Saturday, June 19, 2010
We're going to go down to visit my folks tomorrow. So now for the real test -- how do I do when the vast majority of my food choices are out of my control? Always a struggle for me.
The plan is to get some pizza. I'm fine with that. I'll probably have a salad for lunch before we go down there, or maybe some raw veggie soup. I'll bring some baby carrots with me so I can have something to munch on with the pizza.
The problem is whatever else is presented. You probably know my family: if we're not eating, we're talking about food and discussing when/where we're going to eat our next meal. I come by my foodie nature genetically.
I've been doing so well with my BLTs. Came darn close to pushups yesterday, but didn't have to do them. I did eat much more than I planned to -- but I pulled out all the tricks, waiting to see if I was really hungry, then having some cherries (if you're not willing to eat something healthy, then you're not physically hungry), then having something to drink . . . and then a vitatop. Because yeah, I was hungry. May have had something to do with my long run/walk yesterday (4.5 miles -- hey, don't laugh, for me that's long).
Which is part of the problem, knowing that tomorrow will be a challenge made me want to try to eat a bit more lightly, but my stomach was having different thoughts on that subject.
We will bring the dogs, but since we're going to my sister's for the actual dinner, I'll have to crate them at my parents (nowhere to block them in in my sister's house, and I think they'd rather be crated in an empty house than while we spend hours gabbing and eating). We'll be going to my parents' house first, so they can be out til we go over to my sister's. Since an hour and a half drive each way, leaving them at home (crated) would probably push them past their comfort zone.
I've also gone back and forth on what I want to bring. I'd like to bring chocolate dipped strawberries, but I don't think I want to make enough for 7 people -- plus if people don't eat them, they don't stay good long and I certainly don't want to clean up after everyone!
So I've settled on some vegan rice kripie treats. I think.
Last night we took the dogs to the park for a short walk. I told my husband I'd like to try to do that at least once a week -- so that instead of just watching tv after dinner we're doing something. Since he's still on the I'm-going-to-try-to-live-healthy kick, he grudgingly agreed. He still came home and watched tv, but it was just about bedtime for me.
We often do walk the dogs after dinner, but I can usually get him to walk longer if we're out of the neighborhood, plus it's always good socialization for the dogs (a never-ending process).
In other news, I ordered the Ipod Touch yesterday. Now I'll have to get my computer fixed (it's been frozen for months; this is my husband's computer) -- all my music is on it!
Friday, June 18, 2010
WW meetings can be a dangerous place. A few months ago our leader bought an Ipod Touch, and she's been talking it up ever since. Yesterday she passed it around. Now I have a burning desire for one.
Actually, I've been looking around for some sort of mobile device for a while. Netbooks are more than i really want to pay at the moment -- definitely ditto the Ipad, which does look totally cool, I admit.
If you do have an Ipod Touch, do you think it's worth it?
What sort of problems have you had with it?
What are the best apps?
Anyone buy a refurbished one?
Because that's what I'm thinking about -- a refurbished 8GB model. I'd really like the Wifi feature to work, and I've read about people having problems with it. And with it sometimes freezing. Or replaying songs.
And while I really would like an Iphone, I don't want to have to pay a monthly fee. I am not a power phone user. I rarely use my cell phone -- and I only pay about $5 a month for it. So while it would be nice to have everything I want in one package, I'm not willing to pay $60+ a month for it.
I like that I could write a shopping list (I used to have an HP PDA years ago that I did that with, and have missed that convenience for years). That I could track my food. Hopefully check email and read blogs. That's what I've been looking for. And I know there's a lot more I could do with it! Not to mention listen to songs and store photos.
Finally, I'll leave you with something from last week's WW weekly that I really liked:
Impossible is "I'm Possible" without the apostrophe. We are all possible!
Thursday, June 17, 2010
The 10 pushup rule for BLTs still rock. Still no pushups, and yes, some unplanned food -- but all tracked, all eaten mindfully. It's made me much more aware of my choices. So far.
And I got to thinking about all this last night, and thought really -- just what is my problem? Is it really all that hard? Well, yeah, it is hard. If it wasn't everyone would be thin or would lose weight easily and quickly.
But it is DOABLE. I can do this. You can do this. Reaching out and being honest on SP helps.
So do small baby steps. Funny how I am now writing down small goals for every single day -- in advance -- and some just seemed so easy and logical they immediately became new habits. Without any effort.
Like my bathroom ST. I saw a segment on the Today show yesterday about using your own body for resistance. Unfortunately, she didn't actually get enough time to show much, but one thing she showed was having someone did sort of crescent kicks over the back of a chair -- you kick over the back of the chair one way, then back the other way, to work both your inner and outer thighs. That's today's exercise, minus the chiar -- I don't have one with a low enough back, really.
