Monday, July 28, 2008
Guess what? We need both in our lives. It's about balance, as always.
If you've been reading my blogs, you may have noticed that my husband isn't much for planning. I think he has to do so much at and for work, by the time he gets home, he just doesn't want to make decisions.
That can be really frustrating for me sometimes. It is easier, most days, to eat healthy if I have a plan. If I know we're going out for brunch, for instance, I'll have a light breakfast and make sure it includes some fruit and protein. Or if I know we're going out for dinner, I might have a salad for lunch. You get the idea.
It's too easy to get too rigid with our lives when we're trying to lose weight. Sometimes we've just got to lighten up and go with the flow. I know it can be scary not knowing what your next meal will be, but you've got to learn to hit whatever life throws at you. If you go on vacation, for instance, you often won't know what your next meal will be.
Always plan a few small, highly nutritious snacks that are your "go to" snacks; something you can either have all the ingredients on hand at home, or something you can easily carry with you.
When you can, plan when you'll go out to eat, where, and look up good options at that restaurant. If you can't plan, don't sweat it, though. Make the best choices you can, enjoy the company and your meal, and make sure you get right back on track even if you do end up overeating or making poor choices.
Life is about more than just eating and losing weight, after all.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
One of the questions at our WW meeting this week was what body part we want to accentuate. The question was met with deafening silence, although eventually a few brave souls piped up.
I admit it: sometimes I find it hard to find good things about myself. Body or otherwise. While I believe I'm a good person, sometimes I just feel so lazy, so selfish, so not good enough, I guess. And I know that I AM good enough. So here goes:
1. I spend some time volunteering with animals most weeks. I've been doing that for about seven years now. Even though it often feels like I have more than enough to deal with with my own animals, there are so many in need.
2. I like to motivate other people. I discovered that when I became a WW leader. I didn't think I would like it, being shy in RL, but I did. I look for SP blog posts that are people looking for some motivation, and try to provide some.
3. I enjoy sharing my talents with others. When I was a graphic designer, I ran a large Website about graphic design. Yes, I got paid for it, but I enjoyed helping others get started with their own businesses. Many people helped me get started, and I wanted to pay it forward.
4. Although I'm not really an adventurous person, I do like to try new things. I'll try most foods, I like to travel, I'll try new fitness classes, and so on.
5. I like to nurture things. Sometimes it's plants, sometimes it's animals, sometimes it's my husband, sometimes it's me. But there's a satisfaction in watching something grow, playing with an animal or teaching it new tricks, helping my husband and I to be healthy.
Whew! Okay, that wasn't easy. It took some time.
What are five things you like about you?
Saturday, July 26, 2008
I feel that way sometimes. One minute I feel good about the growing pile of clothes that no longer fit, the next I just feel FAT. Like who are you kidding, you may have lost 10 pounds, but you still weigh more than you did the first time you joined WW (although I'm at least closing in on it).
Or I'm feeling good about the new jeans that are already getting loose after just 3 weeks, then unhappy with my reflection when I get my hair cut, with the rolls around my stomach and my double chin (and someone at my meeting yesterday suggested that putting your tongue on the roof of your mouth can get rid of that double chin -- who knew?).
I'm not trying to have a pity party here, or searching for sympathy. It's just so odd how our emotions can change from moment to moment.
I also know that I need to love myself no matter my weight, stomach rolls and all. It's just hard to do sometimes. Some people are still very pretty, even with a lot of weight. I have never felt that way. Or maybe I've been conditioned not to feel that way, with the "you'd be so pretty if you just lost the weight" comments of my youth.
I know that my weight does not define me as a person. I am a nice, animal-loving, artistically gifted, intelligent woman no matter what I weigh.
I also know that getting to goal weight doesn't solve all my problems. I won't instantly gain friends when I get to my goal weight. I won't find that 25th hour of the day when I get to my goal weight. I won't feel like there's enough of me to go around when I get to my goal weight. And when I do get to my goal weight, that's when the truly hard work of maintenance begins.
I just have to hold on to the good feelings of new jeans in smaller sizes, too tight jeans that fit and are flattering, the energy to get more done, the feeling of satisfaction I get from eating healthy.
"No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars or sailed an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit."
-- Helen Keller
The quote above landed in my inbox today. How appropriate, huh? That Helen Keller sure was one smart woman. And they were told she'd never amount to anything.
Friday, July 25, 2008
I haven't actually tried this yet (maybe because I have 500 cookbooks or so), but www.supercook.com looks like an intriguing idea.
Not sure what to make for dinner? Haven't had time to shop? Plug in the ingredients you *do* have on hand, and supercook.com will hand you a recipe. They'll start listing recipes as soon as you enter an ingredient, and tell you what else you need. It will also recommend ingredients that will enhance the flavor of what you already have on hand.
And yes, it's free. An no, I have no commercial interest in the site.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
I admit it; I'm officially obssessed with exercise DVDs. Even though I've been motivated to exercise -- whether at a gym or by myself -- for many years, I do find I just need someone to push me.
Gyms are great for that. Personal trainers are great for that. I gave up my gym membership when I stopped working. It didn't cost all that much, but one of my dogs just can't hold it for long periods of time, so getting to the gym is more problematic these days. Yes, he can hold it for several hours, but not an entire day. Well, he probably could, but it would be difficult for him, and as someone who's suffered from many urinary problems, I'm very sympathetic to that. TMI, probably.
I found that when I started adding exercise DVDs back in, I was pushing myself harder and my body was definitely changing.
So now I'm obssessed. I lurk on several Sparkteams that I've never joined, just to see what they say about the various DVDs. SP has been an incredible source of information on exercise DVDs for me!
Another good source is www.collagevideo.com -- I've been getting these guys' catalogs for years, and a newsletter even mysteriously showed up in my inbox the other day.
I still find SP to probably be my best source. And the DVDs from www.beachbody.com are my latest obssession. So I lurk to find out which ones are worthwhile. The latest one I've seen recommended is Rockin' Body by Shaun T. It's on my list.
My next purchase, however, will be Zumba. I've seen quite a few people mention Zumba in their blogs. It's dancy, and I'm not a dancer, but it looks like fun -- so doing it in the privacy of my own home is perfect.
I've been bidding for it on Ebay this entire week. It's incredibly popular, though, and I haven't wanted to go high enough to win it. The package on Ebay (and there are oodles of them) are an older version. I've finally made up my mind I'm going to spring for the newest one from www.zumbafitness.com , despite the fact that it will set me back more than the package on Ebay. It's got some goodies that make it seem worthwhile.
I want to add this to my mix in August, otherwise I might wait a while and see if the newer ones start to show up on Ebay.
I could still have my gym membership for the amount of money I'm spending on DVDs these days . . . but it's nice to work out in your own home, especially when you look like a dork -- the dogs & cats don't care.
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