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!!
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!!!
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