Thursday, February 25, 2010
Today I am so thankful that I can maintain a healthy weight through eating healthy food in reasonable amounts and by being active. But it wasn't always that way. I've previously shared the most dangerous things I've done to lose weight (frozen cigarette puffs) and the most uncomfortable (wearing a too tight belt to bed to rein in midnight refrig raids.) But I have yet to confess the craziest thing I ever did in search of mastery over food.
You may remember I was 31 pounds at one year of age when the doctor put me on my first diet of skim milk. My mother says from birth I acted hungry all the time, so she just fed me. When I was in my mid twenties, I came to the conclusion that my sucking needs weren't met when I was an infant. Okay, it wasn't a conclusion -- more a theory. So, to test out that theory I bought several baby bottles. I filled them with watered down skim milk, usually sweetened with artificial sweetener. Sometimes I used plain water. For a couple months I spent an hour or so in the evening sucking. (I was single and lived alone.) Needless to say, it didn't help.
At one time I thought about writing an article for The Inquirer about being hooked on baby bottles, but I never did it. In the last 35 years, thank heavens, I have had no urge to repeat the experiment.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
I read on two other blogs of maintainers that their body lets them know when they've overeaten. One really got sick. I've got to say I've noticed a little of that, too.
When I weighed 210+ pounds I hardly ever had indigestion. My body adjusted to what I was feeding it, although part of that adjustment included high blood pressure and high cholestrol. But as far as digestion is concerned, I handled overeating with little problem.
But my new body is different. It is used to 1500-1800 calories and around 39 grams of fat. When I significantly go over, my tummy rumbles and complains. I guess that is not all bad. It is one more reason to remain moderate, sticking to a sensible range each day, rather than fluctuating wildly during the week. I might be able to maintain by averaging the right number of calories despite major fluctuations, but I know I won't feel as good.
Here's to feeling good! Here's to listening to a body that has gotten much wiser!
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
After my company left, I stepped on the scale and found myself 3 pounds over my target weight. Although that amount might have been a fluctuation, I knew I had overdone it a bit. So I decided to cut back to the low end of my calorie range. The last time I had an indulgence it took me six days to get back to goal weight.
Well, two days of careful, healthy eating and the scale is back just where I want it. Although next time perhaps I can avoid the gain, I feel pretty good. I am building confidence that I can catch small gains early and maintain this weight while enjoying life each day!
Monday, February 22, 2010
I read back in December on SparkPeople that the recommended amount of artificial sweetener per day is no more than the equivalent of four packets. I knew I used way over that amount and have for years and years.
For the month of December I just tried to count how many I was using. I certainly wasn't exact. The article did tell that 8 ounces of diet soda equalled one packet. It didn't tell me the equivalent for sugar free pudding, diet syrup, and right now I can't think of any other such products, but I know I used some. Anyway, in December I actually think counting them made me use less. However, I counted approximately 12 packets per day. (Oooops! Ooouchhh!)
I sat a goal to reduce, by one packet a week, from 12 to 4. So, if I had stuck to my plan I should be about down to 4 after 8 weeks. Well, eight weeks have come and gone. Can't say that I've achieved what I set out to do, at least not on schedule. However, I have made progress. I'm at about 6 to 7 daily now. I have been drinking less than 8 ounces of soda weekly. My oatmeal in the morning I generally sweeten with unsweetened applesauce and no other sweetener now.
The thing I'm having trouble with is hot drinks. I enjoy coffee, decaf coffee, tea, decaf tea, and herbal tea. I used to add two packets - one Splenda and one Sweet & Low -- to each all day long. I cut down to one packet of Splenda only in each cup. I'm trying to drink some without any sweetening. Some days I just can't do it. I've even had a day or two I just quit counting.
So, I am hereby, recommitting to get to this goal of averaging 4 artificial sweetener packets or less per day. My birthday is June 6th.I am declaring that I will accomplish it by then. Maybe sooner.
If anyone else has gone through sweetener withdrawal, please share your experience! Thanks, Marsha
Sunday, February 21, 2010
"You've got brains in your heads,
you've got feet in your shoes.
You can go
any direction you choose." -Dr. Seuss
As I rode my bike 7 miles along the Fort Frazier Trail on a glorious, sunny central Florida day, I read the quotations on the poles. I'd read this one before, but today it spoke to me and stayed with me. Truly, I choose my direction. That seems to be what SparkPeople is all about: setting the direction. Sometimes you start small, but you start. You go the right direction.
As I contemplated that truth, I also set a personal best. My first ride on the trail I rode at 8.5 miles per hour. Today I made just over 7 miles in half hour - 14 miles per hour! I rode a little more -- gently and just for fun -- after that, too. It's not hard. You just have to choose the right direction.
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