Tuesday, April 15, 2014
and I know that does not count as exercise.
We are now trimming in the new windows and doors. As Kevin makes the trim, I sand and stain and varnish it. We are also putting in new stairs. I have them ready to install now. There are some advantages to being married to a talented carpenter. Other then the fact he is such a good man and perfect for me. There is nothing I would change about him.
Anyway, the remodel continues. Watching my Grandchildren continues. Working on the laser orders and the pencil portrait orders continue. ALL good.
Adding to my to-do list now is working on our property, helping my daughter with hers, and my sister wants me to help paint her house in May.
I am trying desperately to focus on ONE project but...it is impossible. On some, I need the help of my husband . On others, I need the family to step up and help or work on their timeframe. The Business is a priority and can put the brakes on anything else started.
Its a good thing I can multi-task and not stress out over the length of time it takes to do a project from start to finish. All in its own time, right?
Same with my health goals. They are a priority for me BUT...if I don't get it all logged...I take comfort in the fact I made healthy choices. I cannot stay in the same calorie range every day because some days...I never stop moving and require more calories. Some days...I am stuck at the drawing table or machines and need less. It is what it is and I listen to my stomach. If it is growling at me....I feed it something good for me. I am lucky in the fact that I have never been a stress eater.
I think my plateau is finally throwing In the towel and saying OK body, go ahead and drop a few pounds. For the past three months it has really hung in there and refused to really let go. The closer I get to onederland, the more I seem to be scale watching and I need to put a stop to that. I am going to have my husband hide it and only take it out on Sunday for weigh in.
Everyone, hope you are having a good day and great week at your end. One day at a time and one mini goal a day.
Saturday, April 12, 2014
I decided to take a day off, rather a weekend, from logging food and exercise . I know what is healthy to eat, and what a normal serving size is, and am still learning to eat for true hunger and not stress or other emotions.
I have a lot that needs to get done this weekend before my Grandson Riddick comes back on Monday. I am trying to paint the laundry room now since the walls have been sanded after the last coat of mud. I need to get our washer and dryer back in place. Then, work outside because we have one more nice day before the bottom falls out of our temps again.
I just wanted to quick drop by and wish all of your a healthy, happy, and fun weekend.
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Yep, I use to focus on results. Its WEIGH IN DAY!!! I'm going to have an awesome loss because I ate healthy. I exercised. I did it all right. WHAT? I only lost a half pound? Or worse yet, what do you mean I gained a pound. Stupid scale. Stupid Diet. You see, I was in Diet mode with my thinking. It was calories in and calories out and that was suppose to always equate with weight loss...did not according to the scale. Its not that simple. Our bodies are unique. What works for one person, has to be tweaked for another person.
I did not know what to tweak. What changes did I need to make?
My biggest problem was that I did not eat breakfast. I never got hungry before 2 or 3 pm. No desire to eat at all. I tried. I would make a piece of toast or choke down a small serving of cereal. Then I told myself...well as long as I don't go over calories for the day, what does it harm if I start later in the day. Yep, I was that dumb when I started.
My a-ha moment number 1:
Realizing that...I was eating my last meal or snack of the day so late that I was still full in the morning. I was not doing anything to work off those calories to feel hunger in the morning.
Ah-ha number 2:
Also, this in part was why I battle insomnia. I was waking my metabolism up late in the day...and not winding down for a good nights rest.
I now eat my Dinner no later then 6 pm and a small snack no later then 8 pm. It took about two weeks of doing this and then one day, I woke up HUNGRY! I was THRILLED about being hungry. I take my thyroid med, and have to wait an hour before eating. Let me tell you, some mornings that is a LONG hour. Now, starting my day with a healthy breakfast is no longer an issue.
Now, I also over time learned how my body was responding to how I ate. As I logged, and at the end of the day made little footnotes...I started to see a pattern. If my meal was HIGH on the carb end...my energy levels were lower. I could sit down after a meal and fall asleep in the armchair while watching TV with my husband. I also had cravings within a short time frame of a couple of hours. It had gotten so bad that I made an appointment with my doctor to talk about it. At first, I passed it off on my age, being overweight, out of shape , and no thyroid. What else could it be? I was eating healthier then I ever had, and felt the worse for it. Yep, it has to be Middle Age, right? And I would joke about it. And from that doctor appointment, I learned about Insulin Resistance and the role Insulin plays for fat storage and using carbs for energy.
A "normal" person can eat carbs and get three hours of energy from them. What is not used...gets stored as body fat for future use. With insulin resistance, we have a smaller window for using the carb for energy and bammm...on the hips it goes. He recommended a book called "the insulin resistance diet by Cheryle R Hart MD". The more body fat we have, the more resistant we are to insulin. It is the opposite of being diabetic and thankfully, not life threatening. Just a nuisance. LOL And the best news...it is reversible with weight loss. Now, I try and eat 7 grams of healthy protein with every 15 grams of healthy carbs. And I try to eat something every three hours.
I cannot begin to explain how this changed my energy levels. And, the scale started moving. Granted, slowly but I am so happy dancing over that because I am a two time cancer survivor. With a total hysterectomy...no hormones. My thyroid has been removed. Years of Yo-yo dieting also led to a metabolism that says yeah right...I'm going to kick in now? I don't trust you. You'll stave me again. On the hips it goes.
I'm a work in progress. I am teaching my metab to trust me. I am learning how to eat for my unique body type and needs. I am more focused on change, not results. I am not on a diet. I am making a lifestyle change. I am on a Journey to good health...body, mind , and Soul.
I am NEVER going on a diet again.
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