Saturday, October 12, 2013
I just returned this week from a trip to Germany for my son's wedding. It was a busy, busy time of preparations--not much sight seeing this trip, except for the obvious--the Dom (Cathedral) and Rathaus (Town Hall) and castles (Burg) and the rolling hills of the countryside so close to the city that look like pictures from a storybook.
I had hoped to be able to take walks everyday, but I had to settle for walks to the store and such, as I wasn't driving. And I went on this trip not expecting to track food, as I knew I would be busy. But after a few days, I noticed my clothes were fitting me more loosely, and my stomach was flatter. This was surprising to me because I hadn't purposely eaten less. And I definitely ate bread, which is one of my favorite things when we visit Germany. I could only come to one conclusion: clean eating equals weight loss.
I was staying with my daughter-in-law's family, and her mother always makes her own bread, grinding the grain herself. So the bread she makes has very little added sugar. Almost every morning I ate muesli with homemade yogurt, or muesli with a chopped apple and milk. But we didn't eat only homemade food. The muesli was store bought (Master Crumble brand-Ha! Love that name!) as well as the cheese. So, if I was eating high fat (cheese, and lots of it!) and high carbohydrate (bread, yum, yum, yum), why wasn't I gaining weight, or at the very least, maintaining? Why did I actually lose weight.
My conclusion is far from scientific, but I think that in Germany at least, they don't tolerate the addition of more salt and sugar to their foods. Now this is not to say that there aren't overweight Germans. There are, of course. And for sure my daughter-in-law's family eat a much healthier diet than most. But still, in the U.S. we have so much junk added to our food. Is it possible that the added sugar and salt in what I eat makes me crave more of it? If I eat in a more clean way, will the food I eat satisfy me so I don't eat more than I need to? I was really struck by these questions, and so now that I'm back in the States, I'm making changes to focus on whole foods. And my husband and I so liked the bread our hostess made that I bought a bread machine and grain mill so we can make good, WHOLEsome bread, too!
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
I enjoy going to Planet Fitness. I really do. The staff is friendly and there are always enough cardio machines to work out on, and the strength training machines are usually available as well. But tonight I just didn't want to leave the house. So I decided to exercise at home.
It's been a while since I used the SparkPeople videos to work out, not because I didn't like them, but mostly because I was able to get my exercise somewhere else. Tonight I found a 10 minute kickboxing video which really raised my heart rate, and got me warmed up for doing some strength training exercises. I actually did the kickboxing video twice, accidentally, but that's okay! Then I did a 9 minute seated arm and shoulder workout, which was challenging, too.
It was just so good to know that if I don't get to Planet Fitness in the morning on my strength training day, and don't feel like dealing with the evening crowd there, I can work out at home. That is...if my husband has a meeting and isn't home. I kinda like to work out by myself when I'm at home...
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
I hadn't thought about blogging during my adventure with "The Spark Solution" until now. I doubt I'll write every day, but I have to report that so far, things are going pretty well.
I was beginning to get discouraged about weight loss. All I kept doing was gaining weight. Eating out much of the time and not making time for workouts wasn't helping. But I knew I needed a push, especially when it came to food, because I knew that once my life slowed down a little bit I could get back to the workout routine.
So I finally printed the grocery list for "The Spark Solution," which I had purchased on my Kindle soon after it came out. It was nice to be loading the refrigerator with good things I knew I would actually be using.
I may have more time than some people, as my schedule is very flexible. But I've found that the recipes are pretty easy, don't take that long to prepare, and really taste good. I've made about five of the recipes so far, and I've liked the taste of each one of them.
Tomorrow starts Day 4. While I'm taking each day one at a time, I'm feeling buoyed by the fact that I'm generally not hungry between meals, I'm not tempted to eat dessert immediately after each meal and I'm not going crazy with late night snacking. All very good signs. Hooray!
Friday, July 19, 2013
Wow. I got on the scale today and found that I had gained five pounds in a month. Am I surprised? No, not at all. I allowed all the things I was doing: helping my son who lived an hour away to get his driver's license, helping that same son clear out his apartment for his move to Germany, getting ready to be a team member on a retreat, and Vacation Bible School, to give me an "excuse" to eat out, not go to the gym, and eat whatever I wanted. So I'm not at all surprised that I gained five pounds.
It's time to start over! Today is the last day of VBS, so no more excuses. This morning I'm starting the Spark Solution Two Week Plan (again...okay, I never finished it before!) and I pray I am able to stick to it.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
I had the strangest experience this morning. When I woke up, my body was craving exercise! I've NEVER awakened like that before. Me? Wanting to exercise? No, NEEDING to exercise! It had been several days since I'd had a good workout, and because I'm really busy right now, I was going to excuse myself if I didn't get to the gym. I guess that isn't an option any more. Is this what it's like to find your inner athlete?
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