Thursday, January 12, 2012
Today is January 12th and I am so proud!
I have been carrying on my merry little way since New Years and just realized that my habits are changing for the better.
I have had 0 sweets!
Not one slice of cake.
These things have been replaced with fruit and sugar free hot cocoa. Splurges consist of reduced sugar peanut butter (love Simply Jiff!) or dark chocolate almond butter on apples or bananas, but I've limited those amounts, too.
No junk food!
No fast food at all.
No Doritos, or Cheetos, or chips and dip. Instead, I had small portions of baked potato chips and multi-grain Tostitos with loads of fresh salsa.
When faced with eating out, I ordered steamed chicken and vegetables with brown rice and enjoyed every bite.
Lower fat dairy!
Just skim or 1% milk.
Only low fat, part skim cheese.
Real (satisfing and I believe healthier than oil-based) butter and cream cheese, just whipped and in 1/2 portion servings.
No sugary drinks!
No fruit juice.
Not one drop of (regular) pop.
The most diet Coke I've had in a day was 12 oz.
Instead, regular v8 is my afternoon boost, and my water goals have been met every day.
Conventional wisdom says it takes six weeks for a habit to be replaced, and I realize this is just the beginning, but it feels great! Not only have these healthy changes been happening, they're being replaced without much effort at all. It's a great start, and I am so proud.
Thursday, January 05, 2012
With the new year and my 1 year Sparkaversary, I've been looking for a way to reenergize my commitment to health goals. One of my good friends had real success with Weight Watchers and, although I've tried it 4 other times but never made it past week 5, the balance between reasonable diet, increased movement, and tools for positive thinking agrees with my philosophy. In mid-December, my company announced a free deal with Weight Watchers starting January 3rd, so I took this as a sign and have been eagerly waiting to enroll.
I got my enrollment code from HR yesterday, filled in my name, height/weight, and truthfully answered "no" I have never been anorexic or bulemic. The site came back with an error that WW doesn't have a program for me because I'm pregnant! News to me! There wasn't even an enrollment question about it. This stumped HR to the point where they had to open up a ticket with WW and promise someone would get back to me w/i 48 hours.
Self-conscious-me would have been freaked out and wondering if my height/weight ratio is so horribly high that the program must assume I'm carrying around an entire other person. Practicle-me would have triple checked back episodes of TLC's "I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant." Tenured Spark-me just joined the Weight Watchers team, weighed herself at home, and pulled up a Spark recipe.
You gotta admit, it's pretty funny! Happy 2012 everyone!
Sunday, November 20, 2011
What's the deal? The only routine I seem to be sticking with is yo-yoing, which is not a productive game! There are all kinds of excuses in the way: A cold knocked me out, it's been rainey, just one more hour on the computer and work will be under control.
But they're just excuses.
Getting control of me weight, ie health, should be the easiest thing in the world. It's the one thing totally in my control. My environment is set up to help me succeed. I know exactly what to do, and how, and when. I totally want to feel and look better. The tasks themselves aren't even hard. 10 minutes on the treadclimber does wonders for my attitude. Getting lost in my mind during a hike is glorious. Icy cold water, fresh fruits and vegetables are true blessings and an explosion of the senses. A solid night's sleep is empowering. I'm happy in my life and in who I am.
But it's the hardest. What the ? What is the real reason I'm not taking care of myself?
Saturday, September 03, 2011
No joke, I own just about every kind of equipment, tool or gadget that could possibly motivate me to get up and get moving....
1 treadclimber (aka Mother, as in, the mother of all workouts)
My 3rd treadmill (aka the life saver)
1 racing bike (aka my 2x mode of transportation from Houston to Austin)
1 Total Gym (aka the traitor; pulled my calf, gave it to my brother, he lost 30 lbs!)
1 Core stability ball (aka one time home office chair)
1 My Gym (aka what-the, this weird combination of a step, bench, and adjustable bands)
1 Leg Magic (aka the ouch machine - it kills your back)
1 Ab Roller (aka killer!)
a yoga mat (aka the make-my-hands-smell)
2 1, 3, 5 & 8 lb free weights (aka the good ole stand-bys)
1 15 lb weight bar (aka their useless cousin)
Countless videos, from Power 90 and 10 Minute Trainer sets, to Mari Windsor Pilates series, to Yoga Booty Ballet, and Lee Holden's Qi Gong (awesome!)
Previously, I had a fun bicycle with streamers, a flowered basket, and spoke flags (aka the victim, it got stolen from my neighborhood supermarket), an Ab Doer, an elliptical and a Gazelle that friends gave me (remember those?), and at one point I had a weight/pully machine in my garage, and a set of roller blades, which nearly did me in!
All this, and right now, I'm owning my fitness; seeing the best results by doing my favorite thing of all... walking outside! Go figure :)
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