Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Weigh-In Wednesday



Time for the weekly weigh-in! Check here for more inspiration!

As I move forward this time, I am taking it slowly. I had some blips over the long weekend and discovered that the gluten especially store-bought cookies!) really do a number on my stomach. I am still trying to ease the discomfort.
I did lose a bit ow weight tho and was able to get some extra walking in this long weekend as well.

Weight:  198 lbs.  -1.2    (Yeah!)

Motivation:
While surfing the net, I discovered a really neat tool to help keep one focused on completing goals. It's called "Don't Break the Chain" and altho it was set up for the year, I have decided to do it for the next 100 days. I have chosen 4 goals: Daily exercise; writing; creating art; bible study and gratitudes.
Each day you complete your goal, you cross of the date. You want to see a complete chain.
Check here to see how it works and get a free download of the calendar. I cut it down to the last 4 months and made a small booklet with 4 pages. I want to see 4 complete chains by the end of December!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Weigh-In Wednesday



My first, and I had a bit of success. It took a few days to weed out the extras - bread, cake etc. But after a few days, I find I am not missing it as much as I thought I would. Bread is my downfall, my weakness. But Sunday I finally just gave it up - cold turkey.

I lost 1.2 pounds - not huge but at least it is moving in the right direction!

I am reading "The Daniel Plan" and there is so much good sense. Even the 10 day detox plan is doable.
I have also added more physical activity - walking and yesterday swimming.
I am keeping a food/activity diary as well and that is good tracking and a good visual of how my days are going.

Join in here for more support.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Weigh-In Wednesday - a weee bit late (9 months!)



I am an addict. There. I said it. I am a food addict. I fell off the wagon a long while ago- 9 months ago. Too long has this blog been dormant

I have tried numerous times in the past few months to eat better, exercise, lose weight. I have yo-yoed over the same few pounds several times.
But enough already. My daughter's words and my own concerns have nudged me (okay forced me) to do something and stick with it.

Last week my hubby and I returned from our 10 day trip to Lake George. We had a great time, but sicne returning we have both felt "off" and I am tired up waking up with little energy or desire to accomplish my goals. 

I started reading"The Daniel Plan" (40 Days to a Healthier Life) by Rick Warren, Damiel Amen and Mark Hyman.



It makes so much sense. I am hoping it helps me achieve my health goals. 
Today I also read a lovely post by "Collage Diva"  ("Lifting the Fog")that really pointed out what has been wrong with my health for so long and then shared what she is doing to feel better.

So I am returning to blogging here at "Stuck in a Rut" (which I have been for too long- and I want to get out!)
There is accountability here and a great supportive community that I want to reach out to (more so than I did before!)

Today is weigh-in and a return to a focus on better health.
Today's weight - 200.4 lbs.

Goals for this week:
1. Start the 10 day detox plan laid out in the" Daniel Plan". Gluten, milk and sugar will all be cut out.
2. Shop for foods needed to implement this.
3. Start the day with warm lemon water.
4. Exercise for 15 minutes a day to start.
5. Drink more water. 
6. Laugh more. Play!


Linking with: Weigh-In Wednesday

Friday, November 1, 2013

Trying to get back on Track




Confession time. I have been bad - very bad. Eating what I shouldn't have, going off gluten-free and I have paid for it.
I have gained back a couple of pounds and I don't feel that great.

But, I have also taken a positive step. I signed on with a local personal trainer this week. I will be meeting with Tobey once a week for 10 weeks. She is a task master and will be helping me build up my muscles and strength, especially around my knees. It wasn't working at home. I needed a push and she will definitely do that.

I got a scare Monday when I actually had to run for a bus. What  I did wasn't even running but by the time I got on the bus, my heart was pounding and my knees were screaming.

I am so tired of dealing with pain and lack of energy.

So time for a drastic change and doing what is right for my body.



Friday, October 4, 2013

Day 4 - 31 Days of Change



I watched an amazing show tonight on sugar ion the investigative show "Marketplace".
The effects of sugar are staggering. It is leading to an epidemic of diabetes, cancer and even Alzheimers.  Scary stuff.

Sugar is in almost everything that is processed.
4 grams of sugar equals 1 tsp. of sugar.

Some foods and the sugar found in them:
1 can of coke - 50 grams of sugar or 8 tsp.
1/2 cup pf vanilla Greek yogurt = 5 tsp of sugar
a healthy steamer dinner = 5 1/2 tsp of sugar

If a teen has 1 can of pop a day that equals 50 lb. of sugar a year!


According to research most North Americans have at least 26 g of sugar a day. It is recommended that men have 9 and women have 6.

Visit
the Fifth Estate's  website for all the info  - what sugar does to the body and even a low sugar for example.


Friday Weigh-In



My weeks seem to be as busy as when I was teaching - now I have art courses, volunteer work, reading and writing and creating. It has also been a gluten and lactose -free week as well.
And yes, there was a weight loss, even tho it was a small one.. Yeah! I lost .8 pounds this week.

I am slowly getting back on track. It really is about crating a routine I can live with and concentrating on healthier habits.

Goals for This week:
1. Work on the exercises I found this week.
2. Eat at least 3 - 5 vegetables  a day.
3. Return to Spark People and use their resources. (I visited the site this week and discovered things but haven't enrolled)
4. Continue with the "31 Days to Change" . Check it out here.

I did not do much reading of   "Wheat Belly" or "Undiet". I really must get to them!

Joining with Weigh-in Wednesday

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Day 3 - 31 Days of Change


A tip I learned a long time ago, which I use sometimes is to brush and floss my teeth right after a meal, especially if I know I will be tempted by toast or treats.
I remembered this only after I had eaten some toast with peanut butter after supper. At least it was gluten free (!).

But, I know I should have had some grapes or other fruit. I did well yesterday with that and at lunch.
Tomorrow I will try the teeth brushing trick for sure!



Be sure to check here at The Nesting Place, where there are literally hundreds of others taking part in the "31 Days of Change" for October. It's not too late to join!