Friday, October 21, 2011
I'm continuing to lose weight, a couple of ounces every day. Yesterday I was at my maximum calories, and was really hungry.... so I had a grapefruit. I peel them like an orange and eat just the pulp. They're delicious! This morning I was up .2 of a pound... not a big deal.
Do you think it's the cool weather that's finally settled in? I do. I seem to have so much more energy; this weather is invigorating.
Hope everyone is doing well. I'm trying to stay off the Sweet Adeline website; International competition is going on right now. After you've been to a few of those, just "tuning in" to the Webcast puts you in the great atmosphere of excitement that is always there. There's the buzz about up and coming quartets, the hair-raising performances, and what's selling at the Harmony Bazaar. [lots of walking, too!] Sigh.... it's only about 5 hours away.... so wish I could be there.
Las Vegas, 2006: Meeting up with an old friend and my first Gold Medal!
End of our performance in Nashville, 2009 - another Gold Medal!!!!
Monday, October 17, 2011
I lost a pound this past week. The glory of that is that it reverses the trend I've had lately. Yay! For me, it's all about exercise. I still haven't forced myself out to walk lately, but Curves and Leslie Sansone are my friends.
Friday, October 14, 2011
I love to read and sew at the same time. I do this, of course, with Audio books. This last one calls for a recommendation to all Spark People; it actually may have come from someone else here recommending it to me.
The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite. (David Kessler)
The basic idea in it, written by a former commissioner of the FDA, is that food companies and restaurants value their bottom line more than they do the health of the consumer. The author goes into much detail to tell us why we seem to want to eat all the time, and why we seem to be unable to control our appetites.
This book gave me tools for coping with food cravings, and will help break the conditioning I've given myself in situations that normally call for a specific food. (Example: after a chorus rehearsal, I want to have bag of popcorn and sometimes do!)
Listening to instead of reading this book meant that I heard every word, instead of skimming over the boring explanations to get to the bottom line, my habit in many non fiction books. Most importantly, it armed me to more easily resist the tempting, but addictive, foods presented in grocery stores and restaurants.
Saturday, September 17, 2011
After reading something about the nature of processed foods to assist us in GAINING weight, I decided to check our own pantry. Bear in mind, I don't cook that much since our kids left home. When I cook completely healthily all the time, my husband tends to eat out at Furr's, hamburger places, and other not-so-good foods. However, HE does not have a weight problem -- *I* do.
What that means is that I have a lot of stuff crowding the pantry that we've stored for a while. Why waste the space?
So, here's what I consider the first purging. Looking at the pictures now of what I put back, I'm due for another purging. But here's the first group of foods discarded, based on the criteria of "processed foods":
And here's the ones we kept:
As I'm looking at it again, I see some questionable items... like the barbecue sauce in front. There are also some peach preserves, but these were made with the same ingredients as if homemade. If we haven't used them by the next "purge" they'll probably go.
I have a friend who literally cleans her pantry out once a month. That's way over the top neatnik for me, but maybe some of you do, too! It certainly keeps you aware of what you have, so you don't buy another bag of wheat bran when you already have some, like I recently did. It did feel really good to free up pantry space by discarding those foods. The hot chocolate mix in front, though "light," had been in there for at least 8 years.
At first I was kinda glad the "keep" pile was bigger, thinking it meant I had fewer processed foods; now I'm thinking I just kept too much, because after all "it cost money!" Hmmmmm.... waste of money? Or waist growth on me?
Here's for awareness in eating!
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
My biggest struggle right now. I seem to have this rebellious nature that does NOT like routine!
I'll do a "good thing" consistently for several days, then consciously decide I don't want to do that on THIS day. Causes me all kinds of grief. Any suggestions?
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