Monday, February 08, 2010
Not much time today. It's my birthday week -- I'm taking a page from my sparkbuddy Slimmerjesse (whose birthday it is today, btw) and celebrating all week. Well, sort of. Chose to go to the movies again today -- went to see "The Blind Side", which I've wanted to see since it came out months ago -- boy, my husband thinks I'm a tough cookie! I've got nothing on that woman.
Anyway, as I complained to another spark buddy, it is frickin' cold today. Temps in the teens with very strong winds. The dogs still got their walk -- even more important when I'm going to be out for hours -- and I am so thankful that my calves are smaller. Because otherwise there's just no way I could tuck my jeans into my knee-high boots, and boy what a difference they make!
We didn't get any of the big snowstorm -- nary a flurry as I remarked to yet another sparkbuddy -- but the cold has got a death grip on us. I am thankful for the no snow. 30 would seem so warm right about now.
I know that spring is still a long way away and I know better than to wish my life away. Happiness truly is a choice, and most of the time I choose it. Spring will come when it comes, and until then, I'll deal with the weather as best I can (and be grateful for a roof over my head & a good heating system).
So what about you? What are you thankful for? What dividends has weight loss, big or small, brought you?
Sunday, February 07, 2010
Maybe you are one of the lucky ones with perfect skin no matter what your weight or what you eat. Not me.
I've been plagued with adult acne for a long time. Not terrible, but enough to make me self conscious. The big, cystic stuff that's very painful and takes forever to go away.
As I've lost weight, it got better. As I've really tackled what I'm eating and how it's fueling me, it's gotten even better. Oh sure, I still get some, but my skin is much, much better now and I realized the other day that I haven't used acne stuff at all now for quite a few weeks. I use something by Juice Organics as a spot treatment -- it's the only thing I've ever found that really seems to work for me.
I have kind of that typical English rose type skin -- very fair. I'm very protective of it, always wear hats & sunglasses outside. So it's always bothered me to have it be all red and blotchy.
Oh, and I eat chocolate. Pretty much every day. I don't eat a lot of dairy or meat and almost never any fried foods.
So what is your skin telling you?
Saturday, February 06, 2010
Unless maybe something occurs to me. Sometimes the stream of consciousness blogs are the best, but I really don't think I have much to impart today.
Except planning will save your soul (and maybe your booty, too!).
Normally I wouldn't worry to much about spontaneously going out for lunch (ok, who am I kidding, I think most who've read this blog for a while know I tend to be a tad obssessive about food).
The catch was that I'd planned prime rib for dinner. Yes, I eat prime rib (very occasionally) and still lose weight (very occasionally it seems like! -- but still, mostly 30 lbs gone).
Since Friday is our sabbath, we usually have a nice meal. Generally chicken, but occasionally meat. I don't vary much from that. And since DH loves meat, and so rarely gets it, not to mention I had no chicken left, I didn't want to change dinner. So a big meal.
I ended up going with a turkey sub. And I brought my baby carrots with me. There was a soup place that had really interesting sounding panninis, but I just kept reminding myself of prime rib for dinner and stuck to the plan. The sub wasn't all that great, but it mostly fit the bill (wasn't terribly filling, but the baby carrots & the Clif Nectar bar kept me full enough not to snack before dinner).
No popcorn at the movies. Have you ever noticed that the movie popcorn doesn't really taste all that great? We have a rewards card, so occasionally we'll get a free popcorn and then I do have some. But otherwise, I gave up popcorn at the movies long ago. Sometimes we make it at home while watching a movie -- tastes a zillion times better!
How bout you? Do you have to have popcorn with movies? Some other favorite snack? Is there something you can bring from home to substitute?
See, I really don't have much words of wisdom for the day.
But boy, y'all sure were busy yesterday! I had a lot of catching up to do. I want to reply to some of your comments, but since I'm still sharing DH's computer, I tend to get less time online on the weekends.
