Friday, October 10, 2008
Getting your mind right is so important. If we think we'll fail, we will. As I've written in the past, I really thought for a long time my weight problem was due to a physical problem (and I wasn't alone), and that at my age, it was just a battle I couldn't win.
Whether or not I make it down to my goal weight, I know that just isn't true. People older than me lose weight, too. It does get harder, but in some ways it gets easier, too. You do battle a slowing down metabolism as you age, but for me, at least, it's become a lot more about being healthy than being slim.
And that means that while I do think about food a lot, I really don't think I'm obssessed with it the way I used to be. I won't suck down a package of rice cakes because I'm hungry and they have almost no calories, not to mention no taste (to me, anyway) anymore.
We CAN do anything we set our minds to. That doesn't mean it will be easy, or that it will happen when we want it to happen. But there are no limits; and that doesn't only apply to weight loss, it applies to life.
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
That's what the basics are for me. Here's what I consider the basics:
1. Prepare most of my own food. I might eat one or two frozen meals a week, and sometimes I get some goodies at the farmer's market, but otherwise, I'm making my own breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Yes, sometimes I don't feel like it, but I know it works for me.
2. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.
3. Get approximately 60 minutes of exercise a day.
4. Track my WW points.
5. Get 2 fruits & 3 veggies in each day.
Those are my five basics. They're non-negotiable. Sure, there are times I do fall short, but I know these basics are what works for me, so I do my best to get them done every day. Sometimes that means I have to give up doing something I wanted to do, like yesterday I chose to exercise rather than get started on the birthday cupcakes I wanted to make for my husband (he's coming home late tonight).
Nothing much has been going on in my life, really, other than some long days and some stress. But I'm getting the basics done even so. And I suspect my "long" days are most people's "normal" days, but hey, they're longer than usual for me.
The main reason I haven't blogged is simply that uncharacteristically for me, I haven't had anything to say. I also haven't been getting notices of comments to my page lately, so if I haven't replied to you, it's because I didn't know you commented -- sorry!
What are your basics? What works for you? What won't you give up?
Friday, October 03, 2008
Actually, this isn't a question you should be asking yourself -- either with your weight or with your daily calories.
I'm on a new Spark streak. I've lost weight every week for the past 4 weeks. After half a year of seriously trying to lose weight, I think that is the first time that's happened. Now, I'm aware that my streak could come crashing to a halt next week, but still, I'm going to share what I think is going on, and I think it was pretty simple: I don't think I was eating enough food
Let me repeat: I don't think I was eating enough food. It's always hard to tell, of course, and weight loss is a funny creature with a mind of its own. But here's what I know: I've talked about WW activity points. When I started using all the activity points I earned each day, I found my weight going down. Not the same amount every week; it varies, but it has gone down 4 weeks in a row since I started.
Basically what that means is that I'm eating 2 small snacks between meals most days, typically after exercising. Before I was sometimes skipping a snack if I wasn't hungry. I've found that most days I do better to eat my snack even if I'm not particularly hungry. If I really was stuffed, of course I wouldn't eat a snack. Sometimes I don't really feel hungry until I eat. I will sometimes skip a snack if I haven't exercised, though.
And there's something else I changed. I used to save the bulk of my 35 flex points (you have to be a WW member to understand) for the weekends. I never starved myself, but I would eat less typically during the week. I changed that, too, and started to use my flex points fairly evenly throughout the week. For whatever reason, totally going against the whole calorie cycling craze, this seems to work better for me. At the moment.
And a final word to WW members -- use your flex points, please. They're there to be used -- because if you don't use them, your body starts to get used to less food, and ultimately, you may find yourself having a harder time losing weight.
So my answer to last week's question of whether or not you can dance the weight off seems to be yes, for me. My month of Zumba has correlated with an almost 5 lb loss, which is quite good for me. I'll be adding in different workouts soon, though, because your body gets used to exercise over time, so it's about time to change things up.
Thursday, October 02, 2008
They come from within. That's part of today's SP Healthy Reflections. How true! How well said! That's part of what I was trying to say yesterday.
We can choose how to react to situations.
Lately it seems I put out one fire only to find another has started. One of my dogs is sick. It's unclear yet if this is something that will pass on its own, or whether or not I need to take her to the vet. I very much doubt it's serious, so I'm not that worried, but it's tiring to watch her all the time -- not to mention the fact I didn't sleep very well.
It's just another thing in a long list of things, mostly minor, that seem to continually go wrong in my life lately. I could bewail "why me, why me?". Sometimes I come close. Yet, as I pointed out yesterday, I am blessed in many ways. There are many countries where the thought of feeding an animal who does no work for you in return would be unthinkable. My animals bring me such comfort most of the time.
So I have a choice. I can choose to feel victimized, wonder why bad things seem to keep happening to me, and comfort myself with food. Or I can choose to realize that bad things happen to good people, and remember my many blessings, and nourish myself with good food.
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
It can be hard to live in the now when times seem so troubled. Right now, mostly, my life is good. Yes, lots of little things have been going wrong in my life for a long time. But the truth is we're all healthy, we have enough to eat, we have a roof over our heads -- this is a lot more than many, many people in the world have.
Times are troubling, to be sure, and it's good to stay informed. That doesn't mean we have to be glued to the television all the time. If something big happens, we'll hear about it.
It's especially hard, I think, when we feel we have so little control. Is the government doing the right thing? Does the government even listen to what we want? These are things that are, for the most part, out of our control. But we have this moment, right now, this very minute. And that's all we have. Tomorrow might be worse; it might be better. What we can control is right now.
That means taking a deep breath. Being thankful for all the many blessings we do have. Letting go of our anxiety about what might be, because being anxious about it won't change it -- but it might harm us.
I know for sure that food won't cure whatever might be going on in the world, in our country, in our hearts right now. Eating too much or too little will harm us. Eating the wrong sorts of food -- you know what I'm talking about -- won't make a bad situation better; what it will do is make you even more anxious, because it's not the type of food that will give you the energy you need and then you'll feel guilty because you ate it.
Remember, there's only now. Use it wisely.
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