I started June so enthusiastically thinking if I ate the right foods and got at least 30 minutes of exercise every day! I knew there were little mistakes that had started to form a major block in my smooth road to my goal. It doesn't take much to offset your good intentions. Adding one of those little "fun-sized" candy bars to your food plan only adds about 85 calories. And did you know that as healthy as smoked almonds are, there are 170 calories in on 22 of those little nuts. You think 22 sounds like a pretty big number, but they are like popcorn, truly addictive!
I've also become an absolute fan of Molasses cookies sold at the Family Dollar store for only -- you got it, $1.00 for a package of 12. When I warm one up in the microwave for 10 to 12 seconds it becomes a dream treat that I've started looking forward to each and every day.
Well, I don't need to lay out in black and white all the bad choices that have been pulling at me, I need to maintain a "little" dignity. It's bad enough to admit all this to myself, but now all of you know also, and here I am, a team leader, a motivator, and I like to think of myself as someone you can turn to for support and guidance. How can I continue to present this fake front to everyone when I, myself, are as guilty as any of you?
While I see reasons why I may be gaining weight this month instead of losing, I do not see my food plan as putting me into a higher calorie range. And although I am in Phoenix right now with temps of 100F, I have been walking either very early or very late, or I go to the gym. Can it be that some particular food I've been eating is the culprit? Perhaps the handful of almonds (for me) may not be a good choice. Each person's body reacts differently to food. Perhaps for my body the reaction is to put on another pound. Maybe what my body really wants is a spinach salad, not crunchy salty, oh-so-satisfying almonds. Perhaps like my dog, my body doesn't realize what is really good for it -- or perhaps I'm living in a dream world and need to get real.
Have you ever noticed we can look at another person's daily lifestyle and pick out so very easily the mistakes they are making in their food plan and exercise activity, but when we look at ourselves we don't see any of the errors?
None of us are perfect. I already know this, and I'm certainly not an exception. All I can do is write down all the food that enters my mouth, see which items are showing up consistently -- and one by one test them by the process of elimination. My doctor did that one time with the vast collection of medication I was using to heal an infection in my right eye, and surprisingly it was the medication that we thought was the best that was the culprit. As soon as it was eliminated my problem began to heal itself. Strange how things work sometimes.
I don't know what this blog has proven. Maybe nothing. Or perhaps there is a little gem here that will cause one of you to take a harder look at what you are doing. If the results are not what you want, there is usually a reason.