Monday, November 05, 2007
Why is the weekend so freaking hard to keep tracking and stay within points/ranges? Why??
I find it so incredibly frustrating. This last weekend was Bad with a capital B eating-wise. I think there was very little I ate that wasn't fried up until Sunday. Sunday I ate a super healthy dinner but it doesn't undo all of Friday and Saturday!
Although, I have to say that one thing I'm learning about my habits on the weekend is that they are at least much more balanced. I eat heavier, but I'm also often way more active than I used to be. Saturday, Peggy and I walked all over downtown Vancouver and Sunday, Jon and I were out for the day and did tons of walking (and I made sure we walked a brisk pace, to get some actual exercise benefit).
I think living in Vancouver has really helped me health-wise. Being in a big city means I take public transportation and walk sooo much more. Living in the 'burbs in Washington State I just used to drive everywhere, even the mailbox! *blush*
So the lesson I've learned, at this point, is that on the weekend, I need to watch my eating more, and also pat myself on the back more for the extra activity I get in! :)
I guess in the end it all balances out...
Monday, October 01, 2007
Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid only of standing still.
- Chinese Proverb
Do you ever get frustrated because things are moving too slowly in your life? Many people don't realize that building a foundation for success does not happen overnight. It is a slow process in which you are constantly working and learning. After all, that foundation must remain strong, even in times of failure or crisis. This takes time! You may have to remind yourself that "failing" is only failure if you quit; otherwise it's a learning opportunity. So don't worry if your life seems to be moving in slow motion. Concentrate on building a solid foundation and learning from your back steps.
This was today's quote of the day message from Spark People. I found it incredibly appropriate given my struggles for the past month + with my weightloss efforts.
On one hand, I am enthusiastically applauding myself for only a 2.3 (or slightly higher when we get to this week's weigh in) pound gain over the past 5 weeks or so of being 'off program'.
On the other hand, seeing how long I let myself stop making my healthy lifestyle a priority is a little frustrating.
But, I learn more every time, and I think that is a HUGE success. Before, 5 weeks of not counting points and/or tracking calories etc on Spark People would have ment at least a 1-2lb gain *per week*.
While I steadily gained weight during this 'off period', I gained VERY slowly. When I ask myself why, I realize that while I may have not been counting, I didn't revert (too much) to old awful eating habits. Yes, I had McDonalds a few times. Yes, I was ordering too many Lattes from Starbucks. Yes I ate really crappy chinese food and ordered a big meal from Ihop and Denny's.... but ... it was balanced (in a way) because I didn't STOP eating healthy all day long at work. I still got my 8 glasses of water in most of the time, and once physically recovered from my car accident (for the most part) and once I had my vehicle back to tote extra stuff to/from work, I began doing yoga 5 days a week at my lunch hour again.
So, no... I haven't been perfect, and the scale shows it. But every time I get 'off' my diligent program, I find the weight coming back on more and more slowly.... and I know that is a result of my lifestyle *change*. I'm always going to have periods where I don't eat like I would 'prefer' to be on program, but what matters most is that more and more 'changes' are sticking and becoming permanent. And as time goes on, I become more and more armed for these periods where life takes me for a bit of a ride.
And that is pretty darn kick-ass! :)
Thursday, September 06, 2007
I think I'm going to try to post each day (or each day possible) the 1 day challenge, whether or not I'm doing it, and what the results were or my thoughts on it.
Ironic - today's is blogging! Hah! Killing two birds with one stone here!
I feel like a big baby. I'm sick with a cold or flu of some kind and I HATE HATE HATE being sick. Add to that, my back is still recovering from a recent fender bender and the emotional overload I've been dealing with of late and you have a recipe for healthy lifestyle DISASTER!
Luckily, I've kept mostly focused and I'm really proud of myself. While I haven't been 'exercising' since the accident per se, I have deliberately NOT gotten a rental car and taken public transit and/or walked to get what I need while my car is in the shop. The result has been a lot more 'little' activity in my day to day life while I'm healing. It may not be much but it helps, certainly.
Peggy (my wife) and I walked all over downtown Vancouver last weekend and when we both really wanted gelato early this week, we walked over a mile each way to get to it. So no, not perfect, but it's definitely a sign that I'm headed in the right direction!!
For the L-Cafe challenge, the goal is to get 30-90 mins of cardio to earn points for your team. I can't exercise in this condition, but if I'm physically well enough, I'll drag Peggy out for a nice walk this evening to do my part. Honestly, I feel like I'm worsening as the day progresses so I'm not overly hopeful of my condition by the time I get home this afternoon/evening, but we'll see.
I've been making some fantastic foods lately! Last night I made my family pita bread pizzas (whole wheat pita bread as the 'crust') with a homemade pizza sauce, light sharp cheddar finely grated (covers more area while using less cheese), onions, sauteed mushrooms, and turkey pepperoni!
I also took the time to make a home made pesto sauce last night. It may be a lil' high in fat but it's healthy overall and a little bit flavours a LOT of pasta so we'll be having that tomorrow night for dinner. :)
I love cooking and/or coming up with yummy and creative but HEALTHY meals!!!
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Food can be so comforting can't it?
It's hard for me to stay focused on eating precisely within my points or calorie ranges and getting all my exercise in when life throws me a curve ball (or in this case, a flood of curve balls).
I'm dealing with facing gigantic emotional issues and childhood stuff, and recently was in a car accident which left me physically ok, but the muscle soreness (soft tissue injury) has been a slower recovery than I would have liked.
Between the two, I stopped tracking my food, and stopped exercising almost completely for well over a week.
I'm back on track, sort of, but accepting of my limitations. The one pledge I've made to myself is to TRACK my food, even if it's not within ranges, because I know that's a huge key to success. I also know that if I have to write it down, I'm less likely to go too crazy overboard.
I'll be incorporating more really good cardio, strength, and yoga again soon. For now, I'm focusing on doing what i need to do to feel safe, comforted (not binging but not denying myself treats either), and sane while I deal with my stuff.
That said -- I'm hoping the current L-Cafe September SuperHero challenge will bolster this effort and help me keep or re-start some healthy routines while I muddle my way through this.
And, as always, I'm incredibly grateful for my weightloss buddy - even when I'm off, being accountable to one person makes a huge difference and reminds me that this is not some short term journey, it's forever.
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