Sugar Scourge

So far this morning, I’ve thrown away two half-empty bags of M&Ms and two halves of different 4 oz. dark chocolate bars stashed in various places around the house so that I would not finish them. I have not gotten brave/desperate enough to clean out some of the other chocolate and sugary foods in the cabinet, but I have also not yet caved and eaten any.

Stopping, or even slowing, the sugar intake is hellish. That is all.

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Another Year, Another 5 Pounds

I decided last week that I’d see how things went if I weighed just once a week. Since I was up five pounds this morning, I don’t think I like the waiting one week. I’m pretty sure I’ve not eaten enough for that to actually be REALLY five pounds, but just in case, I can’t take that kind of surprise.

Last week was my 42nd birthday. I’m closer to 200 pounds than I want to be. I did, however, resist the urge to order myself a cake. I cannot tell you how close I was to doing so, bargaining with myself that it would be just for my birthday, just for something special.

We went out to dinner, then went to a specific bakery that has a cake I love. They didn’t have it, so I didn’t have anything. I was a little fixated on cake. I went into another bakery the next day, intent upon getting cake, but walked out empty-handed.

I went to the gym twice last week, and the second time, I was actually able to run two laps without any pain in my foot. Hurray! I’m a little bummed about how out of shape I am, running-wise, but I know how to build back up to that. I can get there.

I’ve also unearthed the 5-pound weights in our bedroom, and have been doing a quick 10-minute workout in the morning. Friday, I saw an article in Shape magazine that showed Jenny McCarthy’s workout, and have to say that one of the exercises she does is pretty killer. I have no idea how to describe it using the right terms for the moves, but basically:

  • Stand with your legs a little wider than shoulder width.
  • Raise your right arm up, holding your weight, palm facing in.
  • Shift weight to your left foot.
  • Bend your right elbow down, so the weight is in front of your face, while raising your right knee up toward your elbow.
  • Put your right leg down while raising your right arm back above your head.
  • Repeat on the left side, and do 8 to 12 reps.

It just feels like it is working the right muscles. So, maybe that’s part of the 5-pound swing, all that new muscle. 🙂 At any rate, I’m nowhere near where I need to be consistency-wise, but I’m working on it, and I haven’t given up, and that’s what counts.

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Cauliflower Monday

I’m making a cauliflower dish from the New York Times to go with a simple roasted chicken for dinner. I’m hoping that, plus a killer Greek yogurt & basil smoothie, plus a walk around the neighborhood with the dogs, and a few intervals with the 5-pound hand weights, will help to cancel out the impact of the rather alarming amount of M&Ms I ate today.

Whoops.

At least I’m acknowledging it.

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Back & Almost Good to Go

Whew – didn’t lose, but also didn’t gain, while on vacation. I credit the fact that every day involved ~10,000 steps, just getting from the hotel to various places for meals. I was a little cuckoo about the Fitbit, snapping it onto my bathing suit when I left the beach to run back to the room for a bathroom break.

Coming home, however, I came down with some sniffles and such that knocked me off my plan to come home & hit the gym like a champ. I’m feeling better today, after two nights’ sleep in my own bed, so am going to try to at least do a little walking.

Plantar fasciitis continues to be a problem for me. The half-marathon I was going to run is this weekend. I’ve now set my sights on a 5K in March, but realized that even walking it would be a good goal, rather than dragging out this injury by trying to run too soon. We shall see.

I got an astonishingly powerful Vitamix blender for Christmas, so have been experimenting with green smoothies. It does seem like a huge accomplishment when I can get a big veggie hit first thing in the morning. So far, my favorite combo has been Greek yogurt, kale, fresh ginger, cantaloupe, cucumber, and honeydew melon. The trick is keeping the fruit to a reasonable serving size. I bought chia seeds yesterday, and didn’t notice them in the mix, but honestly, haven’t done any research on their health value. Perhaps this morning I’ll look into it, but I’m just going on faith & recommendations from others that they at least aren’t bad for me!

Thanks for welcoming me back. I’m going to try to be easy on myself, not critical, and just ease back into living a healthier life than I have been. I realize this may be a singularly uninspiring and meandering blog post, but that’s part of it, too. The saying, the writing, is the discipline of sitting down and considering it, is more important for me than the quality. Onward!

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New Year – New Day

It seems a little trite to start again on New Year’s Day, but it seems sillier to NOT start just because it isn’t cool to start on a day when people traditionally start.

The good news is that I’m here. The not as good news is that I’m back up to 191. The better news is that I haven’t slid any further, I still have 40 pounds lost, and I know what it takes to get back on track:

  1. Accountability.
  2. Eating healthy foods in healthy amounts.
  3. Exercising regularly.

In other words, it takes getting it all back in balance. We’re about to take our annual new year’s trip, and I’m not certain I’ll have access to the full range of foods I’d like to incorporate in my eating plan, but here’s what I can do and plan to do. I can clip my little Fitbit onto my waistband each morning. I can log the food I do eat. I can focus on relaxing and refreshing my mind.

When I get back next week, I can get on the scale again and start to work on getting the gym back into my schedule. I can work on swapping out the buttercream for kale and blueberries.

I hope you are all doing well. I feel really sheepish coming back here. I’ve been avoiding this blog and all of the blogs and bloggers who were so awesome and supportive and inspiring. Why did I do that? We are our own worst enemies, so all I can do, again, is look forward. After all, it is a new year. Here’s to it!

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