Sunday, December 11, 2011
Decided to take a hint from a friend on mine, post my plans for the day, then this evening go in and mark down how I did.
Breakfast: 300 calories
actually ended up drinking a smoothie with 183 calories
Lunch: 300 calories
lunch surprised me by totalling only 215 calories
Dinner: 550 calories
Snack: 100 calories
snack 118 calories
This will give me my 1250 caloric goal for the day!
Can't remember the exact count on dinner and snacks but my total was 1275 - OK by me!
Exercise: walk at least one mile (ended up walking 1.8 miles)
Spend 10 minutes doing indoor leg-lifts, stretching exercises
Spend 10 minutes doing crunches and squats
Yes! I did get my indoor exercises! Today was an all-around healthy day!
Wednesday, December 07, 2011
Well, who wouldn't enjoy the sight of lower numbers on the scale. As you climb out of bed so warm and cozy on these cool days -- if like me, it is one of the very first things you do. Step on the scale! No, I didn't say it was the 1st -- we all know what "that" is.
It seems that I have been on a yo-yo journey for the past 2 years, I'd start the month at 143 or 144 go up, go down, stay even -- but never seeming to get to those coveted numbers in the 130 range. And I'm not there yet.
As a faithful fan of "Biggest Loser" I watch these people go through their killer work-outs and know in my own heart that if "I" worked out like that the pounds would be rolling off me too. But how many of us have the strong constitution to perform miracles like that without being pushed and prodded? Not me. Not unless you go through some life-changing situation, and Thank the Lord, that has not been the case with me either. I guess my desire to get somewhat close to the weight I carried around up until I turned 50 has not been strong enough to really motivate me into doing what was necessary. Or perhaps I lie to myself, not seeing the real me when I glance into the mirror. Whatever the reason, the weight is mostly still with me, one day good, two days bad, then good for 3 or 4 days. Like I said, I'm a yo-yo!
But suddenly, and in December to top it off -- my weight has finally started being consistent -- probably because I am. It didn't happen by accident, and those are the things you have to remember as you mindlessly nibble on yet another cookie!
Happy December --
Monday, December 05, 2011
As I've gone through the day popping a cookie in my mouth, having a cup of tea as I relaxed, or eating a sensible turkey/swiss sandwich, I got to wondering which and where were the calories that caused the scale to remain at the exact weight it was yesterday!
Yes! You read that right. Somewhere along the line as I was eating food and using up calories -- there certainly must have been a time when my body made the change from losing weight -- to maintaining my weight -- to gaining weight! It would be wonderful if there was some little bell that would ring, or a light would light up -- to warn us that if we put another morsel of food in our mouths we are in jeopardy of gaining weight!
Or..... we could go to the gym and work our butts off, then we could get by with stuffing in a few more calories! It's all a matter of give and take.
Sunday, December 04, 2011
I know in the words of the song I'd be asking for a diamond ring, a fur coat -- but I've already GOT the ring, and what would I do with a fur coat in Phoenix?
Some of the important things on my wish list really have to come from me, as no one else can make the choices as to what I eat or do my exercises for me. Maybe a bit more motivation would come in handy though.
I am from one of those families where none of my children seem to be really good friends with one another. They will tolerate one another at times, but at other times they may refuse to come to a holiday gathering simply because "he" or "she" will be there! Peace and harmony would be a blessing!
Good Health should be the #1 item on anyones wish list. Without good health all the money in the world won't bring you happiness. Travel is no fun if you are not feeling well -- eating doesn't appeal to you either. So good health is by far the most important gift you could receive or be in possession of.
Follow the Golden Rule! We could add to those rules a few things we are learning from our time on Spark People. Make good food choices and get out there and do some type of exercise each and every day. Even in 10 minute increments. Drink lots of water. The wonderful thing about it is that it gets easier all the time!
Extend yourself. Friends don't just happen! If you read a blog and you like it, it will take only a couple of minutes to write a comment. People write these blogs in hopes that it will help someone, and also at times to vent. Keeping a journal can be fun, and half the fun is sharing with friends.
December is a busy, demanding month. The days are shorter, it's colder outside, and that sometimes means it's harder to get in our exercises. But stop and think of this -- running up and down every aisle in a store can put a lot of steps on your pedometer. There is a silver lining in every cloud! Merry Christmas to all.
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