Wednesday, January 02, 2013
I had a conversation with someone, not to long ago, about how she just didn't want to have to think about food every single day. She knows how to lose weight (been there done that), but once she stopped thinking about food, the weight crept back on. She really wishes she could just not think about food and have it be done.
Good god! Me too!!
But that really is not the case at all.
I think about food every . single . day. Period.
But at least now it's not the 'What am I going to indulge in next" or "what can I eat to make myself feel better" (who knew I was even doing that before??? But I was! Oh yes, I was.) or "omg, I really need to have ______ " because 9 times out of 10, it was garbage I was really needing to "have".
Now it's more like this: "What are we going to eat that is healthy enough for the kids and fast enough so we can get to our next activity" or "Geez, we haven't had that in a while" or "Well, I already overdid it with the salt, I think we are going to go this way for dinner tonight" or the ultimate "I am really close to being in or out of my calorie range for today, and I really want to be on track, so let's skip this and go for that."
See... I still think of food, but it's with a different frame of mind.
Even during the holidays, there is always this little voice in the back of my head calculating the calories of the prior week's "sins". It has become a part of my brain to think that way. Heck, I know for sure how much a slice of bread's calorie count should be for a portion during a meal. Nooooooo...don't worrry.... I'm really not obsessive, it's just that it has become knowledge after tracking food for so darned long!
Don't get me wrong, do I have moments when I don't want to think about food? I sure do! Are there times when I let caution fly to the wind and lower the flood gates? I sure do! Do I sometimes have a blast! I sure do! Do I regret sometimes that I did go out of my "new normal" comfort zone? I sure do!
I would say that 9 times out of 10... I am thinking about food, every minute of the day. It's like guys thinking about sex 90% of the day! LOL OMG I just realized that right here...right now! LMAO!!! Funny stuff...but true!
What I'm trying to say is that you HAVE to think before you do or act or in our case, eat... as with everything in life. This weightloss thing is no different.
Now off I go, to tuck the kids into bed and finish my water so I can get up and pee at 2 a.m. It's like clockwork...I'd miss if it didn't happen, just like tracking my food! LOL
Tuesday, January 01, 2013
Why HELLOOOO there!
Welcome to everyone's Day 1!
You have oh-so-many hopes wrapped up into today... into this first month in fact, right? oh, yes... right!
I WILL stay in calorie range!
I WILL EXERCISE for 2 hours!
I WILL NOT cheat or binge at ALL!! So help me!
I WILL drink that 8 glasses of water!
And then... reality sets in like the
Stomach is growling.
Your mood is
You see everyone else eating and continuing on like they have been before and it makes you want to
And then... all those good intentions go
And then you realize
And then you get and and then more and then get more and then....well then, you just
Nice, huh? Yes, I am that nice to write it down and point it out like the Advocate that I am... because it is how everyone (ok, maybe 99% of the population right now) is starting off the New Year and that is great and all, but the reality is ... well, the reality of it all is that most people will give up those good intentions before the week ends.
So here I am to give you a reality slap in the face (and me too - I am coming off the whole eat whateverIwantandIwillstartoverintheNewYear state of mind too) but I have some tactics to share after UMPTEEN times of playing this game.. and here they are:
Try your darnest to stick to your plan
Drink that water like you are a fish living in the sea and track EVERYTHING! (oh yes, track the good, the bad..and the ugly).
Be gentle and start slow if you are just returning to working out. A little bit a day makes a bigger difference than you know and you won't burn out as fast if you go whole-hog.
Time.. give yourself TIME to adjust to changes you are doing. I'd say the first two weeks are the WORST (even for me! I'm expecting some real fun now that I'm back in the proverbial tracking saddle again!)
Be ZEN about things and don't get nuts when you slip up or go over calories or miss that workout. Imagine the healthy changes as a larger part of a whole...the more good you do, the better than if you didn't do anything at all right? Right. But don't get cocky now...stick to the plan as best as you can.. and last but not least
FORGIVE yourself if things do go awry... um, and they just might! Expect it, plan to dodge it or alter it to a healthier aspect of how you want to live.. and then move on the way YOU want to do things.
That's all I got folks... I'm right there with you with the tummy already grumbling at 10am, my water bottle by my side, and the plan for Chinese food tonight with the in-laws already altered in my head (with steamed veggies and brown rice for me...ok, and maybe an eggroll - LOL)
So in the meantime: GOOD LUCk!!! Keep on blogging it out... talking here and getting the support we all need (oh yes, we all need this support to be successful at this game) . . and make the most of this brand new year!
and many happy to you !! (seriously, has anyone every questioned why there is a mullet emoticon?) Do people actually use it???
Friday, December 28, 2012
Yup! It's that time of the year once again!!!
It's time for the GREAT COOKIE TOSS!
I do this every year because a) it gets the crap out of the house because by now, really noone in the place needs any more of it and b) it just feels soooooo gooooooood to do it.
Yeah yeah yeah... all that work I put into them - the time, the money... oy what a waste! Ummm... well, I'd rather see it go into the trash than onto my ass though at this point so, out they go - for the good of all!
And you know what? I even cut back this year on the number of cookies I made because it was actually WORSE in the past....and still, not everyone is eating them. So let's look at the big picture here... it's a good thing for everybody that they are actually a bunch left, even with my cutting back baking by half! YAY FAMILY - both immediate and extended!
So everybody grab that plastic garbage bag and have at it!!! It will make you feel SO FRICKIN' GOOD!!!!
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
When I started SP in 2008, I was in AWE of the people who were successful. I friended, I got to know their stories...I also got my own plan together and I figured to use the Spark nutrition tracker diets as a guide, but I basically built my own plan from what I saw but mainly from what I had in the house. I stayed in my designated range and that was that. I drank water. I exercised. I lost weight.
And I saw on another page, a woman's journey in a month by month form, and I copied it, but I did it week by week, event by event...better than a blog because I don't have to sift though pages upon pages to see where I was and what I was doing. It was, and still is a good thing.
With my success, I also kept watching the success stories touted by SP. And soon, a lot of them started becoming quiet. No updating...no new pictures...no action whatsoever. The motivators I held up so high on my pedestal were silent. Where had they all gone? Sure, a few remained...let's say 5% of the 100 that I was intently watching and idolizing...but seriously, if you have stumbled, then say it - OWN IT! We got your back - don't hide and be ashamed - if anything, that will make things WORSE!!
I questioned to myself why? Why are they still motivators? Why isn't SP updating and keeping track of these walking billboards on the success page if they aren't active? A whole lot of other why's are mixed in there too....but you get my drift.
And that is when I decided that I wasn't going to just disappear on SP..ever, especially when I became a "Motivator" ..because you know what? To have that tag and not be one available or updated is (to me) kinda hypocritical. There....I said it. For me, personally, if I wasn't trying my damnest, then I didn't want the title either. Take it back SP... hold me accountable on another level - I can take it.
Anyway, my page now is super long because I never stop updating it. Sometimes it may be a month now, but hey, at least I'm still here! It's kept me accountable on an entirely new level. It has gotten me through some pretty rough patches too (ahem, the holidaze).
So go ahead and steal the idea from me....try it out - the worse thing that it will do is make your page super long like mine! LoL
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