Friday, September 19, 2008
This may be old hat to many, and you would think with my love of baking I would have come across this long ago, but it was new to me: you can freeze unbaked, but fully formed, cookies. Got the urge for a nice, warm cookie? Grab one from the freezer (no need to thaw); bake it normally, except add a couple of extra minutes. Voila!
Cookies are a weakness of mine. I haven't baked them, until this week, in a long, long time, because they're just too tempting. They're like potato chips for me: you can't eat just one.
But I made two batches of cookies this week, froze them formed but uncooked, and had two twice this week.
Of course if you're just going to binge on them frozen, this won't work for you. There was a time I probably would have done that. I'm fairly certain that if I want them, I will bake them. What a treat yesterday to have afternoon tea -- a nice cup of tea and a couple of freshly baked cookies! I still have the problem of not being able to eat just one, but a couple of relatively low-fat cookies can be worked into each week for me, more than once most likely.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Slimy neighbor guy is at it again. Ok, he isn't actually slimy; he's really quite nice, and he once did us an incredible favor without even really knowing us -- but he's coming on to me.
Now, I can count on one hand the number of men who have came on to me in my LIFE. And I'm pushing 50. Even when I'm thin, I am not tall, willowy, and blonde. Trust me, I do not exude sexiness. The word most people associate with me is cute (which I hate).
But yesterday as I was walking the dog, he started chatting with me again and tried to hug me again. Maybe he's just touchy-feely, but I don't even know his NAME. I tried to make it clear through body language that I was not comfortable with his hug.
Of course, he also mentioned that I looked like I was getting more grey hair -- decidedly not a come-on line! But I still just get those vibes from him. It's truly weird.
So what does all this have to do with weight loss? Some people use their weight as a shield. I don't, but I do know it's true -- I had a roomate in college who did that. She was very pretty, but heavy. We lived in the same dorm for a couple of years, and shared an apartment for my last 3 months at college. And that's when she told me she'd been raped, and that's when she gained the weight.
It is not at all uncommon for people to gain weight after such a devastating experience, as a way to make themselves invisible. Some people do it just to keep people in general at bay.
It's important to look deep into ourselves and find the reasons for our weight gain. If we don't, we are likely to regain the weight. For myself, I believe it's a way to try to fill myself up -- to stifle those feelings of not being good enough. What's your reason? You don't have to tell me, but you do have to tell yourself.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Whoever came up with that slogan for Nike was brilliant, IMHO. I repeat this to myself a lot. Not so much with healthy eating, more so with things like housework -- things I really don't enjoy doing. I did clean one refrigerator shelf yesterday. That's how I clean my fridge -- one shelf at a time. I take out & clean a shelf, and wipe down that section of the refrigerator. If I'm really inspired, I do a couple of shelves. I really didn't want to do it, but I said to myself just do it. And I did.
And you know what? It really didn't take that long. It really wasn't that hard. That's the whole point of breaking tasks down into smaller steps. Each step by itself isn't that hard. I felt so darn proud of that one clean shelf, too. It felt good.
Hopefully by now, you've caught on to the fact that that is the philosophy behind SP, too. Just do it -- one baby step at a time. You don't have to turn your world upside down or overhaul your entire lifestyle in one fell swoop. Pick one baby step, and just do it. Then pick another when the first baby step has become a healthy habit. And so on.
And you know what? It works. And you'll feel so proud of yourself. So what is the one baby step you're going to do today to move yourself closer to a healthy lifestyle?
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
That's what today feels like. Here I am blogging at almost 5 pm. I never blog that late. I blog later on Tuesdays, usually, because it's agility day. But it seems like today just got away from me. I'm not sure how. As usual, I don't feel I did that much.
Right after talking about overtraining, I find myself training hard again. Just out of curiousity. Maybe I'm my own worst enemy. WW has something called activity points. You can earn points to spend on food, essentially, by being active. So I'm making sure that at least if I'm exercising a bit harder than usual, I'm using my activity points to support that exercise.
