Friday, November 29, 2013
This past week I've been doing my best to think and act like a thin person this week. Back when that description was true of myself (I spent 40 years as a thin person) I never even thought about Thanksgiving as a time when you might gain weight. It wasn't even a blip on my radar! I just enjoyed myself and eating to the point where I was miserable wasn't a part of that game plan.
So here it is the day after Thanksgiving. I think I did pretty well with my plan. It helps that my friends who hosted this year did an awesome job of making it easy for us all. Here are things they did that helped us all keep our calories within range.
1. They set a beautiful table using old china...and those dinner plates are reasonable in size compared to the ones out there today. Less plate surface, less plate to fill.
2. They put small appetizers out before dinner - marinated veggies, no crackers, no cheeses, nothing heavy. Small bowls of olives and nuts. Very small plates to use. Wine and beer offered...
3. Before we sat down they served us small cups of pumpkin soup. That took the edge off our hunger, again without weighing us down a lot.
4. Dense, small slices of whole grain breads were passed with the salad course. The salad itself was a simple green salad with just a few raspberries for color and taste, oil and vinegar dressing already tossed, very lightly.
5. The turkey was great, we had the mashed potatoes, gravy, and two veggie sides (a version of the popular green bean casserole & something new...a brussel sprout sautee.) Stuffing. That was a very nice dinner!
6. We didn't linger long at the table after everyone's water glass was refilled. We cleared the table before moving to the living room to play an easy but fun word game while we let our meals settle before we considered desserts
7. 30-45 minutes later we were considering the pumpkin, pecan and banana cream pies offered.
Great dinner with friends and family. And on a day where the average Thanksgiving celebrant consumes consumes about 4500 calories, I did OK. I tried to track every sip of wine every nut, every morsel of pie....and I think I came in about 2400 calories. I was very pleased with this and I think "thin me" would have probably done the same! I owe my friends a big thank you for making this easier than normal for me. And it was a fantastic Thanksgiving meal .
Bring on the rest of the holidays! And let's all recover nicely over the weekend!
Monday, November 25, 2013
Start of a new week, gang. Let's do this!
This weekend I was thinking....over the years in some ways I've remained the same, in others I've changed. As a younger woman I was pretty active compared to my friends. Years later I still tend to be more active. As a younger woman I didn't consider nutrition at all but I wasn't a big eater. As the years passed I became a bigger eater, someone who couldn't pass up a cookie (or 4) and that change alone helped me grow bigger than I thought I would ever be, fighting weight gain that just seemed insurmountable. Thanks a lot
I told myself stories. I bemoaned that I couldn't lose weight and I really hadn't changed what I was doing. But that wasn't true. I had evolved from a woman whose work kept her on her feet all day, her lack of money kept her out of restaurants a lot, and who was out dancing and partying several times every week to someone whose job is sedentary, who developed a love of cooking, and whose way of unwinding from a long sedentary work day often involves an evening in front of TV. Look at that straight on....
SparkPeople has helped me get refocused on a healthy lifestyle. Since I enjoy physical activity I'm back to doing something every day. After all, I need to replace the "on my feet all day and dancing all night" level of activity in some way! And that's brought me to where I am today. I've made some progress but I'm not at my weight goal. I'm detouring too much but maintaining while I do it. And I'm working on heading back to my final weight goal. 13 pounds to go to hit that
It's the start of a new week. I'm on Day 20 of a challenge (focusing on something new/different each day - today it was about restaurant eating and who doesn't need a refresher on that?) My personal plan for this week is to live like a thin person. Assume that I'm "there". I've reached my goal. And to keep at that goal I'm going to embrace the habits of the thin. Walk by those calorie dense snacks that you snatch up and consume without thinking. Keep moving whenever I can (pulled out the spinning bike last night & did 20 minutes while watching the Broncos crash), leaving some food on my plate, not mindlessly eating stuff that I don't even like just because its there. Do physical things for fun....might as well build up the skills of thinking and acting thin because I'm heading in that direction...even if it's taken me a bit longer to get there than expected.
Friday, November 22, 2013
Yesterday was the first real taste of winter for us here close to the mountains. Temp was 12 degrees when I went to bed. And now it's Friday and it's warming up a little. Still gray skies, still snow on the grass but most of the snow is gone from the roads and walks. YES!
Looking at what I've accomplished this past week. Weeeeelllllll...I haven't been on track, not far off, but eating 150-200 calories more than what I wanted to consume. All of these items were part of my diet this past week and those calorie-dense (or just plain empty calories - hello, Coke Zero) were there.
My exercise was also a little off. My walking which is the foundation of all I do was impacted by yesterday's cold weather. And also took a hit the day I had to go into the office (never do that anymore) to train some of the newbies on Wednesday. To top THAT off, I was too aggressive with my strength work and had to pay the price by slacking off big time to recover. Rookie mistake but one I won't do again. I'll be queen of "easing into it" going forward.
Anyway, I was detouring a little this week but the weekends coming and my goal is to a) track each day, b) use strategy to compensate if I'm going over or under in some way, and c) to have fun. Life continues...... Let's climb together!!! Have a great weekend!
Thursday, November 21, 2013
For the last few days my walks have been about crunching through those last leathery brown leaves on the sidewalks, starting the walk bundled up but placing cap and gloves in pockets before the walk ends . But all the time knowing I was on borrowed time. Winter would be here before I knew it.
Today was my first winter walk. Yes, it was snowing! I looked for heavier socks, I pulled out light boots, my puffy blue jacket was grabbed from the back of the closet where I gratefully stuffed it last spring. Jersey was so excited to get out in the weather but even she fought her excitement and chose the shorter path we use in bad weather or when short of time (my call - she always expects a long walk even if she turns around before we're done). She gets paw freeze when the weather is brutally cold and although today's high will be all of 25 degrees, that's not paw freeze weather. But it WAS the first cold, slippery, walk.
Instead of 60 minutes around the lake we put in 30 minutes in the park closer to home. Instead of a brisk pace, we were both a bit gingerly not having our "ice managing legs" yet. Pretty quickly I saw my first 'spin out' of the season on the road ahead of me. It's time to make some changes in my exercise plans or I'll be watching the pounds come back!
And this is why I keep my gym membership. To the gym with me this afternoon. Bah....winter....
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