Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
- jogged three days for 25 minutes straight each time.
- logged all my food daily, even bites of things.
- only gone over my calorie limits one day.
- kept up with week two of The Beck Diet Solution plan I'm following.
- Hunger is not going to kill me. If I'm hungry, but I know I am going to eat in 60 minutes or less, it's okay to wait and I won't die.
- I won't binge if I plan ahead and eat a snack in the early evening when I know we'll be eating dinner later than normal. (Even if I'm not necessarily starving hungry at the snacktime point.)
- I can pick healthier foods and enjoy them.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
On my 47th birthday, I made a commitment to give myself the gift of a new body. For my myself and my health, my daughter, my hubby, my music!!! Starting with a total of fifty pounds total to lose, I made it to the halfway point on June 25, 2010. Only 25 pounds left to go. I think I'll easily make it by Christmas!
My greatest lessons so far:
Every day I re-commit to myself to eat consciously. When I think about reaching for something sweet or salty, I look at what's going on in my life, in that moment - discomfort, conflict, need for love or comfort - and I've learned that I can consciously choose not to give into to those urges to ease my mind.
I've learned to eat smaller meals through out the day and not allow myself to get famished. This practice made impulse eating non-existent!
I've learned that I actually enjoy cooking, and that I actually CAN cook!
I've learned to weigh and document everything I eat, and drink 8 glasses of water a day!!! Thank you SparkPeople!
I've learned getting fit doesn't have to be "hard". I learned to create an awesome context that includes an empowering story full of rich motivation, and I SHARE it with friends, family and the people I work with. I'm inspired, and guess what? So are they!!!
I've learned to log in to SparkPeople everyday and play to make the journey FUN and in GREAT company!
Most of all? I've learned to just HAVE FUN!!!
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Or, should I say jogging along? :) I have jogged twice this week and it feels great!
Monday, August 23, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
- Reading a list of the advantages to weight loss every day can be helpful.
- Sitting down to eat every meal does leave me feeling visually satisfied as well as physically satisfied.
- I struggle with wanting to lose weight bad enough to do what it takes. ie. In the heat of the food moment, sometimes the ice cream looks better than the thought of being thin. That was a BIG revelation for me yesterday, sad but true.
- I learned I'm liking this book and think it will be very helpful for me.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Well, so far this week I've stuck faithfully to following each day's tasks in The Beck Diet Solution, but I have had a bit of trouble keeping my calories under 1500. There's no excuses and because I've journaled every morsel of food every single day I know where the problem areas are.
Dr. Beck doesn't even suggest starting a diet until day 15 of her plan, and maybe this is why. I'm not sure. I'm trying [pause] well, can I say "trying" if I've not done the work?? ..hhmmm.... anyway, I wanted to see a loss this week, but it may be a maintain again. I wasn't going to weigh myself until Friday, but I had to peek this morning and it was a straight maintain so far.
Last night I gave myself a big emotional spanking, but decided I have to get back up and keep going. I will learn the lessons and then do my best to make sure they don't happen again. (This was an incident of waiting to eat with family, which turned out to be 9:00 pm after soccer and back-to-school orientations all evening , and I was so hungry I ate more than my calorie allowance left me for the day. argh...)
Today is a new day and I'm trying not to let my calorie disobediences bother me. I definitely have to just take this one day at a time. So, I leave you with this quote I came across this morning that has me thinking:
Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing - Abraham Lincoln
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
- I will be journaling every bite of food daily.
- I will eat between 1300-1500 calories daily.
- I will follow the Good Health Guidelines laid out at Weight Watchers.
|Good Health Guidelines|
|Eat at least five servings of vegetables and fruits each day.|
|Choose whole-grain foods, such as brown rice and oats, whenever possible.|
|Include two servings of milk products – low fat (1%) or fat-free – each day.|
|Have 2 teaspoons of healthy oils (olive oil, canola, sunflower, safflower or flaxseed) each day.|
|Ensure that you are getting enough protein by choosing at least a serving or two of lean meats, skinless poultry, fish, beans, soy products, and lentils.|
|Limit added sugar and alcohol.|
|Drink at least 6 8-ounce glasses of liquid a day. The best choice is water.|
|Take a multiple vitamin-mineral supplement each day.|
|Get in at least 30 minutes a day on most days of the week.(Start with 10 minutes if you’re sedentary|
Saturday, August 14, 2010
- I have decided to follow the six-week program from this book "The Beck Diet Solution".
- I will journal all of my food, drinks, supplements and exercise in the DietMinder food planner.
- I will use my iPod touch to help me find calorie counts, calculate things, etc.
- And I "had" to have a cool, new pink (breast cancer supporting) lead pencil to write in the book and food planner. :)
Friday, August 13, 2010
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
- I set a summer goal to try and lose 10 pounds. I am no where near that goal and have one week until my kids go back to school and only 20 days left in the month of August. I would be lying to say it doesn't bother me a little. However, I'm coming to peace with it and am okay with it because I have also maintained. There have been days where the scale jumped because I overate, but then I've been able to get it right back down again soon enough. I also have been making some serious changes to how we eat, and this is HUGE for me. If you would've told me a year ago that I'd be making lasagna with whole wheat pasta and ground turkey I would've laughed and said, "Never."
