Tuesday, October 08, 2013
I'm in my 3rd week of really paying attention to my health. I'm reviewing every aspect of my life to see what is working and what is hindering me. It takes a lot of honesty to examine my lifestyle and truly decide if something is working or not. If I find something that is not working, then I'm spending some time thinking it through as to how I can do things differently; how I can maximize my potential to be the healthiest person I can be.
For the first time I am breaking my life down into miniscule elements and re-thinking everything. Absolutely nothing is off limits in this quest to make myself over. Some days it is exhausting. Some days it is frustrating. Most days it is exhilarating and more than a little scary. I know it will be worth it though. I can feel myself changing, evolving, adapting to new ideas of hunger and satisfaction.
It takes a lot of work, a lot of thought, and a lot of courage for me to sustain this process. I know it would be okay to take it more slowly, to give myself plenty of time, but I feel that I would lose momentum if I slowed too much. I'm feeling like I really need to push forward and keep making progress.
Just like when I was in labor delivering my children, there were many times when I felt overwhelmed and thought I could not continue. But I just kept pushing, taking deep breaths, pushing, and in no time I had accomplished something that changed my life in such a great way. I have those same feelings now. I'm in the middle of something life-changing. It is not without pain and effort, but like most things, it will definitely be worth it!
Wednesday, October 02, 2013
In my last post I outlined a couple of things I was starting to do to take control of my food. After a couple of days I'm making some adjustments.
1) I'm still logging all my food for the day at one time, but instead of doing it in the morning I'm doing it the night before. On the days that I work I don't have time to log in the morning, but so far it has been working to log the night before. I'm usually getting food out of the freezer at that time for the next day, so it makes sense to go ahead and log then.
2) Choosing my vegetables first, then working the other foods in around it is working well. I just guess the amount that I will eat, then when I actually measure them I change the amount if it is way different. This is working very well.
3) I'm adding a third thing, which is, as soon as dinner is over, I get up, get away from the food and the kitchen, and do something FUN! I go outside, or knit, or run a couple of errands, or go to the gym or for a walk. One of the big setbacks I've always had is continuing to eat after dinner while cleaning up the kitchen. I've recruited Honey to put away the leftovers, and because he likes to take leftovers for lunch the next day, he can go ahead and fix his lunch while cleaning up, and I don't hog-board all the leftover food. Win-Win!
I read a quote in a Spark People email yesterday that I loved. I can't remember it word for word, but it said something to the effect of "Every body is different, so different things work for different people. Therefore, keep trying many different things until you find what works for YOU". One thing that I love about Spark People is that everyone shares what works and doesn't work for them, so there is tons of good information floating around out there that I can tap into and try for myself.
I weigh tomorrow, so we'll see how these adjustments are working for me.
Monday, September 30, 2013
I am poised to rock the socks off the final 3 months of the year. In the last week, I've gotten back into the gym and the pool, so now I'm making some changes in the way I do things food-wise. I wanted to put them out here to keep myself accountable to them.
1) I'm going to spend a little time in the morning planning my whole food day. I'm taking advantage of the fact that I'm usually mentally ready to eat well and haven't yet had to deal with cravings first thing in the morning, so I'm going to go ahead and log in my food for the whole day. That will make it much easier for me to keep myself on track all day, because if I've already committed it to the log, I'll be more likely to follow up on it.
2) I'm going to start every meal plan with the vegetables, and go from there. Up to now I've been choosing my protein and carbs first and using up the leftover calories for vegetables, but I see that is backwards. Many times there is simply no calories left to allot to vegetables. So, using the "choose my plate" method, but the one specifically for diabetics, I'm going to allot my vegetables first, then the protein, then carbs and fat.
I realize these are simple things. I realize I probably should have been doing them all along. Maybe that is part of the reason I have struggled so much. But, better late than never, right?
So, Iíve got 3 solid months before the end of the year, Iím going to put my head down and go full steam ahead into 2014. What are you going to do?
Sunday, September 29, 2013
There has been a war going on for years in my house. It has been a war with bacon. My husband loves real pork bacon. As in favorite-food-eat-it-every-morning-and-som
etimes-noon-and-night-gotta-have-it loves bacon. Heck, I love bacon too - who doesn't?
Here is the sequence of a basic bacon battle:
Honey wants bacon for breakfast every morning. I love Honey and want to make him happy, so I buy bacon. Every Saturday I fry up a couple of pounds of bacon to have on hand for breakfast, but can't keep my hands from sneaking piece after piece while I'm cooking it, so I am sabotaging my diet while making Honey happy. I begin to resent bacon, so I decide I'm not buying it anymore and Honey droops because he misses bacon. I relent and buy bacon. Repeat endlessly for years.
(Please don't lecture me about moderation. I am a recovering binge eater. Moderation is not on my radar. I wish it were, and I'm working on locating my long lost sense of it, but it is well hidden. Also, Honey is skinny and in great health despite years of eating bacon; therefore he has a right to eat all the bacon he wants, even if it is unfair to the rest of the world.)
Now, I can't exactly say that I have been unaware of a little miracle called Turkey Bacon, but it never occurred to me to buy it. The other day it just kinda jumped into my grocery cart and announced that it is the answer to my bacon prayers. And it has been!
Honey won't touch turkey bacon with a 10 foot pole, cause he says he ain't never seen a turkey look like that! True. But what turkey bacon does is satisfy my bacon craving (and for 25 calories a slice instead of the 40 of pork bacon!) so I can cook Honey's pork bacon and keep my hands out of it because I'm cooking my turkey bacon right along side it. Honey eats real bacon, I eat turkey bacon, and the bacon war that began in 1990 is over!
The bonus is that although I like turkey bacon well enough to be able to always choose it over real bacon, it has not been a binge trigger like pork bacon was. I have come to a truce with bacon!
Thursday, September 26, 2013
I wanted to give a quick update of how my exercise has been progressing this week.
Last Friday I was cleared by the doctor to begin exercising again, getting permission to walk moderately for 15 minutes a day, and to return to the pool whenever I wanted.
So far this week I've been on the treadmill for 15 minutes every day, and I've been in the pool for an hour on Monday, and an hour on Wednesday, but today I didn't have time for an hour, so I was all set to just skip it. However, as I was sitting on the couch, I remembered how sad I had been when I was unable to exercise at all, so on a whim I jumped up and went to the pool for 30 minutes.
I'm proud of that decision, because it shows me I'm making progress. I may not have been able to go for 60 minutes like I wanted, but 30 minutes is a lot better than nothing.
I'm going to keep up this workout schedule, making it a solid habit. I've been able to work it in even though I've been working more than usual.
Next goal is to take control of my food intake once and for all. This has been the very hardest thing for me to do, but I AM DETERMINED to get control.
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