Monday, June 20, 2011
I am working hard to get my 5% weight loss in the Spring Challenge and there are only 12 more days till the final weigh in. With the wildfires and poor air quality I could not walk outside. It has rained and been overcast, but the air quality is good right now, so in the last few days I have got out walking. Today I walked 10K but normally walk 5K.
It's easy to think of other things I should be doing with my time, I have a lot of work around home too. But each time I step on the scale I have flashbacks to the health related good and bad things I did during the week. Whether it's a good weigh in or not, I always wish I did more of the good things. I want to live this week in a way that I will have fewer regrets on Saturday. I don't expect to be perfect but more consistent with my good habits.
I really enjoy our challenge this week of giving yourself a goodie. Sunday I gave myself sweet peppers for the Greek salad I made for dinner last night. This was the note - Thanks for staying in your calorie range today. Taking hubby out for brunch and loading on fresh veggies and protein was a good choice. You proved you control the food, the food does not control you! Big pat on the back to you, you did it!
Today I gave myself an MP3 player. This was the note - Thanks for walking 10K today. When you listen to an audio book you are living in the moment and can do anything you set your mind too. Love you!
As I am permanently changing the way I eat, I am trying to remember back to when I was a skinny picky eater kid. At meal time we never took seconds, you were considered greedy if you took 'more than you need'. I am sure more will come to mind, but there were definite rules around food. 'Snacks' and 'finger food' weren't invented then and gold fish were not a food group. The only time we ate after dinner was popcorn on Friday nights when we watched a movie on TV. I must sound like a dinosaur.
Starting weight 5/7: 219.4
5% Goal: 11
Weekly Goal: 1.4 pounds
Goal Weight: 208.4
I am looking forward to the Summer 5% already!
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Last weekend we were in Edmonton to visit family. While there we saw the Andy Warhol exhbit and the Gay Pride Parade. Today I went to Fort McMurray's first Pakistani fashion show with my friend. The dresses had a North American influence and the models were of all nationalities. The models, all local young women strutted down the catwalk accompanied by Top 40 music. Great fun and a wonderful to meet new friends.
Thursday I went to buy a new battery for the old Camry we are giving to our daughter. As I am driving home, a truck T boned the car. I can still drive it, but likely it will be a write off, which it too bad because it runs so well.
I had a good weigh in on Saturday and attribute that to the Plate Method. I am loving it so much I am thinking of starting a Spark Group for people who want to do it or maybe a 5% challenge team. Yesterday I hiked 10K in 120 minutes. Today I took hubby out for Father's Day brunch, went to the fashion show, unloaded the china cabinet, packed up board games, had long phones visits with the kids, made hubby a delicious and nutritious dinner. There was not enough time to hike. I should have done it when I woke at 4:30 but I would have woke hubby when I got the dog up. On Father's Day I couldn't risk waking him.
I think I am over feeling sad about leaving this house. I've had years to make the house just the way I wanted. There is nothing wrong with the house, it's the location. I have to remember I am going to something not leaving something. I know I will miss my friends but I really do plan on coming back each spring to visit.
This week I will
walk 10K daily (yikes I can't believe I just wrote that!)
continue with the Plate Method - love the Corelle divided plate
plan our goodbye house party
keep planning the move, packing, etc.
This week our Living the Good Life Thank yourself everyday!
Do we treat our friends better than we treat ourselves? Think about when we congratulate or thank someone or give encouragement. Sure they lost a pound or started a new diet, exercised or were nice to us. Do we do that for ourselves? Have you exercised, stayed within your calorie range, made a nutritious meal, walked the dog, tidied your home, drank your water, tracked your exercise, got rested, set a new goal, read a motivating article, had some 'me time', watched your sodium, are a good team mate, kind to yourself and any of the other good things you do in a day. Treat yourself with love this week. Be your own best friend, and that means giving yourself a little gift too. Each day give yourself a Spark goodie with a loving note telling yourself why you are giving/getting the goodie.
