Thursday, March 06, 2014
I have noticed recently that there are days when I've just been in a terrible mood. I'm not comfortable in my own skin; I feel completely out of sorts for no apparent reason. Being that it has been so cold, I've often blamed this bad attitude on the extremely dry heat in my office building. My skin feels dry, it almost seems hard to breathe, my clothes even feel itchy against my skin - of course, that's why I'm in a bad mood. Who can feel good when your whole body feels so uncomfortable?
Today I'm re-evaluating the cause. I think the problem may lie in my shoes! I've noticed that when my feet are comfortable, the rest of my day goes better. I'm more inclined to take the stairs, go for a walk at breaktime, walk over to speak with a co-worker instead of sending an email. Comfortable feet means more exercise, which means less stress and feeling better about myself. Have I been sabotaging my weight loss efforts just by wearing the wrong shoes? Well, that is certainly an easy enough remedy to try and what if it turns out to be incorrect? There really isn't a downside to this test!
So here's to comfortable feet, leading me in to a healthier and happier life!
Thursday, August 08, 2013
The morning began well. I fixed the scheduled breakfast and it was good. I went to the physical therapist for the first time and left feeling absolutely amazed and amazing. I never realized what a difference physical therapy could make - I should have gone there a month ago. My elbow, which I broke 6 weeks ago, already felt better after just one session!
I was busy at work when I got the call from my son - he had been in a horrible car accident. First things first - he is fine. Unfortunately the car is totaled. I gave him guidance on who to call and what to do next and then, after dropping my daughter off at band camp, I ran over to give him a ride to get everything taken care of. He is understandably upset, but I spent a great deal of time talking to him about how grateful he should be that he is able to handle this problem and has the resources to get through this. First, no one was hurt. Second, yes, it stinks to have to run out and get a new car, but he has the financial ability to do that - many people don't. It puts a huge dent in his overall plan to save to go to grad school, but 'life is what happens when we are making other plans.' If it turns out he does need to see a doctor (his wrist was already starting to bruise and swell), he has good medical insurance. Finally, his family loves him and lives close enough to provide him with the help he may need while getting this straightened out.
Needless to say, I wasn't around the house to eat the scheduled lunch, dinner and snacks. I didn't make great choices on what I did eat, but I didn't overeat. And it was amazing how quickly I felt full. So even though it wasn't the day as scheduled, it showed me that when unexpected things come up, I can handle them and not completely revert to my old habits.
Now back to the Spark Solution!
Tuesday, August 06, 2013
This just wasn't my day. I had to go to the office because I had a very important meeting that I needed to attend, so I was trying to follow the Spark Solution on what is a typical workday. I knew it would be hard, but it was just bad all around.
I fixed the oatmeal as it was described in the book. The addition of the milk was a mistake - it made the oatmeal soupy and only lukewarm. The flavor was fine, but just not a great start to my day.
Since I was going to the office, I needed to prepare and pack my lunch and one snack. The lunch for the day was good, but the prep time was not conducive to fitting in to a hectic morning. The planned snack was a smoothie; the book suggests freezing it and letting it thaw at work. Seemed like more that I wanted to deal with, so I switched the afternoon and evening snacks, and just carried some almonds. Much easier to handle.
Then came the ultimate disaster - Quick Chicken Enchiladas. This is the most inappropriately named recipe I have ever come across. It states that it requires a 10 minute prep time. Ok. The chicken is supposed to be cooked before starting the prep. Hmmmm. . . I baked the chicken in the morning while I was getting ready for work. I don't like recipes that require prep work prior to what is considered the "real" prep work. Those 30 minutes spent baking the chicken didn't just appear; they took actual time. Then, even if I had precooked chicken magically appear, there is no way I could have done the rest of the prep work in 10 minutes without the aid of a fleet of fairies, brownies, or other magical creatures. Unless, of course, I purchased all the vegetables precut. But doesn't that kind of defeat the purpose of cooking at home? Where is the added savings from not eating out? McDonald's is looking more appealing every minute that I stand in the kitchen and slice and dice.
I get the dish in the oven and it does smell good. It has a short baking time - 15 minutes. When I finally got to eat, I realized that the short baking time didn't really work if you had prepped the chicken in the morning (as I had) and it was cold when it went in to the oven. Add time for baking if you actually want a hot dish.
The smells were delicious; unfortunately the taste wasn't. The writers are recommending a low sodium diet and are adding flavors so that we don't miss the salt. Their solution appears to be to douse everything in salsa. There was lots of flavor, I'll give them that. But overpowering flavor is not necessarily what I want. Was there actually chicken in that dish? You couldn't tell it by the taste. I ate a half serving and then the rest went in the trash. Lots of time and money for a horrible result.
