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?
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
I've come to a decision on what to do about weighing myself on my upcoming trip. It's not exactly a vacation, but sort-of (long story).
I won't weigh myself at my mom's. That scale has probably been gathering dust for the last two decades.
However, we are going to a hotel for my husband's conference, just for a couple of days. And it turns out this hotel has a spa (I just love spas). So I'm pretty sure somewhere there is a scale, and one that's probably calibrated on a fairly regular basis. I'll weigh myself there. And maybe start going to the occasional WW meeting when I get back.
This spa also has nutritional consultations, and a chef for a half a day class . . . it's a pity we're only there a couple of days! Oh, and they have an indoor pool, and classes (don't know how often). But they have things like water aerobics, which I love & haven't done in ages since I no longer belong to gym, and t'ai chi, which I've always wanted to try. I'm really hoping I get the time to try some of that! But I'm also meeting with an online friend, who lives about half an hour away, one day (and hoping maybe I can convince her she needs a spa day).
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
If there's one thing my dogs try to teach me, it's to stop and smell the roses. And the weeds, and the grass, and the garbage . . . well, you get the picture. In other words, don't look at the big picture!
I'd like to lose, ultimately, somewhere around 35 pounds. While I'm sure to some that seems relatively small, to me it seems big. It's about what I lost the first time I was on WW (only then I was smaller to start with, but also a heck of a lot younger).
So looking at losing 35 pounds, especially when you lose less than a pound a week, can be daunting & depressing. Which is one reason they suggest focusing on just losing 10% of your body weight at a time, which for me is about 17 lbs. Even that could take a year -- or more!
So I concentrate on the little things. The jeans that were always tight that are now comfortable. The knee fat that is noticeably less. The shrunken double chin, which actually shows me I do have a neck.
They're small, they're subtle, they're things no one else will notice . . . but I do. And they make me smile.
Is what I see in the mirror what I want to see? No. But it's better than it was just 4 months ago. And I know that if I just keep going, eventually I'll see what I want to see. No matter how long it may take.
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