Tuesday, March 23, 2010
My husband and I have decided to start doing a 20 minute walk around our block every night after dinner for exercise. Our two 5 year olds usually ask to go with us, so it becomes a nice little family fitness thing. It's not hiking, or jogging, or even speed walking. It's really just a leisurely stroll around the block every evening. It bores my husband because the scenery never changes, but he decided to start going with me because someone was following me one night when I was doing my walk, and my husband got worried about me. So, now he comes too. I still get winded and sweat a bit doing the walking, but that just shows me that it's getting my heart rate up. And that's a good thing!
Monday, March 22, 2010
My newest food "goal" is to keep trigger foods out of the house. It came in handy the other day when I had one of my cravings for my favorite grilled cheese and bologna sandwiches. They are LOADED with fat and calories...very bad for me. Anyway, we didn't have any cheese, so I couldn't have it. Easy! It is at times like those when I am being weak that I am glad for the moments in the grocery store when I stand my ground and decide not to buy foods that I know I will binge on sooner or later.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
And don't let anyone tell you differently!
Ok. I know that my saying a person can be both fat AND fit is a contradiction. But I wholeheartedly believe that it is possible. I give credit to all of those spark people out there who have the will power to stick with their diets and lose weights. I am not one of those people. And neither are a lot of others. That is an unfortunate fact. But even the heaviest of people are usually capable of some form of exercise. And I think that it's important for those of us who have not succeeded with weight loss to STOP GAINING! Even if all a person like me can do is keep it from getting any worse...at least that is SOMETHING. My choices are limited. I can either give up all together because I can't "diet" long enough to lose weight, or I can exercise my little heart out and fight tooth and nail to maintain my current weight. Don't get me wrong. I suffer NO delusions about being able to run a marathon. But I walk 5 days a week. And I use my stationary bike 5 days a week. And I do my 20 minute Zumba tape at least 3 days a week. I exercise more at this point in my life than I ever have, even though I am only 20 pounds under my all time highest weight. I would like, however, to encourage people to make whatever healthy dietary changes that they can live with long term, like giving up sugary drinks and switching from white bread to wheat or whole grain. Weight Watchers and Vitalicious both make great tasting desserts for those of you with a sweet tooth. And if you are like me and can't lose weight, for whatever the reason...don't let that keep you from doing the things you enjoy. If you put off your life's "to do" list until you lose weight, it might never happen.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
I started my second week of Zumba today. Last week, I did 3 days of the basics video, learning the steps (as best as I can handle them). Today, the goal is to do the 20 minute express workout at least 4 days after dinner. I can get through the tape (barely), and with a few minor modifications...but my legs are on fire! It is still a fun workout though. And I like the music. It really keeps you moving, even when you feel like sitting down.
Monday, March 15, 2010
I happen to LOVE grilled cheese and bologna sandwiches. The problem is that I make them with lots of margarine, and I never eat less than two at a time. They are a trigger food for me. So are sausages wrapped in tortillas with mayonnaise in it, and so is candy and most forms of chocolate. I am the first to admit that I have no self control or will power when it comes to these foods. If they are in the house, I will eat them. Plain and simple. So, for the most part, I stopped buying them. That changed when the stores started carrying the Easter candy. Some of my favorite candy is only sold at certain times of the year. And lately, I have been giving in to my TERRIBLE cravings for all of these trigger foods. But, finally...I ran out of cheese. And I can't make grilled cheese and bologna sandwiches without the cheese. There also isn't any more soda or candy in the house. Unfortunately, that's because I ate it all. But, looking on the bright side...at least it's gone now. No sausages. No cupcakes. The only chocolate we have is a couple of weight watchers chocolate cake slices in the freezer. And although I really do like them...for some strange reason...eating them doesn't trigger an eating binge for me. But it does take care of my sweets jones at the time when I eat one. So....I just have to try to keep myself from buying any more of my trigger foods. It won't be easy, because we are doing our weekly grocery shopping on Wednesday. My husband is of no help whatsoever on the subject, because he can't say no to me when I want to buy "bad" food. "Allowing" me to buy any kind of food that I want is his weird way of trying to make up for the fact that he can't afford to buy me the kinds of things that would last longer...like pretty clothes or being able to fix the car or pay off our mountain of debt. I am one of those wives that rarely asks for anything for myself. Except for food. That's a big part of how I got to be sooooo heavy. When I was doing my stationary cycle today, my 450 pound sister walked past me with her arms filled with soda, she tried to tell me that I should be pumping my arms with hand weights in order to maximize the workout. WHAT? I told her to go away. She's got a lot of nerve. Watching her lean her body against the wall for support as she inched her way up the staircase made me more determined than ever to NOT end up like that. Don't get me wrong. I understand all too well that I might never lose a pound, despite my good exercise habits, my eating habits still stink. Giving up soda and switching from white bread to high fiber bread hasn't made any difference at all on the scale. And I know it's because I am still eating too many calories in general, no matter how much I work out. I accept that. And that may or may not change in the future. But at least I can STOP gaining!
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