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Toned-Down Weekend Goals

Sunday, February 09, 2014

This seems to happen to me almost every weekend. I'll start Saturday with all these lofty plans, but before I know it, the day is getting away from me. I'm so good at frittering away a Saturday morning watching TV and dinking around on the computer. I love my lazy weekend mornings.

So I didn't quite get around to everything on my list yesterday, which means I'm replanning today. The truth is my weekdays are so busy that I just really love to be lazy on the weekend and have no demands on my time -- even if those demands are coming from me! "I should....."

I did run a 5K yesterday and biked a small amount. I did a small amount of grocery shopping. I did a couple loads of laundry and prepped a breakfast casserole (last night) for this morning. I did meet a friend for a cocktail (ONE light beer, which fit into my calorie limit, thank you very much).

Today I intend to enjoy my lazy morning and put together a meal plan for the week and a shopping list. Then, depending on when my son wakes up, I may take him out for lunch and then to the grocery store. I'm going to make a wonderful soup today and a new healthy muffin recipe. And.... go to the Y for 14 miles of biking and the Cybex equipment. Oh yeah -- and pay bills! Meant to do that yesterday......

The friend I met last night wanted to get together to pick my brain about fitness and weight loss. This is such a shock to me, but of course I was happy to talk her ear off about it.

It's funny to me how many different ways people approach weight loss. I'm very happy that I found something that works for me. I know a woman who lost a lot of weight following a program that seemed to involve ONLY vegetables. I never understood this diet. She would eat a big bag of steamed broccoli for lunch. I could not stand that! I don't think you'd ever feel full, and I'm not sure that it's even healthy -- where's the protein? Another friend is doing a paleo diet. No grains.

I don't do well with those limited diets. I don't do well with deprivation. Tell me I can never have a cookie again and by God all I want is cookies. Tell me I should eat around 1300 calories a day, and I just may occasionally make room for a cookie... or a half cookie.

Come to think of it, I haven't had a cookie in a long time. There was that tiny taste of cheesecake last weekend... Lately that ad for McDonald's Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Frappe keeps popping up on my screen. Doesn't that sound YUMMY? I thought maybe I could treat myself to that and looked up the calories... OVER 500! I don't think so!

So this approach works for me. I read an article on MindBodyGreen by some woman who lost 50 pounds and kept it off. Something about her attitude irritated me. She was all about cutting out sugar and gluten and I forget what else. That's so extreme. How many overweight people can even fathom going that extreme? Sure, that's healthy, but psychologically is it achievable for most of us who grew up with bread and sweets as part of our lives? For me, moderation is the way to go.

Happy Sunday, Sparkers!

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