Sunday, August 29, 2010
Where I live, fall is definitely in the air even though the tomatoes aren't ripe yet and I need at least another month of heat if my fantasies of home grown corn were to come true. But, today I was sort of resigned to it. There are lots of things that will still need to be done to get the garden ready for next year and prepare the harvest for freezing and then when the snow comes, a bunch of marshy paths in the woods open up for cross country skiing and off leash dog walking.
I guess the reason the fact that I have accepted the inevitable is exciting to me is that it's a little victory in my quest to live in the moment and appreciate the now. And it's sort of related to Sparkpeople because really, isn't the ultimate goal in all of this - trying to look better, be stronger, feel healthier - to be happy. Lately I have been feeling really bad about myself for gaining weight, not tracking, and eating a lot of crap. But I'm not going to anymore. I have learned a lot on SP, I know how to make healthy food, I love healthy food and fresh fruit and vegetables, and I'm mentally committed to the idea of strength and cardio training. So, when the time is right, I will do it, and if it's taking me a while to get there, beating up on myself isn't going to help.
It feels like I always go through this same cycle of success and hiatus from success but I probably don't see the overall progress I am making every time I learn a new nutrition fact or enter a new recipe, it's all forming a base I can build on.
Sunday, August 08, 2010
Although I have not yet managed to squeeze back in to the healthy range for my BMI, I am pretty close and interestingly that makes me one of the thinner people around where I live.
The other night some really nice friends of ours had us over to play board games. They are fairly heavy people and made an amazing array of snacks for us - chicken wings, 3 different kinds of stuffed pocket things, baked mozarella, shrimp ring, chips and guacamole. I wasn't hungry at all, but I ate probably a days worth of calories partly because it was all delicious and hard to resist, but partly also because I didn't want to act like I was better than them by not eating it.
Anyways, I don't feel bad about my decision and I would do it again I just thought it was weird that that kind of thinking has become part of our society somehow.
Monday, August 02, 2010
Too funny - after a couple months hiatus, I'm back to tracking, and once again, I'm blown away by how useful it is. That's why it made me laugh to realize my last blog entry was also about tracking. Oh well, I guess I'm a big fan of tracking.
Today I had three ice cream cones for breakfast. Normally that would make me feel like there's no point to even trying to have a healthy food day, but by tracking, I realized that it wasn't a huge diet disaster. The cones are only 20 calories each, and since I only have half a cup of ice cream, it's probably the same as buying an ice cream cone at the store. So I just had zucchini for lunch (and another ice cream cone) and I might even be able to stay in my range if I only have a salad for supper.
I never make my goal to diet or even stay in my range, it's always just to track. But somehow when I'm tracking, I keep my calories much more in my range without feeling like I'm dieting.
So, yeah. I guess I'm glad to be back and tracking is still great.
Oh, also, the fruits and veggie tracker is fantastic - what a great addition! In a world of forced software changes that are often not for the better, it's nice to come back to the site and see that it has improved!
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Tracking is so awsome! Every time I do it for a day it helps me so much, even when I go over my calories. This is my third day tracking and I'm over, within, over, but today the thing that pushed me over was a single scoop of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream. 520 calories!!! So now I know that when my office mates go out for a treat, I'll get a freezie instead. Still not as healthy as a piece of fruit, but way better than ice cream.
I was also feeling extremely bottomless-pitty so I made a soup with all vegetables, potatoes and barley. No oil or anything, just started cooking the onions in water and added everything else. It's pretty tasty, and actually manages to fill me a bit.
So, even though my calories are higher than they should be if I'm going to lose any more weight, I'm totally still in the game.
Tuesday, April 06, 2010
Great morning this morning. Went for a very small jog. Small because am training my dog not to pull on leash and he can only handle so much. Beautiful morning for jogging though, and I feel good because all the time I was feeling guilty for not exercising, I was still learning. For example, in the Spark tips, someone suggested eating dark chocolate before cardio. I tried it and it seemed good. It's a good idea for me, since if I think I have no energy then I won't, but if I know I just had a bunch of fat and sugar, then I'll feel like I have lots of energy.
And tracking - tracked yesterday and so far today. And got my water up which haven't been able to do for a while. Yay spring!
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