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More to Track than The Scale

Monday, June 03, 2013

I think, sometimes, I get so caught up in the number on the scale that I forget to measure other types of successes. For example, today, I shampooed the carpet upstairs. A year ago, I would have been exhausted and my heart rate would have been up there. Today, my heart rate didn't get out of the low end of the spectrum. I got the whole carpet done and still did Walk it Out and then took the dog to the park for some frisbee.

I also have been noticing that my clothes have been getting bigger. That is a good thing :) I'm not sure that some of them will ever fit right again because I was probably a different shape when I first bought them.

I also noticed that I am not one to turn to food when I am upset. I used to turn to anything I could find. I have completely changed my eating. I make sure to have a salad every day. I don't eat any chips and I am smart enough not to even start eating them as I know I will have trouble stopping with those. We really don't keep any sweets in the house as I don't need them and my kids don't either.

I make healthier choices overall than I used to. Now, I eat a lot of turkey and fish. I used to eat a lot of burgers. I really like turkey or tuna sandwiches. You don't need a lot of mayo. If I get a sandwich at the restaurant, I just tell them to put the mayo on the side or, if it is a salad, I have them put the dressing on the side. There is fish I like at Maggiano's. Don't fall over, it is actually a healthy dish as long as you get the sauce on the side. I do that and I don't eat the sauce. I found something healthy at Maggianos and not on purpose, just because I like it.

I have also learned that I can eat things I want, but in moderation. For example, one in a while, we go out for baby back ribs. I know that 3 ribs is a serving. After a salad, that is all I need and I am full. I had some potato salad. But, I just had a small quarter cup and that was plenty. Sometimes, you just need the taste of things to be satisfied. The less I eat, the less I need to eat. I have been trying the eat on the low end one day and on the high end another.

I like keeping track of all the subtle changes I have made. When I get frustrated with the scale, I like to look back at these blogs to remind me of the positive changes I have made to my diet and my life as a whole.

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