Sunday, March 03, 2013
Started off the day with a food tribute to one of my favorite singers. Supposedly, Elvis Presley's favorite sandwich was peanut butter with bananas, so I made myself one - while my bird was sitting on my head, watching what I was doing. Hmmm, it was sooooo good - a bit high in carbs, but I'm going walking today, and it was healthy.
Yesterday, I went grocery shopping (pay day, yeah!). All healthy foods: raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, eggs, bread, low-fat meat and cheese, greek yogurt (plain), frozen veggies, Lean Cuisine, Lean Pockets, rye bread (less carbs than wheat), Simply Jif peanut butter (less sugar/salt), sugar free strawberry preserves, peanuts, walnuts, heart healthy nut mix. Plus Perrier sparkling water. It came up to almost $200, but it'll last me for weeks, I might just have to buy another loaf of bread and more yogurt.
Now, I have all kinds of yummy choices. I haven't felt much like cooking lately, so I just bought a bunch of healthy stuff that I can either eat raw, quickly turn into a sandwich, or microwave. Yummy, healthy food does not have to equal a hot three-course meal.
Interestingly enough, Spark Coach asked me to visualize what it would feel to only buy healthy foods on a grocery trip. LOL! All I had to do was picture yesterday's purchase.
Friday, March 01, 2013
This week was the busiest in the entire school year. Since I took over the dying German program at my high school 7 years ago and revived it from 45 students to 120, from 3 classes to 5, I've been tirelessly promoting it. This week was our Enrollment Fair, where we invited the 8th graders to our school and advertised all the academic and extracurricular offerings, hoping to attract many of them. (Our district has open enrollment, so this is crucial every year.)
For me, that is the most important day of the year to let people know about our program. My students and I made 250 treat bags with candy and fliers, decorated the area with 45s, CDs, and posters (the theme was Rock Star), and manned the booth for 1 1/2 hours to talk about the fun stuff we do, including the biannual exchange with Germany. At the end, we were exhausted, but we got lots of positive responses.
I knew it was going to be exhausting, so I gave myself permission to slack off a bit on my plan. I didn't exercise until tonight, and I did have some junk food (chicken nuggets, school lunch, a chicken burrito, and a convenience store sandwich - nothing terribly bad, but still carb heavy and not exactly healthy).
Here is the interesting part: I picked some of my formerly favorite items, but they didn't even taste that good to me. The nuggets tasted artificial, the chicken burrito too floury, and the sandwich, even though it was good, was way too much; I could have done with half of it.
So, the moral of the story: After eating healthy foods for a while, junk food really doesn't taste very good anymore. I'm really glad I allowed myself to have some junk food this week, otherwise I would have kept craving it. Now, it's not even appealing to me anymore. Tomorrow I'm buying fresh fruits and veggies!
Sunday, February 24, 2013
The blizzard triggered one of my migraines, so I didn't go to the pool as planned, but spent most of the day on the couch, waiting for the meds to kick in, then sleeping. Feeling much better now. On the upside, I ate healthier than ever; I was out of almost everything, so I ate what was in the kitchen: oatmeal, blueberries, apples, grapes, and a steamed veggie mix I had in the freezer (potatoes, squash, carrots). It was good. I did have more carbs than I'm supposed to, but since most of them came from healthy, high fiber stuff, I think I'll be okay.
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Going to the 2-hr. diabetes education session was definitely worth it. The speaker had been diagnosed with Type 1 as a teenager in the late 60s and later became a nurse, then a diabetes educator. She was very motivating and gave us some valuable information.
Then, the director of the local massage therapy school gave a speech on spirit, mind, and body - nothing I didn't know already, but it was nice to hear it summarized. He had brought some of his students who needed field hours, and they gave us free 15-minute chair massages. That helped my stiff shoulders enormously.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Okay, I might be the only person in history who is truly overweight and worried about anorexia. Fact is, when I was a teen, I was significantly underweight. The doctor told my mom I had to gain at least 20 pounds. I was pretty much anorexic; I simply quit eating for days at a time, and I didn't get hungry.
Things would have gotten bad, but my grandma and aunt sat me down and told me they were concerned. They had never heard about anorexia, but they simply told me I was not eating enough, and that I had to eat to stay healthy. Since they were the two people in my life whom I was closest to, I did. I was still skinny, but at least I ate.
I think that's why the weight snuck up on me; I never, ever had to watch my weight. Once I came to America, different things happened that helped me get a much better outlook on life, and I started to enjoy food. And being surrounded by all that variety of food around here made it easy. Plus, I was at minimum wage for 7 years while I was waiting to get the Green Card, and I was not allowed to work somewhere else because I was restricted to a work visa, so whenever someone fed me, I ate as much as I could, because I wasn't sure where the next meal would come from.
To make a long story short, for 30 years, my goal was gaining weight, not losing it, and that's why it didn't alarm me when I gained.
Anyway, now that I'm overweight and diabetic and need to lose weight, I am able to turn the old switch in my brain from my anorexic days. I can look at food without it having any appeal to me. I noticed the past few days I was way below my recommended calories on SP - not a good thing, because in the long run it will put me in starvation mode, and I won't lose weight, not to mention the health issue.
Last night I panicked, because at 8 p.m. I had only eaten 800 calories, so I ate too much pizza, making my sugar spike - and I ended up having too many calories. I really need to find the balance where I find food appealing, but don't eat too much or too little of it. I've been in both extremes, and it seems I can still flip that switch from eathing nothing to eating a lot at random. It's crucial that I find a happy medium.
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