Tuesday, February 07, 2012
Some days are more difficult than others to maintain a positive attitude. I am generally a very happy person, but there are days when stress, pain, fatigue, and yes laziness threaten to derail my plans for a healthier lifestyle.
I have been practicing portion control and some days I feel deprived. I grew up in a family that didn't have a lot of money, and I don't like feeling deprived...especially when it comes to food.
However, those same feelings of deprivation have turned me into someone who manages her money pretty well. I can easily put off spending money in the short term, so that I can enjoy financial security or save for a big ticket item down the road.
I'm trying to apply that same mindset to my eating. I may have to give up that extra serving, but if I do that consistently, the long term payoff will be better health.
As I left work today, I was very hungry. My husband and I have a small balance on an Outback gift card. We had talked about stopping by there for appetizers and a drink. I was in such a mood today that I thought "What the heck- get the Blooming Onion." Fortunately, my wiser self prevailed because I had planned out my dinner and it was already cooked and ready to serve when I got home.
As I was driving home, I did talk myself out of the Blooming Onion (and Outback altogether), but had to look up the calorie count...are you ready...depending upon who you ask, a Blooming Onion with dipping sauce is 2,000-3,000 calories! WOW!
On days I feel "food deprived" I just recount all that I had to eat that day, and give thanks for my many blessings...and drink lots of water.
Saturday, January 22, 2011
I just set myself a mini-goal to lose 20 lbs by Easter. Easter is 13 weeks away. If I were to lose 1.5 lbs each week- it would be 19.5 (which would still land me in the 180's). Even if I lose a pound a week, I'd be under 200 lbs for the first time in a very long time. Either way it's a win-win situation.
I changed my goal, and don't know where "old goals" are stored.
For the record: I started this particular journey on 7/4/2009 at 237 lbs.
Does anyone else have a mini-challenge?
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
I had knee replacement surgery on 12/15/10. My recovery is going well. I will continue to take weight off so this knee will last as long as possible and so that my other knee replacement will be easier (now that I know what to expect). We did take our trip to Spain in September and had a very good time.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
“If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.” –Eleonora Duse, Italian actress (October 3, 1858–April 21, 1924)
I like this quote because so many things have the power to move me in a positive way. I know that many people who struggle with weight issues and lifestyle changes, also struggle with emotions, moods, and other issues.
I firmly believe that the key to successful weight loss is in our minds. Using visualization, maintaining a positive attitude, reading spark people articles, message boards, blogs etc., are all mental tools that can be used to keep us focused on our goal (and eating a healthy, balanced diet and daily exercise aren't bad ideas either).
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