Monday, December 22, 2014
Progress not perfection....my daughter says this all the time in her recovery program. I am just as addicted to food as she is to alcohol. She is 3 1/2 years sober. I wish I was 3 1/2 years into my healthy food program :)
I swear I know as much about food as she knew about alcohol. Even though I know what I should do, it's the doing it that is difficult. I so admire addicts in recovery.
But I am making progress.......
I moved every day last week. I hiked two days outdoors at the refuge (ahhh...winter sunshine on me!) and busted my butt on the Gazelle thing. Tossed in there was some resistance band stuff.
At work, I just stood for a few minutes and stretched at least every hour if not more often. If you can't do any other exercise, I swear just standing for a few minutes and stretching is wonderful.
I stayed out of my pajamas all week!! It really did make me feel motivated.
I tracked my food. The good, the bad, the ugly.
I used my minutes productively. I sat on the couch and not the recliner when I did sit down. When I did watch television I crocheted.
All in all, I am doing pretty dang good considering it is Christmas week!!!!! I love Christmas!!! Everything about it. Family, church, gifts, the decorations, the lights, the programs, the music, snow if we get it, gray winter skies, sweaters, boots....so many things to like besides food!!!
Thursday, December 18, 2014
If anyone looks at my trackers they are surely thinking "what????" A third shift tracker has to look different than a day shift tracker. I just track the 24 hour period from when I get up to when I go to bed.
I get up about 3 or 4 in the afternoon, have a cup or two of coffee, then a protein smoothie. I am not a big breakfast eater and needed to up my protein so this is perfect for me. I had been just eating carbs for breakfast and eggs were turning my stomach a little.
A guy I work with is a 33 yr old DAV. He goes to the gym everyday and eats for his body. He even does some Spartan things. Quite the inspiration that young man is. He told me I should try some casein protein powder. Casein is slow release and helps you feel full. I mix it with unsweetened almond milk and love it!
I try to exercise about an hour after the protein shake.
My dinner is usally around 7 pm.
That is all I eat at home. Seems like third shift workers graze all night, eating & drinking a little every couple of hours. Mostly to stay awake!
My snacks are the extra things and drinks. We have a Keurig at work and I love a couple of hot drinks in the middle of the night. I drink water kefir about everyday for the probiotics and it is like a fizzy soda. Fermented with prune juice it tastes like a Dr. Pepper to me! I drink unsweetened green tea everyday. My Momma is from South Carolina and we grew up as sweet tea drinkers. When I went off of most of the caffeine, I switched to green tea and like it better unsweetened. Sweet tea is reserved for holidays and restaurant eating which I do not do very often.
When I first get to work after 11 pm, I tend to eat a some nuts or crunchy vegetables while I run reports. Yep, I have a sedentary sit on my butt and stare at computer screens job which doesn't help a thing body wise. I have been making the special effort to get up and stretch and stand for a few minutes every hour. I walk next door to the restroom and walk around the office a little bit.
Sometime around 2 am I eat what I call lunch. Then around 3 or 4 am I eat a little something else. I lump it all into lunch.
Whenever I get home, I let out the dog, have another protein smoothie, brush my teeth and am in bed within 1/2 hour of getting home.
I love being a Night Owl. I know working third shift everyone does it differently. Some people stay up and then sleep later in the day. Some people have children at home and have to mix things up. But I have found this is what works for me.
Saturday, December 13, 2014
I am off work. Weekends are my downfall when it comes to watching what goes in my mouth.
I am decorating the tree. A section of the lights didn't work. I had to go bulb by bulb until I found the culprit. My fingers hurt. My thumbnail is sore now. I was a little aggravated by the whole thing.
I still had not eaten dinner. I had almost decided to order some cheesesticks from the pizza joint uptown. Because they are fairly healthy right? haha!
But then I received a text from my 33 year old daughter telling me about the candy she had made today. She was happy because it turned out. Sometimes our candy turns out right, sometimes not. We blame it on the moon, our time of the month, the weather, all sorts of wives tales.
I thought about her recovery program. She is 3 1/2 years sober now. Every day she makes the choice not to have a drink. What an inspiration she is to me.
Every day I can make the choice to eat the right things and exercise.
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Longtime Listener, First Time Caller.....
I am 54 years old.
In my teens I was a stick person. In my twenties I became curvy with a little belly. In my 30s I was okay but could have been better, still had great legs. In my 40s I started packing on the pounds and became a pear, squatty, where did those long legs go? Now in my 50s it's shifted and I have become an apple, a Humpty Dumpty shape with floppy appendages.
I have been messing around on Sparkpeople since 2010. I say messing around because I am great at researching and a great thinker. I am not so much on the actual doing of things. I will be all about it for a couple of days or even a week or two then I quit. Suddenly I see a picture of myself and think "oh my" and I am back on for a few days. To my distress, researching and thinking do not take off the pounds.
I know a lot about being healthy and taking care of myself. Like most people, I have some amazing Pinterest boards. I even have quite a nice Recipe Collection here on Sparkpeople. I follow several blogs. I do eat right and do many right things some days. Some days I don't. Maybe 50/50.
I have never really followed a certain diet plan. When I developed such terrible gut issues a few years ago, I followed the SCD diet for about 3 months as an elimination diet. I lost about 34 pounds. I have not lost any weight in the past 3 years since then.
I am gluten free.
But now I want to try a plan. I want to try the "Happy Hormones, Slim Belly" plan by Jorge Cruise.
I live in a food desert. We are on a tight budget. We grocery shop every two weeks at the Aldi's 45 miles away. (I love Aldi's but that is blog post of it's own) In between I pick up some fresh produce at the small local grocery at a ridiculous price.
I work third shifts. And I like it.
But I need to get out of my pajamas. More days than not I never get out of my pajamas. They are just so darn comfortable and I am not going anywhere right? I sleep 7 to 9 hours a day. Then get up around 3 or 4 in the evening. I have a couple of cups of coffee. I waste so many minutes on here (the computer). I catch up on some DVR'd shows I like or read a little. In between there I make a meal. Then it's time to shower, pack my lunch and go to work.
I do like to hike at the Wildlife Refuge. I just don't do it nearly often enough. I plan to start going out there at least two times a week. Not in my pajamas.
I cannot afford a gym. There is not a gym within 10 miles if I could afford one. I have a Gazelle. I have some resistance bands. I have a yoga mat. I have my own weight to use as resistance. I have the internet for instructions. I have the Refuge. I don't need a gym.
But I need to move. Just MOVE!
I waste minutes. Minutes just fly by. I don't know where they have gone. I plan to start using my minutes.
I am an introvert and get stuck in my own head quite often.
I plan to still be an introvert.
But maybe get out of my own head a little.
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