Sunday, February 26, 2012
We all have choices to make! How many times have each of us heard that? Of course all of us can recall times when there really didn't seem to BE a choice. No use in me giving you examples, we've all had them.
So the day finally came when you knew in your heart you had to do something about your weight. And if you were lucky, you discovered SparkPeople! You hardly have to "think" about whether you want to join or not. . . . . after all, it's FREE! So you join. Now the choices start. If you read the articles, post on various threads, join teams, make friends -- well, it would be hard not to be moved along by the momentum of it all. It's so much fun to see someone has named you as a "friend." It's so much fun to receive a "goodie" in your emails. And to see how your friends are doing, picking up hints as you go along; trying the fabulous recipes you see everywhere. What's special about these recipes is you know exactly the nutritional values for them, and if you take the time to read the comments by the many members who have already tried them out -- you even have hints on how to improve them. It's all according to your taste. Hotter or milder, the suggestion will be there, you can count on it.
Some of us never seem to lose that momentum, and before long we are writing a blog on how we lost 50 pounds. . . . or even 100 or more! But others do lose the motivation, and that is when the choices come into play. You can treat SP like you would any other "diet." It is good to take a few pounds off and during the time you are losing you also force yourself to stay away from the pizza or nacho's or whatever your personal temptation happens to be. Somehow it just doesn't sink in when you are reading about healthy lifestyle, portion control and how you can still enjoy some of these things, but either do it maybe a couple times a year or control the "Portion" you are going to consume. I think most of us could fit in ONE slice of pizza a couple of times a month -- perhaps the day you are enjoying a low-in-calorie soup. And if you're making them yourself, it's even possible to make a very small bowl of nacho's. Once it's gone, it's gone! It's not like the humongous bowl you are served when you order it up in a restaurant, where you can eat until you can't move!
So DIET or HEALTHY LIFESTYLE -- you can't have both. With the diet you will always go back to your previous, unhealthy way of eating. And the weight will come back with friends! If you choose the healthy lifestyle you need to plan it out on paper. You know which bad things you indulge in, so eliminate them one at a time. It's called baby steps. Drink the 8 glasses of water each day, eat the 5 fruits and veggies, get your 30 minutes of exercise. Yes, don't think you can do it all just using food. That's the most difficult way, and only those who are handicapped for exercise should attempt it. Most of us can at least walk short distances, and as our diet improves and our stamina increases, we can increase our distance and speed up our walk. I'm not a runner; but if you can -- great! It burns more calories.
Like bad habits -- good traits get to be habits too. Soon you will be eating an apple instead of a candy bar for your snack. Grabbing a glass of water instead of a soda. And perhaps going for a walk at lunch time instead of reading a book or magazine. And when you step on the scale you can have a smile on your face, some zip in your step, and a song in your heart!
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Friday, February 24, 2012
I can remember looking back on my journey of weight loss that when I first joined SP I would look carefully at the food I had eaten or that I would be eating -- as I tracked it. At the end of the day, if I saw I still had more calories I could consume, I would gobble down candy or ice cream until I had hit the right amount of calories!
I have learned over the years that really isn't the way to do it. It's OK to have a 1/2 cup or so of ice cream once in awhile, if you can work it into your food plan. Perhaps eat 2 or 3 of the little mini bite-sized bars of candy -- but to purposely eat food that will give you enough leeway to chomp down on it -- that's not a good plan. And it certainly could be one of the reasons it took me awhile to lose my weight.
Granted, back before I joined SP I seemed to have no problem putting away much more food than I could ever, in my wildest dreams, eat today. And sometimes when I read the food journals of people who are telling me what they had to eat that day, I am amazed, as there is no way NOW that my body could hold that much. Some of it is probably a matter of my stomach shrinking somewhat as I have cut way down on portions. There are some measurements that still seem ridiculously small to me. Like 1/2 cup of spaghetti -- how many lengths of spaghetti could that be? Or 1 little cup of soup? Hardly enough to get started. But as time goes by, I am finding myself more and more satisfied with those scanty little portions of food.
Back when I was in my late 20's and very slim and trim I once went out to dinner with my boyfriend and I ate a 32-oz steak. Not only that but a salad and baked potato too! I was a tiny little thing, and only 5'2" tall. I still wonder where I put it. My metabolism must have been astounding! Now I'm lucky if I finish off the 3 ounces considered a serving!
Of course the moral of the story here is that you either have to LIVE the healthy lifestyle, or you cheat (on yourself basically) and you consume items you know deep down are not the best for your body. You can't have it both ways. And, really -- don't you feel guilty afterward? And when you step on the scale -- can you really say you have no idea why it went up?
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