Three Goals-June 16th

TGT mast headJune 16th.  June 16th!  Really, it is June 16th already?  Where is my summer going?  I don’t like it…that way summer days pass faster than winter days.  I don’t like it at all.

That said, I’m on to my TGT post for today.

MY THREE TEENY, TINY GOALS FOR THIS WEEK WERE:

1  Continue on with IF-g my way through the week, fasting at least twice this week and eating only veggies for lunch at least twice.

2  Try again to get those passports in the mail.

3  Ride the bike or walk three times this week.

HOW I DID!

Goal No. 1 GOOD! I met my goal for fasting this week, choosing to by-pass breakfast three times.  I ate only veggies for lunch one day, so slipped a lil on that piece of the puzzle, but still feel good about my progress with the eating overall.  We were in the north country over the weekend and that’s always hard, but I tried to eat as well as I could and think I did okay there.  Not as many raw veggies got in me, but while others were eating pizza one night, I had a grilled chicken salad. Not too shabby.

Goal No. 2 OKAY.  I worked on this one this week and found that I don’t need my marriage license to get my passport, but I do need my birth certificate. The original from the county in which I was born.  Mr and me have these certificates, but darn if we can find them.  No passports yet, so this one goes back on my list.  My goodness, is there anyone who has more trouble with things like this than me?

Goal No. 3 YES!  I rode my bike this week, but I did not walk outside the house. I need to step it up a lil with this goal.  However, with regards to bringing the balance back, I did get to bed early several nights this week.  Now, one of those nights was interrupted by a 4am wake-up call with fretting on the side, but that doesn’t negate the fact that I led a more balanced life regarding sleep this week and I’m happy about that.

THREE TEENY, TINY GOALS FOR NEXT WEEK

Because my goals are good goals at this point, and because I still haven’t gotten our passports, I am going to do a do-over for this week.  All the goals I had last week, I will again work on this week.  Yay!

Can you believe we are in the middle of June already?  What fun or fantastical goals are you working on this summer?

 

Goals for June 5-11

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This past week has been a wild one.  Mr and me celebrated together one birthday, one anniversary, and one prayer session at a friend’s property after his barn rebuild collapsed.  We attended one bridal shower, one feeding-of-the-geese at the lake session (goslings included), and hosted our first church-at-home service, a one-time event that fit the circumstances on Sunday.  It’s a long story, but a blessed one.  All in all, I would say it has been a banner week for us, having family in town and celebrating our youngest wee one’s birthday with family, including water balloons and catching up on all the family gossip.  Family..Family…Family!  I learn so much from my family and friends!

The mention of learning brings into focus my goals for this week.

MY THREE TEENY TINY GOALS THIS PAST WEEK

1  Read 3 chapters of a current healthy-living publications and blog about what Ive learned.

2  Continue IF-ing this week, for at least three days. IF=Intermittent Fasting

3  Focus on bringing the balance back–with food, fun, family, and future plans.

HOW I DID!

Goal No. 1 was a fail AGAIN this week!  Ugh!  Conclusion:  My mind and my ambitions are not set on reading about what other people are doing to get healthy right now.  That being the case, I have decided to quit this goal.

Reminder to Self:  A fail doesn’t mean we quit the whole of the project.  Just that it’s time to prioritize a lil better.

I found my greatest success and focus with Goal No. 3 this week: Balance.  High motivation here!  This goal stayed with me all week and I feel like I accomplished a lot while working on it.  This goal stayed front and center in my mind.  That’s a good goal!  I will be putting this goal back on my list for another week, as I try again to bring back the balance between fun, family, fitness and future plans.

Goal No. 2 also went well!  I was able to IF 3 times, even though the week was a hectic one with a crazy schedule attached.  I have also reintroduced a vegetables-only policy at lunch, which profited me greatly a few years ago.  I feel so much better when I eat more veggies!

