Friday, August 28, 2009
I've watched TLC's "What Not to Wear" now & again, but suddenly I seem to have become addicted to it. Maybe because we cut back on our channels a while back: we got rid of all the premium movie channels. We had a free 3 month trial when we moved in here, but it's expired.
After months of not spending anything much beyond the basics, the shopping genie has been let loose. Some are things I really need: new private stuff, for instance. They say you should replace your bras every year, but I never do; still, it was time for some new ones (and I swear that I am in between cup sizes -- why don't they make half cup sizes?).
Others are things I could use, but don't necessarily need. Some new workout clothes, mostly. Most of the tops I have are at least 10 years old. I've bought just a few here & there over the last year, but while it wasn't a pressing need, I could have used more. One of my favorite online stores for workout wear, www.athleta.com , is having a sale.
One of the things I wanted was a skort or two. It's a real gamble buying something like that online, but I took it -- and I really like it. Unfortunately, the skort isn't on sale, and I'd really like to get another one.
Yes, I've actually found that cute workout clothes make me want to work out more. It's amazing how when you like the way you look, you feel better, and that just makes you want to do all the things you know you have to do to keep feeling & looking better. Don't wait til you've lost the weight to get yourself some cute workout clothes! It really can be motivating.
But the other thing I've been buying lately are shoes. I'm shopping at Marshalls, so I'm getting awesome deals (like a pair of Cole Haan shoes for $15), but they aren't really something I need. Once again, I'm struggling -- shopping can be just as much an addiction as food! I found a plain pair of aerosoles with cute little kitten heels that are soooo comfortable -- but they only had them in brown in my size. When I went to a different discount store, after I'd bought the brown ones, they had my size in black. They also tend to sell out of shoes really quickly. What to do? They're cute, they're comfortable, they look so much nicer than running around doing errands in sneakers, but do I really need a pair in brown & black?
And I swear, when I'm shopping, sometimes I hear Stacy & Clinton's voices in my ears. I think I have a pretty good sense of style, altho I absolutely know they'd make me get rid of some of my sweatshirts & tshirts. Like my healthy lifestyle, my overall style is ever-evolving.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
I have on more than one occasion suggested to my husband that he might want a pedometer, too. That I bet he'd be surprised by the number of steps he gets in a day. He thinks he moves around a lot -- on days he mows the lawn he certainly does, but that's usually only once a week. We barely rack up 2000 when we walk the dogs at night (and that's because I do at least double that, if not more, when I walk them in the morning). Which reminds me that I think I forgot to enter my cardio yesterday . . . oh well.
Anyway, back to the title. He calls me one day & wants to know if I have an extra pedometer, which I don't. I, apparently, am not terribly inspiring, but his family is. Which sometimes makes me nuts. What I say isn't important, until someone else says the same thing to him.
Apparently his sister wants to lose weight. She's a couple of inches shorter than me, but she weighs a whopping 113 apparently, so why she wants to lose 10 lbs is beyond me. I'd be overjoyed to weigh what she weighs. And she was trying to challenge him, I guess.
So now he wants a pedometer. Don't get me wrong, I think it's a good thing (assuming he doesn't lose it right away, which knowing him is a distinct possibility).
And speaking of walking, I read a tip yesterday about why counting steps is more important than doing exercise for a certain amount of time. According to some study, people who were asked to get 10,000 steps a day got roughly 2,000 more steps in than those who were simply asked to walk 30 minutes a day.
Stay tuned: will her husband beat her in steps? Or is he about to have his eyes opened to just how sedentary he really is? Can this be the start of other healthy changes? Will he even actually remember to wear his pedometer?
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Well, that's what they're supposed to do, right?
I got my Old Navy jeans yesterday. First, let me just clarify: skinny is just the cut; it doesn't mean that I'm skinny! I think their skinny jeans go up to a size 16 or so. But they did fit, so I guessed right. I probably will wait til I've lost just a bit more weight to wear them (or toned up some of that muffin top, whichever comes first).
And in a world turned upside down, the black jeans are looser than the blue ones. I wasn't surprised, because it was that way in the store, but that was a first for me!
It's probably not the most flattering cut for someone with large thighs, either -- but it will allow me to wear my cute little leather boots. Sometimes it's all about the shoes, right?
I don't have a lot of decent looking shorts that fit me right now. I was going to go back and buy a second pair of the ones I bought recently, but when I went back to the store just a couple of weeks later all their shorts were pretty much gone!
I have a pair of shorts that I've been holding onto for years. It's also not a particularly good cut for me, but beggars can't be choosers, and I put them on yesterday. I've been trying them on intermittently since we moved, and they always seemed just a little too tight. While still not as loose as I'd like them, they fit -- even with a tshirt tucked in.
