Friday, November 15, 2013
Okay. It's back to "slow down and savor your food" time. For me, The Gobbler, THAT challenge will always be just that ... a challenge. While I do believe I've slowed down a bit, I know that I'm always the first to finish my meals...still. So, today will be focused on counting my bites before swallowing...again. Now, if I did this challenge 30 full days in a row, it might just become a really healthy habit!!! Yep. 11/15 - 12/15 I'm counting chews! Hopefully I won't "learn" how to chew faster!!!
11/16/2013 Yesterday was GREAT! I made my challenge!!! And if I hadn't come back to yesterday's ramble, I would have forgotten my very own challenge. WHEW! I actually did count all my chews this morning, but actually had not remembered my 30-day goal. That's a good sign, so here I go again, hoping for greater control and accomplishment. YES WE WILL!
11/19/2013 So far so good!!! Counting is starting to happen without my planning! If that's as close to this new habit as I can get, so be it. It works! NOW I realize that I chew really fast. Yesterday I concentrated on it really hard and kept catching myself getting to 15 chews way too fast. Getting better at sipping water in between bites, but it's not a habit yet. All those "little" steps just to reach one goal. Whew! Wonder how many more I'll find before I can actually feel that not gobbling is a habit. It'll be worth it. It truly is those "little" things in life that truly count.
11/26/2013 Still having to concentrate on chewing slowly, but I am making headway...I think. My new "habit" may end up being just to concentrate on "slow" and "steady". That'll be a good habit anyway! The water sipping is still in the work stage...apparently I'm also a guzzler, too. Yep. That's me. The Gobbler/Guzzler Gal. I'm not worried. I know I'll get things under real control and get to my prized Nibbler/Sipper stage.
12/3/2013 It's still a work-in-progress. However, I THINK it's getting easier to slow down and savor. I've never been one to pat myself on the back, thus the continual questioning. Weird, yes. The sipping between bites is slowly getting to be more automatic, but I haven't gotten it down pat yet. I'm not going to give up 12/16 though. I'm going to get this "exercise" down pat before I'll believe I made it.
12/7/2013 I caught myself taking the biggest bite I could! I chewed it 25 times and took my (almost habitual!!!) drink of water. THEN I paid more attention to the bite size (again). It's amazing how much food you can get onto a little spoon! See? Just ANOTHER example of my over zealous eating pattern. BUT, overall, I really am getting the hang of paying attention and savoring every bite. It's working. It's not perfect yet, but it's working!!!
Monday, November 11, 2013
Today's challenge is to "eat at the top of my calorie range". Yep, THAT's a tough one for me because I do obsess over my calorie intake ... even though I'm technically NOT trying to lose weight. Before I went to SparkCoach, I realized that I'd forgotten to include peanut butter in my snacks. I LOVE peanut butter on my banana and apple. I'd decided to skip the PB for today. THEN I read the challenge. OH BOY! I got BOTH tablespoons of peanut butter and am I going to LOVE IT!
Kind of a win-win, don't you think?
Sunday, November 10, 2013
Today's challenge ... think of the things that you can do now that you couldn't have done or done as easily or well before learning what you've learned via SP. While, again, I'm not one to toot my own horn, but I actually thought of a LOT of things that are easier, tons more fun to do, safer, you name it. Like walking with Mickey, our 8-year old 4-legged "son" (and all our other "kids" who have now left this world) is way more fun now. Can't really explain the "why" of it, but it just is. And working outside in the dirt and gravel just to build a garden I've never had before (because it was just "too hard" and "too much work") and feeling the excitement of next spring already! Shopping is another plus! I used to dread the grocery store visits ... heavy bags, too many aisles to travel, blah blah blah. Now I USE it to rack up steps! And love every step I take! There are more things, I know, but these are the highlights for me as we speak.
Wishing everyone a beautiful, wonderful day!
Friday, November 01, 2013
I've mentioned a "few" times before that I AM NOT COMPUTER SAVVY, and am wondering what sort of music player is best for me. I've never seen one up close and haven't had the courage to ask a clerk at the store for help. I walk a lot with my Mickey and would love to have some music to march to while he sniffs and whizzes along the way. And I have no idea how to find and download anything to anything, let alone a music playing device, so would love some hints or tips on that part too.
Any help will be greatly appreciated!
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