Monday, August 05, 2013
I am making really slow progress on my weight loss, but I am learning some lessons.
Lesson #1: Two steps forward, one step backward. It seems like this is true of everything in life! Just learn to live with it.
Lesson #2: Be persistent. If progress happens at the rate of two steps forward, one step backward, that is still one step forward. It is still progress! So keep going.
Lesson #3: protein and produce - it's a winning combination. Choose unrefined food, as close to natural state as possible.
Lesson #4: it is possible to cut down on refined carbs and sweet. Really. You are strong, and there are better things in life.
Lesson #5: the best things in life are not food. Really. Rest, exercise, loved ones, good books, fulfilling things to do. We all need enough food, but not more than enough. LIfe goes on without bagels and sweets.
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Is there "enough" in your life? I think we are all missing something, or at least we feel as if we are missing something. Is it something emotional? Probably. Are we filling up that lack with food? Most likely. Will the food fill up that emptiness? Not a chance.
The job we all have, is to determine our lack of "enough". Where do we feel we are lacking? Clearly it is different for everyone. And is it rational? I'm sure it's not. Anyone reading this blog post has access to a computer. I'll make more guesses - do you have a roof over your head, do you have health, friends and family? And either you have a job, or you are living in a household where someone else has a job. There - we already have more than a lot of people in the world.
But still, there are a few holes of emptiness. And we are trying to fill them up with food, which doesn't make any sense at all. But we still keep doing it.
I'm curious to hear what people think of this blog - you don't have to share details, but do you think this might apply to you? I know it applies to me.
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Last night I watched "Hungry for Change". It was great - I highly recommend it! So much good advice, so much to learn.
Here are a few highlights that made an impression on me:
1) Sugar is a drug. Stay away from it!
2) Diet soda can make you fat - stay away from that, too!
3) Whole, plant foods are best (I knew this, but good to hear it again)
4) Chia seeds are excellent - they help to clear toxins out of your system
5) Visualization is a great way to help you achieve a healthier body
Did any of you see the movie? What resonated with you?
Monday, February 18, 2013
This writing prompt I'm using tonight is from Geneen Roth, who has written extensively on the subect of emotional eating.
Many of us - myself included - eat for "the hunger to come". What does this mean? This is when we say to ourselves, "I'm going to get stuck somewhere for the next three hours with nothing to eat, I'll get really hungry, so I might as well eat now to stave off the hunger, even though I'm not really hungry now. Have you ever done that? I have.
Why do I do that, and whay can I do to stop? First of all, Geneen has a wonderful theory that many of us overeat because we intend to take care of ourselves. True, overeating is NOT taking care of ourselves, but when we engage in this behavior we THINK we are taking care of ourselves. so I guess I eat for the hunger to come because I THINK I am taking care of myself.
So how can I take better care of myself? First of all, only eating when I am hungry, and not eating when I am not hungry. Who's to say the next three hours will pass without getting wnything to eat? None of us can predict the future. And it is perfectly fine for a full-grown adult, which I am, to go for a few hours without food. Really, the world is not going to end
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
There is a saying: "Motivation is what gets you started, Habits keep you going" or something like that. The key idea is, our successes come not from any one big framatic thing, but from the buildup of lots and lots of little things. I agree.
So...what are my habits, what am I trying to work on?
Start the day with a green smoothie
Green juice at lunch
Green Juice at dinner
Aim for live, whole foods, avoid foods with a wrapper or a package
only milk in coffee, no sugar, no sweetener
chew sugar-free gum to answer an oral fixation
run or similar cardio exercise 3x a week
strength train either with weights or bodyweight exercises 3x/week
journal every night
relax & be calm
always allow room in my schedule - do not get over scheduled and over stressed
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