Sunday, October 24, 2010
My goal of looking good on vacation is fast approaching. In the past, I would set those sort of goals, only to be more out of control than ever and never meeting them. But those days seem to be behind me. My biggest challenge is to keep up with everything as I'm preparing for my trip, which is always crazy-making. And not pushing myself too hard so I don't get run down and sick.
But what happens once the vacation is over? Sometimes our goals of a healthy lifestyle fly right out the window with them, especially if we've indulged too much on our vacation.
They don't have to, of course, if we set a new goal.
I'm lucky. My husband goes to this conference on our anniversary pretty much every year, and barring act of God, he will most likely go to next year's. Which will be in Miami. Which means that I'll get some more use out of the bathing suits I bought for this vacation -- providing that I don't gain a lot of weight.
Of course, I have to set some smaller goals between now and then. A big goal a year away is too far away -- you have to break it down into smaller goals to keep moving forward, or it's all too easy to backslide.
As part of my smaller goals I have finished a month of sweeping my laundry room every morning. So I downloaded one album. And I set a new goal. To wipe down at least part of the kitchen every day. I am bad about that -- the perfectionism kicks in and I feel like I have to do the entire kitchen, but that's "work".
I often find that if I do a little bit, I'm inspired to do a bit more. Just like with exercise . . . so just having that goal to wipe down at least part of the kitchen every day should help.
Just like yesterday I went for for a run with a simple goal of running for 45 minutes at an easy pace . . . and ran for almost an hour (the new headphones help, and I'd downloaded the first biggest loser playlist -- I already had the second one).
And I may do the Jingle Bell 5k, which is a fun run -- if we're here. We might be out of town for it, so obviously I can't do it if I 'm not here, but if I am, I plan to do it. Even tho we could have snow potentially by then!
So how do you keep your goals fresh?
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Lola & Chester are very cute dogs, there's no denying it. It is not uncommon for people to actually stop their cars, roll down their windows, and comment on how cute they are or ask what breed they are. Thankfully, just in the neighborhood, not busy highways! Not that we're walking on busy highways anyway.
It happened again this morning. And so I bring you this blog, which wasn't at all what I was planning to write.
Are you the showstopper in your own life?
It doesn't matter what size you are. It doesn't matter how many friends you do or do not have. It doesn't matter whether or not you have a significant other.
You SHOULD be the showstopper in your own life.
If you're not, how do you become one? Simply by believing that you are. That you are beautiful, just the way you are, that you are worthy of attention and adulation just the way you are.
What, you say you don't feel worthy of attention and adulation?
Well, I'm telling you that you are. So act like you are. Fake it til you make it, as they say, if you have to. And guess what? When you do, you'll start getting more of that attention and adulation.
Wait, you don't WANT attention and adulation? Well, why the heck not? I'm not talking about guys grabbing your butt or whistling at you as you walk down the street. I'm talking about people listening to you, truly listening to what YOU want, what YOU need. I'm talking about people appreciating all the good things about you.
It isn't selfish. In fact, it's downright necessary.
So go ahead, be the showstopper in your own life. Believe in yourself. And watch the goodness unfold.
Friday, October 22, 2010
The Right Tools
Too Many Chargers
Last night I was tired -- apparently a bit more tired than I thought I was. I needed to charge my Kindle. I knew the charger was downstairs, so I went down to bring it up. Plugged it into the outlet, then stared at it, cause it was obvious the plug on the other end wouldn't fit into the Kindle.
I kept staring at it. Fiddling with it. I knew I'd charged it -- obviously -- and yet I couldn't for the life of me figure out how. It was clear that plug wasn't going into the Kindle.
Until it dawned on me that it was the charger for my Ipod.
You need the right tools!
Speaking of tools, I bought some bluetooth headphones for my Ipod. OMG, I've only used them once, but they are Awesome with a capital A. Very comfortable, and the sound was incredible compared the the headphones I was using before (not the ones that come with it, I don't like earbuds at all). I got these -- www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002BH3I9U
So now I have a charger for my bluetooth headphones, my cell phone, my Ipod, and my Kindle to take with me. And they're all different chargers. I could've taken another real book with me! Besides music, I have meditations, yoga workouts, and running workouts on my Ipod.
