Friday, February 11, 2011
I'd like to think that it can. Those couple of pounds I lost a couple of weeks ago? They've found me again. And despite my pretzel & chocolate foray, the truth is I've eaten pretty healthy. Still have the pretzels, as a matter of fact.
Yesterday's blog was an attempt not to whine, but not today!
Yesterday I was at odds with the world. It was one of those days, where everything seems to go wrong. They didn't, of course, but I let it feel that way. Because there aren't too many really bad days -- we just let ourselves think they're bad days.
I was po'd at DH. I was angry at the world, I felt badly for being angry at the world, which of course only made me even angrier at myself.
The reason I struggle with what to eat on my birthday isn't a worry about backsliding. It's because I've been on a plateau just 8- 10 pounds from my GW - for a year & a half! Every time I lose weight I think I've broken it or at least figured out what I was doing wrong. And then I just gain back the weight.
I am thankful to a couple of my SP buddies for posting blogs yesterday that I really needed read - about being happy with where you're at & making this fun.
Today I get my massage, and I'm really looking forward to that. It's been 2 years since my last massage! It's quite cold - but not windy or snowy & I'll finally get out for an outside run. Next week we might even get up to 40F!
A little cheese to go with my whine.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
I've been going back & forth on what to do on my birthday. I was hoping to go out for sushi - weather is looking a bit iffy, but might be ok, especially since the place I want to go is close to home.
And since sushi is semi-healthy, that might free me up for some dessert.
And then I got to thinking why can't I just eat whatever the heck I want for one meal? People do it all the time and still lose weight. I've done it & still lost weight, too. But sometimes I gain, which is part of what holds me back from treat meals. But sometimes I gain when I eat healthy, too.
And just when you thought this was a total whinefest, I got to thinking about what I'm really missing. When I was a teenager, I totally ate whatever I wanted. And I had frequent stomach problems. And I was fat. I was picked on. I was never asked out on a date.
As an adult, I didn't have much energy. Nothing fit. I had frequent insomnia. I'd come home from work and immediately change into sweats.
Once I first lost the weight with WW 20 yrs ago, I must admit that I've pretty much been eating healthy since then. But portion sizes continue to be a struggle. Still, I know it's a struggle worth fighting, because I know I don't want to go back to the never wanting my picture taken, always wearing black, low self esteem person I was just a few short years ago.
I will most likely have dessert on my birthday. But I won't feel deprived the next day when I don't. Because I'm not missing out on anything!
What are you missing?
Tuesday, February 08, 2011
. . . you stop buying clothes, but start buying running gear!
One of the things I'm working on this year is to control my spending. So I'm mostly staying out of the malls, haven't set foot in TJMaxx or Marshalls in months, recycle the catalogs without opening them.
In addition to my iPad, however, I'm using some of my recent windfall to invest in good running clothes, like the new balance nbx windblocker jacket that arrived yesterday and the cw-x insulator compression tights I just ordered.
Be careful if you decide to take up running -- it can cost you a lot of money for something that is touted as not needing a lot of equipment!
Today, however, I need to get back to my daily kitchen cleaning routine -- I've seriously let that slide and the kitchen is a mess. Why is it I can mostly control my eating, have little trouble with exercise, but a clean household still eludes me?
I want to run today -- indoors -- but the satellite has thrown a major fit & I can't tape the Today show, which is what I usually watch while running on the treadmill. I might try watching some of it on my iPad -- not sure whether or not that will be annoying, but there's only one way to find out. Or maybe that episode of private practice that didn't tape for reasons unknown. I hope it thaws out before tonight, cause I do have a couple of shows that should tape tonight.
Any great running equipment purchases lately?
Monday, February 07, 2011
I read an interesting article in this month's "Self", about why we crave carbs in the winter. Remember it wasn't that long ago that I was musing about wanting more carbs recently? Supposedly you crave more carbs because less sunshine makes serotonin less active, making you feel tired & hungry. The carbs make your serotonin levels rise. Self medication!
To battle the bulge that can result from carb overload, the suggestion is to load up more on protein earlier in the day, because carb cravings will intensify as the day goes on. Have a carby snack, like popcorn, in the afternoon. And have a healthy carb-heavy dinner with whole grains & beans, or whole grain pasta.
Interesting. Why didn't they run this article like 2 months ago?
There's also a good article on half marathon training. oh, and cause I'm typing this on my iPad & can't seem to get to the beginning to edit, it's Fitness, not Self. I'm so glad I didn't wait longer to get my iPad, cause it allows me to type with one hand! Slow, but a lot less painful right now.
Do you alter your eating habits in winter?
Sunday, February 06, 2011
Yesterday was not a good day. It had some good moments, but overall I'm left wondering where my bad karma came from.
I had my SNL Julia Child moment -- you know the skit where "she" cuts her hand & bleeds all over the turkey? I sliced my left ring finger on a can I'd just opened -- badly. DH was not home. Do you know how hard it can be to stop gushing blood & bandage yourself? I managed, tho, and thankfully one of my SP buddies who's a nurse told me they probably couldn't do anything more for me at an ER -- I am a total wimp when it comes to needles, but thankfully can handle bleeding.
Not that I had plans to go anywhere considering we were in the middle of a pretty good sleet storm.
So I'm already trying to decide whethervor not tomdo my scheduled run today -- I'll at least attempt it. And whether or not I should swim Thursday -- probably not, can't imagine a bandaid staying on, & I could see that being incredibly painful. Which is a bummer, considering I had to miss it last week & there isn't any for the following 2 weeks.
I actually have along history of accidentally cutting up my fingers. I can remember in HS doing it by banging my little finger against a grill on a locker. You can bet I milked that for all it was worth to get out of gym for as long as possible!
And that is how far I have come -- from using an injury as an excuse not to exercise to figuring out just how soon & how much I can do. Cause exercise makes me feel good. You may be sitting there thinking that exercise sure doesn't make you feel good, but if you'll only stick with it, it will -- someday -- I promise. Just keep doing it & keep trying new things til you've found what you like & have formed a habit. Promise yourself you'll do just 10 minutes. 10 minutes can be life changing!
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