Give Me Liberty….

November 22, 2010 at 2:16 PM (Exercise, LiveFit, Motivation, Nutrition, WeighIn)

For me, liberty is liberty from the struggle I’ve suffered my entire life. My weight.  I have no grand tragedy that turned me to food. All I know is that it’s been a source of comfort for me most of my life. Food comes into play when I’m bored. When I’m sad. When I’m HAPPY. It’s always there, no matter what. Go to a party, there’s food. Go on a date with my husband, there’s food. Visit friends for an afternoon, there’s food. Go to a holiday event, there’s food.  We are a society built on consumption. Food is EVERYWHERE.  It’s not like a hundred years ago where you had to milk your own cow or pluck your own chicken. Obesity is so common, because food is so common. Even those struggling to make ends meet can come up with a buck or two for a McDonald’s value menu burger.  When I was living in Grand Rapids in the 90’s, I could get burgers for 39 cents. And in Michigan, you can cash in aluminum cans for a dime apiece. Four cans  for a burger? Sure. Who cares if those calories are mostly non-nutritious… poor people can eat meat and cheese and bread, and not spend a ton of money for it.

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Does your Wolpertinger Linger?

October 12, 2010 at 3:39 PM (LiveFit, Motivation, WeighIn)

No, this isn’t about an achievement in World of Warcraft, I promise. It just seemed fitting as I’m thinking about how good versus negative feelings tend to linger.

Each week I subject myself to a variable number of struggles. I know I’ve talked about struggles versus victories, but the feelings one has about the struggles linger a lot longer than those one has on victories. At least that’s the experience that I have.

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Ritualizing Weigh-In Day

October 5, 2010 at 10:50 AM (LiveFit, WeighIn)

Ever watch The Biggest Loser, and notice that they always do the same thing on Weigh-In day? The guys always wear their shorts, sandals and TBL t-shirts. The women are always in their black shorts, sandals and sports bra in the colour of their team. I imagine it’s always at the same time on the same day each week. This is similar to what I do at home. Always Monday morning, before I eat, after I answer nature’s call. I’m always in pajamas, no shoes. Not always the same pajamas, just what I happened to be wearing the night before to sleep in.

When I went to the doctor, I was in jeans, my sneakers, long sleeved sweater type shirt, I’d already eaten breakfast and snack by that time. So my weight on Wednesday afternoon showed a weight gain of almost 5 pounds, from what I had weighed in at on Monday. Sure enough, my scale at home reflected the same thing. This is why I dislike depending on the doctor’s scale. My appointments are not always at the same time on the same day, so my weight fluctuates. The ONLY number that matters, or should matter to me, is what I see Monday mornings and mail into Jason, the LiveFit Revolution coordinator. He keeps track of weight loss, does a Milestones board, on video every Wednesday, where he has people’s names on big stars and he puts those tags in the appropriate category displaying their total weight loss. (I love this part of the program, btw)

After my doctor’s appointment last week, I had this conversation with my husband about the difference from that day to my weigh in two days prior. He suggested I ritualize purposefully. Rather than just making sure I weigh in before breakfast and after I evacuate, he suggests I choose clothes that I put on JUST for the weigh in. Hang them on a hanger and on Monday morning, right before I step on the scale, change into my ‘special’ clothes. That way I see the clothes on a hanger on the back of the bathroom door throughout the week. I know they are for Monday morning only. and I never ever have the excuse “Maybe my clothes were heavier this week.”  Haha.

I think it’s a great idea, and I may just do that. Plus, maybe it’s an excuse to go shopping for something pretty. 🙂

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Monday Weigh-In

October 4, 2010 at 2:32 PM (LiveFit, Nutrition, WeighIn)

I had a visit to the doctor last week, and my weight showed a gain from what my Monday Morning weigh in showed. But then I was wearing different clothes and had had breakfast and an afternoon snack by that time. At home, when I weigh in, I’m in pajamas, no shoes, and I’ve eaten nothing, and .. pardon the details .. gone to the bathroom to empty myself.  Seeing a gain on the doctor scale was discouraging, but I know better now that I’m weighing myself every Monday morning. I was remarkably pleased with this morning’s weigh-in. You see, I was prepared for the worst, because yesterday we took my father in law and brother in law to a steakhouse buffet for dinner. I figured I could handle it,  I would be fine and make the right choices.

The salad was boring, everything I chose was everything I could eat at home. So my determination waned. Now, I was ‘good’ in my splurge, I had two corn tortilla chips with taco meat, no sour cream. I had more than my 3 oz of steak allotment. And my seating was not ideal. I was directly facing the dessert bar. My gosh that chocolate cake looked so good.. and I’m not a chocolate lover. Needless to say, I did go to the dessert bar. I had the tiniest of chocolate brownie, a small scoop of the whipped mousse dessert, a sliver of that German chocolate cake, and about two tablespoons of vanilla ice cream.  Turns out that German chocolate cake did NOT taste as good as it looked. The brownie, on the other hand, did. So did the ice cream. I was ashamed of myself for those bad decisions. I was prepared for a weight GAIN this morning.

I lost 2.9 pounds this week. My first thought was NOT “See I can binge and still lose weight” like it might have been in the past.. nope. My first thought was “Gosh, how much MORE could I have lost if I hadn’t eaten all that sugar and fat?” To me, this is progress. Progress means my mindset is changing, which is really the key to good success in weight loss. There were better choices for me if I wanted dessert, and those better choices for me would have resulted in an even better number on the scale.

This week, my goal is to not splurge at all, not even the tiniest bit. This week, I aim to do every workout I’m supposed to with LiveFit Revolution.  Jason and Alysia have given us this gift, free of charge, at their own cost, I should be more respectful of that and give it my all. That’s what I will do this week. Give it my all.

I think I may try turning my Coconut-Lemon Tilapia recipe into a Chicken dish for some variety tonight. Or perhaps my Sesame recipe. Whichever, I’ll plan on posting the recipe soon.

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