Tuesday, July 22, 2008
On Tuesdays I do agility with my dogs. Agility is an obstacle course for dogs, including jumps, a tire jump, an elevated dog walk, and more. It requires teamwork between us: I have to come up with a strategy for running the course, and then my dog has to focus on me to direct him/her where to go.
The focus part can be hard. The last couple of weeks Chester has been extremely unfocused. Since I now know that he also had a tapeworm, I'm suspecting that might have been part of it. Because of the tapeworm, he wasn't getting any nourishment from the food he was eating.
When he's on, he's really on. His world centers around me, so he generally focuses quite well -- although he does have a stubborn streak, too, as he showed a couple of times today when he ran off the course despite very clear signals from me. Still, he was definitely on in a way he hasn't been in quite a while today.
It's horribly frustrating when he's unfocused. It's embarrassing, not being able to get your dog to focus on you rather than hoovering up whatever it is they're finding on the ground (despite the fact that no other dogs seems to notice something there).
Lola, on the other hand, was a tad unfocused today. Probably because I didn't have enough time between classes to warm her up. She has to wait an hour while Chester has his class, and waiting (despite having a chew) is just not her best talent. By the time her class rolls around, she's got a whole lot of nervous energy. Usually I'll try to run it off by running her around first, but some days I just don't have time.
She did finally settle down, and her last run was beautiful.
If you're interested to see a little bit of agility, you can check out my blog post at judysworld.net/blog/index.php/2008/0
Of course you know by now where I'm going with this. Heck, I'm pretty sure that I've used agility a time or two here before. But obstacles in weight loss require focus & teamwork, too.
Focus on our goals, both big and small: the ultimate goal, and all those little goals, like drinking our water and eating our fruits and veggies.
It requires teamwork, too. It requires asking for help when we need it -- whether that's here on SP, or our SO (significant other), or our diet buddy.
I'm finding myself struggling a bit this week. I'm hungry like I haven't been in months & months. I don't know why. I'm pretty sure it's not emotional. Despite not changing the way I eat, I'm just finding myself hungry. Really, really hungry. Did I mention that I've been hungry?
I'm trying to focus. I noticed I skipped (edited to add) entering a few meals in my nutrition tracker, so I'm trying to stay on top of that. My exercise, water consumption, and fruit/veggie consumption have all been good. No matter what, I know this too shall pass. Next week (actually, in 2 weeks) is a new agility class. It's a chance to try new strategies, learn what works and what doesn't, and practice our teamwork again.
Monday, July 21, 2008
I know my husband would like to lose weight, too. The problem is he doesn't really want to change how he eats or think about what he is going to eat. He does try, though, and he is slowly (very slowly!) learning. When we got married, he was one of those annoyingly thin people who could eat whatever he wanted, but that changed as he got older (and stopped exercising).
Yesterday we went out for brunch. I asked him what he wanted for dinner, since I generally don't cook on the weekends. I had some hot dogs in the freezer, but obviously, they needed to be defrosted. He didn't want to think about it.
Fine. Whatever. I had leftovers for myself for dinner, and a couple of frozen dinners he could have.
When dinner rolled around, he said you didn't defrost the hot dogs. Well, yeah, I asked what you wanted, you didn't know, so I wasn't about to defrost a whole package that would just sit there and go bad because I'm not going to eat any.
Then he said how about Chinese. He loves Chinese; it is one of the few foods I can take or leave. I really didn't want all the sodium that comes along with Chinese. I told him he could order it, if that's what he wanted.
Actually, I did finally remember that I had some beef ravioli in the freezer (which are surprisingly relatively healthy), so he made himself some ravioli. He even looked at the portion size, and stuck to it. Although he was still hungry afterwards (and one of my scones mysteriously disappeared this morning). I pointed out that it's meant to be eaten with a salad or some other veggies.
So when you aren't prepared, and you get hungry, it's way too easy to reach for something that isn't going to help your weight loss journey. Yes, it's a pain to have to think about what you're going to eat all the time. But how much pain do you have from being overweight?
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Yup, you gotta be a girl scout to win at weight loss.
On Thursdays I volunteer at a friend's small cat rescue, which simply means I get to play with & pet the cats -- and sometimes just lay on the couch & snuggle with them; although sadly, not during the summer.
It means I have to eat lunch earlier than usual, and I'm out past the time I would normally have an afternoon snack. I have a small tin that holds one ounce of almonds. I leave it in my purse, so I always have some almonds with me.
This Thursday, I got a call not long before I'd have to eat lunch -- there was an opening at my dentist. I hadn't had my teeth cleaned in 2 years, plus my dentist happens to be near my friend. I took the appointment. Which meant trying to get out of the house earlier, because I couldn't spend a whole lot of time at the rescue due to the appointment -- and getting home just a little later than usual.
Thank goodness for my almond tin. I didn't have to worry about getting hungry. I like the almonds because they don't get flattened like protein bars do, and it's small and light-weight.
Here's another idea I really like:
Unfortunately for me, this won't work, because I have a large, determined cat that loves veggies & fruits. He would either knock it off, try to eat through the plastic to get at the contents, or simply open it and take what he wants. But for the normal person I think the idea is brilliant. You want those fruits & veggies up front & personal.
How do you stay prepared on your weight loss journey?
Saturday, July 19, 2008
That was the theme at my WW meeting yesterday. In fact, it should have been the theme at anyone's WW meeting, because leaders are given their topics. The point was that the measure of your success shouldn't just be the scale.
I've talked about that before, but it was definitely pertinent for me because I showed a +.8 lb gain. Since I had such a good week (loss wise) before, I expected (but didn't hope for) a gain, but not one that large.
I'd drunk 3 glasses of water that morning, which is my usual amount before a meeting. But I was still thirsty. I didn't want to drink another glass at first, fearing it could cause me to show a gain, but then I realized how silly that was. Drinking more water over time is only going to help my weight loss. It's hot here; I was really thirsty; I drank my water.
I've been wearing the same jeans for weigh-ins for a while, but I wore new jeans yesterday -- all my old jeans were too large. It was time. Maybe those jeans were heavier.
I'm not making excuses. It is what it is, and you have to own your number and move on. Always disappointing to see a gain, especially when you feel you ate right and exercised fine, but I still know that my trend is downward, and it will continue to be downward.
There was a time that gain would have really made me crazy. It no longer defines my week. In fact, our leader asked how many had to drag themselves to the meeting the morning. Not me! My husband's plane was arriving at the time of my meeting, but I had him take a cab (which work pays for) because I didn't want to miss my meeting. He grumbled a bit, but he did it.
My success is eating healthy. Feeling more energetic. Clothes fitting well.
So the weird part was that I was extremely hungry yesterday. No, it didn't have anything to do with feeling like a failure (I didn't), for some reason I was just really hungry. For the first time ever, I think, I went over my calorie range. Not my points, though, because I always save points for the weekend.
What's your measure of success?
Friday, July 18, 2008
With smaller plates. Yes, it can be that simple. A lot of portion control is simply mental: we want to see a plate filled with food. So the solution is simple -- use a smaller plate -- and a smaller bowl, especially, because cereal bowls can sometimes hold about 3 cups of cereal -- and a typical portion is 3/4 to 1 cup.
A few other tips:
*Try the portion plate, www.theportionplate.com/
*Grab a sald plate when going through buffets
*Measure problem foods
*Cover half your plate with fruits & veggies, a quarter with protein, and a quarter with whole grains
Over time, you should learn what a portion size looks like. But if you have to continue measuring, so what? Is it better to measure and be thin? I think so.
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