Friday, January 16, 2009
I posted this on my livejournal, myspace, and facebook today!
Since today is the official Show Your Spark Day from sparkpeople.com, I thought I would put in my bit here.
I'll start with the easy part: I lost 50 lbs last year with the help and support of sparkpeople.com and the sparkpeople community.
Now, I made my own commitment to lose weight for mostly health-related reasons, but it would not have been nearly as easy if not for spark. I was able to track all my food and plan ahead to be sure I would be eating healthy. I also tracked my exercise. However, these are great features, but not really the important part of the site.
The important part is the people who are going through the same struggles, challenges, and rewards as you. Everyone there wants to improve their life, and we all work together to manage. Most people who are dieting are surrounded by lots of other people who are NOT dieting, or even living healthy lifestyles. Therefore, a community to support you is extremely important. They are there to remind you not to have cookies at the meeting tomorrow, to congratulate you on eating only 3 bites of dessert, and when you do totally mess up, they are there to tell you dust off and get back on the horse tomorrow!
My favorite times are when we challenge each other to do the right things, and then are accountable to each other if you don't make it. When I'm not accountable, I can easily shrug things off, but when someone is there asking if I met my goals, I'm much more careful!
For anyone out there who wants to get more healthy (not necessarily skinny, just healthy) in any way that involves food and exercise, give sparkpeople.com a try! And as a personal "pay it forward", anyone who wants one-on-one help with their plans, I'm here and willing to share what I've learned!
Thursday, January 15, 2009
How does a person go about making positive change in their life without making others feel bad about having difficulty doing that themselves? Ack.
In other news, I was super, incredibly fatigued today, and my old method of dealing with that in the middle of the work day was to grab something with quick sugars of some sort, but no can do this month. Actually, I didn't even really want chocolate or sugar, I just wanted raisins. Unfortunately, I didn't have any, so I had to buy some. Then I also bought an Odwalla super protein fruit drink and mixed nuts. Far too many calories, but stayed within my goals of no sugar, gluten, or dairy. I feel better now that I left work of course. I think the protein/fat combo helped. I should really get more protein/fat into my lunches, I always forget about that.
That's enough for now.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
I did something awesome with my snack tonight. I had frozen berries (thawed) and plain, fat-free yogurt. I realized that my snack could use a bit more protein and some serious fats, so I somewhat crushed up some almonds and walnuts, and mixed them into my berries and yogurt, yum!!
In other food eating news, I had eggs with tomato and onion and chicken sausages for breakfast. I had tuna sushi, baked falafel and dilled yogurt, and banana and peanut butter for lunch. I made shepherd's pie for dinner, with ground turkey, and lots of veggies. Food is still going well, I don't even miss most of it. I feel a mild nostalgia for things like IHOP pancakes when I see the commercial, but not nearly the strong cravings I used to get before getting off all these things.
In terms of life, it is good, normal-like. Although, work is a little ehh, because since I'm going to a meeting (in Princeton) next week, I don't want to start anything yet. I do have a few things to wrap up and a machine to get working, but overall I'm not super-busy at work, which can give me time to get tired while I'm there.
It is cold here, very cold, below 0F wind chills. It could be worse, but it isn't really fun. Fortunately, I can time the buses well enough that I don't have to be out much.
Today's word is audacious, which means bold or originally creative.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Since only one person responded to my title quandary, they win! I will be using lines from the current chapter of whatever book I am reading. Right now that book is Wizard's First Rule by Terry Goodkind. It just started it today. It is over 800 pages long, so it will likely be my titles for a while, enjoy!
I'm officially tired of tracking all my food for a while, so I am taking a break. I have a pretty good idea of what I need to eat to stay on track, and since I am avoiding sugar and dairy, I'm unlikely to hit really high calorie options anyway. I'll probably still track dinner to make sure Bill is in his range. I won't be tracking all my life, so it good to get some non-tracking practice.
My eating had been going well, I've been sticking to my goals. Last night I made a pretty yummy chickpea stew that I found on 5dollardinners.com, I think tonight is Cobb salad. My exercise is also going well, I do lots of it, ouch! Although tonight is my Mayhem night, always exciting!
I am going to Princeton for a meeting next week (hint hint to anyone in the area who might want to meet up!). Maribeth is coming to visit the day before I go. So, life is actually a little bit exciting right now. I've also decided to get moving on my improve my vocabulary goal by having Webster send me a new word every day. Today's word is epoch, which describes a particular period in history that had distinctive characteristics. I did that mostly from memory. Yesterday's word was impresario. Yay, new words!
Sunday, January 11, 2009
I need a new system of titles, because I can't think of them, and a system would make my life easier, suggestions??
Other than that, today was interesting. I got up at 7am, because it snowed overnight, and I was meant to be at church by 8:15 for choir practice, and figured I may want to leave by 7:30. I got a call at 7:10 saying that choir was cancelled. I planned next to leave at 8:30 to get there by 9 to practice the piano piece I was playing for the service at 10. Then, at 7:45 I got a call that said the service was cancelled. Then, I finished breakfast, watching ER, and went back to bed. I woke up again at 10:10, and got up, waited to go shopping until 11 because the Target pharmacy didn't open until then, and the parking lot got plowed just before I left.
Next, I did a whirlwind shopping trip at Target, Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, CVS, Big Y, and Stop and Shop looking for good deals and stuff I needed. I spent too much, but I did save some with my coupons! CVS was my favorite, I bought two tubes of toothpaste (BOGO) for $2.99 and two toothbrushes (BOGO) for $1.99 and had a coupon for each for $1, so I spent $2.98, then I got extra bucks on my receipt for $2.50!! So, two toothbrushes and two tubes of toothpaste essentially cost $0.48. I also got 4 of Bill's light progresso soups for about $1.05 each (in the grocery store they are usually $2.29) between buying at Target and using a $2 on 4 cans coupon.
Tonight I made an enchilada casserole, and discovered that fake sour cream and fake cheese taste better mushed up with pork, salsa, and jalapenos. However, the first thing I am putting back in my diet post-Jan elimination is sour cream!
I did my workout tonight, so I am good for workouts this week, yay! Gotta keep filling in my goals, make my spreadsheet colorful!
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