Wednesday, October 15, 2014
This morning I sat down on Pinterest to get some affirmation/motivator things I could print out and have as a reminder of why I'm pushing myself.
Color me crazy but I've never really looked at the health and fitness section of pinterest before. And if I were in a different mindset I could easily have gotten super discouraged at the images and messages on there. In the first few rows showing there were not one, not two, not four, but five images that referenced thigh gaps, perfect abs, and beating belly fat. One even carried the message that you should "lose it as revenge to the haters". I realize it's a fluke (or at least hoping) that all of these were grouped together (not pinned by the same person).
Or maybe it's just I have a different interpretation of health and well being.
You see - I'm not wanting a thigh gap or perfect abs. More than anything I want to get off meds and have a shot at seeing my kids get married and raising families of their own. Maybe it's just that I'm older but I don't care what the haters think, and losing weight is not about them, it's everything about me. I don't have a popular icon that i want to look like because, well, I don't compare myself like that. I read somewhere that comparison is the thief of joy and I agree.
If happiness is really a choice, then joy is not about revenge or being in the limelight or anything like it. It is about changing life. my life. Joy isn't selective by looks or personality. It has no way of evaluating my thigh gap or the condition of my abs. So this morning my reflection is that thin-ness and skinny-ness are not a measure of success. It's one thing to be healthy and happy and it's another to try and meet unrealistic standards set by comparing ourselves to others.
Find Joy. Find YOUR joy.
Today's weigh in had me doing the happy dance since the changes I made last week are paying off. Navy Ninjas have taught me a valuable lesson - and it is that strength training is an important part that can be done no matter how big or how small you are.
Tuesday, October 07, 2014
So this week I reduced my calorie range. I'm basing the new range on want for loss, lack of activity/ability to really move, and diligence in trying my best to meet my body's needs, without extras. Maybe I'm crazy. My previous GP encouraged me to ONLY eat up to 1200 calories a day - but at that rate I felt so starvy. Working with a trainer at the gym, it was suggested I eat between 1600 and 2100, which was better, but with the hip thing - I can't really get a workout in to justify eating more. Now with this GP he feels that between 1200 and 1600 is perfectly reasonable. I'm confused a bit on which is right, but willing to try just about anything. So I'm going in to this next week with a lower calorie range, one I'm hoping I can work in. I'm a little daunted feeling since looking at my tracking for the past week I haven't been under 1600. But, I think I can do it.
And, I'm working hard to give up my "water enhancers". I don't love water by itself, but after reading some really good input from a couple of fellow sparkers, I feel like getting rid of the chemical influence will be beneficial. and no thank you, I don't want to put fruit in my water..... I don't like that either. This past month I started a no soda goal which I haven't had too much problem with, until this past week where I drank not one, not two but FIVE diet cokes. I definitely feel the difference and remember now why I gave it up. I've been detoxing for the past couple of days and the saddest part - I consciously thought - this doesn't even taste as good as I want it to.
I've tried a couple of new recipes from spark recipe and All recipes, and I have a mini-rant for a moment..... WHY oh WHY does all low carb have to involve SO MUCH CHEESE? Seriously. The calories from cheese, cream of soups, and mayo and sour cream negates ANY benefit of having given up the carbs. Sigh. Am I crazy? Don't get me wrong - I love cheese. I don't mean just a little, I really, really love cheese. But I've been working really hard to use it in moderation because it typically IS high in calories/fat.
Is it too much to ask to create low-carb recipes that are legit healthier? And yes, I've looked at some Paleo stuff and South Beach and even Atkins, but I don't want a meat heavy diet either. I've been looking for alternative chicken recipes in particular (because it's my go-to food) that boost veggies without added fats beyond the baked chicken/grilled chicken and roasted/baked/steamed veggies. Does anything exist?? I suppose in the meantime I'll just sit over here and eat my baked chicken without sauce. Funniest moment to me were the number of "not diet friendly" recipes listed in sparkrecipe. Just stating the obvious - but why put them in then?? In all seriousness, I'm going to have to experiment with some new Mrs. Dash or something because this is going to get boring fast.
And I love mexican food and asian as much as the next person but there's only so many ways you can eat salsa chicken, tortilla soup, chicken salsa wraps, tacos, fried wanna be cauli-rice etc. We've given up whites and use brown rice and whole wheat flours instead, and in some instances we've gone gluten free to help out my daughter who has some gluten issues. I try not to eat lots of pasta, even tho I do love it. so that's my new mission....to find some useable recipes without sauce, without cheese and other fatty foods. If you have some I'd love to hear it!
In the meantime.....it'll just be me, sippin a lot of water.
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