Sunday, March 28, 2010
After losing 80 pounds I look like a slender person. But reality is, I can still lose "it" really easily. Last eve I almost fell into a box of Honey Kix and I could have gotten trapped with no way but to eat myself out. Luckily, I came to my senses and didn't go that far.
If you go to my shared tracker from yesterday, you will see a very good day. Oh, a little over in sodium, but not much. A little high in potassium and fiber. But, overall, a good day. But I didn't track my little indulgence. It put me over in calories and carbs and other nutrients, too, I'm sure.
I tried to go to bed timely, but for the third night in a row frustratingly, I just couldn't get to sleep. I believe this is the first time since I got on SparkPeople in October that I've had that much trouble getting to sleep. When I am sleep deprived I am at risk of overeating and underexercising. I need to be gentle with myself in many ways, but need to be tough about eating after getting up. I should only eat if the reason I can't sleep is hunger. And then I should only eat something that has no sugar. I believe that is the lesson I am to learn.
I didn't weigh this morning, but I'll weigh tomorrow. I don't think my little splurge will show up on the scale. If it does, I'll cut back a day or two. No harm done. Lesson learned.
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Several people liked this comment I made in response to a blog question about getting kids to eat veggies:
My 3 year old granddaughter and I make eating veggies a game. With asparagus, I hand her the cooked spear. She eats the very tip of it and hands it back to me. I eat down to the woody part. She thinks she's getting all the best part and gets a devilish look in her eye. I'm getting 25 stalks and she's getting 25 tips. Someday we'll have to quit eating with our hands, but she will eat so much more than making her use a fork.
One day last week I put three green beans on her plate. She ate them all and I clapped. She wanted more. We pretended to call daddy to tell him she ate 5 green beans. She ate 2 more. We pretended to call mommy. She ate 2 more. We "called" great grammy. She ate her final green bean with a smile on her face.
Today it was broccoli. She said she didn't want any, so I didn't put any on her plate. But I was eating and enjoying it. Suddenly there were little fingers going after my broccoli! I fake protested and we laughed and laughed.
Yesterday I made a rudimentary face from romaine, green pepper eyebrows and carrot coin eyes, mushroom button nose, and a big red pepper smile. I can't say she ate it all, but she eagerly tried the red pepper. I think I can improve on this theme. Maybe next time I'll use carrot curls for the hair -- she relates to curly hair.
Luckily, she loves fruit. Some veggies require a little playfulness! -Marsha
Friday, March 26, 2010
The concept of streaks makes a whole lot of sense to me. This journey is so much about behavior, and the scale -- with its perverse nature -- does not always reward behavior. You can truly struggle, give your all, and even win, yet the old scale does not budge. Or even worse, goes up for no understandable reason. Is there any wonder that people give up and throw in the towel?
But with streaks, you are recognizing and rewarding the behavior you want. And when the behavior is right, eventually the scale will catch up. I'm proud of my streaks. I now have 145 days in a row of 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables. I have 22 weeks of exercising at least 360 minutes. That is some of the healthy behavior that is as important, if not more important, than the number on the scale. Thanks, SparkPeople, for teaching me about streaks and giving me a vehicle to celebrate these important successes!
How are you doing on your streaks? Tell us about your best one.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
I have probably attended hundreds of Weight Watcher meetings. I have never left one without feeling that I benefitted in some way. Most of the time, though, three days later I don't remember the topic or much about the meeting. However, our Polk County SparkTeam challenge today made me think about what was probably the most helpful meeting I ever attended. It addressed my worst weight management problem. Over and over in my life I felt profound guilt and would give up my weight management efforts in despair if I slipped up one day, one meal, or even one donut.
I honestly don't remember the exact words, but here's the gist of it:
Don't sweat small slip ups with your food plan. Think of it like a football game. A fumble isn't part of the game plan, but it is part of the game. Shake it off!!
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Some lessons it seems I have to learn more than once.
This morning I woke up hungry. Very hungry. I ate a little. I had some coffee. I ate some more. I had another cup of coffee. I ate some more. Hunger, hunger. I've already eaten 485 calories. Hunger? Hunger? Wisely I switched to water and drank several cups. Still I feel hunger. The Cheerios are calling to me, but I know I have had enough. Why doesn't my stomach?
I get distracted by chores that need to be done. In the back of my mind, though, I'm thinking, I could eat my lunch calories now, and have a 70 calorie boca burger and veggies for lunch. Just as soon as I finish what I'm doing, I'm having a second -- or is it fourth? -- breakfast. And I'll compromise. I'll go with oatmeal, my favorite filling food. It's hot, satifies me better than cold cereal, and it has less sodium. Ok. I'll get a bowl of oatmeal in just a minute. With skim milk.
The minute comes. Now I'll get it. Oh, wait. Surprise! Where did the hunger go? They used to say it takes 20 minutes to know you've eaten. This morning it took me more like an hour to feel full from the food I had eaten. This is a lesson I've learned more than once. Sometimes I just have to wait.
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