Tuesday, September 04, 2012
I am one of those people who has been trained since birth to finish everything on my plate. By nature and by nurture I am a frugal person, I don't like wasting anything - food, water, electricity, energy, time. . .
As a person who has a job that includes luncheon meetings (where the meals are provided and pre-plated) it is a challenge for me to balance my desire to eat healthy with my desire to not be wasteful of what has been given to me. I have one of these luncheon meetings tomorrow. I have already planned my other meals to be smaller so that there is room in my calorie intake for a large lunch, but even with the skimping for breakfast and supper, these lunches are really more food than I need in one sitting. I need to learn to be okay with leaving food on my plate. In essence, it is really less wasteful to throw the food away than it is to consume more than I need. Overeating will either make me gain more weight (or at the very least impede my ability to lose) and if it continues, it could be the source of many lasting health issues. If I try to compensate for overeating with extra exercise, that will require me to spend more time and energy away from other things that I value. Overeating has a price to my body that I an unwilling to pay.
So tomorrow when there is a big plate of food in front of me, with a big salad, and a dessert, what am I going to do? I am going to eat just what I need and let them feed the rest to the garbage disposal!! And when I see the plate cleared with food still on it, I will not feel guilty for not finishing my meal!
Sunday, September 02, 2012
Day 1 of September ended on a better note than it began! I made it to bed early last night and so far today has been a much better. I woke up on time, turned on the coffee and exercised for twenty minutes to start off the day!
to fresh starts!!
After Church today, I plan on seriously attacking my closets - organized closets always make me feel much better about being in control of my life!!
Saturday, September 01, 2012
Yesterday I was very excited to start September on the personal level - new goals, a fresh slate, etc. Unfortunately, some worries took hold of my mind last night and i had trouble sleeping. This morning I had a committee meeting for a picnic that we (the organization I work for) have planned for Labor Day, and before I even realized it, I had eaten 2 doughnuts! In my semi-comatose state, I am off to clean the house, and then fix myself a good supper and then head to bed!! I am not going to let two doughnuts eaten mindlessly ruin my day or my weekend or my September, but it is certainly a disappointing way to start the month!
Friday, August 31, 2012
Putting the goals in writing will give me more motivation to succeed at meeting them, right? At least that is the plan - it will certainly be better than the vague goals that I had in my head for August to "do better" at everything...
1. To weigh 230 by Oct. 3 (I am doing Wed. weigh-ins, but I did not get a very accurate weigh-in this week due to bloating, etc. so if this ends up being more than the ~9 lb that I expect, I may modify this by adding an extra week.)
2. To walk at least 6 miles outside each week, and at least 9 with the WATP videos, for at least 15 miles total each week.
3. To do at least 10 minutes of cardio and 10 minutes of body-weight exercises before my first cup of coffee at least 4 days/week.
4. 100% attendance to Sparkpeople for the month of September. Earn at least 2500 SparkPoints for the month.
5. Track my food eaten daily, and stay within the recommended ranges for total calories, carbs, fat, protein, all nutrients.
6. Progress report in my blog every Friday.
Okay September, here I come!!
Thursday, August 30, 2012
A neighbor invited me over for dinner last night. She is 80+ and still fit and active and living alone. We eat together a few times a month, and she knows that I am trying to eat lighter suppers these days.
The invitation went something like this:
"Deary, it is about time you come for supper again. I just made up a fresh batch of homemade apple sauce, so I can just throw some sandwiches together and we'll have apple sauce for dessert. How does that sound?"
I thought that it sounded great, so I happily went over for supper! The applesauce was absolutely delicious! And the conversation was wonderful!! What I didn't expect was for the sandwiches she "threw together" to be fried pork-steak sandwiches!
She handed me a basket with whole wheat Kaiser rolls and the platter of meat, "Honey, I bought the wheat rolls, since I know that you are trying to eat healthy. I hope you like them." I was a polite guest and took the slab of meat and the roll she offered. And some of the salad she had made. She really is a dear, sweet woman and I didn't want to hurt her feelings.
The sandwich tasted okay, but it wasn't something that would have been on my menu before I was consciously trying to eat healthier. And I don't think my stomach was very happy with me last night - I had trouble falling asleep and had the strangest dream about being a human sacrifice at the hands of two of my coworkers....
My stomach is still in a funk now... so
for homemade applesauce
and great conversation!!
. . . BooHoo to tummy aches from fried pork-steaks!!
Any suggestions for how to handle dinner invitations without offending the host??
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