Good Morning! I hope this Sunday morning is going well for everyone. Last week I attended technical training at a conference center. I knew from previous experience that this would be a challenging week and I was correct in that. These conference centers usually have snacks for you, but I didn’t expect them to cater in lunch too. Oh my. The first day was a disaster for me. I ate the snacks and, as my brain likes to choose this word to rationalize the damage, “enjoy” myself. There is still a success story though. The rest of the week I ate my own snacks and tried to choose the right food items and amounts of each from the catered lunch. Sadly, even though I did that, I managed to gain 3 pounds? I’m a bit disheartened about this and I’m considering hiring a dietitian, but that’s a different post.
The results from past weeks goals are:
Goal 1- Keep Drinking Decaf Coffee- I did it! I’m removing this goal off of the list for next week. I can count this one as a new habit now.
Goal 2– Resist eating sugar- I did this all but the first day of the training. I’ll count this as a win. I could have spent the rest of the week with cookies coming out of my mouth like Cookie Monster.
Goal 3- Keep working out at least 4 times a day- I’m still doing this one as well. Am I strong enough to make it 5 yet or should i leave it at 4 days for one more week? I have to think on this.
Goal 4– Eat a veggie snack a day- Wow still no go. I do eat veggies at lunch and dinner but I still feel like I need to do more. I didn’t get to search Google last week so I’m hoping to do some searching this week.
Next week’s goals are coming up soon.
This week is going to present some interesting challenges for me. I’ll be attending some technical training this week at a training facility. I typically take my plastic re-usable Starbucks cup filled with my homemade decaf coffee, but at a training center I won’t have a way to clean it out and store it. I’m also not sure how eating lunch is going to work, so the first day I won’t bring lunch and venture out for lunch near by. I noticed there’s a Jason’s Deli in the area and I’ve scoped out some things I can eat that keeps me in my calorie range. After that I’ll figure out the rest of the week’s food. I also won’t be able to go walking and in order to keep up with working out I’ll have to get up earlier because my travel time to get there is adding 30 minutes to my normal one hour one way.
Goal 1- Keep Drinking Decaf Coffee- I may have to test my lack of an addiction to caffeine this week and just drink bottled water since I won’t be able to take my plastic coffee cup with me. This will be an interesting one. Normally the only coffee provided at these training centers is caffeinated. Maybe I should bring my own decaf hot tea.
Goal 2– Resist eating sugar- In my past experience with training centers they usually provide snacks that include donuts and other sugary treats. I’m going to have to try to resist eating them. I’l probably come up with some portable snack ideas that I can slip into my laptop bag. I haven’t figured out what these will be yet but I’ll come up with a plan
Goal 3- Keep working out at least 4 times a day- I’m getting pretty good at this. Last week I finally saw the first positive effects of this when I weighed in and lost 1.8 pounds this past week. Score!
Goal 4– Eat a veggie snack a day- My goodness…what to do with this one? I’m keeping it on here because I need to find a solution. I think I’ll do some research on finding a vegetable juice that I can keep down. It’s just so gross. I’m sure there are others out there in my situation so perhaps consulting the all knowing Google will provide some answers.
Check in next week to see how I did!
Goal 1- Drinking decaf coffee- I’m still doing well with this. Thankfully, the agitation that I was experiencing after quitting caffeine has passed. My friends and co-workers are even happier than I am about this. One more week of success and I’m going to consider this a new habit and take it off of the goal list.
Goal 2- Do some research on finding a way to up my energy now that I’m not drinking caffeine- I found a great article with some ideas that I’ve tried out and it appears to be working. Some of the ones I’m trying is drinking more water, walking around the block, eating oatmeal,almonds and some apples and peanut butter for snack. I was happy to see that my decaf iced lattes count because of the milk. Sadly I’m unable to include the power nap at work. https://www.webmd.com/women/features/10-energy-boosters#1
Goal 3- Up my workout goal to 4 times a week – I was successful with this goal plus one. I did four True Beginner workouts in the mornings and went kayaking with my inspirational daughter on Saturday. We were so excited that the weather was favorable for getting out on the water. It’s been a long time since I’ve been out. Unfortunately we got horrible burns on our legs, but all in all it was worth it. Next time I”’ remember the sunscreen.
Goal 4- Eat a veggie snack a day- Still a problem. I wish I liked drinking vegetable juice, because that would make it easy, but I can’t stand the taste.
Goal 5- Try to write more often- I’m excited to be able to blog this week. Here lately I’ve only been able to write every other week. I’ll count this as a win.
