Thursday, January 14, 2010
I read this in an article somewhere on weight loss, about how we have the rest of our lives to figure out what works for us. We want it all right now, but it's true -- we DO have the rest of our lives to figure it out. As frustrating as that may be some times.
Another buddy commented to me that it's a lifestyle change because it takes a lifetime to figure it all out! Also so true, and I love it.
I did lose a little bit of weight again this week, which is a miracle, frankly, considering the way I ate. I didn't binge, I wasn't eating because of emotions, I was just HUNGRY with all caps obviously.
With WW, we get a certain amount of points for everyday, 35 extra points we can spread throughout the week (or not use at all), and we can earn even more extra points for activity. to give you an idea of my eating, I used all my 35 weekly points (as usual), and as of yesterday had used 37 activity points, too . . . only I won't even earn 37 activity points and I still have one more eating day left in the week!
Some weeks are just like that, I guess. Many times when I was still hungry, I made damn sure that I chose something healthy to eat. Like an apple and some nuts, or half an ezekiel muffin with some hummus. Something that at least had a hope of filling the hole.
Now, for those of you thinking that this simply means I'm not eating enough on a regular basis -- I've taken weeks like this as an excuse before to think that, and continued to eat more -- only to gain. I don't think that's the answer for me.
For those who thought I may be at my ideal weight for MY body -- I really don't think so. 140 (or a bit less this week) for a 5'1" woman who is small boned isn't really healthy. It's getting there, but not quite there.
On the good news front, I've really watched my blood pressure plummet. We have a monitor at home because my husband has high blood pressure. It runs in both our families. Mine has never been high, but I've watched it go from a normal 120/80 to 99/70. I think running has a lot to do with that. Maybe diet too.
Today's WW meeting was just perfect for me -- all about how to make better food choices. I often don't agree with my leader's advice when it comes to food, but it still gave me a lot of food for thought, just at a time that I really needed it. She challenged us not only to make more choices from the filling foods list (basically whole foods), and to make a note of it in our trackers, shooting for 75% filling foods each day.
I couldn't find smiley faces or gold stars at Target -- seriously? -- but I did find sparkly green paw print stickers. I'm gonna use them to track the filling foods I'm eating. Because I sure need some fullness right now!
What do you do when the foods you're eating don't fill you up? Do you have some kind of favorite go-to food that is healthy, not processed, low in calories AND filling?
I'm thinking I'm going to make me some soup next week. Maybe try the crockpot veggie soup that was in the WW newsletter last week. Or if I can find some bean soup that's pretty low in points . . . I don't think I've ever tried soup as a snack, but it might just be the ticket. At least in winter!
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
One step forward, two steps back, or is it two steps forward and one step back? Whatever. I feel a bit stuck in it.
I feel more focused and energized, more full of optimism. And yet at the same time I still feel stuck.
I've been making sure to know my real points, but I've still ended up so hungry all week long that I've eaten more than I planned to. Not because of emotions, but simply because I'm hungry.
I've made it a point to review my food log at the end of the day. Oodles of veggies & fruits most days, plenty of water, plenty of protein. Not going too long without eating. Pretty much the same level of exercise.
So what gives? I'm not expecting much from tomorrow's WI. My clothes don't feel looser or tighter. Maybe I'll be pleasantly surprised. I was so sure this would be the week I would blast through my plateau, but maybe it won't be.
I've been asking myself what I get from maintaining my current weight, and the only one thing that comes to mind: maintaining my current level of eating. I can't seem to figure out how to eat just a little less and still be satisfied. I know I WILL eventually figure it out, but in the meantime, it's sort of frustrating.
I read an interesting article a while back about how people don't lose weight because deep down they really don't think that they can. And that was sure me for the longest time. But I truly believe, deep down in my soul, that this time is different, and that I will get down to my GW.
Have you gotten thru a long plateau? Do you truly believe in yourself? What do you do when you seem to be stuck? How do you handle the frustration?
One thing I know for sure: only one thing comes from giving up, and it isn't pretty. Never surrender; never give up!
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
My last spend blog is about spending money, so I suppose that that's appropriate. In the knowledge is power groove, you can't know what you're spending each month if you don't track it. Just like you can't know what you're actually eating if you don't track it.
In Austin, I'd gotten into the habit of writing down everything I spend on a tracker -- you can get it here at SP under the Financial healthy lifestyle center (see, sparking is really more about a healthy lifestyle than just losing weight) or use a spreadsheet or whatever. I keep a running total of how much I've spent, too, and then total up the categories at the end of the month.