Oh, and speaking of my Kindle (well, sort of), I have a variety of free and paid for ebooks that I've downloaded. Some are cookbooks, some are nutritional or motivational books. Since the Kindle can read PDFs, I've put them there (I had them on my Ipod before). So I actually use it every day, which I didn't think I would.
I was journaling this morning (even tho my first week is over), and one of the questions you're supposed to answer is what can you do today to take care of your spirit? And pray just suddenly popped into my head.
So I got on the App store and just searched on "Jewish", and sure enough, a ton of apps came up. Yup, there's an app for just about everything. Another one recommended at my WW meeting a few weeks ago is Loseit, which supposedly has a very good nutrition info database. I've downloaded it, but haven't used it yet -- altho it may come in handy when we're on vacation and I don't have access to wireless.
You need the right tools. Electronic gadgets may not be your thing. Filling your house with the right foods is always a good tool. Making sure those healthy fruits and veggies are front and center is always a good tool. The right shoes and exercise clothes (no cotton!) is always a good tool. Having those exercise tools ready is always a good tool.
What are your favorite tools?
And just a few more words on the Ultrasimple Diet. People have commented you must have such willpower, I could never give that up, etc. etc.
People, it isn't about willpower. Rely on willpower and you are surely doomed to failure cause we all have moments of weakness.
I. Never. Felt. Deprived.
I didn't crave sweets at all. I assumed that I would, but I just didn't. I even had plans ready for if I did.
It doesn't cut out any food group -- you eat fruits, you eat veggies, you eat whole grains (but not grains containing gluten), you eat protein (and no, it doesn't have to be vegetarian protein).
You do cut out common allergens: peanuts, gluten, nightshade veggies (which I do love -- that's eggplant, tomatoes, peppers), corn. He even says that many people can eat these things with no problem, but the point is to cut it out, then add one thing back at a time, and see if there's something giving you a problem that you weren't aware of.
Oddly enough, tofu is on the diet and soy is a common allergen, too.
And, of course, you do cut out all sugars except for fruit. Now people, sugar isn't a food group no matter how much I might wish it were.
Now, I can't say as my energy levels changed at all. I wake up tired. I think that's more due to the short days than what I'm eating, cause no matter what style of eating I try, my energy level is just never quite where I want it to be.
And there was another nice bonus: I felt a lot calmer. More peaceful. Happier. Maybe it was all that brown rice (which, btw, I happen to like). Maybe it was the fact that DH wasn't here. He is not a calm, happy person -- or rarely -- and that energy can definitely rub off on me.
Ok, off my soapbox now. I had my oatmeal this morning (with plain almond butter whose only ingredient was almonds).
And don't forget, share your favorite tools with us!
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Ok, I still think it was a mistake. I don't feel as tho I lost 3.8 lb! I think that is my largest loss in one week EVER. Of course, once before they told me I'd lost like 3 lbs, and I called them on it, they reweighed me, and sure enough I hadn't.
But I'm not looking at the numbers right now anyway (cause they drive me crazy). They just told me. Still think it's not right, I really think if I'd lost that much weight I would've noticed.
In fact, I tried on my focus jeans last night and was disappointed when they still weren't comfortable, after a week of eating as clean as I ever had in my life.
As I shared on this blog a few times, I tried the Ultrasimple Diet (got the book from the library, heard an audio from the author that made me investigate him further -- he has a bunch of ultra books -- I already have another one out from the library but haven't gotten into it to much).
So here's what I learned this week:
1. Sweet cravings are definitely a psychological not physiological thing most of the time. Aside from my fruit smoothies (called ultrasmoothies) and my one adora (milk chocolate calcium supplement) each night I didn't have any sweets. Nothing. Nada. I thought if I had cravings I would make a raw dessert, but I never had cravings.
