Monday, November 24, 2014
Here's a peek at today's menu, breakfast (at home) and lunch for later.
The oatmeal looks like it is overrun by the raisins and possibly is - but it was a small box of raisins. I don't like mushy oatmeal so I use very little water and nuke it in the microwave for a minute. I made my lunch while it was cooling and in those few minutes, it dried up a bit more and had the texture of baked oatmeal. Not bad, just was very compact. An hour after I got to work, I had the yogurt from my lunchbox. I know I have a different style (probably Greek) sitting in the fridge from last week. I might eat that after lunch, but before I meet Hadley at the gym.
It's another salad on the docket for me today. Spinach with shredded carrots, chicken (from an organic rotisserie chicken), some grape tomatoes, some cherries, and the last of last week's blackberries. Note to self: blackberries are best consumed during the same week of purchase, but they are still good enough for today.
See those pretzels in the top of the picture? Those are unsalted mini pretzels. Unsalted can be hard to find, but Whole Foods has them. My propensity is to eat from the bag, and be hapless about portion control. Not this time around. I bought the pretzels and also wheat crackers that can fit into my menu. I opened both bags/boxes and put them in little plastic baggies according to serving size.
Coincidentally, the serving size is the same for both 16 pieces. I counted 16 per bag. I put them in a little box to grab ONE Hats off to me. This is a new tool in my success kit. Woo hoo!
FIVE Good choices I have been making are:
1. Fruits and veggies are now the superstar of my lunch menus.
2. Balancing my potassium/sodium consumption
3. Blogging regularly and staying connected to positive people
4. Not letting social occasions throw me off track
5. Being mindful of how I am behaving
What good choices have you been making, sparkies?
Saturday, November 22, 2014
I have a weird relationship with jewelry. I really enjoy certain styles and pieces, but actually don't wear it all that much. I actually make it too, but that was born out of a desire to keep my hands busy and out of the kitchen.
In the last couple of years since my Mom passed away, my sister and I have started a ritual where every Mother's Day we meet at a jewelry outlet and buy ourselves some bling......because "Mommy would have wanted us to." That's the story we tell ourselves between a few tears, shopping and lunch. ha ha
I've always loved rings. But I never thought I could wear them because I have "meat-paws." Well until last year, I didn't know that I could buy a ring and just have it sized. Hold the phone! What? So that's what I did. This past May, I bought a ring called, "Lucky Stone." It is multi-faceted with several different colors. It is shiny - and doesn't photograph too well, because of the light/crystal I think, but here it is.
I put it on again this week, and lo and behold, it no longer fits, except on one finger - the middle finger of my right hand. Every other digit, it just slides right off. Not just loose, I mean off. This is a little piece of excitement for me. It is a sign of more progress! When we visit again this May, I am planning to get it re-sized again.
Wondering how much I cn shrink between now and then.
Saturday, November 22, 2014
I have had a truly amazing week. I stopped bingeing, turned over a new leaf and began eating healthy and did a version of running with my coach. The culmination of those things showed up today, when I went to weigh in and for the first time in recent memory, I weigh under 400 pounds. I am in the three's!!! WOO HOO!
This is epic. When I lose my next 70 pounds I will be closing in on the two's. I am over the moon about this, all of it. I had the doctor's office record my weight in their records today. I am officially down 70 pounds within a year. It feels great!
I had one of those moments, that was special today. There was one person who deserved to know first. I had a flashback to when I got engaged, years ago, that it was late on a Friday night and I did not want to wake my parents up at the hour, so I waited until the next morning to call them. While I was so excited to share that news, it felt only right that my Mom should know first. And just like today, I wanted to blurt it from the rooftops, but I had to tell my coach, Hadley first.
I called last night one of the best nights of my life. It was, but darn it, this is pretty darn good, too. Woo hoo!
Friday, November 21, 2014
I had an incredibly awesome day with success from top to bottom. I walked to meetings instead of trying to catch a ride, I walked up a big hill instead of taking a shortcut, I ate well and had an amazing session with my coach.
First, here's a look at lunch.
Apparently, I broke hubby's prized Tupperware container during the schlep with pasta and veggie salad, so I went low tech today with a large Ziploc bag as my plate. I had about a cup and a half of fresh spinach, grape tomatoes, blackberries. I sliced open the Ziploc bag and laid it flat on my desk like a placemat. I have recently become a "fork dipper" - dipping my fork into the salad dressing instead of pouring it all over. I had a little side cup - great for portion control too, and I went to town on my salad. I also had some of those leftover pasta elbows from earlier in the week thrown in there too. That was a darn good salad.
