Monday, November 23, 2009

Report Due

Hey, where did everyone go?

Report in comments.

My week was a big stinker...and looks really bad. I had Thanksgiving Part I at my aunts house...I still have to survive Thanksgiving Part II...oooocch. My points are suffering.

I had 8 points this week. I didn't really take advantage of the clean days taking points away and just tried to keep all snacks to one per day, which doesn't seem that bad, but really adds up!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Report Due

Okay, end of week one. This has been a great challenge for me. I realized how often I'll just pop a handful of this or that into my mouth. Once I did just that, and thought, "I don't want to write a point down for this" and spit it back out--aack!

Here's my story:

Day One-1 Diet Soda= 1 point
Day Two-Clean as a whistle
Day Three-1 square chocolate + 1 serving pumpkin bread pudding (delicious) = 2 points
Day Four-1 serving pumpkin bread pudding (aack!) = 1 point
Day Five-CLEAN
Day Six-Gelato!!= 1 point
Day's not over yet...

Tota 3 points! This hasn't made me stop having treats (obviously) but it does make me think twice about having a second helping (that bread pudding was tasty though!)

How did your week go?

Friday, November 13, 2009

Starting late?

If you'd like to join in START NOW! At the end of the first week, we'll just tie you with first you have as many points as the person with the fewest....does that sound fair? This way you won't start with 0 points, but you'll also have a fighting chance :) UNLESS of course between NOW and Sunday (when we report our first week) you have already had more points then he/she with the fewest...then you will just have the points you have. Hum, confusing...just start now and we'll figure it out on Sunday.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Battle of the Bulge

Yesterday while I was running and contemplating over the previous evening's Biggest Loser episode, the need to battle the bulge seemed even more important than ever. As I watch the show it's great to see the contestants loosing weight and feeling happy and excited again. It's great that they're overcoming emotions and obstacles that kept them from being healthy and feeling good about themselves. In all of that thinking the question of "But how did they become so overweight in the first place?" came to mind. And the answer, they gave up the battle or perhaps they never learned how to fight in the first place.

Never learning how to fight stems from childhood in which the child either had overweight parents as examples or was taught and GIVEN poor nutrition. As I raise 2 young girls these things are important to me. I want to give them an example of how fun and satisfying it is to eat healthy and exercise. It's also my responsibility to teach them what is healthy and what isn't and to GIVE them proper nutrition since they're to young to do it on their own. Hopefully, by the time they are able to make all of their own healthy decisions they will be educated and motivated. I also tell them I love them just how they are...I hope they always feel happy and confident in themselves.

Giving up the Battle. Danny, on the show, is a great example. Everything was fine, got married, had kids, got in a rut, had no time, lost his fire, didn't exercise and ate lots of food..probably in that order. It's been great to watch him find some time, exercise and eat healthy, get out of the rut, get his fire back...probably in that order.

The battle of the bulge is easy for very few people. Here in North America it is amazingly easy to get food, too much food, and too much unhealthy food...and then to eat it all!

I think we get busy, get stressed out, don't plan, don't prepare and wind up at McD's. We have so much going on that we just want to relax and enjoy a big meal and not worry about what we're eating--we have enough to worry about! We want to hang out with friends and laugh over appetizers, entrée, drinks and dessert. We don't want to have one more thing to think about, to plan, to busy ourselves with. And so instead, when we turn 55 we worry about diabetes, prescription prices, insurance rates. Giving up on the battle is like telling a lie. It kind of feels good, might make you look good or like you're having fun, but you can be sure it's going to catch up to you and then things won't feel so good or be so funny.

I just read a study that put some people in front of an automatically refilling bowl of soup and the other a group that had to get up and get another good of soup on their own. The group with the automatically refilling bowl ate twice as much!!!! When you have a bunch of food in front of you, you're probably going to eat it!

So, instead plan to be healthy, make a plan as to what you're going to eat, crunch the calorie numbers, be responsible.

The battle is not always fun and sometimes it's a hard decision, but eating healthy and exercising will make you feel good and keep you healthy for all of the years that you keep on fighting.


Monday, November 9, 2009

Specifications on the Challenge

Points should correspond to serving size. What about things that don't have a serving size? At the restaurant? Well, just write in and ask! I'll let you know! slash do your best!

Also, one day with no junk only wipes out ONE POINT of junk, not an entire day filled with junk. So no pigging out one day and being good the next thinking all is well. Nope, just one point.

Day one almost complete...I've been clean as a whistle.

Monday, November 2, 2009

I think I have it

A New Challenge!

I've been asked by a few for help through the holidays! And since they're already upon us...we'd better get started!

Here's my idea. Starting next week, we'll keep track of how much junk food we eat. Whether it's chips, soda, cookies, candy you have to write it down as a point. Each serving or item of junk food equals one point. We'll keep track of points from Nov. 9th to Jan. 4th. The person with the least amount of points wins!

Oooo-let's make this more interesting. For everyday that you eat absolutely NO JUNK you can erase one day of it will look like you had two days of no points. If you continue to overcompensate in this way you can actually end up with positive points!

And the person who wins...gets a little surprise from me! Probably nothing awesome like a pair of running shoes, but a little healthy something in the mail is always fun!

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