Sunday, January 03, 2010
I had a hard time getting on Spark People this, my first week of my new plan. I had a house and pet sitting job and all the preparations to start my second term of college. (I'm a returning student) Very excited for the first day of classes tomorrow.
I started my plan last Sunday and the first three days didn't go so well. I did really good in the morning, but by the afternoon I just snacked and ate too much. I changed my course of actions (I am a person who doesn't consider plans set in stone and will modify them as needed) Instead of focusing on removing sugar from my food choices, I removed dairy after the 3rd day. I think dairy upsets my stomach and makes me feel pretty lethargic and icky. After 4 days of very little dairy, I am feeling very good and have been able to control my eating much better.
Mostly that is because all my favorite foods are dairy products! I couldn't believe how much food I had to spit out because I'd start eating and then think, "Oh crap! This is dairy." I had to laugh at myself. So, it is taking a little creativity to find meal, drink and snack ideas that aren't made mostly from dairy products.
Soy milk is kind of a challenge, I hope I will develop a taste for it.
Saturdays are my weigh in days. I didn't weigh in yesterday because I didn't make it my aerobic class because of the petsitting situation. And it was my first week. I will weigh in and post my weight this coming Saturday.
The stakes are up. I have taken clog dancing away from myself and will not allow it back until I reach my first small goal of 30 pounds lost! This is hopefully a way to motivate me as clogging is my most favorite activity and a great incentive. I will miss seeing my friends and just having fun dancing! Clogging is also hard on my feet, knees and hips with my extra pounds so I needed to give myself a break to not damage my joints. My goal date to meet the 30 pounds is April 1st. That gives me three months. I should very likely come in under par!
How is everybody else doing with their new weight loss plans! Keep your spirits up and remember to take it slow...make small life changes, don't just try to control your impulses!
Saturday, December 26, 2009
I am hoping that everyone enjoyed their Christmas festivities and stayed true to their healthy goals? I enjoyed a day in PJ's with Sparrow and Boo and made a yummy healthy dinner of wild rice, with chicken& mushrooms and peas&carrots. The only bad ingredient was a little butter.
Tomorrow is my big day! I'm sad to report that I did gain two pounds this week in anticipating my "new leaf." BusyMom was right, I eat enough calories each day to feed at least two people more than they need. Not good....not good. This morning, I am looking at my upcoming week and thinking about reaching my goal by next Christmas. Really? Could I be a 100 pounds lighter by next Christmas? It is physically possible. I'm nervous because I dread the failure that always follows quickly after I start a healthy diet plan.
But this time really is different! I am more grown up now, I have the valuable insight into the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and the consequences of staying the way I am, My faith is strong and new and bright, I have friends who are rooting for me and a whole bunch of sparkbuddies on a similiar journey! It can be different this time.
I've come up with a course of action and would like to know if anyone has any comments or ideas? My first week (maybe two as I will reevaluate next weekend) Is to do what I am calling a purification diet. Basically to go off sugar and very low carbs. To eat lots of salad, chicken, tuna, veggies, fruit, eggs. (more protien...I don't think I get enough protien with all the sugar I normally eat) I am actually considering a week of one of those "clean out your system" diets like cabbage soup. I believe that I can do anything for one week. So, at least to start my journey, I'll look at only one week at a time.
After the purification, I plan on going back to almost normal, but less quantities and to remove one unhealthy thing at a time each week or every two weeks. So first, no soda or sugary juice drinks. Second, no empty desserts, third, add more fruit and veggie servings, fourth, no refined wheat or sugar, etc and etc.
I have some emotional issues with my eating and am going to join a steps program at a local church. I am not able to cold turkey anything. Food helps me cope, so I will teach myself to use other coping tools while I remove certain unhealthy foods and add foods that are yummy and healthy.
That's my vague plan. I know that, at times, I will lean heavily on those of you sharing this journey. I hope that I can also be of encouragement to you reaching your goals as well! We can do it! Yes we can!
