Better Choices…

Here are a list of foods that would be a better choice to control hunger.

  • Acorn Squash: Rich in vitamin A so it boosts the immune system and helps eyesight. Even though it’s sweet for squash it does not increase blood sugar and it is a fantastic source of fiber. I love to cook these in the oven and fill them with vegetable chili or stew.
  • Avocado: Offers healthy fats, monounsaturated, which helps to keep hunger at bay and to feel more satisfied. I enjoy having avocado toast as a nice change for breakfast. I notice when I eat that I feel satisfied for hours.
  • Rainbow Carrots: A colorful sweet food that is really low in sugar. They are high in antioxidants (beta-carotenes and hycopene) which is linked to lowering risks of some cancers. I eat these all the time, I like them cooked or raw. If I cook them I add a little cumin and salt they’re very good.
  • Mozzarella Cheese: A great cheese to eat with tomato and basil (I ate a caprese salad the other day) it is high in protein and low in fat (even for the full fat variety). Turns out, that people who eat the full fat mozzarella cheese are less likely to be obese.

So those are my recommendations for today. If your wondering where I got my facts, Time Special Edition 100 Healthiest Foods to Satisfy Your Hunger.

Full Disclosure…

Sometimes I go over my points allotment. It’s ok that’s just living my life. I think the important thing is to track it even when it’s outside of the healthy eating zone. If I don’t the only person I’m lying to is me. That’s just silly.

Full disclosure, I used 40 Smartpoints today. I went out to dinner with my husband, I had a cocktail and that’s all it took. WW is designed to accommodate real life. That’s why they give us these extra points, I used some today. How do I recover? Well, I put myself on the list for spin tomorrow and I plan on making great food choices tomorrow. I had a nice time. Yes, I had some fun 🙂 and I’m moving on.

My sister gave me this recipe. I am going to try it.

One thing I’m proud of is that since I decided to have a cocktail, I didn’t have dessert. I know it doesn’t sound like a big deal, but this is progress for me. I am really learning how to maintain my weight loss.

Choices…

Here are my pros and cons for today:

ProsCons
I tracked everything I ate
I am reflecting on my choices.
I was aware of my choices at the
moment
I went out of my points zone
I allowed old habits to come back

All in all, it could be worse it could be better. I wish this were easier but I’m not going to waste a lot of time thinking about that. If I were going to give myself a pep talk, it would go like this:

Maintenance is difficult, but you can do difficult things. You have accomplished an amazing goal. This is a life long goal so challenging days like today are going to come your way from time to time. It’s not forever, it’s just for today. Keep working the program. Keep it honest. You can do this.

That’s what I’m thinking about today. I hope you had a good day on the journey. When things don’t go so well, try giving yourself a pep talk. Think about why things happened the way they did, by asking, “What happened right before I made that choice? Why do I think it happened that way?

I am very grateful that I can start again tomorrow.

Day Thirty-One…

There are times when I wish I could just start over and “do over” some of my choices. Today is one of those days. I started out strong, I went to spin at 5:15 am and that was awesome. I packed my breakfast and lunch and both were very good.  Then during professional development, I started thinking about having a piece of candy, but I decided not to eat one.

After that, it all went downhill. I made poor choices, and I picked on foods while I was making dinner. I ate late and then I had dessert. Now I feel sick to my stomach. I plan on drinking a glass of water, brushing my teeth and going to bed. Tomorrow is a new day to start over.  That’s the way it goes sometimes. I really don’t want to beat myself up, but I also don’t want to ignore the tendency to overdo it when it comes to food.

What can learn from today? I still need strategies when I find myself reaching for food. I am underestimating how stress affects me because I had a couple of stressful moments today and clearly the food was an attempt to elevate some of that negativity.  So tomorrow, if I I feel this same tug of wanting to eat when I’m not hungry – I will engage the internal/external hunger exercise that has been so helpful in the past. I will also eat more mindfully.

I’ll let you know how it goes. I hope you had a good day on the journey. If you didn’t don’t give up!

Day Thirty…

I made good choices today. I avoided eating bread at lunchtime and as a result, I am rolling over 2 SmartPoints. Another positive, I am scheduled for spin class tomorrow morning. These are small choices but important ones, these little choices are the stuff that makes weight loss possible.  I encourage you to reflect on your day. What small (important) choices did you make? What do you plan on doing tomorrow? Just remember you can do this. Believe it.

Day Three Hundred Ninety-Four…

This greeted me when I logged into Facebook:

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That is crazy, that was five years ago! I have been doing this for a long time. It’s strange to think about how much I’ve been able to change over the course of this year. I am now down 91.4 pounds. I don’t know if I will get to goal this week. I have one point left in my bank. Now, of course, I wish I had made that extra spin class or passed on dessert. Yet, the whole thing about my #WW journey is to integrate these habits into my life. So when my husband said, “Let’s go out to dinner, it’s Columbus Day weekend.”  I said, “Great idea!” I really want to get to goal but I also want to go out with my family and have a nice dinner. This is about long-lasting change and every day and every choice is a lesson in making it work.

I will let you know what happens on the scale tomorrow. Wish me luck.

Day Three Hundred Ninety-One…

My featured image is from September 2017. Back at the start of my earnest pursuit to get to goal.  I think it’s so beautiful and that makes me happy. Right now thunder just sounded as if a giant egg is being cracked across the sky. The rain is pouring from the sky and I am safe in my room reflecting about my day.

I went to the food store after a late day at work and saw a WW member there. She looked great, and it always lifts my spirit when I see my “people” outside of our meeting, which we now refer to as our workshop. The changes to WW are new and new is a bit scary.  There are parts of it that I like such as the addition of MIndspace.  I like the idea of having a tool that can help me to refocus.

I had a special teaching moment today. I watched a little boy put together a sentence and read it. This may seem like a small thing but it’s not. What seems to be effortless for one person is a mighty struggle for someone else. I guess my last words for today are, keep it all in perspective. You can do this.

 

Day Three Hundred Ninety…

I went to work, and then I went to the library and worked until 9:00 pm. I came home and worked for another half hour. Then I ate salad with grilled chicken on top and a piece of Italian bread.  After that, I ate an eight-point dessert.

As I reflect on today, all I can write is that I have to continue to be mindful about my choices and my reasons for eating. Especially when I am under so much stress.  I have to keep it all in context. I know that this is a temporary situation and all I have to do is to keep working and eventually, I will get through this difficult time.

I know I can do this. Thank you for reading.