I feel really good about the choices I've made this week. Just gotta keep it up -- DH gets home late tomorrow night (hopefully) and then the fun begins again. "Normal" life, whatever that is.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
It's a sad, but true, fact that as your weight goes down, so must your calorie consumption. Your appetite will decrease, too, but the two aren't always in line. At least not for me.
So I play around with portion size. How much can I downsize and still feel satisfied? Will 2 teaspoons of chocolate work instead of a tablespoon? How about 1 tsp dark chocolate chips instead of 1 1/2 teaspoons? The differences may seem small and unworthy, but they sure do add up.
This morning I experimented with my oatmeal. I've blogged before about how I like it salty with a very small amount of dark chocolate chips in it -- a warm granola bar. Which is healthy. How cool is that?
But I like a nice, big serving of oatmeal. 1 1/2 servings, in fact. 1 little serving doesn't really do it for me. I'm doing good, actually, because I used to like 2 servings.
This morning I decided to try just one serving (1/2 cup rolled oats before cooking). Only I decided to add some peanut butter along with my dark chocolate chips. I've tried PB in my oatmeal before, but I wasn't really impressed -- if you mix it in prior to cooking, the PB seems to disappear.
Only this morning I decided to do the same thing with my PB that I do with the dark chocolate chips: put it on top of the cooked oatmeal so it gets nice & melty, and then mix it in. Eureka! It feels like you're eating a decadent treat, when it's actually a very healthy breakfast.
Speaking of PB, I recently tried Naturally More PB -- www.naturallymore.com/ . Yummo! Yes, it has some honey & sugar in it -- but only 2 gms per serving, and I'm eating less than a serving at a time. It just gives me that slightly sweet taste I love. My understanding of flaxseeds is that they're not really bioavailable to us unless they're ground, so I'm not sure the whole flaxseeds in there do us a lot of good. But it's still good, and good for you.
Looking at their site, I see they have almond butter, too. I'll have to try that.
I won't lie to you: I'd definitely rather stick with my 1 1/2 servings. Hopefully when I get to maintenance, I can work that in, but for now, I'll keep trying 1 serving. I'd like more, but I'll have a midmorning snack like usual, and I think I'll be fine.
What have you been able to downsize? And do you have a favorite PB that isn't full of junk?
Monday, August 24, 2009
It's a slippery slope from a slight weight gain to either losing control or giving up and gaining back a lot of weight. I got quite a few comments with my latest weight gains to relax, that I'm so disciplined that I'd lose the weight in no time. Just as my husband told me it was silly to even think about eating well during our move, or during vacation for that fact.
It's different for everyone, but you know how much is too much. And if you don't, you have to set limits for yourself. It's silly to think you're never going to gain weight just by leading a healthy lifestyle -- weight gains ARE part of a healthy life style. But how much is too much? When do you start hearing alarm bells?
I know 4 lbs in just a few weeks was a definite alarm bell for me. I've written a couple of times that I thought I was back on track, but it took more than one try and it actually still remains to be seen whether or not I truly am -- especially with a vacation coming up.
And, of course, I've been there before: you won't let yourself get 5 lbs above a certain weight, which turns into 10, which turns into 20, and so on . . .
More than one person has commented that they can't imagine me being overweight. Which is funny, because if you look at my start photo it's there in living color. In fact recently, my friend Kate gave me a chuckle by commenting that she's only known me "thin". I'm still not thin! But thin is subjective, I guess.
The bottom line is we've got to be vigilant. It's really, really easy to let ourselves go, and sometimes it's really, really hard to get back on track. So you've got to develop that sixth sense for trouble, and know what your basics are -- and get back to them when you are in trouble. And reach out for support here on Spark. Fellow sparkers make me smile every day!
I wanted to write a blog about my mall walking experience yesterday, but couldn't quite come up with a whole blog about it so I'll just mention my thoughts in closing. Yesterday was my "rest" day, but with walking around the mall, I got almost 12,000 steps in. In fact, I racked up more steps walking around the mall than I did walking the dogs in the morning!
I also did some people watching, and what really struck me is how sloppy most of us dress. Where is the pride in ourselves? I, of course, have been guilty of sloppy dressing too, but it does say a lot about us -- especially when you're dressed sloppily & you're not just putzing around the house. When you look good, you feel good. Is there a correlation between sloppy dressing and weight gain? Is it a chicken & egg thing -- which comes first?
Finally, does a "thin" girl come out of a Lindt chocolate shop with 5 bars of chocolate? Well, I sure hope so, because that's what I did. You get one free when you buy four. So I bought 3 of the fleur de sel I've become so fond of (but I can limit myself to one or two squares a day), 1 dark chocolate chili, and one 70% dark chocolate. The fleur de sel (and the chili) aren't 70%, but they are dark chocolate (cocoa content unknown) so hopefully they're still the healthy kind. I was surprised that I did like the chili dark chocolate one.
I guess the moral of the whole blog is that you've got to know yourself. Know what you can handle, what you need, what you don't need, and be strong enough to do the right thing.
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