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I discovered at Costco a gluten free quinoa pasta. Full of protein and fiber this is filling and tastes like regular spagetti. The down side is it is expensive and when you cook it the water gets very creamy looking so you must rinse the pasta when it is done. For my food needs though it is worth it!
Yesterday I got a copy of my bloodwork in the mail. I was able to see for myself the improvement in cholesterol, blood sugars, thyroid levels, AC1 and a host of other things. I'm over 50 now and monitering these levels gives me a lot of pride in seeing how I have progessed in SP other than just the scale and how I feel. It's scientific proof!
I plan a healthy dinner or snack and then I fail. When it happened to a spark friend I got brainstorming. Then a light went off in my head to do it for myself! Make the meal an event as though it were a "date". Set the table, write a note to yourself, make parts ahead such as the individual veg. for the salad. Just like exercise, eating and attitude are closely linked. I need to change my relationship with food. Sticking to my meal plan is not a punishment, it is a gift! Worth it I am!
Nothing changes if nothing changes! It doesn't matter if it is a food or an exercise, I am a creature of habit. When I decided I wanted to be healthy it meant learning new habits. There are hundreds of tips and I just had to start with one (like taking the stairs, parking further away, choosing an apple, trying a fitness class). One thing lead to many so now I have tried snow shoeing and a zumba class and ate quinoa! Healthy choices that had to start with ONE!
I used to find vegetables in the back of the fridge I had forgotten. Now when I buy them I put a list on the fridge door. The list inspires me to cook with them or choose them as snacks. I cross off the list as I use them up but don't go shopping for more until they are gone. Works for frozen vegetables too.
I sometimes come across members who are writing blogs and want feedback but dismayed when no one comments or cheers. I know that feeling. Alone! Well you are not alone. Just use a title that has a question in it or ASK for what you want like advice, or a woo hoo!
I am not really a fitness class person and I have some great fitness equipment and videos at home but recently I attended a zumba class and a yoga class free at my local gym. I asked and they were quite happy to let me try three free classes before joining. I have decided not to join right now but it was a great way to try something new and see if it was right for me without the committment and get some exercise as well!
I have stopped bringing "treats" into the house. Why? I eat them. And they never seem like a treat when I have several pieces or eat it in secret. Now if I am going to indulge I make it a real treat and invite a friend or loved one for "coffee and a treat" out somewhere. Usually we end up sharing it which is even better for me and sometimes we incorporate a walk! Maybe it costs more than buying a whole dessert but it "costs" me less in calories I would have consumed and is less frequent.
I used to be very good at finding excuses not to exercise. I wished I had more time, more money, more sleep and promised myself when things got better I would join a club or become a regular exerciser. SP pushed me outside my "box" of ideas of what exercise is so I started brainstorming what I could do and even when things were not perfect, did it anyways. I accepted shorter workouts. Tried new things that didn't take $ or special equipment. It was not until my DD agreed to start doing 5
I remember looking through all the tools when I started SP and thinking it was kind of overwhelming. I dabbled here and there but I thought to myself "I could never do THAT". And yet over and over again the success stories had common themes. They logged their food. They exercised regularly. They walked or OMG they raced! They cut back on unhealthy foods. They drank more water. The more I read the more the impossilbe didn't seem so improbable. So I started very slowly doing like the pros