Sunday, November 13, 2011
Or should I say your will power? Did you ever think about how many times during the day you are resisting an urge to do something. This urge can be about food or an activity. I often have urges (i.e. cravings) for some sweet treat, especially when I am doing yard work. It is so much easier to grab a candy bar rather than come inside and prepare a meal, quicker also.
It has been stated that if you have a craving for a particular not-so-good for you snack that it is often best to just give in to the craving because you may find yourself eating more calories trying to satisfy the craving with other options.
Well, that does not work for me because I often end up enjoying that treat way too much. Instead of giving in to that craving, how about if I work on strengthening my self control and train myself to resist those urges. I think I can accomplish this if I do these three things:
1. PLAN AHEAD and be prepared for those moments when I get the urge to have that DQ Peanut Buster Parfait (or whatever it may be). I can be proactive in my resisting that urge by being able to tell myself how bad that choice is for me and that there are other things I can eat that will nourish my body with the nutrients it needs and have an alternative readily available, like homemade ice cream where I control the ingredients that goes into it.
2. COMMIT TO A GOAL. Sometimes I think that I find it impossible to stick to a goal I set for myself, but in reality, I am selective in my goals that I focus on. For example, I committed to being able to run a 5k and I accomplished that goal even though before I could do it I encountered many ups and downs. Some days, I did not feel like running; other days I had to take a lot of walk breaks. However, I did not let those times deter me from achieving that goal. This past summer I also made a challenge out of a goal to stop eating candy bars. Turning that goal into a challenge helped me say "no" many times when faced with the urge to buy a candy bar.
3. KEEP A JOURNAL. This helps to see what I have accomplished and where I might need to make improvements. Just the other day, I reviewed how far and fast I was running when I first started and I am amazed at the progress I made. This also helped me see that there are good days as well as bad days but the important thing is to never let the bad days dominate my thoughts. I need to focus on what I have accomplished and my ability to keep moving forward. If I fall, I need to get back up right way, brush myself off and take that first step forward.
As of today, I am going to commit to running a 10k this spring. This is going to take some planning (step 1), commitment to both training and eating (step 2) and to see how I am progressing, I'll need to keep a journal (step 3).
Hmmm, let's see how this works for me....(to be continued)
Friday, November 11, 2011
To be truthful, I do not even want to know. This past week I have finally refocused and I am eating much better than I did ever since the "I know you don't like sweets, but I bought you these two donuts", and Halloween (we bought too much candy and I ended up "getting rid of it" . And then to make matters worse, the DQ was closing for the season and I "had" to make sure I got my last fix of the peanut buster parfaits. Then I found this "fat-free" brownie recipe that really was not fat-free because of the flax seed and walnuts, but, oh, they were sooooo good.
All that came to a screeching halt when I was down to my last pair of jeans (the one that was sown wrong and is about 1/2-inch smaller near the zipper) and I could not get them on. That is my gauge for I need to watch what I am eating because when those don't fit, I am back to the weight I no longer want to be at.
Plus, it is hunting season and there are too many hunters in the area so I am not able to just go outside and run. I have to go to the gym and that is such a hassle. I managed to do a 7 mile run on the treadmill earlier this week, but that is not the same as running outside. I'll just go into town and find a trail there.
So, while I may not know what I weigh, I am focusing again on what I need to do to stay healthy and fit.
Monday, October 31, 2011
This past week, I had a couple days alone. My hubby and daughter both left to visit relatives and friends. It was so nice being able to do my own thing without having to do something for anyone else.
I spent quite a bit of time doing yard work; I am still working on getting those leaves raked. I think I'd be done by now had it not been for the dropping of the trees. I had to clean up the debris from those. Fortunately, the guy who chopped them had a helper who cleared away most of the branches and left me the smaller sticks and twigs.
The yard always looks so pretty in the fall and spring after I rake. We have a combination of red and white oaks. The red drop the leaves in the fall and the white in the spring (Or it's the other way, I forget which is which).
I even took some time to get a couple of runs in. I was shy of reaching my goal of 15 miles but managed to do a 12. Not bad considering all the yard I am doing.
My enjoyment was sort of ruined when my husband comes home with a half dozen donuts and says, "I know you don't really care for sweets but I bought these two donuts just for you." So, am I supposed to say thank you for buying me something you know I want to eliminate from my diet. I cannot say it's the thought that counts because he just told me that he knows I would prefer not eating that type of food.
So, that got me thinking about how many times I offer my grandchildren a sweet treat. I know it is not good for them so why do I do that? I cannot be too judgmental because I, in turn, do the same thing and offer gifts that are better not being given at all.
You know the saying about how we often see our faults magnified in others. Now, I need to take what I have learned about myself and make some positive changes in what I do.
Friday, October 28, 2011
and bought and ate a 3 Musketeers bar. However, other than the way too many sunflower seeds, I ate well.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
I got a huge workout yesterday! We have a hillside that we had started clearing last fall, but sort of ignored it this spring and summer. I decided it would be perfect for a sledding hill this winter, but in order to prepare it we had to remove the fallen trees. So, my daughter and I spent all day, about 7 hours moving logs up the hill and onto a wood pile.
I am not sure how many calories I burned but pulling those logs uphill on a wagon left me huffing and puffing. I think about the sixth hour I started to feel the burn in my legs and arms. I mentioned that to my daughter and her response was "Well, then I must be in better shape than I thought if I am able to keep up with you."
How's that for a compliment - using me for the standard - ha!
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