Thursday, May 24, 2012
So far the plan to reward myself with a mini-goal reward is helping. I decided to make a chart and mark it with a rubber stamp on each day I eat within range for calories. I've made it 4 out of 4 days, now, and at week's end I will have earned myself a new magazine to read. I've started reading the covers of magazines on the shelf, trying to find one I will buy on next Monday when I WILL have made it a full week without going over. YAY!
What has been helping me be motivated with my exercising is the chart I made with all my options for workouts, and the days of the week. I find myself striving to mark off more than one activity each day, and have managed to walk each day this week on top of another workout, and sometimes I've done more than that. No rewards involved in this, I'm just motivated by seeing lots of marks on my chart. Instead of marking the spot with a checkmark, I fill in the square with the amt of minutes I did that activity, which also motivates me to try to beat myself in time spent each workout.
Monday, May 21, 2012
The only reasons I feel ok about not losing any weight this week, is that, first of all, I followed my chart and I know by looking at it that I did my best in getting my workouts in, which reminds me that I am doing good things for my body. Next, when I look back over my week, I had many occasions when I looked in the mirror and was satisfied with what I saw. I felt pretty this week, and I felt like I was a healthy size for my frame. I don't feel fat!
It also helped this week, that I got a compliment from my former boss, who often is critical of overweight people,( which only feeds my fear of rejection if I weigh even a little too much.) In that way, she is not good for me to be around, but she's 90 and lonely, so I get together with her once and a while to have lunch and walk around the mall.
I didn't do my best in avoiding sweets this week, but I'm not going on a guilt trip about it. I had 4 days that I went over my calorie limit, but stayed well under on the other 3. I feel like a mini reward for each day that I stay within goal might get me back on track. Any ideas on a good mini reward that I could either award myself each day preferably? or even for making it a whole week I could collect my award at the end of a week. I have become very consistent at weighing only once a week by awarding myself $5 for every time I wait a week. I had been obsessed with the scale. I still am tempted to use it again after Monday, but the $ keeps me motivated.
Hope you all have a great day and a successful, healthy week!
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
I am 119 calories away from burning my goal for the week, and it's just Wednesday. If I keep up this pace I'll have to consider upping my calories. But I'll wait and see if I'm feeling more hunger. I'm learning to eat for hunger, not just because I think it's time to eat something. Of course now that I'm talking about it, my hunger is starting up. It's 4 in the afternoon. My hubby likes to eat a little after 5 and I'm debating if I'll eat a little fruit to keep from being too famished when supper time is here.
My friend who is 90 treated me to lunch today. I was able to have vegetarian chili in a bread bowl. Was yummy. The best part of our day together was when she first saw me, after not having seen me for 6 weeks, she exclaimed that I look really, really good, and that I look fantastic; she kept going on about it and said I must feel great. I thanked her and beamed.
Sunday, May 13, 2012
This morning we picked up my Mom-in-law and drove 3 hours to see my daughter, her boyfriend and her two kids. They cooked us brunch and sent us home 2 hours later with 4 quarts of strawberries. My daughter had just baked ginger snaps, yum, and they served fresh banana bread with their omelettes. Homegrown rosemary and sage in the omelette.
As I said, we drove three hours there from my hubby's mom's, and spend under 2 hours in asheville, then drove 2.5 hours back to our house; lots of driving for a short visit. But it was worth it. When we got home, we got on a video chat with my son in Hawaii and saw him, his wife and our 1 yr old little Ingrid. While we were visiting, my other daughter and her hubby and 2 and 1 yr olds came through the front door. We were going to cook out salmon on the grill, but I didn't feel like fighting with the rain. We ordered pizza and picked up pound cake for the strawberries that I somehow managed to cut up during all this madness. While picking up the pizza with hubby, our youngest son came home to share the meal with us. We ate two pizzas and each had a serving of strawberry shortcake (which was delicious). In a whirlwind, my hubby and his mom left for her house, my daughter and her family left, and Joe and I stayed behind. He didn't want to leave me alone on mother's day, but after we had talked a while, I said he could take off, I was fine to just go clean up the kitchen.
I got to see all my children and all of their children. Now I'm going to call my own Mom.
I didn't pay attention to calorie counts today. For once, I took a deliberate day off. Tomorrow is a new day.
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