Monday, January 07, 2013
I have had a little holiday from tracking. Bit risky but it was only for 2 weeks. Of course Christmas and New Year weeks are probably two of the most dangerous for weight gain in the whole year.
We (my OH and I) tried not to blow it and go overboard. But we have eaten Christmas cake, Christmas pudding, roast potatoes, stuffing, bread sauce, cranberry sauce, fresh cream, mince pies, chocs, cookies and probably more besides. So I was more than a little anxious to get on the scales. OH had beaten me to it and gained 2 pounds. Not bad I thought and stepped on, squinting at the scale through almost closed eyes with a pained expression and - I stayed the same!! AMAZING!
How could this be? I hadn't deprived myself of anything. I had also drunk wine and brandy several times. In years gone by I had easily put on 4-5lbs over the same period. Why the difference this year?
But thinking about it I felt full more quickly this year. I refused pudding on Christmas day because I was too full and would have been eating only for the sake of the nice taste. At one time I would have forced just a small portion down so as not to miss out. Had 3 crackers and a few slivers of cheese for tea instead of the usual plateful of nibbles or sandwiches. Only took a couple of small roast potatoes instead of 3 or 4. Filled my plate with more vegetables than anything else but had a bit of everything.
You know I think this Sparkpeople lark might have something. I'm changing for the better, almost without realising it. Gradually and for life.
Yay! Happy New Year.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.
The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.
The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full.. The students responded with a unanimous 'yes.'
The professor then produced two Beers from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand.The students laughed..
'Now,' said the professor as the laughter subsided, 'I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things---your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions---and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car.. The sand is everything else---the small stuff.
'If you put the sand into the jar first,' he continued, 'there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life.
If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.
Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.
Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and mow the lawn.
Take care of the golf balls first---the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.
One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the Beer represented. The professor smiled and said, 'I'm glad you asked.' The Beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of Beers with a friend.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Could it be that I am actually getting it right this time? I have just been on holiday to Devon, home of cream teas and clotted cream fudge etc., not been on Spark, not tracked my food, had extra treats because - well I was on holiday right? Recipe for disaster I thought and wasn't looking forward to stepping on the scales this morning to assess the damage done. Wonder of wonders only one pound had crept back on in 10 days away.
So I got to thinking - how did this happen, what was different?
The main difference is my attitude. I am not fitting in my life around losing weight. Losing weight has to fit into my life. I am not worrying about sociable eating and drinking, I just track everything. I am not eating diet food I don't enjoy just because it is low calorie. I don't have any forbidden foods. I don't feel the need to feel guilty about anything I eat or drink as long as it is tracked. When I am in the supermarket I read labels and pick the lowest calorie options of the things I want to eat. I use a shallow pasta bowl instead of a dinner plate to automatically cut portion sizes.
Because nothing is banned, nothing is a guilty pleasure and I don't get the intense cravings and feeling of deprivation and misery I associate with diets. Because I know I can have a chocolate or two or a couple of glasses of wine whenever I want them - I want them less often. Because I don't feel deprived or restricted, I now automatically try to make good choices most of the time.
Because I'm not on a diet - this is just what I like to eat and drink.
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