NATURALLYTHIN's SparkPeople Blog NATURALLYTHIN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Monday on Vacation Wins: Recording my stats & checking in with Spark <BR> What Works: Connection with others & getting my work done. <BR> Next Right Action: Eat a plant-based diet when I'm hungry and stop when I'm satisfied; get out and move for an hour Mon, 11 Aug 2008 12:40:43 EST Moving Toward being a 138 pound runner one day at a time Wins: Eating really fresh delicious food from plants <BR> What Works: Exercise, Movement, Dressing with Pride <BR> Next Right Action: Get my work done and take a run today <BR> Mon, 4 Aug 2008 11:28:09 EST Eating Vegan to Jumpstart a more Healthy Eating Direction Wins: Eating vegan. Makes me feel healthy and clean inside. <BR> Stopping taking some medication that promotes weight gain. <BR> Being in touch with Spark friends. <BR> <BR> What Works: Eating less. <BR> <BR> Next right action: <BR> <BR> Just eat vegan for today. Refrain from the empty calories of alcohol. Play music; enjoy life. Wed, 30 Jul 2008 18:12:12 EST Next Right Goal: Love Myself Thin next right goal: to simply love and accept myself today at the weight I am. To dress well with dignity and self respect and to not feel like I have to fix anything about myself. My weight is gently and steadily releasing. All is well. There is nothing to control or fear. Fri, 11 Jul 2008 09:57:48 EST Today's Wins, What Works & Next Right Goal Wins: Didn't eat according to the clock, but followed what my body needed. Skipped dinner last night, because it was hotter than heck and I'd had plenty to eat late in the afternoon. <BR> <BR> What works: To recommit to myself and to Spark now that the newness and luster of just starting out has worn off. <BR> <BR> Next right goal: Wait until I'm next hungry to eat and stop at comfortable. Refuse food I don't really want. Thu, 10 Jul 2008 12:42:27 EST (no title) What Works: Focussing on small "next step" goals. Right now I am focussing on eating and behaving in a way that releases 1 pound. Yes 1 "measly" pound. That's doable. When I release that next pound I get to buy myself a new "naturally thin" item of clothing. (I have my eye on running shorts) <BR> <BR> Wins: Keeping only healthy appealing foods in the kitchen, no junk or "teasers"--this is especially good because my period is on the horizon and my appetite and good choice-making can get kin... Wed, 9 Jul 2008 09:52:51 EST What Works, Wins, Next Small Goal What works: eating light, especially in the sweltering heat. <BR> Wins: Getting my writing work done so I don't feel guilty and bad about myself which could translate into emotional eating. <BR> Next small goal: practice eating slowly and with attention tonight at dinner. Tue, 8 Jul 2008 19:43:37 EST My new "Keep it Simple" Plan for being a Naturally Thin Athlete for the rest of my life I'm refining my approach to being a naturally thin athlete for life. Here's what I'm doing now. The two things I am working on are 1) My belief about myself and 2) My habits (the regular repeated actions that either lead me toward who I want to be or away from who I want to be. I had the simple (but to me profound) insight that I would inevitably and effortlessly be thin and active and radiant for the rest of my life if I simply did the following things: 1) Believed with all my being that I ... Tue, 1 Jul 2008 14:40:09 EST Ran six miles, even though it was hard Wins: Ran 6 miles. This was a push, an act of will. But I feel great. Strong with well-defined muscles. <BR> <BR> What Works: Living as a daily athlete <BR> <BR> Next action: Take a 4 mile hike Mon, 30 Jun 2008 09:44:40 EST (no title) Wins: Rode my bike to a local party rather than driving. Didn't drink alcohol at the party. (It blurs my sense of whether I'm hungry or not and adds empty calories). Felt good not to drink. Was much more discerning about what I ate and how much. Also, left the party when I felt done with the party rather than lingering on to please others. This relates to my commitment to being naturally thin and athletic, because I am trusting my own choices about everything now, not just food and activity.... Sun, 29 Jun 2008 01:14:15 EST I am a Marathoner Now! Wins: Yay! I just went to the kickoff run for the upcoming Nike Marathon this Fall. I'm doing it: I'm going to run a marathon. <BR> <BR> What Works: Getting out and running. Passing on the empty sugar calories of alcohol. <BR> <BR> Next Goal: Go for a bike ride with my son today. Sat, 28 Jun 2008 13:53:53 EST Every day is a Naturally Thin Day, even when it's an unremarkable day Wins: Walked around a local lake with a good friend. Not every day has to be an Olympic workout. A naturally thin person is active, but