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I AM IN CONTROL

Saturday, July 23, 2011

It's all about choices. Lately as I been thinking about what to blog I notice that I often want to blog about how I gave in to a temptation and ended up buying and eating a candy bar, donut or chips. It is easy to say, "I am addicted to _________ (fill in the blank). But am I really addicted?

I am beginning to think that is not the case because for every time I gave in the then tempation I first had a thought, or rather, I should say I had a dialogue going on in my head - should I? or shouldn't I? More often than not, I choose to do.

However, I am in control of what I put in my mouth. If I eat something that I know is not health supporting it is because I choose to do so. I am beginning to realize that for every action I do it usually first starts with a thought. I think about eating something or not eating something before I actually eat it.

Too often as I think about the decision I am about to make I THINK if I do not give in to the tempation then that decision will haunt me the rest of the day and I'll wish that I just gave in and ate that thing in the first place.

So, what if I change my mindset and tell myself no, I do not need that candy bar because it will do nothing to support my health and then make the CHOICE not to eat it. Then if the self doubt rears its ugly head, I can tell it that I am in control and I CHOOSE not to eat such foods because it really does nothing for my health but it will only satisfy my sweet tooth for a short time.

I am in control of what I put in my mouth and if that sweet tooth gets too demanding then I out to choose to settle it down with something sweet in its natural packaging like an apple, orange, banana, or berries.

I am in control and it is all about the choices I make. I decide what I am going to put in my mouth. I am hoping that this will get easier as my palate changes and I no longer find the junk to be appealing.

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HASELNUSSCHEN 7/27/2011 8:24PM

    very true. Are we only addicts if we don't have the dialogue before eating the food? I believe there are food addicts who have an argument going on in their head all day, everyday. Who knows...? But I think the trick is to have our goals so prominently stored in our head that there is no question as to whether we give in to the temptation. Great blog!

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WATERDIAMONDS 7/24/2011 10:09AM

    I like your concept of settling down your sweet tooth with things in "natural packaging." Great image!

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KELLEEH 7/23/2011 2:53PM

    Great insight! You are in control of your thoughts and your actions!

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MNNICE 7/23/2011 1:29PM

    Good reminder to us all - Why can we be in control of everything else in our life, but then let food control us??!! But I know I do sometimes. Taking control feels so much better!

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PSYCHBAMA 7/23/2011 10:52AM

    What a great blog! It is about choices- I am a firm believer in that. Your blog helped remind me that yes, I choose what to put in my mouth every day and how I feed myself. I can try to identify the feelings behind it and choose to be more productive in satisfying a craving. Thank you and good luck!!!
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Today, I am Officially a Runner...

Friday, July 22, 2011

That is what was stated at the end of the podcast I completed today: 5k101 from Running Mate Media week 8. Actually, everyday I put on my running shoes and get out the door and run down the road 'I AM OFFICIALLY A RUNNER!!!!!"

JUST WANTED TO SHOUT IT OUT!!

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COMPUCATHY 7/23/2011 9:57PM

    Awesome! Way to go! You are right...everyday...from Day 1 that you did this program, you were officially a runner! Yay! Another "hat" to wear...we women have so many! Enjoy! Spark on! emoticon

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KELLEEH 7/23/2011 11:45AM

    Woo Hoo!!! Good for you! Good for you for putting on those running shoes, and for giving yourself a shout out!

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ANDIRUNS 7/22/2011 3:39PM

    Congratulations!! I'd say the moment we fall in love with running, we can call ourselves runners. Being able to complete 5K's is just the icing on the cake!!

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Very nice! Congratulations. I remember the feeling :)

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LIV2RIDE 7/22/2011 2:51PM

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WATERDIAMONDS 7/22/2011 1:30PM

    Good for you! Congratulations on your success.

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Back to Tracking using Diet Power

Friday, July 22, 2011

I have not tracked my food intake for a while now and I am back to doing it. I am aware of eating more processed sweet treats than I want and so I figured I'd better start getting a visual of how much I am eating. I want to stop giving in to those temptations every time I go to a store. Sometimes I am successful and too often I am not.

For instance, last night I gave in to that display of peanut M&Ms. The good news is I only bought a small bag and left that large bag at the store. A small victory, but I can count it as a victory. Fortunately for me, I found them to be too sweet tasting, this will make it easier for me to say "no" at some point in the future.

