Friday, August 05, 2011
So I spent some time thinking about goals, what I should focus on & what's not working for me.
What's not working:
-No definable goals. Duh! Better to make them even if you don't meet them - at least you're working towards something.
-No schedule of rewards. Always a hard one for me, but it's important.
-Chocolate nut butters. Really, they are still pretty healthy, but chocolate needs sugar to be palatable. I'm ok with a little bit of sugar in my life, too many little bits just drives me to want more sweets.
-Sweet snacks. See above.
What I should focus on:
-Morning yoga. Makes a difference in my body, my spirit & my energy level. Does NOT have to be every day, but at least 3 x week. Hopefully more.
-Savory snacks. See sugar musings above.
-Extra core work. If it's warm enough, want to wear a bikini in Miami.
-Journaling. Like actual pen to paper. Amazing what insights you can gain when you do that.
Goals & rewards:
-Simply lose weight this week. Going down to see the family tomorrow, to take my niece, my folks & my sister out to lunch to celebrate her high school graduation. The restaurant they've chosen doesn't have nutritional info - never a good sign. I've already pretty much decided I'm going to have a quesadilla - I know, not the healthiest option, but darn it, I don't think I've had one since we moved from austin. Already planning around it. Something as simple as that could derail my goal of losing weight this week - but not if I'm careful.
Reward: rent movie on my iPad.
-Get below 140. Would like that to happen before we go to visit the inlaws at the end of the month (which is a challenge in & of itself).
Reward: another movie rental?
-Maintain weight while visiting the inlaws, which is very difficult for many reasons.
Reward: use massage certificate that I have.
-Get below 138, which would be my lowest weight to date. I di not have time goals for most of these goals - simply doesn't work for me.
Reward: new shoes?
So how bout you? What should you be focused on?
What isn't moving you in the direction you want to go?
Do you have concrete goals you're working towards?
Thursday, August 04, 2011
At my WW meeting today, my leader talked about being unfocused thus summer. That got my attention. I don't think I'm unfocused, but am I focusing on the right things?
I am not writing down daily, weekly, or monthly goals - and I haven't in a long time.
I've gone back to mentally tallying my water instead of actually recording it.
Sugar has probably crept in more than it ought to.
But I've also been thinking today about celebrating successes rather than obsessing about failures.
I chose to have some coconut ice cream (the kind made with coconut milk, not cow's milk) last week. A pint should be 4 servings, but being the volume eater that I am, it's only 3. But I tracked each serving as 1 1/3 serving.
I really didn't want to track my popcorn the other night, probably because I knew it wasn't the best decision for that moment, but I did.
I've done morning yoga 3 times this week & somehow that just makes me feel better.
I've given my core some extra attention this week.
Still, I've really got to think about what I SHOULD be focused on to move me forward. Epwhat do you need to be focused on?
Wednesday, August 03, 2011
That's the $64,000,000 question, right?
Much of July was spent at the higher end of the range my body has settled into & I felt every pound. I felt so bloated. My face looked so bloated - doesn't take much for my face to look bloated.
We're only talking 3 lbs tops here, but when you're as short as I am it can really make a difference.
There didn't really seem a reason for it. Every time I hear someone complaining about eating terribly and still losing weight, while I'm happy for them, it still makes me pea green cause it sure feels as tho I can do everything right and still gain weight.
I continue to grapple with whether or not I eat enough for my activity level. I get better at recording BLTs all the time. Yet I remain stuck.
Well, the good news is that, to me, I look much less bloated. I did yoga in the morning for the second day in a row - altho I broke my green smoothie streak of about 2 weeks yesterday. Replaced it with popcorn. Well, I am human, after all.
I'm just rambling here. Seemed like a good topic but just isn't coming together.
Here's a chuckle for the dog lovers out there. Have the dogs stop & sit before we cross a street. Sometimes they get a treat, sometimes they don't. This morning I reached down to give Chester his treat & he wouldn't take it. That NEVER happens.
