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Three weeks - really?

Friday, September 30, 2011

The most interesting part of this week is how reflective I have become over my life, and whether I'm happy with it. It's funny how a decision to take care of my health, has now got me thinking about the rest of my life too.
The last two days have been a bit hard eating wise - tonight I really want to slip into old habits and munch a pizza instead of eating something healthier. It is a bit of a mind game right now - the old habits fighting with the newer ways that I want to live.
My weight loss has been good the last few weeks - it's the same 3kgs that I have been losing for about three years ago, so I'm used to seeing them leave and come back again. Now I'm working at convincing myself that they are gone - the door is not revolving anymore!! But I'm also a little scared - this is unchartered territory - or at least has been for a few years now. Can I keep it up?
Must mention how comfortable I'm feeling in my own skin though. Feeling a little bit more 'me'. Feeling happier moving around and wanting to make an effort to dress well and look good.
Well, will keep monitoring my calories - it's quite important that I learn to eat right. It's helping me and my husband now (who was on the phone trying to figure out what actually was low calorie in the grocery store!!)
But, I don't want to become a slave to the numbers, especially if they start to stop coming off as easily. I don't want to give up. Something good is happening inside me....and I want to reach my destination now.

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TTAAFFYY 10/1/2011 12:31PM

Just keep going Forward! We are all here for You... Cheering you On!

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THETURTLEBEAR 9/30/2011 9:01PM

    The more you do it, the more automatic it becomes it seems.

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NANT406 9/30/2011 8:08PM

    Thanks for sharing! What an inspiring blog. Keep on sparking! emoticon

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Teaching my other half....

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

My husband and I share kitchen duty. As we both work, this really helps keep a balance in our home life, and I always appreciate a meal cooked by him. He knows I'm counting calories, so he worked hard tonight to make a healthy meal - his idea of a healthy meal, at least.
He arrived at the table with mincemeat sauce on a bed of wholewheat pasta, thinking, he said later that the wholewheat pasta would be lower in calories.
At the end of the evening when I was counting calories up, he sat with me as I added in my pasta count - 500calories!! He was shocked!!
Now, I knew it was going to be high in calories, but as I also never say no to someone else cooking in the house, I ate with full awareness that I would go over my daily calorie intake at the end of the day. But, I think my husband learned something tonight about pasta - and that it might not be as low in calories as he thought - now we're both learning.
Tomorrow I jump on the scale again - all in all a better week, here's hoping the pasta doesn't add on too much!!

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    Hang in there, we learn one step at a time as well as one bite at a time too!

I learned a valued lesson a long time ago about a Chinese dinner (take out) and logged it AFTER I ate it. About lost it too, what a HUGE shock.

Keep the faith and keep trackin' too

Have a SPlendid Day


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Why am I doing this?

Monday, September 26, 2011

So, another amazing blog writer (diets aren't catching....something like that) encouraged me to do my strength training today. I find it amazing how inspiring this website is for me.
And now I find myself not just thinking about my calorie intake, but about the balance too - I'm noticing I don't eat enough protein and so I'm finding out more about where I could find this protein that I really don't eat enough of. Like the amount of calories in a starbucks cappuccino, I simply had no idea I was skimping on something like protein - I thought I was eating too much of it!!
So, here's to some more legumes in my life!! (Now that I know what legumes are....thanks google!!)
I also found myself wondering why I want to lose weight. I know I'm overweight, but is there something more inside me that wants to be healthier? Could I dare to be a healthier skinnier human being - that seems like such a different person to the one I am now. You see, I'm beginning to feel like maybe this time I actually will be able to do it. And I'm getting a bit excited! emoticon

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MADDIEMADKINS 9/27/2011 7:28PM

    I totally know what you mean...before SP I never thought twice about what was in my beverages. I don't know how many McDonalds iced coffees I've hade over the many Dairy Queen Blizzard ice cream treats...

Education is definitely key, and the more good things you give your body, the more it craves! emoticon

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ELLE_EMENOPE 9/26/2011 5:31PM

    Right there with you on all counts. It's amazing how far a little encouragement and education can go, no?

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Emotional eating

Saturday, September 24, 2011

What an interesting day. I started reading some of the wellness articles today, mainly the ones about emotional eating. One of the articles spoke about putting the 'I' into the phrases that are our excuses for doing the things that we don't want to do. It was a thought provoking article for me that really got me thinking about where in my life I behave as a victim rather than seeing how I can be responsible for the way my life is. This article combined with the 'healthy reflection' about growth seemed to lead me into a bit of an attitude collapse and suddenly I found myself munching on biscuits without caring what they were doing to my body! What happened?
I think I got scared. Scared of the changes I am making and how they are not only affecting my body, but my mind too, and I slipped into a common and easy reflex - which is to eat.
Somehow I managed not to let this little episode affect my whole day, and, as the only biscuits I had in the house were home-baked and fairly low calorie I have not overdone it too much (only in my fat intake). I don't feel angry or guilty, just a little surprised at how when an emotion takes over that I feel I can't control I run to the fridge and eat..... and don't care. Need to take the advice of the article and find other ways of taming the beast!

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SUNSHINE20113 9/25/2011 3:25PM

    Hi chocaholic, no I haven't - I'll take a look. Think I may need to join.

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CHOCOHOLIC2276 9/24/2011 5:27PM

    Good luck on your journey, have you tried the Spark Team Emotional Eaters? This might help. I am an emotional eater too and it always boggles my mind how a week's worth of hard work and effort at the gym can go down the drain in a matter of minutes.

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Friday, September 23, 2011

I managed to beat my procastinator button this evening and went for a jog out in the last of the Autumn evening sunshine. I think it may have been one of the message boards I was reading about procrastination that actually encouraged me to get my tired post-work, TGIF, feet into my trainers and onto the road.
I have realized that my motivation to run is: if I exercise more, I can eat more! Now, seeing as I'm on a calorie controlled diet, the 'eat more' option is now no more and I think this may be why getting myself out to exercise has been hard. I need a new exercise motivator!
It has been interesting to come across different thought patterns that enter my mind relating to food. I definitely see food as a reward - last week it was with wanting to reward myself by allowing myself junk food, today it was 'well, if I go for a jog, I can order some pizza later' (!?!?!?!)
Unfortunately I now know how many calories that pizza will cost me and I don't want to risk it. I was disappointed that I had lost so little this week and know that a pizza will NOT help this healthy journey I'm working on.
So, I asked my husband to stop by the store and get some real food. My protein count always seems to be too low, so a bit of meat and veg for tonight instead.

PS - I got on the scale this morning and it was hovering between 67 and 68, so I gave myself the benefit of the doubt and weighed in at 67.5.

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FIT-AT-50 9/23/2011 10:05PM

    Way to go for hitting the road! Finding the right balance in food and exercise was my biggest challenge when starting SP, too.

Keep up the good work!

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