That slab in front on the picture is not a block of cheese. It is actually 2 pineapple spears. They were still juicy and delicious. I ate everything in my bag today. When I got up today, I wasn't hungry, not even a little. I didn't want to force myself to eat, but figured I would get hungrier in the car, especially if I just skipped eating. While making my lunch, I had two spoons of the pasta I took for the salad lunch, took my drugs, then left. I ate the choc chip/oats bar on the ride. I think they are actually a little stale, but I consider it a good thing. They are still edible, but not like crazy good. Crazy good can make me want to chow down, so I am enjoying the good enough. Keeps me from going hog wild.
Leaving the house, I thought about eating a banana on the way. Well, one of the things I need to keep an eye on is my potassium, so two high potassium foods - bananas and spinach are best eaten on separate days. Not avoided, just eaten in moderation. I am doing my best to keep that all in mind when I am eating and working out a plan.
My lunches and bfasts have been highly successful this week so far. I have several more days to keep doing for this challenge, before we continue on in a similar but slightly different way. This week has been a blessing and I have been binge free for more than a week. : )
And then came the best part of the day, working out with my coach, Hadley. The workout was phenomenal and riveting, and he made me laugh the whole way through. I realized tonight, that my hubby, (who I think as the funniest man on the planet) has a sense of humor a lot like Hadley's. While they both enjoy busting my chops (and I enjoy it, too), they are both just funny. Makes life more enjoyable. I have always loved to laugh and tonight I had many opportunities.
The aftermath, my back hurts, my knees are sore. I know I put a lot of work in this week. A lot, but the payoff is huge to me. I know it's huge because I remember. I remember what it was like getting on the octane the first time ever. I remember that my initial go time was literally 10 seconds. I wholly participated in climbing up - first 3 steps to get on, then eventually cut back to 2 steps, and then 1, and then none, and increasing time, and duration. I know that 10 seconds was just my beginning. And now I can do so much more.
So right now, when I ran, yes ran, down to the other wall, I felt something so miraculous, I did not want to stop --- and maybe if I could have kept my breath going, I would have. I know the miracle of doing more, building up speed, improving in bits and pieces. It is possible. I have done that, many times over. So tonight was my new 10 seconds. Tonight was one of the best night's of my life. It's not just a dream. It's happening.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
There is a thin line between I don't want to and I can't. I could have taken a pill that would have numbed the pain today, but I didn't intentionally. It sounds ridiculous even to me, but this morning I was all about feeling the pain (really soreness) because I wanted to prove to myself that I am working hard and that this is the short term result. The long term result is something else entirely. Something wonderful and it is headed this way. Actually, no - I take that back. Something wonderful is out there, and I am headed toward it.
I had an appointment tonight to meet my trainer, Don. The excuses were forming - and while valid, I am on a new road now. The one where I am pushing through even though I might be tired, sore, upset, cranky, teed off or whatever. Actually, I had a decent day and still riding the happiness wave. I threw off the idea that skipping the gym would be a better choice for me tonight. No! I am after consistency, and I am trying to blaze a trail towards success. I am all in. So I went and toughed it out, and eventually felt good about it, once I got past the "this is going to be crappy tonight," feeling. It is completely ok to feel it, but so what, just push on to the end of the workout.
Blazing this trail to a new and improved version of me, has always been out there as a possibility, but I could never see it. A lot like Dorothy, I had the power all the time, I just didn't know it. Who is emerging from this cage I have locked up all these years? A woman that is surprising herself daily. I've been laughing about this lately with my coach, but sheesh, it took me so long to believe. It wasn't so much wasted time I guess along the way, but I took a circuitous route. My belief has built from within. It is not just that I believe in my abilities more than ever, but I am executing things I never dreamed possible. My dreams are getting bigger and coming more into focus.
I CAN SEE A HEALTHIER VERSION OF ME IN MY MIND. I can visualize this evolving me, and I am making new plans. There is so much more to life than I have let myself experience. Fear has held me back. Low self esteem (past) has held me back. It is not I am on the verge of greatness. I am experiencing the greatness right this very moment.
I am becoming hyper aware of my life force and how every little positive step brings about even more positivity. I am absorbing and embracing life as it happens. I have cast off my fear, and if it shows up in my workouts, my coach is there to help push it off.
Life is a miracle and I am living proof.
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