Thursday, November 27, 2014
Well, I always wanted something from Victoria's Secret (although I truly believe her secret is anorexia with some of the sizing in there!)... I found a robe in size large and it was close to fitting but not quite, very motivating. If I would get off my duff and kick things up a notch, I could wear the pretty robe in a size I literally have not worn since I was 13.
I'll be posting progress pics of the robe in January, hopefully fitting the front more closely together.
Thursday, November 13, 2014
The Holidays have foods galore sparking around like ornaments on trees glowing to get our attention. What's worse is these are EMOTIONAL FOODS! They bring back memories of childhood or better times, nostalgia.
So we see, we want. Ask yourself a few questions about EMOTIONAL FOODS:
1) Ask yourself WHAT you are wanting to FEEL. Warm, safe and comforted is usually my answer. During the holidays, nostalgic comes to mind. So how can I come by those same feelings without food? Warm luxury soft blankets, funny favorite movies, scented candles, old photos...
2) IF doing something makes you sad or really uncomfortable, don't do it. Looking through old photos brings back good memories to me, but then I get sad missing people and want to kill the pain with food. It used to be that when I was younger, people would bring up how I needed to lose weight at family dinners. Now, I would shut them down by saying "If you really cared, you would bring this up in private and not at a family dinner." If that didn't work, I would start a new tradition and avoid the negative nellies all together. There is no reason to put yourself in painful situations that make you want to overeat or binge later. Love yourself and protect yourself like you would your child.
3) I want a cookie... Well, if I have one, and I going to eat the whole box? PROBABLY! So here is the trick! Do not under any circumstances allow the whole box into your house if they are cookies you like or unhealthy cookies. Get a single cookie or two from a bakery. Leave the bakery and enjoy. Same with ice cream- don't buy it at the store unless it's single serve. Get it out, where you can only have a little.
4) Don't bargain with yourself. It just ends up badly. Have a plan in mind. Make plans ahead of time when you find pitfalls. For example, I found that I get into the box of cookies if they are in the house. I can't bargain myself down to two cookies. SO I wound up making a RULE that I have to get cookies at the bakery and no more than two. NO bargaining.
The food demon is very tricky and seducing. He lies and tells you you are in control. Then he loads high fructose corn syrup and additives into the foods to make us crave like insane people. Don't be fooled. The more natural a product is, the less processed... the better your body will respond and not crave.
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Tuesday, November 11, 2014
I'm a terrible night time eater. I wake up through the night and hit the kitchen like a ravenous zombie. I don't know how to stop myself because I'm half asleep. Evenings? Well, I graze. How did I lose so much weight and how am I losing weight with these issues? Let me tell you...
I planned my night attack snacks and set them in obvious reach, so when I hit the kitchen, there are low cal foods, like a can of fruit and a piece of cheese right in the front of the fridge waiting for me with a spoon.
I eat every few hours of the day, but lightly, so I stay full. I make sure to get protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats. ALL of them are needed to stay full. Fiber helps a great deal!
I try to stay around 300 calories to 400 calories for a meal and 100-150 for a snack.
I do graze, but I have tried to incorporate fruits, veggies, and lean protein into my grazing. Low cal drinks like tea and water with fruit in it keep me busy drinking instead of eating. Thirst and hunger are controlled by the same part of the brain. Try brothy soups or low cal drinks for snacks.
Avoid high fructose corn syrup- it causes cravings like mad! The stuff makes you want sugar like a crazy person. Choose pure cane sugar over it if you have to have sweet.
Cinnamon helps curb sweet cravings and lower your blood sugar, A GREAT snack at night is a bowl of oatmeal with cinnamon or warm milk with cinnamon and nutmeg- tastes like a fancy drink without the cost.
Hope that helps somebody.
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Monday, November 10, 2014
Today I was looking through my antiques missing my parents. I lost my dad when I was 8 at Christmas and my mom when I was 30 just after Christmas. The holidays get lonely for me, as I'm an only child and my husband's parents and his brother are also passed. It's just the two of us, just like it was Mom and I when I was growing up.
Mom and my song was "You and me against the world" by Helen Reddy. It's an old 70's song that few of you probably know. Anyway, it feels like that torch was passed to my husband.
I do miss my mother a great deal. She was a bright and creative woman who taught high school and she was my best friend. We fought like cats and dogs, however. over food and dieting. We never seemed to agree on things, as she was trying to save me from her fate of being overweight, as she was.
The 70's, however, were a time of starving to lose weight. She never knew how to balance food or live with it. It was all will power and denial/ all or nothing mentality. 800-1000 calories or eat everything in sight. That I learned early on with a diabetic exchange menu... She really tried, I mean, that's what she knew.
I'm so glad I live in a time now where I have online friends to cheer me on and support me no matter what time of day or night. I'm glad I found SparkPeople to re-educate me in a positive way.
I do miss dieting with her though... and shopping for antiques... and hearing about her love of hot fudge sundaes. To my mom, may she always rest in peace with love and fond memories!
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