Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Day 62 - Checking in

Hello Folks!!

So it's been a long day and I'm tired so my planned post will have to wait.  I just want to check in to say that I had a wonderful Zumba class tonight.  ZumbAmy  worked us hard tonight and there was a hilarious woman that kept everyone hooting, hollering and Woo-Hooing the whole class.  I even managed to drag my mom with me!!

I'm 7 pounds down this year and I'm starting to see it.  I'm so excited about that!  I can't wait to see the continued progress.



Today's Win

Baked fish with asparagus and fruit salad for dinner tonight.  Yum!!



Here's an image I saw on Pinterest this week that had me ROFL; it's funny because it's true.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Day 60 - Are you an overeater?

Tonight (as usual), I was playing around on Pinterest and looking through my health board.  So often I pin and pin and pin and never go back to actually read any of the pinned articles.  (You know what I'm talking about.)  But  tonight was one of those rare reading nights.  After a conversation with GCGfriend T today and an almost 2 pound loss this week (Yay Me!), I was motivated to look for additional inspiration.  I came across a couple of articles I found interesting.  One in particular talking about "zero-calorie" foods, which I'll talk about on my next post.  Today I want to talk about a different article which stated some reasons we overeat and then share something about each of them.  I suggest you read the article, "10 Shocking Reasons Why You Overeat."

Reason # 1:  You skip breakfast.  
     I've been guilty of this in the past, but have done great since I started this journey.
Reason # 2:  You eat in front of a screen.
     So occasionally we have family picnics in the living room watching a movie...I'm not worried about those.  However, Zapamundo and I often have our phones at the dinner table and while we do have conversations with the kids I do have to believe that with all these things going on our food decisions suffer.  I'd love to be one of those families with a "no electronics at the dinner table" rule. 
Reason # 3:  No portion control.
     Guilty!  I am not good at portion control.  I don't know what my portion sizes should be for a lot of foods.  However, I am hoping that by increasing my produce and eating that first, I won't have to worry so much about it...We'll see, but I have a feeling I'll be changing my tune in the future.
Reason # 4:  Mistaking thirst for hunger.
     This is SOOOO true.  I heard this years ago and try (i said try) to drink some water first when I think I'm hungry at random times of the day.
Reason # 5:  Eating for your partner.
     Read the article to see if this is an issue for you, but I don't think it is for me.
Reason # 6:  Your bowls and plates are too big.
     We used to talk about this in WW all the time.  Trick your brain by using smaller plates.  You'll feel like your eating more if you have a full small plate instead of having it all spread out on a larger plate.  I usually give the kids the small plates and keep the big ones for the adults...I think it's time for a change.
Reason # 7:  You feel guilty.
     Guilty for making mistakes.  I have to say that this is probably what has derailed me so MANY times in the past.  A few mistakes made and "oh whoa is me...the end of the world...can't do anything right...might as well not do it at all"  and then all health efforts are dropped.  This time: so far so good.  I'm taking baby steps and not being hard on myself when I'm not perfect.
Reason # 8:  You never snack.
     Watch out for this one.  Without healthy snacks in the middle of the day you can become ravenous and that seems to make one completely lose their ability to make good food choices.  It's possible that I may be speaking from personal experience here.
Reason # 9:  Overindulging after a workout.
     Don't you just always want to believe that sweating your booty off for 45 minutes is enough to earn you a big piece of cake??  IT'S NOT!  DON'T DO IT!!  Maybe try some fruit or splurge on a homemade smoothie.
Reason #10:  Getting emotional.
     Oh my.  This is probably my biggest issue.  I'd like to say I'm just a stress eater, but that's not true.  Oh trust me, I eat when I'm stressed.  I do.  But I also...eat when I'm happy, eat when I'm celebrating, eat when I'm bored, and so many other emotions.  UGH!!!  I hate being an emotional eater.  I need to figure out which emotions most trigger me to eat when I'm not hungry.  And then work on finding a health alternative.


So I hope this gives you something to think about and helps you in your journey to a healthier life.



Today's Win!!
I reached my step-goal with the help of a fun form of exercise:  ice-skating with family and friends!!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Day 49 - Dieting and all that Jazz

So today I want to talk about food and as a fair warning, I have so many different thoughts running through my head I'm not sure how to get them out in a way that anyone can understand.  And since basically all my friends reading this are teachers, I apologize for the destruction I'm about to do to grammar/literature.

So last week after Zumba, ZumbAmy and I were discussing food/diet.  I've been asking around to see what other people are doing to get some idea of what will work for me.  WW, low-carb, no-carb, paleo, VB6...In fact, I've been kicking around the idea of doing VB6 for about 9 months, but have never done it.  It just seems like so much work and something my family wouldn't do with me.  I try to stay away from the crazes and things that sound absolutely ridiculous, like only drinking grapefruit juice with pepper or whatever other crazy things are out there that I ignore.  However, I have tried a few things over the years.  In fact, WW was probably the most successful.  I got down to 130 which, while it's a healthy weight for me, is at the top of my weight range and 5 pounds higher than my dream weight.  But let me tell you a secret, I HATE counting.  I HATE writing everything down.  And no matter how well I do on it, and how much I think it's probably one of the best programs out there to follow, I CANNOT think of it as a lifestyle change.  I just keep thinking of it as a diet and I revert back to my heinous ways once I get close to my goal.  And it's ALL me...it's not the program.  So with that said, I don't want to do it again. Sorry MizMotivator!!!  

This is what I want.  I want to make healthier choices.  I want to cut out sugar...not natural sugars found in fruit, but those found in ice cream and cookies and candy...oh how I love me some sugary candy.  I want to cut out sodas.  I want to eat less breads.  I want to eat more veggies and fruit.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE veggies and fruit so why don't I eat more?  And most of all I want this to be my new LIFESTYLE.

So here's the deal...I admire ZumbAmy and they way she takes care of her body and her health and I'd love to be that healthy.  So after that conversation with her, something clicked.  I just decided "That's it.  I'm not going to be tempted by sugar and sweets.  I am not going to eat that garbage."  And do you know what?  That's exactly what happened.  I haven't had any candy or ice cream or any of that since that conversation.  And it's been super easy to resist.  I've been making some delicious salads for my lunches.  And I'm loving it.  And I CAN'T WAIT for summer and all the fresh produce it brings.

So now I know what you're waiting for...the most exciting part of my revelation...the results.  I lost 2 pounds this week!!!!  Yay Me!!!  So 5.3 pounds down and 41.6 to go!

To end this post, let's raise a glass (of water) to continuing to resist temptation.  Then I can become someone's skinny, healthy friend and maybe be motivation for someone else.  (GCGFriend T  ;-) )

Today's Win
TWO pounds down this week!!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Day 42 - ZUMBA ZUMBA ZUMBA

Hey ladies!

I am doing Zumba and let me tell you I AM LOVING IT!!!  I missed my Tuesday evening class due to snow cancellation so ZumbAmy called me up to go to her Wednesday night class and I had a great time.

Here's the thing about Zumba...I can't dance.  I have no rhythm.  I look like a fool.  But I don't care!  It's so much fun!!!  It's an hour of constant movement and if I remember to keep my core tight, I get a great all-around workout. 

If anyone is willing to join me there is a groupon at http://www.groupon.com/deals/bodies-work-fitness


Today's (Wednesday's) Win

Thanks to my Zumba class I hit over 7900 steps!