Thursday, May 03, 2007
I know weird name for a blog...but that's what I'll be discussing. LoL.
So I've been reading the South Beach Diet book..I've always been curious about this program, because through my coaching I've read about SO many people doing it. So I had to see what all the buzz was about. Granted I've only read the first few chapters, but I get it now. Here are my thoughts. It makes total sense. I understand why so many people do it and succeed, that is of course if you can manage to get through the first 2 strict weeks, known as Phase 1. Basically they want you to cut out all carbs: pasta, bread, cereals, even fruit for 2 solid weeks. Now this isn't because they think carbs are "bad" like the Atkins diet. No No No. They know that most people crave these carbs. Not that they make you fat, but because of the OVER consumption of these specific foods in the past, that's what made most people fat to begin with. So their hope is that if you can manage to rid yourself of these carbs for 2 full weeks, you'll kick the habit and the cravings. Then comes Phase 2. You can reintroduce certain carbs into your diet. Slowly because your body has taken on a new way of breaking down carbs, so you don't want to overdue it. You can still eat bread, cereals, etc but just not to an extreme amount. So I'll keep reading...and keep giving you info. But I think it's quite interesting!
Yoga: So this morning I tried to do Cardio X which has a lot of Yoga in the beginning. Now I LOVE yoga booty ballet, but that's because it's fast paced and really dancy. Regular yoga bores me to tears. I can't get through it. A minute seems like it takes 5. Ugh. Yoga is SO not for me. LoL.
Body Shapers: This is the best news yet! Before I would wear one of those body shapers things on my tummy. I hate my tummy, I know it's something I'll probably always be self concious about. But I've gotten rid of it! HaHa! Woohoo! I feel perfectly fine without it, and that's a HUGE step. YAY!!!
And finally a Planner: I have to go buy one today at Walmart. I have so many damn post it notes with to do lists, grocery lists, books I want to read, I need a place to store everything! So today before work I'm headed to Wally World to get my butt more organized.
Thursday, May 03, 2007
To find out if your excess baggage may be a sign of food addiction, answer the following 10 questions from How to Make Almost Any Diet Work with a simple yes or no.
Are there times when you don’t taste the food you’re eating?
Are there times when you head for food with a single-mindedness or a desperation that is more about relief and comfort than about hunger?
Do you sometimes delay eating on purpose until the setting is right—sometimes not eating until late afternoon or evening—so that once you sink into the food, you won’t have to be pulled out again?
Do you orchestrate your eating to bring about maximum relief?
Are mealtimes like stepping stones that help you get through the day?
Do you nibble more or less nonstop throughout the day in order to get through it?
Do you have private rituals around eating?
When you eat, do you feel a sense of relief, comfort, or dreaminess?
Is food one of your best friends?
Once you have some sugar, chocolate, or high-fat nibbles, is it hard for you to stop eating?
“All of these are classic symptoms of food addiction,” Anne explains. “And if you have four or more of them, you don’t need to be worried or ashamed. The good news is that food addiction can be overcome…”
For more information on food addiction or to get your own copy of How to Make Almost Any Diet Work: Repair Your Disordered Appetite and Lose Weight, or the other best-selling books by Anne Katherine visit annekatherine.org.
My notes: Loved this article, had to share it. So many of us use food as our emotional outlet. I plan on getting this book very soon!
Thursday, May 03, 2007
1. Stop being preoccupied by the number on the scale. Too many people allow their bodyweight to dictate how their life is going to be, or how they'll feel for the rest of the day. ("Life will be so much better once I weigh 'X'.") This is how so many people end up regaining lost weight (and more). Getting healthy and fit is a process, not a single event.
My notes: This was a hard one for me. I was such a slave to the scale, I've seriously been considering just getting rid of it altogether. I've read in countless magazines and books about "skinny chicks". The girls who have never been overweight a day in their life. They don't weigh themselves. That's because they are truly happy with their bodies. And they're confident and don't care about going up or down 5 pounds or so. So why am I so obsessed? I've worked hard. I'm a skinny chick now, and so will all of you. So why worry about the numbers anymore? Concentrate on how you feel. I know I feel and look like a totally different person. My personality has changed so much over the past year. It's time to focus on life, not numbers. :)
2. Stop talking about your weight. This can lead to utter obsession with body weight. What you give attention to grows. Keep focusing on your weight, and your weight will grow. Make the shift from concentrating on the end result to focusing on you and the changes you need to make to have a healthy body image. Set your fitness goals and then become as involved with them as you were with your weight.
My notes: Weight. Blah. It's hard not to discuss weight and health issues, because I coach. But I need to focus more on not dicussing my weight. Sure I am proud of my accomplishments, but it's not all I'm about. Though I plan on making fitness and teaching people good eating habits my life's work...I don't need to be obsessed about my own personal weight. Once again it's about how I feel. My energy, my confidence, my self esteem. All the wonderful things that have changed inside me.
3. Come from a positive place.Despite the way you were raised and the environment you've been familiar with, you can change your attitude. Ban thoughts like, "I can't stick with a program," "I'm a procrastinator" and "I'll never be successful."
Quick review of the Universal Law of Opposites: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Simply put, you can't have an up without a down, a hot without a cold, an in without an out or a front without a back.
What does this mean to you?
If you think negative thoughts, then, by law, there are equal and opposite positive thoughts.