Yesterday's planks were tough. Almost made me want to avoid the bathroom! I didn't do 5 each time, but I held them for 30 seconds each time. I must go to the bathroom at least 5 times a day if not more, so that was almost 3 minutes worth of planks yesterday. Sure felt like 30.
But back to the subject. We have half a year left. Yup, half the year is gone already. I have a small weight loss goal in mind per month. Mind you, that hasn't been happening for months (just going up those same 2-3 pounds), but I still have a goal. I know it's doable.
It means I have to be really honest with myself. Am I making the best choices? Is my head in the game? Am I allowing myself to get a bit lazy after a few good days or weeks?
We're going to do this. I say bring it!
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
A big shout-out to DAYHIKER who suggested that when I was tempted to have a BLT without writing it down, I needed to do 10 pushups. So far it's working to deter me from any BLTs at all over the last few days. The fact that TOM is over is helping too, of course.
I have chosen to eat some Hershey's dark chocolate kisses over the last few days, but when I do, I decide to have 2, savor them slowly, and track them. I plan my food out the day before, and I've been trying to leave room for a few extra nibbles, because I know they almost always happen.
It's funny how sometimes just blogging about a problem can really help you solve the problem, rather than trying to hide it or feeling too ashamed to confide it.
I bought myself some veggie drink I heard recommended in an email tip to try for those times when I'm just plain hungry and nothing satisfies. We'll see how that goes.
So now is the time for me to build my healthy habit one baby step at a time. I already feel so much better. I haven't been able to exercise as much as normal over the last week due to not feeling well -- and wanting to be healthy again once & for all -- so I'm not expecting much at the scale tomorrow. OTOH, my collarbones are popping a bit more. They are one of my signals that I've been indulging too much.
Another shout out to a spark buddy -- I'm not sure who you are -- whose blog wrote about doing some form of ST after using the bathroom. Oh, I know there are all sorts of opportunities to sneak ST in: while brushing your teeth, hair, washing dishes, and so on. Only I'm not a multitasker. I like to give my undivided attention to the task at hand. But I do use the bathroom frequently.
On today's menu: planks. I usually pick one exercise each day, and do 5 or so reps after every visit. Which got me to thinking there's no reason you couldn't do yoga poses, too. And of course you could do a different exercise after every visit, too. Whatever floats your boat. Of course it helps that I'm not in an office environment.
Finally, as I put on my just-washed jeans this morning, I thought what a great diet that would be. Wash your jeans before you wear them every day.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
First, I want to thank everyone who responded to yesterday's blog -- you guys rock & you guys helped! While I ate a bit more than I planned to yesterday, it was all logged and no pushups had to be done. I'm sure pushups will be done in the future, but just the thought of them will help deter me . . . sometimes. It will certainly help to think is this taste worth 10 pushups?
I have met some of my goals this year, but some are still a work in progress. "My" room in this house is still not livable, and that is one of my goals. Not only that, we think we have come up with a way to arrange our living room so that we can bring up the reclining chaise lounge from downstairs -- something we've been missing (it fit into our old living room, and it's really bugged me that it didn't fit into this one).
To do that, I need to clear out my room, and move the books from the living room into my room, making a little library. One of the things in my room at present were several bags of clothes to donate, but they weren't cataloged and I've been going thru & doing that.
Yesterday I tackled the dresses in my closet. Some of them are fairly new, some of them I have had for almost 20 years. I tried them all on, deciding which should stay and which should go.
And here's where the surprise came in: 3 of them were dresses I used to wear while I was still a WW leader (almost 20 years ago). One of those dresses fit, altho I decided to donate it anyway because it was too big on top and just not flattering enough and I have several dresses now that are more flattering.
Another one fit, but was just a little bit too tight, and again I decided to donate it because I don't think it's me any longer -- big surprise after 20 years, right?
The third is also just a tad too tight, but not too bad. If I get down to my GW, it should fit me nicely. I've decided to keep it for now as a focus dress (to go along with my focus jeans). It's a summer dress, too, so it should be good motivation to keep working hard this summer. When it fits again, I'll decide whether or not it's worth keeping.
I truly didn't think any of these dresses would fit at all. So it was a very pleasant surprise.
The other pleasant surprise is that my husband is trying new foods. He has borderline high cholesterol, has had for a few years, and his doctor wants to see him again in 3 months. So he decided he'd try some oatmeal. He's always said he didn't like oatmeal.
I made him my oatmeal with dates, peanut butter, and just a few chocolate chips this weekend and he liked it. It's a start. I, of course, want to sit down with him and make him pick a small baby step to try (like maybe oatmeal for breakfast 4 times a week or actually walking the dogs for 20 minutes 5 times a week), but I'm so far sitting on my hands and biting my tongue and it isn't easy.
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