Sunday, January 11, 2009
I have gone ahead and done it...I started a new job...it wouldn't be so bad if I wasn't still doing all my volunteering and still doing my own businesses I suppose...but I have come across a new obstacle...LUNCHES!!! Who would have thought that not only a time factor but a lack of imagination for what to eat would be so hard!?
I actually did really well...except for sodium content may have been a bit higher than I would have liked in the soups I chose...and yet, they seemed to be some of the best out there for convience soup...If you haven't tried soup to go, Chunky to go bowls or Healthy request bowls you really should, they taste great and all have less than 130 calories per bowl!
I packed along whole wheat pitas with alfalpha sprouts and my own chicken salad. Wraps for me are better than sandwiches, so that worked for me. Even my snacks were healthy...carrot and celery sticks, raisins and fresh fruit like pears and bananas. 100 calorie snack treat bags not to forget my huge waterbottle full of water.
My co-workers asked constantly what I was having for lunch and by Thursday they were eating what I had the day before...by Friday they were asking me what I was making for supper! Eating healthy is contagious when you find people with like minds. I know working here will be wonderful, given that I work with women who want to eat better. (Some are trying to lose weight as well.)
Planning for supper was much harder for me, but thanks to my husband, we were able to assemble everything we could the night before...something I have to admit was KEY to staying on the right path...we knew that we would be wasting good food if we didn't cook it and knowing most of the hard work was done made us more willing to cook it...after all, why order in if you will be eating before delivery gets there?
Even breakfast has more variety now. The kids favorite breakfast was a quarter slice of cantaloupe with two TBSPs of plain yogurt with blueberries on it. Yummy and surprisingly filling!
And so now I sit...knowing my imagination is not that creative for making meals...I am thinking a yogurt/granola/berry parfait may be what I make for a breakfast next week(easy to make ahead) but I know that for the remaining four days I am destined to look in a recipe book for or hope another member has some good recommendations for. (Hint hint!)
But my lesson this week is to prepare for the week on Saturday and shop for the week on Sunday...have meals done the day before when possible and when I cut up my veggies the night before, I store them in a covered bowl in the fridge, for example. A crockpot meal that would normally take me 30 minutes to prepare now takes me about 3-5 minutes to literally just dump in the crockpot and leave, which now leaves me 25 minutes to get ready to dodge out the door.
Losing weight while working is NOT easy. But doing this easy trick has keep me honest, focused and on the right track. Taking a bit of time in the evening saves me so much the next day.
Monday, June 16, 2008
I have been overwhelmed at the response my post called something so simple... would generate. I underestimated the power of words...and the hearts of people here at SP.
When one of the coaches contacted me a little over a week ago asking if she could use my post I was flattered...once it was released and I started reading the comments I was flabergasted! I think I spent half the morning tearing up and the other half trying to respond to messages so I could read more!
I almost forgot to excercise! LOL But instead of me motivating you...you were motivating me!
You reminded me of the person I was in your responses...some of you were exactly where I am now and there were even people who I could see that I wanted to aspire to be!
It doesn't matter if you are just starting or maintaining your weight...we all fight the same inner battles...be they excuses, low self esteem or the dreaded weigh in. And it doesn't matter if you are at the ideal weight or 200+ pounds overweight. We are all prone to fail and all just as prone to succeed.
I think the secret ingredients may be simplier than we think...it starts with self love, motivation and desire...it isn't a bad thing to love yourself enough to discover you are important and amazing! I think it's a great thing!
I can take you down a long road of bad times and horrible experiences...all of them leading to my weight gain...weight is a wonderful thing to hide behind. And it further influences our self esteem...it is extremely easy to have it go lower isn't it? It's the side comment someone makes about us...the number on the scale...the pants that don't fit...that doesn't always move us to make the change for the better...often it makes it worse and we give up.
But should we give up? NEVER!!! We are so worth it! Take your negatives in life and make them work for you! Get joy out of proving everyone wrong...even yourself for thinking you could never do it!
This morning I woke up to an email that announced that I had recieved nominations from you, my peers to be a spark motivator.
I want to thank you all for this honor...and although I am not so sure I am deserving of the title, I want you to know that you are all motivators. You are motivating your parents, your siblings, your children, your peers and even your co-workers...you may even be motivating a stranger...most importantly, you motivate yourselves every day that you come online and record your weigh ins, successes and failures. Don't give up...not for anything!!!
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