W.T.W.!!!!? {What the What!!!?}

I Was Ambushed by a Pizza

pizza monsterHello Luv-lies,

It’s been a while since I’ve enjoyed a slice {and in this case, 2 slices} of one of my favorite types of pizza – MEAT LOVERS! …. Well, if your going to eat it, it may as well have the kitchen sink on it.. right? *coy smile*

My abstinence has been for no other reason than that I’ve really not had an craving/taste for pizza. Today I craved. And I ate. Now, pre- WW days I would have devoured four pieces of this mouth watering treat. But today, I was satisfied with half of that – and a cool 22 points!

I just have two things to say about this:

(1) Mmmmmmmm Mmmmmmm Good!, and

(2) Thank Goodness for the extra 49 weekly points  ! {I very seldom use them, but this day, I am sooooo glad that I have them!}

What sinfully delicious treat did you use your 49 extra points on this week?

Do tell…..

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It’s All About…. Perspective

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Good Morning Luv-lies,
I’m coming off of a long weekend – ‘Thank goodness for holidays’. How was your holiday weekend?

I spent time, attending an honorary tribute to our veterans… a very sentimental and emotionally rewarding experience.
But now, it’s back to the daily grind. It’s funny how the principles and practices that are taught in the WW meeting reallllly are applicable to our everyday life and experiences. Earlier today, I was in earshot of a conversation that an individual was having with herself. …. Come on now, you know there are times that you’ve had a serious pow-wow with self … *wink wink*. What I actually overheard was the tail-end of her self-conversation. It went something like this, …. ‘I have such a short attention span.’ To which I spontaneously replied, “well, one thing that you can say is that, you are never bored”. Between a contagious chestershire cat grin she replied….’ I like that perspective better.’

I walked away – feeling good about making someone else feel good – thinking, ‘funny, this is what we talked about on Sunday during our weekly WW meeting…’
As you well know, this weeks topic centers around what one can do when food is not enough? We learned that one strategy that can be used is called ‘reframing’. We talked about activities that can be employed to substitute for eating, but I still pondered, ‘just what is reframing and how does that work? …. you know… on a brain level? So I do what I always do when I am curious and want just a litttttle bit more information, ‘googled it up’.
This is what I found:

*I’ll try not to turn this into a lecture…because, who the heck needs that, right?*


So what is this idea of ‘reframing’ and how can I make it work on my journey to a more fit and healthy self?  During my reading,  I found that ‘reframing’ is really about perspective and giving something a more positive ‘spin’ *if you will* According to ‘the experts’, one of the most important and useful principles for managing change relates to the notion of positive intention – you know, looking at things as, half full. When you operate from a perspective of positivity, you are able to envision more choices and options for satisfying an undesirable/unwanted behavior.

In a word (or two or three)… focusing on the positive aspects. A positive perspective focuses on one’s strength… and being looked as a strong is always a good thing…

Here’s the part of the program that we taught about techniques a.k.a. “okay. It sounds all well and good, but how do I make this reframing thing work?

And the Top 4 List is::

4 – Identify the problem ….. ‘what do you want to change?’ Pay attention to images and/or feelings about the ‘thing’ that you’re trying to change
3 – Understand the motivation…..‘the why of it all’
2 – Brainstorm Solutions…’ K.I.S.S.. – ‘keep it simple sexy’ –
This is where you get to use your more creative side. don’t overwhelm yourself. Keep the list to three alternatives to using food.
1 – Use positive terminology…. your terminology gives you a different perspective

….AND IT’S ALL ABOUT PERSPECTIVE….RIGHT?
….class dismissed…. *smile* *wink*
What techniques do you use to reframe (and refrain from emotional overeating) when food is not enough?
Do tell…..

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Fitness Gadgets

Me & My Gadgets

activelinkandjawboneupHappy Sunday Luv-lies,

Had an okay weigh-in….1 pound up {not an woo-hoo!} – but I plan to have a better week. I’ll keep you posted….

Immediately after my morning weigh-in, my routine is to do a cardio class – two doors down! This morning was no exception. :-). Zumba seems to get me going these days, so off to an hour class. It was very energizing.

Then it’s on to a return to my WW Meeting (where I’ve saved time by weighing in before my cardio class. Our meeting focused on moving your body as a strategy for ’emotional eating’ (but I plan to post later on today about that…and another issue that came up at today’s meeting).

I am proud to say that I am an ActiveLink fanatic! My other ‘move my body’ gadget is my Jawbone UP. Both of these little trinkets inconspicuously collect data about how much I move my body and reward me with feedback that helps to keep me motivated in getting in cardio, daily sleep requirements, meals/meal planning and much, much more.

