Wednesday, March 06, 2013
For some reason, today's topic really tickles my funny bone! Where can I improve? What do I need to work on? Well...duh...just about everything! I know the topic is supposed to be a continuation of the plan I laid out earlier this week, and I'll get to that in a second, but don't you think that's a loaded question? Just my quirky sense of humor, I guess.
Well, to be serious...I have made great plans, I have put it all out there for everyone to see and I'm working it. I'm doing okay--not terrific, not spectacular, not great. But definitely okay...I know what I need to do and I know how to do it. I will continue to pay attention to all the things I've laid out. I will work to improve my consistency over the long haul--I am planning ways to keep my eating healthy during our upcoming travel (beginning the 13th and lasting until the 22nd). I also have plans for getting the exercise during that time. Now all I have to do is follow through with it all. That's probably where I will need to make the most improvements!
By the way, thank you all so much for your continued comments on these blogs. Since I've been having internet access problems and probably will for several more weeks, my time is limited and I am not responding to you all as I'd like. Please know that I read all your comments and appreciate each and every one of them. Who knows...maybe I'll get to liking this blogging so much that I'll do it more often!
Tuesday, March 05, 2013
Today our assignment for the 5% challenge is to provide a progress report on our daily challenges and habit building. This should be short: my progress is okay...not great, not horrible! I'm feeling somewhat positive about the fact that I'm not eating myself out of house and home in the evenings.
I've had microwave popcorn two evenings, which is not one of my trigger foods, so I'm okay with that. Haven't had anything else that would get me into trouble. My days have been satisfactory, although a stop at the DQ this afternoon put me over the top on calories for today. The thing I'm feeling most positive about at this point is that I'm not discouraged and I'm not in a "so what" kind of mood. I have had good meals with plenty of freggies and protein. I feel healthy and will keep moving forward. My mind set is now such that I don't care how long this journey takes--I'm in it for the long haul anyway and my arrival date has never been guaranteed (although, truth be told...a birthday that starts with a 7 and ends in a 0 is in November and I'd sure like to be at my happy weight by then)!!!
I hope all of my teammates and SparkFriends are having a great week and that you are moving forward, too! Sending you all lots of positive energy, healthy vibes, and harmony in your daily lives!
Monday, March 04, 2013
Wow...tough one for me! I like to encourage others. I love being a co-leader on a team of awesomely supportive and helpful teammates. We encourage one another and are concerned for our welfare and progress. But, encourage myself?
Here is what I'll work on:
1. I will keep Sparking. It is my lifeline to paying attention and being accountable to myself (tracking, chatting, challenges, etc.)
2. I will reach out for help when I am down instead of waiting until I've dug a real hole for myself.
3. I will remember that no matter how long it takes me, I am working on making positive changes in my life. There is more to this journey than just taking off pounds.
4. I will work on my gratefulness...grateful for friendships, a supportive and loving husband, and too many other things to list here.
5. I will remember that no matter what has happened in the past, only good things lie ahead for me!
6. I will have fun on this journey!!!!
Sunday, March 03, 2013
Thanks, everyone, for your comments on my first blog. Several of you mentioned being interested in the next chapter. Truthfully, I am, too! LOL! As I understand our assignment for the 5% challenge, I'm to describe how I will develop my new habits and manage my ongoing challenges of problems with consistency and night time eating (my identified problem areas). Hopefully, by the time I'm finished writing here, I'll have a workable plan in place.
I've had a big problem with maintaining consistency in my healthy behaviors. "On" on day...off the next! Have you ever looked up the definition of consistency? According to one dictionary, it is the "harmony of conduct or practice..." Isn't that interesting? Thinking about my consistency (or lack of) as being in harmony (or not) is an interesting concept and one I need to consider.
My plan for managing inconsistency...or in other terms, maintaining harmony...will include the following:
1. Planning my meals, grocery lists and eating out. I will not let unplanned restaurant meals be an excuse for making poor choices. I will follow through on my plans by becoming familiar with the lighter and healthier restaurant choices and sticking with them.
2. I will plan for our upcoming travel by having appropriate food with us and will maintain some level of exercise.
3. When I get frustrated or tired or discouraged, I will turn to SP and to my friends here for support.
4. I will continue to look for ideas for managing those times when I begin my mindless munching...no amount of planned snacks or eating typically helps at that point. THIS IS WHERE I NEED IDEAS FROM ALL OF YOU.
With regard to night time eating/grazing/snacking/stuffing/gorging/w
hatever you want to call it, my plan is to:
1. Keep trigger foods out of the house (already out, but a few sometimes find their way back).
2. Popcorn seems to be the only "snack" that I can manage and I will keep 100 cal. bags of microwave popcorn on hand.
3. Close the kitchen after dinner dishes are finished and the kitchen is cleaned. I do not NEED food in the evening. I will NOT starve between dinner and breakfast! LOL! (I have no medical reasons to have evening food or snacks.)
4. Remove myself from the kitchen and find other things to occupy my time: reading, Sparking, watching the occasional TV program, possibly exercising, although I like to do it earlier in the day.
5. Maintain a reasonable schedule during the day, as it seems to set me up for a better evening.
6. Avoid high fat/high sugar carbs and snacks early in the day...also seem to set me up for more.
Any other ideas? I'm open to suggestions from everyone, please. Thanks so much for sharing your ideas with me. It's so much easier to have friends traveling with us when we're on a long journey like this one!! Have a wonderful week!!
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