Saturday, April 17, 2010
Well, yes, of course our beauty comes from the inside.
But I'm talking more about our foundations here. Not content with just brighter clothes, I wanted some brighter foundation garmets, too (sorry if it's TMI, menfolk!).
So I stopped off at Target the other day & stocked up. I have to admit that I really like Target bras. They fit well and they're the right price. I even snagged a couple of clearance ones for $4 and $5 -- pretty astounding since my size (pretty small) tends to sell out quickly.
I walked out with fuschia, with purple, with red. And I must admit it made me feel prettier to know I had them on.
Because I'm so small, I must also admit that I do have a tendency to go braless fairly often -- since mostly I'm hanging out at home, and especially during the winter.
But this was actually how I felt that I knew I'd lost some weight this week -- my bras felt more comfortable.
So if you want to feel pretty from the inside out and don't have a whole lot of money to spend, I highly recommend Target! And don't forget the clearance rack!
Over on cookbook maven:
Check out what I ate at the party last night.
What I ate so I wouldn't eat everything in sight at the party:
And the blogs that spoke to me this week
Friday, April 16, 2010
. . . or my body is talking to me (which was what I originally was going to title this blog, but then "getting to know you" from "The King & I" got stuck in my head -- odd trivia about me: I actually got to see "The King & I" with Yul Brynner many, many years ago. Awesome).
So yeah, my body definitely talks to me. Um, no, you don't have to call the people with the rubber rooms yet.
Despite my blog yesterday, I was pretty sure I'd lost weight this week. How could I tell? My collarbones and my cheekbones seemed more prominent again. My skin was looking better.
Lately I find I can't seem to tell my weight from my clothes alone. One pair of jeans felt looser. One felt tighter -- seriously, so tight that I ended up switching into the looser jeans later on in the day. Maybe because I've just been pushing liquids so much because of not feeling well. I might actually have to break down & go to the doctor, exept I don't actually have a doctor . . . anyway.
And then I went and took my measurements and they were up. I know I retain fluids around TOM time, which ought to be arriving any moment now. So I seriously just didn't know where I was.
Apparently I should listen to my body more. Because sure enough, even with my mini-binge two nights ago, I was down a good amount this week. Not enough to break the plateau, oh no, that would be asking too much. But it did make me feel better.
Tonight we have our party. I wanted my healthy "Thrive" pancakes this morning (even they just taste so-so), but decided to go with apple oats instead. Not only do I not have control over the food tonight, dinner will be much later than we're used to eating. So I need to make sure to tank up on good food beforehand.
Does your body talk to you?
Do you listen?
What does it tell you?
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Over the years, I must have read hundreds of books about diets and -- and certainly many hundreds of cookbooks about healthy cooking.
And I swear to God, if I pick up another one that writes something along the lines of "I just started to eat this way and the pounds melted off, and I never have to count anything ever again" I'm going to run screaming in the other direction -- I might even strip first (who am I kidding?).
Bully for you. You found the "secret".
No matter how hard I try, I never quite seem to find the "secret". I delve into my psyche, I try different ways of eating, I exercise more, I exercise less, and I remain stuck.
I felt so good this week, until I measured and my measurements were up and yesterday my jeans were so tight that I actually began to think I was getting a UTI (which doesn't explain why my other jeans seem much looser). Yes, TOM should be hitting any second here.
So what is the point of all this? Well, maybe I am different. Maybe it is harder for me to lose weight than your normal person, for whatever reasons.
Does it matter? NO!!!
I can only fail if I quit. I'm not quitting.
It is a problem to be solved, that is all.
Do the people who claim you should get to a point where you never have to count points, calories, or fat grams again just make you want to throttle them?
Have you found YOUR "secret"? (Because it IS different for everyone). Share it -- just cause it may not work for me, doesn't mean it won't help someone else who is reading this blog.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
That is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. The brass ring we all want to hold onto tight and never let go of.
So why is a healthy lifestyle so hard to find?
