Tuesday, September 01, 2009
Today was another beauty here and it is the most perfect weather, sure wish it was like that all winter, but I will take it and love it. Got a great bi and tri workout in today followed by 30 min on the treadmill. My world is ROCKING today!!!! Tomorrow is another 1 hour 4 mile walk at dialysis and Thursday my sister and I are going walking in the morning and are shooting for 5-7 miles so great time to spend together and yet accomplish some major outdoor cardio.
Kind of kicking off of yesterdays blog I wanted to add some other strategies that I employ that truly makes portion control successful. In my house we use the dessert plates as our dinner plates (unless we have company) and unless there is a holiday or company we do not bring all the food to the table. I serve up our plates from the cooktop and we don't go back for seconds. Great way to keep a handle on what you are eating. Just having the large plates in front of you, even if you have the correct portions, makes you see and think that you don't have enough food on the plate and will leave you actually feeling hungrier.
So try that in your house if you don't already do it. The dinner plates of today are more in line with the "super-size me" theme and we don't feel satisfied unless they are filled. Eating on the smaller plates - they look plenty full and you feel as though you are eating alot. Tried and true methodology here and it works.
Your portion control is almost more important than your macros if you look at it. We all know we live in a land now of over-consumption and one way to manage that is to change some of these small things that can have a huge impact on your portions. Scales can be very cheap or very expensive but should fit everyones budget. I would not be without mine and even though I can pick the right portionwith my eyes closed I still use it to keep the close watch on at all times.
And when it comes down to having something in front of you that you know you shouldn't be eating, my best response to people is to not say "I can't have that", my best response is to say "I can have whatever I want, but right now I don't chose to have any of that". Doesn't this feel better than saying "I can't"? It is all mind over matter, it is how you present that thought to yourself and how you process it. Use more positive thought processing when you are faced with things that challenge your compliance with your goals. It will work every time and it sure beats having that negativism of "I can't" be a part of the process.
If you take the above and put in line with what I have been blogging about in the past, you can see what the POWER OF BEING POSITIVE can do for you when faced with any situation. Not giving yourself permission to fail is the key and one of the ways you work with that is to employ the power of postive thinking and a positive mindset.
At the end of each day, take some time out to reflect on your strengths for that day for pursuing your goals. I feel great at the end of the day when I have accomplished what I set out to do - it provides more POSITIVE ENERGY than you can imagine.
"Inch by inch, life's a cinch. Yard by yard life is hard" - unknown