FITFABME's SparkPeople Blog FITFABME's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Working out alone I completed a six week, early-morning bootcamp last week. It met in the park before the sun was up, and an instructor told us what exercises to do, and how many of them. I don't push myself nearly as hard when I exercise on my own--after boot camp, I'd find my abs or upper back or arms still quite sore, even after 3 or sometimes 4 days. That's great--it means real strength gains. But it's hard to keep doing push ups past the point of simple fatigue when I'm by myself. But today I'm on my own... Tue, 22 Nov 2016 10:34:58 EST Distraction from cravings: Qi Gong meditation and multitasking I am learning some new meditation techniques at my martial arts school. My goal this week is practice to them when I'm being bugged by a craving that recurs. What I enjoy about Qi Gong is that there are many physical movements to the meditation that require concentration and effort, which makes it easier for a beginner to focus and avoid distraction. The movements happen to also strengthen your core and increase the flexibility of your spine, so (in a complete misinterpretation of the purpose... Mon, 7 Nov 2016 11:48:28 EST Now I know: I'm not hungry! Monitoring hunger complete. It turned out pretty much as my preview suggested. I generally didn't feel hungry. Not before any of my meals, anyways. I had a mild (4/10) hunger pang in the middle of the afternoon (at 2:37). It lasted less than 5 minutes. <BR> (I did wake up hungry last night, but I was able to get back to sleep relatively quickly, so it wasn't a problem.) <BR> This is good to realize! At least at this stage of dieting, hunger is not something that's likely to make it difficult... Sat, 29 Oct 2016 12:07:00 EST Getting stronger I'm feeling so good after having started working out regularly, that I'm tempted to try running again. The last thing I want to do is bench myself again, though, so I'm going to take it very, very, easy, and back off if any of the old joint issues rear their ugly heads again. <BR> <BR> Kung fu is difficult. I mean, *hard*. It's not like bootcamp or running where you just tough it out and eventually your body throws up it hands, and says, "OK, obviously you're going to need some more aerobic ... Thu, 27 Oct 2016 12:18:31 EST Monitoring hunger: another helpful exercise I am planning to do Beck day 11 more formally on Friday (tomorrow will be too busy) but I paid close attention through the day today, and I made some mental notes. <BR> <BR> I'm surprised to say that I seldom felt hungry today, even though I have been "dieting," a state I associate with constant hunger. Today at least, though, that just wasn't true. Even before eating breakfast this morning, I had more of a "neutral" feeling than that of actual hunger. Even more surprising, I was full before... Wed, 26 Oct 2016 21:30:28 EST 21 days, 5 pounds: On my way! THANK YOU BECK GROUP!!!! Forgiving myself for small "failures" as I work to change the way I eat and move has gone a long way toward keeping myself on track, and maintaining my determination to reach my larger goal. I cooked a many-course dinner for my guests last night, and my adherence to my plan wasn't perfect. But here I am, back on track today, and better prepared for the dinner party (another one!) I'm having tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Even more important, though--and this is pretty huge--is the good luck I've had in... Sat, 22 Oct 2016 13:17:15 EST Beck day 3: Sitting Down Day 16 on Spark, and Day 3 of Beck: Commit to always eat sitting down. <BR> <BR> Sounds easy, doesn't it? I'm pretty good at sitting down! But this is going to take work. <BR> <BR> I used to habitually grab snacks from the cabinet, or help myself to one of my husband's baked items on the counter as I walk by it. And, you know, I really liked those samples they hand out at Costco--that's about the only time I ate highly processed food, which I justified by telling myself that I never buy st... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 12:24:50 EST Today's New Member challenge: Inspirational quotes This is day 15 for me on Spark People, and the challenge is to find 3 inspirational quotes, and post them where I can see them frequently. As it happens, I needed inspiration this morning and found it in KRIZSTA's secrets of success (and in her comment on my blog yesterday), so quote one is: <BR> <BR> "Effort Leads To Ease And Relief - Just Give It Time And Keep Learning!!" <BR> <BR> I recommend you read this entire secret of success on a day when your resolve needs a boost. It's inspiring.... Sun, 16 Oct 2016 13:44:42 EST Can I roll up my response cards like a newspaper and bop my subconscious on the nose with them? I've been here for 2 weeks, and I've lost a couple of pounds. This is the point in a diet where my subconscious mind starts getting ornery. <BR> <BR> Does this happen to you? After I lose a few pounds, I start thinking about food quite frequently. In my sleep, I dream that I am eating high carb foods, and then I wake up with my stomach rumbling. During the day, I frequently perceive that I'm hungry, and I'm very, very slow to feel satiated.* I absent-mindedly wander over to the family's ca... Sat, 15 Oct 2016 16:28:33 EST Found an exercise that I like! I don't run. <BR> <BR> It's really too bad. I took up jogging a few years ago, and after those first few months of unpleasantness and discomfort, I started to like it. Then I started to really like it. Then I got addicted to it. I didn't jog a lot--I was doing a comfy 20 or so miles a week, but those miles were a pleasure, and I looked forward to getting out of bed to treat myself to a 3-4 mile jog most days of the week. Unfortunately my hip started hurting. Then my knees. Then both of my fe... Tue, 11 Oct 2016 14:00:31 EST 10 / 7 New member challenge blog: I am Kung Fu Panda. (I wish!) This is day 6 for me, and it's going well! <BR> <BR> Not perfectly, but I'm pretty happy to be here. I'm reading the Beck Diet Solution book of cognitive-therapy-based exercises to change the way I think about how and what I eat. <BR> <BR> I eat an EXTREMELY healthy diet, with loads of home-grown organic veggies every day, lots of raw fruits and veggies, whole grains, and a small amount of healthy oils. I'm not a vegetarian, but I don't eat meat very much. <BR> <BR> The problem (you may b... Fri, 7 Oct 2016 16:56:53 EST