Wednesday, January 11, 2012
I have found that some parts of my daily routine are becoming burdensome. I have one journal I write in everyday, (a prayer journal), plus another that I try to write in everyday( SparkJournal), and yet another one that I sometimes neglect for too long, (my general journal that I've always kept). To top it off I want to blog more on SP. Then I have a memoir I'm attempting to write a page a day in. I love these activities so much, and it's hard to consolidate them or eliminate any one of them. They each have value to me.
One daily activity that is actually becoming boring is eating my lunch. I know there are so many options out there, but I'm in a routine of taking a set selection to work with me on MWF. On the other days I chose other things, but I'm just getting bored. I have to bring food that you don't heat up. I also need to rethink my snacks for my afternoon/evening job. I usually eat 300 calories for the lunch, and 200 for the snack.
Right now I take a PBJ on wheat, and a regular size baggie full of celery, peppers and cucumber for lunch.
For my evening snack, I take pistachios and craisin trail mix, sometimes a granola bar. I ditched the pop tarts I used to take, knowing how empty those calories are. Sometimes I include an apple.
Monday, December 26, 2011
Hope you all are having a wonderful holiday season. New Year's Day is just around the corner. My husband and I ordered our calendars off Amazon tonight. We'll have them by Thursday so I can write in all the birthdays and anniversaries of my family and friends. It's a ritual I learned from my mom. I get a chance to overview the events of the past year that I penciled in as they came up, while I read through and find the birthdays, etc, that I copy into the new calendar. We got a National Geographic calendar of Hawaii, since my son and his family live there. Next year we are hoping to visit them. We live in the South East, so it would be a monster of a trip. My husband doesn't like to fly, so he thinks we are going to drive to California and take the new Disney Cruise Ship to Hawaii and stay at their resort. Sounds like it's all a fantasy, so we'll see...
Personally I'd rather fly and then cruise, or even fly all the way. At any rate, the trip would be a challenge for me because of the time zone changes. 5! The problem with that for me is my medicine schedule is very set. I'm on 4 meds for bipolar and if I change them, or get my sleep schedule messed up, I can have problems with symptoms of mania and/or depression. My hubby says, "so what, we'll just deal with that if it happens." He seems to be forgetting how sick I get, though I don't know how he could, since I had put him through hell for 20 years until I got on the right "cocktail" of medicines. We'll see. . .
Well, I was determined not to gain weight as they say the average person does (usually 5 lbs.) over the holidays from Thanksgiving to New Year's. I didn't expect to lose, just not gain. But I have had God's help and have lost 3.5 pounds so far in that period, though I have one more week to go. I don't do any partying for the New Year. We don't go out, don't drink, don't have a New Year's Day dinner. So I don't expect any problems. The next big food event is SuperBowl Sunday. But I can make healthy chili for that.
I did have my first binge since I started SP 5 months ago. It happened on Christmas Eve. But Christmas Day I was under on calories. Christmas Eve I got into the cookies and candy. I actually over ate by 1000 calories that day. But on Christmas day I didn't eat any cookies or candy. Had a half slice of pumpkin pie without the crust. This Christmas I didn't bake any cookies but my neighbor sent over 5 lg containers of cookies. I'd placed a big plate of assorted cookies on the counter for guests to graze on. How naughty of me. I stared at them too long and in a moment of stress I gave in. So last night after all the company left, I dumped all my neighbor's cookies into the garbage. No need to keep them around and my kids didn't want to take them home. I only saved a tin of some my husband liked for him. On Christmas Day my girls and their children took over the kitchen and baked traditional sugar cut out cookies, my weakness. I didn't even eat one. My granddaughter decorated a special one for me. A star with a star cut out of the middle. Which she cut out especially for me. I put it on a plate and set it aside. When the rest of my family left today, they took every cookie, except my star, they also took the ones my hubby liked. Today as a planned snack, I ate that one cookie, savored it and was ever so thankful that the rest were not around, because I can never eat just one of those iced, sprinkled sugar cookies!
I hope you all are being successful avoiding the hazards of the holidays!
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
OoooKayyyy, My husband heard about P.I.N.K. Method. Said it was on Dr Pil. I don't understand why but he said I should look it up online. He said it's mostly about diet. And there's a video available on my iPhone safari, and he thought if I saw the type exercises they were doing, I may get some ideas for what to do. I looked it up knowing I would not abandon my SparkPeople connection, but I had to educate myself to let him know what I think. He has been supportive, but maybe he thinks I'm not satisfied with slow weight loss. Whatever. I have to now tell him that it's a fad diet. They use shakes and soups as some meal replacements, and you have to spend money to get the program. I think any plan that makes you buy something to find out their method is not a real option for me. Not because I can't afford it, but I think it's a gimmick. I'll bet you do lose weight, but quickly and not permanently. There's an online support network and tracking devices, but I have found something that works for me, why would I even consider another "plan"?
He's just trying to help, I can't fault him for that. I love him for thinking about me.
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