Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Yes, I do go by the SP caloric info for food I eat, but I have to say that the product count, SP count, and other website counts are oftentimes sooooo far apart for the same item, that it's confusing. At times, I feel that I've added way to many calories for one food, and too few for another, based on another source of information. Maybe I should just pick the one that gives me the fewest calories so I can eat more! (smiling) Okay, just kidding. Have a good day, everyone. We are having a heatwave this week in SoCal. Plus, send some rain our way to help end our drought.
Monday, July 20, 2009
I've been in the process of weeding out the clothes that no longer fit. A couple of months ago, when I first started doing this, I was elated by the fact that I am now 3 sizes down from what I was last October. I'd immediately given away SOME of the larger sizes, but kept two large bags. This weekend I moved out of denial. I didn't think that I was saving them "just in case," but deep down - I actually was! But no way will I ever allow myself to be so uncomfortable. So, I went and fetched them for today's pickup to a charity I support. It's funny how we humans hold onto things, even when they are not what we need. Just like my body is currently holding onto this last 20 lbs. and doesn't seem to want to give up the extra weight. The adventure continues. And, like so many of you remind me.... okay, okay, I'll enjoy the journey. (smiling)
Sunday, July 19, 2009
I really do try to be as positive as possible on my blogs, although with the current state of dying friends and relatives, it's been difficult. In 5 days, it'll be my 6th month anniversary on SP. Okay, I'll give myself the benefit of the positives first before I hit myself in the gut with a punch of disappointment. I came to SP having lost about 29 lbs on another program. During this 6 months, I have lost only a few more lbs, gone down to a third pant size, and have maintained keeping the weight off. Additionally, with the help of daily log-ins to the website, I have reinforced healthy eating behaviors and the awareness of when not so good in order to quickly get back on-track. Making new friends who've been wonderful is no small gift, and I've appreciated and blogged about that. However, I am a tough taskmaster and had planned to be much further ahead in my loss than this by this date. Much further. Today I feel discouraged and disappointed in myself for not working harder. Yet, in my heart of hearts, I know that amidst all that's been going on, I've done the best I can.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
This morning, I had to get something fast, and went back to the grocery store I'd shopped at before starting my new eating lifestyle. As I entered the store, I could feel the automatic pull to all of the items I used to buy out of habit, and also out of ignorance. However, it was just a mental pull, I didn't allow my body to follow my thoughts. I got the one item I'd come for, and then smiled at the register as I remembered what I used to pick up to end my shopping - a bear claw. Oh, those days are gone for good, and although my progress is now very slow, I feel sooooo much better than I did 9 months ago when I started eating healthier. Hooray, hooray for me and for all of us who are making those small but important changes.
Friday, July 17, 2009
I've blogged about this so many times, but never get tired of marveling and giving credit to those who've been with me at different times throughout my last 6 sparkmonths. Honestly, I'll cover a few of the ways, but will undoubtedly forget others. I've had a very sad past month, on top of losing 6 people over the past two years. (and other things that are daily bumps in the road) The number of friends who've been kind, gentle and consoling really is amazing and has helped boost me. Additionally, friends have shared their own stories of success and failures (not failure, just learning experiences) and I have learned a lot. And have been comforted that we are all in this human dilemma together. Friends have sometimes been stern and reminded me to do things that were slipping. (tough love - smiling) They have also shown me how they dealt with a particular problem. They've sometimes been sad, funny, insightful, wise, and just plain human - which is the most lovable of all. We are doing the best we can, and remind each other to just keep on keeping on, no matter what. Once again, thanks to all of you.
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