Monday, August 13, 2012
Good morning my lovely sparklers!
This week's blog begins with a heartfelt thanks to all of you who commented on Saturday's blog. I didn't really want to think about why it's taking me so long to get this costume sewn - and really, it's because I'm worried about how well I'm going to pull it off. I just need to remember - something well sewn and well fitted on a larger individual looks a million times better than the opposite on a thinner one!
This morning a great topic for a blog post came to me - an ode to the Fiber One Brownie and PowerAde Zero.
You see, I am a girl with an INSANE sweet tooth. I grew up in a home where the beverage of choice was something carbonated and sweet. (I remember going to sleep as a child with a can of pepsi.) Cakes and pies are things to be devoured - a slice is not 1/16th or even 1/8th of a pie; no, more like 1/6... Cookies. Fruit snacks... Sugary laden anything! Oh, these are the things I grew up with and they still argely populate my parent's home to this day.
Well, I don't allow them into mine.
Needless to say, going cold turkey was a recipe for disaster, so I've found a few things that sate my cravings for things not so wholesome. Well, right now it's two big things: Fiber One products and Zero Calorie Powerade.
Now, the fiber one brownies I never would have tried on my own - it sounded like something that would be a woeful disappointment. Well, the brownie has turned into my evening dessert. It tastes right and has enough substance that I feel like I'm indulging.
The powerade has given me another stop-gap in my quest for sweets. It tasts sugary without an aftertaste and it keeps me from skulking around my kitchen looking for something sweet that isn't there. I find I drink 2 or 3 a week. The Powerade is especially helpful for when I'm at games night and everyone else is drinking their calories down 3 or 4 cans of coke at a time. Like an alcoholic drinking water at the bar, I cling to that plastic bottle with all of my might.
I know what some people are thinking - where's the fruit? I don't find that fruit gets rid of my processed food desserty cravings like the above do.
So, what are everyone else's strategies? Do you have a food that 'feels' like your cheating even though you're not?
Additional happiness to share: The scale this morning said 205! 2-0-5! So excited! That's 25 pounds down since March! I also tried on an old pair of size 16 jeans I'd been holding onto. I was skeptical, they'd been laundered and shoved into a closet for a couple of years. Well, they fit again! I just had an absolutely incredible weekend, there's no getting around it!
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Alright, I know, the title of my blog is a little misleading. I have plenty of motivation to make good choices - eating and exercise wise. What I don't have any motivation to do right now is sew.
I need to make a jacket, armor and leggings for August 30th - and I can hardly even bring myself to start today.
In other news I tried to get my exercise in today while walking my dog. Big mistake. Not only does he constantly stop, he pulls when he isn't stopped.
Oh, Jack, you almost got donated to somebody else today.
Friday, August 10, 2012
Since I've had a lot of time to do thinking while I'm not running, I've been reflecting on my most recent runs and how I could have improved them. I genuinely believe that the ones I didn't complete, or that I lagged on occurred because I mentally wasn't in the game. I wasn't focused or driven enough to push my body harder.
How do I know this?
Because I seldom stop at a point where it feels like I'm truly tired. My limbs aren't heavy, I'm breathing hard, but it's not uncontrolled. I'm uncomfortable - but that isn't always a bad thing.
I've decided I need more focus in my life.
I found a great article (here:http://www.nlpco.com/2011/02/navy-se
al/) about the use of mental toughness training by Navy Seals. I think over the next few days I'm going to choose one method a day and really hone in on it. Today's focus: Goal setting.
As defined in the article: Goal-setting. I don't mean "what are you going to do with your life". I mean, "How are you going to get through the next half hour"?
How do I plan to make it through my 20-25-30 or even 40 minute run?
Step one, of course, is preparation. Doing my stretches, hydrating properly and going into the run with a clear head. I can and I will complete what I've set out to do.
More importantly, I'm going to be my own coach. It's great that my App tells me when to run and when to walk - it doesn't tell me that I can. I can do that.
Next I intend to do more self assessment. Am I going slowly because I'm tired? Am I threatening to walk because I'm bored? Listening to my body is paramount and remembering that each run only makes me stronger and I only get that particular opportunity once is fuel for my spirit.
Goals don't have to be long range - they can be short-term plans and milestones. I'm setting mine so I can blow right through them and cultivate my toughness and confidence in my own abilities.
Friday, August 10, 2012
Welcome to Friday of the week that will be forgotten!
Oh, yes, I deem this week completely forgotten even if the effects of my ankle injury linger on.
This morning I was happily greeted by a scale that read 207 - something that certainly made me feel better. In hindsight, I wonder if the aount of ibuprofen I was taking contributed to water retention. Still, it's just nice to know that the scale wasn't going to hit 209 or 210... at least not yet.
Work this week has been slow - I'm in a holding pattern right now as I'm assigned to what we call operations tasks - things that need to happen but aren't billable work. These include making training documents, writing case studies, and doing reading to stay abreast of industry trends and news. It's all well and good, but I'm a thinking woman - and that means I tend to get bored of this sort of thing quickly.
However - I was reminded of one of my early findings yesterday - I eat when I'm bored. It's like my brain is looking for something to do so it just concocts that I should be eating. Like a mindless zombie in search of brains I seek out anything - the candy bowl at the front of the office, a fiber one bar, I even took a trip to the damned vending machine yesterday. I hadn't seen the vending machine in eight weeks.
So, I have to ask, is boredom an emotion? I think of emotional eating and I conjure images of eating because you're sad, or because you're celebrating - not because it's your mental source of entertainment. What I need to do, though, is figure out ways to overcome boredom eating. I -knew- I was eating because I was bored. I even actively thought as much. I ate anyway.
Ugh, stupid lacking of discipline.
So, how do you guys all combat emotional eating? Bored eating?
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