Thursday, December 22, 2011
What more need be said!
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
As we all know, trying to lose weight is very hard work. We set up our kitchens and pantries, prepare meal plans, shopping lists, and prep to ensure healthful meals for ourselves and our families.
One of my recent pet peeves - Free Food!
Let me provide a few examples:
- a national flame broiled hamburger restaurant last week in Tampa had FREE Fries Friday
- in Harrisburg PA, a hibachi restaurant was actually an Asian buffet (breaded and fried) with a hibachi grill at one of the stations (the only one I visited and w no sauce added) and at one price, it was all you can eat of whatever you wanted...
- at my nephew high school Xmas band program, there was a 'reception' in the foyer after the program with cookies, fudge, cakes, etc. - yes, all FREE
- last Saturday at a warehouse/club store - yup, FREE samples of the latest offerings they were trying to move;
- today in Lancaster PA a grocery store had free samples in almost every department - the bakery, meat area, cheeses, and yes even two fruits...
- finally, tonight at a mall in Delaware, I saw what we see in every crowded food court in America! FREE Samples of various dishes to encourage people to stop by their counter vs another.
What is NOT accounted for are the calories, fat, sugars, and other negative impacts to our best laid plans.
You know trying to lose weight is hard enough... Don't be fooled by FREE - because you are the one who ends up paying the price in the end.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Guess who experienced the following sequence of events:
- had a 750 am flight yesterday morning, and
- was rudely awakened by her grey tabby cat at 720 am, and
- is just now settling into bed for the night... (after midnight) at the required destination.
Hmm, who could that have happened to? I wonder?
PS - airport time rocks for getting step in daily steps. Flights might leave late - but they never leave early so go check the place out...
PSS - was the alarm set? Yes. 'User error' w iPhone alarm or programming error - you decide! Phone is setup to auto check for mail updates on regular basis; changed password from computer yesterday - but never updated on iPhone... So, phone was hung up in the process of trying to retrieve mail and didn't get get around to buzzing said person awake.
Sunday, December 18, 2011
I had a Great day out yesterday. Lots of strolling/walking (over 12k steps) and completed lots of errands. Much later in the evening I was on my way home and as I normally do on the way back to my house, passed the McDs that's at the entrance to my development.
But this time something was different (or back to being the same...), I suddenly had a deep desire for those hot, salty, deep fried potatoes.
The alarms in my brain went off before I even had time to consciously or subc process the turn I would need to make to head into the parking lot. I just calmly drove on by and headed for my house -- but then I started processing what had just happened.... Where did that come from?!?!?
Things I came up with:
- I'd eaten two meals out, so there could have been hidden ingredients in the meals that I've been avoiding (like sugar and gluten) - could that have been enough to start my cravings again?
- I was feeling very tired, so perhaps similar to the bad food choices I used to make after having an adult beverage (or two), maybe being tired puts me at risk as well for old habits or poor choices? And lastly
- I realized that fast food was such a common element in my 20s and 30s, that perhaps I was having a 'comfort food' type emotional response to not being with family the weekend before Christmas after seeing all the families out 'rushing home with their treasures' all day?
Regardless, I was thrilled the internal alarm system was functioning enough that I was able to THINK before doing something that would have provided immediate gratification to some deeper 'issue' that for whatever reason showed itself last night - so that INTELLECT won and EMOTIONS got kicked to the curb!
With the upcoming holidays, we all have an awareness of the 'risk' of being in proximity of foods that look and/or smell amazing, and foods that you didn't prepare to 'control ingredients', or foods that may hold emotional ties from positive childhood memories, etc. At least we have that AWARENESS at these occasions and can make a decision for or against any of those foods - without guilt! Because it is a choice we can be prepared to make or have made ahead of time.
But what are the situations, circumstances, or foods that have 'caught you off guard'?
In the end, what we did in that very moment isn't what really matters - what is important is taking the time to understand the WHY behind your action or reaction so that whatever it was doesn't 'catch us off guard' again!
Have a Happy and Healthy Day - TInk
Saturday, December 17, 2011
"It doesn't matter if you think you Can or think you Can't,
because either way, you are going to be right!" - Unknown...
After struggling my entire adult life to take weight off, I'm having surprising success this time (at least by my standards/measurements!). So I got to thinking:
What's different this time? The quote above has been a real staple of my motivations for years - but I believed I could take off the weight with previous attempts - so what's different this time?
Better Planning, consistency? Could be, but it seems maybe LIFE (what actually happens while we're busy planning) is a little more complicated than the first quote above would lead us to believe. So while I still believe "attitude determines altitude", I started to contemplate this issue further (and still don't have a single definitive answer!).
In retrospect, some of my searches related to "success factors" probably helped me to better understand some of my past "failures". And if we must "understand history to ensure we don't repeat it", then maybe it wasn't all bad!
But our lives, circumstances, and challenges are so vastly different, is there really a one size fits all weight loss? (Honestly, have you ever found joy or success with anything that came as "one size fits all" or "one size fits most" - I have not!)
So my journey through the internet led me to this final thought: If you're trying to loose weight currently and have previously tried and failed - Do you understand why you were unable to loose weight in the past so you can avoid the same mistake(s) this time???
Have a Healthy and Self Aware Day - TInk
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