Friday, June 27, 2008
I'm proud of myself; I came up with this one on my own! Although I'm sure someone else, somewhere, recommends this.
We spend so much of our lives rushing around. And that includes eating. And when we rush through eating, we don't taste our food or enjoy it -- plus, we tend to eat more, because it takes about 20 minutes for the stomach to realize that it's full.
I now take 10 deep breaths before most meals & snacks. Then I say a small thanks for the food. And then I eat. It slows me down. I still find that I sometimes have to really concentrate on eating slower, even though I'm not a fast eater to begin with. But it seems like I'm sometimes just trying to "get through it", so that I can get on to the next task. Which is odd, considering I love to eat and I love what I eat, but there you go.
Do whatever works for you, but remember to slow down and change gears when you're eating.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
The trick to weighing-in is that there are no tricks. Sorry, I'll bet you were looking for tips to fool the scale, and there aren't any.
What prompted this post was a recent discussion on a Weight Watchers sparkteam. The consensus was that you should eat as lightly as possible -- including not eating at all if you weighed in early in the morning -- because every ounce counts. That went for drinking, too.
I will admit I have been there, done that. The problem with trying to eat lightly before a weigh-in is that you're cheating yourself. You're more likely to get really hungry and make bad food choices.
The other point is that if you are staying on program, whatever your program might be (assuming it's healthy), the scale will eventually move. There will be fluctuations -- yes, obviously you weigh more at night than in the morning, and most of us weigh more at that time of the month, too.
Right now my weigh-ins are at 10:30 am. I eat breakfast. If I'm hungry, I eat a snack. And I typically drink 4 glasses of water before my weigh-in -- spaced out, not all at once, of course. I even wear jeans, despite the fact that it's in the triple digits here.
I suppose you could say that I actually weigh less than what is on my ticker because all of that. But what I know for sure is that if I'm eating healthy and exercising enough, I will lose weight. Maybe slowly, maybe not every week, maybe it will go up some weeks; but it's about balance over time, and the trend is downward.
Remember, to0, that it isn't all about the scale. I'm really happy that my clothes fit better. The clothes always tell! I have a little more energy most days, which is one of the main reasons I want to lose weight in the first place.
Relax about the scale, and enjoy the journey.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Yes, we have booked our cruise. It isn't until the end of August, so that gives me time to work on myself. This will be our seventh cruise, and our fifth on NCL, so I know what to expect. And here are some of my plans for controlling my weight during the cruise:
1. There's a promenade deck, so I plan to walk most mornings. I did this when we did a cruise in the Pacific Northwest, and I saw whales off the ship several times. My husband never saw one.
2. Unless I get dressed up, which I might -- but is no longer necessary -- always take the stairs, never the elevator. You usually have to wait for the elevator, anyway. There are quite a few levels on a cruise ship, so this can mean regularly going up 5-6 flights of stairs daily.
3. Skip the midnight buffets. Easy, because I'm a morning person. Even my husband, who isn't a morning person, usually has trouble staying up for them because we're so tired from sight seeing. Steer clear of the buffets in general; the food there usually isn't all that exciting.
4. There's a fitness program, and if you show up for x amount of classes/walks/whatever, you usually get a tshirt. Participate! Let me tell you, you just haven't done kickboxing until you've done it on a ship at sea. There's a rock climbing wall, and I've always wanted to try that -- although I'm not sure I'd like it -- but on a moving ship? I dunno. Maybe. Life is short, after all.
5. Choose active shore excursions.
The biggest problem is that we're sailing with family. And kids. I don't know how much "togetherness" will be required. And my FIL has an early-Alzheimers like disease (which really surprised me that my MIL thought he could do this, but it was her idea), so that will be interesting.
I've invited my parents to join us as well, although I suspect they'll end up declining, even though they are interested. But they are in their early 80s, and while still fairly vital, they certainly don't move real fast and can't do a lot of walking.
OTOH, my SIL, her husband (who never travels), and their 2 kids are also coming. My SIL's husband is very active, and so is she. So we'll see. It will be interesting, to say the least.
We've never traveled with our inlaws before. Well, once we did convince my MIL to come to the Vegas painting conference I go to. My parents were there, too (they get along really well). Trying to decide where to eat each night was really hard!
I know it will probably be frustrating at times. Still, I'm excited! We have always wanted to go to Alaska, and even though if I'd planned the trip for myself, I'd have planned it differently, from what I've read, pretty much no matter how or where you go in Alaska, it will be amazing.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
An online friend was writing about her puppy, who is about 4 or 5 months I think. She said that he had lunged and barked at a couple of dogs & a family on their walk.
Although she has 3 other dogs, and is my age, she's also like me in that she's never had a puppy before this. So she doesn't really know what to expect, plus she tends to set the bar way too high for herself.
She had the dog sit & told him "no". And I think that's fine. There are other things I would try if the dog tried it again. But she's already decided that he is very dominant and aggressive. He sounds like a normal puppy to be me, frankly, but I'm not there.
She said if he does it again she's going to scruff him and roll him. Keep in mind that this is a person who has a Katrina rescue dog and has done wonders with him, using positive reinforcement.
It makes me sad when people treat their dogs this way. I will never understand people who say they're all about positive training, except for _______ (fill in the blank). Maybe someday I'll truly have a problem dog and eat my words.
People want a quick fix. Yes, it might work (although it's a really good way to get bitten if you have a truly aggressive dog), but positive reinforcment works, too -- usually it works slower, though. It's what I've used with Lola to help her with her reactivity.
The difference is truly amazing, although she still has a way to go. It's taken a long time, though, and most people just aren't that patient. They want their problem fixed, yesterday.
It's what we all want when it comes to weight loss, too. The magic pill. Instant weight loss. To lose weight every week, and never gain.
But there are no fast fixes in life. Hard work, small steps, and consistency truly do work. It just takes patience.
Monday, June 23, 2008
It is a good thing to have plans. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail, after all. We usually get derailed when we don't have plans.
But the real question you should be asking yourself is: what can I do today?
You can't change what you did yesterday, although you can learn from it, and create a plan for future, similar, situations.
Tomorrow may never come, so time spent worrying about it is just a waste of time.
We are still hoping to go on our cruise, if we can just get the rest of the family to make some decisions. We'd really hoped to book it yesterday, but some are dragging their feet.
However, as I pondered what I ought to do in preparation, it came to me: it isn't about the cruise; not really. It's about what I can do today.
The last time I had a big event to prepare for, one where lots of relatives would be seeing me for the first time in a long time, I spent hours searching for the perfect outfit. But God played a joke on me; the day of the event, I got an infection of a cut I didn't even know I had on my eyebrow. The entire left side of my face blew up. I couldn't wear my contacts, although I was told my glasses made it look not so bad.
So all that time spent worrying about how I'd look? Wasted.
Instead of worrying about how many pounds I can drop before August (although I will come up with goals), or just how much exercise is enough but not too much, I will concentrate on how I feel each day. What I can do that day. Because today is all we have.
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