Thursday, December 12, 2013
Dear Spark Recipes,
Each morning I log into my email and am greeted with a message from you. Typically these messages have yummy ideas for salads, chicken or healthy makeovers. However the majority of the recipes I've been greeted with this month are cookies.
The first few were lower calorie makeover cookies and I thought "Thanks for the alternatives.". But here we are a few days later and today's recipe for the 911 Emergency Cookie is well....too much! You are starting to rival the Food Network's 12 Cookies of Christmas. And I don't think that is a good thing.
If you would, please consider featuring other winter recipes such as soups, stews, crock pot meals and the like through the holiday season. As it is now, I'm starting each day with an insane craving for cookies that seems to be triggered by these emails. And with cookies, candy and treats being at every desk, party and function, I could use a little less temptation.
Thanks so much for listening. I truly appreciate the recipes and tips I've learned from you over the years. But please, back off the cookies!
Monday, December 09, 2013
It takes a tremendous amount of courage to fight every bad habit, every piece of chocolate, every moment where you forget that you are worth it and do love yourself. Some days I fight like a champ and come out on top. Some days I take a blow that I didn't see coming and find myself in that old, comfortable place of self-soothing.
The past few months have been hard ones. There have been family health problems, work issues and mourning. I have struggled. Sometimes I have won and other times I have not. Sometimes I have felt sorry for myself. Sometimes I have felt thankful and blessed. The one thing I have not felt is the urge to give up.
The truth is, quitting hasn't even crossed my mind. I have had more moments than I care to count where I've said "You can do this. You'll do better next time." And even a few where I've said "Think, Stephanie! You know what to do. So, do it."
I'm thankful for my quiet, courageous voice that always tells me to try again. That I'm worth it. That I can and will do this. It takes a lot of courage to try. Sometimes it takes even more courage to try again.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
I've heard of beauty sleep but never weight loss sleep. Imagine my surprise when I stepped on the scale and saw 151.9! I haven't seen that number since high school!!
Okay, okay. I know it's not really possible to lose over 100 pounds in a single night. My scale somehow got switched from pounds to kilograms.
Oh well, it was a fun way to start the day.
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Fall is my favorite season. There is something about the crisp air, the beautiful color of the leaves turning and school getting us back on a schedule that gives a feeling of strength and commitment. I get an amazing feeling that anything is possible and worth giving a fresh shot.
4 days ago I stated in the Diamond Challenge boards that my pledge for the fall challenge would be some exercise and tracking my food since I've fallen off the wagon with that a bit. The past for 4 days I've been thinking about this pledge and have decided that I need to really focus my energy on reducing stress. The last complete day I had off from work was August 18th. It's been a tough month and there is light at the end of the tunnel BUT how I have treated myself during the past month has not been too great. As a result I've been tired and sick and just generally blah.
I can't do much about the work situation right now but I do have some control on how I react to it. I think that this focus on stress reduction will help in all facets of my weight loss.
So my fall pledge is to:
* Incorporate yoga and/or stretching into my day. I sit pretty much all day and my body isn't happy about it. I need to balance out the sitting and being hunched over a computer with some lengthening and relaxing.
* Focus on nutrient dense foods. I need all the vitamins, minerals and good stuff my body can get. My immune system always takes a hit when I'm stressed and inevitably I end up sick. Plus with the boys back in school there seems to be more germs coming in the house. So the best defense is going to be a good offense.
* More blogging, chatting and venting. I tend to shut myself off from the world when the going gets rough. I think in some ways I believe the hyper-focus helps get more done but in the end, I just get frustrated, grouchy and feel cut-off from the world.
* Water, water and more water. I am actually doing very well with this. When I first got sick about a month ago, one of the things I cut back on was caffeine as it could aggravate my condition. I'm still doing very well and am drinking water pretty much all the time. I've noticed a genuine thirst that I didn't have or didn't realize until I upped my intake. I'm hoping to stick with this but old habits die hard so I have to work at it.
* Give my brain a break. The best way I can define my job is I solve technical problems all day long. Sometimes they are no-brainers but sometimes they are complicated processes that don't fit any mold so I have to develop a solution that is unlike anything I've done before. Those days are particularly draining. Those days I need to play with the kids, read books, meditate, cook a special meal, go for a walk. I need to do something that takes my mind off of the problem and recharges me. This is incredibly difficult for me. I'll find myself folding laundry, driving or even having lunch while thinking about the work problem. It takes a fair amount of effort to get myself to really focus on nothing or something else to the point of not thinking about the work.
So my pledge for fall is stress reduction. Reducing stress will have the awesome side-effects of more movement, more ME time and good for me food choices. Which if you sum up those things should result in weight loss.
Seems like a win-win situation to me!
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