Then he spit out the crabapple pit he'd ben hoarding for God knows how long & took the treat.
Simba update: he seems back to normal (about $400 & many gray hairs later). We went to see the specialist my vet recommended yesterday & I LOVED her. Why couldn't she be a regular vet?
She supported my decision not to vaccinate Simba - even before he got so sick - and offered to write a note to my regular vet, altho I don't think that would really alter his views. She said she wished more owners would stand up to vets that way. She supported the acupuncture - hardly surprising since she does it too, but she didn't try to take over that aspect of his care.
There really wasn't much she could do right now, but said when/if he has a flare up, call her & she'll get an ultrasound. Unfortunately it needs to be during an episode.
Tuesday, August 02, 2011
As I've noted before, I will never have 6 pack abs; I'd have to eat really, really clean to achieve that. But my abs aren't terrible & my obliques are quite good. But they all get fluffy if they aren't paid extra attention - almost every day.
Doing an extra 10 minutes - sometimes 15 - of core work a day makes a HUGE difference. It's the only muscle I think you can safely work out everyday, altho there's a lot of different opinions on that.
I've neglected the abs for a while & it shows - to me - anyway. After just a week of getting back to the extra work I think I'm already seeing some results.
Speaking of neglect, somehow my morning yoga practice went out the window this summer, too. Could that account for the fluffier arms? Dunno, but I'm going to try & find out. I know I'll never have the cut arms I'd like til I drop those last few pounds - the muscles are there, there's just too much fat covering them.
This morning, since I was awake early anyway, I got up & did 10 minutes of yoga. Which is all I do most mornings. I do other, longer yoga practices a few days thru out the week. Some for my core, some for my running, but a little yoga is good way to start the day.
I've woken up tired in the mornings for much of the summer. Is it the weather? The heat? Lack of that morning yoga? I really don't think I'm overtraining. We'll see if getting back to my morning yoga makes any difference in my energy level.
All those little choices so add up. Like choosing my avocado chocolate mousse last night instead of the planned for prograde craver (a dark chocolate PB energy bar). Both are treats, both are semi-healthy options, but the avocado mousse is the healthier choice - to my mind. And really yummy (google it if you're interested - even DH likes it).
But the sweets are why I won't get those 6 pack abs. Breakfast this morning was CCK's cookie dough boatmeal. Second breakfast was her Chocolate chip cookie dough pancakes - chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2011/05/05
Topped with dark chocolate almond butter.
Chocolate is just one of those things I'm not willing to give up, but I do eat it in small doses. Thru out the day. If I just didn't have a sweet tooth, like CCK, maybe I would get those 6 pack abs. For now I'll keep the chocolate, but I'll keep working on those abs, too.
Monday, August 01, 2011
DH is always angling for a deal. Usually we eat out once a week, on the weekends. He kept asking me where I wanted to eat out . . . I think he felt that food would soothe all the stress I went thru with Simba last week (who thankfully SEEMS back to normal now, leaving me with the ongoing problem of finding a vet I can work with - it's not easy when you move!).
So anyway, quite frankly going out to dinner was the last thing on my mind. In the end, I suggested I get a veggie roll from one of the pizza places & he could get a sub - he doesn't like the pizza from the place where I like the rolls.
But he always has to feel that he's getting a deal. So he got chicken wings, too. At least they were plain, not fried & had no sauce. Why can't he see that just because you're getting something for free it's not freeing you from feeling like crap because you eat crap?
Now, I'm not saying that chicken wings are evil. Truly, I think even the unhealthiest food (which isn't chicken wings) really can have a place in a healthy lifestyle . . . occasionally. I also find that the more healthy foods you eat, the less you crave the junk.
Just don't think you're getting a deal when you get free food that isn't healthy. Free unhealthy foods = a shorter lifespan - or a longer one that isn't thriving, which might as well be a shorter one.
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