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Acting like a thin person - Experiment Results!

Friday, August 22, 2014





Acting like a thin person = 4 pounds!!
Wow, this works! So let me tell you what I did and more important what I thought!
This is what I learnt:
1. I already eat the foods that are good for me. I love salads, veggies and indulge in foods such as chocolate only so I don't feel deprived and in small amounts. Problem was I ate too much of all these foods. Thin people don't overeat all the time!
2. Why do I eat. I ate for every reason under the sun - mad, happy, sad, glad you name it. Thin people eat when their bodies need fuel. Food is not their best friend, as it has been mine. Thin people call their best friend or do something not related to food.
3. Importance of food. When trying to loose weight you can get carried away with over-planning meals, exercise, etc. etc. Chill out and eat only when hungry.
4. "Am I hungry" This is the big one! Every time I took a piece of food or wanted to eat I said to myself "Am I really hungry??" Doing this I had to reacquaint myself with what hungry actually felt like. In the past, I had never let myself get hungry. Now, I am trying to practice asking myself this and if I am not hungry, stop and think what it is I am really looking for - comfort, attention, bored, lonely?? Re-direction I would call it.
5. Saying "I am full" (even when I still could eat lots more). A thin friend of mine always does this when we go out for lunch. She sits down to eat and says - I am not really very hungry! Now normally I would think "Oh, for goodness sake, I am starved and could eat a house, she would fill up on a peanut" but reflecting more on this she probably didn't feel the need to eat and was just reinforcing her bodies decision. Nothing weird there! So now when my husband asks if I want some ice-cream for dessert I say "I am full" Now, I am not really that full but guess what I don't miss the ice-cream and my body is full.

My experiment was a success for me and I now have more insight as to how I gained a lot of weight and how I can get in touch with my body to help loose that weight. Bottom line: Trust your body, it will help you!

  
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1BEACHWALKER 8/22/2014 10:44PM

    Takes a lot of willpower! Good for you!!! Congrats on the weight loss!!

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MARUKI52 8/22/2014 8:54AM

    Interesting experiment and one I might try to emulate. Thanks.

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EVIE4NOW 8/22/2014 8:25AM

  That's what I have been doing too when offered something. I am also learning the trick of leaving something... anything on my plate.

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NUTRON3 8/22/2014 8:11AM

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Pounds on, Pounds off!

Thursday, August 07, 2014






Wow! last week my husband and I had a stay-cation with our grandchildren from North Carolina and our other grandchildren visiting for the day. Lots of fun with the five of them! We stayed fairly close to home as I am still visiting my Dad daily in hospital (has been in there for three months). Unfortunately, every time we think we can arrange for him coming out, something else happens.

Visited the Toronto Ripley's Aquarium (pictures above and below) at the base of the CN Tower. If you are in Toronto, well worth a visit.










Grandkids going through tunnel.

We had a super time with all the kids and I got to take four days off to visit them in North Carolina. It was a treat.

Unfortunately all this fun and the fact that my Dad is now not eating well and I keep buying him and I Tim Horton's smoothies, seems those four pounds I took off in July just came back to visit!!!! SO am picking myself up, dusting myself off and starting all over again! P.S. It was worth it!! :)

Sorry for the pics being sideways - they are right side up in my files but when I uploaded they came out sideways?????

  
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1BEACHWALKER 8/19/2014 4:01PM

    Looks like fun Janet! Glad you had a good time. But, sorry to hear about your Dad! Hope he gets better soon!
I just had a staycation with my hubby and just posted a blog myself a couple days ago. Beach pics and a video! Had lots of fun! We love staycations...lots to do around our own state! emoticon Those pounds can go up faster than you can blink and eye! Been there, done that! Keep going! Treat your weight journey like a job-just go through the motions everyday, whether you like it or not. Just like with a job...got to do it! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BOOERDEM 8/7/2014 7:04PM

    Glad you had fun! I have the same problem with my photos when I try to upload them - have no idea why!! I've even tried turning them & then downloading them & they are still sideways!! emoticon

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GAILANN48 8/7/2014 12:39PM

    Don't worry about the few pounds you picked up - it'll come off as things settle. Sounds (and looks!) like the aquarium trip was wonderful! Isn't the sea incredible?

Hang in there. When your Dad's situation improves, that will do a lot to ease some of your stress.

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ROBBIEY 8/7/2014 8:20AM

  emoticon Pictures, thanks for sharing!!!

