Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Have you ever sat down to track your food and thought your food tracker might just explode?
I just tracked all the food I ate after work yesterday. The feeling I had was like blowing up a balloon, I can just see my tracker growing bigger and bigger and bigger!
After working 70 hours last week, I came home yesterday after an 8 hour day (I call that my short days) and put away the groceries I had bought on the way home.
Decided to eat a few potato chips....
DH called and had totally changed all of what I thought was our plans for the evening. I thought I was going to see my granddaughter (it was her 10th birthday).
Turns out he had a meeting at work at 6 and was coming home and bringing a coworker with him, then they would go back to work for the meeting. Didn't I know they had this meeting every three months?!!!!! UH.... NO!
The rest of the story is I prepared supper, He showed up without the coworker, he went back to his meeting and I watched tv and snacked my way into oblivion, just because.....
The reasons don't matter really, I just feel like I can't cope at times and I love to eat snack foods! Spicy peanut mix, raisins, a fiber one protein bar, laffy taffy candy.
This morning I tracked all the stuff I ate and was surprised to see I only went over my calorie goal by 500 calories.
Even though I thought I had really went over my calorie target, I can live with that. I haven't snacked mindlessly in several months, so back on track today and by the way, That Laffy taffy was really good!
Friday, September 06, 2013
Today I start a new phase of my life. I have been in the weight loss mode for years, losing and gaining the same 10, 25 and even 35 pounds. Keeping it off for a while then going back to the same eating and exercising habits that kept me from having the self esteem I need.
I consider myself as smart as the average person, successful in supporting myself and a few loved ones, so what is a few extra pounds?
Why avoid all the junk food, spend time exercising, cooking healthy?
Well.... I have been sick this week. Haven't felt really well for a couple of months. Flat on my back for two days. Wake up call!!!
Time to start paying attention to my entire lifestyle. You see, I tend to pick the parts of the healthy lifestyle that is easiest and that I enjoy. Not truly putting forth my best effort. Knowing and doing are two very different things. We really do have to do the hard work ourselves, no one can do it for us. Haven't we all tried to pay someone else to do it, in the form of memberships, pills, gadgets and gizmos for weight loss? I know I have. Spark People is free, the perfect program, and still I am lazy about doing the work!
My DH and I eat healthier than most people we know. In today's world, that doesn't say much! We garden, we stroll and call it exercise. We work on our place and build and remodel, so we do move around.
I don't like strength training, so I always find something else to do. Not much cardio going on here! We haven't been on our bikes all year.
Being sick this week, Yes, DH was sick too, has shown us how our lives will be if we don't step up now. We are both in our mid 50's and we aren't ready to feel this weak and tired.
Starting today I will embrace the entire program of a healthy lifestyle.
Healthy eating? Check.
Strength Training? Check.
Routine Physical at Dr. Office? Coming Up!
We are not on any prescription meds yet and hope to keep it that way, but the fight is on.
One last note. My blood pressure and sugar levels run low and his blood pressure is borderline high, so this should prove very interesting.
Let the journey continue......
Monday, June 24, 2013
We should eat every 3 to 4 hours to keep from getting too hungry. I agree this works for me, but really takes some planning.
I have found that I will make up for it later in the day or even the next day when I go too long without eating. My problem is keeping my portions in the correct range. I can easily eat a whole meals worth of calories every three to four hours!
I get up 6 days a week at 230AM to be at work at 430. It is a challenge to spread a days worth of calories over that many hours, but I am learning how to do that.
Some days I work until 430 in the afternoon and prepare dinner after that, just to have one cooked meal a day with my DH.
Does anyone else have a meal plan like this? Do you make it work?
Just saying it is a challenge.
Friday, June 14, 2013
My SparkCoach challenge for today is to post three thing I am grateful for in my life.
1. I am gratful for my wonderful husband of 17 years. If good men are hard to find, it is because I have him!
2. I am grateful for a good job. I complain about the hours and the overtime, but I am lucky to have a good steady job with a good supervisor.
3. I am grateful for my two sons, daughters in laws, 4 grandsons and a beautiful granddaughter that I get to spend time with often.
Sparkman is right, again! This does make me feel good. Maybe I will do this again tomorrow because I think I could go on and on......
Friday, June 14, 2013
For some of us blogging is hard. I always wonder why would anyone want to read my silly comments.
This is an insecurity of mine.
I am working on a positive attitude and blogging.
Thank you Sp friends for the support you give me. I am here, still working on my social skills (maybe I could blog about that?), healthy eating and some type of exercise beside the walking I currently do.
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