Hey Luv-lies,
What’s your ‘move your body’ gadget?

Do share…..

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Mindful Eating

Smart Snacking

Hello Luv-lies,

Remember growing up when you were told that snacking between meals would guarantee, not only spoiling your next meal, but would definitely help to pack on the pounds? Well…. you’ll be glad to know that, healthy snacking not only curbs your appetite- making the next meal a welcomed dining experience –  but it aides in weight loss by quelling the urge to overeat.

*HaHa! How’s that for great news!?*

As we all have discussed, at some point, while occupying the ‘green seats’, that PLANNING IS KEY! A planned snacks, liked planned meals, makes it a no-brainer when you need to grab something nutritious to hold you over until the that next meal and makes it easier to control and stick to your allotted portions. So what makes a snack, a snack and not a treat?

apple snackWell, this is my understanding of the difference between these two seemingly same ideas.
A snack is a nutrient-rich meal that serves to sustain you until your next meal...Food for survival.

Where a treat is a reward… something pleasing to eat because it is rare or a luxury…..Food for your soul.

So what makes one a smart snacker?

I have a few….

* Snack only when you’re hungry
Many other feelings may disguise themselves as hunger: Boredom, frustration,
anger, happiness, loneliness…. Just about any emotional you can think of. When
the urge comes to eat to an emotional, channel that energy into doing something
physical – stay one more hour in the garden, bowl one more game, walk one
more mile….

* Watch, both, Points Plus and Nutrient Value of your snack choice
In a word {or more}, all Point Values are not equal. Enough said.

* Plan your snacks ahead of time
We’ve learned this again and again during the meeting. One little ditty that
I’ve learned from the members of my group is to mark point values on
food containers. I love this one because when I’m in a hurry, I don’t have
look up the point value. Just grab and go!

These are just a few things that I do to assure that I am snacking wisely and healthily. You should always make room for healthy snacks in your meal planning. Choosing them carefully will thwart the urge to overeat and assist with your weight loss success…

What tips do you use that help you with incorporating healthy snacks into your eating
plan?

Do Tell….

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Fitness

The Warmth on My Neck….

women working it out!

Hellooooo Luv-lies
It’s Friday!!! I hope that you have had numerous successes this week…. including being a ‘big loser’ {of poundage… of course!}.

Finally, a day with weather that is just to bee-yoo-tiful for indoor cardio.
I’ll definitely make it to my usual end of the week Zumba class, but for now… I’m lacing up my gym shoes, readjusting my ActiveLink and taking a much needed, hard earned walk!
See you Luv-lies when I get back 🙂
What outside activity are you looking forward to doing today?

Do tell…..

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Friendships

Catching Up with Old Friends……

Hello Luv-lies !

And Happy Mother’s Day to you all!

Betty Boop's Mother's Day Wishes

I spent this Mother’s Day like so many of you Luv-lies… reminiscing about the past and sharing today & tomorrow’s thoughts with that very special person in my life….my Mom. After arriving in town {I went back home to the town where all of my fondest childhood memories began}, grabbing a small {yes….nutritious meal. Even Mother’s Day is not a reason to slack :-P} my Mother & I made our way home to get comfortable and catch up {I mean reallllly catch up} on all the news and adventures of not just ours lives, but, that of family, friends. We talked all evening and way into the night.

Despite my late night/early morning talkfest, I awoke early Saturday morning refreshed. Not so much from having ample sleep, but from the delight of being able to talk endlessly with this extraordinarily special woman in my life – My Mom. As always when I go home to spend time with my Mother, my activity schedule is, for the most part, unplanned – with one exception….. I always, always, always start my day with some activity of the cardio type!

I miss these guys!!!

I miss these guys!!!

I decided to go back to the place where, as an adult, my enthusiasm for fitness began…. I surprised my instructor and former fitness-mates {YES! Most of these ladies were still there and looking mah-vah-lous!}.  t has been years since I’ve stepped into a Jazzercise class! After a brief interruption in the class – where loads of hugs, kisses, and “how the heck have you beens” were exchanged, I eased nicely into the routines as if I’d never left.

The time after the class was spent catching up on the adventures of our children, grandchildren, families and the who/what/when of our individual lives.

Getting my cardio in for the day was definitely a secondary gain. Reuniting with woman who have been the thread in the fabric of my life was TRULY AMAZING!!

Hey my Luv-lies, what have you done for yourself that has felt utterly amazing?
….. do share

 

* {pic via:: special thanx}

 

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