Friday, August 01, 2014
I am probably the poster middle-aged adult for mindless eating. Yes, I have read Brian Wansink's book and many others on this topic, but I still do it anyway.
I have a desk job. I sit on my butt all day long working on my computer, except when I have meetings. On my lunch hour, I usually do my Sparking. I have no window in my office so I don't see what the weather is like. This is not necessarily a bad thing when you live in Syracuse, NY -- sometimes it's better not to know.
During much of this time, especially in the afternoons, I mindlessly eat. I have been known to polish off half a large bag of Peanut M and Ms. I do this without even thinking about it. I don't remember eating them or how excellent they tasted beyond the first handful. Am I ashamed of it? Of course I am, silly!
So, I finally decided that as long as I'm not aware of what I'm eating, let alone really enjoying the taste of it, I might as well mindlessly eat something that's good for me. So, for the last couple of weeks I have been bringing 1 cup of baby carrots with my lunch. I like baby carrots, but not THAT much. However, since I wasn't really tasting them anyway, it apparently didn't make that much difference because I ate all of them without thinking about it. They are so much better for my health and also a lot cheaper than Peanut M and Ms!
I think this is one of the important things I've learned in reading about mindless eating. If you mindlessly eat when you are stressed or bored or whatever (which I do), if you choose something that's good for you, that's a win-win in my book!
So far this has worked out great! I only do this on weekdays, so I am hoping I won't start turning orange. Although if I could improve my night vision, that would be OK with me!
So here are my new best friends:
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
I have been feeling kind of lost lately. I don't know why -- I have a lot of nice things in my life, including a beautiful new granddaughter, but still I can't seem to shake this funk I'm in.
I don't feel well, but I don't want to go to the doctor because I am going to feel embarrassed that I have gained so much weight. I know I would feel so much better if I wasn't carrying around all this extra baggage, but I guess it just seems too overwhelming. I am not a stupid person, and I know it's pretty simple: burn more calories than I eat, but yet I can't seem to actually DO it. I don't know why. Is it because I have so much weight to lose that it feels impossible? I am so ashamed of myself, but I don't know how to stop it.
My feelings are so childish, like I am getting what I deserve in terms of physical ailments because I knowingly mistreat my body.
Some days are better than others, but this has been quite a long stretch of not so good. I hope it ends soon! Meanwhile, I keep logging in to SparkPeople and reading success stories and uplifting articles. I have often heard that you should "fake it 'til you make i", so that's what I'm doing!
Monday, April 28, 2014
Not too much is new, except that I look forward to my almost daily photo of my new granddaughter, Ava. Seeing her tiny face just makes me think that everything in the world is OK. Even though we live on the other side of the country, I feel like I can almost reach out and squeeze her! Sometimes I'll just feel like I need an Ava "fix" and I'll text my son asking for a photo and he sends one on demand. Not as good as being there, but not too bad!
The only other times I feel that relaxed are when I hang out with my dog, Beanie. Yes, I do believe she is the best dog in the entire world and no matter how yucky my day is, when I get home she's always there to give me her special "happy dance" followed by a toy dropped at my feet to play fetch with.
I wish it could always be like this, but if it was, would I appreciate these special moments as much as I do? I don't know. I'd like to try it, though!
Friday, April 18, 2014
I have been Sparking on and off for the last few months, but not blogging. I have so much going on in my head that I can't process anything. I know writing things down helps me organize my thoughts, so here goes.
My dad passed away on September 10 of last year and there was a whirlwind of activity after that. My mom found a place she liked and so she put the house on the market. January is not the best time to try to sell a house, but we had 3 offers almost immediately. It wasn't for as much as she had hoped, but the real estate agent is someone I went to school with and I know she was trying to do her best to get my mom out of the house ASAP, and the place does need a lot of work. My mom is meticulous in cleaning, but the place is just old. Plus my dad did a lot of seat-of the-pants things that made things quirky about it.
So, I got my mom moved into her new place in February and we got her old house cleaned out. She had a friend of a friend who helped sell a lot of my dad's train stuff and a lot of other things on Ebay. We had no idea what the stuff was worth and we didn't want to attempt an estate sale or anything in the dead of winter.
She is more or less settled in her new place and was able to bring the furniture and knickknacks that meant the most to her. The one thing that wouldn't fit was her couch, though. She brought so many chairs that there was no more room. I think we might be able to stuff a loveseat in there so we'll do that at some point. We did go and buy a small desk and it goes perfect in her bedroom. She's made many friends and has even joined a Wii Bowling League. She enjoys it and it gets her a little active anyway.
That's the down part. The up part is that my son and his wife have a new baby daughter named Ava, born March 14. They live in CA (I'm in NY) and we couldn't get out there right away because my husband was having cataract surgery, but we went 2 weeks ago and stayed for 5 days. I love it so much out there. The weather is awesome every day, there is excellent produce, and my allergies don't bother me at all. Now I have another reason to want to move there. Ava is completely adorable and we spent almost the whole time holding her. I am so glad there are phones that take pictures now, and I'm appreciating Facebook more than I used to. It's easy to take and share photos and videos. I am overjoyed for them and his wife's family is extremely close-knit so they have a lot of support. They had a big party while we were there and they welcomed us so generously into the family. We are truly blessed. We hope to get there at least twice a year, and hopefully they can come this way in a year or so. Otherwise my mom probably will never see her great granddaughter, since she doesn't travel well.
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