Monday, May 14, 2007
I had a great time with my family this weekend celebrating mother's day. It makes me aware that I'm just not ready at this time to be one, and I admire all the women that are. My sister in law has a lot on her hands, and I think I have a lot just taking care of me and BF. I have nothing to deal with compared with her.
As for eating right...what can I say LOL! I actually didn't do horribly, just not as well as I would have liked. I had some lemon pepper wings (about 8 or 10 the whole weekend), about 3 cokes (not diet), some ice cream and cake (small amounts). I also had some grilled seafood and asparagus, which was good, but my BF had them all smothered in garlic butter, which was not so good :)
I have to get over feeling bad over what I eat. I mean, I don't feel bad about it today, because I know it won't cause me to gain five pounds in a weekend. Can you really do that? I know people say they gain five pounds over the weekend, but that seems to be a gradual thing. Unless they eat high in sodium. But I did feel bad that day.
I plan on working out really hard this week. I did twice my calorie output last week, yeah me! Going to step up on the ab challenge too. I HATE working out abs, and I could have done it this weekend, but I didn't want to.
Oh, and can anyone tell me where I can get low sodium, nitrate free turkey lunch meat? I love to eat sandwiches, and although they are great calorie and fat wise, they fall way short when it comes to sodium. For instance, for lunch I bought a medium Turkey Firehouse Sub on wheat bread, no mayo or onions. They do not post their nutritional information online, probably because you'd gag from all the salt. Well, the closest to that was a Schlotzkys Roasted Turkey and Swiss sandwich, no dressing, medium. Their sodium count was 2080, according to Calorie King. WTH!!??!! No wonder my head feels ready to explode. At least my stomach still looks flat. Am I destined to never eat out again LOL!
But, since I'm thinking positively, I will just say that I won't have this sub often. And since I'm going grocery shopping tomorrow, I will be loading up on the healthy fare.
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
SparkPeople Healthy Reflection
"Worry is the darkroom in which negatives are developed."
--church bulletin board in Colorado
Is your worrying holding you back?
Once film negatives are exposed to the light of day, they're ruined. In the same way, once you see your worries for what they are--self-inflicted doubts--their power disappears. If you give your doubts and fears too much development time, they'll take hold and start to color all of your thinking in a negative light. Pessimists have more health problems, are less productive, and are generally unhappier than optimists. People that don't worry as much spend more time coping with the realities of life and less time occupied with would-be problems. To get rid of worry, think more confidently. Know that you can handle anything that comes along. Know that with loss comes opportunity. Know that things generally have a way of working out. Stay out of that dark room and picture something better.
Monday, May 07, 2007
Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life
Luckily, you can change your thinking patterns over time. Even a pessimist can become an optimist with enough practice! All you need to do is to reframe how you define events. Instead of dwelling on the bad experience, analyze it to figure out what good can come of it. Even if a project at work is deemed a failure, think about what you learned during the process. What strengths did you discover within yourself, and when can you use those talents again?
What I'm writing now was not my original blog entry. I deleted that, because I read the following piece in a Sparks article on positive thinking. I realized by reading some of my past blogs that I have recently become fixated on negativity. I don't want to dwell in this place. It's just not good for me. So now is the time to commit to change!
Right when I was reading this article, a friend of mine sent me an email. She went in to get her son's car fixed and the bill was pretty high, over $300. A lady she didn't know felt compelled to pay the entire car bill! For no reason, other than she felt she had to. My friend couldn't really afford to pay the mechanic, and this was some kind of good breeze to come her way! She was so happy!
This reminds me that there is still some good out there. I was just thinking about how bad things always seem to happen to good people, lazy people seem to get ahead, and all other negativity. I think events in my life were just piling up, and even if something good happened I couldn't see it for the bad. It's like the quote on my page, about the silver lining and the gold. I need to be more thankful for what is going right and not fixate on the wrong.
So I've put myself on a positive thoughts challenge! I am going to change my mindset. I'll start with 30 days, once a day reminding myself of the good that has come my way. If some bad does come my way, I will look for the lesson in it and commit to learn from it and change.
Starting today :)
Thursday, May 03, 2007
I'm trying my new cardio DVD - Christy Taylor's Fantastic Four. There are four workouts on two DVDs - Hi Low Heaven, Still Jumpin, Still Steppin, and Step Heaven. This is complex choreography for the klutzy. So far, I've actually tried Hi Low Heaven. It's great so far, but the first three times I tried it, I HATED it. This isn't one of those DVDs that you can zone out to. I wasn't in the right mind for it at first. In fact, you should really watch it first. I still don't have all the steps down, but these are the pluses:
* Great music
* Christy Taylor cues pretty well even
* You can easily make her high impact moves low impact. She has guys showing the lower impact moves, even though they are in the back.
* You burn a fair number of calories. I burned 300 calories in 35 minutes, and the DVD is 90 minutes long! I can't wait to learn the other combos; I can only do 2 combos right now.
And I actually did some strength training this week with Jari Love! So I feel pretty good about the week. I've been eating pretty good too, but I haven't been tracking my food that carefully. I know, I know, it's good for me, but I am really getting out of that habit. I know that tracking helps me to keep track of my fruits, veggies, calcium, fiber, sodium, and iron intake, so I have to get back in the habit.
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