Saturday, February 05, 2011
When I decide to put ranch dressing on my potato, I may tell myself it'll be okay, but when I go to the nutrition tracker, I can no longer tell myself it doesn't matter very much.
I love, love, love the nutrition report, that lays it out in black and white, the concrete consequences of my decisions.
Friends, do you find that logging in your food makes you hungry? The tracker is a very important tool for me, but scanning through the lists, trying to find my particular food item, puts way too many food images in my mind. Maybe this is an odd hang-up peculiar to me, but I'd love to hear your suggestions.
The only thing I could think of is to track food right after the meal when I'm most full. Any ideas?
Thursday, February 03, 2011
Food pushers. Sigh. Well meaning, generous, persistent. But I know how to be MORE persistent than the food pusher. Keep smiling, keep saying no thanks.
Picking up my daughter from basketball practice, I went in to watch the workout for a few minutes. Someone had a birthday. I won't be specific, cuz I know how food descriptions on this site can be a trial and temptation to others (or to myself when I re-read later!). But Birthday Girl's parents had brought a multi-faceted treat to share.
I saw it when I came in and sat on the other side of the room.
BG's mom calling to me: Come on over and have some with us!
Freelady: (Smiling) Oh, thanks so much, but I'm okay here.
Later, team member: Hey, it's BG's birthday! You want some?
FL: No, thanks. (more smiling) Hey, great scrimmage!
Still later, BG's dad, holding out servings under my nose: Don't you want some of this? I'm trying to get rid of it so it won't be thrown away!
FL: Oh, no, I'll pass today. But thanks anyway. (Mentally: My Beck team has told me: "Better going to waste than going to my waist. . . .
Better in the trash can than on my own can.")
Zippidee doo dah! I held out! I sure felt good on the ride home. And my daughter, who is one of my self-appointed cheat monitors (beneficial, though not always appreciated at the critical moment) was so proud of me.
I want to be thin more than I want the momentary pleasure of unplanned food.
Tuesday, February 01, 2011
Mamasuds challenged me to log ALL my food this month, and I accepted. It will support my other February focus, which is the Superbowl of Beck challenge on the Beck Diet Solution team (please join us!).
The girls love the bagel shop when we do errands, and I smugly ate my SPINACH bagel, toasted, no butter, nothing else. I felt quite self-righteous avoiding all the other damaging treats in that minefield . . . after all, this bagel has the top carved out and a pile of real spinach sitting there . . .
Until I went to my food counselor who never lies, never guesses, never whitewashes . . . my SparkPeople nutrition tracker. ARRRRGGGGHHH! That "plain, toasted" spinach bagel has 410 calories! An entire meal's worth of calories, whoa!
This is why my weight loss stalled when I stopped tracking. This is why I started gaining back. My mental database may be extensive, but it can't match the online tracker. Oh well, I got a little smarter, so that's a good day!
Monday, January 31, 2011
In everybody's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle our inner spirit.
- by Albert Schweitzer from PrincessNurse blog 5/11/10
You can run faster with a hundred who want to go than with one around your neck.
- Les Brown, quoted by TravelGrrl on 4/8/10 blog
There is no way I would have made it thru if I didn't have people I could depend on. People I could be totally honest with. People I didn't have to hide true emotions and feelings from. Sometimes you just gotta let it all hang out. The good, the bad, and the ugly. I have had the ugly for about a month now. And to say that I have had to be picked up and carried is hard for me. I don't like to feel needy. I like to feel capable. Learning that needing help is not a weakness was a hard lesson.
- from The_Jules blog 4/15/10
Sharing our pain with each other will help us to move beyond our limitations.
- from Missy7Kids 4/17/10 comment on Flutter-By)L( blog
I believe that God used these two people today to help me when I couldn't help myself. I just want to thank them for the words that finally broke thru my fog. And I want to thank God for never giving up on me when I give up on myself. Now I can move forward. It takes breaking down the barriers that kept me here to move on toward where I want to be.
-from The_Jules blog 4/26/10
A candle loses nothing of its light by lighting another candle.
- from Father James Keller, author of You Can Change the World, quoted on MJHARDY101 signature
Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up.
- Ecclesiastes 4:9,10 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?searc
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