Saturday, July 27, 2013
The way that has worked best for me in this health and fitness journey is to focus on the positive. Positive thoughts lead to more positive thoughts. Although I know that this is the key for me, it's sometimes the hardest thing for me to do. There are moments when stress creeps in and my thoughts veer off track, going into tangled, murky, fearful terrain. Once I let myself go there, it's not unlike binge eating - it hooks me in and I can't stop. I find myself harping on the what-ifs and the bad parts of my day/week/month. It's not always this way, but when it is, I have to step back and take a breath.
Today is one of those days. So. I kick boxed (imagining a particular face that my fist connected with) and did yogalates (to calm down and stretch). It was wonderful. I got on Spark Coach and got some positive feedback and reinforcement, and am feeling much better for it.
Days like this are reminders of how important it is to surround myself with positive, accepting people. Let go of the negative and what you can't control, and breath in the positive. Sometimes it's work, but in the end, the small choices to DO that work are what create our entire journey.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
The last couple of weeks have been slow - no weight loss at all happened. I tracked my calories (had a few bad days) and worked out, and stayed at the exact same weight. One big setback for me was starting a big cooking project without taking into consideration the fact that I'd just worked out and hadn't eaten - halfway through the cooking I was hit with hunger, and I ATE. I ate whatever was there. So much so that I couldn't possibly track my calories consumed, and when I tried to, I figured I'd gone over 2,000 for the day. I felt it, too. It was such a heavy, full feeling. it occurred to me that this used to be my normal! I would eat standing in the kitchen, and I would eat till I wanted to burst. That was when I stopped. It felt weird to re-visit my old ways. I started beating myself up over it, but realized that that's also an old way of doing things.
I tossed the negative thoughts, accepted my choice to binge eat, and moved on. It was one of those moments that reminded how important it is to have a plan, an idea of the bigger picture in my mind, so that I don't crash into moments that set me up for failure.
It was also a reminder of how powerful positive thoughts are. It actually takes work - the negative thoughts are way easier for me to fall onto. Just like standing in my corner in the kitchen and binging is easier than stepping back and focusing on the simple, healthy alternatives. Both take planning. Both take work. Both take commitment. And both become easier and more second nature with time.
So along with tracking food, I'm tracking the way that I think - banking my positive thoughts down the way that I do calories ~
Saturday, June 15, 2013
I've had days where I'm not perfect at this, and those days have been the biggest learning boosts, for me. They enable me to accept that it happens - and is going to happen - without feeling that I've ruined the whole experience and have to start from scratch. As simple as it sounds, the key lesson here is balance and moderation. Most days I stay active and right at my caloric intake. But when I don't, I no longer see it as a lost cause, and I don't berate myself for it. Instead, I accept my choice, and make as many positive choices as I can from that moment forward.
What I'm finding is that by being more forgiving with myself, I'm able to stay motivated, and it's becoming easier and easier to make healthy choices (even when I don't want to). There is no pressure here to be perfect or to live up to some arbitrary expectation that isn't even realistic. I'm ALSO finding, here at week 4, that my slip-ups are still healthy choices for slip-ups! My draw towards healthy, whole foods is stronger now than it's ever been.
I've leveled off at 6 lbs., and haven't seen the dramatic loss that I saw in the first 2 weeks. But I'm also working out more and noticing some muscle build-up and inch loss - I'm able to finally wear some of my old clothes! I'm not hung up on the scale. That's only a part of the whole.
I've started enjoying the recipe experimenting, too - I've met with success in the kitchen, and the meals are really good and healthy. Simple, too. My next goal is to try my hand at more baking - I want to pre-make some baked stuff for breakfast foods and healthy snacks. That way we can just grab and go. I've started collecting some great recipes off of sparkpeople - makes it so easy. Everything is right there. It's way easier to stay motivated and to meal plan than I thought that it would be.
Wednesday, June 05, 2013
Starting on week 3 - I like that the first two weeks have introduced me to a variety of meals. It keeps me eating produce, and now that I'm more "on my own" with choosing the foods I want to make, I find that I really love the abundance of fruits and veggies that I've been eating. It's important to me to continue including that in my daily plans. It makes all of the difference.
I weighed in and am a steady 6 lbs. lighter - my stomach is smaller, and I tried on a pair of my pre-pregnancy pants. They FIT:) That was awesome. I'm sleeping well, and my cravings are starting to mellow out. Some nights are still hard, but not as much as they were even a week ago.
Monday, June 03, 2013
Made it through the first phase of the Spark Solution! I am feeling really good. I went off of the calorie counting and portion controlling on Saturday. It sort of just happened - we got a spontaneous offer from my sis-in-law to babysit, and we had an afternoon out and about. We ate out and ran errands. I made the choice to enjoy the day and to not obsess over food. I didn't over-indulge too badly, but by the days end I really did feel a difference in my over all energy and sodium intake. Wow, I was thirsty.
I woke up Sunday feeling a difference in the two styles of eating. I found myself looking forward to getting back to the Spark style of eating and planning...which is not how I EVER feel about getting back on wagons. But this feels less like a wagon and more like a healthy approach to living. What I'm most happy about is that I didn't feel any discouragement for taking a day away. I didn't feel like I had to give up or start over. I just had to get back to it the next day, no loss or self-guilt trips.
Tomorrow I take on phase 2, and I'm ready! Clocked in a good workout yesterday, and stuck to around 1300 calories. I'll weigh myself and take measurements tomorrow morning and see where I'm at, before starting phase 2.
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