Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Even after a year and a half, I'm constantly amazed at the brilliance of SP. Sparkguy is a visionary, that's for sure -- and too few people know about it! We do, of course, but I bet if you talk with you friends, most have never heard of SP (unless, of course, you've talked it up).
As I was unpacking yet more books yesterday, today's blog subject came to me. Unpacking happened in stages. First there was try to organize everything, and try to open the most important boxes first.
Then it became just put things anywhere just to get them out of boxes. Then it was just stack the boxes you knew you wouldn't be getting to somewhere they wouldn't be in the way -- you had most of them unpacked, anyway, and it was just time for a break. Unpacking boxes can get pretty boring after a month or so, after all.
Finally, it's time to tackle those last few boxes.
And we're back to why I think SP is so brilliant: the 4 stages. Baby steps are all well and good, but you need some proof of progress, too, and so Sparkguy created the 4 stages to go thru. You're all fired up at first, willing to do whatever has to be done. Eventually, your weight loss slows down and things become routine.
Maybe you fall off the wagon. You forget that it's a healthy lifestyle, and maybe you've become too restrictive and you get bored with what you're doing.
Finally, tho, you do whatever it takes to get the job done. You try new things, you push yourself a little harder, you begin to look at food in a whole new light like I blogged about yesterday.
Which was all well and good until the afternoon hit and I got the munchies. I hate it when my appetite doesn't go along with the plan, don't you? So much for fueling my body! OTOH, we ended up eating late, and that munching in the afternoon helped tide me over.
Still, the whole choosing food on what my body really needs is something that is truly new for me. After all these years. So yes, everything really does have its season!
Monday, September 21, 2009
You can, as they say, teach an old dog new tricks (or an old dieter, whatever). Recently I've fond myself ready to reach for a snack -- maybe some cookies to go with my tea, for example. Now, these are Healthy Choice Amaranth crackers, which almost don't qualify as a cookie -- pretty healthy.
Then suddenly I find myself thinking . . . is this what your body truly needs? Wants? Will this fuel your upcoming workout? This morning I found myself reaching for a banana instead. I wasn't planning on a snack at all this morning, but my body during TOM has other ideas.
The change here isn't that I'm eating healthy. I've had pretty good eating habits, with some minor lapses, for a long time. I just suddenly find myself thinking more and more often about what my body really needs, rather than what my mouth wants.
Don't get me wrong, if you read my blog regularly you know that I think pizza, cookies, and even cake has a place in a healthy lifestyle. But these are most definitely treats, and my body only needs the occasional treat.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
My husband's workplace seems to be fond of potlucks. The upcoming one is a chocolate potluck. For the first time, I declined to participate. I just made 2 batches of cupcakes this weekend; today is my husband's birthday. One batch was chocolate peanut butter for me, the other vanilla/coconut with chocolate on top for him.
I could have just sent the leftovers into work with him, and not physically attended the potluck myself. But I enjoy having cupcakes at home. They're so portion controlled. I've already frozen all of them except for the 2 we had on Friday night, and the 2 we'll have tonight.
I know that part of a healthy lifestyle is learning to deal with the parties, the holidays, and the eating out. By the same token, though, it's also about knowing what you can and cannot deal with. And at this particular point in my journey, I know that I am better off not putting myself in harm's way like that.
I would love to break into the 130s before we leave on vacation, which is totally doable -- but only if I keep focused. I haven't been in the 130s for probably a decade! I still expect that I will gain some weight on vacation, so I want to be extra vigilant beforehand. Which doesn't mean that I can't afford a cupcake or two once in a while -- but not every night. Not even more than a couple of times a week.
And to change directions completely, I gave my husband a pedometer for his birthday. He actually wanted to borrow mine the other day while he cut the lawn, but I wouldn't let him. I'm not sure that he'll actually end up using it, but I hope that it will -- I think it will open his eyes to just how little exercise he really gets.
