Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Maybe you're sailing thru the holiday season, continuing on your healthy lifestyle journey, dropping weight as usual.
And just maybe you're human like the rest of us, and:
You're fallen sick and fallen behind
You've let exercise go in favor of your to-do list
You've imbibed a wee too much of all the goodies
Do you know what puts on more weight than any food you will ever put in your mouth? Guilt! Yes, stress can indeed cause you to gain weight (of course, those missed sweat sessions and extra sweets contribute, too).
This blog has been rattling around in my brain a while, but this morning I just happened to read this:
"The most important approach to true health and longevity is to be gentle and love ourselves. Diet is far more than what goes into our mouths. Peace of mind is the most profound and pervasive medicine. Loving your body is the most fundamental foundation for health. Attitude and intention are portent food for thought. Thoughts are potentially as toxic as any subject. Visualization is a powerful tool. What we focus on grows stronger. Love breeds life, health and balance."
Which says it all better than I could ever hope to.
I definitely struggle with this. A LOT. Sometimes I get it right -- and sometimes the guilt creeps in. And I always struggle when it does. Now I just need suggestions about letting go of the guilt!
Oddly enough, this is part of what I love about TLC's "What Not to Wear": it's all about loving the body you HAVE, not the body you wish you had.
So if you've been less than perfect lately, realize that you're just human -- and let go of the guilt. Then let me know how you did that!
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Oh, we all know by now that we ought to be on our own lists -- preferably first on our own lists. But the thought came to me the other day, just what gift am I giving myself when I make poor eating choices?
Wanting to be invisible?
Poor self confidence?
The list could go on and on, but are any of these things you want? Didn't think so.
Of course, thinking of the negatives in your life never got you anywhere.
You have to focus on the gifts you WANT to receive. I read somewhere recently that losing weight shouldn't be the goal, losing weight ought to be a byproduct of reaching another goal:
Lowering blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, etc.
Doing more pushups, situps, using heavier weights, etc.
Lots of energy
Keep in mind your goals over the next few days -- better yet, put up some visuals somewhere -- and give yourself the gift of a healthy you.
Sunday, December 19, 2010
It has continually amazed me how my taste buds have changed over the last 20 years. But what's truly astounding is how my husband's taste buds are slowly changing. Either that, or I'm just slowly wearing him down.
You know how most couples fight over money? I swear we fight more over food!
Anyway, I was catching up with some old Oprah episodes, and on her favorite things episode she had mac & cheese, which I haven't had in forever. And yeah, suddenly I wanted it. But I sure didn't want to make it from scratch, even tho I did actually have the ingredients on hand. I remembered that I had some whole wheat, healthy mac & cheese packages squirrel'd away.
I made one. This thing has been sitting around here for months, because I really don't eat that crap anymore -- even when it's organic, no trans fat, real cheese, blah blah blah. And when I sat down to eat it? Nope, it really just didn't cut it. I ate maybe half of what I'd planned to, and then I cajoled my husband into a taste. Because I thought he might actually like it -- closer to Kraft Mac & Cheese (without the nasty ingredients).
And sure enough, he thought it wasn't bad. Compared to what he normally eats, that's almost healthy! So it won't go to waste, I'll give it to him for lunch, even tho he doesn't need the sodium.
I was still hungry, so I finished my meal with some healthy pancakes I had on hand. Weird, I know, but it worked for me.
Today I am not craving mac & cheese anymore. The power of a visual! Cause like I said, I could make it from scratch, and I make a good mac & cheese. I have a great big hunk of raw cheddar in the fridge, don't ask me why. Cause it was there. Not really sure what I'm going to do with it.
So far this week I'm doing much better on the BLTs (as in fewer), but even so I know I'm not eating as healthy as I could be. I've got a while til my next WI, OTOH, so maybe I can get motivated to clean things up. It's not that I'm eating terribly, it's just that I'm not making as healthy choices as I could -- simply because I've been feeling lazy. Of course, then you get into the catch-22 of non-healthy choices making you even lazier . . .
