Monday, 29 January 2018

In My Closet

My first stop this early Monday morning was my laptop and the Cityline Weight Loss page! A little connecting and a little surfing for inspiration - a two way street!

I get to weigh in this morning. The scale is in my closet. I am not - yet.

I am excited and intimidated as I dig deep to control the "weight" (pun intended) I place on the numbers and how that can send my spirit careening into the sky or plummeting into the depths - either of which can also send me off the challenge! I decided yesterday I was going to practice a first-and-foremost focus on the other positive changes I have made that are moving me toward a healthier "me." By recording them here, they seem to become more real and will, perhaps, mitigate any wonky reaction to the weight number. So, here goes:

1. My night eating is under control.
2. Better sleep - I actually got 8 hours last night - an unknown phenomenon in my life for the past year.
3. Increased alertness and the ability to fulfill my commitments in my part time job tasks.
4. Improved energy - It is not 100% back but oh so much better. I didn't even need a nap yesterday!

So, I am celebrating in the wee hours of my morning on the west side of our amazing country!  Doing a happy dance of joy for making it through one week of healthy eating - the non-exercise kind but working on that!

Next week - more of the same with one addition. I want to incorporate some kind of exercise or movement. Pondering the options. Wanting to ease my way into this to avoid the extreme pain of overkill from previous attempts! With our temperatures hovering at or above zero maybe a few short walks to get me outside to wake up my muscles might be good for my heart and soul. Strength training on YouTube? Hmmm. My mission is to make a decision this week and move forward on this. I vaguely remember how much better I do when I just move!!

So, off to the closet and my scale. I can't wait another minute! 

Down 4.4 lb.  

I'll take it! 
Deep calming breath......
.....drink a glass of water! 

A toast to Week #2!

Friday, 13 October 2017

30-Day Clean Eating Challenge Day 2

Well, I didn't really cook for myself on Day 1 but no problem sticking with clean foods. Buddha Salad will have to happen another day!

Day 2 - Eat walnuts!  Yeah. I love these on my oatmeal in the morning and on salads or in apple crisps! Today? Hmmmm. I missed them on my oatmeal (forgot!) but will make some trail mix perhaps with walnuts for consumption. I could also make gluten free granola.  Stay tuned. 

It feels like I am steamrolling my way through this - oh yea, it is only Day 2. My main challenge is going to be when it gets around to cutting sugar, reducing uncomplicated carbs, and watching the portion sizes. I am determined to stay away from the craziness of crazy, crash eating.

But today - well, today I say BRING ON THE WALNUTS!  Walking tall!

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Thirty Day Clean Eating Challenge!

Made my decision. Going for it. Little steps.

Although I get sick of trying every new trendy eating style that hits the internet, I have noted that similarities between the successful ones! Eating clean is definitely one of them. I like to keep away from anything that requires purchasing packaged meals, major supplements, or the latest book - although the book thing is a weakness of mine no matter what I try.  Getting healthy in my senior years seems like a no-brain-er; doing it as a food addict is a BIG challenge. But, I am going to take it on, Sisters and Brothers. I am moving forward and it all starts with Day One!

Eat foods without labels.

Since we do this anyway most of the time except when I am packing a chocolate bar or ice cream treat, that is.  Otherwise, we - our house - do not buy pre-packaged chemicals of any kind. BUT, I am going to make it my goal to try a recipe a day also. Since I am not the chief cook in our house, this is more of a challenge than eating foods without labels.  So, my challenge on Day One is:

Make a dish encompassing food without labels!

Buddha Bowl here we come.