Day 5 – Sticking with it even though I just want to eat a whole cake :)

The title pretty much says it all. I ate really well all day, stuck to the plan. BUT, that doesn’t mean I couldn’t go for a nice honking piece of cake with loads of frosting.
I struggle with the sweets for sure. I have a sweet tooth that seems to rule my life. I do try to find little tricks that help with this, such as having exactly one serving of candy, like 5 chocolate kisses or two cookies..really, two cookies is a serving? Do you know anyone who can only have two cookies? Well you do now. I am that person. I will have to be if I want to see this weight commitment through. I have a few other tricks. I freeze greek yogurt and then eat it, it seems to feel more like a treat that way. I actually do love fruit, so I will use exactly one serving of nutella or hersheys syrup and dip strawberries, oranges or apples in them. I also am a big proponent of a handful of cereal as a way to fulfill the craving but not go overboard.
And really isn’t that what it’s all about? Just moderation in all things. I try to practice this as much as possible. Also, just think I need to keep moving each day. At least 30 minutes a days of movement, whether it’s a walk, some time on the stationary bike, or ice skating. Whatever it takes to keep those joints limber.
If it was summer, I’d be riding my bike a lot. I love to bike ride. A couple of years ago, I hauled out my daughter’s bike and started up again after not riding a bike for years and rediscovered how much I enjoyed it. I have found quite a few nice trails nearby that I mix up with riding in my neighborhood.
So that’s the plan. I hope to keep watching my portions and make sure I’m eating food that’s good for me, and getting active.

Day 4 – Ice age returns

Today went pretty well. Work is a bit of a challenge this time of year. The office I work at has a lot of responsibility currently. Busy, busy place. There’s also some strong personalities and trying to manage them can get a little daunting. I actually am the type of person who does best when there’s a lot to manage. My co-workers tend to get a little stressed out, then take it out on the people around them. Normally this can get to me quickly but knowing that I can write about it later really seems to help.
To the weight businesss… As far as food intake – I kept up the streak with making good choices. Breakfast was a bowl of cheerios, 1/2 a banana with almond milk and of course my trusty coffee. Morning snack was a couple of clementines (which I love) and the other half of the banana. Lunch, a whole wheat bagel thin with a little ham, cheese, mustard, mayo, a sliced up apple, and my Hershey kisses. Afternoon snack was hummus and pretzels. Dinner, a little turkey goulash, and a tomato salad. And those cute little Hershey kisses 🙂
So – to the title of this blog…It’s about 16 degrees here today and is supposed to be like this all week. I’ve been trying to get the activity in somehow every day, and today it was a stationary bicycle. I did 30 minutes. I sure miss my outside walks…but I’m hoping there’s a heat wave in our future. Maybe it will get up to 30 degrees by the end of the week. Fingers crossed.
Today’s writing seems a little forced. I’m not sure why that is. The first few blogs seemed to flow a little easier. I’m happy I signed up for the blogging introduction, I believe it will help keep some focus.

DAY 3 – WRITING AND BACK TO WORK AFTER A WEEK OFF

I decided to start blogging mainly because I’ve always wanted to write. I’ve been an avid reader for most of my life and admire the imaginations that have created some of the best stories I’ve read. I would love to write a novel someday, but do realize I am one of many who believe they have a great story inside them. One thing I do know, is time does seem to fly by when I sit down and make the effort to write.
I also have the desire to lose a few pounds. 35 to be exact. I want to track my progress and really be honest about how I feel (hungry – most of the time) and hold myself accountable to this journey. I thought writing about it would help.
I went back to work today after a week off. I thought it would be a lot harder to stay focused on my eating well and getting some activity in but I did pretty good. I brought my food for the day, just took a little organizing this am. Not my strong suit as I’m simply not a morning person. But I did it. I didn’t sleep well last night so I was moving a little slow but I made a decent breakfast, lunch and brought a couple of snacks. It’s been very cold here today, so instead of walking at lunchtime, I decided to try out the skating rink nearby and skated for about 20 minutes or so. It’s been a while so I started slow but by the end of the time, I was going around the rink pretty good.
Minor rant here….I find it interesting there doesn’t seem to be much consideration for other people these days. While at the rink, there were a few other people there, and it just seemed like rather than keep an eye on other people in the area, they just assumed other people were watching out for them. Definitely was a little tricky watching out for them and also getting back on the skates.
So that’s today’s report. I feel myself fading so I’ll sign off. I look forward to being a part of this Blogging experience.

Sunday Funday – Day 2: Today was good – hungry most of the time but manageable. I’m one of those people that wake up hungry. Never really got to the point where I skipped breakfast. So when I woke up today, totally starving. I had my usual oatmeal with a little peanut butter mixed in and a couple cups of coffee while reading the paper. The rest of the day, I really tried to just keep the good stuff coming and not focus on the stuff I SHOULDN’T have. I’m trying to tell myself. Next up I had a hike/walk planned with a group I joined about a year ago. It was at a creekwalk nearby and what a great walk it was. Those that showed up really seemed to embrace it. I love this idea and hope to incorporate more of these into my life. I also received an offer from someone who can teach me to swim. I know, I know – who doesn’t know how to swim in this day and age? Welp…ME! But I really have the desire to learn finally I think so I hope to take advantage of this. It’s time to stop complaining about the things I can’t do and actually do something about them. Fingers crossed. Last thought here, in case anyone is wondering what I did eat here goes. Breakfast I mentioned – oatmeal with about a tablespoon of peanut butter mixed in and a couple of cups of coffee. (black). Lunch was a whole wheat bagel thin with hummus, tomatoes and feta cheese open faced. Also 5 hershey kisses. I seem to always need a taste of something sweet. Snack when I came back from the walk was a clementine and yogurt. Dinner was broccoli, and turkey goulash. And those 5 hershey kisses. I also drink water all day after the coffee. It’s pretty rare these days that I have soda or juice but in the interest of keeping it real, I do occasionally. That’s all for today…

Write every day, write what you know, this is the advice you always get when you ask someone what the secret is to be a good writer. So I’m going to give this a shot. This writing thing and this losing weight thing I’m going to combine and see if I can make heads or tails of either. So here’s the story; My husband gave me a shiny new scale for Christmas. It was one of those gifts that you don’t know you want or need until you actually receive it. I hopped on that beauty and then was horrified by the number. And let’s face it numbers don’t lie. They tell the truth. Loudly and and in a big bold LED display. So I had my fill of yummy stuff for the rest of the day on Christmas. But the day after a little voice in my head said, Today, just eat what you absolutely have to have. And that’s what I did. So for the next few days I ate the three square meals and a couple of snacks but I also, just ate enough to satisfy myself. And it’s amazing how when you actually listen to your body what you’ll hear. Just so you don’t think I’m being a little self righteous…I’m Hungry, definitely Hungry! But I want to see what happens when I don’t eat everything I lay my eyes on. At the same time I have been walking about a half hour every day. I hope these steps will lead me in the right direction. Wish me luck!