Saturday, May 01, 2010
We all know why we want to lose weight. We all have long lists. But why does it seem that those reasons and lists just fly out the window the minute we feel the slightest bit of hunger? Out of sight, out of mind.
I bought myself a bracelet at Target to celebrate breaking through my plateau.
DH wasn't real impressed with it, and it's not the nicest bracelet I own by any means, but I knew that I needed a tangible reminder of what I'd done.
Because sure enough, what with being away for the weekend, I bounced right back up into plateau weight again. And we're going to go away for a week in a week, plus TOM will visit that week as well. So I need all the help I can get.
I like Hershey's dark chocolate kisses. And truly, chocolate can be good for you. But you know what? A kiss here, a kiss there, and before you know it, you've gone over your limits.
So I am wearing my bracelet this week. To remind me that I have done it. To remind me that I can continue to do it. To remind me of how good it feels to do it. Everytime I even think about just popping in a Hershey's kiss, I can look at my bracelet -- even trace its intricate scrolls -- and ask myself how this choice will effect my goals.
Do you have any tangible reminders to anchor yourself with?
If you don't, how do you remind yourself that this is a goal you chose for yourself, and you are worth it?
Friday, April 30, 2010
So here we are at the end of April. And I have not entered any of my fitness minutes. Oh, I've racked them up, as usual, and I keep track of them in my fitbook. I just haven't bothered to enter them here.
I like spark points so I can give goodies to my spark buddies -- which I don't do often enough -- but for the time being I've got plenty of spark points for that. Eventually I'd probably run out.
Should I go back and enter them just so I can get my trophies? The trophies don't really motivate me either.
What motivates me is how I feel and what I see and my spark buddies.
If I find my exercise starts to slack, then maybe I'll go back to entering my fitness minutes. Exercise is such an entrenched habit with me that it's doubtful I'll ever slack at it, but you never know what life is going to throw at you either. And maybe I'll start entering them again when my spark points get depleted.
But for now I think it's just become one more thing to do, and right now, I'd much rather blog my food -- which is what has been eating up some of my time (eating? get it?).
And right now you can find out what I ate on the Cape and my rules for the road (I've posted similar things in ths blog before) over on cookbookmaven.com .
How bout you? Do the trophies motivate you? Do the spark points motivate you? What other ways do you use to motivate yourself?
I use shopping, but that can become a bad habit, too.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
I've done quite a few walking tours in my time, and I always enjoy them.
While researching places to run in NYC, I came across a company that does running tours. How cool is that?
Except I'm a slow runner. A really slow runner. They do personalized tours, but since it's $60 for 6 miles for a group run, I shudder to think what it might cost for a personalized run (where they will run at your pace).
$60 is pretty pricey . . . what I like about tours is you learn stuff you never would just going around on your own. For instance, I took a walking tour of Montmarte when I was in Paris -- they took us to Sacre Couer without having to walk up all those steps! It was very good exercise without having to walk up the steps.
Really, the main thing I'm worried about is either having a heart attack from trying to keep up with "real" runners or holding everyone back (because they say no one will be left behind).
I'm sure my runner friends will say go for it. But I can find routes on my own, of course (am already looking some up, obviously). And of course there's the shopping tour (I kid you not).
They do running tours in Austin, too. Of course when I lived in Austin, I wasn't running.
Friday, April 23, 2010
Well, it should've, because the scale moved for me!!!!
Back to that in a moment. Thanks for all your comments on my blog yesterday . . . I actually put my foot down with DH before I read them and told him we're going to stay in a hotel. He said there's a Day's Inn nearby, and I said fine. It doesn't have to be fancy, it just has to have a bed & a chair! And be reasonably clean -- but I'm not a neatic anyway.
He said I'm high maintenance. Which I'm not. I told him I'd pay for it. He said that even if I pay for it, it's still our money -- I pointed out to him that's WHY I have money of my own -- to use anyway I damn well please, no questions asked. Long story short, we're gonna stay in a hotel. Assuming there's a room to be had, which shouldn't really be a problem. I know we'll BOTH be happier for it.
So, back to the scale. Sorry to leave you hanging. After 2 weeks of good weight losses I finally got to move my ticker. Not by much, and it could very well go up again next week, but I'm still doing a happy dance here! It's been almost 7 months since it last moved (I don't move it up).
Oh, technically, it has moved -- up and down and up and down and up and down the same 2 lbs ad nauseum.
And oddly enough, I was not feeling well the week before. I didn't get in as much exercise as usual -- all I did was walk. I did make sure to get in my 10,000 steps for 5 days of that week.
This week, according to WW, I'm supposed to drop down 1 point. But I didn't. And I still lost over a pound, which for me is good.
In fact, I do feel like I've been eating more. Before you start pointing fingers and tell me I wasn't eating enough, I'll tell you I've tried it all over the last 7 months: eat more, take more rest days, exercise more -- I've tried pretty much everything and nothing worked.
The only difference the last couple of weeks is that I've incorporated a lot of the recipes from "Thrive" into my diet. Did that make any difference? I've no idea. When I started to incorporate the ideas from "The Flat Belly Diet", I had good weight losses like this too. Perhaps it made a difference (the book claims it will), or maybe it was just finally my time.
Of course, now we're going away for the weekend. I almost always maintain or gain when we go away, and it finally came to me yesterday: it's probably the sodium. Because I'll usually have a small gain, despite exercising, bringing some food, and being careful -- but immediately lose that weight upon coming home & eating normally.
I don't normally eat out a lot or eat a lot of processed foods. It only took 2 years for this particular light bulb to go off!
So I will plan, I will be careful, I got in enough exercise this week that I can relax a bit this weekend (sort of), and I will accept whatever the scale says next week. And oh, now that we're staying in a hotel, maybe we'll even relax a bit. Maybe.
I hope to get Judy's rules for road trips up on cookbookmaven.com today, but I make no promises.
How long was your longest plateau?
Do you think you did anything particular to bust your plateau?
Thursday, April 22, 2010
I spent many years with vacuum cleaners I didn't particularly like. The el cheapo one I bought when I was in my first apartment. The canister one DH had -- I detest canister vacuums. The Magic Devil I really liked at first, but whose attachments started to disintegrate after only 1 year (plus they weren't on board).
And then I got a Dyson. Money well spent, IMHO. I hear the newer ones with the ball are even better, but mine is doing just fine after quite a few years. I only have 2 quibbles with it:
1. No retractable power cord
2. You have to totally take off the power cord in order to use any attachements
So, we are going down to the inlaws house this weekend (they are trying to sell it, they live on the other side of the country now, long story). And my husband wants to take along my vacuum. Would you take your vacuum on a road trip? I'm serious -- I need opinions here, because my intial reaction was he!! no, and not just because I don't want to vacuum.
I also need to find a reasonable hotel in the Centerville area. Because DH also wants to stay the 2 nights in the empty house. I mean totally empty, as in no furniture -- zero, zip, nada.
If I'm driving 4 hours to clean someone else's house -- something I don't even enjoy doing to my own house -- I really do believe the least I deserve in exchange is a bed. I want somewhere I can actually relax.
I know even my MIL, who is also a spendthrift, would tell DH to spring for a hotel. I just haven't had time to search!
What is the wackiest thing you've ever taken on a road trip?
And no, this blog has nothing whatsoever to do with weight loss. Sometimes RL really does get in the way!
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