Thursday, November 21, 2013
I'm going to be pushing to go to these restaurants when the family wants to dine out:
How great to have some healthy options nearby!
Sunday, November 10, 2013
Today I stepped on the scale and saw a .1 pound loss from last week. Moving the scale to different places on the floor did not change it's mind. :-) Last week, I stepped on the scale and was shocked to see a 5.2 pound drop from the previous week. So what's up with that?
One thing I am learning to make peace with is that expecting a constant, predictable result on the scale is certain to lead to disappointment, frustration and lower morale. The sad truth is one needs to look at a much bigger picture, as weight loss is not necessarily a linear process. There are a number of factors that can skew the number that pops up on the scale, which cannot distinguish between fat, muscle, water, bone density, waste products, etc.
So here's what's annoying me: if I average my weight loss for the past six weeks, it comes out to 3.6166666666666666666666666666667. Even worse, if I lose just another .3 pounds next week, it will average out at 3.142657141426571414265714... which I believe is the value of Pii. So my weight loss goal for next week is to lose the repeating decimals. Not your average, run-of-the mill weight loss goal, but maybe one that fellow math geeks can appreciate.
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
I used to. Not *that* kind of drinking problem; the one where you struggle to drink 8 cups of water every day. Here's a few things I have found helpful:
- My one and only New Year's resolution for 2013 was to drink 8 cups of water every day. By making it the only resolution, I had more focus on my goal.
- When I first wake up I am usually thirsty, especially as the air dries out in the colder months. I now aim to have 2-3 glasses of water while I am getting ready for work. Side bonus: I'm more awake when I get to work. Downside: 1st stop at work is the ladies room. :-)
- At the start of my work day, I fill up a large (32 ounce) water bottle and keep it at my desk. Only filling it once minimizes the "chore" aspect of having a water supply, as well helping to keep track of how much I've consumed by the end of the work day.
- I count flavored, unsweetened seltzer and herbal, decaffeinated tea towards my water allowance. This gives me a break from just plain, straight water all day.
- You know how good eating habits include mindful eating? I'm using the reverse strategy with water. When I'm sitting at work or at home in front of TV or computer, I make sure to have something to drink with me and aim for as much "mindless sipping" as possible.
What about you, what are some strategies you've found helpful for drinking water?
Thursday, October 17, 2013
True, funny story:
Last night I did my weekly grocery shopping. After loading up the cart with flavored seltzers, baked snack items for DD, and lean meats, I headed over to the produce department to stock up on vegetables. Would you believe they were out of Brussels sprouts, asparagus, *and* cauliflower?! I kept thinking, "How can they run out of Brussels sprouts? I'm probably one of three people in a 5 mile radius of this store who likes them!"
Possible signs of a more health-conscious society? One can only hope...
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