For me, a healthy lifestyle:
1. Must be sustainable.
D'oh, right? If you can't sustain it, it can't be a lifestyle -- as in the style in which you live the rest of your life.
2. Allows for the occasional treat.
We all know what happens when we aren't satisfied. No reason to beat a dead horse.
3. Doesn't stop me from socializing.
This one can be tough. It's so easy to NOT want to attend events (or even show up for our own lives) simply because we can't control what food will be presented to us.
Isn't this one silly? Really, as if one event made us fat. Now, if you're attending events several times every week, that's probably going to be a problem -- but even so it's a problem that you have to find the solution to.
I fall victim to this one, I admit. It's the day before my WI. I told my husband yesterday I wanted to get a couple of sandwiches and go to the park with the dogs. I sweetened the pot with a trip for some ice cream afterwards.
I've eaten quite well all week. I don't plan to actually get my own ice cream, only to take a few tastes of my husband's. And right now we're trying to decide where to get the sandwiches. Subway, where I have pretty much complete control, or one of the local shops, which has no nutirtional info on their Website (plus I've never eaten there).
Plus we're going to one of my husband's coworkers houses for a dinner on Friday. They are a carnivore/vegan couple, so it should be interesting -- I already know it won't be completely vegan food. And I've even met the couple -- I went touring one day with the wife when we were in Prague.
4. Must actually be healthy.
Anyone could probably eat 1200 calories a day of pop tarts, candy bars, and cookies, but we all know that's not a healthy way to eat -- no matter how much my husband swears up and down that it is.
5. Must be filling.
See #1; this is a corollary. In order to be sustainable, I have to feel full.
A bonus #6: must be balanced. You can't exercise off all your food, and you can't eat all you want without exercise. You can't eat healthy, exercise, and get no sleep and expect to feel nourished.
What do you see as the cornerstones of a healthy lifestyle?
What are the cornerstones of YOUR healthy lifestyle?
On cookbook maven today:
Nothing too exciting, but a couple of recipes. One is the banana ice cream I've posted about here (but with a photo that will make you want to whirl up a frozen banana immediately!) and my variation of the Thrive Curry Lentil "Pizza".
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
It's been a while since a weight loss analogy occurred to me, but this one is a good one!
One of the things I love about this house is that I get to see the sunrise while eating my breakfast (at certain times of the year), and I get to see the sunset while cleaning up the kitchen, typically.
As I watched the particularly beautiful sunrise this morning, I was struck by how weight loss is like a sunrise.
The sky started out gray and dark. It slowly began to lighten as pale pink strands washed their ways through the grayness.
We are often gray, too, when we're in the throes of gaining weight. We tend to gravitate towards neutral colors, in an attempt to make ourselves invisible. We don't want to call attention to our "fat" selves. It works all too well, most of the time. It's amazing how a fat person can be invisible.
What's worse is that the world around us becomes drab, too. It's dull, like we are.
As we begin to shed those first few pounds, our mood lightens. We feel hopeful (as we often do with a new day).
As I continued to watch the sunrise, the pinks began to stretch out and darken towards purple.
Just as we are drawn to break out of our neutral, drab shells and begin branching out into brighter colors as we continue to lose weight. We no longer want to hide; we want to participate in our lives.
As those pinks turned to purple, an interesting thing happened: the silhouette of the trees stood out more. The whole image just got brighter and more beautiful.
As we continue to lose weight, our outlook on life becomes brighter. We are more beautiful -- not because we are thinner, but because now we are letting out true selves shine through again. Beauty truly comes from within -- ever noticed how a very vivacious person, while not truly attractive, appears beautiful?
But, alas, sunrises don't last. Eventually those beautiful, bright purples faded to gray.
Sometimes our weight loss is like that, too. There are ebbs and flow to weight loss, times when it's our highest priority and times when it isn't. But the nice thing about sunrises? They happen again every single day. Just like we have a chance to make better choices every single day.
I think I need to work on this one some more and post it over on cookbookmavenc.om someday. And over there today:
A new overnight oats recipe that is completely healthy -- and totally satisying.
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