Wednesday, October 13, 2010
A buddy commented on yesterday's blog that I have turned a corner. And I replied that I must be stuck in a maze, cause I've turned many corners in this journey.
Yes, weight loss is like a maze:
You never quite know if you're moving in the right direction
You have to turn a lot of corners
Sometimes you have to double back
You have to be willing to change directions
But the payoff can be oh-so-amazing! (sorry for that bad pun!).
I am surprised by just how many of you love black bean soup.
Do you know that I have been on SP about 2 1/2 years and it just dawned on me the other day that there is more than one page of emoticons?
While I do feel in a zone, that doesn't mean I've been perfect, either. I realized I've been eating more than I realized this week. Staying with my limits, but just at the higher end more often than in the last few weeks. Yes, TOM is coming and that explains it, but somehow these last couple of weeks have seemed really busy and things just seem to have gotten away from me slightly. Still making really good food choices more often than not, and I'm very proud of that. Feels good, too.
This is for the runners out there. It's a free week of videos from Stu Mittleman, ultramarathoner and author of "The Slow Burn". I did NOT put in my cell phone #, but it still worked for me. Yes, he'll try to sell you stuff at the end, I'm sure. No, I don't earn anything from passing this along, just thought some of you might be interested.
Haven't watched the first video yet myself, but am very interested to see what he has to say!
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
I don't know whether it's the weather, the challenges I've joined, the eating program I'm preparing to attempt next week, or it's simply my time, but I feel like someone flipped the switch. Like suddenly making better food choices have become easy -- at least the majority of the time.
I know for sure I've lost some weight in the last few weeks -- no idea how much, but my jeans are definitely fitting better. I still have my stomach rolls, and I guess I'm going to have to make peace with them, cause I have a sneaking suspicion that I will always have stomach rolls.
I am still not looking at the results of my WIs. I'm in a bit of a dilemma about when I should. Should I look before vacation? After? Or just keep not looking and concentrate more on better choices.
As to the eating program I'll be starting, it's called the Ultrasimple Diet and I got it from the library. Basically, it's a very clean way of eating. No gluten, no dairy, no sugar, no peanuts -- which means no PB! -- (trying to remember what else is on the no-no list).
When I read the book, it sounded very boring -- but doable -- but then I downloaded the companion guide and there is some yummy-sounding recipes in there.
But . . . no dessert? For a week? And actually the author recommends you stay on it for 3 weeks, even tho the book is written for one week. Basically it eliminates all those things that are common allergens in our diet -- but that means no oatmeal for me, too, and that's a toughie! I love my oatmeal.
I love to eat, y'all know that. I am not one of those people who whines they can't get all their food in, quite the opposite. And I love my sweet treats. So we'll see how it goes. I actually do have a plan for some sweet treats that will fall within the guidelines if I really can't hack it: some of the energy/recovery puddings from "Thrive", which are basically enhanced fruit puddings that I already enjoy. And if I get really desperate, I might sneak in some brown rice sushi.
And I will probably have to let in a very small amount of natural sugar to fuel my runs.
It is not a starvation diet. There's plenty of protein, fruit smoothies, brown rice, and veggies.
So I'm not normally into deprivation diets. We all know where they get you. But I'm willing to try to eat very clean for a week and see where that gets me -- especially since DH will be away on a business trip, which makes my food choices so much easier.
But here's the funny thing: in preparation for this newer way of eating, I've found myself recently making even better food choices. Doing the frozen banana trick for dessert or even just a big bowl of fruit with 1 tbsp of chopped walnuts for dessert (or a snack) several times this week. I discovered yesterday that an apple & a cup of grapes was a very satisfying combination.
I've been on a kick with chocolate nut butters lately. I bought several -- that aren't available locally -- when we were on vacation back in August. So you can see they've lasted a long time! But I've found myself choosing plain almond butter instead (which is actually allowed on the program, since almonds aren't the common allergen peanuts are).
There are recipes for things like black bean soup, curried chickpeas & veggies, curried veggies with coconut milk . . . doesn't really sound like a diet, does it? And you're supposed to journal every day, do yoga -- I like the mind-body connection.
So I'll let you know how it goes, naturally.
But for the moment, I feel like I'm in a zone. It's a really nice feeling!
Monday, October 11, 2010
This was supposed to be part of last week's challenge, so I'm not going to award myself points unless the team thinks I should. I think I procrastinated, as I do too often, and don't really deserve them. Altho it was a busy weekend, filled with lots of raking, some fun shopping, and some shopping for a new dishwasher -- which isn't necessarily fun, but was somewhat necessary and will make me happier in the long run.
So anyway. The challenge was to make fitness fun. See those falls above (courtesy of DH)? Those are the Cohoes falls. Apparently, the largest falls east of Niagara. And almost no one seems to know that they're there.
