Goals of the Week

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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!

Goal Update

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My goals last week (and the week before)were:

Goal 1- Continue working towards my goal of going all decaf. So this week I’m doing two espresso shots of decaf and just one shot of caffeinated shots.

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. My husband also agreed to give it a try. YAY!

Goal 3- Eat more veggies. I usually eat veggies at lunch but I don’t eat them as a snack. This week I’m going to add one veggie snack a day

The results for the past two weeks were mixed.

Goal 1- I’ve been successful with the coffee goal. I’ve been doing the two decaf shots and one caffeinated shots for two weeks now.

Goal 2- I didn’t work out in the training room but I did walk twenty minutes each day which is more than I have done in a long while so it’s a modified win.

Goal 3- As I expected, eating veggies as a snack each day has been challenging. I’m kind of surprised that eating them felt like such chore. I’d eat them as fast as I could to get it over with. But I did it.

My goals next week will continue on these lines. I successfully pulled off goal 1 and 3 and will make goal 2 happen with working out in the training room.

I’ve learned to remind myself that each new day is a new opportunity to be successful.

 

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For the Love of Sugar

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For the love of sugar! It’s my kryptonite. For some people it’s pasta, others it’s bread, and for my daughter it’s potatoes. My first memory of losing control with sugar was when I was twelve years old. My grandmother bought these mini ice cream sandwiches and stored them in the freezer out in the garage. We were only supposed to have one, but my sister and I would sneak outside and eat I don’t know how many at a time. I would call myself a sugar-aholic. Eating just one piece of sugar is just the beginning. There’s no such thing as eating just one. If I start the day eating sugar, then I’m eating it all day.

Searching for a solution, I came across two trains of thought. Quit sugar completely. Cut it out of your life forever. The other thought was eat it in moderation. If you cut it out completely, then it will become the forbidden fruit and you are more apt to lose it one day and smother yourself in a mountain of chocolate iced cupcakes. My nutritionist had allowed 100 calories of chocolate in my eating plan so that can’t be a bad thing.

A couple of years ago I decided to take the route of quitting sugar altogether and even did it cold turkey. I had already done it with smoking, and caffeine, so why not? If I can’t control myself, then quit it. I had actually read a story a bunch of years back about a lady who was a pasta addict and she decided to quit. I remember thinking, “Oh my goodness. What a horrible idea!” Then I turned the concept on myself but with sugar instead. The horror and shock of such a horrendous idea was too much. I would sometimes think about it over the years and quickly shove the idea away. But, I did do it and was successful at it for a year. The thing I found though was that I had been using sugar to make myself feel better, and as a reward for achieving goals. Now, when I wanted to feel better or reward myself, I became depressed. I had nothing to help me now. I’d even get a cake pop and try to eat it, but found the taste repulsive which made my depression even worse.

I’ve also tried eating sugar in moderation, as my nutritionist had suggested. This worked for a little while, until that big hit came. The one where a co-worker upsets you, or you catch a bad cold and just want comfort food. I lose it every time. I was really sick this week with allergies and had a really bad week with unhealthy choices.  It makes it much worse when you are a sugar addict.

Both options have their challenges. Deal with the emotional loss of sugar after quitting cold turkey, or try to find some control and will power to only eat it in moderation. My daughter has been a great inspiration to me. She’s been making a ton of progress with her weight, eating and self control. Growing up with a sugar addict for a mom hasn’t made her transformation easy. So I decided to chat with her and try to come up with a plan. She asked, “What food do you eat for comfort that is not sugary? ” My answer was,”Cheese enchiladas and grilled cheese sandwiches!” Hmmm…not healthy, but a start to finding a solution.

After some inner searching and conversation we came up with this plan. Bring some string cheese to work, which is where I’m usually weak, to deal with the stress and comfort eating. For the sugar, try to eat a healthy sugar. So I’m getting some small oranges and splitting off the wedges. When I want sugar, I’ll eat one of the wedges. I’m also going to try to take a walk if i’m having a really bad struggle When I quit smoking I drank some water when I wanted to smoke. I imagined that with each drink I was cleaning away some of the damage I had done.  Want sugar? Then walk.

Which option would work best for you? Quitting cold turkey or eating sugar in moderation?

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Until next week!

Eat Well and Prosper!

Goals of the Week

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Last week I achieved my goals, and I want to keep achieving them, so I’m not going to be too aggressive. It’s the worst feeling to set a goal that maybe was a little too high and then not to reach it. I’d rather set reasonable goals that I know I can achieve.

This week’s goals are:

Goal 1- Continue working towards my goal of going all decaf. So this week I’m doing two espresso shots of decaf and just one shot of caffeinated shots.

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. My husband also agreed to give it a try. YAY!