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My Weight Loss Experiment!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014



Doing a little experiment for the next couple of weeks. I am very carefully tracking my calories in versus energy expended in exercise! Now isn't that what everyone tells us. If you want to loose weight you have to either take in fewer calories or exercise more, preferably a combination of both. So I wanted to prove to myself once and for all that if I had a calorie deficit of 3500 calories I would in fact be down one pound at the end of the week. This is very hard to do. Right now I am 273 calories over what I should be for the week. I will try to make it up in 10 minute exercise sessions to get back on track.

I am already eating as if I don't have a weight problem or emotional eating issue or anything else and low and behold I have lost the weight I gained during my last 6 months. My stress level especially around eating is gone. If I feel like a food I have it but adjust and plan my future eating around it. For example: Denny's breakfast = salad for lunch.

There is an expert obesity doctor who claims that weight loss is NOT CALORIES IN MINUS CALORIES OUT for all people. I totally agree with him and that is why I wanted to do this experiment. So here I am an ordinary person without a weight problem (telling my mind this) eating a healthy diet (I have had this confirmed many times) and exercising enough to loose 1 lb per week. (yes I know my weight will fluctuate but all I want to do is see it down once and I will be convinced) I am currently at my set point weight (have not been below this in 10 years) so let's see what happens over the next few weeks.

  
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GAILANN48 7/16/2014 6:40PM

    I love your intelligent and sensible approach to what is usually a very emotional issue. Well done! I'll be interested to hear how this plays out, Janet.

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BOOERDEM 7/16/2014 1:17PM

    I really like how you have separated the emotional baggage from eating & are experimenting with different ways to achieve your goals. Looking forward to hearing more about how this goes! emoticon

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Whine! Wine!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Whine!
I just finished a huge blog and somehow lost it due to those annoying pop up adds!!! Grrr

Wine!
What I was blogging about was wine - I had a cold for a few days and went off my glass(es) of wine that I usually enjoy on the week-end. A funny thing happened. I usually go up at least 3-4 lbs every week-end and loose it during the week. Yo-Yo- Yo-Yo. Thus I never really loose any weight! Well since not drinking the wine (and I usually only have 2 glasses on Friday and Saturday) I have stayed the same weight! Bonus - now all I have to do is expend 3500 calories during the week and I should be down a lb. Right! I am still eating like I don't have a weight problem and it is working - sometimes we create our own problems!

  
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SLIMLILA 7/12/2014 9:57PM

    Hmmm! I know theoretically that makes sense, now we just have to make our bodies agree and obey...

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GAILANN48 7/12/2014 12:42PM

    Interesting insight on both counts! I love that you're acting as if you're already where you want to be, and loving yourself through the Dad stress. Hope he's healing, and that you've been able to get some relaxation time to yourself.

:) Gail

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Trying to keep it together!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Wow - just when my Dad was recovering nicely from his hip replacement and progress was being made in my getting back to some sort of normal lifestyle - Bamm- my dad fell getting out of bed in the hospital and broke his other hip; had the surgery the same day and now we are back at square one! Unbelievable - if this is old age at 97 I don't want to get there! I told him it just wasn't his time because that much in one day would kill some people.
And the worst part is I just came down with a cold and cannot go to the hospital for a couple of days while it is infections - he really doesn't need cold/pneumonia on top of everything else. After 6 weeks of going every day to the hospital I am getting a bit anxious now with not seeing him - oh my!
But one positive thing is that I am not turning to food in my anxious moments - actually the cold is making me feel rotten so don't even feel like food!!! Bonus!
Well, things have got to go up from here, all we can do is try to keep it together! :)

  
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LOPEYP 7/11/2014 7:06AM

    How's your Dad doing? I hope things improve for you both!
My uncle (almost 84) is scheduled for hip replacement next month. I'm the closest relative so I'm thinking that I'll be spending a lot of time helping out.

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GAILANN48 6/29/2014 12:33AM

    I'm so sorry to hear about what happened to your father, Janet. Yikes. And since it happened to him, it happened to you, too. Good for you that you've NOT turned to food with all the stress. Hope this healing happens quickly for both of you.

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SLIMLILA 6/25/2014 9:49PM

    Sorry to hear about your dad.... you're right, this getting old doesn't seem to be such a great idea at all.

We just found out today that my bil who had the bladder cancer was just discovered today as having the cancer spread to his lungs... he's same age as me, two weeks older.... hitting very close to home. emoticon

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BOOERDEM 6/25/2014 9:41PM

    Feel better & hope your dad makes a speedy recovery!!

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