Friday, January 13, 2012
A bad combination when I have a three hour drive tomorrow.
The not sleeping is getting frustrating. I don't know what's up with this.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
In the long quest to find The Answer To All Diets, people rush from one fad to the next, one year embracing cabbage soup, the next eating nothing but bacon and steak. One year gulping down juice fasts, the next eschewing fruit entirely. We want the golden ticket, the easy fix. And every guru who comes down the road with proclamations of the One True Way leads people in his or her path, the newest Pied Piper.
Eventually people grow tired of eating in the prescribed way and drop out of the parade, feeling like failures. Then the voices of science and reason begin to penetrate the insanity, and most people return to their previous weights, discouraged and cynical, but waiting for the next bandwagon to jump aboard.
Currently, that bandwagon is gluten. Gluten is the Great Poisoner of People. We're told that the staff of life is EEEEEVIL, and that we can all be thin if we just stop eating bread. People are swearing off gluten left and right. Gluten-free substitutes crowd the grocery shelves.
Now, there is no doubt that certain medical conditions preclude the ingestion of gluten, particularly celiac disease. But for people without that disease, scientists are now warning that gluten avoidance may be bad for their health. This article from the Atlantic Monthly warns that cutting gluten out of our lives may lead to other deficiencies. www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2
Now, some people DO lose weight on a gluten-free regime, but that appears to spring from a general improvement in their diet: less fast food, more fresh fruit and veggies. The elimination of bread isn't the key.
So once again, it's sensible eating that makes the difference. Not some secret ingredient. There's no magic bullet.
Monday, January 09, 2012
Last Sunday I did the "walk of shame weigh in" after the New Year's Eve party. As I suspected, the scale was up - back up to 282.4, rather MORE than I expected.
I briefly considered panicking, running around like a headless chicken and changing my diet plan. But instead I took a deep breath, calmed down, and continued on my path of whole food eating and working out.
Today I weighed in at 273.2, down 9 pounds from last week, and down 3 pounds from 10 days ago. I didn't mess up my metabolism with untenably low calorie intake, or overstress my body with unfeasibly extensive exercise. I just stayed on my path. And it worked!
Friday, January 06, 2012
We had friends stay the night, and this morning I made a big breakfast. Sitting and visiting, I ate way too much of that big breakfast.
Now, my first thought was, "Oh, man, I've blown this day. I can't possibly recover from that!" Followed by, "Oh, well, might as well just let go...."
That's an EEEEVIL little voice in my head, programmed by years of bad thinking about food. "Hey, you have a little guilt! Why stop there, go for BIG guilt!!!"
But then I reminded myself that there isn't good food and bad food, there's just food. And though there can be too much food, having too much food isn't the end of the world.
So I sat down and did my food log. And, hey, there wasn't nearly as much food as I was conflating in my head! I'm a little high for breakfast, but as it turned out the be actually brunch, I haven't blown the day entirely.
If I'd run away from Spark People at that point, I probably would have let myself fall into old patterns of guilt and self-recrimination and made a mess of the day. But by taking the time to take a deep breath and be honest about the moment, I avoided the guilt-binge and feel better about myself.
Still too full, but definitely better.
Thursday, January 05, 2012
"I just don't feel like it. I can start tomorrow."
Those are the thoughts that got me to almost 300 pounds.
When I wasn't working out, I continually told myself that tomorrow was the day when I'd get back to my routine.
When I was overeating, I continually told myself that tomorrow was the day when I'd start cooking healthy meals again.
"Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love ya, tomorrow. You're always a day away!"
"Free beer tomorrow."
Tomorrow is the enemy of motivation.
Some days, when things have not gone well, we have to resign ourselves that tomorrow will be better. But if my "tomorrow will be better" pep talk starts at 7am, then there is something radically wrong with my attitude about TODAY.
TODAY is the day I have at hand. It's my current resource. And if I don't feel like working out today, shoving that off to tomorrow is cheating myself. So I will push through TODAY. I will work out TODAY. I will eat right TODAY.
Tomorrow should be my safe harbor only occasionally. TODAY is my goal.
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