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Musings on progress, exercise and food.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

I'm pleased with the progress I've been making since November...

Lately I've preferred to walk outdoors to some purpose rather than use my elliptical for my cardio. (Even though the elliptical burns calories faster.) I've walked to the library, to the recycling center to recycle an armload of rigid plastics, and to the bank. I want to enjoy the sights, scents and sounds of outsisde. I want to feel like I'm "accomplishing" something. (I know, exercise DOES accomplish something, but try telling that to my type A brain!) I'm very happy with the way my body is feeling and responding these days. emoticon

I haven't really struggled with my food plan. I'm within 5 pounds of my goal and recently changed the rate at which I want to lose from 1 pound a week to 1/2 a pound. I think it will be an easier transition to maintenance from there.

My husband and I had a meeting to attend last night at which pizza was provided. I LIKE hawaiian pizza. I had eaten just enough during the day to leave me with extra calories for the evening. I had a glass of water and 1 slice of pizza. It was enough. I felt good. I didn't go over my calorie range and wasn't really tempted to get another piece. TRIUMPH! emoticon

I am enjoying the food I do eat much more since I know I can't eat unlimited amounts as I did previously. I savor the taste, texture, and presentation. Tomorrow I won't care if I didn't have an extra piece of something today.

I still have to learn to eat slower. Sometimes I leave the table, still wanting to eat, and go sit in my chair for 10 more minutes before I feel full. It happens all at once, and then I'm very happy I didn't keep eating.

Thanks for listening, encouraging and role-modeling for me!
Joan

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  • v SAWYERPATTI
    You are a wonderful role model! Great job- you look fabulous. emoticon
    1182 days ago
  • v WATERMELLEN
    What a lovely upbeat blog! It's wonderful to feel contented with yourself, your body, your food: and that smallest skirt!!
    1184 days ago
  • v BROOKLYN_BORN
    Good blog. Walking somewhere with a purpose is the ideal. Plus, the scenery changes.
    1184 days ago
  • v ROCKMAN6797
    I suffer from that same issue, eating slower. When I do make an effort to do so I find that I leave items on my plate. Now it is just a matter of getting into the habit of doing so for each and every meal.
    1185 days ago
  • v KANOE10
    Your are doing a great job of figuring out what works for you. One piece of pizza was a victory. Eating moderately and leaving the table is also showing strength. Yes it does take the body awhile to tell us that we are full.


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    1186 days ago
  • v DEBRA0818
    Sounds like a good plan has come to fruition within you -- I share your goal of learning to eat more slowly. I always grumble to myself afterwards, where's the fire? Eating slowly allows me to really enjoy my food and to eat much, much less and be full. Such a worthwhile goal!

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    1186 days ago
  • v SLENDERELLA61
    Hooray!! I love that success with the pizza. Great job! Figuring out that you need to wait 10 more minutes is good, too. Wise not to clean up the kitchen until you feel the satisfaction from your meal. Good, too, that you enjoy walking outside and to accomplish chores -- and think how good that is for the environment, too. I lost my last 30 pounds at half a pound a week. I agree. Slow losing is a great transition to maintenance. You are doing fantastic!!!
    1187 days ago
  • v LINDAGREG
    Your doing good keep up the good work. emoticon
    1187 days ago
  • v JOHNMARTINMILES
    Introspection and self assessment work wonders.

    Make today a great day!
    1187 days ago
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