Time to get specific

Monday, March 07, 2011

Not just 'need to do better' kind of thinking.

I did not do a good job with my eating on Saturday. We left home at 5:30 in the morning and sat for 8 hours in a student union while the Girl Scouts did their classes. I did great until after lunch. Boredom set in, the hospitality room called our names. I'm not even sure how badly I did. I don' think it was really horrible. I certainly did not eat everything I wanted, but did eat more than I should have. I didn't track. That is my MO, I am really recognizing. If I am going to be successful, I have to get over this very big stumbling block. I'm still spendinga lot of my time in the 'all or nothing' place. I eat well and track for a few days and then blow it off when I think I've blown it.

The food tracking is an issue for me. I have an older program that I LOVE! The problem is they have not upgraded it to work with Windows 7. It is very user friendly and I have most of my recipes in it. I've tried several others and just haven't gotten in the groove with any of them. I have to make a decision and do it! Every bite, every day.

I am not exercising enough either. There are limits to what I can do due to arthritis. BUT I can do more than I am doing! Right now I shoot for 30 minutes a day. That is not going to cut it. I am working on a daily schedule where I throw in 10 minutes 2-3 times a day in addition to the 30 minute block.

Spring is going to come. It will be here before we know it. Soccer practice begins this afternoon. Then softball, then swimming. I was miserable last summer going to all of these events with this extra weight. Am I going to go through the same thing yet again this year or am I going to truly step up? Yes, age makes it harder and menopause is a real a** kicker, but neither of these things makes it impossible. I just have to work harder. My health MUST be a priority.

Planning is another issue. I call myself planning meals. In reality, I do it half-way. I plan family dinners and my breakfasts and lunches are whatever gets in my way. Clearly , this is not going to cut it.

There it is. I know this is not rocket science or even anything new. It is just time for ME to really embrace the truth to get specific and persistent. No more 2-3 days and then falling by the wayside. Hopefully, I have convinced myself that I CAN do this thing! It may not be rocket science, but it IS science. My body is not somehow immune to the science. (Even thought it feels that way sometimes.) Less fuel in , more energy out=better health, more fun, more confidence, easier moving and participating, and hey, way cuter clothes!
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    Golly, I am late to the party but obviously you hit a REAL CHORD in the sparkcommunity! And count me there as well.

    If we keep doing what we're doing, we're going to keep getting what we're getting. And that's just not acceptable.

    It sounds like you are embracing some self "tough love".

    I agree with the tracking. Lots of times when I think I've done terribly I find out I've only eaten at the "high end" of my calorie range, but definitely NOT A REASON TO FEEL I'VE BLOWN IT.

    I hope you will keep blogging and sharing your insights.
    3368 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/11/2011 10:00:55 AM
    Reading your blog is like reading my mind and my self talk. Ditto, ditto, ditto. Why is it so many of us are engaged in the same non-productive behavior? It sounds like you have definitely done a detailed self assessment and know your stumbling blocks. That is the first step. You are in good company Such. Let's get on with the solution.
    3370 days ago
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    I have to say, like the others, you really nailed me for having the same issues. Another year gone and I'm facing the same damn thing this summer.

    It's not to late and I don't think things will ever just "click" for some of us. I think we just have to make the decision to do the right thing and then execute - execute - execute even when we don't want to.

    Stay strong.


    3371 days ago
  • NANCY-
    It is difficult to lose what worked for us. Sometimes we just have to suck it up and adapt to something else. They say it takes 21 days to get used to it... so give it a change and see how you feel after 21 days.
    When my son did bowling instead of sitting and watching... I found that walking around the building 3 times was a mile... then I would come in and watch.
    If you want it you will find a way.
    3371 days ago
  • FITAT50
    Boy, add me to the list! I used to track my food faithfully then I just fell short of time. I do eat the same breakfast and lunch everyday so I know the calories, I also stick to the same snacks. My problem is not planning and logging dinner. I just started logging everything on Saturday and need the push to keep it up! Once I've eaten something bad it's downhill from there!

    maybe I'll start some kind of accountability partners on our thread for those who feel they may benefit from someone checking on them. What do you think? I know I do NOT want to backslide now but it's getting harder to stay focused with my life in turmoil right now. I'm so glad to have this wonderful team and special friends like you!
    3372 days ago
    I'm in the same boat! I'm going to try writing down everything and then putting it in the tracker. With my limited computer access lately, I've kinds gone the nothing route. If I write everything down, I'll still see everything I ate and it should hold me accountable!
    3372 days ago
    I can totally relate to what you are going through. This last weekend was a "nothing" in the "all or nothing" scenario you described. Like you, I need to plan my eating or else there are days I'm not in control. Last night I decided I am going to start planning all of my meals each week. That way I can avoid the 5PM question of what are we having for dinner tonight which often leads to eating too many of the wrong foods. As far as breakfast and lunch goes I've decided to have the same thing each day Monday through Friday. I read somewhere that this is helpful in weight loss so I thought I would try it. Maybe that would work for you also.
    3372 days ago
    Wow, did you get into my head and write a blog for me?? I seriously could have written this (well, minus the kids stuff...but add in dart stuff for me).

    I have the same issue with the tracking. I absolutely abhor it. I will do it for a few days and then bam, I don't anymore. I have done it now since Wednesday (except for Saturday when I was gone all day and it was too difficult to even know what to imput) but DID start picking it back up on Sunday and am going there next after this comment. I think my own head gets in my know the, oh, I know that I can eat within calories without tracking....I don't keep a checkbook, so why keep a food log type of thing....but I have decided the month of March to track my food and see what happens.

    Planning my food I am working on as well. So far I have done better than in the past and am working on doing better with it. Tomorrow is a shopping day which means I need to get with my boyfriend and plan out a few dinner.

    Ok I am going to stop because I am doing a blog on your blog!!!

    Let's make a pact with each other to keep on each other with our tracking and planning....sound like a deal??
    3372 days ago
    I have always had a problem with the all or nothing mentallity also. It seems like I can either be gaining or losing never just staying the same. When I get close to a goal I start to gain. I hope we can find an answer to that someday.
    3372 days ago
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