Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Day 70 is "No Good or Bad"
Since eating is not a moral issue you can't apply behavioural codes to what you do with food. Eating cookies, cakes, chips doesn't make you a bad person. With eating its impossible to be good or bad. Stop using these words to describe your eating habits. For example, who decided eating cake, pies or cookies was bad. Break the habit of calling yourself good or bad. Use the same idea as you did with cheating. When you discuss your eating plan its about choices you make. "I made the choice this morning to eat a healthy breakfast." versus "I was bad and ate a bad breakfast."
By talking about each of your actions as a choice, you can eliminate the self-punishing messages that say you are a bad person. Getting rid of old dieting terms such as god, bad and cheat will take practise. Changing your language will return your power around food. You acknowledge that you are responsible for your actions around food.
-In your journal, write a sentence or two about the choices you made today.
-Notice how often you hear others use words such as cheating, good and bad when discussing diet efforts. Each time you hear someone use those words, mentally rewrite the sentences in a way that relates to choices made in life.
-Teach this concept to a friend or diet buddy. Catch the times when either of you slip when referring to eating patterns or food intake. Have a contest and designate the winner as the person who uses these terms the least.
Days 61-70 are complete & Days 71-80 are about Growing Stronger~
It was nice and sunny today but super windy again so no outdoor walking for me still. The temperature dropped from 80-69 degrees which would have been fine but the windy made it feel a little too wintery for me. I did walking, elliptical, stretching, yoga and strength training since it was that day. I always do strength Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. It took me a long time to get committed on that but I kept trying until it stuck with me. In April I would like to bump it up to 4 days, I think M/W/F/Sun would work instead of the other 3 day schedule. (Right now my legs are elliptical screeching, lol. A little sore sure but its alright.) I have to look at my schedule and see if that would work well enough. I like the 3 days but I don't want to switch to 4 days and have issues.
I'm still grazing with food, I've been eating mainly vegetarian. I'm a creature of habit when it comes to food. I can make a big pot of something and eat it till its gone days later pretty much. I somehow made 1350 calories today and my system is working overtime this week since its been warmer. When its warmer I drink water & tea like its going out of style. (For me that means 64ozs.) When I drink more even with more exercise I am not as hungry which is kinda funny. I am trying to eat more fruits, vegetables, whole grain bread, eggs, a handful of nuts like walnuts or pecans, eggplant, sometimes a potato. Tonight I am going to make Quinoa for breakfast and put in tomatoes, cranberries and whatever I can find that is good. I think I'll have an egg or two with it.
Calories Burned 2000
Active Minutes 60 (according to FitBit it feels like more, but it just tracks walking)
Music, I always listen to music, its on in the house a great deal instead of that blasted TV. I did watch Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune and Millionaire when I was exercising so there is multi tasking right there. Arthur is killing it on Jeopardy, mostly because of strategy though. He is nearing $300,000 for round 13 days tomorrow. I like watching intelligent players so much that I can get frustrated with regular players lol. Patience grasshopper! The same concept applies to Wheel of Fortune and sometimes Millionaire. I don't watch Millionaire much because its mostly too easy and because the chattering nature of the game annoys me. I'm not much for small talk as I've said before. I do okay with Paolo since he chats to me about things that are happening with his work, what he wants for his lunch, how his workouts are going, where we should go on the weekend, what is happening with the 2 young ones, our spirituality things of that nature. I'm not for gossip or things like that so some things go over my head lol. If I liked The Big Bang Theory's cast (well more than Sheldon) I would watch it more because I get that kind of stuff. I watch Frasier, Jeopardy, The original Cosmos with Sagan, History, Travel and Geographical type programs when I bother with TV. You won't see me watching Entertainment Tonight, The Kardashians or other reality TV except for DWTS (dancing) since I care zero about that stuff.
Later on I am going to listen to Ray LaMontagne! I'm in the mood for Ray about now. I've been listening to a lot of Neo-Soul Artists like Ledisi, Jaheim, Maxwell, Jill Scott, Melanie Fiona and the like. Jaheim and Ledisi did this song together called "Stay Together" so beautiful! That song has been repeating on Spotify for me :)~
Work has been busy and in a few weeks I'll have a week off for the Easter Break which is nowhere near Easter but its fine. I don't celebrate the holiday. Paolo and the kids do and they want roasted chicken and everything I make with it so that means I am making a chocolate turtle cake. I said if I am making that cake someone is taking a long walk with me lol. I heard groans from the young ones but they are pretty active so they'll burn it off. I put brandy in that one and its a small amount so no one really cries about it but Paolo knows its what is in there and he likes it. It's just in the chocolate icing part. I have a small piece and that's all I'll touch of that. I like it but I don't want it enough to have more than 1 slice. Now put that darned lemon cake in front of me and if I am not paying mind I'll eat half a Bundt cake of it before I even realise it. Certain foods will do that to you. I am careful with lemon cake, pizza and chicken burritos. I'm also quite careful with nuts since those are high calories that can explode at you for a lot of cals if you aren't paying mind again. Its why measuring food is important. I didn't want to eat nuts today but I was short on cals so I had to eat a 1/4 cup to get to 1350 for the day!