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Overcoming obstacles (Leaves of Change Fall 2012 Amethyst BLC team)

Saturday, September 08, 2012

I'm really having a hard time with this list. With just starting out, I haven't located all of my triggers yet that hold me back from weight loss. I'm gonna give it a go, though. Some of this may not make sense to anyone else other than me, but I'm okay with that.

1. Lack of sleep- I noticed this yesterday. I only got a 3 hour nap during the daytime, and I seriously ate everything in sight for a while after waking up. When I finally realized what was going on, I grabbed my water bottle, filled it up, and started downing water instead. With working nights, it's harder to have a normal "3 meals" type of diet...I'll figure it out though.

2. Lack of planning out my food for the day- If I don't have a meal menu planned for the week, it all kind of goes to the wayside. My boyfriend and I have been meaning to do this, but with the kids and other stuff going on, it doesn't seem to be getting done.

3. Lack of fresh fruits and veggies in the house- I have to say that I have gotten better about this the last few weeks. I got a whole bag full of freggies last weekend, and I spent an hour or so cutting them up and bagging everything so it was ready to eat and more accessible. My kids willingly will eat fruits and veggies if they are already cut up for them to grab. My son will even eat bell peppers as a snack if I have it ready. I noticed too, how nice it was to have lettuce that was already ready to eat. I plan on going to the farmer's market on Saturdays so that I can have them ready for the week.

4. Stress from work- I stress out when I work with people who I feel are lazy or just not pulling their own weight. Unfortunately, I have a coworker right now who doesn't do her fair share of the workload, and I end up picking up the slack most days. I have started to not do pick up the slack anymore with this person, but I'm still getting extremely frustrated. When I feel like this at work, it's much easier to eat that greasy cheeseburger or the donuts that were left by nursing students. I have had to start going outside to take a break from the situation and get some fresh air.

5. Underlying Depression?- Some terrible stuff happened to my daughter a few years ago, and I think I internalized it and ended up eating to hide my feelings. I gained about 40 pounds in a year and a half. I know that my weight has been a defense mechanism...who can hurt me worse than I'm already hurting myself with all this extra weight? I've since seen a counselor about my issues with what happened and have come a long way with dealing with this. It's still hard to not want to grab a bag of cheetos and down it somedays, but I'm a work in progress.

Healthy Change Bonus: Reflecting

I'm working on me this fall! I'm working on adding more freggies to my diet, keeping my water intake up, and walking or jogging at least 4 days a week (but I'm hoping for 6 days a week). I'm also hoping that through blogging on sparkpeople, that I can work out some of my mental roadblocks along the way. emoticon

  
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SNAPSHOTSTACY 9/11/2012 3:44PM

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BRAVELUTE 9/10/2012 1:45PM

    Peppers: Is DS old enough to use a knife? I've just discovered the mini sweet peppers. They are red, yellow, and orange all in one delightful bag. I'm like a kid since I discovered them. I slice them crosswise into wheels and they are my favorite thing to add to just about any dish for lunch or supper or snack.

Menu Planning: To get started menu planning, I'd sit down at the computer with BF and kids. Go to the SP Healthy Family Dinner Planner: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/
family-dinner-planner.asp
R>That might make meal planning a little easier. Try planning dinners for a week with everyone. That might spark them to help plan the carry-along lunches, and breakfasts that need to be prepared in a hurry.

Involve them as part of your before bed routine in setting out all breakfast non-perishables and setting the table or breakfast bar to be able to prepare breakfast quickly.

I'm retired, but I still pack up everything for breakfast, and my lunch the night before. For example, if I planned spinach and cheese frittata, I set up a container with the beaten egg, grated cheese, seasoning, and the fresh spinach; and a sliced orange in a ziploc bag. From supper, I pack up a lunch. In the morning, All I have to do is heat the pan, throw in the contents in the bowl, stir, and in 3 minutes, I'm eating. And since lunch is prepared in the refrigerator, the rest of the morning is left for me to bless my mess or do retirement activities.

Can you see members of your family helping to pack lunch and breakfast containers?

The kids will do more with healthy choices if they have to make them now.

Maybe pick the evening when there the best shows come on. Everyone has to help plan the next week before the TV goes on??

Sleep: So important!! I did the SP sleep challenge and learned how hard my lack of sleep was being on my health. I also learned strategies that have helped me get my 8 hours, as long as I make good decisions to get to bed on time.

Frustration with other workers: I felt the same when I was working, but I also know eating those things did not make my co-workers do ANYTHING. I only created more problems for myself.