Another thing I noticed is that I noticed those M&Ms really did not do a thing for me; I did not feel like "Oh, that was so good" or anything like that. I just felt like they were nothing spectacular and did not tastes as good as I remembered them to be.

I am hoping that getting back to tracking, I can stay focused on eating foods that fuel my body and give it the nutrition it needs. I use this program called Diet Power which grades my eating with the nutrition required and offers suggestions on how to make my diet better. So far, these past couple of days I got an A+, despite the sweets. This is good to know, because for too long those sweet, fat-laden processed foods made up most of my diet without providing the nutrients I need to be healthy.

  
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KELLEEH 7/23/2011 11:50AM

    Your food tracker sounds interesting.. I like that it gives you a grade and some suggestions as well. Like you, I have learned that tracking my food really really helps me.

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LIV2RIDE 7/22/2011 2:52PM

    It's funny how our tastes change as we get healthier. I'm glad it's working for you. I find that periodically tracking my food to be a real eye opener.

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MNNICE 7/22/2011 2:26PM

    I have come to realize that it does make a difference on weight gain/loss if I get my daily calories primarily in clean foods, or if I get the same number of calories on processed foods/sweets, etc. Tracking my food has taught me that all calories are not created equal! But like you, I do need that chocolate periodically, and try to schedule some into my plan now and then!

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WATERDIAMONDS 7/22/2011 1:24PM

    Good for you for returning to tracking. I sometimes think that may be the most significant thing we do to lose weight and keep it off.



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NANCYBFULLER 7/22/2011 8:48AM

    I have noticed that also. I get a food craving for something that I thought I remembered as spectacular and then I eat it and think, that wasn't as good as I remembered it?



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How silly is that?

Thursday, July 14, 2011

I am beginning to see how absurd I am being when although I want to eat health supporting foods I keep buying (and eating) those sweets full of sugar and fat, i.e. chips, donuts and candy bars. Hey! small progress here, cookies are no longer on the list.

When I watched the Meet Your Meat video it was so easy to give up farm raised supermarket meats, but I cannot seem to get a grip on how damaging sugar is to my health. I think it is because I do not see what happens when I eat sweets and often are not aware of its effects. Sort of like when meat become common on our dinner plates, the effects of such a diet were not seen immediately but over the years heart disease became common in our nation.

Today, we, as a nation, are overweight and experiencing the health problems that come from the way we have been eating for the last decade or so. My mom makes comments about some of the things I eat because she knows I want to eat healthy. I think I ought to listen and not stop eating some of those things because I do not want to be plagued with some of the chronic issues I see my parents and siblings have as we age.

So, in conclusion, I think I am realizing how silly it is to say I am so concerned about the foods I am eating and then still eat that "junk". It is just double talk. Sort of like the "Do as I say not as I do" command - where we know what needs to be done but do not do it ourselves. I think it is time for me to stop being silly and get serious about nurturing my body with wholesome foods.

  
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LIV2RIDE 7/15/2011 6:31AM

    We all have an area or two that needs work. It takes these moments of revelation to make changes. Now that you can see what you are doing make the change. It's not easy though so just pay attention and make healthy choices. I stopped buying sweets and started buying tons of fruit. Costco loves me!

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Do I come with a reset button?

Sunday, July 10, 2011

What a day we had yesterday: the baby was fussy all day long, my daughter has been sick, I fell and hurt my wrist, my husbands pain is getting unmanageable. I wish we all came with a reset or rewind button so we can start over.

But we cannot. Today is going to be a day that we all need to keep our attitiudes in check and perhaps we all need to take naps today. emoticon

  
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SPOKENWORD 7/11/2011 9:08AM

    An easy button from Staples is funny! My prayers are with you for a much better week! Take it one take at a time and stay FOCUS! Sending hugs your way!

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LIV2RIDE 7/11/2011 6:28AM

    Good idea. I pray that your day got better. Here's hoping today is a much better day!

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TRY2KEEPGOING 7/10/2011 11:30AM

    I think a reset button sounds like a great idea. I wish we could have an easy button like the Staples commercial has.
I hope your day goes well!
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