Monday, October 27, 2014
OK, we all have our weaknesses! Mine is cookies and candy, not all candy, just certain kinds.
BUT.... before you reach blindly for that cookie, or that little handful of candies, stop for just a moment and think. Yes, you can do it! It's not like you are taking a knife and stabbing yourself, I'm only asking you to stop for a moment before you gobble it down............ now think! Do you really, really, really need that cookie? Are you truly hungry? Or is it just the cookie that's calling your name?
Hey, if you are truly hungry, I don't want to deprive you. Go ahead and eat. NO! Not the cookie. Open the refrigerator and take out a piece of cheese, maybe a couple of slices of the thin sliced turkey or ham. Wrap it around the cheese and nibble on it, one tiny little nibble at a time, and savor the delicious taste of it. And while you're doing that, drink a nice big glass of water. That glass probably holds 12 to 16 oz, so it's 1-1/2 to 2 more glasses down out of the 8 that you need.
Now, make yourself DO something. If you live in the city, go out and check your mail to see if it's here yet. For me that means walking across the street and down to the corner -- not a lot of steps but it's better than plopping down on the sofa. Or walk from one end of the house to the other about 4 or 5 times -- those steps count up.
And, please, don't keep your temptations out in the open where they are just begging you to reach out and sample them. Hide them away like they are your own shameful little secret. Hide them behind other stuff, make yourself have to work to get at them not just reach out and mindlessly devour them.
Before you know it, when that urge strikes again (and of course, it will) maybe you will think about those crispy little carrots in your refrigerator, or an apple -- almost anything is better than the cookies and candy! Give your body FOOD, but do it with the healthy stuff, not the junk. (Yes, I'm working on my own advise)
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Many of us have been members of SparkPeople for years. I happen to be one of them. My experience has been slow and steady, not a fantastic story that will hit the front page of a Health magazine, but satisfying to me. The good thing about losing your weight slowly is that you aren't as likely to be troubled with sagging skin. Although I will adjust that thought somewhat to add that aging will have a certain amount of sagging eventually, even when you are healthy and fit, it's just slower in some of us.
Rather than throwing yourself into depression, or telling yourself you are a failure, the alternative is to honestly sit down and analyze what you are doing on a daily basis. It could be you are eating too much, or even too little. It could be while you exercise of some type for 20 or 30 minutes each day, it may not be enough to use up the calories you are consuming. It's the old formula of calories in versus calories out. And if that ratio isn't higher on the calories out side, your weight isn't going to budge.
Perhaps you've reached the point where you are blind to the problem, and you need to seek the advise of someone else. Your doctor, your nurse, or anyone qualified to analyze what you are eating and what type of exercise you're getting. Now is not the time to fudge on the truth. Let's say you track your food, but you fail to put down the two cookies you snack on each and every afternoon. Depending on the type they are, it could add up to anywhere from 130 to well over 200 calories each day. Multiply that out by 7 and you'll find a week of those same little cookies can add up to a whopping 910 to over 1400 calories and beyond. It's so easy to forget a bite here and there, I'm sure I'm guilty of it myself. Or let's say you eat in a restaurant for lunch a couple times a week, maybe go out to dinner. How many of us truthfully know the exact calorie count and nutritional values of all the stuff we eat when we're eating out? I'd have to estimate that NONE of us do, because we don't know everything that goes into what we're eating!
Don't beat yourself up if you haven't reached your goal weight, just put the blame where it belongs. Look at what you are eating and doing -- then make the decision to either take the blame or figure out a new plan!
That wonderful feeling of being at goal doesn't happen on it's own. It takes a lot of hard work and effort on your part. And consistency! Think about it.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
No advice to give you tonight. No tips, no lectures, not even any jokes. As you know, at least those who followed the progress to the burned down home getting rebuilt, when it was all said and done we were not happy with the little fiberglass shower that was in the bathroom DH is going to use. Besides that, after being in the home for two months, they STILL had not installed the shower door -- thus making it impossible to use.
As time went by we decided if this was going to be the home we'd be living in probably for the rest of our lives, we may as well have it the way we wanted. So I got in touch with the same guys who had done the floor tile and asked them about doing the shower in tile, and making it a little bigger as we had an extra 18 inches or more between the existing shower and the toilet. They said OK and gave us a quote as to what their labor would be. They were almost ready to start the job when the home builder finally brought the shower door. We told him to just put it in the garage. And in the meantime I went shopping for tile. Found one I liked, and hoped it wasn't the most expensive thing in the store -- you know how that goes. I was afraid it would cost a small fortune when I was told it was a polished stone from Italy, and the trim was glass and stone. But I bit the bullet and told the installers that was what I had chosen. Then waited to see what the price would be. I was pleasantly surprised.
OK, here are the results you've all been waiting to see. Hard to get a good shot as the shower door caused all kinds of reflections to show up, but this was as good as I could get.
And here is a close-up of the tile and trim:
Getting a glimpse of the bathroom from the hall (see the front door reflected in the mirror):
And when I posted photos of the new home I could not show you the photo of the hobby room as my sofa still had not been delivered -- fabric on backorder. I finally just cancelled the order, and used these two leather chairs that I already had.
Don't believe the office was quite ready for a photo at that time either, so it's a bit messy, but here's a photo of that too. (You didn't see that bag of Cheetos on my desk, did you?)
Just realized I forgot one, it's how the bathroom looks on this side of the shower.
October is such a wonderful month! Hope you are all enjoying it as much as I am!
Thursday, September 25, 2014
This is how I looked today, less than a month away from my 76th birthday!
Today I walked 3+ miles, good for me and my dog.
Today I worked in my flower garden for 15 minutes.
Today I stayed within my caloric limits and got my exercise = goal accomplished!
Today I overcame the foul mood I was in and made it a happy day!
Bottom line is that bad things happen in everyone's life, the solution is accepting them and moving on. That's how I turned around my bad news yesterday. There is always going to be something that doesn't go quite the way you planned. Try to make the best of it, accept it unless you can change it, then move on. Do not dwell on it.
Smiling may add a few laugh lines to the side of your face, but it is better than frown lines across your forehead!
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