Sunday, November 08, 2009
This has been an important distinction for me since I started my SP journey. It's ok, even healthy, to indulge a little from time to time. My problem in the past was always a "In for a penny, in for a pound" mentality where if I was going to be bad, I was going to be very bad. If I was going to have candy, I would eat the whole bag. Chips, ditto. And it's not say I did this often, less than once a week but it added up. Now I can have a chip or two and feel like that was a treat, that was naughty, without needing to just keep eating.
Today I had a moment, with my hand in a bag of candy corn, where I thought about eating a handful. I'd already counted out five pieces, three times. And I thought about just grabbing a handful. But then I thought about not being able to track it, and I opened my hand, and closed the bag. And then I went outside and did leaves for 90 minutes, instead of staying on the couch. My ass and my lawn are both happier for it.
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
Not that it's deliberate. I'm sure everyone finds in this journey that as much as people around us support us in trying to be healthier, there are times when the same people can be a stumbling block. There's something innately selfish (in a good way perhaps but still selfish) in saying, I'm doing this for me, I'm focusing on making me better. And there are times when that's going to get in the way of the wants and needs of others in our lives.
My hubby has a very demanding job with weird hours. Sometimes this is great (I can run out to the gym when he's at work late and not worry about there being no dinner yet), other times not so much (we decide to have dinner together only to have him get home at a quarter of 10 so neither of us want dinner and I come in at a grand total of 758 calories for the day, so not good, as happened yesterday). And when he's home we both want to spend time together but he's exhausted so time together is time on the couch unwinding with some TV. And apparently me walking up and down stairs for cardio while watching TV drives him out of his head crazy. So I walked around our deck on Monday night, which wasn't what I had in mind impact-wise.
The thing is, I'm not sure I should even be complaining. One guy who supports me in my goals is nothing compared to the kids/unsupportive family/health issues that a lot of people face as they try to get healthier. I have a very flexible job, a cheap gym I like and the best hubby ever. So things don't always go to plan. Make a new plan and drink some milk before you go to bed :).
Thursday, October 29, 2009
I did exercise. Yeppers, I was tired, it was late, I climbed the stairs. For 25 minutes, with a few walks around the living room thrown in. I burned calories, I did my minutes and it feels good.
Thanks Heartstopper for the suggestion, 'cause I so wasn't getting to the gym and it's cold and dark out there. Stairs, I got those in my living room.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
This weekend was an eyeopener. I was out of town with my hubby for work and fun. Saturday was our main fun day and we did things we love: went to a used bookstore, went to a beer bar, went to a brewery, went to a fine dining restaurant. I tried to be mindful of my eating plan, I went for smaller portions, I counted my bites of desert. I recorded what I ate as I went in a little notebook. And somehow, when I logged it all today, I found I ate more than 3,000 calories.
Now since these weren't chain restaurants we were eating in, I'm guessing, I'm estimating, sometimes on the heavy side, sometimes no doubt on the light side. But it is very, very clear that when I eat out, I eat over. And since I'm not willing to give up enjoying food or eating in great places, I need a new strategy. I think it's interesting I don't regret dinner, because it was amazing, but I do regret breakfast because it was so mediocre.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Okay I ate an apple and that didn't help much. I've eaten well today and haven't really done much in the way of exercise so I have to chalk it up to not eating enough yesterday. I have low blood pressure and if it drops too low I get fainty, not fun. So I think I'll go have some triscuits and water with electrolytes, maybe a piece or two of candy, see if the sugar, salt and fluids puts me right.
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