Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Today, was an interesting day. I had a half day, and found myself in Ikea. I love eating the salmon dish they serve with hollandaise. Funny thing is now that I am eating less, the tiny fish portion, really was enough. And the rice timbales, made with leek, and broccoli and cheese, I need to make those at home. I brought some of the frozen items, the salmon, and rice timbales of course, and also a salmon lasagna. My DD taking night class, can pack something for her lunch, and then there's dinner made for tomorrow. I don't like a lot of prepackaged food, but Ikea, has a few that I really do.
No walk tonight after getting home late from Ikea. I bought one Christmas gift. They had the BEST drying rack, and we ladies are all known to hang our clothes to dry. So I will hang any fabric, that I don't want the dryer to work havoc on. As in all synthetic fabrics. But one thing I am really thrilled about, is tossing in so many items I had previously only hung to dry. Like yoga pants, socks and jeans. Since I've lost weight, so many things fit better than ever.
I did my fasting blood work on Monday, which I will find the results of on Friday. But that is one more thing I can cross off of my list.
I was trying to get to bed before 10, but that did not happen. I am going to sleep so well tonight. I'm tired!
Tuesday, December 09, 2014
I found this link on JAROL7's Sparkpage, in his opinion, the Best SP Article ever. JAROL7's is 77 years young, and he will be joining the 5% Club in January. His list is in part how I came up with my Accountability List and Blog. Also, from Team CampWannaBeFit's Accountability plan of action to produce results.
I think everyone can find something in this article to help them along I've added the link to the article, as well as posted it here
I am doing some of these things now, and will incorporate the rest of it. I want to be a Club Member.
1…Make It Public. The 5% generally don’t keep their weight loss efforts to themselves. They recruit supporters. They ask for help. They swap war stories with friends. They give and take encouragement. Often a goal buddy is involved, or at least a positive, supportive friend who holds the dieter accountable. Studies show that just by writing down or announcing your goals, you automatically increase your chances of success. Keeping a Community Journal or blog is a non-threatening, productive way to make your goals public.
2…Pay Attention. A permanent, healthy lifestyle is created on purpose. Planning, tracking, reading menus, asking questions, following progress reports—they’re all part of the 5% strategy of knowing what’s going on and preventing setbacks. This crowd doesn’t believe in fooling themselves or relying on chance to make things happen. Usually (if not always) aware of the foods they eat, and on the lookout for opportunities to stay active, they know that good health is no accident. Nutrition Trackers and Fitness Planners play key roles in this strategy.
3…Enjoy Themselves. There’s a reason that a healthy lifestyle sticks around for this small minority. They make weight loss a positive experience and have fun with it. Because they feel good about their goals and their new habits, they also feel good about themselves and what they’ve accomplished. Programs based on negative messages, dread, resignation, or criticism are doomed to disappear. Optimists are proven to reach more goals than pessimists. They also live healthier, longer lives.
4…Make Gradual Changes. The 5% know that permanent change is a process, not a 21-day event. Able to see what waits on the horizon, they spend time building a few small habits at a time, rather than diving into a program that’s totally incompatible with their current lifestyle. Too much too soon is like moving to a new country and expecting to adopt the new culture and language in a week. It works much better if you simply stick around and pick up a few bits and pieces at a time.
5…Allow Themselves To Fail. It’s a guaranteed certainty. Every one of the 5% has failed at some point along their weight loss journey. The difference is that they learned to forgive setbacks and refused to beat themselves up. Every failure is simply one step closer to ultimate success. With this outlook, and using lessons learned along the way, they kept these setbacks from turning into full-fledged disasters.
Not so mysterious, now that you know their secrets, eh? A permanent, healthy lifestyle may be closer than you think!
Good Luck Everyone, on your Journey today, and may we all strive to hit our 5% together
The only edit I have made here, is to change the huh? in the last paragraph to read eh? (Yes, I'm Canadian).
Monday, December 08, 2014
I have to put situational eating behind me for good.