2. Some things really do NEED some sweetener. When I needed something sweetened, I added dates (no sugar in any form other than fruit is allowed -- that includes no honey, no agave, no maple syrup). A mango smoothie definitely needed some dates -- I choked the dateless one down, but it truly needed a further sweetness. And I made the brown rice with apple and nuts cereal -- OMG, it was t he only recipe that was an almost-epic fail. Just so very bland. Adding a few dates helped (altho once again, I managed to get the dateless version down).
3. I can actually eat more for less when I'm eating a lot of whole foods. Who knew? I ate pretty clean before this, but now I can truly see what those little extras were costing me. And the real proof is that while occasionally I was a little hungry, most of the time I was perfectly satisfied.
4. I don't think I'm gluten intolerant at all. The only grains allowed were quinoa and brown rice, and since I'm not a huge quinoa fan all I had all week long was brown rice. Luckily, I love brown rice and the recipe with garlic and some tumeric was awesome. I feel pretty safe adding oats back in.
5. A short yoga session first thing when I get up really warms my body up -- and allowed me to face a fruit smoothie for breakfast. Considering the temps were hovering at the freezing point in the mornings, that was a BIGGIE.
6. The journaling portion was very important, just as he said. I found I got a lot of great ideas when I journaled. He has specific questions for you to answer both in the morning and the evening.
7. Listening to one of my guided meditations on the cooldown portion of my runs was a great way to fit them in. I always say I'm going to listen to them, and somehow I rarely seem to get around to it (one of the great ideas that came to me when I journaled).
I didn't follow the program perfectly. For instance, you're supposed to make and drink this "ultrabroth" (vegetable broth). Well, I made it, but I kept either forgetting to drink it or the timing just not being right.
I did feel like I was working harder in the food prep department. Everytime I turned around it seemed like I had to make another meal from scratch. It seemed like an awfully busy week and it really shouldn't have been.
You're not supposed to use any sweetener such as stevia, either, altho he does encourage you to drink up to 2 cups of green tea a day. I'm sorry, I must have stevia in my tea. But I did cut the amount I use in half -- gradually, before I actually started.
I never tried the ultrabaths and only did yoga once in the evening. So not an evening person. Probably easier to do when it's not so dark so early outside.
He encourages you to stay on the program for 3 weeks, then slowly add back in the things you're not supposed to have. Which is just about the time we have before our vacation. So I'm going to try, but with DH coming back home, it will be more challenging.
And I worry a bit about what will happen while we're on vacation. But that is then, this is now.
Today I got my first outside meal: brown rice sushi. Which is almost on-program, only you're not even supposed to have vinegar (they put a small amount of vinegar in the sushi rice).
I'm willing to probably go another week without dessert (we'll see what happens with DH home), and then maybe make myself a nice raw dessert, which would almost fall within program.
When I tried the Flat Belly Diet, I did very well for the first couple of weeks, too. And then my weight plateau'd again. So I don't have great expectations, but I do know this is a very healthy way to eat and I really didn't feel deprived, which totally surprised me.
And I'll leave you with another thought that popped into my head this morning while journaling -- something I know, something I've read, but it popped into my head unbidden this morning:
Perfection doesn't create happiness, being present does.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Are you a deviant?
Or a perfectionist?
Do you have a tendency to deviate from your plans, but not in a good way? You know, good intentions to eat well, get to the gym, get some sleep. But you don't.
Probably because you're not making yourself a priority. And I can just hear the excuses now. We've all got them. We've all used them. But they ARE just excuses. If you fill your cup first, you'll have some left over to fill everyone's cups around you.
Even simpler: if momma ain't happy, ain't nobody happy.
Or are you a perfectionist? And deviating from your plans even a smidge causes you to throw your hands up in the air, feel like you've blown it, and give up.
I am a recovering perfectionist. I still do feel guilty, sometimes, when I deviate from my plans, and sometimes I have a difficult time deviating from my plans when I know I ought to be taking it easier. I have a tendency to push myself -- not for speed, not necessarily in getting things done around the house, but to stick to my plans.
Monday I figured I'd do my extra core work in the evening. I didn't have time during the day. I should know better; I am so not an evening person, and the core work didn't get done. And I had to forgive myself for that.
So which one are you?
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