Tuesday, September 13, 2011
If you've ever lived with animals, you know they love their routines. They want to eat, play & exercise at the same times every day. We humans are the same way. That's why it can be so difficult to create a healthy lifestyle - we have to change & we don't like change.
I got to thinking about this because of some buddies' recent blogs. One of my buddies wondered after the recent west coast blackout just what she'd be eating if there was a real natural disaster that left her without power for a long time.
I know what I'd be eating: nut butters! I really stocked up when one of my favorite brands was on sale a while back. Of course greens would be a problem . . . oh, all those protein bars probably would come in handy, too.
There was a day I simply couldn't keep any nut butters in the house cause I'd simply eat with a spoon right out of the jar. Thankfully those days are mostly behind me & nut butters are part of my daily eating plan.
Another buddy was asking how you keep from worrying. That's a tough one. TOM was a few days late this month. I never quite know when it will arrive anymore, despite an app I use to track it, because sometimes it's early, sometimes it's late, and sometimes it's totally punctual.
If it's late next month, it will arrive during our vacation. But if it's on time the next few months, it will be going on during my HM which will totally piss me off, especially since I have low energy & a lot of trouble sleeping the week before TOM.
But there's nothing I can do about it - it will arrive when it arrives - so any worrying is simply a waste of time. All I CAN do is visualize what I want to have happen & leave the rest in God's hands (along with my worry).
Reinventing yourself isn't easy on you or those around you. There will be victories, setbacks, and long stretches of nothing much at all. But it's much, much easier if you're willing to bend & stretch - a LOT.
Monday, September 12, 2011
A funny thing happens when you start to baby step your way into a new habit: the snowball effect sometimes takes over. Think of a snowball rolling down a hill, growing larger & larger as it picks up more snow.
A while back I started a new lower-sugar regimen. I'm proud of that because a) it was my own idea and b) sugar is definitely a weakness.
I haven't cut it out altogether, but I try to reserve it for just one treat a night for the majority of the week. And a couple of night's a week I don't have a sweet treat - usually I have popcorn.
The funny thing is that while I still really enjoy my treats, I've found that my cravings have greatly diminished and I'm more accepting of less sweetness.
For instance, back in the day I sweetened my tea with 8 drops of stevia. Over time I reduced that to 4 drops. Lately I've noticed that 4 drops seems too sweet, so I reduced it to 3 drops recently.
Yesterday we went out to kohls & then out to dinner. I checked out Jlo's new line of clothing - some of it cute, some not, most of it a bit overpriced, I thought. I tried on some stuff I'd been looking at online & decided I didn't like those items. I did go home & order a few things (not available in the store) with my 20% off coupon.
For dinner we tried out a nearby sports bar. Not really my kind of place, but I figured I'd find so something & indulge DH. I ended up with a chicken Caesar salad with dressing on the side, hold the bacon & croutons. Never be afraid to get it your way! I avoided where the parmesan was heaviest. I snuck a few of DH's fries - and tracked them! Which left me with enough room for another slice of my fudge pie at home (my parents are coming up this week & if we don't finish it off then I'll have DH take the rest into work).
Speaking of treats, I've decided to get something sweet from the farmer's market next week for a treat after my long run. I haven't done that all summer & the market ends soon. :( There is this booth with these awesome looking brownies . . . I'd do it the following week, which is the last week, but my run will be shorter that week.
Have you noticed any snowball effects in your journey to a healthy lifestyle?
Sunday, September 11, 2011
10 years ago on this day, I remember . . .
Being in my home office with the TV off & my husband with me, because he had a meeting at a different facility later that morning. My trainer, with whom I had an appointment later, called & asked if I'd seen what was going on.
I remember the eerie silence of the next few days - we lived close to the airport.
I remember having the tv on in every room for quite some time - and I hate having the tv just for background noise.
I remember the music from Good Will Hunting NBC used to segue to commercials. It still brings chills to me whenever I hear it today
I remember the thousands of innocents who lost a spouse, a partner, a parent.
Most of all, I remember the thousands who simply went to work or got on a plane (like my husband does so frequently) as if it was an ordinary day, when it was anything but.
Rest in peace.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Well, no, not really. I mean, there are healthy & unhealthy foods & there are foods that lay somewhere in between.
We were going to do a charity walk for animals this morning. We got there . . . we walked around the vendors more than once (DH got to meet our holistic vet) . . . we waited . . . we waited . .
The website had never said just when the walk started. After an hour, we finally left. The dogs had gotten plenty of good socialization & a good cause had gotten our morning (oops, meant to type money. Freudian?). Turns out the walk supposedly started not long after we left.
We headed over to the farmer's market. Despite a bagel & lox for breakfast & a snack of pretzels I was STARVING. I didn't think we'd actually go, since DH has been feeling iffy, so I was fueling for my long run (which I still have to do).
I chowed down at the peanut butter booth. Which brings me to the kinds of food I label . . .
. . . "good food:" peanut butter with roasted peanuts, hemp seeds & chia seeds with nothing else, not even salt. Raw nut butters are even better, but I still eat regular PB & AB, too.
. . . "bad food": peanut butter with roasted peanuts, banana chips, cocoa butter & sugar. I've seen banana peanut butter before, but I never thought I'd like it - boy, was I wrong! It only has 4 gm of sugar per serving, which isn't that bad, but I'm still limiting my sugar except for my treat at night.
I'm not sure when I'll open the banana PB . . maybe I'll save it for a reward when I reach GW. Just another incentive to buckle down & get er done. I would hsve felt bad not buying anything since i tasted about 6 different flavors and it was soooo good. Altho I don't think I've eaten as clean as I need to lately.
Some foods seem healthy, like nut butters, but when you get into the flavored kinds - which I love - you're usually getting into the added sugar too. It's almost like drinking; it just erodes your will power without you even being aware of it.
And speaking of semi-healthy indulgence foods . . . Just be warned that if you're a chocolate lover you may want to check this out . . . or maybe you don't: http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2011/09/0
Friday, September 09, 2011
It's really amazing how much of hunger is psychological.
Once a week I delay my breakfast by a few hours. Supposedly it's a good rest for your digestive system. It's certainly a test of my will power.
I've always said I'm really hungry when I get up & normally I eat about an hour after I get up like you're supposed to. I don't want to delay that breakfast, but the truth is it isn't really that hard after all (altho each week I still resist it).
This week I got involved in some stuff & ate even later . . . which sort of came back to bite me, because that's the day I got the munchies & didn't make the wisest food choices for most of the day. Not terrible, mind you, just not as healthy as usual.
Speaking of healthy, healthy eating is mostly a habit. It has been for a while. Portion control - this is where I still struggle. For instance, when I make oatmeal I use a half cup dry. Topped with a tbsp almond butter & 1 1/2 tbsp dark chocolate chips.
Only lately I've noticed that I feel really full afterwards . . . like I could eat less. So this morning it was 1/3 cup dry oatmeal, topped with the same amount of almond butter & only 1 tbsp dark chocolate chips. Physically it was totally satisfying. Mentally I struggled some with it. So much of this game is "mental"!
I've decided that going forward that will be my portion on a regular day - I might go with the larger portion on long run day if I'm having oatmeal (which I probably won't - I usually splurge a little on long run day).
Once I get to goal, I can experiment with a larger portion.
Have you noticed how much your mind effects your weight loss efforts?
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