Wednesday, March 14, 2012
A friend posted this on Facebook and I just had to share....
Monday, March 12, 2012
So often, we let others plans/wishes/feelings tell us what to put into our body.....
I received a last minute invitation from my boss to go out to brunch with her and a visiting scholar yesterday. It was a good opportunity for me to meet an influential person in my field, but I had already made plans to cook a fun sunday dinner (carnitas with homemade corn tortillas!) with my husband.
Eating TWO celebration-type meals would have put me way out of my calorie range.
My solution? Facing another fear! The fear of not fitting in. I went to brunch, but I said that I had eaten a big breakfast and wasn't hungry. I just had hot tea while everyone else ate their Dim Sum. I turned out just fine. I honestly don't think that anyone even cared that I didn't eat with them.
Now, I'm sorry for all of the times I ate more than I wanted because I thought that I needed to fit in!
Saturday, March 10, 2012
I can't believe that it's been nearly 20 days since my last post.
I've been doing well. I've been sticking to my revised plan set to lose 1/2 lb a week - and it's worked! This semester has been crazy busy for me. I've been working hard, but staying balanced.
My goal to face 30 fears still stands. It's just taking a little longer than planned. Isn't that typical of any weight-related goal? Everything seems to take a little longer than I want it to. But I'll still get there!
The fear that I'm writing about today happened to a friend of mine. Her husband, who is in his early fifties, was just diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer. He went to the doctor because his fingers had been tingling. The doctor didn't think that it was anything serious, but ran an MRI just to make sure. They found a tumor the size of a golf ball in his parietal lobe. Now they are making decisions on whether to treat or not. Things are complicated by the fact that my friend and her husband live in Hawaii and both of their families are on the mainland (East Coast and West Coast). He won't be able to travel for a specified amount of time after any brain procedures (e.g., biopsies). Their lives completely changed within two weeks.
Fortunately, I've been only peripherally touched by this. I know that many people here on Spark are dealing with similar things and my heart goes out to you.
My first reaction to this event was compassion. I'm pitching in to make things as easy as possible for my friend and her husband over the next few months. My second reaction was extreme gratefulness. I am SO lucky to be healthy, to have a healthy husband, to have a good job, to have my family...... Sometimes tragedies can make us appreciate what we have. There is always something good to appreciate and savor.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
I've been struggling with my weight loss lately. I'm still following a plan - it has simply become a looser plan. Yesterday, I decided to tighten up things a bit by calculating an exact calorie count for my "Skinny" peanut butter pie, which I've been eating almost every night for the past couple of nights. Because it's made from "diet" ingredients, I felt OK about eating it. I was using the calorie count from a similar - but not exact - recipe on Spark People.
Just for fun, here's the recipe.
1 cup nonfat milk
2 Tbsp reduced fat peanut butter (or Nutella)
2 Tbsp Cocoa
1 4 oz package sugar free fat free jello chocolate pudding
1 tub Cool Whip Lite
1 Oreo pie crust
Whip together milk & spread in mixer (the kitchen aid is perfect for this). Add cocoa & pudding mix. Add softened cool whip. Put mixture in pie crust & freeze for at least 4 hours.
Hubby and I usually eat 1/4 of this pie for dessert. It turns out that 1/4 of the pie has ~ 680 calories!! The culprit seems to be the Cool Whip, which has only 20 calories, but a serving size of 2 TB (25 servings per container).
That's INSANE! What's even more insane is that I created a fiction of it being a diet food and ate a huge serving every night.
LOL! I'm not too smart sometimes. Even though it was frightening to sit down, calculate those calories and admit my mistake, I'm glad I did!
We've discontinued that dessert from our repertoire and I'm hoping to see results soon.
Saturday, February 18, 2012
My current calorie burning goal is set to 3,000 per week. It's Saturday and I'm at 2,745 calories. It will be easy for me to burn the 255 calories I need to make my weekly goal.
I caught myself in a very strange thought pattern this morning, though. I was thinking that I would be lazy if I only burned the 255 calories that I need. I was thinking that I needed to do an hour of Zumba (~450 calls), run on my medium route (~375 calls), or hike for a couple of hours (~600 calls).
I could do those things, but I'm still doing just fine if I make my goal and do something that "only" burns 255 calories. I don't need to berate myself for not constantly pushing boundaries. It's OK for me to be proud of myself for meeting my goals!
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