"Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self."

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Snapshots of Fall

See you next week!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

WW Wednesday

Well look at that -- I'm actually writing a WW post on Wednesday! (But only because Melissa told me to. ;))

This past week I haven't felt great.  I've felt like I was hit by a truck, actually.  Apparently ignoring pneumonia doesn't make it go away, so J has been extra concerned with me resting up and recuperating.
We've had a lot of convenience foods and my tracking was blurry, you could say.
All the same, I was surprised when I had a gain today at the scale.  It wasn't a big one, but I was surprised all the same.
Then I remembered how much less activity I've had lately.  Because I don't go into a job every day, if I'm sick and being told to take it easy, I do that (for the most part).
I think my small gain today was partly a result of my tortoise-like lifestyle lately.

So, my lesson learned this past week was that if for some reason my activity level takes a big hit, I should (duh) adjust my food intake accordingly.    If I'm not going to the gym or even running around my house and community like I usually do, my body doesn't need the same fuel as usual!
Also, comfort foods might be comforting in the moment, but they are an annoyance on Wednesdays!

Goal for the week: track my foods and practice more control over what I bring into the house.  If nap time is my hardest time of the day (and it is), then don't have the foods that tempt me the most!

Monday, October 15, 2012

WW Wednesday: Monday Edition

In the name of anti-procrastination, I'm going to do a WW post (for last week) now on Monday.


Aaaand I can't remember how my meeting went.



Or my week, really.
(That's why it's best to do it ON WEDNESDAY, Cayce!)

Oh! I got it! (Oh and I had a loss, by the way! :)  )
I was reminded that it's not always comfortable to change how you're eating.  (duh)
If I'm super-comfortable, that usually means I'm not going anywhere.
There needs to be a period of adjustment before comfort sets back in.
So right now I am uncomfortable -- and it's a good thing.  It reminds me of my priorities. It pushes me.  It annoys me.  It's the eating equivalent of a tight, unforgiving waistband.  Once I get used to the changes I must maintain to take this to the next level, I will be able to ease into it and relax in my new routine.

---Ok, truth be told, over the last couple days while recuperating from sickness, I may have indulged my sweet tooth a bit too much.  Come on, I found out the Snickers pumpkins taste just like the Snickers Nutcrackers!  I also may or may not have hidden the two I bought in my purse so I wouldn't have to share with my kids.  I have a problem.  I'm aware of that. ---

Moving on, lesson learned: stay the frick away from the Halloween candy. It does not bring out the best in me.

Goal for the week: Continue tracking and adjusting what I see as my new normal... without the freakin chocolate!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Tricycle time

Have a great Tuesday!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Good Things

BabyCakes, I hope to teach you many things throughout your life.  
(Heck, I hope to learn many things throughout your life.)
One of these things is "How to recognize the good things in life."

For example: You suck your thumb -- something many see as an obstacle to overcome.  
I see it as proof that you will look to yourself before others for comfort.

You don't pose for the camera.  Instead you'd rather engage the person using it.

The food on your face shows you are well-fed and have a healthy appetite.

You smile only because you are happy and not just to please someone else.

And your mischievous spirit shows that you will try to keep life interesting, even if it means you are your own entertainment.

Yes, BabyCakes, there are many good things in life and I hope to raise you to see them.

Go look in a mirror and you'll see one of my favorites.


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

WW Wednesday

Yes, I'm checking back in about my weight loss jooooourney.
Nope, it's not over yet.

I neglected this part of my blaaaahg some over the summer because I became more active with my WW group.
Besides, I don't want to bore y'all with one ordinary woman's battle with the pantry door!
But blogging about it worked for me.  It was a crucial part of my initial success so I'm bringing it back.

Today I am roughly the same weight as I was a year ago.  Yep, a year ago.  That doesn't mean i haven't lost weight! I've just lost the same 10 pounds over and over again.  The lesson here was that I have to find a way to go out of town and eat out while making healthy choices.  Indulging occasionally is fine, but if you have a summer full of trips and weekends and date nights, it's going to be a cycle of indulge - gain -  lose - repeat if you don't make good choices on those fun days.  Believe me, that's what I did!

So, a year later at the same weight (but a slightly smaller size thanks to some toning) I can either beat myself up for "wasting" time or I can look at it as proof that I can maintain this size and be proud of my perseverance.
I requested a new weight tracker last week as I mentally let go of the 60 pounds I had already lost.  I don't think about those pounds anymore.  I've lived a year without them -- they are gone.
Now I have new small goals (5 pounds, 5%, and 10%) and I can honestly say that today when I saw my weight (after a loss :) )I thought of it only in relation to last week.

So, this past week I learned how good it feels to eat a balanced diet again! Duh -- fruits and vegetables make your body feel good! Why is it so easy to forget that?

Goal for this week: Continue tracking and plan my meals better, especially family meals.