YOUAREINCONTROL's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=YOUAREINCONTROL YOUAREINCONTROL's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Mindful Eating-Day 4-Obstacles to Happiness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5158160 I'm feeling extremely fatigued today, and since I've been eating healthy (and enough iron, protein, etc.-eating to satisfy my hunger-not starving myself!) the last few days, am thinking that maybe my darn hormones are acting up again. Over the past year and a half, I've had moments that can turn into days of fatigue-to the point where thinking about moving, writing, or walking is difficult for me to do. Now being a young, fit, otherwise healthy person, this can be pretty frustrating for me at... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 11:41:10 EST Mindful Eating-Day 3-Slight incident... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5157315 Today I came across a great article on SparkPeople ( <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=618 </link> ) about "normal eating". One of the main reasons that I began this mindful eating challenge was to permanently lose the 'dieting mindset', and regain some perspective, as well as get back intouch with my body (its hunger and satiety signals). I feel somewhere throughout the past 3 years, I have lost that perspective, and have forgotten what it feels like to eat... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 16:58:15 EST Mindful Eating-Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5156143 Here we are-Day 2. So far, so good. <BR> In all the 'mindful eating' articles I've begun reading up on, they all seem to tell you similar things- before each meal, stop, take several deep breaths and really focus your mind on what you are eating. Don't multitask (turn off that TV!) Put down your knife and fork between bites. Use all 5 senses on each bite you take. Focus on enjoying and savoring the interplay of flavors, BEFORE moving onto your next bite. <BR> <BR> Well, that's definitely ... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 16:02:37 EST Mindful Eating Journey-Day 1-A little bit about me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5154791 A little bit about me: <BR> <BR> I'm a recent university grad who is in that fun stage in life where you're in limbo-trying to find a job when no one is hiring. At the same time, I'm trying to figure out how to maintain my pre-university weight, after finally losing that stubborn "freshman 15" (which funnily enough, I would call it the "senior 15" instead, as that's when I gained it). <BR> I come from a European background, and food has always, always had an important place in my life-it's t... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 13:30:23 EST Mindful Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5154765 Mindful eating. What is it, really? Lately I've been researching and thinking alot about the whole concept of mindful eating. It's been something I've been trying to incorporate into my life for the last 5 months, with some success. Since reaching within 1-2 lbs of my target goal weight range, I've moved on to the last step-figuring out how to maintain my weight, and keep it that way for the rest of my life-which is a challenge possibly bigger than losing the weight itself! And with the holid... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 13:12:20 EST Figuring out WHY I eat emotionally...but, how do I fix it?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4945157 I had a kind of epiphany this afternoon, and yes, it feels like a huge weight has been lifted off my chest, however, at the same time, it also makes me want to cry simply because I've realized why, when presented with dessert or delicious food, do I over eat, and stuff myself to the point of being extremely, uncomfortably full. <BR> <BR> I'm sure that everyone's heard of when a kid graduates highschool, and for the most part, the kid is not legal/able to drink, and I've noticed that north ... Wed, 27 Jun 2012 18:26:16 EST Forgetting how to eat normally?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4939599 So I weighed myself on wednesday, and was thrilled to find out I've almost reached my goal weight, after the scale not budging for about a month. However, for the past 8 days, I've been off my "diet", skipped 3 workouts, and over indulged in dessert 6/8 days. And I've come to realise-I don't know how to eat normally anymore, and I'm not any closer to conquering my binge eating than before. I've come to discover that I will eat food I find delicious, then go back for seconds, and thirds, until... Sat, 23 Jun 2012 23:45:20 EST Continuing the battle against emotional eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4919306 Today marks 8 weeks of this lifestyle change...I've managed to conquer making healthy choices daily when I eat (even when eating out), getting the right kinds of nutrients, exercising daily, pushing myself past my comfort zone when I work out, and I can even fit into all of my jeans again! I'm really happy with these results, I would still like to lose a few more pounds (or fat/inches, whichever, really). <BR> <BR> However, there still remains one more enemy I am having a really hard time co... Sat, 9 Jun 2012 19:44:26 EST Staying on track...it's hard. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4912363 In the past week, (since I came back from training, and ate "normally" for 4 days), I'm finding I'm having trouble getting back on track with my meal plan. The exercise part is no problem, I think I've firmly engrained that in :) Just the food part!! Eating when I'm not hungry, and rationalizing it by going "oh, well, I already ate this, and I'll just eat normally, and have an extra bite of this..." I know it's bad!! And I notice as soon as I stop tracking my calories, it becomes easy for me ... Mon, 4 Jun 2012 22:40:45 EST Staying on track...it's hard. