I rose this morning ready to follow the eating plan for day two of week one of the Michelle Bridges 12 week Body Transformation program.
I intended to open their website and read what was for breakfast before eating.
I wasn't hungry, but I have to take blood pressure medication, and that requires eating fifteen minutes after I take my medication.
I went into the kitchen to get water to take my tablet. Water is always my first drink for the day. I passed the fruit bowl.
Bananas are cheap and plentiful at the moment, and these need eating before they go off.
That was my decision on what to eat first for the day. Delicious, nutritious and easy prepared and affordable. Beat anything a 'diet' might tell me to do, and it was consistent with my personal need to eat a snack rather than a meal, as I wasn't hungry.
It is four hours late. I'm still not hungry. I do need to exercise. I'll put a sun hat on and go water the garden and graze on my salad bowl of fresh picked tomatoes and lettuce.
I need to eat lightly early today as it will be a long day. As a writer, most of the people I do business with are in a different time zone. I'm going to need to ensure that I don't consume all my calorie in the daytime and have some over (plenty over as I'll crave munchies and coffee as I spend tonight when most of you are sleeping, in the online conference with Alli and Apple iBook.
I realise that I do not need to stick to any planned diet. I need to be consistently aware of how I eat.
No diets for me. I do not go in for the two opposites ends of self-abuse—restriction dieting nor bingeing.
Diets do not work. Self-respect that encourages you eat nutritious and delicious food when hungry, and not eat when not hungry, and not want to stick garbage in your mouth, (some education, so you know what fuel your body needs) does work. Being consistent about that is essential for weight management. Weighing yourself doesn't affect weight management in my opinion, and as an exercise—growing vegetables is more productive and satisfying.
Still, I'm so pleased that I joined 12WBT to be a rebel and do things my way because tho one tool that I needed for successful weight management has been missing from my recent life. that has been consistency. Being as independent that is also a part of a group is what I am counting on to keep me accountable for this coming twelve weeks, and then another 12 weeks' and then another. By then, I hope to be back in my 'best healthy size for me' clothes, and I can take tho group support wheels off. Until I achieve my best, healthy size I commit to adding accountability to a group of peers striving for a similar goal to my action plan.
I'm making two healthy meals from today's vegetable harvest.
I'm using today's meal suggestions and exercise suggestions as my guide.
I need to work through the night, so planning well ahead and making healthy vegetable soup to sip as I work.
I checked out the MOVE workout. I substituted digging shallots and potatoes from the garden and some wedding that entailed a lot of bending and stretching. This was the first time I've done bending and stretching gardening since a serious health issue last year.
Another first. I will leave my walking frame behind, for the second night in a row, when I go for the evening walk. That means that I cannot stop and rest several times, and I have to focus on my balance so that I don't fall.
So, I'm off to a good start. I've curbed snacking.
I probably would have been about 500 calories higher in my consumption if I'd not decided to be publicly accountable for my actions.
Time management is still an issue.
Adding in the time to visit this website and participate isn't easy for someone doing a day and a nighttime job, especially at my age and health. It will be one less hour in bed. That's an hour I cannot afford to lose from rest. I'll aim to get my 12WBT MOVE accounting set up to be done while at my treadmill desk and fit it in with exercise. It will bo worth striving to make it all work. I do know that I need to give time to writing about what I am doing, for now, until I'w 100% committed to portion control and have eliminated excessive snacking.
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