So far, so good. I have had two for two good days on eating. I know how small of a victory this is, but right now any progress is worth celebrating.
How about some news that might spark your interest:
Is Fructose Making You Fat? “Scientists have used imaging tests to show for the first time that fructose, a sugar that saturates the American diet, can trigger brain changes that may lead to overeating.
Of course, some say the Secret to Longer Life is Being Overweight?. Personally, I agree with many others who think BMI is Bunk. It’s too bad they chose this as their meter. If you don’t understand, peruse some of these photos at Illustrated BMI.
Speaking of sparks – I want to give a special shout out to Shannon over at Superwoman Spirit. Thanks for thinking of me – your encouragement came at a great time. Shannon’s not the only one I owe thanks to. You know who you are.
One thing I really miss about blogging is the relationships. Shannon brings up a good question though – have you found your spark? If so, what is it. For me, it is the same as it has always been: health! As I wrote a few days ago, even that had to be put on the back burner as I did what it took during some challenging times. Right now, at this very moment, I am happy to have the spark back.
It may only be two days since the declaration of change, but it has been a good two days. Eating has been spot on both days, although I did have 15-bean soup tonight. While that doesn’t sound like a problem, beans seem to make me gain weight.
One change for both days is that I have totally changed my outlook on eating. I truly ate weight loss portions both days. In other words, I ate portions more like what I was eating eighteen months ago. You know what I mean – portions that someone serious about weight loss eats.
It amazes me how much of this is mental though. I know I can be perfectly satisfied (from a hunger perspective) on less portions than I want to eat, yet I still want to eat more. I fool myself into thinking I need that much — you would think I would know better by now.
Honestly, two days is hardly worth mentioning, but it is a step in the right direction. I am still mulling the changes that are coming on the blog. I’ll tell you the direction I am thinking of though. When I first started this it was the accountability that kept me on track. Long before I had readers, I made a commitment that I would post everything I ate every day. I found it to get repetitive and burdensome after a while though. It is evident that I need that accountability. I need something more than just “eating was good today”. I have thought about the doing the daily food logs again, and I have thought about pictures of my meals. The pictures are tough for me because I have far too many work meals. That would be difficult to explain, especially since no one I work with knows of this blog. Anyhow, a change is coming – soon.
I’ll leave you with an interesting article for the night. Did you know that researchers have found eating vegetables makes you more attractive?
Argh! I can’t believe how long it is taking to get over this cold! I told a friend of mine yesterday that this isn’t exactly how I like spending my vacation. I’d rather be sick while I am at work and feel great when I am off. Needless to say, I haven’t had the same progress today as I did yesterday. I am not worse though, and there is something to be said for that, right?
How about a couple of interesting articles this evening?
It seems that there may be another good reason to get your HDL cholesterol higher. According to a report this month in the Archives of Neurology, high levels of HDL cholesterol appear to be associated with a reduced risk for Alzheimer’s disease in older adults.
“Doctors have known for a long time that aspirin, which thins the blood, can protect against heart disease and stroke but the latest research shows the “wonder drug” has an even stronger effect on cancer.”
Here’s another link on aspirin and cancer.
Day one is done and over as far as eating goes, and it was a great success. Now to continue this for the next two weeks. I am shooting for some very big losses. If I really work at this I can lose 3-4 pounds a week, which means I can be 185 by my scale for my physical. That is big dreaming, but I know I can do it.
Exercise was also great today. I did 148 push ups this morning (21, 25, 21, 21, and 60) and then another 120 (40, 40, and 40) throughout the day. I also did three sets of curls and three sets of shoulder raises this morning. During the day, I did one set of dips using chairs in my office. Woot! I am very pleased!
Do you need another reason to exercise? How about prevention of a cold?
As if I needed an online article to tell me this – American’s overconsume everything! Is there any question why American’s are overweight?
It sure feels good for things to go as planned. It feels even better when things go better than planned! I started back the 100 push ups program today, doing a total of 120 push ups (14, 18, 14, 14 and 60). I then did another 120 throughout the day (40, 40 and 40). In addition, I did curls and shoulder raises. It felt good.
Eating was fine today – not great, not bad. For me, that is frustrating. I really need a couple of good eating weeks. I wish I was stronger, but these work meals are tough for me. Tomorrow I have dinner for work, and Wednesday and Thursday I have breakfast and lunch at work. I can handle breakfast just fine, but lunch is usually a challenge for me.
I have written quite a bit about the benefits of fasting over the last few years, but I ran across an article with a different twist today. There seems to be some evidence that some of these same benefits can be obtained by cutting carbs. Professor Cynthia Kenyon, the professor behind the study, has adopted a diet very similar to mine as a result of the study – no processed sugars, no grains, some fruit, and lots of vegetables. The only area I differ from this is the grains. I have some of these on occassion.