Saturday, October 22, 2011
This site is truly amazing. The thing I'm noticing most at just over two months and 15 lbs down is how full and satisfied I am within my 1300-1600 calorie range. I'd never have believed that I could eat so well, so much less in some ways and more in others, and not be wanting more and more and MORE. I've just had a delicious and healthy dinner and other than a cup of herbal tea, don't need/want anything else.
When I showed my doctor my meal tracking print-out, she pointed to my calorie range and asked how much I'd been eating before. I grinned and said, "I have no idea, but it sure was a lot more than that!"
Today I've had generous meals and even had a few treats such as three dark chocolate covered coffee beans. When I was hungry half an hour before lunchtime, I said, "I can wait"--and did.
I've worked hard in the yard, used my long-neglected handweights, and gotten in a brisk 15 min walk around the house while on phone with nonagenarian mother-in-law.
A gratitude list today is really easy:
For SP and all the inspiration I get from all you out there
For food in my pantry and refrigerator
For a husband who's easy to cook for
For a husband who NEVER NEVER criticizes me over my weight
For the friend and daughter who shared SP with me
For being physically able to do as much as I am
For the motivation to get those lbs off before I have serious problems
For this time without a primary job so I can focus on myself
For being able to shop for "new" clothes right in my own closet
And last and definitely least...for all the YARDWORK that's giving me such a great workout!
Thursday, October 20, 2011
After two days, I gave notice at my new job and feel very good about having done so. I was concerned from the first about air quality--lots of dust, probable mold. Asthma runs in my family, and I already have airborne allergies.
On the way this morning, I asked, What does your heart say? "I want the money." No, that's not your heart speaking. What does your heart say? My heart immediately gave me the image of what it was like to walk through the door into the prospective workplace. The musty smell hit me right away. I was aware of the low ceilings and the few small and not very clean windows that made me feel oppressively shut in. What does my heart say? My heart said no, I don't want to be here. This workspace is not healthy for me.
I'm grateful that I can listen to the wisdom of the heart and say yes to it, even though it leaves me jobless again. My health is too precious, and I am the one responsible for it.
On a lighter note, I am REALLY pleased with myself that when I was anxious about whether or not I'd get the job, I didn't hit the food; when I was anxious about whether to keep it, I didn't hit the food; and today when I came home without the job, I had a nice comforting cup of herbal spice tea--and didn't hit the food. That's pretty outstanding for a heretofore emotional eater!
My health is too important to me to risk.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
:-) I actually looked forward to today's checkup. I printed up a few of my SparkPeople trackers to share with my doctor to show her what I've been doing that accounts for the 15 lbs I've lost so far. Of course, it didn't look that way on her scale. I had to confess that I had GAINED weight since my last visit during a very stressful time, but had lost it all and then some. It really makes me feel good to have a doctor who listens and thoroughly looks through my trackers so she can make recommendations. I'd had a question awhile back about my supplements and tracking them. I'm happy to report that my nutrition tracker is looking so good, I can drop some of the extras--and their extra calories. I'm definitely aimed in the right direction now!
Monday, October 17, 2011
WHOOHOO! After being out of work for 18 months, I have a job, starting tomorrow! It sounds like just what I need, number of hours, similar work, etc, but I'm out of practice! This will mean a whole new routine, including packing lunches. I need a strategy to stay on track. Here goes.
1. Went to the grocery store and stocked up on healthy packable lunch and snack items. I want to go prepared for hunger fits and have good choices at hand.
2. Got a great idea from someone else about planning and entering the day's food ahead of time, then adjusting later if I need to. That will save me time--and help me plan.
3. Taking it really easy on other activities this week while I'm adjusting to a different routine. I don't want to start off feeling overwhelmed and therefore vulnerable to overeating.
4. "I will with God's help" - Book of Common Prayer. I will go daily, asking for divine assistance, remembering that I am a loved child of God who desires only my good.
5. Which brings me to gratitude. THANK YOU for the opportunity and ability to work when so many others can't. Let me never take my blessings for granted.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Count me in among the Exercise Resisters. I'm sure there are plenty of us out there. I'd rather read a book anytime. But...SIGH...that won't help me reach my goals, and somehow, I just don't think "3o min - read book" is going to cut it on my fitness tracker, alas.
However, I have a great book (there I go again; you can tell I'm a self-confessed bookaholic), put out by Reader's Digest called Stealth Health. It's full of inspiring ideas about how to sneak fitness, better nutrition, and all sorts of healthy habits into your daily life relatively painlessly. I'm a creative person who'd rather make something--and make a mess in the process--than clean the house. Daily emails from Messies Anonymous (yes, there's a 12 step group out there for just about anything you can possibly think of) keep reminding me to put things away, done or not, and do all the little things that make the difference between my house and my mother-in-law's immaculate home.
YES, the housework I'd rather not do certainly counts as exercise. Likewise yardwork, which I really REALLY don't like--see yesterday's blog, WHAT'S WITH THE YARDWORK??? Somehow, if I look at it as free exercise, I'm much more likely to get at it, with benefits to me, the yard, and the house. You know how it is, once you get on a roll, it's a little easier to think that other things are do-able, such as the easiest strength training routine I could find so I'm at least doing SOMETHING, which is more than I was doing before SP. Like Messies Anon, with enough repetition, it might get to be a habit before I notice! I hope it does!
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