Monday, January 26, 2015

Stepping it Up

A Delicious Power Breakfast: oatmeal, diced Pink Lady apples, flaxseed, Chia seeds, almonds, a splash of soy milk, and a sprinkle of cinnamon. A filling, nutritious breakfast.
My big success so far this year is that I've upped my daily vegetable and fruit count. And as a result, I've had more energy and stamina overall. The problem is that my little splurges have morphed into bigger splurges and I've gained some weight back, and that's definitely not the direction I want to head, so it's time to step it up, time to up my game.

Here are my goals for this week:
  1. Eat Vegetables especially plentifully. 
  2. Limit Fruits to two or three a day. 
  3. Eat some protein at each meal to stabilize blood sugar and limit cravings.
  4. Eliminate sugar and white flour, focusing on whole grains instead, including oatmeal and brown rice.  
  5. Stop eating no later than 7 p.m. each day. One of my friends says that this goal alone makes a real impact on her weight loss and maintenance. 
What do I need to do to set myself up for success this week? First, I need to plan some activities to distract myself from night-time snacking, maybe a reading-date with my son (where he reads his book and I read mine), or watching an enjoyable show like Granite Flats. Second, I need to hold myself accountable each day.

As you can see, I've posted fewer entries on my blog in the last two weeks, in part, because I've had a hard time squeezing writing time in since my schedule hit full-throttle again with work and other responsibilities. The key is going to be writing earlier in the morning and then writing a quick follow-up in the evening to maintain accountability.

Though I've had some setbacks in the last couple of weeks, I've had a second success that's also worth sharing: I've meditated for 15 minutes every night this past week, and as a result, I've fallen asleep sooner, slept more soundly, and awakened feeling better rested. And that's a very good thing, hence my relative ease at waking so early this morning. Click HERE to see a terrific set of options for meditating. I'm especially keen on Meditation 2 - The Body Scan.   

Am I embarrassed that I have had some serious setbacks, even as I've blogged about eating healthier and losing weight? Yes, I am. And yet I feel good about the successes I've had - eating more vegetables and fruits, and meditating regularly - and determined to make adjustments to have greater success overall. The day is just beginning, but I feel good about it so far. After all, I've made my commitment early by writing this post. I've cast my vote for success. 

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