Does anybody else do this? I walk around all day thinking about great new blog topics. They usually revolve around some food/diet/exercise/maintenance victory I have had, and I think I must share that. It might help someone else. And then I have an extremely non-victorious day. And it all goes out the window. What right do I have to tell anyone else how it is done? I can’t do anything right myself. That’s what happened Friday. As I explained to good blog buddy Jill:
Ugh. That’s what I say about this weather today. About today in general. It was supposed to snow, but instead it snowed just enough during the night to put the electricity out, which turned the porch light off, which gave the raccoon the go-ahead to get into the dog food, which made Noah bark non-stop, which made me get up and bring in the two giant cans of dog food off the porch. Problem solved. Until I woke up to smoky smell in the house. I HATE THAT!
Oh, and then I decided to make a batch of homemade yogurt this morning. All excited about that. I heat the milk in the microwave for 13 minutes, and then after it cools down a bit, I add some yogurt to it. Oh. Except I forgot to get some yogurt at the store. Got dressed and down to the local store in the rain to get yogurt and a few other things. All before 8:30am. Sigh.
Oh. So then, because I ate a crappy pancake for bfast (didn ‘t have my cottage cheese for protein pancakes) I felt too full. So I remedied that by eating some walnuts, then some more walnuts and raisins, and then some of those ginger cookies. Ah, its good to have my eating under control AFTER SIX STINKING YEARS OF WORKING ON THIS!!!!!!!!!!
Anyway, before that I was thinking about sharing about how I make little refinements in the way I eat or interact with food. I think sometimes these little changes can add up to major ‘lifestyle’ changes. Here’s a few refinements I’ve made in the past month or so.
- Gum and sunflower seeds. For quite a long time I kept a hefty supply of Eclipse gum on hand. Same thing with the reduced sodium sunflower seeds. Then for a while I kept the sunflower seeds in the car all the time. Of course, the gum was always in my purse. So pretty much most of the time I was in the car I was munching on sunflower seeds or chewing gum. Pretty soon it became apparent that I could not drive anywhere without something in my mouth. Sometimes on the way home from work I would chew a whole pack of gum (I don’t like to chew one piece for very long.) And in between I was munching on the sunflower seeds. Now, neither of these things have that many calories in them. Still, a whole pack of Eclipse gum is 60 calories. And by my unofficial count, I can eat about 100 calories of sunflower seeds in one hour. Anyway, one day I decided that this was more about having something in my mouth all the time. And that maybe it would be a good thing to practice spending time without food in my mouth, especially in the car. So I stopped buying the gum. And I stopped keeping the sunflower seeds in the car. I kind of make a game of setting an hour or two without amusing myself with food in the car.
- Taking food to bed. I got into quite the habit of taking a little cup of ‘homemade trail mix’ (walnuts, raisins, and chocolate chips) to bed with me, not every night, but quite a few nights. This had nothing to do with hunger. More to do with just having a treat. So sometimes I substituted grapes, and then I mostly just stopped. Really, its too many calories for a treat (on top of the dessert I already had earlier in the evening.)
- Salt. I’m not always 100% with this. But usually, I try to eat vegetables and meat without adding extra salt. Sometimes I just move the salt shaker off the table, and then I am too lazy to go and get it. Just trying to learn to enjoy the food without extra salt.
- Spackle 2.0. My newest obsession. It is a very healthy breakfast, and I love how it keeps me full for a very long time. But really, at 500 calories, it is more than I need for breakfast, and in fact, I am too full after I ate it. Half the recipe would not be quite enough for me, so I came up with a smaller version that comes in at 320 calories that I am very happy with. It will be just right, I am sure. And if I get hungry mid-morning, I can have a piece of fruit. Which I really enjoy also.
- The no-dairy challenge. That went pretty well. I only went 6 days instead of seven. The main thing I need to do is to NOT keep so much dairy in the house that I feel pressured to eat more of it than necessary. Most days I only eat two small servings (1/2 cup) which is not that much. I enjoy it, and it is good for me. And I don’t like taking calcium supplements, so I should be eating it regularly.
- I’ve been switching around my workout at the gym. Adding in more free weights, doing more circuit-type routines, adding in the PLANK. Hey, can a plank be an aerobic exercise? Man, I was just huffing and puffing and my heart was pounding after the last one I did (55 whole seconds LOL)
In spite of these refinements, I have not lost the six pounds I gained over the holidays. It is tough to change your regular patterns of eating. It is extremely frustrating to me that I still struggle with this SIX YEARS after starting the weight loss journey. But today I am content that I am continuing on, making healthy choices, eating wonderful satisfying delicious food. Working on portion control, and not eating when I am not hungry. That’s okay once in a while, but its not okay as a way of life (if I want to maintain a lower weight.)
Lori wrote a wonderful blog today, about enjoying food that was also nourishing to your body, and that those two things were not mutually exclusive. That is pretty much what I am always working on. Tonight I had a meal that was just that. I picked up some strawberries at a farm stand today, and I had some of my most favorite cottage cheese in the fridge (thank you, Safeway, for bringing back your 1% cottage cheese) and then I had a piece of previously cooked chicken because I was feeling the need for meat, and had the little carrots because I was too tired to cook anything. Oh, and some of that Chevy’s salsa to dip the carrots in–yumm!
Friday, when I was in such a fowl temper pretty much all day long, I was finally snapped out of it when I was laying on the couch in the evening, watching a movie. Noah was sound asleep on the floor, and Sophie was on my lap under the quilt I was working on. Mr. Monk was in his usual position, on top of the sofa cushions, and I heard his soft, even snoring. And I thought, this is pretty nice. Imagine that. A whole silly day in a bad mood, and a snoring dog is the solution. Who knew?
Hey, while I was writing this, a news flash came up on my screen–The Kings Speech won the Academy Award for best movie! Good choice!