Saturday, March 02, 2013
Sometimes I blog, sometimes I don't! It isn't something I like to do all that much, which is why I only do it every few months or so. However, for the 5% Winter Challenge, it is important that I choose something to work on changing or improving in my journey to better health.
I've been somewhat successful over that last nearly 2 years at taking off some of the pounds that need shedding, but I get sidetracked along the way. For me, consitency is a huge issue...I can go along quite well for a few weeks or even months, but somehow it comes to a screeching halt and I'll go for many more weeks and months with no progress. I know that a lot of the issue has to do with maintaining consistency and my evening eating--I hesitate to call it snacking, as it usualy turns into outright eating as opposed to a little snack and before I know it, I'm well over my daily limit of calories.
Stay tuned for the next chapter!
Thursday, December 20, 2012
I have been on this path to better health and weight loss for a long time now. I know what works and I know how to make it all work for me…good and healthy food choices; weighing, measuring and tracking; exercise that helps develop muscle strength and gets my heart pumping; and, planning ahead for meals and unexpected events. There are lots of other little tricks I’ve learned along the way, too, including controlling evening eating by closing the kitchen and getting out of there, and not buying snacks and treats or bringing them into the house. These things are all good techniques and as I said, they really do work for me…when I put them into practice.
However, there seems to be this other side of me that I just can’t reconcile or plan around. I don’t know exactly what to call it except what it seems to be: an addiction to everything that is all wrong for me!! Earlier this week, we took a little sight-seeing trip with another couple. We had a great time exploring SE Arizona. Lots of things to see and do, and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We always had the breakfast at the motel (and I had no trouble making healthy choices for breakfast) and then ate out for the other two meals. I took along fresh fruit and plenty of water to drink.
Here’s the sad part…at every point where I had an opportunity to make good or at least decent choices…I did not! When I could have had a fresh salad, I chose a chicken and cheese quesadilla. In the evening, we ate at Wendy’s and I had a small sandwich and shared some fries with Richard, but then bought a frosty. I had chocolate covered pecans that we bought at the pecan farm. The next day I chose broccoli, potato and cheese soup for lunch and then added chocolate cream pie at the last minute. I won’t bore you with the rest of the list, as it does go on. On the way home yesterday, we stopped at a Costco to pick up a few things we needed and then added some snacks to the cart “just in case we have friends stop by” or if we decide to go to happy hour and bring something along, as most people do.
What on earth is wrong with me? I know I can’t do things this way and not pay the price! I know I can’t have junk in the house or inevitably I am seeking it for a treat and then the cycle begins…hand to mouth over and over again. One bite and I'm sunk!! Somehow and some way I must learn how to live with these challenges! Isn’t that what we hear over and over again here on SP: that whatever you choose to do, you need to figure out a way to make it work for the rest of your life! So how, then, if I can’t even make it through the challenges of weight loss, do I expect to be able to do it for the rest of my life??? When I get to goal weight, I know I won’t be able to magically handle (pun intended) snacky type junk food—certainly not if I can’t do it now.
This blog is long and I haven’t written one for a while, I guess because I’m disappointed and concerned (and no, I am NOT beating myself up, but rather, I’m trying to analyze what it is that goes wrong for me). I’m hoping someone will have some ideas for me. Is it a lack of commitment? It just seems as though every time I get outside my comfort zone of home and my planned meals, I totally fall into this deep hole that I have to try to climb out of…again! What do you think? Surely, I’m not the only person who has experienced this…or am I? I'd surely love to hear from you if you have met this monster head on and whipped him!!!
Sunday, October 07, 2012
Just curious about something...we went grocery shopping yesterday, which happens about once a week at this house. I always tell Richard to get the smallest bananas he can find (not those itty bitty 2-3 inch kind, but small). Then I got to thinking about measuring bananas and I wonder how you all measure them? I usually "eyeball" them and decide if it looks like a small vs. a medium vs. a large, but when bananas are tracked, it is according to inches. So, for example, an extra small banana is less than 6 inches.
But, where do you measure them and how? With a flexible tape measure along the outside bigger curve? Along the inside smaller curve? From the top to the bottom in a straight line? And, does anyone care? Maybe I'm the only one who eats them! LOL!!
Just curious about how you do it! I never noticed until today that there is an entry on the tracker for grams of banana. Maybe I'll weigh one and see how much it weighs just for kicks!
Have a great week, SparkFriends, with or without bananas!
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Some of you will remember that I recently blogged about my slogging (well, that rhymes, too—LOL). This was a new form of exercise for me started because I’m easily bored and need to find something new to do fairly frequently. Well…I tried jogging, only it was verrry slooow and resembled a stumbling bumble more than anything else. I kind of liked it and even signed up for the SP 5K Beginning Runners challenge. It was great the first couple weeks. My Team and I decided “slogging” was an appropriate term.
The down side of all this is that I’ve had both hips replaced several years ago and one of the contraindications for activity after is no running. I justified what I was doing by saying that I was now carrying around 25% less of me and I wasn’t really running…just sort of slogging along. However, after asking the orthopedist again and doing plenty of reading, I have decided to hang up my slogging shoes. I wasn’t having and pain or other issues, but the bottom line is that this kind of activity could very well lead to more rapid deterioration of the joints and a need for another replacement earlier than the typical lifespan of 15 to 20 years. Obviously, I don’t want to put myself in that group any sooner than necessary, so…
I slog no more! I am trying something else, though. The interval type training of the SP 5K Beginning Runner’s challenge was great and I plan to incorporate that into my walking routine. I will do my usual walking and insert minutes of much more rapid walking followed by my normal pace. In fact, I did it this morning and found that I covered the same amount of ground in the same time as when I was slogging, and I could feel the extra energy it was taking to accomplish this. I’ve decided that common sense must prevail. Obviously, we all make our own decisions for what is right for us, but this is what I’m choosing to do for now. I’m going to be looking for other ideas for exercise, though—I don’t want to lose what muscle mass I do have!!
Friday, September 07, 2012
This afternoon I went grocery shopping. That's not unusual, I know, but we're getting company Sunday evening. DH's cousins (2 couples) are coming from Kansas City and will be staying until Tuesday morning. I can't even remember all the things I bought that I haven't had in my grocery cart for such a long time: ice cream, crackers, summer sausage, chips and dip, a lot of cheese, etc. I also bought plenty of fresh fruit and veggies, but the problem isn't over-eating those things...it's all the other stuff I know is in the cupboard, fridge and freezer!
Right now at this very moment it doesn't seem to be a big issue, but by tomorrow I'll be thinking about those blasted crackers and chips and dips. I expect I'll be busy enough for at least part of the day to not get into trouble with them, but as the day winds down...hmm...that might be another story.
This is a test, SparkFriends! We will see what I'm made of, as my plan has always been to not bring it into the house in the first place. If it's not here, I can't eat it. I do have to feed these people yummy stuff, though...they're awfully nice! So, I'll do my best and make sure that I don't get overly hungry, stay on my plan as much as possible and just enjoy their company! I've come too far to give in or give up at this point!!!
Note to self: Suck it up, Jeannie, and just deal with it! Nobody ever told you it would be easy.
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