Friday, January 21, 2011
Day 10 is to choose realistic goals. I don't think I'm having trouble choosing unrealistic goals. Last year I proved that maintaining my weight between 129-135 is realistic, because I did it. Now I'm trying to reduce that range to 124-130. I'm not sure that is realistic, but I'll try it and see. If it isn'trealistic, I'll be happy at last year's range.
By the way, I was down 1.8 pounds from yesterday morning. Still feel a little bloated from that mistake. Live and learn. Deal with the consequences.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Yesterday I blew it, but I am far from giving up. I analyzed what happened and see how I can prevent it again in the future.
Yesterday I had a light breakfast at home before a meeting (I represented our agency) and then at 10:45 I had brunch with some colleagues. When I got to work at 11:45, the boss asked me to go with her to a Chamber of Commerce lunch meeting. I reminded her I'd already eaten, and she said that was okay. So I just had water and watched everyone else eat an elaborate catered meal. I wasn't hungry, so it was not too tortuous. The dessert looked awfully good, though.
The boss and I worked hard all afternoon. Around 3 we took a potty break and a vendor came in selling flats of strawberries. The boss and I split a flat, although we didn't eat any. Around 6pm we wrapped it up. I hadn't had anything to eat since 11am. I foolishly put the 1/2 flat of strawberried in the passenger seat for the 18 mile commute home.
Well, the strawberries didn't make it home. I had eaten 3 pints before I knew it. I just wasn't thinking about strawberries being a problem. Honestly, after about 2 pints it did occur to me that I was eating too many. I could have stopped then. But I didn't. I kept munching until I drove in the driveway.
Next time, even if boss is really pushing me to produce, I'm going to take a snack break and not let myself get so hungry. I could have even had a small serving of strawberries before I left and put the rest in the trunk. Next time I'll remember to consciously praise myself for managing not to eat at the chamber function. Next time I'll remind myself that when I realize I'm overeating and choose to stop I am strengthening my resistence muscle, while when I give in I'm strengthening my giving in muscle!!
This morning I was up on the scale over 3 pounds. I know I didn't eat 10,500 calories of strawberries, so I'll be patient, drink lots of water and see this binge weight disappear on its own. On one hand, I don't want to be too hard on myself, but I do not want to eat this way. I do not want to be a person who overeats anything. I know, progress, not perfection, is my goal. I know I have come a long way. I know I have a ways to go.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Thanks to Linda (RAYLINSTEPHENS) I have joined the Beck SparkTeam. I had not even thought to look for a Beck SparkTeam, but of course, there is one! And just so you know which book I'm talking about, it's this one pictured, not the other two Beck books that are by different authors. The team has a message board thread for each step of the books and lots of good discussion.
Also, earlier I had said that with my Weight Watchers group and all my SparkFriends that I did not think I needed a "diet coach." Well, I decided that was a cop out. I do need one person to be accountable to consistently for the Beck activities. Luckily, SparkFriend Val (JOHAL52) has offered to serve in that capacity. I think I'll call her my Healthy Living Coach. And, of course, I have offered to serve in that capacity for her, too.
I have read Day 8. It is a long chapter and a significant one. I sense that this one holds some real promise of improvements for me, so I plan to take it slowly and not rush through it. It is all about scheduling time and energy for your healthy activities. To give myself credit, I have done a great job of getting in my exercise despite the fact that I don't have a specific schedule. Most weeks I actually change the days I do my strength training on SparkPeople, but I get in the 2 or 3 sessions I need. Last year the only time I missed was due twice to sore shoulder, once to sore knee, and once when I visited my mom I only got in one session that week. My cardio sessions I do early some days, middle of the day some days, early evening some, and even late evening sometimes, although for best sleep I try to get it in earlier. Some days I even split it up into two or more sessions. Part of the reason that my schedule is so erratic is that my work schedule changes some, but my daughter and son-in-laws' schedules change even more, so my hours of child care are not the same two weeks in a row. Another complicating factor is insomnia. Despite my efforts on the Better Sleep SparkTeam, some days I'm just tired and working around that fact.
But one thing I have not done for more than two years is to take the time to really plan meals. My hubby does the grocery shopping. On grocery shopping day we usually have fresh fish, shrimp or scallops because it is the most perishable. Then I look at the dates on the pork or beef and chicken and kind of plan when we'll eat which meats, or at least an approximate order. But often we don't really decide what we are having until a couple hours before hand. So usually at the end of the day I am seeing what I have left to eat. More planning would enable me to improve my intake and feel more in control. It will take some compromise with my hubby so it may not be easy to implement. He has resisted my attempts at more planning in the past. This time, we'll see. I believe it is worth a try.
Anyway, thanks again to Linda and Val. I'm working on Step 8 -- maybe I won't call it Day 8 - since it can and this time will take more than one day!
Monday, January 17, 2011
Yesterday I skimmed day 7 and didn't really think it applied to me and was tempted to go on. I don't need to hide foods or keep them out of sight in order to resist them. I do need to remember that if, no - when, I'm struggling, putting tempting foods out of view is an effective strategy.
Another part of the chapter was about a fellow who gave up his regular vending machine indulgence by setting Friday at closing time as the time he was allowed one item from the vending machine. Each time he saw the vending machine he would remind himself that he could wait until Friday.
I use a similar technique. If I'm hungry I find something healthy to eat. I do put healthy things where I can grab them. Fruit is fast and is sitting on my counter - apples, bananas, tangerines and grapefruits are on my counter. Strawberries, blueberries, and green seedless grapes are in my refrig. Dried plums (prunes) and raisins are in the cabinet.
I remind myself that if there is something I want to eat that I can have it later. Right now at home I have unsalted almonds that are mine. They were in my Christmas stocking. I could sit and eat the whole thing, but I would not feel good about it. I have an unopened bag of sliced almonds (unsalted) and an unopened bag of unsalted pecans. There are salted cashews, salted pistachios, and salted mixed nuts in my cabinet that my hubby bought. I just finished the unsalted dry roasted peanuts. I don't remember if the walnuts are gone or not. When I am really hungry I remind myself to stay out of the nuts; I will eat too many. I enjoy a few at a time, usually measuring out one tablespoon. When I get back to true maintenance, not wanting to lose weight, I'll include a quarter cup of nuts on most days. Even though I don't know the exact nutritional info, if I want a mixture of nuts, I'll mix a tablespoon and count it as if it were one of the higher calorie nuts.
One of my favorite late night treats is to take a half cup of unsweetened applesauce, sprinkle it with cinnamon, and put about 8 raisins and a tablespoon of sliced almonds on it. It feels decadent, but is quite healthy and reasonable calories. Sometimes when I'm finished I think more would be good and this time I want it with walnuts. I have to remind myself that the next evening I can have it with walnuts (assuming I have/get some). I realize that I'm not hungry or I should wait a few more minutes to see if I'm really hungry. It's just my mouth wanting that taste. It can wait. All the walnuts in the world won't disappear over night. I used to give in to these wants of different tastes right now. I'm giving myself credit for realizing that variety is important, but it doesn't have to be right now!!
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