Saturday, March 14, 2009
For a long time I've been drinking Silk's fiber-enriched Vanilla soymilk. But it has something on the order of 17 gm of sugar per cup. That's more than 4 teaspoons of sugar! Okay, I don't have a carton here now -- it might be less, but it still had a whole lot of sugar in it. No wonder I like it. Last week I decided I get enough fiber on my own, I don't need it in my milk and I definitely don't need all that sugar.
So I bought the light Silk soymilk instead. It's interesting, because often when you buy something low fat they bump up the sugar to make it taste better -- part of why low fat doesn't often correlate to weight loss. But the light soymilk has much less sugar -- and I can definitely taste the difference.
If I can save myself 1, 2, or 3 teaspoons of sneaky-added sugar a day, that's bound to help me on my journey -- not to mention making me a whole lot healthier, and helping me to manage my sweet tooth, too. I do find the less sugar I eat, the less I crave it. Don't get me wrong, I'll always love my sweets -- but it's not a I-must-have-something-sweet-with-every-mea
l feeling. I'm eating a lot more plain oatmeal and frittatas lately.
And I finally made my own pizza! Almost. I did use a prepared crust. I had all these canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, and tomato paste in my pantry -- and I'm trying to work my way down through the stuff in my pantry. So I made myself some margherita pizza (which is simply pizza with tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil). Came out really good, too. I fried up some onions and garlic in olive oil, added a small can of diced tomatoes, a small can of tomato sauce (which had 4 gm of sugar!), and a can of tomato paste. Spread that on my crust, added about 4 ounces of sliced mozzarella, and baked it, then sprinkled it with some basil.
Once the dust has settled from my move, I definitely envision making my own frozen pizzas on a regular basis. We'll have to see how DH likes this; he likes the frozen one I buy (he'd prefer pepperoni, but that's the sacrifice you make when you don't do the shopping or the cooking).
I think one of the biggest differences for me is cutting out processed foods. I wasn't eating a lot before, but boy, just a little can really pack on the pounds. It's amazing what is hiding in your frozen dinners, nutrition bars -- even your milk!
Friday, March 13, 2009
I don't know why this time seems different from past attempts, but I just feel I can do it. It's the first time in many, many years that I've lost a fair amount of weight. Little surprise that it's also the first time in many, many years that I'm attending weekly WW meetings. There's magic in those meetings -- you can find out all the info to do WW on your own, but the truth is you aren't really doing it -- because the meetings are a big part of the plan.
So what if you don't know if you can do it? Fake it until you make it; never give up; fall 7 times, pick yourself up 8 -- pick your metaphor. From the time I joined WW about 20 years ago, I never have given up. Yes, I've gained weight -- but I never stopped trying to eat healthy and I never stopped exercising.
If your head isn't in the right place, you probably won't get to your goal . . . now. But how much healthier will you be if you just keep trying? And how much heavier & miserable will you be if you give up?
Winners never quit & quitters never win.
As I sit in my meetings, chatting with friends & acquintances, someone will inevitably ask if you've had a good week -- and most have to check their tracker first. Did they lose, gain, or maintain? I know that the number on the scale is not an indication of my week. No, I don't like to see it go up -- but that's just part of life, and often not a reflection of either how I ate or how I actually feel.
Funny the things that hit you at odd times. Yesterday I was thinking about whether or not I'd had a good day. There were good parts & there were bad parts, as with most days. It's been cold and wet for several days now. It's easy to get up, hear the rain pouring down, and want to just pull the covers back over your head. Then it hit me: what if I only had a short amount of time -- or no time -- to live? What wouldn't you give to feel the rain on your face, even if it's cold, if you're confined to a bed or a hospital?
Every day is a gift. Every day is a miracle. It's up to us to find the good in every day.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
They say you should never run away from things -- only sometimes, you should. Actually, I don't have any real pithy thoughts on that -- except if maybe you should run away from burning buildings -- but I just couldn't come up with a snappy title. I did think about "Yes, I CAN!" in homage to Obama.
I CAN run a mile. For some that thought would be a no-brainer. For me, it's a huge accomplishment. My husband didn't really seem impressed, but I don't think I've ever run a mile in my life -- until yesterday. If you could call it running at 3.5 mph.
It was a cold, blustery, rainy day yesterday (today is actually worse). After finishing my exercise DVD in the afternoon, I decided to dust off the treadmill and take it for a run. I was just curious to see how long I could go unencumbered by the dogs.
Technially, I didn't run the entire mile; I did warm up and cool down for 4 minutes -- but I could easily have done it, I know -- I cut it short simply because I knew the dogs really needed to get out.
It has taken about a year of consistently adding short jogging intervals to my walk to get to this point, but I've tried in the past, and I don't think I've ever been able to jog much more than 5 minutes at a time in the past -- and that would leave me huffing and puffing.
