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Motivation

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

I wonder why sometimes a person can be so into the positive changes they're making in their health and other times it can seem too daunting, too hard. The shift can come so quickly, too. Maybe it's hormones, maybe the weather, maybe it's planetary alignment, who knows?! In the end I guess it really doesn't matter WHY the shift has occured. I guess the question becomes what are you going to do about it? It doesn't really matter if you FEEL like exercising, you still get the benefits if you do it anyway.

Knowing and doing are two different things, though. Knowing I'll feel better if I eat right and exercise and actually eating right and exercising anyway are not the same thing. Accepting the change as temporary might be part of the answer. I don't know. What I do know is that today I feel like my efforts are not enough and I do not feel like making the effort. I also know I'll eat right anyway. I may not exercise, but I'll eat right!

  
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DIET_FRIEND 6/26/2008 1:32PM

    I am with you that we all know better--but why can't we DO better? Hmm. I too am not a good exerciser but have been on top of my food before I went on my vacation. I will get back on the beach

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SARYANN79 6/25/2008 3:22PM

    Sounds like we need a support group! I hear what you're saying, sister!!! Lack of motivation, being bored stiff with meat and veggies, and saying no to what seems like EVERYTHING....not even really sure when it happened, like you said. I have just had a really bad attitude over the last few days!

I think the trick is forgiving ourselves and moving on. So you slipped up, had something "forbidden" or you didn't exercise when you were scheduled to. Make more good choices than bad, and make this a way you can live your life. Know that if you eat something "bad," that you might need to do some extra laps around the block. Know that if you don't feel like doing the laps, you should just eat a little less that day. Just do the best you can. Keep it up! Tomorrow will be better!!!

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MCASE96 6/25/2008 2:41PM

    I'm really struggling as well. Ever since the weekend it's been little cheats here and there for me, and I'm starting to feel resentful for having to say no(when I do!). It's really getting me down, especially when I had such a good day planned (see today's blog entry on my page). Hopefully I will pull out of this slump. I don't know what to do to get motivated!!

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ETAGGEL 6/25/2008 11:27AM

    You have just written down my feelings exactly. I know I will eat right and I will exercise because I need to but that doesn't make it any easier.
Phyllis

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Dinner Last Night

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

One of the families I've taught has a tradition that after the youngest of their 3 daughters has had a teacher they take that teacher to dinner at a fancy Italian restaurant here in town. Their youngest finished 2nd grade this past year so it was my and my team partner's turn. Now, I have really been doing well on phase 1. Seriously. The only "cheat" was a teeny bite of a DELICIOUS butter and jam cookie from my daughter early on, like day 3 or something. So I felt prepared. However, knowing I've never been to this restaurant, that I LOVE Italian food more than any other kind, and that I'm unlikely to ever go there again (way too fancy for me!) I was prepared to "wiggle" a little plan-wise.

I did not arrive hungry. My friend and I did arrive a bit early, though, and our hosts were running a bit late. So Kim and I sat at the bar. Now, I do love wine. I already figured that if the parents ordered wine I would have a glass (hate to be rude, lol!). So, I ordered a glass. Didn't finish it, left about 1/4 of the glass at the bar when the family arrived.

I started with a salad caprese. Good choice! And delicious! I had half a small slice of bread dipped in extra virgin olive oil. Delicious! When the rest of the appetizers came I had a steamed mussel and a steamed clam, and 2 rings of the fried calamari. Dinner was salmon on a bed of shrimp and crabmeat with some sauce on it (forgot to get it on the side) but I subbed the potatoes for sauteed spinach in olive oil. I ate half of the salmon and spinach amd realized I was getting full so I stopped. (The rest is Hubby's lunch today.) Two bottles of wine ended up being ordered, which meant each adult had 2 glasses.

Then the dessert cart came by. This was perhaps the largest dessert cart I have ever seen. The waiter ran down the list showing us each item: carrot cake, creme brulee, profiteroles, chocolate mousse cake, chocolate-Kahlua mousse cake, coconut cake, and berries with zabaglione. Kim, who has successfully kept 75 pounds off for about 9 years, and I locked panicked gazes! I knew she has a weakness for carrot cake and figured if I HAD to have somethingI could share. She read my mind (we've worked together and been friends for a long time!) and said, "I'll share something." and I quickly agreed. Then I busied myself talking to the youngest daughter next to me. I didn't order anything!

When the desserts came I was given a fork (along with the dad who also did not order a dessert) and the plates were passed, I had TEENY bites of everything that was there: profiteroles, the best creme brulee known to man, a rather disappointing chocolate mousse cake, the carrot cake, and some berries from the youngest daughter who ordered berries with a scoop of ice cream. Coffee and conversation went on for quite a while (these are really nice people).

When I got home I poured a glass of wine from a bottle we've had in the fridge for who knows how long, took a few sips and realized it was not even good so I dumped it. I had some nuts and a stick of cheese and went to bed.

