Tuesday, August 21, 2012
A week into this "Low-Sugar Thing," I'm doing a good job of keeping those carbs in check. What have I changed?
* NO MORE POP! I haven't missed it, except for one day at work. The thought popped in my head to go grab a Pepsi. Oh yeah, I don't drink that anymore. So I had a tea instead.
* Fewer/smaller treats. I know I said I was eating only half of my lunchtime cookie. Somehow I've forgotten about that the last few days. Hm. I'll try to remember!
* Less baking = less eating. A baking mood came over me this summer. I found basically the world's best brownie recipe, and I kept making them over and over and over again. And then I just had to try a lime curd tart recipe I saw on TV. It was delish, and much to my regret 603 calories per serving, which I found out after enjoying a piece. Lesson learned. Bake less, and if you do bake, figure out calories BEFORE eating it (and adjust your serving size accordingly!).
* Less sugar in my coffee. This is a big one. I really don't care for coffee, but it's pretty good with cream and sugar. I'm cutting back.
I'm happy with my first steps toward reducing sugar in my life, and I'll be looking for my next steps.
Saturday, August 18, 2012
I've been thinking a lot lately about perception, namely my own perception of my own fatness. When I was 30 pounds heavier, I viewed myself as very fat. When I lost 10 pounds, I instantly felt pretty good, maybe even thinnish because by comparison, I was. 20 pounds down, even more thinnish. 30 pounds down, nearly goal territory!
That was all fine and good. 30 pounds down and people were complimenting me often, I needed new clothes, and I felt great. I was exercising routinely and felt more fit than ever before. I fully intended to lose another 10-20 pounds, but in general I felt very good about my weight and size.
A year goes by. I gain and lose the same 5 pounds a few times over. It's been harder than I expected to lose more. My dedication waned. I still run, but my eating is not always the best. And I'm back to feeling fat, and this is kind of odd. I am the same size -- the smaller size, 30 pounds down. I just *feel* different. Blubbery.
I'm roughly the same weight and precisely the same size, but I *feel* fatter. It's all a mental thing. I no longer have that great "I just achieved something awesome" feeling. I have that "I need to achieve more" feeling.
A friend of mine tells me that I have a distorted body image. I think she's right. Is that something a person can change? I'm in no danger of becoming anorexic, but I understand that mentality: looking in the mirror and seeing only the fat that MUST GO. Maybe I won't feel that way anymore when I have less of it. Fat, that is.
For now, I'll just keep doing my best and try to remember that I have come a long way. I'm *not* still that overweight woman in the baggy clothes. I am... "thinnish."
Thursday, August 16, 2012
After my bold statement (I Will Run... No Matter What), I am taking a break from running. Why, you ask? Let me tell you.
Last week I was getting some random stabbing pains in my foot, right in the ball of my foot by the big toe. My knees have also been aching since I recently amped up my running. I was becoming concerned about that, but, as easily as the old me took the first excuse available and QUIT, the new me sees those excuses as something to overcome.
So I asked my neighbor, a marathon runner, about my knee issues. She laughed and said that yeah, she hurt too, and you just have to push past it. Great, thought I! I can keep on running. Once I get going, the knee pain fades, and I'm fine. Hurrah! They just ache starting up and during non-running times, like walking up and down stairs.
But then, hm, I read more about knee issues here on Spark. And it seems a lot of folks disagree with this "push past the pain" mentality. I googled and read more. I've come to the conclusion that pushing past the pain is probably fine when you're dealing with sore muscles. They're sore because you're pushing them to their limit, but if you can persevere, you'll reach your goal and your muscles will recover, and life will be grand.
If, however, you're dealing with something beyond muscle pain, pushing past the pain is probably not a good idea.
So, back to my Toe Story. Last week, just randomly while walking along in no pain whatsoever, I'd get this shooting pain in the ball of my foot and up through my toe. Random. Annoying. Perplexing. It started coming more frequently. I started massaging it, trying to pinpoint the pain. I googled. I read. I pondered pushing past the pain. I ran a few more times with the pain, and again, the pain would fade once I got going.
Yesterday the pain was more constant, perhaps because of all my massaging. I iced it on and off all day. I ran my foot over a tennis ball on and off all day. It felt somewhat better today. I had fewer stabbing pains. Then I went and got a 15-minute foot massage. I told the masseuse about my foot problems. The massage was great and at times painful. She found pain I didn't know I had -- in my arch, deep inside the ball of my foot. There was a spot in the ball that was particularly nubby and painful. She thought it was an enflamed tendon. Now, I feel 10 times better.
Oh, I hope it's that quickly resolved! I'm not going to run any more this week. That's skipping TWO RUNS ("I will run no matter what!"). Guess what -- resting (when needed) is every bit as important as dedication.
I will take care of me. No matter what.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
We've all heard by now that sugar is bad for you. You hadn't heard? Listen up: SUGAR IS BAD FOR YOU!
We know we should cut back on cookies, candy, pop, and ice cream, if for no other reason than it makes us fat. Well, that is the main reason for a lot of us!
A friend told me years ago that there's a connection between sugar and cancers. I had this vague understanding, but still I clung to my "treats" because mentally they kept me from all-out binging. If I can have a cookie and track it, it keeps me from feeling deprived and eating 10. In theory.
I'm not saying I'm giving up sugar completely. I'm not. But the 60 Minutes segment they aired recently about sugar and the link between sugar and a variety of illnesses (cancer, heart disease, diabetes) really prompted me to get real about my sugar intake. As they say, not all calories are created equally. 1200 calories of cookies are not the same as 1200 calories of a well-balanced diet.
The 60 Minutes sugar show and watching a couple friends radically reduce their sugar intake has motivated me to cut back. I've quit and re-started drinking pop many times over the years, and now I've quit again. My usual lunch-time cookie or brownie -- I now eat half. Do I feel deprived? Not at all. I still have my "treats" -- they're just not so bad or so big.
These small changes resulted in my usual maxing out on my carb range to coming in comfortably on the low end. And it really hasn't been difficult.
I really like knowing that I'm taking care of this body. I'm doing what I can to minimize my chances of having health issues. I'm making myself as healthy as I can be!
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