DH has talked to a lot of people who've lived here forever, and so far hasn't come up with anyone who's ever seen them -- some have never heard of them.
My parents lived in Troy, NY while my Dad attended RPI umpteen years ago, and my mom used to come up to shop in Cohoes when I was growing up. They'd never even heard of the falls.
We went a couple of weeks ago, and while impressive, they were somewhat dry due to our very dry summer. But with almost an entire week of rain, they were quite impressive yesterday!
DH didn't want to go. He was tired. He's going on a business trip to Japan at the end of this week. We'd just spent about an hour and a half ordering a new dishwasher.
But the truth is that the falls are really, really close. Like 10 minutes away. So we went.
Now, there isn't a whole lot of fitness to be had there. There's a park, but it's very small. Still, there's a very long staircase down to the falls -- not so bad going down, but it seems to double in size coming back up.
There wasn't a great deal of color, but the falls themselves were spectacular (and I just have a real thing for waterfalls) -- even a couple of rainbows.
Another way I made fitness fun was to make sure to do some agility with the dogs this week. If you don't know what agility for dogs is, here's some really old video of us doing a fun match -- judysworld.net/blog/index.php/2008/0
Notice that this is before I started to lose weight, and it's also before I became a runner.
Unfortunately, up here there isn't anyplace that does agility close to us. Not to mention finances are a bit tighter as well, so we don't go to class anymore, and I miss it. But sometimes I do some on the home made equipment DH made us. I made sure to do that a few times this week. Still not a huge amount of fitness really, but it's fun (altho sometimes frustrating, as you can see from the video!).
I tend to like fun fitness DVDs, too. Altho I'm a terrible dancer, I enjoy the Core Rhythms series. And Turbojam. Most of the earlier Beachbody stuff.
Fitness shouldn't be dull and painful. When you're having fun, the time can really fly! Find what makes fitness fun for you.
What are the fun things you do to get fit? My buddy Kate, who just finished her second marathon in a monsoon, would probably say running marathons, which only goes to show you that it takes all kinds of crazy people to make the world go round.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
That's from Eckhert Tolle, I believe.
And this came to me this morning in one of my affirmations apps:
"All personal breakthroughs begin with a change in beliefs." -- Anthony Robbins
I can be stubborn. I like to think of myself as open minded, but the truth is at the same time if you tell me to do something, I'm more likely to protest it and maybe even do the opposite.
People like to give advice on blogs, even when you don't invite it. I'm not talking about any recent blogs in general, it's just the way it is (and I'm just as guilty of it as the next person).
Sometimes I think it's great advice. And sometimes I think that person missed the mark by a mile.
And I realized, recently, it's exactly those times that I think the person is obviously out to lunch that I really need to sit up and take notice. Think about it. Why am I resisting that particular suggestion so much? Could there be a kernel of truth in it? Maybe it's something I need to try before I discount it.
What about you? Do you find yourself easily taking advice, or more easily taking umbrage? What does that really say about you?
Saturday, October 09, 2010
Bet that title caught your eye. Guess what? It's a book title. I caught an interview with the author on the Today show yesterday. No, I haven't actually read the book yet.
And then I read yesterday's dailyspark -- www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=one
Maybe it's just me, but I found both deeply disturbing.
The basic message of Ugly as Sin seems to be that we're all ugly, we're all beautiful, we've been conditioned to think that way and let's just move on.
That we all think we're ugly, every single day.
Now I don't know about you, but I don't think I'm ugly every single day. Not even when I was at my heaviest. I am quite sure that there are people that think this way, but it wasn't me.
I don't find the idea of thinking of myself as ugly particularly freeing, either. I have to admit I think the author may have some issues, but then again, like I said, I haven't read the book.
Yes, we live in a society that treasures physical beauty. Yes, that can lead to all sorts of self image problems even when you truly are beautiful.
But what is wrong with believing that you're beautiful?
And the Dailyspark entry. It sounded so empowering. A celebrity that embraces her curves, essentially. But it was this last paragraph that really got to me:
"A size 8 still sounds small to me. When I saw recent pictures of her, Iíll be honest that I was surprised she was a size 8. I think thatís because Iím used to seeing celebrities who are so tiny. Sheíd look perfectly healthy walking down the street as an average person. But because Hargitay is a celebrity, some people consider her to be "curvy". When did a size 8 become curvy?"
Well, who the heck cares just what size she is? And why did the author have to even bring it up? Her point would have been made -- and been great -- if she'd just left that out. Just pointed out that here is an actress who's a fairly normal size -- which by Hollywood standards would be considered large -- who's healthy and happy. That would have been a great point.
Such a mixed message!
What do you think? Do you think that believing you're ugly can actually be freeing for you? Do you think that the dailyspark blog post missed the mark, or were they right on? Did you find that an inspiring post?
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