Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Natalie's assignment was to take the picture of a turkey her teacher gave her and disguise it. Then write an essay about why the disguised turkey should not be eaten for Thanksgiving.
Natalie created a "squirkey," a cross between a squirrel and a turkey, complete with acorn:
Here's her essay saying that she wouldn't taste good and a little squirrel wouldn't feed a whole family. Also, she can run fast and hide in trees.
Old Dad picked her up from school. After I greeted her, I asked if she got to show her squirkey to the whole class and she said yes, that everyone did. I said I bet hers was the best. And she said it definitely was. They had a contest and she won!!
Wishing you better than squirkey for Thanksgiving. Happy, Happy Thanksgiving to all my American SparkFriends!
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
"Change your thinking, and you can change your behavior permanently." That is the primary promise of The Complete Beck Diet for Life, chapter one.
Chapter one lays out what the book is going to teach you including:
* how to motivate yourself every day
* how to consistently use good eating habits, eating slowly
* how to plan in advance, monitor your eating and stick with 3 meals and 3 snacks daily
She promises you will:
* eat and fully enjoy your foods
* build confidence in your ability to follow a healthy diet/exercise plan
* turn mistakes into opportunities
* maintain your weight loss
She gives examples of how you will change your mindset and learn to strengthen your "resistance muscle", that is, as you become more compliant to your plan you reinforce compliance and it becomes easier.
She promises a lot. Because I've worked her other book and workbook, I already know she delivers on many of these promises. But I know it takes real work on the part of the reader and I plan to master and apply even more of her solution on an ongoing basis.
BTW, the scale was at 131.8 this morning, the first time I've been below my center weight of 132 for weeks. I found 126 too difficult to maintain in the past. I'm wondering if I could do 129?? I'll think about it. I expect Beck's concept of achievable vs. maintainable weight is near the end of the book. I may wait to make a decision until I get there!!
Second BTW, I'm going to a basketball tournament tomorrow at Disney's ESPN complex. I get out of cooking and going to have big fun! We'll be eating out, but don't expect that to be a problem. And - WooHoo - SparkFriend Aquagirl and her hubby are going with my hubby and me!!
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Last week when my weight hit the highest point it had been in over 4 years I was kind of panicking. That 137.something on the scale just freaked me out! I reread the Weight Watcher beginner guide, which I have used and modified and succeeded with over and over. But this time I wanted more. Panic. Panic. I got out the Beck Diet Solution, but I wanted a food plan. Panic. I looked at SparkPeople menu plans. I do better with 3 meals and 3 snacks a day; one snack is not enough. I got out my old Curves Member meal plan which has 3 meals and 3 snacks. I even bought some things like turkey bacon that I hadn't had in years. But I know that plan is too high in sodium, so I wanted something else. Panic.
I ordered The Complete Beck Diet for Life which includes a food plan. The idea of doing the Beck plan again in a slightly different format really appeals to me, too. I've done her pink book twice completely and once just the high points. It's almost too familiar now, although the concepts are great and I haven't totally mastered and incorporated them in my life.
I was still panicking though. I enjoyed the Racing Weight book, but found it a little confusing on exactly how to do it. So I also ordered the Racing Weight Quick Start Guide which I thought would stress the basics.
My scale yesterday, before either book came, after just eating what I know to eat, was back to 132.2. And 132.4 today.
Both books came yesterday. I skimmed through both. I've decided I am going to read the Beck book first and try to apply it. Not sure if I will adopt the included Think Thin Eating Plan or not, but will investigate and consider it.
I didn't need to panic. I have not been eating badly even at my recent "worst" but I can tweak it, eat a little better, gain more confidence, and avoid panic in the future.
Monday, November 24, 2014
Martin and I had an interesting discussion about bananas. He said you should only eat them green. I had read that the yellow with spots are good for you. Well, we are both right. As a type 2 diabetic, he needs to eat only green ones. They don't have much fructose and are processed by the body as a starch (low glycemic index) rather than sugar (high glycemic index). The ripe ones have more anti-oxidants and cancer-fighting properties, though. So I can eat both happily, but know that one a day is the max I set; 5 a week is good target. The Racing Weight book listed bananas as a food the best athletes eat as one of about 40 staples.
I've only been food tracking a few days - maybe 6?? I weighed 132.2 (target is 132) this morning on my scale even though I ate at the top of my calorie range yesterday. Weightgrapher said I had met my goal. Almost. Feeling great!
Sunday, November 23, 2014
I feel really good about my run yesterday. I believe that is the first time I ran over 10 miles that I felt energized and energetic all day after. No soreness in quads or hamstrings. Just a twinge in my left arch, but hardly noticeable. Isn't it cool to be 65 years old and able to really enjoy a 10+ mile run-walk-run?? I walked over 3 miles this morning and just feel great! Will be glad to get my MRI results, but seriously, how could anything major be wrong with me when I feel so fantastic??
Yesterday they posted the free pictures from the Lakeland Red Ribbon Half Marathon two weeks before. I updated my SparkPage with 2 of them as you may have noticed. Here nephew Martin and I are at the beginning. The crane with the flag held the singer who started the event with the national anthem where all the runners could see. Kind of neat!
There are about 10 pictures of Martin and I at the finish. He is looking down in every one of them. I know he was exhausted. We ran too fast for him in miles 2-7, but he made it, he is a half-marathoner. He told me when he entered this race (I won him a free entry) he never intended to do another -- just cross it off his bucket list. But now he says he does want to do more. That's a victory!!
Proud to finish with a smile on my face:
Here we are with our official time:
Very glad I stayed with Martin to help him finish. If I had to do it over again, we'd go slower miles 2-7 (when we were running 11 minute miles) and finish stronger. But he told me yesterday his goal is to be able to sustain that pace for the whole HM next time. Very good goal.
And when it comes to life, achieving these kind of goals helps build momentum to accomplish other life goals. Martin is working to become a fire fighter. One of his qualifying tests is to run 1.5 miles in 18 minutes. He can now do it in 13.5 minutes. He says when he loses 20 more pounds he can apply. I'm very excited for him.
There are many other people in my life I would like to influence to live a healthier lifestyle. Just gonna keep enjoying my active life and trying to be a good model. I've now weighed in at Weight Watchers 68 months in a row at or below goal weight! After my run yesterday I weighed 132.2, just .2 over my current target. May not have totally rehydrated. This morning it was 133 even. Not bad. Not bad at all.
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