Goal 3- Eat more veggies. I usually eat veggies at lunch but I don’t eat them as a snack. This week I’m going to add one veggie snack a day

Wow, the combo of all of those goals do seem a bit aggressive. I feel like I can do it. Surprisingly, eating all the veggies is the goal that concerns me. LOL

Check back next week to see how I did.

Eat Well and Prosper!

Goal Updates

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Last week my two goals were:

Goal 1- To change the amount of caffeine in my coffee from three shots of caffeinated espresso to one shot of decaf and and two shots of caffeinated espresso. This was the first stage to going all decaf.

Goal 2- Straighten up the training room so that I can begin working out again in the mornings.

And the results are…..drum roll….I achieved both goals! I felt so good to finish what I set out to do. I’m working on setting up my goals for this week and will be posting them soon.

Thank you so much to all of you who marked Like on the post. I appreciate your responses and it has encouraged me to keep writing.

Until next post.

Eat Well and Prosper

Goal of the Week

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This week I have two goals

Goal One

Limit the amount of caffeine I’m drinking. I currently make my own iced lattes with three shots of caffeinated espresso. This week I’m doing two shots of caffeinated and one shot of decaf to get to my goal of drinking all decaf. Caffeine messes with my heart rate so this is essential to getting healthy for me.

Goal Two

Clean up my training room so that I can begin working out in the mornings.

Check back in next week to see how I did.

Real Life

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I haven’t written in a while because I’ve been pondering some things, and I’m worried that my blog will not be a source of encouragement as I intended it to be. I have to accept that this is real life. Not some fairly tale weight loss story that you see in the book stores. You know the kind. The person was seriously overweight, and they made all these changes, and it was so easy, and this is all you have to do to have their success. “If it worked for me then it will work for you.” I want that too, but they don’t work for me. I’ve come to realize that it’s not an educational thing, or even a physical one. I do have physical issues that I have to work around, but I can do it. I have all the training I need to be successful. I’ve seen a dietician and worked with a physical trainer in the past. I know the magic calorie number to stay under to lose weight. I know that cardio alone isn’t enough. I’ve come to understand that this is an issue with my mind.

Last time I wrote I compared how my struggle reminded me of my issue with cigarette smoking. All it took was about a week to get over the physical addiction of the nicotine. After that it was all in my mind. At least quitting smoking is easier. You have to smoke in designated places, and even when you do people give you horrible stares. But eating is everywhere. It’s at work luncheons, fast food restaurants that are everywhere you drive, birthday parties, the frozen food section at the grocery where they keep the ice cream. I know that eating bad things is bad for me, but I do it anyway. I’ve come to think that I have a lot in common with the people on the show My 600 Pound Life. Many of the things I hear on there can be applied to myself. So why can’t I say no to the temptations all around me?

After some pondering I think the issue is because I’ve never had healthy role models growing up. My grandma, bless her heart, was a country girl who worked in the fields with her other eleven siblings, and at the end of the day they ate chicken fried steak with gravy and mashed potatoes. The calories didn’t matter because they worked it off all day long. So this was how we ate, and on top of that, food was a gift and reward to us for more reasons than one. No one emphasized eating healthy, or working out regularly. We had veggies because grandma grew them, but they weren’t pushed upon us to eat them. So today it’s an effort to include them in my meals. I’m good with meat and fruit, but veggies aren’t on my radar.

It’s not just me though. My husband grew up with food being a reward and a way for his mom to show her love. Especially today this continues to be the case. We don’t have friends who are conscientious of healthy food habits, and we don’t’ have that background to draw from, so we both continue our bad habits from childhood. On the other hand, my sister-in-law grew up with good food and health habits from her mom, and she hands this down to her kids. From my view, she makes it look effortless. It’s just the way it is. And it probably is. She grew up that way. They live four hours away, so they aren’t close enough to make a visual impact on how we live.

After all this thought, the new questions for the week are these. How does living a healthy life become second nature for people who didn’t grow up with healthy role models? How can we make eating right and working out just something we do? To say no thanks, without batting an eyelash, when offered a cup cake? What does it take to change our mindset?

I’ve contemplated quitting this blog and taking this journey offline. This is real life, very personal, and not always happy. I fear also that one day while I’m looking for a new job, a possible employer will stumble upon this and say uh no. I’m not hiring this person. She’s a food junkie with no control. Employers today look you up online sometimes before making a decision. But I have to stop being afraid. That’s one of my issues. If I have at least one person who is finding this helpful, it’s worth it to me. I mostly feel very alone in this fight. I don’t have much support to be successful. Hopefully this will help at least one person feel like they are not alone. If you stumble onto this blog and find this journey interesting, please like it so that I know it’s helping someone out there.

I hope you have a great week.

Eat well and prosper!