Friday, April 11, 2014
This was the discussion topic in Weight Watchers last night.
Before automatically grabbing for something,
and ask yourself: IS IT WORTH IT?
* Is it an occasion?
* How often do you eat this food? Can you get it any time?
* Does it look delicious and amazing?
* Do you have the calories to "spend" on it?
* Can you control how much of it you eat?
I thought these were excellent points, and honestly, ones we can't hear too often. It is easy to grab something just because it "shows up" -- muffins in the break room at work, the sample lady at the grocery store, your husband brings home candy -- but really -- if we keep the questions above in mind, chances are we won't indulge.
I also like this thought: "Is this food worthy of ME?" Are we eating leftovers so they don't go to waste, or eating just because someone else is? Are we eating UN-amazing food to soothe some other emotion?
Good thoughts to ponder!
I am a lifetime member of WW and so I only have to weigh in once a month. I have lost a bit this week, about 8/10 of a pound, but I wanted to save my $12 so I didn't weigh in officially.
Now I'm off to the fitness center; Pilates and 3 miles on the treadmill are in my immediate future! Have a great weekend, Sparklers!
Thursday, April 03, 2014
OMG, WHERE did the first quarter of the year go??
I haven't made any forward progress, BUT: I've stabilized at 137-138. I'm still exercising a lot but as usual, my eating has been inconsistent which is why I haven't lost any more.
Isn't it true that we have to keep things fresh on our journey, that we need to find ways to continually motivate ourselves? So to shake things up I rejoined Weight Watchers tonight!
Fully-dressed and after drinking all my water and eating all day I weighed in at 141. Since I became a lifetime member in 1977 (yes, really), all I have to do is get down to 137 on the WW scale and I'all be able to attend meetings for free. Yippee!
I'm kind of excited about it. I would like to lose another 10 pounds or so and think the accountability of weighing in every week will be a good motivator to be more strict with what I eat.
I'll let you know how it goes!!
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Writing a blog for the third and final day of the challenge!
Nothing weight-related though. I'm doing well with exercise; I've been averaging 18,000 steps per day and keeping up with my classes. I've been sloppy with my nutrition and I've been up and down the same 5 pounds all of February. I hope I can get some traction in March!
We are planning our trips for the year.
In March we will take our travel trailer for Tennessee for a week. We are going to do a "trail run" half marathon in one of the state parks. It's a half marathon AND a 50K so there are bound to be mostly ultra athletes there. We'll probably wear hiking shoes and take our poles and HIKE rather than run or do intervals. I'm a sloppy runner on asphalt and can't imagine jogging on dirt and rocks!
In May we will start in Michigan for 2+ weeks visiting family. We will do a half marathon with my two brothers and two weeks later do a 10K with my sister. I've inspired ALL of them to lose weight and get in shape! We'll see how they're doing. TC and I may end up doing the half marathon by ourselves. Ha!
After that we are going to head out west. We will start near Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, then proceed to Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Oklahoma, then home. We think we'll be gone about 3 months. Of course we'll be hiking in all of the national parks! There's a TON of them out there.
The last big trip will be in October-November. We are going to hike in the foothills of the Himalayan mountains in Nepal! It's a 17-day trip that includes trekking for 6 days and 5 nights on the "Annapurna circuit" which is view of 3 of the largest mountains in the world. We'll be going from mountain lodge to mountain lodge, which sounds WAY better than sleeping in tents like we did in Peru.
Then we'll fly over to Delhi, India and will spend 4 days on our own before joining another tour exploring the "golden Triangle" of India -- Agra, Jaipur, and Delhi. All told we'll be gone 30 days.
So I have lots and lots of reasons to get and keep the weight off!
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
I am reading through "100 days of weight loss" by Linda Sprangle with a group of Sparkfriends. We have a discussion thread on the Emotional Eating Spark team.
Today's topic is "Head Hunger".
The author contends that there are times when we crave crunchy or chewy foods when we are feeling angry, frustrated, or resentful. She says when we have the desire to eat these kinds of foods we should ask ourselves, "What do I really want to chew on?"
I'm not sure that I buy this premise -- I think I enjoy nuts, chips, and popcorn because I like salty foods! But I DO agree that when I feel hungry, but am not interested in eating an apple or baby carrots, it's not real hunger but some emotion that's sending me to the fridge.
With me, it's more likely to be boredom than anything else.
So rather than ask myself, "What do I really want to chew on?", I think I need to ask myself if a healthy snack won't appease the hunger. If it won't, then I need to just avoid eating altogether!
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