Wednesday, January 13, 2010
I felt empty and light...I felt HUNGER! My body wanted to eat. I spent the greater part of the last 2 years overeating so much that I never had a chance to feel real hunger. It feels different than cravings. It felt good.
I cooked up 1/2 cup oatmeal and added 1/2 cup frozen blueberries during the last 2 minutes. I topped it with 1/8 teas. cinnamon, 1 Tbs. chopped walnuts, and 1 Tbs. maple syrup. It tasted more like a dessert and I savored it. I decided to forgo my usual Tbs. of honey in my green tea since I had the maple syrup. It's all about balance. It filled me up and I know I'm good to go until noon-time.
I had purchased a pretty set of square 9" plates and smaller, flatter bowls that help with my portion control. Last night I measured out 1/2 cup cooked brown rice, 3 oz. skinless baked chicken breast, and 1-1/2 cups cooked vegetable medley. It looked lovely on my smaller plate, but I could clearly see by the visual that it was half the size of my former portions. When I finished, I didn't feel hungry, but I didn't feel that fullness that I sometimes would get after eating dinner. That was a new feeling too. I ate less and it didn't kill me! I had a planned evening snack of fat free yogurt and an apple but I mainly had it because otherwise I would have been too much below my minimum calorie range.
I am discovering that I enjoy this lighter feeling. My body doesn't want all that food. It has to work so hard breaking it down and getting rid of the excess, thereby using up precious energy. My fat cells were screaming "we've had enough..we're already crowded in here!" I'm working towards having no food after dinner to give my body the rest it needs instead of being up all night digesting over-consumed food while I'm sleeping.
This has been a major milestone for me! It's like someone has switched on a light and I can see clearly why I've been in this yo-yo mess for so long. I am starting to know what a positive experience moderation is.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
I felt great this morning because for the first time in a VERY long time, I pre-planned all my food for the day and logged it into my tracker. All my nutrition ranges are met and it's below my max calorie range. I've thought out breakfast and lunch ideas and saved them into favorite groupings so it'll be easy to log them. Like the saying goes: if you don't know where you're going, you may end up someplace else. Pre-planning is essential and mandatory to success.
My strategy for dealing with cravings is to make a pot of green tea to sip on. If I'm still feeling like I have to eat something, it will be fruit.
I've followed my plan for breakfast so far and made a nutritious smoothie. It fills me up and satisfies my taste buds.
I am determined to be consistent in walking every single day. It, too, is an essential and mandatory factor in weight loss success. I'll start out with 30 minutes of walking per day. Since it's bitter cold and snowy out, I'll do a 2 mile Walk Away the Pounds DVD. Last week I let myself get distracted with other activities and the days slipped away before I was able to do my workout. This week I will make sure I do my workout before 11 am. If I can't do the 30 minutes, I'll at least do a 15 minute 1 mile and commit to doing another 15 minute mile before the end of the day. Who can't squeeze in 15 minutes??
For toning, I plan to do the 15 minute T-Tapp Basic Workout a minimum of 4 days a week. Again, who can't carve out 15 minutes for something so important that will reduce inches?
So...I'm starting out with just 2 simple but major streaks: pre-plan and log meals every single day & walk 30 minutes every single day.
I have my plan, but more important I'm working my plan.
I CAN DO IT!
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