especaily tonight when i go to buffalo wild wings. hello, sodium!
i'm working on tracking and eating every 3 hours. this seems to be helping a lot. if i get hungry i know i can eat in 20 minutes so i wait, or i eat fruit if i'm not going to make it to the 3 hr mark. i'm starting to warm up to tracking...
not much else going on with me. kind of a in a waiting period of is february over yet? can i go grocery shopping yet? spring fever! hope all is well with everyone! keep on sparking!
Tuesday, February 04, 2014
i was just going through my spark teams and leaving the teams that were inactive or didn't fit in with my lifestyle anymore. i really need to become more active in teams (and the community in general). i ran across my sp class team. i joined sp in may of 2009. i remember the day i joined. i had been reading the amazon reviews on yet another crash diet book and someone recommended sp in their review. so i checked it out. i signed up right away (it was free!) and dove into the communities. i loved it from the get go! but i didn't lose weight. i was in the process of buying a house, money was (and still is) crazy, time was not something i had a lot of (still don't) and it was just a bad timing to commit to a whole new lifestyle.
the timing of joining sp was bad. i wasn't in a place in my life where i had the funds or desire to change my whole lifestyle. now i feel as though i am, money is an issue, but i'm on a quest to prove you can eat healthy and not break the bank. but is the drive there? is the desire to jump in & succeed still there? is the shiny new thing (sparkpeople) still an option? or do i need a whole new program? do i just need to start over on sp? do i need new (not replacement!) friends?
i love sparkpeople. i know it works, but is it still working for me? have i ever given sp the chance it deserves? i weigh the same, if not more, then when i first signed up. that's not sp's fault. that's mine. i don't think i have ever gone an entire month on plan doing exactly what i'm supposed to. i did really well this past november. but then the holidays got in the way, followed by a month of sickness and now all the success i had in november is gone. i am trying to find that desire and drive i had then, but it's tough. i know winter isn't helping, but i have to overcome that. can i do this? can i give it my all in february and have success and carry that success on? or do i need a whole new shiny toy?
after rereading all that, taking a trip to the drinking fountain and staring into the cold sunshine i have come up with a plan. i'm going to focus on sp, focus on the plan. do what i know i'm supposed to do. if by may i've made no progress i will find a new toy. i will change my usage of sp. i will be more active in the community as a whole. i'll use sp as it's intended. i'll track, i'll blog, i'll chat among teams friends and message boards. i'll read and reread articles. i'll give it the chance i've never given it. come may we'll see what happens. it's not fair for me to be here if i'm not giving it my all. sp is a great program, and i'm not representing it well. that's not fair to anyone.
i think i feel better now. i didn't realize i was feeling that way. now that i've come to this realization it's time to focus on a plan. first thing i know i need to do is track. i hate sp's tracking though. i don't like spending all the time it takes to track. i don't always have computer access, especially on the weekends. plus i have a bad tendency to give up entirely when i can't track perfectly. i'm going to track every bite until friday. then i'll come up with something over the weekend. hopefully by monday i can figure out a good way of tracking that fits my lifestyle.
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