Friday, May 31, 2013
Recently, I have been eating all the wrong foods, snacking a lot, and just plain ignoring being healthy. I have been exercising, but not making a lot of effort at it. As a result, I have gained weight. What am I thinking? Am I even thinking at all? It is as if not thinking makes the food have no calories and the exercise burns a lot more than it really does. This is crazy thinking!
Last night, as I was eating a meal out with DH and enjoying onion rings (one of several not-good-for-me foods of the day), I had a big ah-ha moment. This is getting me nowhere, except to feeling worse about myself and moving in the wrong direction from my goals.
Today is a new start! I am done with ignoring what I am doing or not doing. I am going to track all of my food and aim to stay within the SP ranges. I am going to exercise with intention. I am going to be a realist about living a good life, but still working toward my goals. Today is the day when I remind myself that I am worth it. Today is a beginning.
Friday, March 08, 2013
It is the end of the week of forming a healthy new habit. Of course, because it is a habit, it needs to continue past this week. I have learned a lot this week and it shows in the food I am preparing. It is more flavorful and satisfying.
The question for today is "Anything else you would like to share with your Team". I think this question is referring to the Cats team of the 5% Challenge, but I like to think of it as the whole Spark team here. I would not be having any success without you. The friends I have made are priceless!
There are a couple of very special people, Kayelene and Sparkchantal, that are always present and able to either cheer me on or give me a swift kick in the pants to get me going. Thank you. I cannot even imagine being on this journey without you. You are fantastic!
Whenever you feel like giving up, just take the time to reach out to someone here. By encouraging someone else, you end up feeling better yourself. It is a big circle that just keep going around and around. Thank you, Sparkpeople!
Thursday, March 07, 2013
The question for today is "Do you need some motivation or advice?" I am doing well this week, but know that all I need to do is ask for help when I am struggling.
I have been receiving a lot of very helpful advice from people who responded to my blogs. You all are fantastic! You are one of the best parts of Sparkpeople. I am learning a lot and am grateful for everyone's thoughts.
Please continue offering recipes and ideas for making food more flavorful and interesting. You have spurred my creativity in the kitchen.
Wednesday, March 06, 2013
The question of the day is "What can you improve upon?". This refers to the 5% Challenge assignment this week of starting a healthy new habit. I am working on preparing more flavorful food instead of the grab and go type of meals I have been eating recently.
To improve I need to vary the dishes I prepare rather than sticking with the few I have made this week, otherwise meals will get boring. That is really the problem. My meals before this week have been boring. Making new recipes and varying dishes will make for more interesting and satisfying meals. I have the SparkPeople Cookbook, so today I am going to look through it and find something good to prepare.
Tuesday, March 05, 2013
The question for day 4 is "How are you doing day by day?"
It is going fairly well, though not in the way I planned. I haven't been using all that many herbs and spices, except for pepper and small amounts of salt. What has happened is that I am much more conscious of what foods I put together and making sure they are fresh and have different textures. My old pattern was to just grab a little of this and a little of that and make a meal of it. These are some of the meals I have had over the last three days:
1. Whitefish (a special treat from a Michigan vacation) dipped in egg white, coated with cornmeal and lightly sauteed in a tablespoon of oil. Served with fresh asparagus topped with spray butter
2. Homemade yeast waffle with fresh strawberries and a dusting of powdered sugar. The waffle was made with low-fat milk.
3. Eggs scrambled with asparagus and non-fat cheese, really good multi-grain toast
4. Salad of mixed greens with chopped apple, thinly sliced onion, walnuts, a sprinkle of freshly grated parmesan cheese and Bolthouse Olive Oil Blue Cheese Vinaigrette - I have found tossing the entire salad with dressing in a mixing bowl means I can use a lot less dressing. The Bolthouse dressing is only 45 calories for 2 tablespoons.
All of these meals were flavorful, had good texture and very satisfying, yet easy to put together. It comes down to the fact that even though I love to bake (not doing much of that recently), I really dislike cooking, so part of this new habit is learning new, easy meals to fix. Having a good stock of vegetables makes it easier to put together an interesting meal.
I keep forgetting to mention that I planted my Aerogarden (indoor hydroponic garden) with fresh herbs. There is basil, thyme, parsley and chives. Plus there is also some arugula for putting on a sandwich or pizza. Everything has sprouted and is looking good. Just having fresh herbs available will make me want to use them.
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