Here's a simple little exercise: Whenever you catch yourself putting yourself down, badmouthing, talking defeat, etc., immediately say, "NO!" or "CANCEL!" or "STOP!" Then take the negative self-talk and turn it into a positive statement. Use these positive statements as daily affirmations to remind you of the new person you are.
My notes: No negative talk. Even if you make mistakes. Guilt is an empy emotion, just like cake is filled with empy calories. Cake provides you with no nutritional value..and guilt provides you with nothing. It reaches you jack squat. So feel good about being you. If you screw up, pick up where you left off and keep on trucking. :)
4. Stop worrying about what others think of you. “I won't go to a gym because I feel like people are looking at me and thinking, 'why is this fat person bothering?'” "I'm not going to try to eat healthy at this get together because I don't want to get funny looks, like I'm from outer space or something."
How much longer are you going to let others control how you think? Isn't it what you think of yourself that matters? So you're overweight! You're doing something about it, right? And do you know how to read peoples' minds? Okay, you're not eating desserts. You don't have to justify to anybody what you're doing. You're doing this for yourself, so your mind, body and life benefit. You are in control.
My notes: No matter what your size or shape, I've come to realize that ALL people, especially women have deep seeded issues with their body and outward appearance in general. We ALL have things we would like to change. No one is perfect, we can't be because no one has the same ideal of perfection. So screw other people. Worry about you. No one else. Be selfish. Your health is a priority.
5. Take a few minutes a day for a mind, body and soul checkup.
Today's lifestyle is time-restricted, overloaded with information and moving at a pace so fast that we get caught up in the race and lose sight of who we are and what we're trying to do. Just take a few minutes during your day to pause and think about why you may feel out of sync: eating out of control, not exercising and feeling over-anxious. Record this in a journal and continue refining and growing every day.
My notes: I have to do this from time to time. I honestly (can't believe I'm going to admit this) look at myself in the mirror and tell myself I can do this today. I have fought so hard to get where I am, and I can DO THIS. I love me, no matter what I look like on the outside.
6. Find the source of your hunger and feed it.
There's a couple of ways to look at this. The first is obvious: If you're hungry, eat something healthy. Sometimes thirst is a hunger measurement, so drink a big 16-ounce. glass of water before eating. Still hungry? Eat.
The second "hunger" is about your own personal growth. Each of us is beautiful and has a variety of hunger zones. Conversations, relationships, art, music, laughter, contribution, dance, creative expression, bedtime stories, connections, a relationship with a Higher Self, movement, being part of the whole... Find your other hunger(s) and fill up on them!
My notes: I find if my mind isn't preoccupied I begin to think about what I should eat. So I try to stay as busy as possible. If I am stuck in the house, bored and I start thinking about the cookies downstairs I got for a walk. It really helps. Try new things. Take up a new hobby. Start scrapbooking. Do something to realize food doesn't rule you.
7. Get physical and have fun with it.
Get yourself on a structured fitness routine to give yourself the ultimate gift -- a leaner, energetic and motivated you. Also, find a variety of activities that you like to do for fun. Do whatever it takes to make the time in your life to put those activities in regularly. Moving your body is the best thing you can do for yourself -- enjoy it.
My notes: I am so freakin physical lately! LoL. I love to workout! Never in a zillion trillion years did I think I would ever say I actually enjoying bouncing up and down, dancing, running, biking, any of that stuff. But I truly LOVE how it makes me feel! I feel powerful and strong. I feel like I accomplish something everyday after I work out. A sense of accomplishment first thing in the morning stays with you all day long. Roll with it homie.
8. Laughter is the best medicine.
It takes 37 muscles to frown and just two to smile. Get out there and start smiling! Next time you have a compulsive eating thought, laugh at it! Or if you have just spent an hour trying to get dressed and your closet looks like a battlefield, sit down and laugh. Chances are your friends will not be remembering what you were wearing, but instead your charm, grace and humor -- turn it on!
My notes: This is SO true! Laugh! Smile! Be happy. Crack jokes. Get jokes sent to your email everyday. Even dirty ones. Just laugh it up. :)
9. Make your own definition of beauty.
Forget the fashion magazines, TV and other forms of media and ask yourself, "What is beauty to me?" Define it on your own terms. Is it something you "put on," or is it something you radiate? Look to nature, art, others and yourself. Just be sure to define “beautiful” on your own terms.
My notes: In my opinion most models are not beautiful. I know that's a terrible thing to say....because just like we shouldn't say large people aren't beautiful we shouldn't discriminate about the extremely thin people either. My personal opinion of beauty: Tyra Banks and Jennifer Love Hewitt. I think those two women have curvy beautiful womenly figures!
10. Be gentle toward yourself.
Step back and really start to be gentle with yourself and others. Let go of the judgment – completely! Honestly, it is just food, not the entire definition of who you are or who you have the potential to be.
My notes: Note to self. No judging yourself. Check.
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
So I decided like normal I will post what I'm planning to cook for the week, but also where I found the recipes so it can help you all out with planning too!
Monday: Easy Barbeque Chicken Kebabs (www.dole.com)
Tuesday: Mini Dogs (www.hungrygirl.com)
Wednesday: Quick Fish Fillets (WW magazine)
Thursday: Lemon Oregano Kebabs (costco magazine)
Sides: Stir Fry Green Beans (sparkrecipes)
Gazpacho Salad (WW magazine)
Desserts: Caramel Apple Crunchy Quakes (www.hungrygirl.com)
Chocolate Chip & Oreo Frozen Bites (www.hungrygirl.com)
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