Thursday, December 22, 2011
I don't care how off track you are, you are only one good choice from getting back on track. One choice isn't that hard, is it? But once you make that one good choice, you want to make more. You feel good about yourself; you feel empowered.
The beauty of one good choice is that it doesn't have to be a big choice. In fact, it often works better when it's a little choice. Because it's so much easier to make little choices. They hardly seem to matter. But they have a way of multiplying like tribbles - only they're no problem at all.
Remember, you have the power.
It is NEVER too late to change your course.
Now what one good choice will you make today?
Did that lead you to make more good choices?
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
A run with a group. All-you-can-eat sushi. What could be bad? Well, that's what I thought, anyway.
In the end, it wasn't all bad & I definitely had several guardian angels looking out for me. The first was when the accident was on the other side of the road - tying up traffic for miles - but my side wasn't even rubbernecking.
The first bit of bad luck was when the UAlbany buildings were locked up tight, so I had to stand around almost 20 minutes with the temp hovering at the freezing mark.
The next guardian angel was when I struck up a conversation with a women standing near me. She was nice, & stuck with me, even tho I couldn't keep up with the group & I know she could've.
But I REALLY couldn't keep up with the group, and eventually we lost them. All the buildings at UAlbany look the same. It was dark. I should've worn the headlamp I got in my HM goodie bag, but it didn't really occur to me I'd lose the group. We had no idea which way to go.
My final guardian angels showed up when we ran into a couple of guys from a different running group who ran us back. Otherwise I might still be there!
Cindy, the woman I was running with, was very sweet & said the pace was challenging enough for her (doubtful). And to call her any time I wanted to run, because we don't live very far apart. But she's already in a running group. And she's faster. AND they meet at 5 am. But I will certainly contact her to thank her at the very least.
For me, the pace was more than challenging. I thought I was gonna puke or die. I was really trying to keep up . . . I just couldn't. I apparently really just don't run well at night. I think I hadn't eaten enough beforehand, either, but I was saving myself for the sushi. Which I didn't even get.
Everyone was long gone by the time we got back. Cindy was going home - otherwise I would've offered to pay for her dinner. So I just went home, too. And ate leftovers at about 8 pm.
This is exactly why I hadn't run with the group in so long - no runs offered at my pace or anywhere close. I wad contemplating another group run this weekend . . . Altho since that one is in the morning & on a path, I still might do it. It won't matter if I get left in the dust. I really need to start my own group for us true penguins. Or get myself a running coach.
Obviously, it wasn't all bad. I got to run. I wasn't mugged or hit by a car. I met a very nice woman. So I suppose it's true: there really isn't a bad run.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Maybe you feel like you've been a bit off course lately. Remember: YOU have the power. You CAN change your course. It is NEVER too late.
I ran my own business for 13 yrs.
I started to lose weight again around age 47.
I ran my first mile at age 48.
I ran my first half marathon at age 49.
There are people at this site quite a bit older than me who've accomplished as much - or much, much more.
How did we do it?
*We put ourselves first. You have to be just a little selfish to be healthy. In the end, tho, really you're being selfless - because you can give so much more by putting yourself first.
*We chose to believe in ourselves, no matter how many times we failed in the past.
*We planned. Yes, planning is hard. Being unhealthy is hard. Choose your hard.
*We worked our plans. Planning only gets you halfway there.
*We rewarded ourselves. You repeat what you're rewarded for.
*We had a plan b, plan c, etc. Life WILL throw you curveballs.
*We listen to our bodies. YWLMV (your weight loss may vary). What works for my buddy may not work for me, but my body talks to me when I bother to listen.
*We tracked. Tracking's too hard, you say? Remember, choose your hard. You may not have to track forever; you might have to. It's a small price to pay.
*We delved into the emotional reasons we got here. It's never just about food.
Pick one; pick a few. You CAN get back on track. It's NEVER too late.
Saturday, December 17, 2011
I was going to title this "Thank God it was a really good apple" because I needed something sweet after dinner and it WAS a really good apple. Only I was still hungry. I could've had a second apple - I've done that - but I didn't do it last night.
So this is what my day mostly focusing on power foods looked like:
1 cup cooked oatmeal - normally I have a bit less oatmeal, but top it with PB2 & 1 tbsp dark chocolate chips
Siggi's nonfat yogurt with blueberries
Baked sweet potato fries (tossed with 1 tbsp egg white to make them crunchy)
1 Adora, 1 Daily Wellness (chocolate supplements)
Banana after a long walk with the dogs.but I was still hungry, so I had what I'd planned for dessert: 2/3 cup cooked oatmeal topped with 1 tbsp dark chocolate chips - those dark chocolate chips were supposed to be my treat.
Big salad of romaine drizzled with 1 tsp olive oil, lemon juice & some sea salt
But I was still hungry . . . I know, a bit light on freggies. After traveling & being sick I don't have quite as much prepared foods around yet (feeling good one, hoping to run later today).
I had 1 Glow cookie (gluten free). Usually I'd want 2, tho, so all in all, it wasn't a bad day. I really kind of wanted to make it a day with no processed foods whatsoever - with the exceptions of olive oil & chocolate - a girl's gotta have SOME fun - but I suppose it's still a goal to work towards.
Progress, not perfection.
Friday, December 16, 2011
Maybe you feel stuck. Maybe you feel helpless. Maybe you feel powerless. You're just doomed to be fat, right? So why even fight it? It's too hard.
You have the power. It's inside of you: it's the power of belief. Belief in yourself, belief in your plan, belief that you can make the necessary changes. Belief that no matter how many times you fail, you will keep trying until you get it right.
Wasn't it Edison who said he learned 9,999 ways not to make a lightbulb? Talk about your lightbulb moment!
You are never a failure. You have just learned another way not to lose or maintain your weight.
I am on change #3999. Every yr WW changes its program. Most people hate it. They figure if it ain't broke, why fix it? I welcome it. Of course it's not easy, but nothing good ever is. So this week, I'm going to throw in a couple of days where I stick to about 90% power foods, as they call it. Basically whole, unprocessed foods (altho frankly I would argue nonfat cheese shouldn't be a power food & nuts should be).
It's not really that different from the way I normally eat, but it does get rid of some - but not all - of those little extras. And those little extras can sure add up!
Never forget going into what may be the hardest 2 weeks of your life, food-wise, that you DO have the power: the power to make the right choices; the power to believe you can do it.
How will you wield your power the next couple of weeks?
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