not frantic about "training." <BR> <BR> What works: Patience, patience, patience. Staying on track enacting the naturally thin habits I want to embody for life. <BR> <BR> Next small action: Take a run first thing. Tue, 24 Jun 2008 10:07:10 EST Self-Acceptance Works Wins: Did my weekly weigh-in and the scale was up by 3 pounds. The "win" is I know I am a naturally thin person whose weight will occasionally spike for whatever reason. I still know my body is releasing my excess weight over the duration, so no worries. <BR> <BR> Left behind food at breakfast when my body hit "comfortable." Didn't keep eating to clean my plate. <BR> <BR> What works: Love works. Loving myself as I am and loving others as they are. <BR> <BR> Next step: Get my run in toda... Mon, 23 Jun 2008 12:24:18 EST 10K on the Horizon: I am a Runner Wins: Registered for a hilly, challenging 10K that will be happening in September. Now I have a target to train for this summer. <BR> <BR> What Works: Focussing on 0 - 5 eating rather than how much I weigh <BR> <BR> Next goal: Just take the day off, relax and not worry about a thing. Sat, 21 Jun 2008 18:17:52 EST Installing New Beliefs and Living By Them Each Day My "old" mind didn't work for me to achieve the results I want in my life. So, I'm scrapping all those old crappy beliefs and taking on some new ones. Here are some of my current beliefs. I'm starting with a few and once these are "installed," I'll add and live by others: <BR> <BR> I am a naturally Thin Person. <BR> Weighing 139 pounds is effortless and natural for me. <BR> I am an athlete. I love moving my body: walking, running, hiking, biking <BR> I don't like to eat unless my body is re... Fri, 20 Jun 2008 11:52:04 EST My Reward Plan I have decided to reward myself for each excessive pound I release with a new article of clothing that reflects my emerging naturally thin/athletic self. For example, I might get a really nice pair of runner's socks or a terrific (not just merely functional) bra. Or a fabulous get the idea. Piece by piece I am building my naturally thin, feeling-fabulous wardrobe. This reward plan goes along with my conviction that I only want to release extra weight through positive self-talk an... Thu, 19 Jun 2008 10:23:42 EST Today's Wins Took a walk in my neighborhood first thing. My body is much more comfortable with hills now. Planning on entering a marathon in November! Now's the time. I did a half marathon, so why not a full marathon, eh? Wed, 18 Jun 2008 17:25:50 EST Rewriting my beliefs about myself Works! I hope this doesn't sound like new age pap, but I really get it now: we do have a choice about what we believe about ourselves and what is possible and in making supportive choices, we really can change ourselves for the better. I see this happening by degrees every day. I choose to believe that I am a naturally thin person and I choose to believe that I'm an athlete. I choose to believe that I can be thin and strong and in good shape at 50 going on 51 years old. I choose to believe that I e... Wed, 18 Jun 2008 17:22:40 EST Wednesday Wins: Dressed like a Naturally Thin Person <BR> What Works: Patience in the process of releasing weight and not being attached overmuch to what the scale says. My weight numbers will fluctuate--that's life. What counts are the new beliefs and habits I am installing. The belief I have today is that I naturally and effortlessly weigh 139 and I will do my daily habit of running for 90 minutes. If I live this belief and act in accordance with my healthy daily habits, the results I'm after simpl... Wed, 18 Jun 2008 09:58:55 EST (no title) Wins: Took an hour long hike in the redwoods <BR> Ate healthy, delicious, just-what-I-felt-like-eating food today <BR> Dressed like a thin person, eg eschewed my frumpy clothes for body contour revealing clothes I feel good and attractive in. <BR> Got through my PMS couple of days without excessive or emotional eating <BR> Broke in some new running shoes <BR> <BR> What Works: <BR> Patience, being gentle and accepting of myself as I am now (which is totally fine) Taking the time to make appe... Mon, 16 Jun 2008 21:33:12 EST Acting like and thereby becoming a naturally thin person works! Wins: My weight releasing is happening perfectly on schedule. I am exactly where I should be in the process of moving toward my ideal weight by simply acting like and consequently being a naturally thin person. My excess weight is melting off AND I am eating foods that I love, sweets, whatever. Conscious eating works!!! (I also happen to be eating a very healthy diet overall, because that is what tastes good to me most of the time.) It is wonderful to get off the moralistic merry-go-round of... Mon, 16 Jun 2008 