Walking is Helping. A Lot.

Taking a nice long walk is helping me stay on track. One, it gets me away from the refridgerator when I feel the strongest urge to snack (after work). Two, it is burning up calories. Three, it gives me time to think about what is really important to me and reprioritize.

Several years ago when my second child was born, we moved to the same town where my job was. Shorter commute means less wasted time. But one thing I didn’t consider. It got rid of my “daydreaming” time.

Walking helps with my “daydreaming” time…

Keeping the weight off is more important than actually losing the weight. I don’t think I get as much recognition for it, and it feels like “just this once” or “oh it’s a special occasion” happens all the time, so I’m trying to learn to balance it. Exercise (in my case walking) helps to provide a negative influence on any extra calories.

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Staying on Track. Keeping the Healthy Diet Mindset.

This past weekend was HOT, really hot! I took my dog for a walk, but should have brought water for him. About a mile before we got home, he just wanted to lay down in the shade and call it quits. It must have been in the upper 80’s/ low 90’s. Next time: water bottles!

My New Favorite Summer Meal:
I’m loving those beefstake tomatoes (0 pts) fresh from the garden. Paired with a Boca veggie burger (1 pt) on an Arnold bun (1) with a little dijon mustard. Wow! An ear of corn (1 pt) baked in it’s husk (not butter, lite salt) and some roasted squash (0 pt) sprinked with a spray of olive oil (.5) and just a touch of salt. Wow. Then a cup of raspberries (70 cals, 1 fat gram, 9 fiber = .7 pts) to finish for dessert. What a meal for 4.2 points!

A friend of mine told me that a cup of raspberries has 9 grams of fiber and I found that hard to believe, but it is! Because of the way that the ww plan works, you only get credit for 4 fiber points, so if I only eat 1/2 a cup of raspberries, it’s 0.01 points. (I’d call that zero…) Wonder how long you have to wait in between servings to call it a different meal?

I don’t miss the butter on the corn, surprisingly. It’s really so sweet this time of year.

Lots of walking helps my motivation. And yummy seasonal healthy food keeps me not feeling deprived in anyway.

This is working. And the blogging is helping me focus on what’s working. Go me!

Another LONG Walk with the Dog

Lucky Love BrownLucky loves his walks… in fact I try to not touch his leash until I’ve got everything (phone, iPod, water bottle, my license, and doggydo plastic bag) ready.

If I get the leash first, he is overly excited running back and forth to the door and to me. He LOVES exercise. I think he is training me!!

I actually forgot my water bottle in the car and wow it was humid last night when I was walking. But it felt great after a long day at the desk at work and Lucky loved it. He’s even getting better at not pulling my arm off with the leash.

There weren’t too many bikes out there and fewer walkers, so I was glad to have come company.

I keep saying LONG walk… it was only 3.3 miles. Enough to work up a good sweat in the humidity! Here’s a map of where we went using Map My Run. Of course I didn’t run it, but maybe jogged about .4 of a mile on the way back because the sun was starting to set and I didn’t want to be caught out in the dark.

Wednesday Check – IN

Okay, so the cholesterol number was not what I was looking for, but today’s scale was back to before I went to that food fest family reunion over the weekend.

Thanks for helping me stay accountable. Getting on the scale is really hard on the days I think I’ve gained… and oh so easy when I think I might have lost or stayed the same.

Gotta keep in mind “IT’S BEING HEALTHY THAT COUNTS!”
The rest of it is just a number.

Meanwhile I’ve walked 15 miles in the last week and my dog is happier too!

What is the GOAL? Surprise! It’s NOT to Lose Weight!

I subscribe to a website called FLYLady.net that offers suggestions and motivation for keeping a household running – from a cooking, cleaning, laundry, gardening, maintenance point of view.

Today I got an email from another “FLYbaby” (which is what they call the members who are still learning — which is basically everyone.)
It hit me HARD because that’s what I’m trying to do here too:

I just had an ah-ha moment! As I sit in my messy kitchen thinking I’ve lost all the progress I ever made I realized…a clean kitchen isn’t the goal…the end all goal is to have the ROUTINE in place that KEEPS the kitchen clean…NOT the clean kitchen. Don’t get me wrong, a clean kitchen is a wonderful, amazing and (for me!) momentary thing! BUT, the routine of KEEPING the kitchen clean is what will ultimately bring joy/peace instead of despair.

And that is the whole point of healthy diet motivation. It’s not to lose the weight. It’s to keep the motivation to have a program, a plan for eating that will keep me healthy.

Yesterday I had my cholesterol checked. And it was higher than I had expected, even with doing my program. So I am renewing my efforts. The scale is just one number. But my cholesterol is THE number I’m really motivated by. Blood pressure hasn’t ever been a problem for me.

The problem for me is staying motivated. Losing weight isn’t enough.
I have GOT to have healthy diet motivation.