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!
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
I'm afraid to write this down out of fear that I'm going to jinx myself, but this could be one of my best weeks yet!
I have absolutely no cravings. I actually had to force myself to eat a snack last night because I was under 26 points for the day and find myself in the same situation tonight. My meals have been balanced and fulfilling. As I type, my belly is full of zucchini, squash, and eggplant casserole. I'm trying new things and mixing in my old favorites (French toast, anyone?).
Most of all, I'm on a schedule right now. I'm doing things instead of watching TV. I'm seriously contemplating canceling TV altogether. If I hardly turn it on during the summer, it'll never be on when I'm actually working (oh wait, that's what I do to procrastinate... it SHOULD never been on during school). My workouts are kicking my butt.
It's a great feeling! Tomorrow is weigh in day at Weight Watchers and if the scale hasn't budged, or has even gone up, I will NOT let it derail me. How I feel is more important than that number.
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