Sunday, December 20, 2009
I haven't officially started my Spark People fitness/weight loss plan. But I am paying attention to my behaviors and I don't like what I am noticing. I have a bit of a monsterous side of me that needs taming. I'm not saying I can't or won't do it. I hear so much of the same giant hurdles in the lives of the real people who's blogs I have been reading and watching right here on Spark People. Your candidness and honesty about your weakness with food and exercise habits is so refreshing to me. Thank you for the inspiration shared in your daily struggles and victories!
In preparing for next Sunday...the Big Day that I will say goodbye to the undisciplined me...and oreo cookies, I have tried to think of some healthy replacements for my favorite "evil" foods. Those foods that tempt me into a state of uncontrollable consumption.
Take this Dr. Pepper I am drinking while I puruse SP's website. There is this sparkeling water called "Talking Rain Water" It comes in many flavors and I love it! No calories and no sugar or sweetners. Just water, air and natural fruit extract. That would be a better drink option.
And my 2% milk; I love whole milk but I know how bad that is to drink if you want to shed pounds. I'm thinking I could go down a percent and start buying 1%, (fat free milk is kind of a "why bother" option. I might as well just pour water on my cereal and not spend the money.) I can also use soy milk when cooking or in my oatmeal, I have a case in the cupboard already. I probably eat too much dairy so this would help me balance.
I've already shared that I can trade my regular bowl of ice cream for a bowl of chopped fruit and lowfat yougurt. I may even add a few mini marshmallows to make it seem like dessert...still much less sugar and fat. Sugar is my main vice...trying to curb my huge sugar consumption is what has always brought me to my knees in surrender in times past. What do you guys do to stave off the sugar tooth?
I believe there is one idea given me that will be a valuable tool to my success. And that is to plan and prepare my meals for the whole week on Sundays. I will get little tupperwares and portion out the meals and snacks. And just like "fast food", I can grab and go. A big part of my choice to snack through meals instead of cooking something balanced, healhty and fulfilling is just the time and effort involved in cooking. Lets be honest, I'm carrying a 110 pounds of body fat around with me everywhere I go. (so says the BMI machine) I'm pretty amazed I have energy to do anything, let alone cook and prepare healthy meals three times a day.
Thinking about those 110 pounds melting off my body with a little (or a lot) of effort and dedication now, but the rewards being worth any payment manageable, has really lit a fire beneath me. I am 31 years old. My 57 and 60 year old clogging friends dance circles around me. That is not acceptable; It high time I start acting my age! (Boy am I proud of those friends, though...and happy for them that they can still whoop a person half their age!)
I pray for all my SparkBuddies beyond cyberspace and into your vivid, in living color lives across the country and the globe! Stay the course through Christmas dinner and remember that you have the power to make the change you so desire. Only you can conquer your monsterous side...one day, one triumph, at a time. All your Sparkpeeps are routing for you as we journey on our own quest for health and positive change!
Merry Christmas! I'll be joining you with fervor in less than one week and we can share the New Years hurdle together!
Friday, December 18, 2009
Today I am thinking about my December 27th start date for my new weight loss and healthy body goals. Part of me is excited about the prospect of a new me. Another part of me rues the day. Will this just be another failure I'll have to accept or explain away? Another look of dissapointment on the faces of friends who only want the best for me?
I am really thinking and praying about some tools to help make this the last first day of a needed lifestyle change. It's important that everything I do change about my eating and my activities and habits, are changes that I can live with for the rest of my life. I won't do a deprivation diet, because how likely will I be to live on a deprivation diet for the rest of my life? But I can choose healthy foods and lower fat and calorie sauces, dressings and snacks. I can very reasonably trade my daily bowl of ice cream in for a daily bowl of chopped fruit with a spoonful of vanilla yogurt. It's actually quite tasty, you know? And it adds valuable nutrition to my body, which ice cream is void of.
So, since it is Friday and I don't have any active activities planned on Friday and only 20 minutes left of daylight, I'm gonna take a walk...in good faith that this time, I feel the sentiment of so many Sparkers, this time will be MY TIME!
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