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Iffy Stomach

Monday, January 29, 2007

I think I have a mild stomach bug. Last night I could barely sleep, but that's typical for Sunday nights even when I'm feeling healthy. I am down to 164 today and have barely eaten all day. I am finding new ways of using my Nutrition Tracker...
1) Enter a food I'm considering eating, to see if eating it would fit into my daily nutrient totals, before I decide.
2) As part of entering a food before eating it, I can see whether it could be improved...for example, my beans put my daily sodium way too high, so I washed off the sauce. I'm sure I didn't wash off all the salt, but I'm sure I made the beans healthier with at least REDUCED (if not eliminated) salt and sugar.
3) Look at how you're doing so far for the day to see what you need to eat more of the rest of the day...for example, I noticed my fiber was too low so I ate a bunch of beans. I was pleasantly surprised to see the whole can fit easily into my calorie range, and it put me ABOVE my daily needs for fiber.

I know my calcium is low today, but like I said, my stomach feels iffy! Same goes for exercise...I know, I know, easy excuse, but I really do believe I need to take it easy today.



Sunday, January 28, 2007

I feel great today! Just wanted to say that I watched the news clip about SP founder Chris Downie and was moved to tears. This man put FIVE MILLION DOLLARS of his own money into this website to inspire people to get healthy and live healthy. I need to reach my goals to thank this man. Amazing.


Gaining Momentum

Saturday, January 27, 2007

I am trying to get into the healthy lifestyle mindset. Today, for the first time, I logged everything I ate on my nutrition page! I am so proud of myself for doing that. It was hard to record my dinner because I made a chicken dish with many ingredients. I ended up choosing something off the list that looked like it could be similar - an Applebee's dish - but as far as the serving size, who knows if it was the same! Anyway, overall I apparently did OK - was in my range for some of the major nutrition categories and even slightly too low for fat! But my sodium was way too high, and my calcium and several other nutrients were too low. I do take a multivitamin though...
I'd like to make logging what I eat a habit. I think it would be good for me.


Getting Ready

Friday, January 26, 2007

Yesterday I registered for Weight Watchers At Work. We're going to have a 12-week program starting next Thursday and running through May. It's time to get excited about this! The highest weight at which I can have a healthy BMI is 154, but according to Weight Watchers my goal should be 124-148. So, I guess I will aim for 148 and see what happens. Won't it be wonderful if I can hit 154 by the end of this 12-week program! By then it will be spring and I will be able to look nice in warm-weather clothes. I know it will be hard work, but I need to do this for lifelong health.
I'd like to really start using SparkPeople to its full advantage. I joined the Weight Watchers Friends team yesterday and got several welcoming messages. I love the weight ticker and am looking forward to entering my lower weight. Writing in my blog is energizing. I'm not sure whether I will track my eating and exercise. I'm pretty sure Weight Watchers will make me track my points - I wonder if I can do that here. I guess I could track my exercise too. I'm actually not that bad at exercise - sometimes. I just need to keep it up. Especially since the time of day I go - late afternoon - is a hard time for my willpower with food.
I just need to keep myself motivated. I will need to keep myself making the right choices every hour of every day of every week, even when I don't feel like it. I need to accept that there are times that I don't feel like keeping it up, but I gotta do it anyway. I have to adjust my attitude and accept the fact that the rewards of losing weight are greater than any I might hope to gain by continuing my unhealthy habits.


What am I Doing?

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

I have always been a little bit overweight and have always wanted to lose it. Lately I haven't been able to get excited or inspired to do anything about it because I always fail. I have lost weight before but my weight always goes up again. Most recently, my weight has hovered in the 160s for longer than I can remember - probably almost two years, give or take small amounts of time where it was in the 170s or 150s. I have no idea what my "goal weight" should be, probably because I have no confidence in my ability to reach and then stay at one. A healthy BMI for someone my height (5'6") is 154 or lower, so sometimes I think my goal weight should be 154. Seeing the successful losers on Sparkpeople make me wonder if I could do better than that, though. I guess what I really want to tackle is WHY I don't lose weight.


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