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Progress not perfection

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. emoticon

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!!!

  
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FORZACHANDMATT 12/23/2014 11:10AM

    That's great about your daughter and you will get there too

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CHERYL_ANNE 12/22/2014 8:26PM

    Little by little you will get there. Remember, there are changes going on with you all the time, changes that you may not yet be able to see, but nonetheless changes are occurring.

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Third Shift Tracking

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! emoticon

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. emoticon

  
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CHERYL_ANNE 12/19/2014 7:39PM

    Wahay!

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Snug TShirts, Crazy Bichons, & Swamp Monsters

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Soooo....Christmas may not be the best time to start really seriously watching what I eat and start moving. But then again, maybe it is the best time.

I used a gift card to buy a yoga mat and some snug tshirts (instead of big floppy ones). To go along with the goal of "GET OUT OF MY PAJAMAS!" I am getting dressed daily, just so I can hang out in the house, wearing the tight new tshirts and leggings or yoga pants.

There is something about seeing your body wrapped in tight clothing that motivates you.

I hopped back on the Gazelle tonight. I always like that machine. Easy on the joints. But tonight I turned on Pandora, stuck in some earbuds, turned off all of the lights but the Christmas tree and a half hour flew by before I knew it. Seemed kind of meditative.

My dog is a nervous Nellie on a good day. Me exercising really winds him up. My husband says he is just plum crazy. I say he is spirited. But he is finally settling down and watching me instead of climbing all over me and going into a blitz at me while I am moving around. Have you ever tried to exercise with a Bichon blitzing all around you? He even took a nap while I was on the Gazelle tonight. Which for him is an accompllishment.

I guilted my husband into hiking in the refuge with me Monday. I told him I was going....by myself. After a big sigh and some grumbling the man in him came out to protect me from the swamp monsters who might be lurking about on the trails.

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HARROWJET 12/18/2014 6:14PM

    It sounds like you are having a good week.

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Old Wives Tales

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.

  
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DONNA_W 12/13/2014 10:57PM

    What a timely call.. Keep up the good work, you are worth it.

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Longtime Listener, First Time Caller

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. emoticon 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. emoticon




  
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HUNNI55 12/22/2014 10:32PM

    I find that if I get out and walk/hike first thing after getting up is the best for me. It helps me get going, better than coffee! I have my walkng clothes ready so after I brush teeth, I take my meds, drink a ton of water and go out. I eat when I get back, or if I'm going on long hike I take a snack, then eat at home. I never really had a weight problem when I worked(RN, 12 hr shifts CCU), but have an amazingly hard time now, after thyroid removed. I have been on WW, Jenny, nutrisystm and gained on all of them...I too am turning into an apple(wth). Its all about a routine you can live with, glad your hubby is going with you(great way to keep him in shape, I take mine too)
Thanks for sharing your blogs..
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FOODISMYDRUG 12/18/2014 6:10PM

    After about a week of tracking, I still have not purchased the Happy Hormones Slim Belly book. Maybe I will, later. But tracking on here seems to really be helping me.

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DAIZYSTARLITE 12/14/2014 6:23PM

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DWROBERGE 12/14/2014 7:04AM

    emoticon Keep focused for success.

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CHERYL_ANNE 12/13/2014 8:20AM

    Sometimes we are our own worst enemy. We just get in our own way and don't even realize it. You have the power. It's all there inside you.

I'm not a dieter. I do not do well on them. And that's why I needed to embrace a lifestyle change (permanent) as opposed to being on a diet (temporary). Like you I was having gut issues, which I eventually realized was my wheat allergy getting the best of me (I will not test positive for celiac disease because of my wheat allergy). So my home became gluten-free, and once I conquered being able to bake gluten-free, I was off and running.

I will share with you what made the biggest difference in my life as far as weight loss. A digital kitchen scale (purchased at Aldi's) and measuring spoons, and tracking it in the Nutrition Tracker.

I weigh and measure all the food I eat. I make sure I am drinking the right amount of water for me. I stay within the caloric range that SP gave me based upon what I told them I wanted to lose. And I lost weight. 71.6 pounds and 40 inches down since 2 September 2012 (my SP start date). Now I am less than 5 pounds from my third SP goal I set for myself.

You know what the most interesting thing is? The things I did to lose all that weight are exactly what I need to do to maintain the weight loss. Portion out my food and track it. Drink enough water. Move my body.

You got this. You know what to do!

The great thing about SparkPeople is that there is a shorthand. We know what it's like to try and do this. And there are always other Sparkers along the way to keep us company.

I wish you much success on your journey to becoming the healthiest you can be!
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RHOOK20047 12/12/2014 7:44AM

    Welcome back to SparkPeople. We are all here for the same reason, no matter what our personal story is. We are here to help each other to get to that healthy point we want to be in our lives. It is not going to be easy, but it is attainable. Make small goals and they will lead to big successes. You have to make you #1 and tell yourself that you are worth it. If you don't take care of yourself you can't take care of anyone else. You can do it! We are here to help! Welcome back and get active on this site. emoticon

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HARROWJET 12/11/2014 9:23PM

    emoticon From what you have written, I can see that we have some similarities, especially your comment about - " I waste so many minutes on here (the computer)". I find that everything I do on the computer leads to something else. And I am also an introvert who gets stuck in my own head. emoticon That's okay. We are who we are and that's a good thing. Good luck with whatever plan you follow.

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