My shiny kitchen sink solution for eating for emotional support is: Choose a piece of fruit when I want a bakery snack. Would that help you? You start to transfer eating for emotional support to eating for health. I'm getting all kinds of vitamins, minerals, fiber . . . and I haven't stopped at the donut shop in a month. I just don't buy those things that don't add nutrients to my program anymore.

I know that is difficult when you have others to provide for, but they need to be healthy first.

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SHIRLEYX 9/9/2012 3:46PM

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CHOCOHOLIC2276 9/8/2012 8:14AM

    Great job on pushing towards your goals. It's not easy to look and truly be honest with ourselves about what is holding us back.

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LJR4HEALTH 9/8/2012 7:37AM

    You list make perfect sense Lack of sleep , stress, depression all are and can be obstacles Not taking the time to prepare meals and have healthy choices on hand all can side track us thankfully those last 2 we can fix

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This body

Friday, September 07, 2012

I was snuggling with my baby boy tonight before bed, and he fell asleep curled up into me. My first thought was wow! this never happens anymore! lol But then I started thinking about how lucky I am to have two great kids, perfect little people that I adore completely. And I started thinking that it was my body that made them and held them for 9 months each-and it was my body that gave the nutrients to make these perfect little children that are smart and growing like weeds!

Got me to thinking...my body is a great thing. It's done so much and taken a beating or two from me when I wasn't really good to it (drinking too much during my partying days or all the sodas I've put into it over the years). I really do owe it to my body to get healthy. Really let my true self come out and see the world. No more taking advantage of "me." Time to finally feel comfortable in my own skin, and be the best mother possible to my children.



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BLC goals

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Goals for the 12 weeks of BLC...hmm...since I've never done one of these before, I guess I'll start small? Here goes...

1. Walk or jog at least 6 days a week (trackable goal) When the weather starts getting bad, I'll have to join a gym to keep this up.

2. Weight loss goal is 10-15 pounds for this round (again, trackable)

3. Walk 3 flights of stairs without getting winded ( not sure if this is trackable...but I'll be able to tell the difference)

4. Eat 3-4 servings of freggies at least 5 days a week. (trackable)

I know other people have much better goals for this round, but this is what I'd feel good about accomplishing this round.

  
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LHLADY517 9/5/2012 6:39PM

    Good goals

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Not a great weekend?

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Okay, so I didn't work out all weekend. I walked Friday evening, but that was really about it. This is the first long weekend I've had all year, and I just wanted to be a bum. Brownie points lost on that part.

But I did do something that's been REALLY hard for me in the past- I ate freggies every day, 4 servings a day...and I'll tell ya a secret...I really liked it! I liked the way I felt about eating something super healthy for me instead of junk food all weekend. My boyfriend made this salad with crab meat, cucumbers, tomatoes, and lime juice all over it...it was amazing!

So maybe I didn't concentrate on what the BLC challenge wanted from me this weekend, but I focused on something else that really needed work, too. Chalk it up to one mistake, and time to go forward and do a few extra minutes today. emoticon

  
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NEWNAC304 9/4/2012 5:53PM

    Eating well is just as important as exercise. You still earned brownie points!

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LIFE2BFUN 9/4/2012 3:04PM

    You are doing fine - sometimes we all need that downtime. Awesome job getting those freggies in!
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CWALKER233 9/4/2012 2:21PM

  I didn't do well this weekend either emoticon, but we will do better!!!!

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September's goals

Friday, August 31, 2012

My goals for September:

1. Start walking/jogging 6 days a week. I have a beautiful greenway walk right outside my door. I really need to start using it.

2. Start making myself a priority. I don't need to spend a lot of money or schedule spa days weekly (although it'd be nice!) but I can do little things. My daughter has tons of nail polish colors- I'm sure I can find one I like. emoticon

3. Turn in my nursing application. I think I'm ready for this next stage of my life. I've got all the pieces at hand...now to put it all together.

4. Start eating cleaner. Cut a lot if not all of the junk food out of my diet. McDonald's cheeseburgers are my go-to when I'm stressed. I need to find something healthier to do then rely on that!

5. Be more involved with my kids. They just started school, and they're going to need help adjusting to being back in school.

  
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MRSKATEDUVALL 8/31/2012 3:21PM

    Great goals for a busy month!

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*MADHU* 8/31/2012 10:08AM

    emoticonon listing SMART goals emoticon

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ROX525 8/31/2012 5:41AM

    Great! Have a successful and wonderful September.

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