Saturday, April 19, 2008
Isn't it amazing how just a little weight loss can make you feel soooooooooo good?
I've been feeling like things are fitting a bit better lately, so I was surprised that when I measured this morning, there was no change -- and I only measure every couple of weeks!
Still, I had to go out & get some work done on my car. I was changing my jeans, and I put on a pair that's still a bit tight. Wearable, but not loose like I usually like my jeans. They've never been loose, not even when I bought them.
And I was just shocked to find they were comfortable. Boy, I am just on cloud nine. I've been trying on other clothes each week, the tight ones I want to fit into, and while it seemed that they were getting more comfortable, this was the first time there was a noticeable difference.
I'm sure it's not even much weight lost, in actuality, but that's okay because it's weight LOST.
And my car? I had to get a new battery. And that turned out to be a good thing, because my watch battery died overnight, and since I was getting the car fixed up at the mall, I was able to get my watch battery, too. I would have been upset if I had to make two separate trips.
I also tried on some clothes that I didn't expect to fit, and they did. I may lose weight slowly, but at least now I know I really can lose weight. I can do this!
Saturday, April 19, 2008
The title is part of today's healthy reflections from SP:
"Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could . . .", Ralph Waldo Emerson
One of these days, I've got to try reading some Emerson. It's amazing how much of his advice is still true today!
This doesn't just apply to our weight. Although when it comes to our weight, I'd modify it just slightly: finish each meal and be done with it. Start each meal new.
In other words, you pigged out? ate something you shouldn't? more than you should? Ok, it's done & you can't undo it. Just start eating healthy again at your very next meal (no waiting until Monday).
But as I said, it's not just our weight. It's our life! There are so many days I end thinking I didn't do nearly enough. In fact, seems pretty much every day I think that. But I did what I could, and that's enough.
In fact, I often repeat this to myself (feel free to steal it for yourself!): I am good enough. I have enough. I do enough.
Friday, April 18, 2008
This is a pretty cool Website. Actually, you don't need the Website, but it has the instructions.
Say you're out & you're wondering what the nutritional breakdown of what you want to order is, but there's no information. Text 34381 (normal text charges apply), and within seconds they'll text you back the info. They have info for 1700 restaurants in the US!
I tried it from home, and it was fun to watch my addition show up on the list on the Website within seconds. It really works!
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Diets don't work. They don't work because they're usually not something you can stick to forever. Oh sure, they might work in the short-term -- but will you be able to keep the weight off? Can you eat like you're eating for the rest of your life?
Whatever you're doing, it must be sustainable. That means you change your eating habits for good. It's not something you do to lose 20, 50, or 100 pounds and then you can eat whatever you want. Because the truth is, when you get to your goal weight, you probably won't be able to eat much more than you're eating right now. A little bit, but not much. Because the smaller you are, the less you need to maintain your weight.
So let's say you can't control yourself when it comes to pizza. So you figure ok, I'll just give pizza up. And you're going along fine, you lose your weight, and then you figure just one slice won't hurt. And before you know it, the pounds are creeping back on but you don't know why.
Pizza might be something you have to give up for a while, but if you truly love it, you need to figure out a way to have just a little. Maybe you need to give up fatty toppings. Maybe you need to have a side salad with it to fill you up. You can lose weight and have your pizza too.
So please, just take a minute today and thinking about how you're eating. Can you eat this way for the rest of your life?
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Basically, to lose weight, you need to burn off more calories than you take in. And it all boils down to choices.
We all make lots of choices every day, both big and small. We choose to exercise; or we don't. We choose to stick to our meal plan; or we don't. We choose to eat the same way we always have; or we choose to change our habits.
All those little choices can add up to a lot of weight loss.
For instance, today I chose to eat a high fat dessert. Would I lose weight quicker if I never had sweets? You bet. And I really do try to keep my sweets to a minimum. I believe in a whole foods, not overly processed, mostly vegetarian, diet as much as possible.
But once in a while I splurge. If I didn't splurge, I'm sure I could lose weight quicker. But I also know that one high fat dessert won't cause me to gain weight -- unless, of course, I begin having high fat desserts every week, or every day.
I wish I could say that I'm one of those people who no longer enjoys sugar or fat. That I could just take three bites of something truly decadent and be satisfied. But I'm not. It is true that my tastes have changed over the years. For instance, I no longer like pepperoni. In college, I practically lived on it. But now I just find it's too greasy for my tastes.
I can remember when I was first losing weight with Weight Watchers many years ago. I used to think that if I could just have a Snickers bar once a week (a full sized one), I'd be happy. But the joke's on me, because now I rarely even want candy.
I gave up alcohol many, many years ago. I was never a big drinker, so it wasn't a real sacrifice. I didn't even set out to become a teetotaler, but it just happened. I haven't had a drink in years.
I only occasionally eat meat. And only when my husband is home. Otherwise, I eat vegetarian. I like meat, although I don't like what happens to it to end up on my plate (yes, I know that's hypocritical); but I don't generally miss it. Fish, on the other hand, I couldn't do without. Especially not sushi.
So back to choices. Yes, I occasionally choose to splurge. It helps me eat healthy 80% of the time. I do not, however, keep high fat goodies at home. If I want one, I have to go out and buy it -- and then I only buy a single serving.
What choices will you make today?
P.S. For the last few years, on Passover, I've bought a chocolate cake from Burdick Chocolates. Really, really good. I was tempted this year . . . but then I'd be eating that high fat dessert daily . . . and I knew that that was a habit I needed to change this year. I'll be making my own yummy (hopefully) dessert this year.
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