Yestereday I gave myself a Spark goodie Thanks Sweetie for making time to go out for a walk. Also, I really liked the dinner you made, it helps keep me within my calorie range. You are taking good care of me today. Love from your best friend Lynn
It should help us recognize and appreciate the positive things we are doing to improve our health. Have a great week and treat yourself well.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Last night the family that is buying our house came over. They have 5 children and not all of them had seen the house. The purpose of the visit was for the kids to get their bedrooms assigned. We offered them some pieces of furniture sofa and chair, 3 bookcases and a large desk, so less to pack.
However knowing they were coming over again, I worked around the house making it look like a show home, hid the dog in the car, lit scented candles, etc. After they left I had a scoop of chocolate yogurt and cone, and then another. Yes it stressed me and I ate! I really need to address how to handle this type of stress.
I know I have the biggest challenges of the year behind me. We got the house ready to sell and we did sell it. Mission accomplished! The things I am dealing with now should be easy. I have to sell and give away more furniture, pack, book a mover and storage, and relocate to our RV for a couple of months. Then we leave town and move into our next house Oct 1st or thereabouts.
The wildfire is growing and the wind was blowing into the city. This morning, I could smell smoke in the house and likely its always here, just at times my sense of smell is better. In the afternoon the air quality was fair, so I decided I would go out for a walk and pretend it just campfire smoke and if it was really bad I would do a very short walk. I did 90 minutes. Along the way it started to rain, but it was only a few drops.
As I was walked I thought about when I was in high school and ALL the kids were in the normal weight range. We all walked to and from school. I went home for lunch no school cafeteria for me. That was a 20 minute run each way so 80 minutes a day of running.
I am doing well with the plate method and was pleasantly surprised to see it become the new icon for U.S.D.A. Each meal is it`s own thing - what am I putting on my plate for this meal, and does it look `balanced`. I love it!
I may go back to university and study a new field - social work, with the idea of helping people who WANT to lose weight. I met with a social worker in May and talked about behavioral changes, it was like a light bulb moment! I pretty much stopped eating when I awake during the night, and I seldom have an alcoholic beverage just because other people are. Being a social worker would be quite a change from business!
Now I have to focus on my diet and exercise. I should be able to prepare for a move and pursue my other goals. It's time to start living 'the happily ever after'!
Friday, June 10, 2011
Hubby is involved with a golf tournament on Father's Day so we are visiting the kids in Edmonton this weekend. Today I will pick hubby up after work and make the 5 hour drive to Edmonton tonight. Tomorrow we will run errands there, have dinner at our favorite Indian restaurant (will do Plate Method for eating out), and visit with family. Sunday morning 9 AM we will head home. It's a quick trip but hubby is so happy! Next year it will be a 13 hour drive from our new home to have the Father's Day visit.
I taught my friend The Plate Model this morning when she was over for breakfast. I made her breakfast - veggie omlette in a pita and watermelon.
Butter, salted, 1 pat (1" sq, 1/3" high) 36
Egg, fresh, 1 large 70
Bread, pita, whole-wheat, 0.5 pita, large (6-1/2" dia) 85
Onions, raw, 0.5 cup, chopped 30
Green Peppers (bell peppers), 0.5 cup, strips 19
Mushrooms, fresh, 0.5 cup, pieces or slices 8
Watermelon, 2 cup, balls 99
I have to trim calories to make it fit in the daily 1200 calories.
We were so busy getting our house ready to sell, and we got an offer right away. Then it was like hurry up and wait, to see if our buyer's house would sell. Our house is definitely sold and now we are very busy again. I need to sell more furniture, pack, find a mover, get our travel trailer here, book a camp site, etc.
On August 1st we will be moving out our house and live in our travel trailer. Hubby is on payroll till September 30th and he has a lot of vacation, so he could be done in the first week or so of September if we limit July vacation, etc.
Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the fresh fruits and vegetables!
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