Thursday, November 08, 2012
Looking back at my goals for October
1. Keep maintaining - YES
2. 1200 fitness minutes - this is a stretch target for me, but I want to aim for it - YES
3. Eat more fruit and vege - YES
4. Plan food in advance at least 6 days per week - Ummm? Had a bit of a change of heart on this one
On the face of it, October looks pretty good. As you know, I stopped tracking my food about half way through the month. I believe it was driving me to emotional eating - rather than stopping it. So far I am happy with my choice to stop tracking.
Goals for November
1. Keep maintaining
2. 1400 fitness minutes (this assumes I am going to get to spin class each week)
3. Keep focusing my meals and snacks around fruit and vege
4. Concentrate on dealing with emotions, without food
Just about every way of eating has a name, and (at least) one person who has written a book on the subject. I suppose I am wanting to not follow someone else's concept, but follow my inner self.
So these are the princlples I am going to follow -
Eating more fruit & vege
- Satisfies, with all the fibre & bulk
- Provides all the micronutrients that make me feel healthier & more energetic
- Ensures the majority of my food is high value (nutrients), low cost (calories) without tracking
- Follows the healthy eating guidelines of the mainstream health professionals
Awareness (someone with a book has probably called this 'Mindfulness')
- sitting down to eat
- being aware when I have eaten enough
- listening to whether my body is hungry or needs fuel - or is reacting to an emotion which would be better addressed another way
- enjoying the occasional treat - since this is part of the pleasure of life.
Two simple things to focus on - sounds simple (I hope)!
Wishing you a great month!
Wednesday, November 07, 2012
On the weekend I met a young insulin dependent diabetic woman.
She was talking about how she has to mentally calculate the impact of all the food she eats on her blood sugar. All day - every day. She talked about how she would love a cure to be found so she will not have to do this for the rest of her life. . . .and how sometimes she just wants to take a break from keeping tabs on her food.
I realised that she is mentally tracking her food - maybe not calories, protein etc, but certainly sugars and carbs.
I hated tracking, and am really enjoying trying a new way. I can take a break from tracking, and if it doesn't work - I can take it up again.
I am so fortunate!
This other woman does not have that option.
Tuesday, November 06, 2012
So - my focus is on trying to eat really healthy foods, revolving around vegetables and fruits - with lean protein and quality carbs . . . and with treats small and few.
When I tracked, I generally did well - since my habits are generally good (as above).
When I went off the rails, I would beat myself up for not sticking to the plan.
I am now exploring the idea that rather than criticise myself, I need to explore what I am really feeling - and address that emotion. Getting cross with myself for reacting to the emotion only serves to bury the original emotion further.
Am I bored, tired, nervous, angry, embarrassed? What can I do about it? Meditation, exercise, talk to someone, plan something fun . . . all positive actions.
Just back from 5 days camping - did a couple of good bike rides, offset by too much chocolate. Oh well, it was fun. Back to the usual healthy routine today
Thursday, November 01, 2012
I joined your community in May 2011 - that's about 17 months ago.
At that time I thought I knew what a healthy diet was, and a healthy lifestyle was - but I could not lose those few excess kilos. I knew why. I was hopeless. Undisciplined. I tried to be good, but could not sustain it - and ended up succumbing to temptation. See? Weak. Undisciplined.
Then I joined SP - and I realised that I was approaching eating all wrong.
No one can be disciplined all the time. Unless you are a saint - which I never aspired to be.
What I needed to do was understand
1) How much food was appropriate for me
2) How much protein, fat and carbs was a good balance
3) What the caloric cost of some of my foods was (real mayonnaise? who knew? - so not worth it)
4) How 'treats' tended to have more caloric value - and why I was hungry on the days I over treated (lack of fibre & protein in treats!!)
I read my SP articles. I drank my water. I strived for my serves of veges. I participated in the SP community. I followed the program.
And it worked. I lost weight slowly & consistently. It was almost too easy.
When reading other SPers stuff, I admit to being frustrated if they weren't following the program. Going 'low-carb'? Haven't they read the articles about how the body needs carbs, and there are better carbs, and it's all a matter of balance? What are they doing on SP, if they aren't going to follow the advice?
(OK - I was SP through and through!! Hardcore)
So now that I have decided not to track my food, I am feeling a little hypocritical. SP recommends tracking in order to be successful in maintenance. I am still here - but I am not following the program. Somehow I had turned tracking into a cycle of restriction & binge - without paying attention to what my body needs. Huge exercise day yesterday? Might be a hungry day today.
I'm not ungrateful for all that Spark has given me - in fact, I am incredibly grateful.
I feel like a bird in the nest - my mother has painstakingly taken me through all the principles of flight. I have learned, I have paid attention. Now I want to see if I can put it all in to practice. In my own way.
I am tempted to finished with something about being 'the wind beneath my wings' - but that would be too cheesy!
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