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How normal people eat

Monday, April 01, 2013

I've spent the last week on a training course, staying in a hotel, and eating out 3 meals a day. I was sharing my room with a dear friend who is very healthy, looking good. It was SUCH an interesting experience. Some things I learned about maintenance and good habits:

- she consistently practiced moderation. Even when it was a food she loved she did not go back for seconds or take large helpings.
- she consistently made healthy choices. At each meal she quietly evaluated what food would give her the best nutrition (and enjoyment). If there were no good choices available she simply made the best choice and only ate a little.
- She did not finish what was on her plate. She ate well, and enough, but did not keep going beyond that.
- she did not make a big deal out of any of this. It was normal to her, her standard way of thinking.
- she shared her thinking with me, and helped me SO much to examine some of my unhealthy thoughts about food and my body image.

I ate like her this week. I was hungry sometimes, but only a little and not long before the next meal. After a week of this I feel SO good. I've lost 3.7 pounds in 6 days. I need to live with this woman! No, I don't. But I do need to adopt and adapt some of her behaviours so as to continue to reach my goals.

I didn't get to exercise much. The course started early, continued through lunch and finished after dark. The hotel was very ordinary and did not have a gym. We did walk from hotel to venue (about 1km each way), walking longer in the evening to find a restaurant, but no dedicated exercise. I'm looking forward to starting walking again in the morning now I'm home, and starting 30 Day Shred anew.

For perspective on the change in diet for me: I ate the same amount of chocolate over the week that I would ordinarily eat in one evening (if not less), about 100g. So very sobering to sit back and see - really see! - how much I've been eating and how that so completely varies from a healthy norm.

I drove my friend to the airport this morning. As I came home I started thinking about lunch - and made a commitment to myself that I wouldn't let myself slip back into the old habits. In some ways it was easy last week - not at home, none of my usual triggers - but it's shown me I can do it. I can do it!

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DOUGLYE 4/2/2013 1:31PM

    I am sure it's a sin to leave food on my plate.
Wow, that's quite a good resolve to be able to choose that lifestyle. Great eating habits.
3.7 pounds in 6 days. That's a great accomplishment.
Way to go.

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ZOORHO 4/1/2013 11:01PM

    Good job

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CLAIREANNE23 4/1/2013 10:36PM

    Great post Lisa! It is interesting to see what and how others eat! Congrats on adopting some of those habits and losing weight!!!

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OILPAINTER 4/1/2013 5:49PM

This was great, thanks for posting the link on our Sapphire thread, I hope the rest of the team will come read. You've had great revelations this week, and a great weight loss to show you these small changes CAN make a HUGE difference in our daily lives.


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DRADDIE 4/1/2013 1:41PM

    Sometimes seeing someone else's healthy perspective can give us the jumpstart we need on our own! How great she could do that and it was just no big deal! Congrats to you on your loss! WOOOO!!

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IBSHAUN 4/1/2013 12:01PM

    Great post Lisa! Thank you for sharing your week and observations. Its funny because we were raised to "clean our plate." We pile it on and have to finish it. Now at home when we are being mindful, we only serve our plates one serving. Still, when we are full, it's time to stop and not just eat it to clean the plate. It's easier to control at home, much more difficult eating out for me. Some restaurants are including their nutrition info on their menus and that helps a lot. It's when its all up to me that its much more difficult for me.

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WINFIELD28 4/1/2013 11:27AM

    Thanks for sharing your experience & thoughts. I too want to eat this way. I have observed normal eating by others & need to put it into practice. Awareness is the first step for me. Then trial with some error. Practice & time. Thanks for your insightful post.

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Firm Prior Resolve - THIS!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

John Piper's facebook status this morning:

"My experience is that the absence of firm prior resolve results in regular rationalization. Like when to go to bed, etc."

How true is this?? I can say until I'm blue in the face:

"Oh, I need to go to bed earlier."
"I'm going to eat healthier today."
"I must exercise more."

And it won't mean anything. OR change anything, because come along bedtime, and I could be in the middle of a movie/half way through a chapter/surfing the internet ... and I let myself be swayed from the original decision of going to bed at a reasonable time. Or, I've decided to eat well ... but then we decide to eat out for lunch. Without firm prior resolve, I'm not going to make wise decisions (historically speaking)!

The only way to make a change is to have a firm prior resolve - to make a concrete decision on my future behaviour.

I love the word 'resolve'. It RE-solves something, fixing it = solutions! It speaks of determination and perseverance, decisions and goals met. Resolve denotes character and will, self-control and leadership.

