Monday, September 17, 2012
5 Day Challenge -
1250 calories max
First week - 9/10-9/14 -
Free day - 9/15 - Went overboard with sweets. Do better next time.
5 Day Challenge #2 – 9/16-9/20 -
Did great yesterday !
No sweets – not even a craving
Stayed under 1250 calories – and wasn’t hungry -
B – cereal/peaches
L – baked oatmeal
D – veg sloppy/cheese/roll
S – Quaker bar
Exercise – WIO – 20” & worked outside for about an hour
What kept me on track –
Reminding myself to be accountable
Asking – Would the healthy me eat this?
Reminding myself how much better it feels to eat healthy
Today’s Plan –
Food journal – 1250 calories max
Exercise – strength today – circuits in two sessions, AM & PM – total 30”
Remember – it feels so much better to eat healthy
Watch for triggers
We’re headed to Amelia’s today – before buying ask “would the healthy me eat this?
Control cholesterol without drugs
Thursday, August 30, 2012
My Mom had her last radiation treatment yesterday. She said when she came out into the lobby the staff was all lined up and they read what she described as a "happy poem" to her. There was a big bell hanging on the wall, she was told to ring it three times, then they all threw confetti on her ! She said confetti was still falling out of her hair this morning when she got up !
She sounded so happy on the phone, laughing and I could tell smiling widely, as she told me. I think it's fantastic that they made such a fuss.
Monday, August 27, 2012
August 26, 2012
Dear Unhealthy me,
I looked in the mirror this morning and studied my reflection. I did not like what I saw. I’ve regained pounds that I lost more than 4 years ago and it definitely shows. I don’t look as healthy or happy as I was when I first lost the weight. I also know that clothes that were loose before are snugger now. I’m not happy about this, haven’t been for some time. This is not new, I’ve just been dragging my feet getting back on the healthy wagon I was on.
My eating habits have deteriorated -
Eating too many sweets too often
Not watching portions
Eating in front of the TV
Giving in to cravings
Eating too many high cal meals
The reasons don’t matter, stress, worries, frustration, etc, have no part in dictating how I eat. It’s time I realized that and stop trying to explain my slip ups away by blaming external factors. And it’s time I stopped “analyzing” what I’m doing wrong and just get to work.
I know my triggers – being tired, worried, in pain, bored, feeling stressed. I need to work on ways to handle those triggers – Rest when I need to, especially when I’m in pain, keep busy to avoid boredom, find ways to relax, maybe try meditation or yoga, stop worrying and stressing so much especially if it’s about something that’s not in my control.
Yesterday I did very well. I restarted my program. I used my food journal, stayed within my calorie range, ate very healthy all day, and got in some exercise. Felt good at the end of the day.
Today, so far I’m doing great. Made out my day’s menu and have followed it, planning exercise this afternoon - WIO and Wii Sports. Following thru on today’s plan will make me feel great at the end of the day and tomorrow when I plan to write myself another letter.
The Future Once-Again-Healthy Me
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Rough couple of weeks. Had a sinus infection with a constant headache and face pain that prevented me from exercising. I also gave in to comfort eating, naughty, naughty me. I'm finally feeling better, the headache is now only minimal and the face pain/pressure is gone. YAY ! I've restarted my exercise and yesterday got back to the healthy eating. It's been hit and miss. I'm surprised how much I missed regular exercise, it feels so good to get back to it. Did my ABBA walk yesterday and today I'm going to do some Wii.
My Mom finishes up her radiation treatments this week. She's done amazing. She was told she'd get fatigued and that her skin would redden and possibly break down. For that reason she was told she should not continue to swim. She never had either problem, no fatigue, and her skin only gets red right after a treatment, then goes away. And she's continued to swim 3 times a week the entire time ! The only problem she's developed is lymphedema (swelling) of her arm, mostly the hand. She's doing mild exercises and keeping the hand elevated. The doc is sending her for therapy after she finishes her radiation. She's also to start medication to prevent recurrence of the cancer after the radiation is done.
Monday, August 06, 2012
Still working on my Spark restart. Finished stage one, Fast Break. Working on Stage two now, Healthy Diet Habits. I'm concentrating on portion sizes, a problem of mine. I'm checking serving sizes on packages and measuring to be sure. I make note of how a serving size looks on a plate or in a bowl.
Stage 2 Plan -
Use smaller plates
Read labels for serving sizes
MEASURE for accuracy
5 freggie servings daily
At least 8 glasses water daily
Eat only when hungry
My Mom was here for the weekend. She's doing great ! She's almost halfway thru her radiation treatments with no adverse effects. No fatigue, a little tired but that's all. She's still swimming 3 times a week, a mile each time. (she's 82 !) The doc was not sure she should because the radiation irritates the skin, so does the chlorine in the pool. They're keeping a close watch on her skin, so far so good. Just a little pink but no irritation. She loves to swim so I hope she can keep going, I know how much she'd miss it.
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