It’s been a productive week! Stay tuned for next week’s goals.
Eat Well and Prosper!
A few of my goals this week are a bit of a repeat of last week’s, but I also have some new ones.
Goal 1- Keep up the good work on drinking decaf coffee. The desire to drink caffeinated coffee isn’t there anymore, but I’m struggling with lack of energy and getting agitated more easily. I’m hoping to push through this soon.
Goal 2- Do some research on finding a way to up my energy now that I’m not drinking caffeine.
Goal 3- Up my workout goal to 4 times a week. My goal the last two weeks was 3, and I’ve done 4 for two weeks, so I think upping the minimum to 4 is possible. I’m sticking to using the Daily Burn website to achieve this. All you have to do is show up. They plan the workout for you. Easy Peasy.
Goal 4- Eat a veggie snack a day. This still remains a challenge. It has never been a habit for me but I’m hoping that if I stick with it, that eating them will become a habit.
Goal 5- Try to write more often. My job demands a lot of time, and is very stressful, but I need to make time for me.
I think that’s enough for one week. Whew! I’m being pretty ambitious here, but my spirits are up and I know I can do it.
Have a great week and check in next week to see how I did!
I’m pretty excited about my progress over the past two weeks. I’ve been drinking decaf coffee, working out with Daily Burn’s New Beginner Series 4 times a week, taking a 15 minute walk at work each day and struggling through eating a snack of veggies. The veggies remains the hardest goal which still surprises me. I received this in my email from my fitbit. It’s pretty cool. Since I’ve been able to do 4 days a week for exercising I’m going to up that setting from 3 to 4. It feels great to finally stop thinking about becoming active and actually doing it.
“Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.” That’s a quote by Napoleon Hill. It’s funny how our current emotions pick out which words stand out at the time. For me, the words continuous effort and struggle remain imprinted on my mind after reading the sentence. But what about strength and growth, which are more positive words? Maybe it’s because this past week, for me, was mostly about effort and struggle. The first week I hit my goals somewhat easily, with some adjustments to the working out goal, but this last week was a hot mess. The struggle to do them took continuous effort and struggle. I know that blogs shouldn’t go over a certain number of words or else you lose the readers at some point. A lot of things happened this week to qualify it as a hot mess, but I want to share them, so I’m going to break them out into sections. If you aren’t interested in some of it, you can skip it, or if you want, you can read all of it. Buckle Up. The ride is about to begin.
I’m a comfort eater. I’ve learned that over the past few months. I get upset and I want cheese cheese enchiladas mostly, but anything else I’m not supposed to have will do. This past week, every day at work, someone wanted to go out to lunch. We usually work through lunch, and for some reason I was needing comfort, so I went along with it. I’m not even going to tell you what I ate. It’s was a food nightmare that kept reoccurring every lunch hour this week. All I know is that it has to stop. This coming week I’m going to try to figure out what is driving me to do this, acknowledge it, and address it instead of trying to eat it away. I’m also a social eater and find myself following the leader. After I sat and thought about it a while, my in town family, husband included, and friends love to go out to eat. None of them make healthy choices and I follow along. A few times I’ve made a healthy choice and had to defend myself and keep repeatedly having to push away the appetizer dish that keeps getting shoved in my direction. I have to stand my ground and not be pushed around. It’s hard not to when the people around you don’t support you. I have to give that thought up and support myself and my goals.
Two weeks ago I blogged about either quitting sugar completely or moderating myself. I hadn’t decided which way to go yet. The first week I did OK moderating my sugar in take, but this last week I lost all control. I had candy, cookies, donuts, ice cream and more. I even bought the donuts under the disillusion that I was doing it to be nice to my work peeps and that I wouldn’t eat any of them. How on Earth did I think I could resist them? Any time I thought about never eating sugar again, it triggered a response that urged me to eat all that I could because I’d never eat it again. This is a very real fear, especially since I know sugar addiction is very close to a drug addiction. I’ve quit sugar before, and I know that once you get past the trauma and drama of it, you don’t care for sugar anymore. It becomes a non-issue. The question is how do I get to that point? I’ve done it before so I have to deep into the cobwebs of my memory to figure out how. If I remember correctly, I just did it cold turkey. I may not do it cold turkey this time since the panic of it going away for ever was very damaging to my health this last week. My plan is to only have one dessert items once a week (probably ice cream on Saturdays). The idea is that after a while I’ll not even want that ice cream. Along with working out again, hopefully my mindset will become more directed at getting healthy instead of eating badly.