I'd gotten out of the habit with the move. Too much going on. Too much weird spending -- you need stuff when you move. Too many excuses, right?
I am back to it. A new year definitely seems like a time for a new start. My only problem is that I can't get DH to do it. He always says it's right on the CC bill, since we charge most everything (and pay off our bills every month). He's right, but that only works if you actually track it, which he doesn't.
How do you keep your spending in line? Do you track what you spend? Do you have a budget? Do you have any idea how much money you need to live every month? Knowledge is power, and the truth shall set you free!
On a not so bright note, my Magic Bullet (yes, I did go back & buy it) bit the dust already. In less than a month. And sadly, I'm not sure where the receipt is, altho I know I charged it (but don't think I have that bill yet). I'll be contacting them anyway.
It was definitely handy, and I had my suspicions about how long it might last, but I think it only lasted 3 weeks!
Monday, January 11, 2010
Sorry, I just couldn't help myself. There might just be one more "spend" blog. We'll see.
This is a concept I absolutely can't get my husband to buy into to. That if you exercise, you actually feel more energetic.
Some of you may be reading that after having started a new exercise program, and thinking to yourself "yeah, sure". Maybe you're feeling a bit overwhelmed or sore. And I would ask you -- did you start out small? If you've never run a step in your life, you're unlikely to be able to run a mile, much less a marathon.
Both diets and exercise regimes tend to fail because people have an all or nothing attitude. They think they have to kill themselves to get healthy, and then they end up either burning out or injuring themselves.
I didn't get to my 1 to 1 1/2 hour exercise habit overnight. It's taken me 20 years to work up to it. Just like I started out learning to run in my late 40s by only running for 30 seconds at a time at first. Now I can run for 40 minutes straight. Yes, I'm very slow, but I'm gaining speed bit by little bit.
How many times have you started a new exercise routine only to crash and burn quickly? How do you feel when you go from nothing to an hour all at once? Now think about how you feel after just 10 minutes of exercise. I'll bet you actually feel more energized.
Start small. Build slowly. Be consistent. With those 3 steps, you'll find yourself actually looking forward to exercise because of the way it makes you feel. You'll sleep better, you'll burn more calories, and you won't have killed yourself.
Just don't make the mistake of thinking you can exercise your way out of fat. It doesn't work that way. It's a mind, body, spirit thing.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Ok, I already know that it takes time to lose weight. I wish it didn't, but it's the simple, honest truth. I just figured I was on a roll with the titles!
I have resisted getting a monthly pass for WW for a year and a half now. As a lifetime member, I don't have to pay for missed meetings. I don't miss a whole lot, but I do occasionally miss a meeting when I'm traveling. So it irked me to pay for meetings when I didn't have to.
I no longer have some of the payment plans I had available to me in Austin, so I broke down & did it. With my monthly pass comes Etools. And with that comes the recipe builder, where I put in my ingredients & it tells me how many points per serving.
I spent some time with recipe builder yesterday. I admit it: I cook from scratch a lot, and not all my recipes have nutritional values. I was winging it, looking at the recipe, mentally tallying points or even just guessing.
Sometimes I was spot on. Other times I was, shall we say, a bit off in left field. And it is time to push thru this plateau to the finish line. As we get closer and closer to our goals, we do have to be more accountable. We may be able to get away with a lot in the beginning, a little in the middle, and not much at all in the end.
So I'm keeping some dates with the recipe builder. It's time to take back my power, because knowledge is power. For you, it may be SP's food tracker. Or a written journal. The bottom line is it's whatever WORKS for you. And if it's not working, then it's time to take a different tack.
I know a lot of people thinking tracking food, calories, points, whatnot is obssessive. Maybe it is. But it is what works for me. My husband commented yesterday that I'm all skin & bones. It was supposed to be a compliment, I know, even tho the truth is that it's so far from the truth it's laughable. I'm definitely more skin and bones than I used to be -- and that's a good thing -- but I've got a nice layer of fat there still.
I've been spending a lot of time on my goals lately, too -- figuring out some on my own, being spurred to figure out some by reading the Spark, too. And as I blogged yesterday, it's actually helping me to stay more focused and spend my time more wisely (at least most of the time).
I did spend more time online yesterday than I have been recently, but that's only because I was figuring out points for recipes, so it was time well spent. Anyone know of some free software or Website that will count points for me if I put in servings & ingredients?
So what are you willing to spend your time on? What gets the most bang for your buck? What is your favorite way to track food?
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