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!!!
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!!
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