11:47:25 EST Slowing down while I eat and putting the fork down works.... Wins: Chose not to drink alcohol when my husband was having a couple of beers. Felt some emotional (but not true body) hunger last evening but didn't snack as a result. <BR> <BR> What Worked: Exercise whether I feel like it or not. Drinking water & apple cider vinegar, which really does seem to quell my appetite a little and hydrates me. Having high quality food in my kitchen--lots of appealing vegetables. Having gentle weight-loss and other expectations for myself during PMS. Forgiving m... Sun, 15 Jun 2008 09:49:46 EST Getting out and exercising when I'm not in the mood Works What Works: Today felt crabby inside and draggy outside. The last thing in the world I felt like doing was going for my jog. But, I've made a commitment to myself to jog/run/hike once/day, so I decided to be honorable and keep my commitment to myself whether I was in the mood or not. I started the jog feeling full of bile and running movies full of nasty recrimination through my head (ever had one of those days?) and with a great act of will persevered through 5 miles to simply keep my commi... Sat, 14 Jun 2008 20:10:48 EST Walking Works! Wins: Parked about a mile from a friend's house and walked to her house rather than driving to her door. Really enjoyed the walk—Got to see the sites of the city up close and learned that gently introducing opportunities for extra movement during the day goes a long way toward making me feel good. Win #2: overall I just feel more self confident these days and it's tied up with noticing what works and doing more of that and taking credit for my wins. Somehow all the choices in my life carry ... Sat, 14 Jun 2008 09:40:59 EST Reading Cookbooks before Bed Does not work! Reading cookbooks in bed made me — guess what? — hungry, or at least I thought I was hungry, so ended up having a pre-bedtime snack I didn't need. Oh well, now I know what DOESN'T work. I note this lesson, forgive myself and move on. <BR> <BR> Wins: Not judging myself for eating when my body really isn't hungry. Just noticing it doesn't work for me. <BR> <BR> My legs feel stronger, leaner, more athlethic! I feel the hour glass shape of my body returning. I feel happy to be making connecti... Fri, 13 Jun 2008 09:51:25 EST Thursday: Wins, What Worked; next small goal Wins: Left food on my plate at a restaurant when I'd had enough. (This is new behavior--I'm ditching the clean the plate club. <BR> Didn't eat until around 2 in the afternoon, because I wasn't hungry till then. <BR> Ate Sushi for dinner, because it was exactly what I wanted. When I had enough I stopped eating. <BR> <BR> What Works: <BR> Apple Cider vinegar in water really does seem to curb my appetite a bit. If nothing else, drinking this concoction buys me a little time to figure out wheth... Thu, 12 Jun 2008 23:25:13 EST Weighing Myself Once a Week Works A once-a-week weigh works, because it shows progress. Weighing everyday doesn't work because I get overly attached to the fluctuating number on the scale. When it's down "horay for me" but when it's inexplicably up I feel badly, like I've backslid, even though naturally thin people go up and down on the scale. So, I'm sticking to a once-a-week weigh-in on Monday. Thu, 12 Jun 2008 12:18:28 EST Forgiving Myself for Overeating When I'm PMSing Works! The title says it all. "Overate, felt yuck, who cares! I am a naturally thin person and naturally thin people overeat sometimes. BIG DEAL! All I have to do is wait till I'm next hungry (might be for some time, then eat what my body really wants slowly and consciously). How nice to be off the "I was good today or I was bad today" treadmill. <BR> WINS: No self-recrimination today <BR> Next Action Steps: Go for a jog or 90 minute hike. Love myself just the way I am and send love to others. Thu, 12 Jun 2008 10:45:05 EST Anticipating PMS Works I know that I am a few days out from my period and I typically go a little wacky around this time. I feel fat and frumpy, grouchy, not as ambitious or optimistic. I also often overeat during this period. BUT, since I know that I'm PMSing I can go easier on myself and give myself the gift of really delicious but healthy food, so I'm not inclined to scarf up a bunch of junk. Also, if I end up eating more at this time (maybe I will; maybe I won't) I can forgive myself and know I'm still a natura... Wed, 11 Jun 2008 14:27:07 EST Leaving Food on My Plate Works This is a new thing for me, but I'm doing it! Also Throwing Food out works. It's not helping anyone for me to eat food I don't need. I can save food that still looks delicious for later. Tue, 10 Jun 2008 17:38:15 EST The Purpose of My Blog To all who read this blog, but