Friday, October 31, 2014
I can't believe I haven't posted a blog since August. Crazy!
I had to take a few days off from work because my mom had an intestinal blockage and was in the hospital. Nothing like getting a call at 1 a.m. to tell you that your mom is in the emergency room and you're almost 3 hours away.
My husband had double knee replacement surgery on Tuesday and he is going to rehab for a couple of weeks this afternoon. He did a lot of preparation for the surgery, including getting some meditation and mindful eating downloads that he could listen to. We have actually started listening to them together in the morning, and it really does help. We attended a class at the hospital before his surgery, and one of the big things that was stressed again and again was the need to take deep breaths, especially after coming out of general anesthesia. Getting maximum oxygen is so important in ways I hadn't thought of. He's been stellar in that area from what the nurses told me.
The mindful eating downloads have been really great for both of us. In the three weeks that we had been doing them, I have lost about 5 pounds. That doesn't seem like very much relative to what I need to lose, but we have become much more conscious of portion size and eating good quality food, not just good quantity. Before, I've kind of been on my own, but my hubby has been a tremendous help in the last month or so. He works seasonally, so he does almost all of the cooking and it's been great. He used to be insulted if I didn't eat everything on my plate, and he gave me A LOT. Over the years I gradually started eating more. That's a lame excuse for how many pounds I've packed on over the years and I can't blame anyone but myself, but I'm just trying to move forward from now on and it helps to have his support.
One thing we've been doing is using small ramekins and dessert plates for dinner instead of a big dinner plate. We put a small green salad in one ramekin and fresh fruit cut up in another, and then a small portion of meat or other protein on the small plate. It looks so colorful and appetizing!
My friend who moved away and I have started doing weekly check-ins again by email and that helps too. We don't know how much the other weighs, but we tell how much we've lost (or gained) in the week and generally what's been going on work-wise, or anything else that we want to share about what's been stressing us out or giving us a boost.
I was debating on whether to "do" Halloween this year since I'm by myself and the dog goes crazy every time someone comes to the door. I also didn't want the candy around for obvious reasons. Self-hypnosis can only go so far when temptation like that is in your face. So what I did was buy candy and kept it in the car. Out of sight, out of mind -- right?
So generally speaking, despite the family health issues, things are pretty good right now!
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!
Get An Email Alert Each Time JLPEASE Posts