Friday, February 05, 2010
No, really, I did. Well, it wasn't the ONLY thing I had for breakfast. I also had a slice of vegan broccoli quiche.
This wasn't the original plan. But my husband did decide to take a half day today and we're going to see "Avatar". Which means I'm going to end up eating at the mall.
Apparently there's a sushi place at this mall. Probably not great, but better than most of the other choices there. So my nicely balanced, planned day of eating flew out the window. Sushi is still more points (or calories, or what have you -- it's healthy, but there is that white rice) than what I was planning on having. Plus there's very little veggies (altho I am planning to bring some baby carrots with me, to0).
So I decided I needed to get veggies in at breakfast. I already have the broccoli quiche, but that only has about one serving of veggies, and I knew I needed more. So I added a salad.
Now maybe you're thinking you could never put this much thought into what you're putting into your mouth. And the truth is, in the beginning of my journey I didn't have to. Yes, I thought and planned, but not to the degree that I have to now. Yes, sometimes it's a drag.
But the payoff? For me the payoff is not having to spend $10/week on WW. And even the possibility of a job with WW. I'll still be going to meetings when I get to my GW -- that's a lesson I've learned the hard way.
There are plenty of other payoffs, too: clearer skin (this is a biggie for me), more energy, cuter clothes, a bigger selection of clothes, more self confidence, lower blood pressure, and so on.
So which sounds better? The last couple of paragraphs, or eating whatever you want whenever you want and never having to think about it?
It's a question only you can answer. There isn't really a right or wrong answer, either, but if you think the payoffs don't count for more than the hard work, either you've got to change what you're doing, or you may just not be ready.
Thursday, February 04, 2010
That's what it all comes down to, isn't it? It's all about making the right choices.
First, we have to choose to show up in our own life and participate. No one can do it for you.
Next, we have to make the choice that we are worth it. If we don't believe we're worth it, then we'll get exactly that: nothing.
Once we believe we're worth it, we have to believe we CAN do it. Deep down. You have to kick that little voice that says why should this time be different to the curb. A dunk into the trashcan would be even better.
Now you know you're worth it and your mind is in the right place. NOW you can begin making healthy choices. Or not. It's up to you, nobody else.
I have been choosing to figure out how to climb out of my plateau. I'm not quite there, but I'm hoping to be soon. I've had to REALLY examine what I've been eating and what I've been doing. I've continued to make small changes, then see how those small changes helped or hurt me.
So far they seem to be helping me. I didn't break my plateau, but I did loose .6 lb. If I can do that again next week, I can move my ticker again. Planning my meals the day before has made a huge difference. I can see future head butting with DH over this, because he hates to plan anything. For now, at least, I need that structure.
I've also chosen to go with the lighter fruits, for the most part: kiwis, clementines, apples. I still have a banana now and again, but not every day. Not that I was really having them every day before, but I was definitely eating them more often than I am now.
I'm experimenting with eating more nuts rather than peanut butter. So far I am not sure how I feel about that. PB has more calories than 2 tbsp of nuts, but I must admit that I really love my PB. I will continue to experiment, tho.
I don't eat a whole lot of sandwiches, but sometimes I do have veggie pate-type stuff on a whole wheat bun. I've changed that to a sandwich thin.
I love avocados, and they are healthy fats, but I've cut back on that, too. For now.
My biggest challenge is that even with all the swaps and planning, I'm finding it darn near impossible to fit in a cookie. At all. And I am missing them. I didn't eat them all that often, either, but I know I need that occasionally.
Still, last week including 3 nights of pasta (whole wheat pasta one night, udon noodles the other 2 nights), pizza, and some leftover Indian food. And lots & lots of fruit and veggies. Just showing that you can have things that aren't traditionally considered "health" or "diet" food and still lose weight -- with careful planning and the right choices, of course!
How have your choices been lately? Do you think the weather has anything to do with your choices? If your choices haven't been wise, how can you start making better choices today?
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