- Also, I announced at the beginning of August that I was going to get up early and walk every morning to make sure I got it done and start a good habit. Um, not happening. We turn into late owls during the summertime, which I am sure is because the sun is still up at 9:00 pm and it's hard to just go to bed the minute it's dark out. I used to have a real hard time with this because when my kids were younger it wasn't an issue, they still went to bed early. I've learned instead to go with it, but it does mean that I won't be getting up at 6:00 to go walking. Instead, I have made a point to get exercise in during my day at some point and this is working out fine for me. As much as I like a schedule, I have really enjoyed the lazier days of summer and just fitting in the exercise when times allows. This does mean a more conscious effort on my part to make sure and get it done, but I'm at peace with that. I just have to remember that I fit in exercise when it's best for MY schedule, not according to when others workout.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Per your requests, here is the recipe I used for our shrimp and pasta dish the other day.
I've written in red anything I did differently or added to the recipe. This was such an easy, quick meal. It really does only feed about three adults, so when I make it for my family I will have to double it.
My sister-in-law and brother kept going on and on about how wonderful it was. I felt I couldn't take any real credit, because it was so simple to make. I think it just looked fancy, so if you want to impress someone try it. You'll love how it tastes (if you like the ingredients) and they'll think you're a high class chef. :)
Meditteranean Pasta at Cooks.com
one ripe avocado
angel hair pasta (or whatever is on hand) 1/2 of a 1lb. box of whole wheat pasta
3 medium cloves garlic
4 tablespoons butter no butter, just olive oil
peeled deveined raw shrimp (optional) 1 lb.
Set water to boil in preparation for pasta (I added chicken bouillon to water, since I've been told that helps whole wheat pasta cook softer. It doesn't change any flavors since you pour water off later.) and heat a pan for the sauce. Melt the butterNo butter..just olive oil. slowly on a low setting so that it does not brown or burn.
Mince the garlic while the butter is melting and add slowly. Do not brown the garlic. Simmer so that the garlic slowly softens and flavors the butter.
Dice the avocado while the garlic softens. You may add a bit of olive oil to the pan to raise the smoking point and help to keep the butter and garlic from scorching. Add diced avocado to the pan and stir to coat. Raise heat to medium, stirring periodically to stop the garlic from browning. Now would be a good time to add the pasta to the water.
Cook the avocado for approximately ten minutes until it softens and you can smash a piece with the spatula. Chop a small handful of Cilantro and add to the avocado mixture, saving some. If you're adding shrimp do that now and let it simmer until it turns opaque and pink.
Drain the pasta and move to a serving plate. Add the Avocado mixture over the pasta, sprinkle the leftover Cilantro, and serve with Parmesan cheese. I tossed pasta and mixture together in large skillet and then served in bowls, allowing guests to put their own parmesan cheese on. This is up to your personal preference.
Serves two to three people.
For a healthier option, you may substitute the butter for olive oil, but cooking times will lengthen slightly. True. :)
Submitted by: Lucinda Estrada
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Gee, it's a family affair right now. My mom has been working on losing weight, then gets cancer and keeps losing. She's doing as well as can be expected and has now reached the 160's in her weight loss. She's only about 20 pounds from goal I think. :)
I've been working on losing weight, slowly but surely coming to grips with the real changes that need to happen, and many of those changes are becoming cemented in my life.
Finally, my brother has non-cancer issues that were intensified with the chemotherapy treatments and is having to change how he eats. In the process he has lost 25 pounds so far.
Another fun aspect of us all working on our health is that we are sharing new changes in our food and eating habits.
My mom tells me about some new things she tries, or we rejoice in sharing a treat with our spouses. I bounce ideas off of her, or ask her opinion on whether something really works or not. We talk about how our spouses react to a new recipe or trying something like whole wheat pasta and, well, I think my dad and husband are both receiving some very good benefits from the changes my mom and I are making.
My brother is also receiving some benefits from these changes in my life. While on my trip I've been able to cook for my brother and his full-time working wife and make some healthier meals without feeling like I'm forcing something on them. He's had to make some serious changes to his diet, so they are totally open to whole wheat pasta and brown rice for example.
So far, I've cooked whole wheat pasta with shrimp and avocado last night and then I remade over a chicken and broccoli dish today and some red beans and rice to be a little healthier both with brown rice, and other healthier substitutions (I might post those later). He and his wife have loved the new dishes and I've enjoyed practicing my healthier cooking while I'm here.
It's been interesting to me to see how my parents, brother and my husband and I are all entering into a stage of life where we are working on being healthier - whether by choice or not. Though the cancer has not been the easiest thing on our family having us all working on getting healthier at the same time almost makes it a little easier knowing we are all working on all of it ... together.