I am not a runner, like some of my friends. I do not really look forward to running, and I don't enjoy it as alone time. I just know that I really need to move more to be consistent in my weight loss goals, so I just do it. I do always feel better after my interval walks, but I don't look forward to them like I do to Zumba, Turbo Jam, or YBB.
I'm really proud at how far I've come. I know that there have been times in my life that I've been fitter -- thinner, more cardiovascular strength -- yet this is something I've just never been able to do before. I had to push myself to do it, and I had to be consistent about practicing.
On a side note, I live in the self-styled "live music capitol of the world" -- for another month or so, anyway. Yet we rarely avail ourselves of it. We don't drink or dance, so we never go down to 6th street. Sadly, I've never been to South by Southwest or ACLfest -- our two really big music festivals.
Our rodeo has live music. It's always an eclectic mix: lots of country, some pop, and usually some golden oldies. We've been to the rodeo a couple of times. Once, just to be able to say we've been to a rodeo (they're actually kind of fun). The second time, just to be able to say we've seen James Brown (we even took my parents, who were then in their late 70s -- not that that's their type of music).
Well, we're going again. I mentioned to my husband there's someone playing there I'd really like to see, and he'll just happen to be home. So he said let's go, which really surprised me. I said you won't have the time, you've got too much to do. But I looked into it and emailed him how much it would cost. He called back, said do it, and get 2 extra tickets for friends of ours (actually, he ended up getting the tickets).
We're going to see Sarah Bareilles. I mentioned how much I love her "Love Song" a while ago in my blog -- how it always puts a smile on my face. Oh, and our friends? They happened to have an extra ticket to another concert. I declined it -- don't slap me! -- it's to the Boss (Bruce Springsteen, for those that don't know). I'm sure it would be a great show, but I'm not a huge Springsteen fan really, and it's getting really close to our move and I'm already behind.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
I considered Yoga Booty Ballet for months. While most people seem to love it, the reviews on various sites were rather mixed. Not a good enough workout.
Well, I am totally hooked. I should be changing up my routine and doing other workouts, like I normally do, but I just can't tear myself away from YBB. I love the mind-body connection.
Yes, I have other workouts that are definitely tougher. Yes, their sculpting segments rely on low weights and high reps, which most have debunked in favor of heavy weights and working to fatigue.
Yet my body doesn't seem to be turning to jello. In fact, I'm definitely seeing some definition in my arms. It's been a while since I've had a photo taken, since when my husband is home lately he's so bsuy, but I'm going to try to make sure to get it done when he's home the next time -- the last time before we move.
I love that they start each workout with mantras and intentions. I love learning the different mudras and what they mean. The workouts themselves are fun, and they don't feel like a lot of work, it's true. Yet I think far too many people have become hooked on the idea that you have to work really, really hard to get results. They're so into the 30 Day Shred. It's fast, sure, and it's a great workout -- but is it fun? No way. No pain, no gain is so 80s.
I do agree with some that the workouts tend to be a bit unbalanced at times -- they'll work one side, and not the other, and that's very puzzling for yoga instructors. I think I'll survive, though.
For those who don't enjoy the mantras and intentions, hello, did you see the word yoga in the title? Yoga isn't just about a series of poses. Much like losing weight, it's supposed to be a lifestyle. This is what has me hooked, and makes it so difficult for me to move on -- so instead, I've just been buying new YBB DVDs! Luckily for me, there's a lot of them. Too bad they don't have some new ones coming out!
The bottom line: these aren't workouts that will kick your butt (although the sculpting workouts are surprisingly tough, even at low weights, at first), but they will reshape your body -- and your mind. Even more important, they're fun -- even somewhat silly -- and I know I need more silliness in my life.
Monday, March 09, 2009
I pondered this for a while. Both are necessary for a healthy lifestyle. Food has to come first, to my mind. Without good food, you won't have the energy you need to power through your workouts.
It takes a long, long time to burn off food. So if you're eating a cookie -- or four -- and think you'll just work extra hard to burn it off, think again. SP has had some blogs about how long it can take to burn off various foods, and you can find that info elsewhere, too; the bottom line is that it almost always takes way more time than you'd think.
Many people fail because they get overwhelmed by all the changes they have to make. That's why it's so important to start small. Change one thing, and you'll see results. Try to change 3 or 4, and you may just decide that it's too difficult. It's almost always easier to start out changing your eating habits than moving more.
If you're sidelined by an injury, you're more likely to maintain -- and maybe even continue to lose -- if you're eating healthy, and can adjust your eating to make up for less exercise.
Don't get me wrong: exercise is important. Extremely important. You'll never get the results you want if you don't learn to enjoy moving more. None of us got fat simply because we didn't move enough, though; there's always a food component (for me, portion size & sweets).
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