Well, this day certainly didn't turn out as I had hoped. I'm going to bed early so that I can ignore my hunger pangs.
Monday, August 05, 2013
I figured that the next 2 weeks are the perfect time for me to go all out and try the Spark Solution. I am teleworking for these weeks, so there are no excuses available anymore. And, let's face it, I really need to get serious about dropping some weight. My DH has been losing and he is actually getting frighteningly close to my own weight. (Yikes!) Even that wouldn't be so bad if he weren't 6 inches taller than I am. Wow, I really need to drop some weight.
I've been pretty good about getting regular exercise. I go to the gym 3 times a week - 2 cardio classes and 1 strength class. I also own a FitBit and find that it inspires me to walk more and take the stairs. Since I work on the 4th floor of my building, there is no excuse for not getting in the 10 flights of stairs per day.
So yesterday I started my prep work to begin my plan. One lesson was learned during the prep stage - don't take my husband grocery shopping with me. Oh, he wasn't loading junk food in the cart, but he really didn't have the patience it took to search for the food items that I don't typically buy. I've never tried a parsnip before - where in the heck do I look for those? And there are hundreds of different cheeses in the dairy case, but try finding the low fat versions when you aren't used to buying them habitually. It was a long and painful trip. I finally called it quits and just decided that for this week, I'll check the plan for the items I need the next day and just run to the store and buy those things. Yes, that's a lot of trips to the grocery store, but I'm hoping that in the future I will start to accumulate the items that I need and I'll know where to find them when I run out.
My blogging plan is that I'll update as the day goes. One entry per day, but changing several times.
Breakfast is done. I didn't eat the piece of fruit that the plan called for, but I typically like a morning snack and the plan doesn't call for one. That is when I'll pick up that fruit that I didn't eat earlier. Off to begin working now. I'll stop by later and let you know how things are going.
It's around 10 a.m. I had my piece of fruit at 9, but guess what - right now I'm really hungry. This is always the hard part for me. Powering through the hunger. All the books and posts say that the amount of food I'm eating should be enough to satisfy me, but I wish someone would tell my stomach that. It is definitely grumbling for more. Yes, I've been drinking water all morning. Sigh - well back to work for now and I'll hold on for lunch.
I held out until 11:30 before I had lunch. Considering how hungry I was, I probably ate too fast. I wasn't exactly hungry after I got done, but I certainly didn't feel satisfied. Then, after waiting a little while, I actually realized that I was satisfied. And I still have an afternoon snack to look forward to. Another thing, I am finding is that while working at home I'm actually less active than when I'm at the office. Teleworking, while it sounds awesome, leaves me constantly concerned that I'm not getting enough done. In actuality, I get more done! So, I need to learn to take those breaks and take a stroll around, just to get those NEAT minutes, and it clears my head.
At 4:00, I had my afternoon snack. Funny part is that I wasn't really that hungry when I had the snack, but by 4:45 I was starving. It is almost like my stomach is saying, "You are teasing me. Now where's the rest of the meal?" I have to wait until my DD gets home from band camp to start dinner, so Tummy is just going to have to wait patiently.
Dinner was good, but unfortunately I ate alone. DH won't touch anything with chicken in it and DD won't eat anything spicy. Great. Glad I have a dish that serves 6. I'm not really sure what to do with the leftovers. And I had my last snack of the day. I wasn't really hungry. So I've decided that starting tomorrow I'm switching the evening snack to be a morning snack instead - I'm much hungrier early in the morning and I seldom snack at night anyway.
I got my 20 minutes of cardio in; a Sparkpeople DVD. My FitBit wasn't impressed with my level of effort and said that I only worked hard for 10 minutes. I certainly felt like I was working hard for longer than that. Oh well.
I guess my day is at an end. And guess what? I did everything I was supposed to! That is so unlike me - or the old me, anyway. The newer, thinner, motivated me will find it strange when I don't accomplish everything I have on my schedule.
Now off to bed.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
For the first time yesterday, I was able to reach my goal of 5 freggies. I have found a big key to help me achieve this - I make sure I pack 4 servings in the food that I take to work each day. By the time I get home at night, I'm tired and it is too easy to skip the freggies, but when I only have one serving left for the day, that makes it much easier to do. I'm still consuming too many calories each day, but not a horrific amount. I am going to continue to concentrate on the fruits and vegetables though because I don't want to take on too many new eating goals at once.
As for the exercise, I'm happy with what I've been able to do. I walked the first day for 30 minutes. On day 2, I only did a 15 minute walk, but I'm happy I did that much because it was a very busy evening. Day 3, I went to an hour long strength training workout at the gym and then walked for 25 minutes in the park.
As far as getting a reward, I am at one day for both my eating and exercise goals - six more days to go and I can reward myself.
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