eating well – The Shrinking Jeans of Thea


October 6, 2010 By thea

Evidently I smothered those 2 pounds in love and suffocated them because they have vacated the premises.

I can’t say that I miss them.

I worked really hard this week on not putting crap into my body. By no means was I perfect, but the good stuff far outweighed the bad stuff that was going in.

And you know what? I can tell that it’s making a difference in my workouts. The one day that I had a crap dinner, I had a crap run.

Coincidence? I think not.

So this week I’m continuing on making my body a priority…giving it the fuel it needs to bust out these workouts.

Less than 5 weeks to my first 10k, and I’m going to blow it out of the water.

October 1, 2009 By thea

Today is October 1st and things must change.

I’m struggling.

No.  Wait.  That’s not true.

strug·gle (\ˈstrə-gəl\)
1 : to make strenuous or violent efforts in the face of difficulties or opposition 2 : to proceed with difficulty or with great effort

Both of those definitions make use of the word “effort”.

ef·fort (\ˈe-fərt, -ˌfȯrt\)
1: conscious exertion of power : hard work
2: a serious attempt

I have not been struggling.  You cannot have struggle without effort.  I have not been efforting.

I just made that up.

I have been doing this “weight loss” thing a long time.  And every once in a while I go through a rut.  The ruts seem to be coming much more often lately.  Which means I need to shake things up.  I need to come up with a new game plan.  There’s lots of things that need to be addressed so I am going to tackle them one by one.

  1. Am I still trying to lose or am I trying to maintain? It seems like a simple question, but I am stuck between the two mentalities.  Also, I need to adjust my points accordingly (23 points vs. 27 points)
  2. Tracking – I have been tracking online, but I’m thinking that I need to keep a paper journal as well as the online tracking.  There are times when I can’t get to the computer so hopefully keeping a paper journal in my purse will help me when I’m…say…staring at the candy selections in line at Target.
  3. Breakfast – I eat over 1/3 of my points at breakfast.  My typical breakfast is 8.5 points.  That’s a lot of points, but it’s the healthiest meal I eat all day (oatmeal, oil, fruit, dairy, coffee).  I need to figure out how to reduce my breakfast, but still include oil.
  4. Food choices – I eat a lot of carbs and processed foods. I don’t really like to cook, so I tend to look for foods that can be heated up in the microwave or eaten straight out of the package. I like FAST. I need to prepare more food and eat a little “cleaner”. I took advantage of Christy’s links and ordered a few magazines to help me spruce things up.
  5. Desserts  – Oh, desserts. I need to find low points desserts that actually satisfy me. And I REALLY need to stop ordering desserts every time we go out to eat.
  6. Eating out  – I need to break up with chicken tenders and all things breaded. I’ve broken up with food before.  I know I can do it.  And I know, in time, I won’t even miss the food. (Who ever would’ve thought I would not miss donuts?)
  7. Activity – I have been so much better with working out, but I dismiss it much too easily.  I have discovered that I am much more motivated when I have a goal (signing up for a 5k or completing a 30 day challenge for example) but finding new goals is what I need to investigate more.
  8. Rewards – I used to be so much better with this.  Heather’s post today just reminded me that I need to set myself goals AND rewards.  I’ve moved my personal progress page here and this time I’ve included rewards.  In keeping with #2, I’ve also created a sticker chart for myself that I will hang right next to my son’s sticker chart.  Everyone loves stickers!!

I need your feedback on this one!  What are your go to meals?  Do you have quick recipes you rely on for lunch?  How do you choose fitness goals??

September 9, 2009 By thea

EAS Challenge  – CHECK!

5k Training – CHECK!

Good Choices – except for the weekend when I totally went insane when my sister-in-law made spice cake with cream cheese icing CHECK!

Result – DOWN 1 POUND!

Hell yeah.

August 27, 2009 By thea

I’m not a good sick person.  At the first sign of illness, I have a tendency to curl up into the fetal position and feel very, VERY sorry for myself.

There was a time, when I was in H.S. that I was in a bad way an my mom was my nurse for about 6 weeks.

We don’t talk about that much.  It’s one of the few times I remember making my mom cry.

I’m not a good patient.  AT ALL!

This week?  I feel like a Mack Truck has ran over me, looked in the rearview mirror, and then reversed BACK over me just to make sure they finished the job.

Which means I have a headache.

I don’t know if it’s allergies (a new development for me) or an actual sickness.

I did get on the treadmill yesterday, but that’s the first time I’ve been active in a while.  I just feel like I want to roll up in a ball and sleep for a month.

Which ever mother knows is one of the WORST parts about being a mom of small children.  There are no sick days.  Ever.

I’m not making good choices.  I’m not working out.  I’m just waiting for the wave of ICK to roll on through.

And praying that my kids don’t kill each other while they are “playing”.