Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Much of weight loss comes down to making choices. Chips & queso, or chips and salsa (or no chips at all)? To drink or not to drink? Have dessert, share a dessert, or no dessert at all?
Yesterday I decided to go to the movies. I had a rare day off from the dogs' agility classes, and wanted to take advantage of my free time. I'm a member of Regal Cinemas, and it just happens on Tuesdays you get free popcorn (this is true of all Regal Cinemas -- if you get their card -- all over the country).
Initially I planned to go to Regal, since it happens to be close to my home. I was going to get my free popcorn. Then I decided I didn't really need the popcorn, and chose to go to a different theater; one also close to home.
There's nothing wrong with popcorn; it's actually quite a healthy snack. Even movie popcorn, if you get a kid's size without butter and don't eat the whole thing, can fit into a healthy eating plan.
But at the moment I'm a women on a mission. I want to lose as much weight as possible before the cruise. Yes, I still indulge occasionally. My choice this week, however, was not to indulge in the movie popcorn.
Are you making healthy choices?
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
There's a movement called slow food (see www.slowfood.com ). It's about enjoying local food in a relaxed, leisurely fashion.
There's also the french women don't get fat diet. And there are several reasons for that: 1) They walk everywhere 2) They eat everything -- in moderation 3) They make meals an event, not something to be rushed through.
I'm really proud that I've made eating without distractions a habit. If my husband is home and watching tv when I want to eat (I often eat in our living room, but with the tv off), I'll eat at the dining table.
Yesterday I was having my small bit of chocolate after lunch. And I found myself wanting to reach for something to read while I was doing it. I didn't feel the need during lunch, but I guess that piece of chocolate was so small, I thought I ought to be doing something else while I ate it.
Why? Why would I want to deny myself the pleasure of letting that small piece of creamy chocolate slowly melt away on my tongue? To get "something" done?
I know if I had reached for something to read, I would not have enjoyed that piece of chocolate to the fullest. It's my small indulgence after all; what would be the point of rushing through it without tasting it at all? That would only make me want to take another piece of chocolate.
No wonder we sometimes overeat. If we can't taste our food because we're too busy doing other stuff, we aren't satisifed.
I definitely want to be satisfied. And that means mindful eating. And sometimes that means really paying attention to yourself and what you're doing to yourself. And that's probably the bottom line, isn't it? Paying attention to ourselves. We're worth it.
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.
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