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Learning from choices

Monday, November 29, 2010

I am a firm believer in learning from my mistakes. I definately am not 100% perfect, but I try. The mistake I made on Thanksgiving was trying to fit in to my family's tradition instead of making my own. I didn't bring one healthy thing that I could eat and of course ate more of the sweets there than I had originally planned. None of the food was healthy. The salad was dressed when we started filling our plates and it was really creamy (so I'm sure there was a ton of calories in it) and the green beans (the only vegetable other than salad) were cooked in bacon grease and turkey wings.

I have a chance to learn from this. The next holiday meal I have with my family I will definately make at least one healthy thing that I can eat. Even if I'm not asked to brin anything. I will stick to my goals in terms of splurging. It was nice to have a cookie or two, but after that it was too much.

My problem is I don't want to offend anyone, but why should I have to eat food I don't want just not to offend?! I shouldn't and I won't anymore.

I feel so much better today since I started fresh this weekend. I feel like me again instead of a raging lunatic.

The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.
Anna Quindlen

Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life.
Dr. David M. Burns


This is why I stopped eating sugar and other refined carbs

Saturday, November 27, 2010

I feel like crap emotionally today. I am so frustrated and fed up with everything, for no reason really. I ate several sweets on Thanksgiving, and I am paying the price. I enjoyed them for a little while, but now I am crabby and just in a bad mood. I know it's the sugar, carb crash. Nothing else is wrong. I started fresh yesterday, but had one slip-up. I have been doing good today, but just don't feel like myself. I hope after tomorrow I will feel better.


Finished my 5k this morning in my best time ever!!!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

I ran the Solano Turkey Trot this morning in 37:41! That's my best time yet. I've run 2 other 5k's and the times were always more than 40 minutes. I am so excited to be below.

I wasn't sure how well I would do when I started out because I didn't get to warm-up properly and I was off to a late start after a visit to the port-o-pot. I got in to a groove though after a few minutes and the did the first half without much trouble. The second half was a little more challenging because I started to have the side pain, but I pushed on. Once I could see the finish line I sprinted to the end.

I feel really good to have accomplished this. It's the start of a new tradition!

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MMRIVERA2003 11/28/2010 2:12AM

  Congrats on your time that's awesome!! It was really fun and as for my self I think I'm doing it every year too! The only bad thing was the weather!! It was COLD!!! I was surprised to see so many people come out...I did the 5k too...

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KT-NICHOLS-13 11/26/2010 10:49PM

    Great Job!

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STACYBH 11/26/2010 8:56PM

    Congratulations! emoticon

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MOMMYRUNMOMMY 11/25/2010 4:12PM

    Thank you!

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TONYA1BRYANT 11/25/2010 2:07PM

    That is awesome! Way to go.

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Refining my goals

Monday, November 22, 2010

I have been giving a lot of thought to some of the comments on my blog post about Thanksgiving. They led me to think about my goals and what they mean to me. When I started this, I made a decision that this needs to be a life long road not just one that I take until I lose a certain amount of weight.

Here are the goals I started with:
My #1 Goal is to abstain from: sugar, sugar substitutes, wheat (especially processed wheat products), coffee & Soda.

Goal #2 is to workout 3 - 6 days a week for 30 minutes.

Goal #3 is to enjoy my family!

Goals #2 and 3 are still very important and relevant. Goal number one is a bit off for me. I definitely am using that goal as a tool, but it's not really my goal, it's just the means to an end. The end is really to have control over my food choices so that I am making healthy balanced choices for my mental and physical well-being.

So here are my new goals:

My #1 Goal is to take control of my food choices and make them based on my long-term mental and physical well being.

Goal #2 is to workout 3 - 6 days a week for 30 minutes.

Goal #3 is to enjoy my family!

