Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Is there really a difference?
I ran out of my normal whole wheat, no sugar bread (you know, the kind with seeds and screaming healthy). It happened yesterday. Normally I’ll bring some in and have peanut butter toast for breakfast, delicious! Well, this morning, I realized I had none left. So, my DH doesn’t like my bread, and buys white bread (whatever is on sale) for his sandwiches. I’m not going to argue the unhealthy point with him…it is what it is. Well, it’s been a long time since I’ve had white bread, now accustomed to picking seeds out of my teeth while eating my morning toast. But, I thought to myself, the white bread can’t be THAT much different, right. I don’t remember really, but it CAN’T be.
Ok, this blog is a reminder for me for the future…YES IT IS!! Oh, I went to eat my peanut butter toast on white bread and felt like I had eaten goo…it was not good at all! And since it was what I had brought for breakfast, it was all or nothing…well, Fear Factor has nothing on me now…I stomached some goo bread this morning. I can’t believe how much my taste buds have changed (and how gooey nasty white bread is – WHERE ARE MY SEEDS??)!
Well, I guess I’m hitting the store on my way home today…no more goo bread for me, thank you!
Wednesday, November 09, 2011
I saw this quote today, and I really was affected by it, so I have to share...then I'll explain myself.
"I have learned to just stop and go with the flow. Enjoy life. Because if you worry and speed through it, you will miss the best part: living."...Anonymous
Now for why it really affects me. Most times we see quotes that say "go for it", "give it your all", etc. Well, I am a Type A personality person, and sometimes obsess with things, including my weight loss/eating healthy journey. Since I found this site, I have learned to eat better and take better care of myself. I exercise regularly and drink lots of water...I'm heading in the right direction...I know this.
The problem is that I stress over it, as well as other things in my life, too much! I take on too much on my own, when I should be asking for help. If I go fast enough, strong enough, for long enough, I'll be able to get everything done, and be happy with myself.
Well, we all know that is NOT really going to happen.
In all actuality, I am [was] stressed, crying, angry, miserable, and NOT losing weight. Well, in July I found out I was pregnant, and all of my CONTROL had to be LET GO. My stress level has declined, because it had to...my baby's life and well-being were now in my hands. I have seen positive changes in my body since being pregnant, but in the right places. I have learned to stress less, yell less, and smile more. I am learning (it is a process, believe me), to ask for help.
I am learning to slow down, go with the flow, and enjoy more. It is a process, and it does take time to change (and let go of all the control), but I'm seeing positive from it. Yes, I still have my "moments", but it is getting better. I realized I don't want to get old, look back and see an angry person...I want to be happy with what I see.
Thursday, October 06, 2011
Ok, so I hope some of you have gotten these (if not, then I guess I need to re-address my resume). I really just had to share because I thought this was quite funny; my husband agreed. Anyway, a while ago I applied for several jobs, and am quite used to getting the "form letter rejection" e-mail. You know, 'thanks for applying, we chose someone with a closer fit; please feel free to check the website for updated opportunities; yadda yadda yadda'. Ok, well, I applied for a job a few months ago (I totally forgot I even applied for it), and today I received the rejection form letter e-mail...only they didn't even take the time to change the name...so I received this form letter rejection addressed to Annette (my name is Jennifer). I just had to laugh about it...I mean, I know it's a form letter that they send out to everyone, but come on, at least when you are rejecting someone have the common courtesy to put the right name at the top, ya know.
(oh, and luckily, I have a job now that I do enjoy, so sorry for Annette, who may never know she was turned down for the job - haha).
Monday, September 26, 2011
Your Quit Date is: Thursday, March 26, 2009 at 9:30:00 PM
Test Time Smoke-Free: 913 days, 7 hours, 31 minutes and 40 seconds
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 18266
Lifetime Saved: 4 months, 19 days, 12 hours
Money Saved: $3,199.00
Well, I received another "quit" anniversary e-mail...every time I do I think about different aspects of me quitting smoking, and how things have changed since then. I noticed today that it says "Lifetime Saved: 4 months, 19 days, 12 hours", but I think that is low. Here is my reasoning. When I smoked, I used to drink heavy amounts of Dr. Pepper (we are talking at least a six pack a day, if not more). I did this to help mask the cigarette taste...really...water was too bland; it didn't hide the cigarette taste. So to start my day, I would grab a soda and light up. Yummy, what a great breakfast (oh yea, that was my breakfast - I might add in a bag of Lays potato chips for substance...really).
So, how did quitting add more than 4 months, 19 days, and 12 hours back into my life? Well, I'll tell you...I don't drink much soda anymore. I actually didn't drink any at all until I got pregnant, and a little carbonation helps with my morning sickness. So for over a year, no soda at all. And breakfast, well I realized that this IS the most important meal of the day, and I don't go a day without eating something for breakfast (this morning, a egg and sausage burrito my husband made for us yesterday for breakfast; I'm having the leftovers). I didn't drink anything but a cup of coffee and then water for almost two years, and now, it's only a sip or two of soda when I feel queasy.
Oh, did I mention the working out part...before I quit, I did the working out routine...you know the one. I'm going to start Monday...woohoo...worked out Monday. Ooohh, they say you should start slow, so I should skip Tuesday, right. Yuck, working late Wednesday, I'll work out tomorrow. Wow, I haven't worked out since Monday; I'll just start fresh next week, on Monday. Since quitting, I can catch my breath so much better, and have made exercise a part of my life. There is no "starting on Monday". It's starting NOW!! And, I know I can push myself a little further than when I smoked because I can fill my lungs with clean air.
So, yes, I probably did add 4 months 19 days and 12 hours onto my life, but with the other changes that just came along after quitting, I'll bet that number is a little higher!
Friday, September 23, 2011
This was in my Sparkpeople e-mail today, and I really think it is worth blogging about, especially when incorporating a new healthy lifestyle. There are so many diet fads out there; meal plans, diet pills, shots, weight loss groups…but really, what are they really doing? The meal plans may be healthy options to an extent, giving you the servings of protein and veggies you need…you can get the same from planning your own meals, without the extra “joining fees” or whatever they are charging now (and nothing processed!!). Diet pills and shots, really? Something that speeds up my heart or helps me lose weight quickly cannot be healthy in any way. Yes, I may lose weight if I take this pill or get this doctor to administer shots, but where is the health benefit in that. I am still not getting the right amount of nutrients, am not working out, and not changing the bad habits that got me here (which our bodies are meant to move, if you didn’t know already), and eventually, I’ll either get sick from the crap I’m putting in my body, or have to stop taking them, and guess what, here comes the weight gain. The bad habits were never stopped. Lastly, groups (which I will keep them nameless). Although many people swear that group sessions (that you have to pay for) are great for weight loss success, the issue here is “you have to pay for them”. Hello……Sparkpeople….hello…..group!!! And I know for a fact that there are local Sparkpeople groups just about everywhere, so why, tell me, are people paying for group support when they can get it for free here on Sparkpeople, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. No rushing after work to get to their meeting; it’s here!
So, the Healthy Reflection brought me here. There is no quick way to lose weight or be healthier. I don’t want to say it is easy; but then again, it isn’t hard. It’s choices. And there isn’t a shortcut-no pills, meals, shots…nope, it’s just proper planning and making different choices. I always remember…I didn’t put this weight on overnight; do I expect to lose it overnight??
Have a wonderful Sparkpeople day everyone! Thanks for reading!
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