So I have decided to make a decision daily about what I will eat for each meal, and think it through first. Not just let a meal time arrive, and grabbing whatever is fastest. Planning feels better, and meals are more satisfying when you take more time.
Pretty happy to be eating my fruits and veggies, and not only feeling better, but weighing less. I am going to end this year on a good note.
Another thing about deciding, is I tell myself to make a decision, rather than hash things out. Since I am new to being a grandparent, I always want the babe to have a proper nap time. This means I don't get outdoors with the stroller like I did in the warm spring weather. Also because it's an early day, when I watch the baby, so I try to nap with the first nap of the day. Not hit the computer! But it's colder out, and even windy too. So that will curb me getting out.
Now I just tell myself to make a decision. Get up, and go, or stay indoors if the weather is off. But when it is nice, I force myself to get outside!! Also, I can shorten and take a 30 min walk it doesn't need to be 1 hour. I can take my long walk once home for the day. All I know is this weather is warmer than what we'll likely see January to March, so I need to take advantage, since there is no snow or ice on the ground. More importantly, if I want to reach my Goal of being one pound less than my lowest in 2014, I better burn those calories with a good walk daily. If I don't move it, I can't expect to lose it!!
Nike's idea to Just Do It is helping me along.
Saturday, December 06, 2014
12 days since I wrote a blog, but I have accomplished so much. A long Holiday weekend with 5 days off work, yahoo!! One was unexpected, a gift of a snow day! So Wednesday, I was able to cross off my list Cleaning my Bedroom and Study. This week, I felt so much better, having slept in late 2x on my 5 day break. Great Holiday.
1.Nutrition Tracking ~ I am off track, because I am Not Tracking yet!!
2. New Exercise ~ Leg lifts, over the gates we put up for the dogs!
3. Keeping the Spark - visiting pages/blogs intermittently, but now back to daily
4. Organization Task ~ Vac & washed wood floors, cleaned 1st floor bath. Having soffit and facia and gutters replaced. Just the back and one section out front. Workers, had use of the washroom, and it was raining. I only wish they kept the dogs inside the gates, which I put up to prevent accidents. They were all over the house and the gates were moved aside. Go figure? Like they were just a suggestion. I know they were laying on the living room sofa, because the pillows were dented. I place sheets over my chairs and sofa, because we also have a cat, who thinks she should sit on the top of my chairs, and this eliminates cat hair, or her clawing to spring off. When I was first married, I didn't have spare sheets, I used them for curtains. Nor did I have a living room, or a sofa to put in my living room, when I did have a house. At least now, I am able to prevent the animals from taking over this place!!! I
5. Keeping in Touch: Phoned my Father. His new Wife, who is a VERY good woman, (we lost my Mother to a 2nd round of cancer 6.5 years ago. I can finally think of her in terms of love, instead of only pain and loss.) Well, the new Wife, has a newly retired daughter who arrived to their Florida home, and informed she's staying till February. IMAGINE??!! Not only did she not ask, she also brought her small dog. My Father, while he is a gentleman, will not ask her to leave, but he did say, it won't happen again. I told him I won't bring this up again, nor tell my sisters. Poor Dad, we all have this courteous side, that gives "takers" an edge. I told him, imagine if the shoe were on the other foot, and I arrived with DD's dogs, for 4 months, I wonder, how would she feel? They themselves, just arrived 2 weeks ago. Her other daughter and husband,stay 3 weeks with them as soon as she leaves. Who knows, perhaps he will find his voice, and say a month's stay seems long enough. Who knows.
6.Reading Isaih to completion tomorrow.
7. No Planned Meals, after leftovers, take out. Ooops. Off track here.
8. 26 week plan to lose 30 pounds 170 today, 168 midweek, shudda blogged earlier when I was 166.5 on Monday
9. Blogging Daily ~ Day 21 - haven't done this in 12 days, but kept walking, and keeping on track of my Accountability list. Finding Balance. Taking care of health and home, and self. Instead of flying by the seat of my pants. I am actually feeling pretty good, in spite of scale being up, because I feel I am placing all the puzzle pieces together. I feel I have just completed my outer frame, and some inside corners. Now I am filling in the missing pieces.