I do believe that I need to abstain from refined carbohydrates and artificial sweeteners (sugar, flours, wheat) to accomplish these. I know that for sure. I also know that in the past when I've gone 100% gung-ho in one direction I've completely failed. I tried to be a vegetarian for a while (to lose weight) and only lasted a couple months. I tried to follow a blood type diet which eliminates a ton of foods, and failed.

I really really need this to be a life style change that I can stick to. I felt so bad for so long and I finally feel good. I finally am in control of my choices - I haven't felt in control in years.

Saying all that, I have decided that there has to be room in my eating plan for some desserts and treats once in a while. I think though, that it really does need to be once in a while, or special occasions only, because I know what sugars do to my brain. Also, I want to make wise choices, not just eat any old crap that's laying around like i used to. If I'm going to have a dessert, I want it to be #1 something that I love and #2 something that's not 100% bad for my body.

So this week for Thanksgiving I a making myself a sweet potato pie. Instead of processed sugar cane I will be using brown rice syrup, and only a little bit to bring out the natural sweetness in the sweet potatoes. I will make an almond crust for the pie. So my pie will have a lot of vitamins and minerals (A, C, B2, B6, E, manganese, copper, potassium, iron and of course fiber). Way better than my usual choice the pecan pie (I thought about making that, but there's way too much corn syrup involved).

I feel really good about this. I want to do whatever I have to in order to succeed at making this a lifelong change. My husband has seen the results of my work. He told me yesterday that he couldn't believe how much energy I've had lately. I stayed up late Saturday night after a late workout, and then was still able to get up early Sunday for a 3 mile run. I felt more energized after all that than I did on my best day before making these changes.

One thing I know will be important along the way is to remind myself why I'm doing this. I think that will be one of my keys to success.

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STACYBH 11/25/2010 12:00AM

    I really think that's the best way to approach something, not the all or nothing approach. You try to do the best you can do and sometimes that's not always the best decision. But when tomorrow comes, its a new day to keep striving for your goals.

Moderation is an easy program to follow for a long time until we meet our goals!

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Weight loss seems to be stalling . . . but it's okay.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

So I started this journey about 4 weeks ago, and I really did it for my overall health (mental and physical). I feel like I need to remind myself because the last week or two in my mind I have mostly been concerned with weight loss. I have lost almost 10 lbs since I started, but that's not as important as what I have gained.

I have gained control. I now am in control over what goes in to my body 100%. I am not reliant on sugar or processed carbohydrates to feel good, I have gained confidence in myself and my worth. I have gained perspective, I can't change everything in my life, but I can change myself.

I have lost a couple things though, I've lost crazy all consuming cravings for coffee, candy, cookies, etc. Really, I was a maniac if I didn't have my morning coffee or if I craved sugar and couldn't get it.

So my weight hasn't changed in 2 weeks. That's okay. I still feel good (minus my bad PMS weekend). I have been working out consistently this whole time. I realize that I have gotten stronger. I have progressed from Level 1 in the Jillian Michael's Shred to Level 3. I increased my running mileage by a whole mile!!!! I am so proud of myself and these fitness milestones.

I believe that I have continued to lose fat even though the scale hasn't budged. It just wouldn't be logical for my body to stay the same with a low calorie diet (1,400 - 1,800) and exercise. So I did a quick search online to backup my theory and found some relief:

I am glad to know that my effort isn't in vain in terms of weight loss and my health. I sure will be happy when the scale looks up at me and says 155 though.


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STACYBH 11/19/2010 10:41PM

    Keep up the good work and make sure that you are getting enough calories since you have increased your running dramatically. If your body is not getting enough, it will go into starvation mode and cause you not to lose anything (it actually slows down your metabolism to protect your body).

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APRYLMC 11/17/2010 6:12PM

    You are an inspiration to me!! Keep it up and don't give up! One mile is absolutely amazing, you should be so proud! Your body has got to feel better and look better even without that scale moving, that is what matters, just like you told me. emoticon emoticon

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GINADOWNUNDER 11/17/2010 2:07PM

    Keep it up!

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