Disclaimer and First Boo-boo (But let’s focus on the positive!)

DISCLAIMER: When I said, “Join me if you’d like” in my last post, I didn’t mean to imply that I know what YOU should do for health or lifestyle. I’m not a pro, and I haven’t proven anything yet! Besides, I think there are many ways to arrive at most destinations. What I meant was, “Follow my progress (assuming and hoping that there will be some) if you’re interested.” I want to share what I’m thinking and doing, boo-boos and all, in hopes that I will feel more accountable, and if you’re struggling with changes maybe you won’t feel alone. There! 🙂

Today started out different from most. I woke up at 5:15 or so and couldn’t sleep because my arm and face ached. I got up, drank 12 oz of water with my thyroid medicine, propped up on the couch for awhile, did my floor stretches, drank another 12-oz water, and ate.

For Breakfast I ate 1/2 of a whole-wheat English muffin, toasted, with a teaspoon of natural peanut butter and a teaspoon of Smuckers Simply Fruit Spread, 1/2 cup 1% milk, 1/2 large Fuji apple, and my vitamins and pills with 12-oz water. I would have eaten the other half of everything out of habit (and desire) except I didn’t want to be too full for my massage therapy.

My theory is that eating a balance of Water, Veggies, Grain, Fruit, and Protein at each meal, without overeating, will nourish the body and reduce cravings. If I don’t eat vegetables at breakfast, I eat extra veggies later as a snack. I’ve taken these ideas from Lean and Free 2000 Plus by Dana Thornock. I’ve been experimenting with it for a few weeks now, and my cravings for sugar and chocolate have definitely reduced.

I went to my massage therapy appointment for over an hour, then stopped at Subway for an early lunch.

For Lunch I ate a 6-inch Subway Veggie Delight sandwich on 9-grain wheat with a drizzle of oil and vinegar, a squirt of Ranch dressing, and half a bag of baked chips. I was starving because I went too long without eating. Also more water. By this time I had consumed 48 oz of water.

About two hours later, I remembered that I was supposed to meet some ladies for lunch! I wasn’t hungry yet, but everytime I eat at a sit-down restaurant, I end up wishing I had room for dessert, and I never do. Today I just ordered dessert: a thick, beautiful Pecan Pie with a scoop of ice cream. That’s my boo-boo! I generally justify a small low-cal dessert after a full, balanced meal, if I want one, but this piece of pie was way too big to justify, and I waited too long after my earlier meal, so it gave me a bigger sugar hit. I drank another 12 oz of water.

This post feels too long now, so I’ll wrap it up.

Exercise: 20 minutes gentle walking in place and swinging arms while listening to a book on CD.

Afternoon Snack: 12 almonds and a cold, sweet 6-inch corn cob, and 12-oz water.

Dinner plan: 12-oz water, 1 cup corn chips, 1/2 cup black beans sauteed with garlic, 1 cup Romaine lettuce, 1/2 cup chopped tomato, and 1 tablespoon Ranch dressing.

12-oz water about an hour before bed, and maybe some celery with peanut butter.

Sounds fun! Thanks for stopping by.


About tiredofbeingoldandtired

I'm a fifty-something woman, with half a dozen grown children, who plans to prove once and for all (I hope) that I can get healthy in every way by eating real food, exercising gently, finding a satisfying purpose, and reducing stress, without starving or torturing myself. I'll keep you posted.
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