Monday, December 26, 2011
It's interesting to go into the Christmas season with the determination to eat carefully and still find that the calories at the end of the day are so much more than expected. I find myself wondering how much I would be eating if I wasn't being careful!
I still had all the usual treats - I just had one of them, or half of it (except for the Christmas cake - I had two of those!!) - and yet I went over my calorie limit for both Christmas day and Christmas eve.
But I did not go over 2000 calories, and, last night I did not go to sleep feeling overly stuffed. And, I ate so much better than I ever have before over Christmas time.
My travel scale has been a bit erratic, mainly because my in-laws home is fully carpeted. There was nowhere I could weigh myself accurately, except the kitchen! So, I had to sneak the scale downstairs to the kitchen for my mother-in-law to watch while I weighed in!! So far, I have not gained weight, but I still have a full week to go and I'm finding each day a little harder to stay strong!
I don't think I would call Christmas a total success, as I did go over my limit, but I will at least admit that I ate consciously and much less food than I usually do.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
And then went on to eat more sugar than I have in weeks!!
The sugar eating is another story, I think. I've thought about it and realize that I have a habit of eating sugar when stressed out, and, clearly, that habit has not died down yet! (Will need to plan extra carefully over Christmas, so it may be good that I had a bit of a wake up call today)
I am happy to have arrived at a weight I never really thought I would reach. I was at this weight once about ten years ago for about a month, so I have no real understanding of what living at this weight will be like. I've increased my calorie range by about 80 calories (I did go over my budget today, but I have forgiven myself for that. I understand what it is about) and will keep on increasing until I reach a point where I'm not losing, but not gaining either. I've given myself a maintenance range of 58kg - 60kg, so approx two pounds above and below my goal weight.
Of course, the big question is, now what? I've been mulling over this for a few days, so here are a few ideas:
concentrate on getting my food balance right, especially on my fibre and protein intake
Get my body more toned, especially my abs (although I have lost the most inches around my waist
Begin to think about how I can use the spark people system to achieve other goals in my life
Keep tracking nutrition and fitness for at least a year
So, here's to reaching the beginning of my maintenance experience!
Saturday, December 03, 2011
Here it is. This is not really about losing weight, it's something to help me stay grounded through Winter and keep myself from getting too depressed. There is some attempt to turn my thoughts away from food by allowing myself a treat that is not a chocolate out of a store-bought advent calender, but I am still allowing myself a food treat or two. Having a planned food treat will probably stop me from eating a mince pie a day for the next month!
My husband took one look at this and it immediately was christened 'the indulgence calender', so be warned! It is definitely 'me' orientated and very much underscores the things that I value and enjoy in my life.
P.S - my friend of twenty years was so surprised and so supportive at this new skinny person she saw at my front door. It was the first thing she mentioned (Friends of twenty years know just what to say......)
The gift of joy!
Indulge in a great Christmas movie to lift your spirits. (Watched 'Nativity'. Great British comedy whilst cleaning the house)
The gift of music!
Enjoy your love of music today. Listen to some great music. (Saw the musical 'Wicked' with a great group of friends)
The gift of beauty!
Enjoy the crispness of the air and go for a walk in your favourite park. (I went jogging instead, but I got outside and got some sunshine.)
The gift of tradition
Begin a Christmas tradition today.
The gift of happiness
List five of your favourite things to do and then do one! Enjoy every minute of it.
The gift of friendship
E-mail/ chat/ visit to someone you love today.
The gift of rest
Go to bed early tonight with a book and hot water bottle.
Today enjoy the hot chocolate with extra cream that has your name written all over it!
The gift of fun!
Do something childish today. Blow bubbles, play in the snow, dance, watch cartoons
The gift of sophistication!
Dress up, wear make-up, go somewhere posh and be posh for day!
The gift of singing!
Sing for yourself. Your favourite songs.
The gift of creativity!
Bake something, draw something, write something... Make something special today.
The gift of travelling
This is a dreaming gift. Dream about your next vacation the dream one! No cost limit.
The gift of home
Find one thing that would make your flat feel more like a home to you and get it.
The gift of faith!
Take time to pray.
The gift of reflection
Take a moment to list all the amazing things you have achieved this year and to consider your goals for the next year.
The gift of celebration
Make tonight a Gluwein and mince pie celebration! (Note to self: one mince pie!)
The gift of reading
Dedicate an hour or two today to reading. Snuggle up, get a cup of coffee and keep the phone and computer far away.
The gift of imagination.
Dream the next year of your life without any limits!
The gift of peace!
Tonight light a candle, have a long bath and listen to music that calms your soul.
The gift of exercise!
Yes, it is a gift go walking, running, dancing, get your body moving in anticipation of the festivities to come.
The gift of family
Enjoy your families company today, just by sitting in conversation with them. Dont rush, just be.
The gift of Christmas.
Sit in quiet meditation remembering the Nativity.
The gift of time alone.
Get away from family. For at least five minutes of fresh air. Reflect on the year.
So, there you have it. My 24 day countdown plan. So far so good - the weather was perfect today for a run in my (rather muddy) favourite wood.
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