Tuesday, December 29, 2009
I did my grocery shopping yesterday. Hate to do it right before a holiday, when the stores are jam packed. And I realized as I finished up, that it never even really occurred to me to get something special for New Year's.
By special, I mean fat laden treats. New Year's used to be the time when I might buy some peanut butter M&Ms (have some languishing in the pantry, actually, they've been there for months), potato chips & dips, maybe some of those little cocktail franks. The stuff I normally wouldn't eat.
Don't get me wrong, we do plan a special meal. Actually, DH has the assignment to bring home sushi. We'll see what happens. We actually did go out for sushi twice last week, he surprised me on his last day off by saying he wanted to go out to dinner again! And I bought a rib roast that I'll make for New Year's Day eve.
But the little snackies? It quite honestly didn't occur to me to even go in search of them. Just not the sort of thing I crave anymore. DH has his own potato chips he bought, and if I'm in the mood, maybe I'll make some popcorn. I'll probably make a nice healthy raw dessert.
I've come a long way in my eating habits in the last decade!
I didn't get much time to tackle my computer problems yesterday. I didn't have a moment to sit down til about 1 pm. Apparently I had some bad electrical aura around me yesterday -- we've been having some weird problems with our DVR (like a Tivo), and it's been getting progressively worse. Long story short is that after about an hour on the phone, they're sending out a new one. Then somehow the washing machine got locked.
I am very grateful that I have my husband's computer to fall back on, but I do want my own back! Especially since he has a short work week, and will probably be coming home early most of the week.
Today I have no plans to go out except to walk the dogs, altho I do have a lot of chores to get done. But hopefully I'll have some time to at least hunt for some of the stuff I need to troubleshoot further.
Monday, December 28, 2009
I was pondering why it can be so hard to come by motivation during the winter. And I had a thought that had never occurred to me before. One of the most motivating things about losing weight is noticing the changes in our bodies, AND showing off those changes.
It's so much harder to notice OR show off those changes during the winter, because we're cocooned in so many extra layers of clothes. I get cold easily, so I am often swathed in at least 2 layers inside, often 3 (if we're not counting that big ole down jacket) outside. I feel like the little mummified kid who can barely move. All those clothes seem to literally weigh me down.
It's harder to feel good about myself. Well, I'm sure it would be easier if the scale were moving -- THAT's sure motivation. I am in awe of all the people who have continued to lose weight throughout the holidays, and if you are one of them, you deserve a big pat on the back.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not depressed, and exercise is my constant companion. It's just harder to see all the changes I've wrought.
What do you do to stay motivated through the winter?
On a side note, as noted in my friend feed, I'm having computer problems. I'm writing this on my husband's computer. Mine just locks up. It's a virus, I'm pretty sure, but I don't know WHICH virus. I've been trying to boot into safe mode, but so far I haven't been able to, and that is pretty much killing all my troubleshooting ideas. There isn't much troubleshooting that can be done when your computer is frozen!
Friday, December 25, 2009
How is your holiday going? Are you sticking to your plan? Drinking your water? Tracking what you eat?
If not, that's okay! Just get right back on the horse. One "bad" meal won't kill you. What will derail you is thinking you can start again tomorrow, on Monday, or heaven forbid, next year!
Nobody is perfect. We all eat too much or drink too much at times. That's not what makes us fat. What makes us fat is the guilt trips -- I already ate so much, I might as well just keep going.
One of the things I've learned this past year is that I tend to gain on vacations, no matter how careful I try to be. I still try to be careful, but I accept that I will most likely gain -- and get right back to my healthy habits as soon as I get home. And that weight comes off really quickly.
OTOH, several weeks of overeating can lead to more than just a few pounds, and we all know that those few extra pounds take forever to take back off.
Let's just say goodbye to all or nothing thinking with 2009!
Thursday, December 24, 2009
I know most of you are really busy today. I know some people like to take a cheat day, or just take a break from tracking on a holiday. But it's funny how tracking helps keep you on track.
Do you really want that cookie, or are you eating it because it's there? Because it's tradition? Because you're stressed? What do you think will happen if you have to put it in your tracker or write it down?
This may be too late for some of you, but if you're traveling, there's a printable tracker, too. It's under "Printable resources" on your Spark home page. I always print one out and take it with me when I'm traveling.
When I first began with SP and back at WW, I tracked both on SP and with WW trackers. I found most of the time I was hitting my nutritional goals, so I only track my points on paper now. I prefer to use a 6 month journal; that way I can go back and look at something I ate from several weeks ago or flag a really good day or week (only I never actually seem to do that -- maybe a goal for the new year).
Whatever works for you. There's a reason almost every "diet" out there asks you to track your food. Don't throw it all away over the next couple of days. Don't worry about friends and relatives thinking you're "weird". What's more important -- what other people think, or how you feel? And in the end, you're going to feel better if you track your food, even if you overindulge.
Track on, my friends!
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
It's trite, but it's true: if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. It's something my husband definitely doesn't get. He hates to plan. For instance, since there's just the 2 of us, and I rarely eat bread, I keep the bread in the freezer. If he wants it, he either has to remember to take it out of the freezer to defrost (or use the microwave). Most of the time he chooses something else instead, and gets angry that there isn't any bread available. If I don't keep it in the freezer it either gets hard or moldy.
Do you have a plan for your holiday? It is NOT too late to get one. Going to someone else's house? Can you bring a dish? Some food for yourself? Your pedometer or some resistance bands? What will you put on your plate? Can you ask what food will be served?
Are you doing the holiday meal? Great! You have control! Are you making all the old favorites? Can you lighten them up somehow? Can you add some healthy food in there? Have you decided how much you'll eat? Which dessert you'll eat, if at all?
What about exercise? Can you get the family started on a new tradition? Maybe a walk after dinner? Some touch football, if that's your thing? Can you maybe squeeze 10 minutes in every couple of hours (in one day, you could get in an hour's worth of exercising that way!)?
There is still time. You CAN do it. So make a plan, and work your plan. Don't say you'll start anew on New Year's. New Year's is too far away. Today is what you have -- make it count!
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