Light Bulb & Lunch

I had a complete “Light Bulb Moment” the other night as I was talking to my BFF. She is trying to lose weight and was asking me for advice. I asked her,”What are the top 2 or 3 habits that are keeping you overweight?”

I explained to her that the things that are keeping me from reaching my goal weight are:

–ย  Snacking in the kitchen when I come home after work/errands

– Eating while I’m cooking/preparing meals

– Snacking after dinner

I think her 2 biggest bad habits are:

– Lack of exercise

– Lack of eating a sufficient breakfast

I believe that if I/she was just able to stop/change these 2 or 3 worst habits it would change our bodies and lives. It seems simple, but have you ever tried to stop biting your nails or quit coffee/smoking/crack? We all know that habits are hard to break! Those bad habits are hard to break because they are doing something for you.

You wouldn’t keep doing something that was only hurting you. If you put your hand on a hot stove and get burnt – you’re not going to do it again because it just hurt. No good came of it. (I actually heard something like this on Oprah years ago.)

Even though my snacking is hurting me by keeping me at a weight I am not happy with, it is also doing something for me. My snacking isn’t like putting my hand on the stove – it does hurts, but it also feels good. The habit in the long run hurts me, but in the short term it:ย  distracts me from doing things I don’t want to do, comforts me, keeps me company, is pleasant, signals that I can relax, tastes good…

So, I need to find another way to get these positive feelings without snacking. I need full permission to relax, find comfort, do something pleasant instead of snacking.

Question: Do you have a bad habit that you feel does something pleasant for you?

Lunch was an effort to use us my veggies before we leave for vaycay – big salad with TJ’s Peanut dressing, topped with a veggie burger. Grapes on the side and can 2 cans of seltzer if I’m being honest ๐Ÿ™‚DSCN1394

Kashis on the side for some whole grain goodness ๐Ÿ™‚DSCN1390

I think it’s great that I’ve identified what I’m getting out of my bad habits – recognizing the problem is the first step, but now comes the work.

Dieter’s Tools – The Intuitive Eating book says you should get rid of the scale because it’s a “Dieter’s Tool”. While I agree with this in theory I’m not giving up my scale at this point. I weighed in today and the scale hasn’t moved at all in the last three weeks. I’m glad it hasn’t went up! But, I obviously need to work on the habits listed above if I expect to move it down.

And I have not forgotten about Cookie Friday – see you later!

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Long Run Friday

My long runs are usually on Saturdays, but since we have to leave for the airport at 5am tomorrow I needed to get it in today. I didn’t have time for the full 13 miles I would have done on Saturday, but I did 10 miles this morning! This is the longest run I’ve ever done on a weekday. I was very proud of myself…DSCN1380

Stats: 10 miles, just under 1:30

Both Breakfast

I couldn’t decided if I wanted a bagel or cereal for breakfast so I decided to have both! I had a smaller bowl of cereal than I usually do and a bagel.DSCN1381

Then, I couldn’t decide what I wanted on the bagel – cream cheese or jam? So, I had both again! These are Rudi’s cinnamon raisin bagels. I keep them in the freezer and one side broke when I was trying to pry it apart – still tasted great though ๐Ÿ™‚DSCN1383

You have no idea how I excited I am that it’s Friday!!! I started my Friday celebration with a DD coffee – too cold for iced today. And I will be celebrating Frozen Yogurt Cookie Friday !11 monica with coffee

By this time tomorrow I will be on my way to Belize!

Things I want to post, but can’t…

Sometimes time there are things I want to post about but can’t because certain people read this blog (family, co-workers) and I should be respectable. Damn. Today I said something to Ben that I want to post, but can’t…Let’s just say I went to a salon place to get something done because I’m going to be in a swimsuit this weekend…

“I can’t believe I pay someone to get that close to my vagina, shouldn’t someone be paying me?”

I’m glad I stuck to my convictions and didn’t post it. I am a lady.

Since I was at the mall during dinner time I was dying with all the delicious food smells all around me! I got a diet Coke from McDonald’s to help holdย  me off (they are $1.00 for any size!).

Ben came to pick me up after I was done and I didn’t know what I was going to feed him for dinner, plus I really was craving fries! So, I suggested that he get something from the food court for dinner (so I could eat his fries) and he took the bait! We also got a Peach Milkshake to share. I’m lucky that often Ben will eat most of certain indulgent foods, but I still get to enjoy it too.peach

I wanted fries and I ate them. Fries are off the Forbidden Food list! I ate more than I probably should, but this is my first time truly letting myself eat fries without guilt, so I learned from it. I should have been more aware as I was eating them and stopped when they didn’t taste as good or I had my fill.DSCN1374

I made myself a salad in a hummus container (it was almost empty) to use as dressing = Same idea as the Oatmeal in PB jar. And rice and beans.DSCN1376

Despite the high cal dinner, I wanted something sweet andย  piece of dark chocolate did the trick ๐Ÿ™‚ DSCN1378I was talking to my BFF (word up lady) last night about losing weight and had a “light bulb moment”. I’m gonna post about it tomorrow, so stay tuned ๐Ÿ™‚