Now that it's in writing I see that I didn't really do that badly at all. I had a very satisfying phase 1 breakfast this morning and will go on my merry way. While not exactly "hung over" I do feel a little fuzzier in the head than I'm used to but will go for a mall walk later today with my daughter. It's all going to be alright!

  
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HEARTOFCHRIST 6/11/2008 10:43PM

    I think I want to be a teacher! Wow, what a wonderful meal. I'm very proud of you for not going overboard when you easily could have but not depriving yourself either. You did a great job! The only thing that I can suggest for the next time is go ahead and get the creme brulee, call me and I 'll eat it FOR you so you won't be tempted! (I'm telling you I really care!)

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DIET_FRIEND 6/11/2008 5:52PM

    I think you did great! You can always just pick up your program on the next meal choice and maybe work it off with a walk or something.

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JLITT62 6/11/2008 12:59PM

    I think you did great! It's not about never eating the things we love again, it's about moderation. You planned, you thought, and you followed through.

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What Have I Become?!

Monday, June 09, 2008

So I ate my dinner tonight and was still hungry. I waited 10 minutes or so to see if it would pass. I drank a big glass of water. I was still hungry. So for dessert I decided to have........................a salad. Yes, a big ol' bowl of chopped romaine with a drizzle of caeser dressing and the tiniest sprinkle of parmesan. It was fabulous!

So, thanks to South Beach phase 1 I have become the kind of person who eats salad for dessert. Go figure! Who knew SHE was in here?!

  
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NPILBEAM 6/18/2008 10:56PM

    Another South Beacher! South Beach was my God-send. I could never have done this without the principals that I learned through SB. Although I will always and forever be a carboholic SB helped me to learn which are the good ones so even though I indulge in a carby snack I know it's going to be healthy for me. Even though I'm beyond my goal weight I still stick 95% to SB. I will have a non- SB approved snack every now and again, but for the most part I stay true to the SB lifestyle.

Good luck on your continued weight loss. You are doing fantastic! I know exactly where you are and where you want to be and I know you'll make it!

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DIET_FRIEND 6/9/2008 11:21PM

    Wish I could love salad enough to eat it for dessert!

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SARYANN79 6/9/2008 11:19PM

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What a great accomplishment!

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JDGONZALES 6/9/2008 9:53PM

    Good for you !! wish you fortitude rubbed off on me!

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Committment Issues

Sunday, June 01, 2008

I am having a hard time committing to one eating program. I know Weight Watchers works, but I'm intrigued by the South Beach Diet. It seems easier to follow and I like the focus on healthy, whole foods. I cannot stand the thought of counting points for the rest of my life. My concern with the total switch is this: last summer I dropped my monthly pass with Weight Watchers and when I rejoined in July I had to start all over. I lost the records that said I had lost 25+ pounds and I had to start all over. (I've not even lost 5 pounds since then, though!) I'm wondering if I simply get disillusioned around this time of year. I also like the face-to-face WW meetings where we talk about weight issues. I do know that I'm in need of a crappy food detox so Hubby and I are on Day 2 of Phase 1 of the South Beach Diet. Maybe I need a change. Last summer I didn't stick with it so maybe I need to committ to the Beach for the summer at least. I just don't know what to do about the Weight Watchers monthly pass thing. Do I cancel or keep paying the $$ and go to meetings anyway to get face-to-face support?!?! I'm so confused!!!!!!!

  
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MAMASITAOF2 6/6/2008 6:54AM

    Hey Emily. have you figured out what you are gonna do?

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Great Workout!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

I just finished a new video I got at Target yesterday, "Ultimate Fat Burn" from Women's Health. I burned 944 calories in just under 40 minutes! WHOO-HOO!!!!!! I feel fantastically proud of myself!

I did not meet my goal of staying w/in my calorie range 6 of 7 days last week, so no new nail polish or ringtone for me. :-( Oh well........I have a new chance to get it this week!

I'm going to Austin for a teacher's conference Wed-Fri. I really doubt I'll stay w/in my calories. Lunch is provided for us and the hotel has the free continental b'fast thing. We'll be going out to dinner and also enjoying the complimentary happy hour and other assorted beverages as well. I plan to take Kashi cereal bars and apples for a healthier less processed carby b'fast. I may grab some shelf stable soy milk singles, too. I can certainly control the other 4 days of the week, though. I can be sure I workout M-W, as well as Sat and Sun. I can also make it a goal to stay w/in my calorie range M, T, Sa, and Sun.

So, those are my goals for the week! My reward will once again be the polish or the ringtone.

I'm only 4 stickers away from being able to order Turbo Jam!! I'm very excited!

  
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IAMSUCCEEDING 1/28/2008 9:01AM

    Congratulations! That is so awesome! Keep going you are doing fantastic!
~Trish

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BLUEEYES0512 1/27/2008 8:43PM

    Keep up the great work. And Turbo Jam is a great workout too.

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