Houston, we have a problem! (Or, Miz, should I say, “Austin, we have a problem!”) Boy, this is tough. Like I said a few posts ago, I realized that no matter how many sweets I ate, it wasn’t enough, or satisfying. It just left me wanting more…I like the way Lori describes it: “the sugar monster is roaring pretty fierce.” So I started out pretty poorly this morning. Rummaging through my freezer (the indoor one, not ‘”the safe” freezer out on the back porch) for some blueberries, and what do I come upon but one of my old scones–full fat version. So, that’s what I started my day with. Then, that last piece of pecan pie was still sitting out, and I finished that off mid-morning. But after that, I got it under control, and only ate my old healthy foods. It was definitely a mental struggle, but I believe I will be able to stick the landing–oops, went from outer space analogy to gymnastics analogy. Oh, well, you get the picture. Also struggled all day mentally with getting out there for a walk/run. Set 4pm as my cut-off time because I knew I wanted to get an hour in. And at 4 pm exactly, me and the 4 k9 units (as Linda says) headed out the door. It was good for all of us, as they were feeling pretty frisky from the lack of exercise the past few days, and it made me feel great to get the 3 mile round trip in easily. While I was walking, I thought about what I could/should/would eat instead of the #*&%@# C-O-O-K-I-E-S in the freezer. And I came up with quite a few of my old favorites. So that made me pretty happy.
I also talked to my brother (remember, the weight lifter/long distance walker/health fanatic) who admitted to indulging a bit too much in the past month, and also has been slacking off for the past 3 months, and he now has 16 pounds to lose. Its not that I am happy he has gained weight. But it really gives me confidence that someone I know who has had long-term success with controlling his weight (like, his whole life) still can have ups and downs and still succeed in the end. I mean, at one point (not now) Oprah’s ‘little problem’ would have put me in the dumper.
Another big advantage to eating good foods to fuel your body, and exercising to condition your body is that I think it makes your immune system much stronger. I didn’t mention it, but I had a cold starting the day before Christmas Eve, but really, today it is essentially gone. It just never got terrible. Maybe its a coincidence, but I really think I don’t get as sick as I used to.
Well, I am still thinking about/working on putting more protein and good oils into my diet. It is hard work trying to implement a new food plan. I don’t think I will get away from the points completely. It really still helps me to keep track easily of what I am eating. But, I am going to work more on incorporating Lori’s 50-25-25 plan into my meals. Thanks again, Lori, for spending the time on such a good post. I am also going to add my weight lifting back in to my exercise. I had worked up to using 17 pound dumbells before I hurt my back. Then, I was a little afraid that I had hurt my back (or added to it) by lifting wrong. And now, my back is better, and they sit there with the 17 pounds on them, and it just seems too hard. I know what to do–back off to 10 pounds and work my way back up…okay, I’m going to end and go fix those dumbells right now!