Wednesday, March 30, 2011
No, it's not a revolting new smoothie flavor. It's something that tells me I HAVE made progress in healthy lifestyle. My kids LIKE mangoes, mushrooms, and green pepper.
I was raised on foods of neutral color, except for spaghetti sauce. It was a happy childhood, but with many siblings and little money, plus a sweet Dad who would eat only a very short list. My mom cooked delicious food, but our meals were ALWAYS built around bread, pasta, white rice, or potatoes. We did had a small variety of fruits and vegetables, the most common ones, but vegetables were always covered with butter or cheese or both. To me this menu meant comfort and happiness and being taken care of.
Thus a huge non-scale victory for me is that my kids love almost every fruit and veggie. Last night I made turkey burgers with LOTS of onions and mushrooms. The kids loved them! My kids like onions and mushrooms! Growing up, my siblings thought mushrooms and green peppers meant someone was trying to poison them!
I have to encourage myself; this tells me that my eating HABITS and my cooking habits have radically changed over the years, with an accelerated pace the last five years. Hummus, tabouleh, and sprouts, oh my!
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
The man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.
- James Crook, quoted by Momma_Little on 4/9/10 status update
There is always a better time, always more preparations you can make. But sometimes, you just have to go with what you've got. If you wait until everything is perfect, you will never make this weight loss journey. If you wait until you have all the best equipment, you will never exercise. If you wait until you can afford a personal chef, you will never change your diet. If you wait until there is less stress, you just won't get started. And you will be 80 years old and have missed the opportunity to be the best you.
- from FitJane blog 4/18/10
I had close to a 900 calorie burn just at the gym yesterday. I wouldn't want to do that every day. But once every couple weeks, or when I feel the need to work off some stress, yes! And it makes me want to do more. I feel energized today. Not tired. Barely sore, just enough to let me know I brought it . . . . But what is more than that, it lets me know I can. So when I am feeling "poor pitiful me" about what is going on around me, I can remember that moment. I did it. I was strong, it was hard. I did it anyway. I accomplished something. I finished a very hard work out. And when the path to the finish line looks 1000 miles away, I know I can finish because I have it in me. Because I know I can.
- from The_Jules blog 5/13/10
You will have to go after what you want.
- from a fortune cookie, Mouseweiler, 4/21/10 blog
Live your life in such a way that when your feet hit the floor in the mornings, Satan shudders and says "Oh, no, she's awake!" - from BOSSMARE_13 signature
Sunday, March 27, 2011
I have repeatedly read about other people's short-term goals. I have seen their celebrations when they meet these goals, and I have cheered for them. Two weeks ago, for the first time, I set a short-term goal: to stop piddling around and get to that 30 pounds level. With God's help I reached that on March 24, 2011.
I survived that new experience, so now I have written down several short-term goals and outcomes.
195 - I get SP Lost 30 pounds trophy! DONE - 3/24/11
193 - Lose 2 lbs by April 1 (accepted challenge from Nancy15toGoal)
190 - I get more energy for April 16 urban prayer walk!
188 - I can fit in a lot of clothes I already have and like!
185 - I get out of obese BMI ! (Racing with Mariean & others to lost-40-pounds mark)
180 - 20% of starting weight gone!
For the Lose-2-lbs-by-Friday goal, it was a week span to begin with. I really went out on a limb by telling my family what I was committing to do this week. WHY have I NEVER BEFORE TOLD anyone what my intended target was? Because then I would have to follow through!
So I am identifying some internal progress here. I have advanced a bit, to where I am willing to own my goals and be held accountable. Believe me, I WILL be held accountable. My family is very competitive. Here I have heard debates over who was toughest, based on how many layers they were wearing in a chilly house!
Plenty of love and hugs for me at home, but not a place to turn a blind eye if I'm wimping out on what I announced. Now if they see that I am making the right choices (yes, they all know the items I'm avoiding, and that I'm not eating seconds) and if I then fall short of my aim, they will be very compassionate. But just deciding not to sweat it . . . that's not an option. So I've avoided this public announcement and pressure up until now. I'm giving myself credit for growing up a little bit.
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