My Zumba DVDs came with a few exercise plans. There's one called drop a pant size in 10 days -- guaranteed. Since I'm not following their food plan -- it actually looks pretty healthy, but I'm not good at following food plans, I llke to do my own thing -- I don't think it's fair to expect to drop a pant size. Even following it, I have to admit to some skepticism.
It's rarely more than an hour of exercise a day. But add on to that the hour I walk the dogs (today, only 40 minutes, because we had an hour of agility per dog after all with lots of running), and it starts adding up quickly.
I do enjoy Zumba. It takes a while to get the hang of it, of course, and I'm very glad to be able to do it in the privacy of my own home -- I am definitely dancing challeneged. If you like to dance, though, I think you'd love Zumba.
So anyway, up at 5:30, have breakfast, feed the cats, relax a bit, then take the dogs out & feed the dogs; short walk for the dogs, then off to agility. Home at 10:30 am. Start computer & read email. Do the Zumba Abs workout (20 minutes), then eat lunch. Relax and watch some taped shows. Do the Zumba Sculpt & Tone workout, then shower. Take the dogs back out & we're up to now. Where did the day go?
I wanted to get started on cleaning my refrigerator today. It's long overdue. I'm still going to try to do it, but I am a bit tired. And hungry. Oh yeah, I forgot the call from the person I board the dogs with who wants help with her Website. The plan was to simply clean one shelf today. Doesn't sounds like much, does it, considering that I haven't done any housework all day long. But to clean that one shelf, I've got to take everything out of there, and then put everything back.
I've still got to eat dinner, feed the dogs, brush their teeth, go get the mail, train the cats (don't ask), feed the cats, and brush their teeth. I used to skip brushing the animal's teeth now and again, but I've found my life tends to be easier if I stick to the routine. If the animals are happy, I'm happy. No 14 lb cat banging on a cabinet door.
If you made it this far, you may be wondering what the point of this blog was. Sorry, there really wasn't a point. Maybe tomorrow. I'm just venting a little, I guess. I didn't even talk about the current car problems or the fact that my husband left for his business trip to Europe today and I probably won't hear from him until tomorrow. Ok, so I just did; sue me.
I'll leave you with a couple of good quotes:
"If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading."
"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."
-- Thomas Edison
I really like both those quotes. If only I could remember all these great quotes!
Monday, September 15, 2008
The cruise was a big motivator. Maybe too big. I think life has been trying to send me a lesson for a while, but like I said, sometimes I'm a slow learner. When I get too focused on looking good for an occasion, I start to make poor choices.
I worked out harder than normal for the cruise. Not the 3-4 hours that I wrote about yesterday, but harder than normal, still. I was motivated. Every time I wanted to eat junk or slack off, I just thought about the cruise; it worked most of the time.
The problem, I think, is that I didn't eat enough to support that exercise. I certainly didn't starve myself -- I'm not into that -- but I should have had just a little more food. As a result, essentially I stayed the same weight instead of losing weight. And I got sick -- which may or may not have anything to do with what I was eating or how much I was exercising, but too much exercise can lower the immune system. Too much of anything isn't good!
What really firmed all that up in my mind was how quickly I lost the weight I'd gained on the cruise when I got back home, and back to normal eating and a normal amount of exercise. I was afraid it could take me a whole month or longer to lose that pound and a half, but it was gone in just one week. With a little extra gone as well (although I may very well see that extra show up this week; that's often my pattern -- lose big one week, gain a little the next, but the overall trend is down).
So now I need new motivation. No big events looming in my future -- that I know of, anyway. Right now I'm working on my food plan. Trying to really concentrate on healthy eating, rather than the amount of exercise I get (not that I've stopped exercising, mind you).
And I hope that the next time a big event does come my way, I will realize that whatever I weigh at the event is good enough. That as long as I stick to my healthy habits, I will be fine.
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