Monday, November 05, 2012
Recently a good friend asked me a whole series of questions about how I lost weight and how I am keeping it off. I talked about portion control, increasing exercise, healthiest food choices, and the commitment to quit quitting - no matter what. I mentioned the importance of sleep and water and controlling sodium. Of course, I told her about SparkPeople and how SP helped me get all the way to goal. I gave Weight Watchers credit for getting me started and the YMCA for helping me learn to love exercise. You know, the usual, the kind of things I read over and over in success stories.
But I heard me say one thing that was so true for me and I have never read in any other success story. And that was the importance of grieving. There came a point when I hadn't lost weight for several weeks. I thought about chalking it up to age and genetics and being happy with what I had accomplished. And then I looked at my food trackers -- really looked. Reality stared me in the face. If I was going to continue munching in front of the TV in the evenings, I would weigh more than I wanted. I knew I had already drastically changed what and how much I munched in the evening, but I saw it was still my primary overeating issue.
I decided to give up the evening munching and to substitute a small, planned evening snack if I had enough calories left. It was a hard choice. And here comes the grieving process. I'm not kidding. I felt like I had lost a great friend. My chest hurt right during the time I would have been eating; I truly felt heartbroken. I searched for new activities to keep me busy in the evenings and focused on other things, from computer games to pilates. I found herbal tea and bubble baths and talking to real friends as alternative forms of comfort. I learned that sometimes I just need to go to bed rather than eat.
So in addition to all the usual things, for me I would add grieving the loss of food as a friend as a crucial step on my way to a healthy weight and a healthy lifestyle.
Thursday, November 01, 2012
For breakfast I had cooked fresh pumpkin, applesauce, and wheat germ this morning. With a cup of tea, absolutely yummy!! I roasted the pumpkin seeds yesterday afternoon and ate them in between trick or treaters. After 9 o'clock I turned off the porch light and cut up the jack 'o lantern. I just microwaved large pieces for 12 minutes or so until soft. It tasted good just plain. When you eat it plain it's like squash, not like pumpkin in pie. It takes the spices and sweetening to make it taste like the pumpkin of my youth, but actually it is good both ways.
Natalie was Belle and Gwen was a darling bee. They stopped by with their parents after Trunk or Treat at their church and we visited neighbors we know. Such fun!!
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
It's all arranged. And it's certainly better than nothing, but not perfect. The Galloway program director set up my 14 mile long run for Saturday starting at 5 am. (You may remember my pacegroup leader thought the 13.5 mile run I did on 10-20 was sufficient, but I wanted another long run before my first half marathon on Nov 18th, St Pete Women's HM.) This schedule also means I'll be able to attend the nutrition for runners seminar at 8:45. I believe it is based on the book Eat to Live. I'll find out.
My disappointment is that I got assigned to an even slower group than my usual slow one. They run 30 seconds and walk 1 minute; so we'll repeat that for 14 miles. Galloway says that slow long runs are not a problem; that you still gain the stamina. I honestly was hoping to be in a 2 min run/1 min walk group. Oh, well. I'll just make it work. Officially Galloway puts every first time half marathoner in training "to finish"without a time goal. But I really was hoping not to be too slow. I'm running with Barb (ONEKIDSMOM) and I know she is really fit, however, she's really kind, too, and has assured me we'll find a pace that works for both of us.
I'm still living in a house full of sick people. Gwen is getting better. Hubby is still suffering. I have just a touch of scratchy throat and nasal congestion, but seem to be shaking it off. I ran Monday. Took it easy yesterday and going to take today a little easy, too. Plan to run tomorrow, although it may be early in the neighborhood or Gwen's nap time on my TM as Gwen isn't well enough to go to the Y nursery.
Maybe since I'm taxing my immunities I may be just as well off with the slow long run. I just can't wait to finish my first half marathon!!
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
My body feels like it is trying to fight off the cold germs that are all around this house. On the positive side, I had a really good night's sleep last night and ate a delicious grapefruit this morning. The scale was down a little, too.
Right now, I am just telling myself that I am an athlete, eating to fuel my body. Last eve that self-talk helped. Hubby was interested in the last serving of leftovers, so I knew I was getting myself something else. I almost reached for a frozen dinner. Instead I microwave-thawed a tilapia fillet and cooked it on the Foreman. Very easy and very good and much better for this athlete!! I had half a leftover ear of corn, and dibby-dabs of okra with olive oil, carrots, and broccoli. Very satisfying.
Even though I'm thinking of myself as an athlete, today I'm feeling like a day of semi-rest will be good for me. Gwen and I took a slow walk to the end of the street this morning and I'll probably get some active play with Natalie. I go get from kindergarten in just a couple minutes.
Hope you are having a great day! Thoughts and prayers are with you affected by Sandy.
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