Thursday, January 20, 2011
So far, so good!
As goofy as I thought this path was, I've got to admit, I'm enjoying it. I like the honesty of facing the calorie tracker everyday; it helps me think hard about what to eat and not eat....I've got to look at the end of day report and face the music.
I like the accountability as well as the larger feel of a community that has tons of special teams with members that share common goals.
OK, the points thing is kind of goofy, yet I somehow look for ways to increase my daily points, and, lo and behold, I'm reading articles about health and diet, taking trivia quizzes that challenge me to know more about nutrition, and yes, I spin a virtual wheel that most of the time gives me 2 lousy points.
The bottom line is I feel all in, and it's a hell of a better way to stay on a healthy track than sitting back and thinking, "maybe I should go on a diet" 5 minutes after mindlessly wolfing down some double chocolate brownies with a few scoops of french vanilla ice cream to get them even softer.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Well yesterday I talked through and made plans for a Pot Luck luncheon at work today:
It went off great, better than I expected! People brought in all sorts of chili filled crock pots, tons of desserts, and oddities.
I had a quick snack in my office half an hour prior to the start to reduce the hunger pangs. I was able to walk up and down the tables and actually pick and choose some smart items. My goal was to have plenty of white space on my plate.
SCORE!! I had 2 small slices of a turkey sandwich plate that someone brought in from Subway and a few spoonfulls of a light caesar salad someone made. I did grab a particularly nice looking dessert from a friend that spent a lot of time in Hawaii. It was Haupia a Hawaiian Coconut Pudding. A few spoonfuls that tasted great. Guilt free with smart planning.
It's 9:00PM and I'm at 1500 calories for the day! Woo-Hoo!
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
So, I have a monthly Pot Luck lunch for my staff of about 50 people. It's a very nice event, where we can relax and enjoy eachother's company for an hour in our hectic schedules.
They tend to NOT be low-calorie affairs. I've certainly never been one to limit my portions or the heavy hors d'oeuvre dishes. This is my first since Spark-living.
So I need to go in with a plan, need to go in well fed beforehand, and need to still be nice. There'll be the inevitable, "You've got to try the bacon wrapped fried cheese sticks" and "Have another piece of double-chocolate cream cake"
These days I'm not as attracted to the gooey, salty, fatty dishes you scoop on to your plate with an over-sized spoon. The price I pay in the calorie tracker is very much a dis-incentive. But while I've been doing good on my own and with family, even while dining out, I haven't faced the big social affair yet, and I've got more to go to over the coming weeks and months.
Good news is it's 10:00 PM the night before and I'm thinking about it, planning for it, and actively weighing the choices (and calories) ahead of time. Much better than in the past where I'd go blind and hungry into the serving line and scoop up everything good until there was no white space left on my plate.
Portion control, smart choices picking what it is I really want to eat, and planning might be the way to keep my good luck streak going at the pot luck luncheon.
Maybe I'll get behind the skinny people and eat what they eat.............
Monday, January 17, 2011
Well it's always tough to come out of the movies onto a busy avenue or mall full of eateries and the smell of sweets, and meats, and all things dipped in boiling oil, so I had to do some quick thinking and deep deciding.
I took my son to see Tron this afternoon (pretty lame, but he liked it). It was 5:30PM and he wanted to make a night of it going out to eat. Not a lot of great choices; Johnny Rockets, Panera Bread, some pizza joint. We walked by a place called Zoe's Kitchen which promised, "simple, tasty, fresh food--eat smart!"
So I told my boy, that if we eat out, I pick where we go and we walked in to Zoe's. The menu had all sorts of sandwiches & wraps and mediterranean salads, but of course no nutrition flyer to help me sort it all out He got a ham and cheese (ahh to be thin and 16 again). Me, I ordered a bowl of chicken and orzo soup (16 oz, I had to have some bulk)
All in all, not bad at all. 400 calories that took me 15 minutes to sip down. A little high in salt, but are there really any good choices for sodium when dining out?
Anyway, a few weeks ago, I'd have had my way with a beefy, cheesy mess with fries over at Johnny Rockets without blinking an eye, so this was progress.
Thanks to the Sparkers for keeping me honest!
Sunday, January 16, 2011
I've spent a lot of time these past 7 days on the Spark boards, the teams, tracking calories and points, reading articles, planning the days' food intake, and exercise burn-off.
I feel like a geek....which I sometimes am.
But it has focused my mind and made me look real hard at what it is I do on a daily basis when hungry or just craving a snack. When the truth of the day's calorie count is staring you in the face, you can't pretend you don't know what you're doing. You can ignore it, you can hate it, you can adapt it, but, like the psychiatrist told Carmella Soprano, "One thing you can never say is that you haven't been told" (season 3, episode 7)
In eating, in working out, in overall awareness, consistency is the key for me. I'm still on a pink cloud as I start out Sparking. The real challenge will be to be here a year from now and to keep the weight off once at goal. I suspect that's where the real work will start.
Anyway, a phrase that used to bug me for years was a quote by Emerson that I only half quoted. I thought it said, "consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds." In reality it's, "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines."
I've had foolish consistencies before; it's what got me to 200+ lbs. Time for wise consistency.
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