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Mini-steps in the moment

Saturday, January 19, 2019

I let loose a little during the holidays, and gained back four pounds of the five I’ve lost since joining WW at Work. I dutifully reported for my weigh in this week despite feeling discouraged. And I loosened my No Sweets No Treats rule that I’ve kept since my 25 pound weight loss a year ago in the diet program I participated in at our local hospital. I find the cravings coming back and dealt poorly with this at first. Yesterday, though, I said NO to my cravings and am proud. Mini-step number one!

Step 2: concentrating on my water intake today. A 4-bottle goal. I have a 14-oz glass bottle. I have improved this at work by using a digital timer. Every 15 minutes, it flashes at me, and I drink 4 or 5 gulps.

Step 3: try to not get overwhelmed. I can’t log in both WW and SP. I could log in WW and use SP as “essential other”. But I am not liking points. And free foods as a vegan are tofu and lentils, etc. They have accommodated vegans nicely and have some wonderful recipes, though. I eat too many snacks at work. Things that have high points. I bought some steamed lentils and baked tofu to use as snacks next week. These are free foods in WW. Maybe eating something lacking in addictive yumminess factor will help. I brought extra raw veggies the other day.

Step 4: care for my psyche. I have a to do list half a mile long, and this can make me feel inadequate. (See Step 3, Overwhelmed) Then I get that glazed in the headlights, stunned on the runway kind of feeling and get very little done. I bought a calendar book to use. I already have a notebook that I use as a kind of brain dump, or else I forget or postpone or just plain space out on getting things done. (I sometimes wonder about myself. Was I dropped on my head as an infant?)

The other day, one of the physicists I work with was nuking his coffee next to me as I heated my lunch. His microwave read: BEVRAG. I couldn’t make sense of this for a moment until I realized it was the beverage setting. I told him, and he had a good laugh. When he left, I told him, “Enjoy your BEVRAG!” Which made him laugh more.

So, the brain dump is a good anti-overwhelm strategy. Then apply the brain dump to the calendar.

I’ve cut down on cooking. I’ve developed a list of 15 or so easy vegan meals and have been rotating through them, trying a new recipe occasionally. I cook a little more fancy on the weekend. For an example of an easy meal: Whole Foods Ranchera Beans, which are precooked with sauce, you just open can and reheat. With this, a small portion Trader Joe frozen brown rice, corn, and frozen green beans. Had sliced tomato and cucumber on the side.

The main thing: keep moving forward, and take good care of yourselves, Spark Friends!
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    One day @ a time! emoticon mini steps! emoticon emoticon
    My Niece used to ask my Mother if she dropped my Brother on his head as a
    Thanks for sharing!Enjoy your day! emoticon emoticon
    267 days ago
  • LINDA!
    Many years ago I joined WW at Work. It was pretty nice to do this with fellow workers. We often ate lunch together and were accountable.
    268 days ago
    You are organized to do what needs doing. Taht's what is important.

    Love that . . . BEVRAG! LOL
    268 days ago
    emoticon plan!!!
    268 days ago
    I think you are doing great at figuring out the areas that need improvement and making changes. The word that came to my mind was reassess. "Reassess: to think again about something in order to decide if you should change the way you feel about it or deal with it." Congrats on saying no to the cravings! I also feel overwhelmed if I think of everything on my to do list. All I can do is prioritize...what has to get done today, and what can wait until another day. Concentrate on the most important thing. Often other things on the list end up being so unimportant, they never get done, and that's okay. And remember that taking care of yourself is a priority every day.
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    268 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/19/2019 1:23:37 PM
    I like your cooking plan, keep the stress at a minimum and still eat well and according to plan. And the daily journal is great!
    268 days ago
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