Daily Burn and Exercise
Sadly I didn’t start my Daily Burn program back up yet and that was a mistake. I can’t beat myself up over it, but I can make it right. I’ve been having trouble getting myself out of bed in the mornings. I’ve gotten stuck in old routines of hitting the snooze button on the alarm and having a slow morning. The bad thing is, my brain needs the training as much as my body does. The good old brain thinks its OK to eat whatever it wants because it has no other reason not to. The problem is I’m supposed to be in control of what I’m eating. I certainly lack the drive to get back into it. I have plenty of motivations. My knees still hurt when I put pressure on them and when I go up and down the stairs. My clothes don’t fit right. I’ve been wearing what Iv’e started calling my fat clothes on Mondays so that I don’t feel like a stuffed sausage. This is because I was totally bad on the weekends. I have made some progress though, and I have to applaud those and not just focus on the bad. I’ve walked twenty minutes each day, some days more. I’ve started parking my car in the space that’s the farthest from the building, and forcing myself to walk up the stairs. Whew, there are some days that I’m super grouchy about doing it too. It’s sometime discouraging because it’s just one flight and I’m sucking air. Also, a co-worker mentioned that his fiance is interested in bicycling and wanted to meet up to talk about it. It would be great to have someone I can ride with and help get into it. There is so much to learn about the sport and really nothing out there you can read. My husband and I had to learn it the hard way. I’m super excited about it. With me being the only motivator in the house, and not feeling motivated at all, not much is happening. It’s hard, but living a healthy life is a daily commitment. I just have to find my way.
This past week I’ve been thinking about my self-image. My daughter sent me a picture from a lady she follows on Instagram, @fatgirlfedup. She showed a two-sided picture of her and her boyfriend–may have been her husband–and they were both very much overweight. The second half of the picture showed them both after two years and they were very healthy looking. She had mentioned that she never intended the larger picture to ever be seen but it made her realize the truth of what she really wasn’t. The words what she really wasn’t stuck with me. The image I have of myself is of a woman who is overweight but not too bad. I have a confident gait and hold myself well but I don’t see myself as obese. This image is probably part of my problem. My brain has an attitude of Hey, you aren’t obese so you got time. Well Ms brain, according to the scale I AM obese. Friday my back was hurting and I noticed that I was sitting slouched down in the chair and my thighs were higher than the arms of my chair. Now I have to have the arms low enough to slide under my desk but still. Then I started thinking…that’s pretty much how I sit. My thighs and butt have always been the biggest part of my body and they made it hard to sit straight up sometimes. My under arms can wave at you, and at this point my stomach is uncomfortably tights in my pants. I’m able to cover all of this up with clothes but this doesn’t cover up that the issue is there. I need to accept what I really am not so that I can get to where I want to be.
I continue to dig deep into my subconscious mind to find the reasons why I do these things in an effort to bring a stop to the after effects.
I stand up to the food bullies no matter how strong the pressure.
I work out and continue to climb those stairs even if I don’t want to.
I understand that I can make it to the self-image that I want.
I focus more on the words strength and growth in the quote instead of continuous effort and struggle.
I have faith that I can do this.
If you read the whole thing, thank you being a trooper and taking the time to follow me through this journey. Sometimes its a long one. If you didn’t have time to read it all, thank you for reading some of it. Maybe that section helped you in some way. I hope you come back to read the rest when you have time.
Another goal I haven’t posted is to write something, even if it’s one sentence, on the weekends no matter how busy I get.
Until next week. Eat Well and Prosper!
My goals this week are a bit of a repeat of last week’s. I really want to get into the groove so that these goals become a habit.
Goal 1- Continue working towards my goal of going all decaf. This week my coffee will be all decaf. Ahhhhhh is that woman running with scissors??? Yep, it’s going to be an interesting week. But I got this.
Goal 2- Work out in the training room at lease three times this week. I’m going to be starting back at the beginning of the True Beginner Series on the Daily Burn website. This absolutely has to happen as stated. Last week was a hot mess (more on that in my weekly post) and I thinking starting the day with working out will put my mind into a healthy mind set.
Goal 3- Eat a veggie snack a day. My goodness this was hard. I know one day my body will enjoy the taste, but right now its a battle to get them down as fast as I can. Veggies on tap are cherry tomatoes, edamame, cucumbers and avocado.
Have a great week and check in next week to see how I did.
Eat well and prosper!