A follower finds it hard to have a firm prior resolve as their behaviour and decisions are dictated by whatever comes along. I, however, am a leader in my own life, not a follower!

So, on this spark journey, I am firmly resolved to plan

- my menu and strategies for food
- my exercise. What dvd, when. What time I'm walking and where I'm going.
- what time I go to bed (so much else depends on this. It's vital!!).

Do you have a firm prior resolve on anything?

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TACONES 1/20/2013 2:58PM

    Yes I do. The plan is in place and ready to be executed.

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PATTYJ48 1/19/2013 12:52PM

    Great post about Re-solve. I never thought of it that way. Have a great weekend.

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ZOORHO 1/18/2013 12:16AM

    Hey hey Meddling thoughts.

but good

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BOBBYS1GIRL 1/16/2013 8:26PM

    Wonderful blog! Thanks for sharing!

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IBSHAUN 1/16/2013 6:53PM

    So true!!

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DRADDIE 1/16/2013 2:53PM

    Love John Piper! And love your blog today! What a great thought to start out BLC 21 with!! Well said, and done!!!

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CARBJUNKIE83 1/16/2013 1:09PM

    Thanks for sharing! Awsome concept! emoticon

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KGLOVER71 1/16/2013 12:40PM

    I love the concept of being the leader of your own life. Love it.

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The Burning 'Yes' Inside

Monday, January 14, 2013

I've been thinking the last couple of days about my motivation - how random it is. Some days I am so completely motivated and you couldn't pay me to eat anything not on plan. Other days? Don't get between me and the chocolate ... and can I eat that in bed please because I'm not working out today. What is that? Why??

I hate how inconsistent I've been. A sparkfriend (ibshaunie) had a blog not long ago on being 'consistently inconsistent'. Oh, I can relate to this! I know it's true that being consistent with small, good habits is WAY better than having a gung-ho 2kg weight loss week, followed by an 'anything goes buffet' week.

When I listed my failures to my husband a couple of days ago he pointed out that even though I hadn't stayed on my self-imposed plan in week 2 (only week 2!), I was still doing way better than I had before I made any plan at all. Ohhhh, it's that old 'progress not perfection' thing! That's good, right? Bless him for noticing and knowing exactly the right thing to say to combat my discouragement.

The new plan needs to contain grace for myself - room to grow and build the healthy habits without feeling like a failure if I eat a piece of my daughter's homemade cake.

- Drink your water, Lisa
- Go to bed at a reasonable hour most nights, Lisa
- Get up at a reasonable hour, Lisa - with time to exercise before the kiddos are about.
- Eat healthy most of the time, Lisa - and watch how much is on your plate.
- Don't eat your emotions, Lisa! Lonely? Write to someone. Bored? Do something! Discouraged or overwhelmed? PRAY!

The Biggest Loser Competition starts on Wednesday. I'm feeling freaked out about it - it's huge and a bit complicated! I'm not, however, letting myself think: "Wednesday! Wednesday! As of Wednesday I can't ..., and I'm going to ... everyday!" No! Starting today I'm reminding myself of 'mindfulness', keeping the big picture goal in the front of my mind (healthy, fitting in my summer clothes in June!), and that the little good habits will add up to achieving my goals.

I'm also thinking of a quote I read earlier this week, that I'm trying to apply to my daily decisions - what to eat, how to spend my time:

“You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage – pleasantly, smilingly, nonapologetically – to say ‘no’ to other things. And the way to do that is by having a bigger ‘YES’ burning inside.” ~ Stephen Covey

The bigger 'yes' burning inside. Yes.

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DRADDIE 1/15/2013 5:39PM

    Love the quote!! BLC is crazy overwhelming at first, but it quickly becomes a routine- a healthy supporting routine!!! You fall into it perfectly, creating long term healthy choices to get you past week 2!! :D

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AIMS130 1/15/2013 3:18PM

    You can do it! Great blog! emoticon

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SUZIEW27 1/15/2013 1:43PM

    You are in the same place so many of us here on Spark are in!! You are not alone. Don't let the BLC freak you out. It is a lot of info right up front but you will ease into it. There is such an amazing support system on this team. I promise if you stick through these first couple of weeks things will get easier and you are going to make some wonderful friends!

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ZOORHO 1/14/2013 10:01PM

    Good job. can't beat ourselves up but just get back on the wagon and keep looking forward.

