Tuesday, February 11, 2014
I've had to work 2 days in a row. I'm throwing in the towel; I'm worn out. After 1- and 2-day work weeks for the past month, I'm not sure I can handle real work! On the plus side, my routine is BACK! I thrive on routine. My OCD side wants a predictable schedule. I've done much better eating-wise this week (after a ridiculous last week). I haven't been perfect, but I've made progress.
I've been thinking about Visalus shakes. Does anyone have any experience with them? They're expensive and they involve milk. I don't even like fatty mcfatty milkshakes because of the milk part (yes, I'm going to have osteoporosis). But, I've seen recipes for cookie and Reeses flavored shakes. Now that I can handle. I'm ruminating on it. If they will help me get rid of this last 10, well then, I can put up with a little milk (no seriously, I use a slotted spoon when I eat cereal so I don't accidentally ingest a little milk).
Monday, February 03, 2014
Today will be known as the Great Girl Scout Cookie Mishap. There are still some left. Not many, but some. The fortunate souls who survived my prep time are now safely tucked into the back of the freezer. Out of sight, out of mind.
After an amazing weekend, I was all revved up for an amazing week. And then a sweet, innocent, little Girl Scout in my class walks in with the aforementioned cookies. And I have two more boxes coming from another budding entrepreneur.
I'm writing it here first: The Mishap Part II will NOT happen. Will. Not. Happen.
Sunday, February 02, 2014
It's amazing what I can accomplish when I put my mind to it. Sometimes my ultra-stubborn personality pays off. After a dismal week, I had an amazing weekend. I stayed on plan, tracked everything I ate, worked out hard, and stayed out of the kitchen. Now, as for why I can do that when I am home all day and not when I am at work 3/4 of the day is beyond me.
I went grocery shopping while hungry today. Always a bad idea. I ended up bringing home chips (my #1 trigger food) and M&Ms (a close 2nd trigger food). As soon as I got home (well, after I ate lunch) I portioned out both foods. I weighed them and put each serving into individual Ziploc bags. It's a self-inflicted challenge to eat them in moderation and by doing that I've paved the way to success.
Then, I was having the world's best chili (aka my dad's) for dinner. Gotta have cornbread with chili! Last week, when I heated up some of his chili, I made a pan of cornbread and almost ate the entire pan in one night. That was NOT happening again. Before I took a single bite of my dinner, I put 1 piece into my lunchbox, 2 into the fridge for dinners later this week, and 2 in the freezer. That left my 1 piece. I ate it with a fork and took very small bites. When I was finished, all I saw was an empty pan. Success.
Can this momentum carry me into this next week? I sure hope so! I'm feeling STRONG!
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Being a second grade teacher, I am well versed in the rules of do overs:
1. Things are not going your way
2. You have a [not so] valid argument that persuades your opponent
3. The louder person gets their do over granted
I called a do over on myself. I have not been focused or motivated this fall. I love exercising, so I move a lot (especially while coaching - 2 workouts every Monday and Wednesday). But I wasn't monitoring, tracking, or being mindful of what I was eating. I don't even want to get into the specifics because I don't want to think about it. I called a
Things were not going my way. I want to lose weight. I'm 7 pounds from my goal. My argument is actually valid (rather than, my shoe wasn't tied! It hit my ankle!). I live alone so I am by default the loudest person in my house.
I am one week in to my do over and I have to say I had an excellent week. I set 3 goals for myself:
1. Find a distractor strategy when I want to eat mindlessly - SBLR (Stop, breathe, listen to my inner voice, and respond) and keep my hands busy (yarn-wrapped wreaths).
Deep breaths really help me refocus. There were a couple of times this week I found myself with my hands in the cabinet and I stopped and took a deep breath. I closed the cabinet without taking anything out and found something else to do. I've found that when my hands are busy creating this year's homemade Christmas gift, they don't have time to put something in my mouth.
2. Eat dinner at the kitchen table.
Experts say to eat without distractions - no TV, no computer, no magazines or books because you're not focused on your food and end up eating too much. I like reading while I eat (I live alone). I am an avid reader, so I get engrossed in my book and forget about eating altogether. I leave the pans on the counter/stove and only put one portion on my plate. When I finish a chapter and look back at my plate, I decide that I am satisfied and go back to my book. Hey, know yourself.
3. Journal at least every other day.
I may have a masters in technology and be the tech "go to girl" at my school, but good ol' notebook journaling and tracking my food works best for me. I've tried online journals (like this one - I'm copying this out of my journal) and Weight Watchers' online tracker. I don't do it. It may work for some, but not me. I stick to my goals when I write about them so I need to journal consistently.
Here's to Week #2 in the great November Do Over!
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