So I bet you are wondering how am I doing on my three promises? Have I kept them, or did I have to answer “No” too many times? Will I have twenty-seven “Yes” days out of thirty, or am I going to have to work at it some more?
Well, I can answer you honestly that I have a lot of work to do before marking a clear “Yes” on any day. It is not that I did not have some “Yes” days, just not enough to know that I will be going past the thirty day mark to work to get to my goals. So what. I am a work in progress.
Let’s start with promise number one. I do great at planning. For the most part, I planned every meal every day. I was prepared and had what I needed on hand to execute my plans. Clearly, I could have marked a “Yes” on each day.
What I did not do is stick to my planned meals each day. There was a couple of times this week at work when I brought my lunch, but then someone suggested something that sounded better than what I brought. It is not that what I brought was not something I enjoy. It was just what was suggested sounded like something I would enjoy more. This means that the part of my promise missing is that I will only eat what I planned.
For Promise number two, I promised to walk short intervals throughout the day. I did do this one and probably could have done more intervals. This is what I will work on and keep you posted. As I told you prior, I am dealing with back issues that I am working to resolve. Walking is one of the best things I can do. Building up to mega walking is the direction I want to take.
Plus, I love aerobics. I look forward to the day I can do Zumba and Jazzersize again. I always walked away feeling terrific after one of these workouts.
The third promise was to make time to meditate, catch my breath, and be grateful. This promise is relatively easy for me because I do count my blessings often throughout the day. This promise was more about shutting out day-to-day stress and having a quiet time to simply breath in and out without pressure and stress.
So as you can see, I have not been perfect, but I am persevering. I will tell you Aaron and I had a very important conversation about making promises and learning how to know the promises you need to make that will really reach deep into what you need to have this process click.
I discovered this week, and I shared it with Aaron, that the problem with our diet is not really with food. It is with the way we deal with life using food. I came to the conclusion that I am not ready to go low carb, but more like slow carb. I still want to eat sweets and bread and pasta to some degree.
In discussing this with Aaron, he pointed out that I needed to find foods I love that will fill the void of the foods that do damage to me. For instance, I told him about bread I found at the local farmers market by my home. Mahler’s Bakery makes it. They have several varieties. I bought the Cinnamon Walnut and the Vegetable bread. Both had ninety calories per slice, two grams of net low carbs, and ten (yes I said ten) grams of protein. One slice was so filling, and both breads were delicious. I surprised myself when I found I liked the vegetable bread more than the cinnamon walnut because I love cinnamon. Try it. It was really good.
The other food surprise that Aaron said was fabulous is the Dream Delite Frozen Yogurt. I buy it at Paradise Yogurt on Friars Road and the 163 in San Diego. Each ounce has only eight calories per ounce and it is lactose free and low carb. Most frozen yogurts have twenty-seven calories per ounce and are loaded with sugar, definitely not low carb. I buy the mini and it is a total of eight ounces, sixty-four calories, and fourteen carbs. I usually will take it home and eat a quarter to a half a serving over the course of three nights. It doesn’t get much better.
Keep working on your promises, and I will keep you posted on how I am doing on my promises. We are in this together.
Until we meet again, this is Linda Misleh Wagner, Future Former Fatty.
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