Saturday, August 24, 2013
To be honest, I haven't been working out. I got a job a two weeks ago (my dream job, to be exact!) and I have not had time to do much of anything! Actually, I got a job teaching the week before school started (which is also the week before my kids started school, one entering Kindergarten, the other 4th grade) so I have been completely swamped! And, I may be adding another prep to that (the school is switching classes around), so it may get busier.
However, this business has resulted in me losing like 8 pounds in the last few weeks. I know it is not the right way, but really, Ill take any way I get my weight loss. I still want to change up my routine a bit, though, by actually getting back to a routine. I dont know yet what I will do, but I need to add some purposeful exercise back in, ASAP. In the meantime, I've got to get back to work!
Monday, July 08, 2013
Although these last few weeks have been filled with ups and downs, including my lowest weigh in for the past 2 or 3 years, as well as a 3 pound gain just days later, I am still working towards moderation, especially in my eating. My portion sizes have improved vastly, I know that, but I am still binging on terrible foods and eating too much when I go out. I really need to get into the "moderation" mindset. Even though I have seen it a hundred times, and reminded myself of the idea, I have yet to use the "3 bite rule" and stop after just a few bites of something I love but know better than to eat too much of. So this week, I am going to try to use this rule at least once a day, just to get in the habit. Good luck to me, and to making some more progress!
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Talk about timing. After a few weeks of almost NO posted loss, and a whole week of just NOT sticking to my diet, I am just getting back on track. And of course, right on time for motivation (and another trip out of town) comes a SparkCoach session about what to do when you "mess up." Well, what I did was finally put a stop to my "You might as well eat whatever, because you have already been bad today, were bad yesterday, etc." thinking and feeling. I got on the scale and was honest about what my week of indifference did (made me gain 4 pounds and put me back over the 230 mark, something I NEVER wanted to see again. Even though I have been religiously sticking to my activity goals, my diet went WAY out of control after a weekend vacation followed by a family gathering followed by a girls day. But i am back on track, and back under my mark...227.4 today, actually my lowest official weigh in yet! I am going to bust through my plateau and finally hit that 10% mark, as well as my 1/4 of the way to goal mark...I can feel it. I am going out of town yet again...this time my MIL is having foot surgery and we are going up to help her get through the first few days of recovery. I have a plan, and here it is:
Split every meal (either with someone, or put half in a to-go box for later) even if we go to steak n shake and I get a frisco and cry because I want the second half so bad it hurts!!!
Get my steps in by walking, around the complex, around the hospital, wherever, just to get my steps in.
Take bananas with me so I have a point friendly snack for in between meals.
Eat in at least one night and make the baked brie (which I will look up the points on before I make it so I know how much I can have!)
I will NOT get there and tell myself I am on vacation or deprived just to excuse bad eating.
I will allow myself large iced coffees from racetrac since I will be without my beloved Keurig.
I will Spark, everyday, to remind myself of these goals.
I will lose weight while I am there, I will come back weighing lightly less than I do today because i am going to do THAT good!
It really is about 1 step back and two steps forward. I am not saying I will never screw up again, but next time I eat too much or miscalculate points, or have something sweet, I will stop. I will appreciate what I had and I will NOT continue down a destructive path. I will NOT undo all of the good things that I have worked so hard for the last 4 months. This is a lifestyle change and I will be able to have friscos, but I will not be able to have them every day. Right now, I need to ask myself before every bite---does this taste better than being skinny feels? Does this taste better than I used to feel when I was thin and happy with myself? Will this be more satisfying than hearing my daughter call me skinny? The answer should always be NO. 3 bites of the bad stuff when I really want it, and then DONE!
Saturday, June 22, 2013
For lack of any better ideas at the moment, my fun fitness goal is going to be regaining the ability I used to have to lie on my stomach and touch my toes to my forehead (backwards). This requires me to be not fat and flexible. My training plan is to continue to do my cardio, finish my boot camp (week 4), strecth more, and try this move each day to see how far I have to go.
Saturday, June 15, 2013
I have a very big diet saboteur in my life: My father. Though he knows I need to lose weight, and really wants me to, he does show love with food. And ever since his bout of health problems, he comes over literally every other day with dinner (he loves to cook and he wants to spend time with us). He does not like healthy food at all, though I have turned him on to more veggies. So, I already have and use a strategy for his anti-diet habits. I eat lighter in the morning and afternoon on days he is coming to bank some calories for his food. I eat small servings of everything he brings, and I try not to keep any leftovers (so I will not be tempted the next day). On the days he does not come over, I eat especially healthy, to make up for the less healthy days. So far, I have managed not to let him derail my diet, though I might see better results if I could eat even less or he prepared better food. However, I am living in the real world, and his food prepares me for temptation all the other times, so it has helped a bit.
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