10. Healthy Check in ~ Fasting blood work in A.M. Setting up Mammogram, and Ultra Sound Mammogram, now that request has been sent to Radiology Lab.
So tomorrow, I begin with healthy eating and tracking. For DH Birthday mid week, he asked for Chinese take out, and then celebrate w kids on wknd. I tend to over order. Accountability means Mindful living and taking stock, and I am only now realizing this as a trigger. I never had this on my trigger list before. Also, I tend to be an impulse shopper. I can find an excuse to say yes. Unless, I can't make a decision, and walk right out of the store, without buying anything, even leaving my cart on the spot!! But my new plan is to avoid shopping, by planning what I need. I really don't need anything these days. So I need to plan what I eat, or shop for in advance. I don't like doing groceries for that matter either, as I go in for one item, and come out with WAY TOOOOOO MUCH FOOD!
I am going to go back to eating, AND TRACKING, like I did last spring, when I had so much success.
Sunday, November 23, 2014
Today was the baby naming ceremony/baptism for our sweet grandchild. First was a visit to a spa like setting, for a complete immersion in Daddy's arms, and then a Ceremony following at the house. We stopped for flowers on the way, just in and out at the grocers. We were shocked to arrive with Ceremony in full swing, and only there for our reading which ended it. I am at the stage in my life, where, I honestly don't worry the person officiating began without us. Why? The Serenity prayer comes to mind. There is nothing I can do about it. I could have got the flowers yesterday, but for the cold temps. They seem to become stunted, and not open, as happened for my birthday flowers, delivered which sat outdoors. (#1. Another life lesson) Things just go on without you, if you're not where you're supposed to be. To be fair to hubby and I, we didn't know the outline of the day, and did not know the ceremony was to be at the house. Or we'd have hightailed it and skipped the flowers. Meanwhile I see the kids often enough, but with a baby around, it's the details we don't even out, in the conversations. I will be taking note of that one too. (So that is lesson #2 Make sure you know the details, and what is expected of you in advance.) Oh well.
It was a very good day, as the other half of the family is so wonderful, we all enjoy each other's company and also there is a tiny cousin, and to see the two babies together, was great fun for everyone.
The day rounded up, before the football game ended, so I was tired, and decided to drive on home, ahead of the rest, who stopped at sports pub, to see the end of the game. I was SO tired, I decided I would put my seat back, in the driveway and rest, even sleep if I could. I was out for a least a 1/2 hour. Sounds silly I know, but it was one thing I was doing on purpose to take care of myself. Once I got in the door, our DD 's dogs were there, and needed a walk, and I knew if I did that first, I would never take a nap. I didn't make it to town, for my usual walk, so the dog walk was a short exercise today. I stayed in the moment, instead of pushing myself to go off and get in more time. If I was tired enough to fall asleep in the car, then I needed to take it easy. I wondered if it was a sugar induced coma, as I really did enjoy the ruggelah, and a big cookie, and a sliver of cake. There were two types. I am NOT ONE for store bought, so if I cannot take the flavour of edible oil frosting, I will not commit to the mouthful of cake, and the napkin is the winner on that one. No one is the wise. I just toss the sliver of cake, if I can't eat it. And I did the same with my plate of food, I really took too much, and just tossed, rather than clean my plate. I saved all of my calories for this luncheon, and only at the one meal. Trust me, no room for any more. I know I went over on calories. So I still need to learn the moderation rule. Which I am planning for Thanksgiving. I should have had a better plan for today. I will be stepping up my walking this week, starting tomorrow which will hit 60 degrees!! Then get back to my better eating plan for good.
It is a lifestyle change, and I am still ending this year at a far better # than I began it.
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