One week of vacation. That’s all it was. I didn’t even go anywhere. Just stayed home… and played games with friends. In person. Just the 4 of us (DH, 2 friends and me). 8 days of non-stop gaming. I believe we played over 14 different games (some of them more than once). I’ll be nice and not list them here. I am now peopled out and was thankful that Monday was Labor Day without people (except DH) around. Yesterday was another mostly people free day and I did get a lot of laundry done. Eating was not planned. We ate everything - from tri tip and ribs to In-N-Out Burgers, fries, chocolate shakes, chips, dip, candy and more. I ate more than normal and snacked like there was no more food. My choice. I had fun and enjoyed every minute, bite and game.
Today is the first “official” weigh in day for BLC 44. I am disappointed in myself, sort of. I chose to eat too much of the wrong foods, not exercise for several months consistently and expected anything else?! Not really, but I “knew” we were weighing in today (and still almost forgot). However, I expect that most of these are “fluff” pounds. As in weight gained in a short period of time (like on a vacation) that, if corrected immediately, will come off just as quickly. I am once again at almost my top weight since losing 45 pounds earlier. I am still 15 pounds lighter than my heaviest weight. Pleased that I haven’t gained the COVID 15, only gaining about 5 pounds during this time. I must be doing something right.
I signed up for another round of Naturally Slim through work and been approved. This is a paid program that focuses on behavioral changes rather than a “diet”. You work on figuring out why you eat as you do (I eat my emotions rather than feel them) and changing your relationship with food. It starts towards the end of September. I started this last year at the beginning of October and lost weight over the holidays by following this program. The base principals are:
1. Eat only when at a level 3 hunger (protein sounds better than chips or other snack foods).
2. Drink 20+ ounces of H2Orange (1-part orange juice to 7 parts water) daily.
3. Eat your favorite food first.
4. Eat one food at a time (yes that means no flavor mixing – one bite of chicken, one of potatoes and one of salad – repeat).
5. Take small bites & Chew S-L-O-W-L-Y! Put your fork down between bites.
6. Eat 10-5-10 (eat ½ your food in the first 10 minutes, a 5-minute break and then eat for another 10 minutes).
7. Focus on your vital needs when reaching for food for other than true hunger.
8. Don’t forget to walk your dog, even if you don’t have one (similar to the 10-minutes of exercise Spark People recommends)
As previously stated, my exercise has been seriously lacking since COVID struck and to be honest even before that. But I am starting to correct that. I have a two-day streak. My Fitbit states that I’ve gotten over 42 minutes of activity today. 15 of that was a short (senior) circuit training video with HasFit. The rest was walking. I was just happy to be able to complete the 15 minutes before work. The rest is bonus.
I have so many things I want to be able to do that is limited by my health and fitness levels and not just the pandemic. I must figure out what is going on in my brain. When I am doing well emotionally and physically everything seems to fall into place. When stress comes… everything falls apart. I need to learn a way to consistently handle the anger, disappointment, joy and pain of life. Naturally Slim might be one answer for me. If I can learn this second time around (it often takes me more than one try to get something right) to deal with the vital (emotional) needs without resorting to foods I think most everything else will fall into place. When I eat the Naturally Slim way, I often eat only twice a day. Perhaps the meals are a little larger, but that’s OK. If I am hungry I will and a “hunger saver” (aka snack) of mostly protein (about 100 calories). Almonds are one of my go-to savers. The goal of the hunger saver is to delay getting to a level 3 hunger until you can sit down and enjoy the meal (10-5-10). My only problem with this is that during the week I don’t get lunch until noon. We eat dinner early (5 – 6 pm) most days. I cannot physically go 18 hours without eating without consequences (I will eat too much too fast, eat dinner and then an evening snack 2 hours later). I get hungry between 10 and 11 AM daily, even on weekends. If I could take lunch at 11 it would be perfect. It will never happen as I work the “late” shift. As in I start an hour later than my lunch relief (I work the front desk) so she goes at 11.
This doesn’t mean I can’t adapt, just that I need to take the time to find strategies BEFORE I get hungry. BEFORE the day starts. It means I need a plan, but it needs to be simple. Something I can grab and go. And that won’t go bad if I don’t eat it… hence the almonds. It is amazing how filling 15 – 16 (approximately 100 calories) almonds are. But I also need other foods as the same thing every day gets boring. At least I have the start of a plan.
Walk the dog. Well, that’s harder right now. Air quality is nonexistent right now. The foothills near us are on fire. Ash is falling like rain. The sky is an overcast orange gray. I haven’t seen the sun in days. Walking the dog won’t happen until the air quality (fire is put out) improves. However, that doesn’t mean I can’t do something active. It doesn’t need to be intense to be beneficial. Consistency means more than intensity right now. My plan is to start moving in the mornings when I first get up (after bathroom). I have my exercise clothes hanging on a hook in the bathroom. I just need to lay out socks & shoes the night before.
I am still working on a vision statement. I am more of a verbal person (enjoy writing) than visual. I need to work on it more to really flush it out before posting it. I want a vision statement to compliment my vision collage (already done, background for header & in pics on spark page). I will probably be posting that on another blog. This one is already long.
BLC 44 SMART Goals
My overall goal is to lose 10 pounds (stretch goal) by the end of the round. I will do this by…
1. Morning Exercise/activity daily (10+ minutes)
a. Set out exercise clothes the night before
b. Pick an exercise video or plan to complete the TT the night before
c. Do it even if DH is just sitting in the living room (where I exercise)
d. No excuses! I can always do something.
2. Eat NS Way
a. Eat only when hungry (level 3).
b. Drink H2Orange/water daily (minimum 64 oz total).
c. Eat Hunger Savers appropriately.
d. Eat foods I crave, chewing slowly (10-5-10) to savor the taste.
e. Work on a vital need instead of my eating emotions.
I will track these on the CAMO Crew thread. It will be a simple thing, probably just a date and emoticon for completion. Anything fancy or complicated just doesn’t work well for me. I won’t put stickers on a calendar. I’ve tried that and I will do it for awhile but then stop. The Goal is to do this for 78 days, streak started (two days so far). I *can* do this. I am hoping then to extend the streak of both after BLC 44 ends. I will see how many days I can string together, I will count all days at the end to see how I did.