Tuesday, May 04, 2010
This one goes almost directly in the opposite direction from yesteday's blog.
I think I've given up on the shopping tour. Sounds like fun, but I can print out maps from TLC's What Not to Wear (which unfortunately I've become addicted to) and wander around on my own for free. Plus I'll probably pick up a small pocket guide of some sort. I used to know the city pretty well, but I've only been 3 times in our 25 years of marriage, and the last time was 8 years ago -- when I requested a trip to NYC for my 40th.
I think I've decided to attempt a running tour.
Then while looking up other walking tours in NYC, I came across a food walking tour. Then I looked at the price. Yikes! Let's just say they better be serving me gold for that price, no matter how good the tour (and it got great reviews).
But I figure there must be other food tours. I never really thought of a food tour. But how cool is that? Probably not so cool for my waistline, but . . . but . . . I'm a foodie!
I've found another one that is MUCH more reasonable and is getting good reviews -- and regularly sells out.
I must say, my intention has always been to eat and shop my way thru NYC. Sensibly. If such an adverb can be applied to eating and shopping. And walk a lot. And run some.
But there's a little bit of fear -- one of those tours has seated tastings at 4 different restaurants -- plus a few outdoor tastings!
Ok, are my buddies my angels or my devils?
Monday, May 03, 2010
As I was putting together the tempeh salad for lunch today, I realized that I alawys somewhat fear vacations, no matter how much I also look forward to them.
And it occurred to me that that is absolutely the wrong way to approach it. It's the wrong way to approach weight loss, too: that fear that we can't do it, or we can't maintain it.
A vacation is an incredible gift. I know many people don't have the travel opportunities I've been blessed to have. It's not enough to enjoy it while we're in the midst of it, I think we have to enjoy our anticipation of vacations, too.
That's the way I'm going to look at it now. I will have so many incredible opportunities and adventures -- food might be a big part of it -- for me -- but it's definitely not all about the food.
It's about being able to relax a bit in the mornings, rather than having to get up early to feed the cats and to let the dogs out. It's about exploring new places -- and rediscovering some old favorites (growing up in Poughkeepsie with parents who grew up in the Bronx, I've been to NYC many, many times -- even if it's been a long time). It's about people watching (I LOVE to people watch, to see what everyone is wearing).
So I am trying to put aside my fears of gaining weight in favor of anticipation of the adventures to come.
Not too long ago my WW leader said that until you can view this journey as a gift to yourself, rather than a chore, you're not in a healthy lifestyle mindset (or words to that effect). So true! So difficult sometimes!
Perhaps we need to anticipate the many adventures weight loss can lead us on. To saying hello to another runner outside on my morning run. To my continuing discovery of just what healthy eating really is -- I guess I should say my never-ending journey! To anticipating running my first 5k in about a month. To liking the way I look (most days) even if I'm not even at the top end of my goal weight range weight.
What can you anticipate about your healthy lifestyle journey?
What has fear done to your healthy lifestyle journey?
Sunday, May 02, 2010
I had a nice, substantial, whole foods breakfast this morning: oats with an apple, sunflowerseeds, and almonds. But by the time I got back from walking the dogs 3 hours later, I was starving.
The hungries have arrived again.
Well, I made myself a nice smoked salmon wrap with spinach and carrots and red onions, to make sure I got some fiber and some protein in me. I've already had 5 glasses of water (ok, 2 of those were tea, but decaf).
It's just going to be one of those days. I feel the pull to bake, but I have lots of chores that need to get done.
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.
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