most importantly to myself: I am using my Blog to regularly report three things to myself (and to anyone else who is interested): 1) My "WINS" (daily small or big victories in any area related to living an active lifestyle and eating in a way that promotes my being "Naturally Thin" for the rest of my life. 2) WHAT WORKS: These are observations of my own process (not prescriptions for other people!). I'm daily paying attention (without judgment) to the specif... Tue, 10 Jun 2008 12:41:23 EST Eating before 7pm Works When I eat dinner later in the evening I feel gluggy the next morning. Seems like eating later in the evening doesn't support me in my goals. I have choices. Because my family often eats later, I can choose to be at the table with them and socialize but not eat or only eat if I am really hungry. I'm not trying to create a rule about this such that I feel badly about eating later in the evening, because I want to feel free to eat any time I want, but I am taking note that I'll feel better if m... Tue, 10 Jun 2008 12:29:33 EST Not Drinking Alcohol Works When I drink wine I tend to stay at the same weight or gain; when I don't drink I tend to shed weight: IMPORTANT OBSERVATION! Tue, 10 Jun 2008 12:14:15 EST Tuesday Wins: Was offered an appetizer before dinner, but turned it down even though I was hungry, because it didn't look that great and I wanted to save my stomach for the delicious dinner that was to come. <BR> <BR> Ate exactly what I wanted for dinner. <BR> <BR> Dressed like a thin person--with body pride. <BR> <BR> What worked: definitely getting out and moving worked. Not drinking or drinking very little wine at dinner works. (last night had two glasses and it just wasn't worth it; makes me... Tue, 10 Jun 2008 10:46:32 EST Monday: Wins, What Worked, Next Goal Wins: Took a 4 mile hike this morning. Felt great. Have shed another pound! I'm down to 162! Waited till I was hungry to eat (around lunch time) and had exactly what I wanted and it tasted great. Paid attention while I was eating. Thought I felt hunger pangs later, but decided to drink some water + apple cider vinegar first before eating again. Turned out the water was sufficient. Didn't need food. <BR> <BR> What worked: taking a hike even though it was hot. Sticking to my daily routine ev... Mon, 9 Jun 2008 18:05:49 EST Glass of Water with a little apple cider vinegar works This seems to curb my appetite a bit. Sun, 8 Jun 2008 10:44:48 EST What Works is mostly eating vegan with fish occasionally Sun, 8 Jun 2008 10:43:57 EST Todays Wins, What Worked, Next Goal Win = Took a 5 mile mountain bike ride with Noah and Kyle; my legs feel strong and I feel overall a lot leaner <BR> <BR> Have released 5 pounds! <BR> Waited till I was actually hungry to eat yesterday; didn't eat according to the clock <BR> <BR> What works: Not drinking alcohol; eating great, light healthy, lovingly prepared food in a calm environment. <BR> <BR> Goal for today: Run 90 minutes; use bike for local transportation; refrain from alcohol <BR> <BR> Sun, 8 Jun 2008 09:46:51 EST Wins, What Works, Next Goal Ok, each day I'm going to write down my wins (small but meaningful successes), things I did that worked (actions or restraining myself from certain actions) that move me toward the naturally thin runner I know I am. And then express the NEXT GOAL. This is my goal for the day. The next small thing I want to do or accomplish to always have something to move towards. Sat, 7 Jun 2008 13:17:26 EST Wins & What Worked & Next Goal Wins: Took a 90 minute jog/walk and it was so worth it; feel strong. Held strong at 165. <BR> What Works: Getting out and moving every day no matter what. Not drinking alcohol or drinking very little. Only eating what I really love. Only eating when and if I'm really hungry. Waiting until I'm hungry. Letting go of extra weight. <BR> Next goal = eat consciously today and run so tomorrow I'll weigh 164 or less. Sat, 7 Jun 2008 13:12:46 EST Biking for Transportation Works! Just biked down to the post office to mail a letter rather than drive there. Tough returning up the hill, but still felt GREAT for doing it. Thu, 5 Jun 2008 19:08:42 EST Doing What Works Until I'm My Natural Weight My plan from now on is to do two things 1) to record my daily "wins," those little successes which in the aggregate build good habits and eventual lasting success and 2) to note "what works" (those actions that promote my being a naturally thin person with vibrant health) and to write these observations down daily. <BR> <BR> So today: <BR> <BR> Wins: Jogged for 90 minutes, have waited till I'm hungry to eat and stopped when I'm satisfied. <BR> <BR> What Works: Not drinking alcohol. <BR... Thu, 5 Jun 2008 17:34:51 EST