Monday, June 15, 2009
*Hack, hack... hack, hack*
I'm quickly approaching the two week mark...of this most offending foe: the cough.
Doc thinks it's adult-onset allergies. I've started a regimen of Claritin, steroid nasal spray, cough suppressant, cough drops, and yet the cough remains. It could take up to a week to really feel improvement, if it is in fact an allergy related cough. So, I bide my time *hack, hack* and pray that the doctor is right *hack, hack* so I can exercise the way I want to again *hack, hack, hack, hack*
Until then, I'm counting on my diligence in meal planning to keep my momentum going. I've only taken one cheat meal (didn't even go 200 calories over...not bad), and I am finding that I am feeling fuller faster during meals. Didn't expect that - I'm really pleased.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
I have been thinking about what I've accomplished in the last 17 days. Although I have stalled in the exercising for a few days due to an unrelenting cough, I have seen myself overcome hunger, fatigue, and self-loathing.
My reward: I have shed 7 pounds!
It's mind-boggling to me. It shouldn't be this easy! I can't remember a time when I've lost that much in so little time (excluding the birth of my children). I am looking forward to what the summer brings, as I become more active outdoors with the kids, have more fresh produce readily available, and begin to look the way that I feel - ALIVE AND BEAUTIFUL!
Saturday, June 06, 2009
One of my friends NOTICED that I've lost weight! It's been thrilling enough that I'VE seen the progress I've made in just 12 days, but for someone else to take note already is so motivational! I'm not doing this for anyone but myself and my family, but the extra support and encouragement REALLY helps to keep me going. And besides, it gives me an opportunity to mention how fantastic I think SparkPeople is!
Thursday, June 04, 2009
If you've read my previous blog, I am in the process of identifying the reasons I want to eat. So far, I've identified 5. They are, in no particular order:
*Worrying about $$$
*Feelings of inadequacy
Now the task, while still trying to identify other reasons for overeating, is to replace these "demons" with some good, uplifting activities, thoughts, and behaviors. Equipped with post-it notes and brightly colored pens, I will plaster my refrigerator, mirrors, computer monitor, piano, and any other surface that warrants a glance through my day with encouragement, activity options, and other positive words.
"The most important opinion you have is the one you have of yourself, and the most significant things you say all day are those things you say to yourself."
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
It's time to self-evaluate and examine my reasons for eating. These first 10 days on SP have been devoted to measuring, calculating, and recording everything I eat. The next 10 days, I want to discover what things motivate my eating. I MUST understand what drives my "feeding frenzies" so I can obtain some confidence that the changes I make will be lifelong, and not just a temporary fix. Okay, so maybe my eating habits aren't THAT extreme, but somehow I arrived at 222 pounds this year, and I'm NOT happy about it!
My refrigerator now sports a brightly colored sign asking "Why do I want to eat?". My goal is to learn more about myself: why I eat and what I can do to avoid those pitfalls. One step at a time, I KNOW I can do this!
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