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IBSHAUN 1/14/2013 1:39PM

    Love this! You are so right - You said it so perfectly! We need more grace. We need to be kinder to ourselves. So glad to have you to help me and that I'm here to help you! It's a process, a journey and every step, even if its small is better than not stepping at all. emoticon emoticon

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WINFIELD28 1/14/2013 12:48PM

    Beautifully said!
One line you wrote, especially jumped off the page at me today:
"The new plan needs to contain grace for myself - room to grow and build the healthy habits without feeling like a failure..."
So perfecting stated. We need to treat ourselves like we would a family member or a good friend.
Your goals are personal and achievable without being overwhelming. I know you CAN do it! Thanks for motivating me too! Have a super week and enjoy the Biggest Loser Competition, too!

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PATTYJ48 1/14/2013 11:24AM

    You can do it Lisa. We are all here to encourage and support you. That is what I have been missing on my journey.

It looks like you have a good plan for the first week. emoticon

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TERIANA 1/14/2013 11:16AM

    Great blog. Yes, grace for yourself is part of the solution. Try to be as nice to yourself as you are to everyone else. You are doing great and that is what matters.

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SAILOR64 1/14/2013 10:11AM

  Every time I lose my mojo I remember the theme song to "Rocky. "

If this doesn't get you going I don't know what will! LOL

JUICE to you!

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SP Challenges

Friday, January 04, 2013

The first week is always easy, hey. Motivation's high, novelty's strong. It's week 2 that matters, though. Can I make it a streak: Two weeks weight loss in a row? Two weeks consistency with exercise? Eating well? Yes I can! I want to be healthy and strong more than I want to eat what I want to eat!

I've joined 2 challenges on sp. The Jillian Michaels Body Revolution January challenge, and the Biggest Loser Competition 21. They are SO different. JMBR is cosy and personal and I can see that I'll get to know the women on my team as we work to reaching our goals - we have our respect for Jillian Michaels as a strong link. BLC is much bigger, seems SO complicated (and it hasn't even begun!) and I feel daunted and intimidated with such a diverse group of people - the only common thread being our membership on sp and goal to lose/maintain weight.

I am very happy I've joined both. I think they'll both work together to help me reach my goals, and hopefully I can help others at the same time. I am both competitive and loyal. Team challenges are the greatest combination for me. The duel prod of wanting to win (HAVING to win!) while at the same time keeping my promises to others means that I'm using both the stick and the carrot to keep myself moving.

If you haven't joined any challenges I would encourage you to do so. My weight loss journey began with a Biggest Loser challenge on a homeschooling forum I used to be part of. That led me to sp. I love challenges!

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CHERBEAR7997 1/5/2013 4:30PM

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I too am currently in the JMBR challege!!! I am on day 5 today and as far as the workout program.... so far I really like it and I can honestly say, I'm looking forward to what the weeks ahead have in store for me!!! Good luck to you!!

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DOUGLYE 1/4/2013 8:56PM

    WOW! That's motivated.
I made a personal challenge outside of Sparks. A few guys at our church (including my son) are challenging each other to loose 15 pounds by Feb 25th. $20 entry fee gives a small degree of motivation for some.

A bit of Christmas weight and a major head cold has given me a jump start on the first week. A loss of 5 pounds. WoHoo !

It will be a challenge from here on as I developed a sudden onset case of Achilles Tendinitis that has made the use of a cane necessary to even hobble around the house :-( No treadmill or street walks for me for quite a while.

Good luck figuring out BLC.

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The Food Plan...

Thursday, December 27, 2012

I've checked out my old food tracker, and reminded myself of how I used to eat. I'm back to it as of today. Low-carb, high(er) protein and lots of veg.

Breakfast: cereal or eggs.

Lunch: Some sort of meat/bean/lentil and vegetable meal in a sensible quantity. My husband's work is flexible so he is often here at lunchtime, and we homeschool so I have the luxury of choosing when we eat our main meal. Having it for lunch is key to me not snacking poorly at 4.00pm!

Snack: Almonds (22 of them!) and a piece of fruit.

Dinner: Yogurt and seeds; salad or soup.

Evening snack: Some chocolate with a cup of tea. But only a little bit of dark chocolate; I've enlisted my kids help on this! I'm not prepared to give up chocolate, it just has to be accommodated in the plan. Right?

Eating out? At a friend's house? I'll accommodate those situations as they arise, but I don't plan on deviating too much from this. Certainly not in the quantities.

That's the plan.

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DOUGLYE 1/4/2013 8:59PM

    Nice meal plan.
I know what you mean about needing your chocolate treat.

I have been fitting in a 1/2 cup of Breyer's Vanilla Ice Cream (120 calories), or Chapman's frozen berry yogurt (110 calories). Both Very creamy.

As long as it fits in the calories, it's all good

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KICKINGIT@56 12/29/2012 10:38PM

    Sounds healthy and balanced - and don't forget plenty of water.


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