Monday, February 11, 2013
One of the things I really missed the past 5 years was being able to grill out. Living in an apartment complex negated the ability to pull out the grill and fix an amazing "picnic" meal whenever I wanted. Even though I lived most of my life in the midwest, where winters are winters, we still grilled out several times a week. Quick and easy meals without much mess.
Moving into my digs, I was very excited, I could grill out whenever I wanted once again. The real challenge was going to be making the correct choices. After all I got overweight by enjoying the easy meals way too much. As most will agree, the meat cooked on a grill are incomparably scrumptious compared to fried foods.
I know have the undaunted job of putting to practice all the healthy ideas I have gained while reading the successes, trials, roadblocks, all of you have given me through your blogs and comments to me. I feel very positive about this, just don't need any speedbumps from this point on.
Thanks for all the past and future advice.
Friday, January 18, 2013
I feel this is like one of the many Mondays I have experienced over the past decades. I get on the scale and think OMG, what have I done in such a short period of time. I had become accustomed to the weight gain and how I looked, no matter how much I despised the look. I kept my unhealthy look to myself thinking no one else notices. I have family who were concerned but I did not allow talk about "my Weight'. My daughter is one of my biggest allies in bringing me to realize I should not be embarrassed by the image but be happy with the person who is the image.
She has been very successful in her journey and is helping me to keep focused with my struggle. She bought me a pedometer called a fitbit one. It is hard to believe how much this gadget has kept me in line. I don't want to have it tell me to get moving, faster',etc. I like it when it sends me certificates for things I wasn't even aware I had accomplished. I climbed ten flights of stairs and it "told" me then proceeded to ask can you do 25?. Doesn't let you stop.
So here I go again. I got on the scale after more then a week and I finally lost a couple of pounds. Yippee! Nothing big deal but it was a step in the right direction. Let someone talk about "my Weight" and it will be OK. I find that instead of it being negative, I enjoy hearing about what others are doing on their journey. How can this help me? I hear of some of you who simply said, say what it is and what you did/do to eat incorrectly. Don't put a name on it, just say I did it. Then get on with correcting the behavior to the best of your ability.
If you are not tracking what you eat, Why not? It is so simple on Spark there really is not an excuse. how simple can it be other then to have someone else do it for you. Don't do that! You need to have ownership for the food you eat. Just like you need ownership for the exercising you do. Be proud of what ever you accomplish, no matter how big or small. This includes your food intake and exercise.
Here I go. I am going to be proud of the choices I make. I know not all are going to be the best for me and I will give in to guilty pleasures like everyone one seems to, but I will know I made the choice. Hopefully I will give more intelligent thought to these decisions before they are made.
Mondays will occur once a week as always, but hopefully will not carry the disdain they have in the past.
Friday, January 11, 2013
I am one of the best at coming up with excuses for one thing or another. Eating can bring about a landslide of seemingly sound reasons why I need to be engaged in this activity. I could probably be a leading contender for the award of Biggest Excuses, should this award exist.
Think about it. I need the calories so I will be able to exer
Saturday, January 05, 2013
It is surprising to myself how significant our environment is in determining the manner we develop. If you grew up in a family who enjoyed the outdoors, chances are likely you developed an interest in outdoor activities. You developed the attributes akin to the activity your family or peer group participated in. Perhaps you did not directly participate, but you attained the likeliness and willingness to partake in every aspect of the activity. To be a part of this, it may have meant indulging wholeheartedly in the support of the food surrounding and/or in celebrating the activity. Octoberfest may have meant Bratwurst, Baseball might mean hotdogs, movies meant popcorn, and watching football from your favorite chair might have meant beer and wings.
If we narrow the environment down we may identify prompts for triggering a hunger urge. If you always watch TV from your recliner and always enjoy a snack there, you may have identified a trigger. If you always are enjoying buttered popcorn while at the movies, then going to the movies maybe a trigger. Perhaps attending a birthday party means cake and ice cream as a means of celebrating.
Never wanted to believe I needed to eat at the table and not in my recliner. I like eating in my recliner. I eat everything there while watching TV. After persistent urging from my daughter, I have begun itemizing all my food intake and fitness. Wow! Do I really consume this much? Didn't even realize I had been eating. I was watching TV! Moving out of my favorite chair for watching enlightened me to the idea watching TV doesn't necessarily mean I am hungry for popcorn.. I simply had it because I always ate popcorn watching TV.
Made me look at other activities which I enjoy. How many of these involved unplanned consumption of food just because I always had this food while enjoying the activity. I was subconsciously enjoying the food and using the activity as my scapegoat. I can enjoy and do now, watch movies without having popcorn.
Do you find yourself consistently eating/drinking while sitting in your favorite spot. Might be time to look at altering your environment so as not to trigger those habits. It is not an overnight prescription to stopping a habit we learned years ago. After all we learned to sing "take me out to the ballgame, buy me some peanuts and crackerjacks...". Must mean it isn't right without these. What do you think?
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