Monday, November 28, 2011
When one door of happiness closes, another opens;
but often we look so long at the closed door
that we do not see the one which has opened for us.
~ Helen Keller
quoted on LIFEWALK's blog
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Monday begins a new competition with the Game On! Diet team.
We will accumulate points for eating five small meals exclusively from a sanctioned list (sensible, healthy, real food), drinking 3 liters of water daily, exercising daily, making healthy habit choices, etc.
I'm looking forward to a new challenge!
Friday, November 25, 2011
I executed my plan, and felt very satisfied but not stuffed.
I had to put a cloth over the rolls so I wouldn't see them; the others knew where to find them.
We had Thanksgiving dinner at 12:45. I did have green bean casserole for supper.
I did walk as planned.
I truly enjoyed my meal more this time because I had no conflicted feelings about what I was eating.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Dr. Judith Beck suggests I say to myself, "When has not having a plan ever helped me to stay in control of my eating and lose weight and keep it off? Not having a plan is a recipe for overeating and I need to stop fooling myself into thinking that it's okay to not have one. "
"I don't necessarily need to plan every bite that I'm going to eat, but I should have a strong general plan of basically how much I'm going to consume of certain foods, drinks, and desserts. This way if I am tempted to keep eating, I can just remind myself, 'Sorry, it's not on your plan. Stick to what you had planned to eat and guaranteed once the holiday is over you will be so glad you did, especially when you get on the scale tomorrow morning. Having a plan will make it so much easier for me to stay in control and since I want to get all of the Advantages on my list, it's absolutely worth it to me to do so.' "
The quotes above are from Dr. Judith Beck, author of the Beck Diet Solution and the Beck Diet for Life books. The Beck Institute has a wonderful Diet Solution newsletter. It comes free about once a month and is chock-full of solid, practical tools and tips. You can subscribe free at this link: www.beckdietsolution.com/Subscribe-t
Freelady's Plan for Thanksgiving:
--- Drink only water. (Liquid calories are not worth it to me, and I need to actually chew all my intake to feel satisfied in my calorie range.)
--- Eat one portion of turkey, dressing, and gravy. No seconds.
--- Eat lots of non-casserole vegetables.
--- Skip the rolls and the green bean casserole. I want to be thin more than I want these.
--- Eat one portion of pecan pie.
--- Take a walk.
--- Stay accountable by reporting on my healthy choices via blog .
Monday, November 21, 2011
Disclaimer: this blog contains sports. I promise not to overdose on the football part, but I want to tell you about an intriguing thought process I've had following Sunday's NFL game between the Detroit Lions and the Carolina Panthers.
With a years-long slump, the Lions have been dismissed as a joke for years. This season they won a number of games, and loyal fans were feeling hopeful . . . . but then the quarterback, Matthew Stafford, suffered a hand injury. He believed he was ready to play, but for a number of reasons, the next game was a complete humiliation. A huge, disastrous loss. One columnist said, "Matt Stafford has forgotten how to play football."
This week's game did not start well. Right at the beginning, Stafford's team lost the ball over and over through mistakes or poor plays. The announcers were brutal. "Stafford's injury may have finished him for the near future." "It seems Stafford just doesn't have what it takes." "Looks like Matt Stafford's skills were hugely overrated." The opponent, the Panthers, took a worrisome lead.
But Matthew Stafford had NOT forgotten how to play football. He kept doing what he had been trained to do. He kept doing what he knew worked. He played through the pain. He threw a touchdown pass, and then another, and another . . . a total of five touchdown passes. Matthew Stafford set a team record for throwing the most four-touchdown-pass games. The oft-scorned Lions, with their injured quarterback, had a big, big win.
I know it's just football, but I felt the elation of that glorious comeback. I felt for the young man whose prospects looked so grim at this point in the season, but who kept at it and didn't let naysayers sap his self-confidence or focus. I knew that victory was built out of endless drills and weight-lifting and conditioning runs and playbook-study and bone-jarring practice and fiercely determined self-talk.
As I smiled and considered how great that turn-around must feel, something clicked inside and I proclaimed, "I am the Matt Stafford of weight loss!!!"
I've had my setbacks, and my seasons when it looked like success was impossible. I've had embarrassing defeats. But I have not forgotten how to play the game. I am coming back from injury and working through the pain (with doctor's advice). I am studying the playbook and attending to the recommended drills. I don't care what anyone on the sidelines is thinking; I am going to keep at it.
The fourth quarter may be a long way off, but I am still in the game. Stay tuned, sports fans! Stay tuned for the big win!
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