He has been working very hard the last few days, trying to make the kennel cat-proof for the cats. It's a big job. And while I know that it's very tiring, too, I don't think he realizes that it isn't cardiovascular work at all -- and that you need both.
I asked him if he was serious about wanting to lose weight, and got the expected answer: no. It's quite obvious in his food choices. For instance, one of the places he's considering going tonight for his birthday is Ted's Fish Fry. I have no desire to even set foot in this place -- I'm not particularly fond of fried foods, and I don't want to waste my points on something I don't even like. Luckily, they do have a grilled chicken sandwich. Otherwise I'd told him that I'd go with him, but I wasn't going to eat anything!
He never, ever wants to think ahead of time about what he's going to eat. For instance, I keep bread in the freezer -- we don't use much, and it gets mushy or hard in the fridge, or moldy if you keep it at room temp. So you have to defrost it ahead of time. He expects bread to just be ready for him.
Well, there are very, very small signs that he does want a healthier lifestyle, too. He just doesn't want it badly enough yet to do the work. All I can do is try to be a good example, and keep gently nudging him (but not nagging him) in the right direction.
Friday, September 18, 2009
You will get to a point in your journey where you'll have to change things up. That may be eating a different way, adding exercise, increasing your exercise, whatever.
For me, the running is part of the change I had to make. I just can't really exercise longer than I already do. Between walking the dogs and exercise DVDs, most days that's at least an hour day, often longer -- which is time most people don't have, I know. Of course the dog walk isn't that strenuous, which is part of why I need to do more exercise on top of that -- that was one of the first changes I had to make a year and a half ago.
So I couldn't exercise longer, which meant that I had to exercise harder. For me, running seems to be working. Plus it's giving me a goal to work towards: a 5k.
What else seems to be working for me right now is the Flat Belly Diet (FBD). Don't get me wrong -- I don't follow their meal plans, I didn't do their "jump start", I don't drink the "sassy" water. I've really never been very good at following anyone's meal plan other than my own.
The food just appeals to me -- and to my husband. And while I did some researching online after the fact, and most "experts" agreed that there really isn't much science behind MUFAs (monounsaturated fatty acids), it just seems to be working for me.
I didn't lose much last week, but then again I had been on vacation and was sick. This week I only lost half a pound, but then again, it was less than a week since the last time I'd weighed in (I went to a different meeting because I was still too sick to go out on my regular meeting day).
After all, who wouldn't love a diet that requires you to eat chocolate AND peanut butter? My two favorite things.
The basic message is that there is no status quo when you're trying to lose weight. It's a constant state of experimentation, so don't be afraid to change things up if what you're doing isn't working for you. But please, no wacky diets -- nothing that cuts out whole food groups!
Thursday, September 17, 2009
I'm in the market for some yoga podcasts. I'm not actually sure yet if my phone does video. Technically, it doesn't; the media player doesn't support video. But the Web browser should -- only it has to be something on my card, not something on the Web, because not only am I not planning to pay for Web access (don't need it), it wouldn't work in Europe anyway and that's where I'm planning to use the podcasts.
So far I've discovered the yoga journal and yogi2go podcasts. The yoga journal ones are great -- they're free, of course; always a plus. But beyond that, you can download either the video or just the audio AND they have pictures of the asanas you can print out. And even though I've been doing yoga a long time, I might not recognize an asana name (in fact, I know I wouldn't!).
I will have to try out the whole video thing. I've read I can download opera mini, but the phone does come with a browser.
What I'm looking for:
1. Preferably free
2. Short -- 15 minutes or less would be great; I'm a bit limited as to space, too.
3. Something that I won't need a book or something to be able to actual follow them.
I did the YBB Sculpt DVD Tuesday. Not the one that comes with the basic package, I think it's one that comes with the goddess series. Anyway, it's got about a 20 minute ST routine & then about 20 minutes or so of yoga. It's been a while since I did that particular DVD, and boy, my legs are still feeling it! Or maybe it has something to do with only walking the week before.
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