Monday, May 05, 2008
So here I even went to the lengths of posting an unflattering before photo for the Swimsuit Bootcamp. Even though I knew I'd be gone for a week during it, I'll have access to a computer some days.
But I woke up this morning feeling totally lousy. I've had about 3 glasses of water & 1 cup of tea so far today . . . and that's it. I can't even face the thought of food.
Worst of all is I still have so much to do before I leave . . . pack, print out addresses for pet sitter/dog boarder, finish getting food ready for the dogs & cats. These things must be done, and all I want to do is lay on the couch -- or better yet in bed -- all day & sleep.
Thank God my husband is home. He took the dogs out this morning & even took them on a short walk before he left. It's a rainy day, so that was really important for them (they hate the rain, but they'll usually do their business on a walk). But he leaves again tomorrow.
I probably wouldn't even have turned my computer on if I didn't need to do some of my vacation prep on it.
Well, hopefully I'll feel better soon.
"We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee."
– Marian Wright Edelman
Sunday, May 04, 2008
Well, maybe not ugly. So I joined the Swimsuit Bootcamp team, teams.sparkpeople.com/Bootcamp , where you'll be given challenges each day & the chance to win prizes; there's a $1000 grand prize.
And part of today's challenge (it's the first day; plenty of time to jump on in) was to post a "before" photo of yourself in your blog.
What can I say? I look at this photo, and know I've already lost weight, and still just wonder who this person is and how she got that way. These are one of my skinny jeans, btw. They're beginning to fit again, although a little tight.
They also suggest you post your measurements. Which haven't seemed to change for me, despite the fact that my pants are much, much looser.
It's very odd, I know my clothes are fitting better (photo nonwithstanding). Yet the measurements aren't budging.
So the good is my skinny jeans fit better. The bad is I still don't like what I see from a camera. Weird, because I'm usually okay when I look in a mirror, but then when I see photos of myself . . . I am not happy. And I haven't lost more inches.
The ugly is . . . well, we won't go there.
Saturday, May 03, 2008
Not too long ago, I came across a thread on the message boards. Someone was going to the ball park, and she wanted to have nachos. She'd looked up the nutritional info, and 2 servings were about 600 - 700 calories. She'd only eaten about 400 calories that day. She wanted to know if that was a good plan.
To my shock, everyone said yes. That you've got to indulge sometimes.
I do agree; it's okay to indulge sometimes, but I suggested she eat a healthy snack before going, and then only have 1 serving. I don't know what the poster ended up doing. But if she stuck to her original plan, that isn't a lifestyle change; it's a slippery slope.
It's unhealthy to eat so little during the day (only 400 calories). That sets you up for eating way more than 2 servings of nachos because by the time you get to the nachos, you're probably starving. And I'm betting she didn't get in her veggies & fruits, at least not all of them.
The key to indulgences, at least to my mind, is to make sure it's in moderation (and 2 servings of a fatty, sodium laden food is not moderation, to my mind), and to make it a part of a normal day of eating.
It's okay to save up some calories over a few days if you're going to go to party or out to eat and you know you'll be eating more than normal. But starve yourself so you can eat something that's fattening? That's the sort of behavior that gets most of us in this sort of position in the first place.
What would your advice have been? Do you think it would be different now?
Friday, May 02, 2008
Don't want to count calories? How about counting bites? And you only have to count to 3!
So here's the deal: at each meal, try to leave just 3 bites over. Just a little bit. You'll be amazed at how a little can add up to a lot.
I tried this the other day. I wanted a dessert, and even though it would put me over my calories for the day, I decided to have it. It was a very conscious decision.
First, I tried drinking a glass of water to see if I was thirsty rather than hungry. Nope, I was hungry. And I wasn't hungry for something healthy; I wanted chocolate.
Next, I journaled about it.
And finally I had my one piece of chocolate pie (pie I made, and it's been here for a couple of weeks already, so it hasn't been a problem). But I left that last little bit on the plate.
I'll admit it: it wasn't easy. But I did it, and I'm glad that I did. You can do it, too.
A few quotes to inspire:
"It's not what you are, but what you don't become that hurts," Oscar Levant
"Great minds have purposes; little minds have wishes," Washington Irving.
I particularly like the Washington Irving quote. How true is that. We can wish ourself thin all we want, but if we don't do something about it, change something, it won't happen.
Thursday, May 01, 2008
Got your attention, didn't I? Well, I do have a dirty little secret: it's my pantry. Or rather my whole house now, but it started with the pantry.
I must have bought some flour or something at some point that had bugs in it. I'm not sure what these bugs are; not weevils. They're small, they're black; maybe about the size of an ant, altho a bit wider. And they multiply like rabbits.
Now, when I did notice them, I didn't do the obvious: clean out my pantry. Take everything out, throw out what was infested, clean it all up, and put everything back. I would vacuum up the ones I could find, kill the ones I caught, but pretty much just left it up to nature.
Only nature laughed at me. I played the victim, too, oh woe is me, I can't bring in someone, because anything they'd spray would be toxic to the animals.
They have slowly spread to our entire home. You probably wouldn't even notice them if you came (although you might), unless you took a good look in my pantry.
And this is why I have some boxes of food on my counters; I can't put them in my pantry, because they'd just get infested.
I have been on a big decluttering kick, though. We might move at some point. This seems to change daily, but it's still a probability. I have 14 years of clutter to wade through.
So I have been going through everything, and the last few weeks, I've been concentrating on my kitchen. I've cleared out some cabinets (and put in some non-toxic diatamaceous earth that might kill the bugs, but not the animals).
And you know what? There seems to be a tad less bugs. Although for some odd reason they're now taking over our bathroom. I can't figure that one out; there's no food in there!
And now I am going through my pantry. Throwing away stuff that has been in there literally years. Finding stuff I didn't even know I had. Slowly, a little bit at a time.
Anyone notice a parallel with weight loss? I knew I was gaining weight. I even tried to do something about it a few times, but it just didn't seem to work anymore, and so I played the victim. I had a million reasons I just couldn't lose weight. But the joke's on me, because I have managed to lose some weight in the last few months. Obviously, it can be done.
But it needs to be done a little at a time. Small steps. If you try to make huge changes in your habits, you get overwhelmed and you give up. But if you just change one small thing at a time, before you know it, your jeans fit.
Just like someday, hopefully, I'll have a bug-free pantry. And house. Well, except for the spiders, ants, and lizards, but I do live in Texas, after all. Bet you want to run right over here & eat now, don't cha?
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