Thursday, January 19, 2012
Here's a thought I had today that I wanted to share and which I will certainly try on myself next time.....
I had a moderate binge yesterday. Reasons I am still not so sure, I am coming off a health scare that seems to be resolving itself positively, not enough sleep, etc., no excuses. I have owned it, tracked it, and moved on.
Here's the technology part. I got myself an iPhone on my first year 's anniversary of maintenance. Of course I have the SP app loaded on it, to use in tracking when I am not near a computer.
I do track my binges, honesty pays I find. But I usually do it the next day (because I tend to binge at night) and sometimes have forgotten something I ate....sigh....
So, here is what I am going to do the next time I binge, and yes, there will be a next time.....
I am going to:
1. get my iPhone
2. turn if on (if it is turned off)
3. open to the SP app
4. track the binge as I consume the food
This way, I will be tracking accurately. And, as a big maybe, I will binge less as I see the calories and fat add up.
I'll let you know what happens!
Thursday, January 12, 2012
I am having some medical problems right now, but this blog isn't directly about them.
It is about priorities and a haircut.
It appears that I may be needing to have some surgery.
So, I started to think about what I need to do.
Check out my will and my living will, hey, you never know.
Pay off my credit card bill.
Get a haircut.....wait a minute, GET A HAIRCUT?
Now, I did need one, and I was planning to go in a couple of weeks, but then it got bumped nearly to the top of the list. I needed that haircut IMMEDIATELY.
So I went for a haircut yeaterday, and told my hairdresser about my problems, and asked her if I was insane by wanting to make sure I had a haircut.
She said Certainly not." Not so much with haircuts, but with hair coloring when roots are showing. I don't color, but boy is it important...
So she has had women in her chair in the beginning stages of labor getting their roots done.
And she has had women who have lost a loved one make sure to get their roots done before the funeral....
So it seems, if women are about to experience hard times, we want to look our best!
Monday, January 09, 2012
Here is an exercise I did yesterday that came from my "getting better bit(e) by bit(e)" book. It was an eye opener, not too hard if you give it some thought (and like to write) and I thought I would share it.
So, you vision five years into the future. You write two (pretend) letters to a friend you are going to see soon after a long absence. You can make up the friend too. You say you wanted to clue your friend in on what to expect when she/he sees you.
The first letter is what your life will be like if you continue binging (or throwing up, or not being fit, or staying a too large a weight, you pick it).
The second letter is what your life will be like if you stop binging (or stop throwing up, or become fit, or get to a better weight, you pick it).
You then read each letter carefully, and ask yourself the simple question: what DO you want to be in five years?
I have to say, I embraced and enjoyed this! My first letter, continuing binging, had me quite the mess, gained all the weight back, multiple health problems, barely able to move so not exercising, etc.
My second letter had me as a rocking 68 year old, white haired and moving to the beat, doing volunteer work and...well, all those goals I have on my SparkPage.
It was pretty easy to answer the question, where do I want to be in five years?
I do want to say this is not for everybody and I think it would have scared me if I tried it when I was first losing weight. I think I will now finally have the courage to tackle a vision collage. I will buy "oak tag" (or "bristol board" as they call it in Canada) and go to my old magazines with scissors and glue stick in hand.
Friday, January 06, 2012
These blogs could become a series.
Me and the Weather. Me and the Scale. Me and the Guitar. Me and the Binge?
Okay, no more kidding, this one is serious.
I have decided to take a a pretty scary step and start weighing myself once a week rather than every day. Actually, if you think that weighing yourself every day makes no sense, I used to weigh myself five and six times a day when I was losing my weight. My goodness.....
I started daily weigh ins when I started with Weight Watchers back in May 2009.
Aside from travelling, or camping, I have weighed myself every day. And if there was a scale in the hotel's "fitness room," I weighed myself on that.
I know I do not have a healthy relationship with the scale, putting way too much importance on the weight (outcome) and not what activities I am doing (healthy life style). I figure if I take care of the healthy lifestyle, the weight will take care of itself. And it may be a disincentive to binge, as I cannot measure the results of binge so closely and get myself really worked up.
I have been considering this for a while. But, I read that the 5% tend to weigh themselves every day. Then I saw the SP article about whether SP experts weight themselves every day. heck, some of them don't weigh themselves at all.
So I took the plunge.
And, when I went on the treadmill this morning, and was cued to input my weight, I said oh my gosh what should I do? I just put in the last measured weight I have.
And, when I logged into to fitbit this morning, I saw that the nice line graph it produces skips a space if you don't enter a daily weight. Big deal.
More positively, I gained a few precious minutes in the morning (I get up at 4:30-5 AM to get my workout in before I trundle off to work) and I am more relaxed.
So, now that I have taken the first step, I intend to weigh in every week, like SP recommends, and see how it goes. Always looking for new ideas and how to cope.
Thursday, January 05, 2012
this entry will be breathtakingly brief and is written with tongue firmly in cheek.
You see I comment a lot about the weather....
I want you to know that for a Canadian, THIS IS NORMAL!
As a Canadian, I am entitled to, allowed to, expected to, encouraged to, wanted to, and frankly, forced to comment about the weather.
Doesn't matter about the season. For a Canadian, it is never really good. Spring is officially a day or two maybe in late April or early May, Summer is a humid morass, Fall is lovely with the leaf color but leads to a dull and sere and depressingly dark (sun sets at 4:30 some days) November, and Winter is, well, Winter.
There, I have done my Canadian duty and commented about our seasons.
Joke: Have you heard there are two seasons in Toronto?
Oh, what are they?
Winter and construction.
No kidding, except when they continue construction during the winter.....
And I am finished (for now) commenting on the weather.
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