Thursday, August 09, 2012
Reading this, I can see that in my last year on SP I have already adopted some 'thin thinking' habits. As I am going through the 6 week program - some days are going to be non issues for me. Like this one.
Being the main carer of two young children, whenever I get time off - I am exercising. Its funny to talk to other mums who say 'A morning off - I'd go back to bed with a book'. Not me - I know that exercise gives me more energy than sleep/rest will.
Or worse, are those who say 'I wanted to go for a run, but I could not leave the house with a dirty floor/pile of unwashed clothes/breakfast dishes still in the sink'. Again, I need exercise more than a perfectly clean house!
I make a point of cooking double batches of food, so I can put something in the freezer for the times that I run out of time or don't feel like cooking. Takeaway food used to be once every week or so - now it is probably once every two or three months!
Every week we stock the house with fresh meat, fruit, vege and whole grains (mostly) so preparing healthy foods is not difficult.
So what can I learn from this?
As life gets busy - and it will. I am going back to study next year, still with my children not a school yet - so finding time to exercising and eat right will be even more difficult.
So, I will never (hardly) use the excuse that I don't have time.
I will make time.
My health and happiness is really important - and if I can't allocate time to this, then I have my priorities all wrong.
I still need to concentrate on
- Keeping my reasons for maintaining my weight at the front of my mind
- Sitting down to eat
- Eating with less distractions (not at the computer, or in front of TV, or whilst reading)
- Eating slowly. Chewing well, putting fork down, taking a drink
- Giving myself credit for good behaviour
I weighed in yesterday, unofficially (since my weigh in day is Wednesday) at a new low. 57kg (125.5 lbs) - this is great news ahead of next weeks holiday. Plus, I have already done 435 fitness minutes this month - great progress towards my 1000 fitness minutes target.
I have been eating well inside my range all week.
Some of Beck's Thin thinking ideas I am already doing!
Credit for all that!
Wednesday, August 08, 2012
So, Beck advises that you set up your environment to support you in your goals. You know - get rid of junk food from your house (and handbag, and car, and desk) if you can. Put healthy foods where they are easy to reach - and less healthy foods where you can't see/reach them.
Oh, and put small dishes in easy reach - to encourage smaller portions.
We don't have a lot of junk food in the house.
Wine - in a cupboard under the stairs
Museli bars - in a dark corner of the cupboard
Fruit - on the counter
We have some big bowls that I used to use for pasta, museli etc - I have stopped using them, except as serving bowls.
The one change I made recently was to put the bread away in the cupboard. My husband buys some lovely wholemeal bread from the market each week - and we were leaving it on the bench. On a couple of occasions I have inhaled multiple slices with honey or peanut butter, before I know what I am doing.
Much easier since I made a conscious decision to put the bread out of sight!
So, I am also
- trying to eat slowly and mindfully
- sitting down to eat
- giving myself credit
I shared an apple with my daughter today - 2 quarters each.
I ate mine at the computer, and turned around to grab the second quarter, only to realise that I had already eaten both of them!
Now, its only half an apple - but it just shows, if you are not paying attention, you eat more than you think!
Have a great day!
Tuesday, August 07, 2012
Beck asks you to find a Diet Coach - someone to support and encourage you, keep you motivated, help problem solve etc.
I am going to take the easy way out, and say that my Spark community is my diet coach.
This is where I always come when I am struggling - either beating myself up for a binge, or planning a strategy for a holiday/social event, or losing motivation etc. And all you wonderful people come through every time.
I am not sure if Beck would approve.
I don't really want to ask a friend or family member to play that role. Most people I know would probably say 'You never needed to lose weight in the first place, but now you have - and thats OK too. Now get on with life'. And obviously, my concern with 'getting on with life' is allowing my bad habits to derail my maintenance - and I will be back where I started.
I do have one friend who is on my wavelength on this - so whilst I wont ask her to be my diet coach - I will discuss things with her as they come up.
I suppose I want to be that thin person, who thinks and acts like a thin person. They don't often talk about food and temptation and bingeing etc but they just quietly follow a few personal rules that allow them to maintain their weight.
So, I pledge to
- keep you posted during the Beck 6 weeks program
- keep connected with SP into the future - especially if I find my habits are wavering
- revisit the Beck book as required (she admits that her book is a little like a diet coach)
- call on my friend when I need a little more personal support
I am also
- sitting down to eat
- mindfully eating (as much as I can with my kids squabbling etc)
Oh - and give myself credit
- I am still doing this
- I put down the fork, and moved to the dinner table from the couch after almost eating dinner in front of TV last night
- I am back at the lower end of my maintenance weight range through very disciplined eating,
- I am planning my food in advance, as much as I can
Thanks to all of you for being so supportive to me.
(I thought I should give you credit too!)
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