Sunday, January 10, 2010
I have been debating for the last few days, maybe a week about doing the Medifast plan. My friend was telling me that she was thinking about doing it and that she was going to meet with a health coach to discuss the plan. I decided to go with her. The promise of quick weight loss is so enticing. But can I stick to it? I have done weight watchers...which has always worked for me....but I need to be able to go to meeting and there is none where I am at now. I have tried Atkins but did not stick to it. I have done Lindora. I actually worked for them. It worked but again it was harder to stick to. I only had a few pounds to lose when I started with them....and I lost the weight...but again they are in the states and I am here in Japan. I have bought every diet book and a lot of fitness videos. I just can't seems to find the right thing for me while I am here in Japan.
I have gained 30 pounds since being here. There is no weight watchers, there is no Lindora. The two plans that have worked for me in the past. Sparkpeople is wonderful but I either am always on here (taking to much time) or not on here at all. I need to find a happy medium and stick with it. I need to find the right team, the right friends, the right diet or should I say lifestyle change.
I feel like a failure because I can not find the right place for me. I can not stick to what I am doing. I spend so much money on fitness magazines and books but I do not use the knowledge that I learn in them.
Why is this? what is holding me back? I think about weight loss, my weight, and fitness every singles day....I would even venture to say that 99% of the time that is what is on my mind and consumes my thoughts. If it is that important to me and I think about it so much....why am I unable to stick to something that will work for me?
As much as I am thinking about medifast i think I am going to pass on it....for now. I can not say forever. I would really like to do it the more natural way. eating food, the right food, and exercising.
I got a few new books in the mail the other day and I was looking over the new addition of the clean eating diet. I think I am going to try cooler plan number one. It says it is hard and there is little wiggle room and is not for everyone but it does not look that bad to me. There are some things that I am unable to get over here in Japan but I will just substitute them with something else that is allowed.
Wish me luck. Going to get the things I need tonight after work and start preparing to eat healthy tomorrow.
Have you tried the cooler plan....let me know how it was for you!
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Butterfyemerge had this on her blog and I just wanted to remember it so i am reposting it here.......
A carrot, an egg, and a cup of coffee...You will never look at a cup of coffee the same way again.
A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling.... It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one arose.
Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to boil. In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans... She let them sit and boil; without saying a word.
In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl.... Turning to her daughter, she asked, ' Tell me what you see.'
'Carrots, eggs, and coffee,' she replied.
Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. The mother then asked the daughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard boiled egg.
Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee.. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma. The daughter then asked, 'What does it mean, mother?'
Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity: boiling water. Each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened.. The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.
'Which are you?' she asked her daughter. 'When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?
Think of this: Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength?
Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart?
Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you. When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest do you elevate yourself to another level? How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?
May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human and enough hope to make you happy.
The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way...
The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past; you can't go forward in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches.
When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling.. Live your life so at the end, you're the one who is smiling and everyone around you is crying.
You might want to send this message to those people who mean something to you (I JUST DID); to those who have touched your life in one way or another; to those who make you smile when you really need it; to those who make you see the brighter side of things when you are really down; to those whose friendship you appreciate; to those who are so meaningful in your life.
May we all be COFFEE.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Someone left a congratulations comment on my sparkpage about it being my 2nd anniversary! I was not even aware! WOW! It really has been that long?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
I have NOT been an active participant for the whole time and to think it was 2 years ago that I first logged into sparkpeople is sad for me! TWO YEARS wasted! To think if I got my stuff together and did what sparkpeople told me to, 2 years ago, I would be enjoying my new body right now! I would be strong and lean. I can not say for sure but....I bet I would not have dealt with Mono for so long. The reason I say that is because if I had been doing what I should have been doing I would be eating healthy and getting in all the vitamins and minerals I should be getting in. I would be less stressed since a lot of my stress is due to my weight and I would be exercise which always seems to help with the stress. So vitamins, minerals, exercise and less stress equals a stronger immune system which probably means I would have been able to fight off the mono easier. So know all that and writing it here and thinking about it all has made me think....
I have been making so many excuses as to why I can't do it, why I am failing, why I have no motivation, why I am sabotaging myself, and so on. Yes there is no weight watchers here and yes it is harder since produce is more expensive and I can not get some of the ingredients that I would like to have here. I can not get fresh chicken..only frozen. I have no Trader Joes or Whole Foods. Yes it sucks but it does not mean I can do with what I have and make it work. No I do not have a gym that has child care but I do have time before and after work that I can work out. And my husband is actually here and not deployed and he can help me with child care. I have a 14 year old son that can stay with the two younger kids. If I really wanted it I could be doing it! And not someday but TODAY!
SOMEDAY is NOT a day of the week.....So as I wrote in my community journal I am going to stop saying SOMEDAY....and Start it now, today!
My SparkPeople New Years resolution is to use the resources that sparkpeople has given to me! I am going to do it this year. This is the year! I have to! I want to! I AM GOING TO!
and for those of you that are reading this.....If you want to keep me accountable please do so! Please get on me when i do not log my food or exercise. Keep me accountable and remind me about this resolution that I have made with myself and sparkpeople!
Thanks for reading....more to come!
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