WHAT I LEARNED THIS WEEK FROM MY GOALS

You can stand strong even when life has tried its best to knock you down.  Scott and Lydia, we continue to pray for you as you work on your property to restore what we taken by fire.

Hosting an event at my house makes me grouchy.  Am I alone in this?  Stressful!

Bringing back the balance to my life means I have to look more closely at three areas:  Diet, Exercise, and Relationships.

Splenda makes my kidneys restless and stressed.  Seriously, I am looking HARD at this substance when considering balance in my diet going forward.  I must have gone to the ladies room every hour the last two days, and I wondered why??  No big influx of sugar in my diet, so why was I peeing so much?  Then I remembered that I had the coffee shop put a lil cream and Splenda in my coffee on Tuesday and Wednesday morning this week (something I don’t usually do, but wanted to treat myself for all my hard work lately–when will I quit using food as a reward???).  Yikes, I was running to the bathroom all day those days.  What’s up with that?  Back-to-black  for this gal today, and I am seeing a world of difference, re: bathroom frequency!

THREE TEENY TINY GOALS FOR NEXT WEEK

1  Continue practicing my IF-ing plan, 2-3 days this week.

2  Bring back the balance in life by intentionally planning better with regards to fun, food, family, and future planning. We go to get our passports tomorrow. Yippeee!

3  Walk at least 3 times this week.

I have noticed that the time I have put into planning to walk and walking has been smaller and smaller lately. That needs to change!  I will be spending more time walking this week, as well as trying to exercise in other ways.

What teeny tiny thing have you learned about yourself this week by intentionally observing your routine?  Does Splenda make you run to the bathroom?

Cravings, Be Gone!

Today I had a thought about my food plan…

For a while, I have been skipping my daily sojourn in search of lunch and instead have been eating my first meal of the day later in the day, beginning with home-made oatmeal at lunch.

I’ve also switched to almond milk, instead of dairy on my oatmeal.

I’ve made sure I have fresh fruit to go with the oats, which already has walnuts in it.

When I baked my last batch of the baked oatmeal, I used half the amount of sugar that the recipe calls for, and it’s still sweet with 1/3 cup of raw sugar added to a 9-10 serving batch.

I replace half of the oil called for in the recipe with natural, no-sugar added applesauce.

I usually put blueberries on top before digging in.

It’s all good tasting, good for me, and a slow-acting infusion into my blood stream that results in lower BGLs and its helping me stop the cravings!!!!

What I realized today is that not getting in the car, not searching for lunch when I’m already hungry, and not eating something sugar-laden or factory-made (ie: highly processed foods), is helping me help myself.

Used to be, the time between lunch and dinner was my hardest time with food. It was that time of the day when I craved a snack the most.  I think it was more about boredom than hunger, but nonetheless, in the afternoon was when I wanted to get in trouble with food.

I talked with another compulsive over eater this week, discussing plans for eating boring foods at supper in an effort to quit the mind games we COEs suffer from.  The way this individual sees it, planning a supper that doesn’t include “favorite” foods, even if one can eat them other times, provides for a more tranquil day.  I’m in!!!

Serenity now, instead of in some distant fantasized time!  Sounded good to me!

It made sense, and this afternoon I realized that I had been doing the very same thing, but in my own way.  Ha!  Together, we get better!

Do you have a specific time, day or night, when you want to eat more than you need?  What tactics have you employed in order to fight back against food cravings?

