Friday, March 21, 2014
Thank you friends for cheering me on last Tuesday!
I have been much more focused with my goal to lose weight. I've done a better job with choosing healthy, filling snacks and meals. It's only been a few days, but I'm already noticing an I
Improvement in my mood, and as a bonus, my belly seems smaller! Best of all, I think my pain is less...could be coincidental but, I'll take it! I've actually enjoyed exercise the past few days, so much easier to exercise when my body feels good.
Anyway, that's my update. I'm planning for a good day, how about you?
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
I was going to say I've stumbled, but no, stumbling means you get right back up and continue moving...
I've been floundering, flopping around, wallowing in my bad eating habits. I have been feeding my aches and pains with toxic sugary treats, and not just single servings, entire bags of chip s and cookies...
The only reason I managed to lose a couple pounds is because I continue to exercise and move my body, even though it hurts, and I do eat nutritious high quality foods most of the time.
This cycle has repeated itself so many times, I'm just disgusted with myself! It's really easy to know in my head that I've got to control my poor snack habits, got to drop these extra ten pounds...but knowing and doing seem to have a disconnect! When I'm having lots of pain from my arthritis, fibromyalgia, I just automatically reach for foods with lots of carbs, and not the healthy ones! It's frightening...My doctor upped my medication, which made me really groggy and fuzzy for several weeks. I'm starting to have more pep, able to get moving a little sooner in the day...have a bit more motivation to change...
So, here I go, one day at a time! I tracked all my food yesterday. I went over about 150 calories, but was pleased that I controlled my portion size when I snacked. Baby steps.
Today, I want to eat well, make good food choices so I stay satisfied all day. I will walk my dog, I will do an exercise DVD. I will do some stretches if my pain gets bad...and breathe...and pray.
Thanks for reading!
Saturday, January 18, 2014
Well, I broke my good streak of eating well...and one over indulgent meal turned into a week of going over calories, daily.
It's not a total loss. My weight didn't go up much, but I didn't lose either. More importantly, I think I have a better idea of how to reign in those indulgent habits during times of stress.
1. Have a plan for those times when I will be tempted to "take care" of myself with food and treats. I'm thinking of making a box with reminders...like cozy socks, hand cream, a yoga DVD, scented candles, herbal tea...
2. Review my goals!!!! Maybe multiple times a day!
3. Spark, call or email a friend, journal.
If you find yourself tempted to eat extra calories when stressed, how do you cope? What's your plan? I'd love to hear from others!
Monday, January 06, 2014
Good day all!
It's been one week of making healthy choices for me!
Changes? Well, my scale says I've lost 3 plus pounds, I have more energy, my stomach isn't as bloated and I'm feeling more balanced...
I have been Sparking more, reading articles and blogs. Have any of you read "Drop 10 Diet" by Lucy Danzinger of Self Magazine? I checked it out from my library and am enjoying many of the meal ideas and recipes. She writes about super foods, ones that nourish well and can aid in disease fighting and weight loss. I already eat and love many of the 30 foods on the Super Food list, so it's been easy for me to try some of the meals. I feel very full, and satisfied. I haven't had big sugar cravings either, which is amazing one week into an eating shift! The diet allows for treats, but in limited amounts...I've had chocolate and wine, but not every day.
I know I have more weight to lose, and I know I can lose it. I have lost weight before (some of you will remember!), but I'm more concerned with being balanced in my eating, forever. In the past I've lost weight while dieting. Once the scale reached the magic number, back to sloppy eating. I thought I had learned my lesson when I lost weight with Spark a couple of years ago...but looking at my weight over time shows a steady increase in weight until one week ago. I thought I was having healthy meals, but still had horrible cravings and binges!
I want this to be the last time I lose weight. So, what am I doing to meet that goal?
1. Made a goal board on my Spark Start page. Reviewing it daily!! I love some of the quotes and pictures!
2. Planning my meals, tracking before I eat. Eating real food, avoiding more processed foods with extra sugar and sodium, so that means lots of fruits and vegetables and whole grains, lean protein, healthy fats. Drinking enough water to stay well-hydrated.
3. Exercising daily. This one is a no-brainer for me because exercise has been a habit for so long! My challenge is to listen to my body, and not try to use exercise to "burn off" an indulgence.
4. Spark. I need support for the long haul. My family has heard me talk the talk, and seen me fail. They support me, but know from experience that I can let illness, upsets and boredom send me into overindulgence.
5. Just do the right stuff, even when I don't feel like doing the right stuff! We all do things that aren't really fun, but are good for us. I keep reminding myself that eating for good health is just one of those things I need to make a daily habit. I learned to floss and take off make up before bed, I can learn to eat well. I may not always see the difference these habits make, but if I stopped them...Eating poorly is the same.
So, that's the plan. What's yours?
Thursday, January 02, 2014
How are your healthy habits coming along? I'm feeling pretty good about the past four days.
I've broken the cycle of bingeing on foods that don't nourish me. It really is making a difference in my energy and mood. The best part is that my cravings for those treats is disappearing. I`d forgotten how much better I feel when I'm eating well!
I'm planning to continue eating well, not just to get to a healthy weight, but because it feels so good to be in control. I also need to remember that calorie counting alone won't give me this boost, it's good, real foods and regular exercise combined.
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