So today I will do yoga and drag DH & the dogs around the neighborhood. Tomorrow I will run, whether on the treadmill or outside. And I will tell myself that I have the energy to do what needs to be done.
Saturday, December 18, 2010
I am quite sure there are spark buddies out there who can relate to this one. In general, I eat pretty healthy. But it's the little things that trip me up:
Not moving enough outside of exercise
BLTs (bites, licks & tastes)
I think it's those last 2 that really stands in the way of me finally pushing thru to my GW. It's probably all 4, in reality, but today we're talking about that last one. That list is really more for me than anything else.
Yesterday was one of those days. I was HUNGRY with a capital H. Yes, I was tired, too. Yes, I ran, but it was only about 4 miles -- which once seemed undoable and is now completely doable.
I was well hydrated. In fact, I've recently noticed that sugar has a tendency to make me very thirsty. I tried out sports beans for the first time, and I do think I like them, but boy was I thirsty for the rest of the day. So far I've tried out blok shots, power bites, dates, and the sports beans for fuel during longer runs (altho yesterday's wasn't really all that long).
I like the blok shots, but they are kind of big. I really like the power bites (chocolate, of course), but they are also big and rather difficult to chew. The sports beans are just the right size. I'm not even into jelly beans -- never eat them -- I prefer my sugar with chocolate -- but I really liked them.
I'm not completely off track here, you just gotta stick with me. I've also experimented with some stuff I probably shouldn't lately: chef jay's protein brownie (OMG, really good) and the triple threat power bars, which are like candy bars. I can definitely see those things being a slippery slope: I save them for long run days -- more than an hour -- but truly, they're highly processed and do I really need them? The answer is probably no. I could make something healthier.
Anyway, after my run yesterday I was very hungry. I'd made a healthy recovery pudding (basically a fruit smoothie without any liquid), but I was still hungry after that -- and still cold! -- so I had a protein cookie with my tea.
And I didn't track everything. Until later. In the end, I was well within my range for the day. But it's those untracked foods that normally slip me up. Why is it that I fear writing everything down sometimes? The guilt from making less-than-healthy choices? Fear of failing?
I have been super tired lately. Not sick, just totally unmotivated to move (altho obviously I still do) and totally unmotivated to tackle my chores (not doing quite so well with those). I haven't pinpointed the cause yet. The short, dark days? Too much sugar? Too much pasta?
Just the effort of changing in and out of 20 billion layers all the time can keep me from doing what I really ought to be doing.
Last week there were a lot of unrecorded BLTs. I was really hoping to get control of them this week and see what the new Pointsplus plan can really do for me. It seems like an awful lot of food -- how in the world can you lose weight eating all of that food? And yet even with my BLTs last week, I still lost .6 pounds. But people are doing so well, even those like me that are close to their GW -- how well could I do if I made better choices?
So last night, after dinner, when I was STILL hungry, I had 2 clementines and an apple. Gotta love free fruit! Which worked for me, and helped me to turn down the popcorn DH made.
It isn't TOM or anywhere near it so that does not explain the hungries.
Yes, it's a totally random and rambling blog, and it was mainly for me to get out some stuff.
Friday, December 17, 2010
A dear spark buddy reminded me today that it is often life's hardest struggles that teach us -- and give us -- the most.
It is so, so easy to be envious and bitter about the people who can eat anything they want and never gain an ounce. My SIL & BIL come to mind, altho SIL would tell you she wants to lose weight (and she's pretty tiny).
Then I watch how they eat, and I watch how they feed their kids. Especially how they feed their kids. Let's just say it isn't the healthiest.
And so I am reminded to be thankful for my struggles with weight, because they have led me to an intense interest in nutrition -- and, oddly enough, exercise. I believe that I am far healthier, in the long wrong, BECAUSE I've struggled with my weight. Because rather than just lose the weight at any cost, I've instead made it my mission to be the best me I can be -- mind, body, and spirit.
That means learning how to eat healthy. Learning how to not stress about it when I don't eat healthy. Learning to actually enjoy the feeling of a body in motion. All of this is a work in progress, but they are things I probably would have never learned if I hadn't struggled with my weight.
What about your own struggles with weight makes you thankful?
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