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Cut The Junk

Saturday, May 05, 2012

Challenge for May is to cut junk. I get the mantra "everything in moderation" but I recognized that my definition of moderation was becoming too loose and was going to lead me into trouble. I haven't lost anything for 2-3 months now, BUT I have maintained which is good to know that I can. I am still struggling to get to the gym with not having a vehicle in the evenings. But I can still work on what I am eating - everything is not lost. I am back to using 'myfitnesspal' app on my phone for tracking - just because it's always with me and just so quick and simple. I've logged everything for 4 days, and I'm doing okay. There is of course room for improvement, but tracking certainly helps. Felt that I was slipping backwards in the nighttime snacking too, so I've turned that around. I recognize now that when Joshua is working and away through the evening, I am reaching for food out of boredom and loneliness again. Not good. I broke that habit long ago and will not continue to sabotage myself in this way. All my kitchen chores are done early now, so I am tucking the boys into bed, and drinking my tea/water and leaving the kitchen. The lights are turned out and I have no reason to go back in. I read a blog this week by BOOKWORM27, she has lost and maintains a 182lb loss! (KUDOS!) She touched on feeling as though she needs to keep rigid control in order to maintain this success though, and although I haven't lost close to that much I found myself relating so much. It takes real commitment to achieve this! Lately I've just become distracted first of all, but also docile and comfortable with the loss that I've accomplished so far and sort of lost focus of the fact that I still have 32.6lbs to lose. I hit 50lbs lost and was like "YAY! I DID IT!" but I am done yet. And I DO want to get there, and no amount of wishing is going to just land me at my goal so I'm pulling up my socks (so to speak) and putting forth a serious and focused effort again - taking action. I need to redesign my vision board, which I keep on my kitchen wall next to the fridge - this always helps me keep focused. And I am keeping my options for fitness minutes open - going to the gym and putting in time on a cardio machine is not my only option. I've recently been playing basketball with the boys, or racing them home when we have to walk some where. Doing pushups and squats again when hitting the washroom at work. Every little bit helps, even if it's just helping keep me focused on my goal for that moment in time.

OH! I made a delicious smoothie yesterday - thought I'd share it with you. I was really wanting something YUMMY so I put together a peanut butter/chocolate smoothie:
1 tbsp Natural PB
1 tbsp Pure cocoa powder
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 cup soy milk
some ice

It was AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Great way to end the week!

Found this picture on HOPEFULHIPPO's SparkPage... It felt like it was speaking right to me, LOL!


Gotta jet for now - boys have swimming lessons, and then my youngest is ready to learn to ride his bike! YAY! Make it a great day everyone, and MAKE YOURSELF!
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  • SHAMROCKY2K
    Love that you get out there and race and play basketball with your boys! THEY must love it too! emoticon
    2240 days ago
  • VIAFREE
    Thanks for sharing ur feelings and your plan. You said a lot of what I've been feeling lately. I too realize my late nite and even daytime snacking has to be dealt with. When you mentioned you were having tea, it reminded me of my long ago healthy nite snack of a cup of tea with a rice cake with 1tb of lite cream cheese and 1 tb of sugar free jam, all for 85 calories, and satisfying. How did I ever forget it? You are doing a great job and I have no doubt that you will get there. Cutting the junk makes sense to me, I'm on the same path also. Your blog got me to thinking of how many trips I make -through- the kitchen even when I can go around it, lets just say I ran out of fingers to count on. Lets step it up a notch so we can break our plateaus and get this done, WOOT!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2241 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/5/2012 7:51:46 PM
  • KIM_POSSIBLE77
    What a wonderful blog. I have a lot of late nights up doing homework so I can totally relate to the eating at night. I would always justify my eating late as "trying to keep me awake"....oh the crazy things we do!
    2241 days ago
  • HOPEFULHIPPO
    LOL yeah, the girls actually printed out the pic and put it on my "motivation wall" LOL (in fun of course)

    Love the mantra...I use it all the time around here.

    and the smoothie sounds delightful..!!
    2241 days ago
  • DANGEROUSLAMB81
    That sign is too funny. It sounds like you're keeping active even though you haven't been doing formal exercise. Tracking is a must definately. I would go over every day if I didn't track.
    Congrats on 50 lbs! I know you'll lose the last 32 if you keep up your efforts, whether it's quickly or slowly. You're doing great!
    2241 days ago
  • EMPTRS
    Great blog and great mantra! We will get there-I know it!
    2241 days ago
  • WRITEWAY73
    I need to upgrade my phone- I would love to be able to track like that!

    2241 days ago
  • -SONIA-
    Hey, I don't have a car at night, either! We need to stop copying each other! LOL

    And we're both about the same distance away from our Goal Weights (as you noticed on my blog) -- and I'm also thinking ahead to maintenance.

    We have 6 to 8 months left of weight loss, I'd say. (Averaging 5 pounds a month -- give or take!) And then we'll be in Maintenance Mode by December 2012. The cool part is -- we'll be getting there together!

    At that point, I'm thinking about upping my Strength Training routine -- to continue improving my body when it's finally in a healthy weight range.

    And I'm sure we'll still have to track calories.

    We can do this! I feel more confident now with an active team full of Sparkers working hard -- right along side me!
    2241 days ago
  • SHINTON1618
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    2241 days ago
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