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4912362 In the past week, (since I came back from training, and ate "normally" for 4 days), I'm finding I'm having trouble getting back on track with my meal plan. The exercise part is no problem, I think I've firmly engrained that in :) Just the food part!! Eating when I'm not hungry, and rationalizing it by going "oh, well, I already ate this, and I'll just eat normally, and have an extra bite of this..." I know it's bad!! And I notice as soon as I stop tracking my calories, it becomes easy for me ... Mon, 4 Jun 2012 22:40:44 EST 6 week weigh in and measurments tomorrow...yikes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4898817 Wow. I can't believe I've been on this diet/lifestyle change for a month and a half! I have my 6 week weigh in and measurements tomorrow, and I'm alittle nervous...I've done really well this week, eating really well, no crazy cravings like last week, and I've exercised every day. <BR> <BR> Last week I hit a plateau, so I'm really hoping that this week the scale and measuring tape will show some losses. I'm pretty close to my goal/normal weight now, and its hard to believe how far I've come.... Sat, 26 May 2012 12:30:20 EST New challenge-Business Travel... :S http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4896350 Hm. Mixed feelings. Tried on jeans again today, and they are all (except for my very skinny jeans) fitting pretty well! (could be abit less tight though). My weigh in is scheduled for sunday, so am not sure how much I weigh exactly, but I must be close to my goal weight, which makes me feel pretty elated! <BR> However, I have to go stay at a hotel for training for 4 days next week, and this is giving me slight anxiety attacks, since all meals will be provided, and the dinners that are not wi... Thu, 24 May 2012 15:24:15 EST Overcoming Emotional Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4893693 Definitely for me, this is, without a doubt, the hardest part of losing weight (and keeping it off!) I am still trying to figure out why, after a filling, nutritious and healthy meal, do I still crave and want to eat chocolate/cookies in large quantities, even though I am not hungry anymore? <BR> I know if I could just overcome this crazy urge (hence the distraction by creating another blog entry) I would have no problems maintaining my ideal weight, as otherwise, I eat very healthy, exercise... Tue, 22 May 2012 21:53:10 EST New Day, New Start! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4892849 It is a beautiful sunny morning out today, and I'm in a pretty upbeat mood. Looking forward to doing abit of a cleanse today, and eat veggies, because I didn't have any yesterday, and I'm shocked to say I actually miss them! Not counting calories and nutrients yesterday was a weird feeling, esp. since I got so used to doing it! After I reach my goal, I am still going to keep track of what/how much I eat, but just not count calories anymore. I need to do this, as I am an emotional eater (recov... Tue, 22 May 2012 11:14:15 EST Feeling full http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4892275 Am feeling quite full...it is not a comfortable feeling. The food today was delicious...I ate wayyy too much bread though. Today was the first time in over a month I'd eaten white bread with sugars, empty carbs, and feel kinda gross knowing its all going to become fat and go straight to my hips...it was soo good though. And I should've stopped at 2 pieces, instead of having 5!! Especially when I was already feeling full, but I wanted more because the monkey bread was fresh and yummy, and toda... Tue, 22 May 2012 00:01:48 EST Pants fitting! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4891433 Hi again. So, after going to the gym, and doing a fantastic class called "the works" with a great instructor-the right instructor can really make all the difference, same with music. I'm feeling much better about myself. I felt really fit, and I can tell I've gained muscle over the past few weeks, and am in pretty darn good shape. But i'd still like to work harder, lose more fat and gain more muscle. I know I can do it, I just have to keep changing up my routine, as well as doing intervals w... Mon, 21 May 2012 13:58:50 EST Plateau #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4890995 Fifth week of diet...and I finally hit my first plateau, which is discouraging. I mean, I knew I slipped up a bit last week, and snacked a couple times extra than I should have. But I am definitely getting tired of being on this diet thing. I still have 4 pounds to lose, and I am determined to lose them. However, instead of getting discouraged and depressed, I am going to take a break from counting my calories and exercise for today, enjoy myself (we are having a belated easter lunch today, w... Mon, 21 May 2012 10:20:00 EST Day 35 of lifestyle change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4888877 So. This is my first day using sparkpeople to help me lose the weight I want. For the past month, I've been using loseit-so I'll see if I like this more. I'm hoping this will keep me motivated, and help me reach my goal! I only have 5 more pounds to lose before I reach my goal weight! I've almost given up many times, but came closer to giving up than ever yesterday. I'm just tired of dieting. I like the exercising part, it helps me keep my stress levels low, and keeps me in decent shape. It'... Sat, 19 May 2012 19:05:43 EST