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Starting over with Premium Coaching

Monday, July 08, 2019

I'm so sick of myself I don't feel like blogging, but I am restarting the Premium Coaching Program. One of the first lessons is Fast Breaks. I saw this and thought, sure, what does that mean? Eat nothing and smile continuously anyway? But that wasn't what it meant. It means to set small goals and achieve these on a daily basis to build your strength.

So I am logging in all I eat. Trying a new exercise video daily. I signed up for an exercise challenge in the calendar challenges. Each day there are several exercises to do. I keep restarting it, but...I keep restarting it, so that means I will eventually do it. I will do it today after work.

Also, I looked up Spark workouts with the home equipment I have, and have bookmarked and saved those workouts as my favorites. I hope to start those next.

I had been doing this already with some success. I logged and analyzed my food and saw that I was eating too many snacks. So I pared them back. And I have been able to stick with that. I will continue to work on that.

Another 2 problems:

1. Eating while prepping food.
2. Sneaking high calorie snacks on the weekend when I don't plan regular snacks.

The cashew jar is not my friend. I used to eat a lot more and also in the middle of the night before I went to a plant based diet. I'd snack on cheese, for one high calorie, high fat thing. Not as much now. And I now sleep through the night snackless.

But I have been lured in by the jar of cashews in my pantry. I keep almonds, pecans, peanuts, walnuts, and cashews in jars. I always go to the cashew jar in times of emotional hunger. That is a major calorie and fat faux pas. I've been known (only to myself) to dig in a number of times for handfuls. I think I will now allow myself to have 2 tbsp of walnuts a day, and that will be my nut quota. The walnuts are rich in omega 3's.

The cashews will have to carry on without me.

When I lost 25 lbs 2 years ago participating in a diet program at the local hospital, I went through sweets withdrawal, and food withdrawal. Then, when I started to finally feel better, I realized that I was making myself feel ill with overeating, and that I was starting to feel a whole lot better. I avoided sweets religiously, but last Christmas, I gave in and ate cookies my sister-in-law baked. It threw me out of whack, and I regained some weight.

Now, I allow myself very few sweets, but I am struggling to eat less in order to start losing weight again. Worked on the snacking, boosted the raw vegetables and fruit, and am drinking more water.

And now I have blogged, as that was part of my Spark Coach plan, too.
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    101 days ago
    It is a constant balancing act, this eating business and life in general. I have faith that you will get it done and done well! (I adore cashews too!)

    101 days ago
    An interesting post before me about snacking. I found that snacking or nibbling if that sounds nicer
    keeps the pancreas working hard pumping insulin---I have cut way back---and after dinner sometimes have a cup of sugar free jello ... Otherwise the kitchen is closed. Just me, we all have to do whatever works.
    102 days ago
    Good luck to you as you give it another try. HUGS
    102 days ago
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    emoticon You are worth the effort.

    Nuts are healthy - in small amounts. Measure. Given their expense, I can justify balancing with fresh berries, full of flavor, fiber and antioxidants.

    I find it best not to 'snack' at all. Back to the before '70's: regular meals only and limited TV time. Obesity was uncommon then. People were more active and more fit. I want that.

    Peace and Care
    102 days ago
    You can do it!
    102 days ago
    I can relate to the ‘nut comment. I will buy all natural peanut butter and say to myself, I will only have one tablespoon as a snack. I do but unfortunately one in the morning, one in the afternoon and one in the evening. That didn’t work out as I only want to eat one tablespoon per day, not three times a day.
    Good luck to you.
    102 days ago
    I read somewhere that people who even used the word snack were heavier than those who didn’t. Something to think about anyway. I try not to snack. I love Spark coach too! Let me know if there is anyway I can help you with your quest okay?
    102 days ago
    Those dang cashews, I so get that one!!! Keep plugging along, we all get better over time. I was just thinking recently about quitting Spark Premium....maybe not.

    102 days ago
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