Here is my Baked Oatmeal recipe again…

Lori’s Baked Oatmeal

2/3 cup raw sugar (I cut sugar in half, but recipe calls for this amount)
2 eggs
1/4 cup oil
1/4 cup no sugar added applesauce
1 cup almond milk
1 tsp vanilla (optional)

2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
2 tsp non-aluminum baking powder
3 cups old fashioned oats

Raisins and walnut, as desired (I add a handful of nuts and half handful of raisins.
Directions: Mix all wet ingredients in a bowl. Add dry ingredients and mix well. Add the fruit and nuts, mixing well. Spray an 8X8 pan with Pam and bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes.
I take it out when the top is a little brown, but if you want, you can finish at 30 minutes.
Serve warm or pack it for lunch. Its incredibly satisfying and good for you!
Makes 9-12 servings

Goal No. 3

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As you may have read on Thursday of last week, I posted new set of goals for myself that included counting calories for the next seven days.  It has not been easy, but I have been keeping a running tally of all foods eaten this week and the calorie counts associated with them.

Not easy, because I hate counting calories!!!

My favorite foods this week:  Baked Oatmeal with walnuts, Yum!  Star Bucks Skinny Peppermint Mocha Latte. Small, please.  Getting the latte was a treat for me and for hubs, who had not tried SPMLs before.  We were Christmas shopping and in need of something yummy to tide us over ’til dinner time, when we stopped for our drinks.  The lattes were delish, and the best news was that they were FREE!  Yep you heard me right, the computer at the SBs where we visited crashed after placing our order and the staff said it would take more than 15 minutes for it to reboot, so we were not charged for our drinks.

Sweeeet! 

I’m gonna get real brave here and count down for you what I have eaten this week, for those who care about this teeny, tiny goal of mine (posted on Monday afternoon for Tuesday publication, hence the lack of dinner count on Monday):

Friday, Dec 4:  1,978 calories eaten

Saturday, Dec 5:  1,556 calories eaten

Sunday, Dec 6: 1,224 calories eaten (popcorn for supper)

Monday, Dec 7: 593, so far (breakfast and lunch).

See how those daily numbers went lower with each passing day.  What I’m realizing as a result of counting calories this week is that you eat a whole lot more when you don’t make yourself write it down.

No surprise, right?

I’m also recognizing that I need to drink a lot more water than I am.

The Encouraging News: I have not felt ravenously hungry since setting these goals.

The Discouraging News: I have not lost any weight while doing this. In fact, I have seen an increase, albeit tiny, in my weight.  I think that last fact is the reason why I can’t stick with counting calories for very long. The instant gratification from the act is lacking with calorie counting, at least for me. I have to find a way to reward myself that is not food related, if I have any hope of sticking to this plan. I won’t abandon counting for this week, though, because by now I know…

Actions speak louder than words!!!

I will keep on doing what I’m doing and see what results it brings.  That’s what setting goals is all about–being true to me, and trusting the outcome to God.

Besides, achieving this goal of counting calories is more important to me than losing weight.  Don’t get me wrong, I would love to drop a pound or two this week because of my efforts, but more important to me is finding some grit and determination within, demonstrated by being able to “stick with the program” all week long.

Three more days of counting calories to go, and then I may do an experiment in portion control. We’ll see.

How are your efforts to be accountable working out for you these days?   Do you count calories?

Office Christmas Party

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Oh boy, here we go…

Today is the day we celebrate Christmas together in the office.  This year is a lil different than other years, but I can’t say why yet.  More on that later.

In actuality, there are two reasons why today’s Christmas luncheon/party is different from previous Christmas parties. The first reason I can’t talk about (see paragraph one). The second reason why today is different is because today begins my week-long challenge to count calories every day.

Will I be able to do it? 

I know I can, but will I?

We’ll see.

My promise to you:  Whatever I do, I will report on it.

I probably won’t bore you with what I ate today, but I will tell you my calorie count for the day, if I count those calories.

What do you think, will I count today and meet my goal,or give up and eat with abandon?  What are you counting, or counting on, today?

After party update (3:30pm): Things went well with the party. I watched my portions, counted calories as best I could, and did not overeat in any way.  No cookies, no red velvet cake, no sugar laden punch, lots of time on my feet, setting up and picking up.  I call that a win! 

Question:  How many calories is there in 3 ziti from a macaroni and cheese casserole?  😉