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Monday, April 21, 2008

Lose Weight By Blogging?

There are a lot of good books out there right now on peoples' weight loss experiences, methods, philosophies, etc., etc., etc. But when I heard Julia Cameron's comments on the Good Food podcast, something really clicked. Her book is called, The Writing Diet: Write Yourself Right-Size. In the interview, she talks about how she is a creativity expert, not a diet expert, but she started to see a trend with the overweight women she was working with. It was like she would meet an overweight women and typically, for example, they would have a Hagen-Daz habit, AND were not writing their short story. So her theory is that much like people stuff their emotions down with food, people do the same thing with their creativity. So she recommends some journaling exercises and some strategies for when you get the urge to eat unhealthily. (Do you think blogging would count?) Maybe that is why people like Pastaqueen are having the best of both worlds. Publishing books AND losing weight!! :)

And as I said, that really struck a chord with me. I see it going on with my son. He'll say, "Mom, can I play with play-doh?" "Not right now." Then he will just go watch TV, start getting bored and want to snack. I know I've learned to do that over the years, whether it be out of fear, procrastination or for whatever reasons, I know some of that anxious energy that gets put into munching or binging is dormant creativity. I love to write, paint, draw, dance, sing, decorate... and I don't do hardly any of it as much as I would like. It all makes sense to me! Now the author's smart enough to find the problem, is she smart enough to help people solve it? I'm dying to find out. My queue of "to read" books is pretty long, but when I read it, I'll let you know.

Or you read it & be sure & let me know what you think! :) Link is below:

Friday, April 18, 2008

Passing along some good stuff!

Check out this funny website! So refreshing to get some humor about this situation that I feel so distraught and humorless about. I decided I could really use one of the wacky diet inventions he has on his site: The Anti-Eating Mouth Cage. Particularly between the hours of 9pm to midnight!!!!!!!!!!

I found out about the website while listening to the Good Food podcast. It is such an excellent website for foodies, especially if you are interested in political & scientific segments once in a while, too.

As I've been listening to some of the archived podcasts from Good Food, there were interviews with 2 authors of books that seemed so great. One of them, The Crazy Makers: How the Food Industry Is Destroying Our Brains and Harming Our Children, I talked about on my other blog.

The second is called In Defense of Food. I loved that the author talks about how there is food, and non-food out there in the grocery store. He calls non-food, "edible food like substances." His "manifesto" is "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." It's the type of common sense that clever food marketing has brainwashed out of us. The best example that gave me a good heads up for my kids was "Go-gurt." It has so many fillers, that it's not even yogurt anymore. He says in the 70s, there were regulations in place that would require that type of product to actually be called, "imitation yogurt" instead of "yogurt." But the food industry lobbyists were more powerful than the consumer advocates, and now they don't have to use the word "imitation" and we unknowingly are feeding ourselves & our kids all these yucky chemicals & edible food-like substances.

Below are 2 links to these books. I put them both on my wish list. This type of stuff fascinates me.



Wednesday, April 16, 2008

The First Good News In A While

I was at my doctor's office this afternoon for my quarterly evaluation of how the cholesterol is doing (I don't know the answer to that yet. They have to get my blood checked out at a lab.) I haven't lost weight this quarter :( BUT he said that my blood pressure was lower and my resting heart rate was lower! (They were not in the high range before, but lower is always better!!!) He said it's probably a direct result of doing cardio!! Go me with those spin classes!!!!!!!! Woo hoo! This wave of refreshing re-motivation hit me & I wanted to go back for more spin classes & get more good news regarding my heart & my health. See you all in the gym tomorrow. (I wish! If anyone who reads this goes to Gold's Gym in Lorton, VA, give me a holler!) :)

Monday, April 7, 2008

Success then Sabotage

More updates: I was scared to death to weigh myself, since I ate whatever I wanted while I was sick in March. But my weight was 202.8!! Not bad at all. I may be able to show my face in the WW meeting next Saturday.

Except then I sabotaged myself by emotionally eating 4 candy bars and a donut today. I was dealing with something difficult last night, but I couldn't cry about it. I think if I had been able to, maybe all that food wouldn't have needed to stuff the feelings down today.

This post is basically a way for me to give myself a goal so I can start over tomorrow. New goal: to eat all my meals away from the tv, slowly, putting down the fork in between bites (a la Paul McKenna... has anyone watched that show? What do you think?).

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Blueberry Smoothie

After sending my frustration out to the world in my last post, I owe you an update. But first, a recipe that I sort of kind of made up (I've never done that before.) I needed to eat some yogurt & fruit because it's a healthy thing to do, but it's not my favorite. So I decided to blend it up instead. I'm sharing because it was so yummy!!


Blueberry Lemon Banana Smoothie

1 cup frozen blueberries
1 cup low fat lemon yogurt
1 banana
1/2 cup skim milk (give or take depending how thick you like your smoothies)
sugar or stevia to taste (if desired)

Blend up & YUM!!

Update: I'm still eating lots of desserts & bigger portions than I should & I need to not be doing that. (But my meals are healthy. I have no room for improvement there. They're full of fiber, whole grain, fruits, veggies, super foods, lean protein, Omega-3... I'm set. The only thing I can improve is to shrink the portions and like I said, cut out the daily desserts.) I haven't even dared to get on the scale for like a month because I know it's going to be pretty disastrous. So last Monday was not my January 1st, but at least I did better on drinking my water. Maybe next week I can add another good habit. I want to say point tracking, but I just feel so much pressure & rebellion against that thought. Because honestly, when I'm keeping under my points limit, I'm STARVING! And I know that's what I'm in for. Maybe I can say I will keep within the points just ONE day. Monday. That's it. Then no more "starving" on Tuesday.

I know what you all are saying. I need to tweak things so I don't feel deprived. I am out of ideas on how to do that. There are just points limits/calorie limits beyond which you just can't go if you want to lose weight. What happened last fall when I was able to lose weight is I felt deprived for about 2 weeks, then I got used to it and settled into the routines & decided it was worth it for the weight loss success. Why can't I conjure up that motivation now?

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Sad

I am so sad about how I'm doing right now with my attitudes towards healthy eating & exercising. I want to eat constantly. I have no conscience. It's just like I'm walking around pretending I don't have to change anything about my body, and I don't have to stop after one cookie, and eating tons and tons of food won't hurt me. It' s that phenomenon where you're trying to avoid something, and you start obsessing about it.

I did go to a Body Pump class at the gym yesterday. I'm glad I went. It feels good psychologically to have sore muscles. It's helped that a few friends of mine have decided to start going to some classes and trying to go together. Tonight we have Taebo Boxing scheduled, but that attitude of mine is still horrible. I'm not excited about it, because my body's already tired from yesterday & getting over being sick, and my knee is totally acting up & that's how I tore my ACL 2 years ago (in a similar kickboxing class.) :(

I know it's not exciting to read blogs where people are depressed, but I need help!! I'd love your comments just to get moral support.