Wednesday, December 14, 2011
If you haven't read any of Michael Pollan's books, you should. In particular, I recommend "In Defense of Food." Pollan's thesis is that much of our health problems stem from eating artificially created foods and highly processed foods, and that health can be achieved by eating real foods, in moderation, mostly from plants.
Working from that premise, I've lost 20 pounds in just under 3 months. And I haven't felt deprived, or suffered cravings. I have enjoyed things like sour cream and real cheese, and real salad dressing. And butter - yes, real butter.
I have a long way to go, but I believe that eating this way is far more beneficial in the long run. And now I'm the co-leader of a Spark Team that supports this kind of eating.
If you are interested, please join us on Food Rules. I'm working to get this group back to the lively discussion and support group that I think it should be. Hope to see you there!
Monday, December 12, 2011
I didn't manage to work out this weekend. I get it done all week, because I have to do it before I sit down and start working, but on the weekends I can "do it anytime today" and then suddenly the day is over and I haven't.
This is a challenge for which I must develop a strategy. Grr.
Sunday, December 11, 2011
After years of overfeeding myself continually, I sort of regarded hunger as something I barely felt. Now that I'm eating the right amounts of food, though, I am definitely experiencing it more often.
And discovering that ignoring it isn't very smart.
Yesterday I was sort of hungry in the afternoon, but then I got distracted by a sewing project. By the time I resurfaced from that, my hunger had abated because my body had tapped into other resources. But when it came back, it came back hard. I was shaking, weepy, and unable to make a decision about what to eat. I at least knew not to stuff myself with the few remaining cookies--the idea of something sweet made me nauseated at that point.
But I was too far gone to make decent decisions about feeding myself. Everything felt like too much of a challenge and task. When Hubby got home, he immediately saw that I was a mess and just took me out to dinner, so I got fed.
But I don't like "out to dinner" to be a default. It's too expensive. So I need to be aware that hunger is much more likely and much more demanding now, and start planning for that evening meal earlier in the day.
Saturday, December 10, 2011
It used to be that going to parties was all about the snack table. Tonight, though, I went to a party and my focus was on the people and the conversation, rather than browsing the buffet. And I enjoyed it more!
Friday, December 09, 2011
The amusing thing about working out is how much time I spend lying to myself.
"Just get through one set. I won't make you do the second set. It'll be fine."
"You don't have to do the WHOLE lower body strength routine. Just do these couple exercises. Then I'll let you stop."
"If you get through the whole strength routine, I won't make you do cardio. It'll be fine."
"Okay, I'm only going to make you do 10 minutes of cardio, then you can quit."
"Oh, now we're through 20 minutes. You can make it the whole 30, can't you?"
And carried on that wave of lies, I find myself beached on the shore of Workout Done.
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