Focus, Jill, Focus!

I am eating the biggest, sweetest, juiciest orange right now – yum! (That has nothing to do with today’s topic, but a good sweet orange is one small thing that makes me really happy!)So much to blog about but having trouble getting my thoughts in order, which incidentally is what I want to blog about: Focus, or lack thereof.

I don’t remember why the thought popped into my head, but I just remember thinking a couple of days ago, “I’ve been so focused on Christmas and all it’s preparations that I have let everything else slip by the wayside.” And that’s when, my a-ha moment hit me – my focus determines whether or not I succeed. I have not been focused on losing weight since October. I have not been focused on exercising since then either, so it shouldn’t come as any surprise that I have gained a few pounds since then. I haven’t gained a lot – maybe 6 pounds, but I know 6 pounds can turn into 12 pounds very easily, unless I am focused on reducing those original six. For me, it has nothing to do with motivation or will power, it’s all about focus. When I was losing weight so steadily at the end of the summer and beginning of autumn, I was single minded about the kinds of foods I was eating and how much I was walking. Since then, eh not so much, and it’s starting to show. Also gone is my weekly weigh in with the Nurse Nazi – that was very motivating! I think to replace that, I will start posting my weight here for you all to see. Probably not the actual number, but I’ll post what Mary Lou says on a certain day of the week, let’s say Wednesdays (so don’t let me forget!). When I got The Platform I recorded my starting weight the Monday after Thanksgiving weekend, so of course it was higher than normal, but I got to 8.5 pounds below my starting weight, which is I think what my normal weight really is (around 153). This morning Mary Lou said I was only 2 pounds below my starting weight, which would put me at about 160 approx. I know I can get it back down fairly quickly just by getting on the treadmill and drinking lots of water (duh), so I’m not worried yet. We’ll see how the rest of the week goes.

And speaking of the treadmill, my poor motorized friend is feeling neglected lately, so I am going to make a pact with you all that I will walk for 30 minutes tonight at 5pm CST. (I was going to add at least 4 times this week, but let’s take it one day at a time, shall we?) Here’s what I need from you all – I need a consequence to face if I don’t walk. Yeah, yeah, I know the obvious ones – lack of energy, tighter pants, etc; but what I want is something like push ups or scrubbing the toilet or some unfun thing. So fire away and hit me with your best shot – I need to know there will be unpleasantness in my future if I don’t abide by the pact. Desperate times call for desperate measures, people!

I am also considering logging my food into an online journal. Seeing what I eat in print may be enough shock to make me leave Candy Land, but logging food tends to bring The Crazy out in me, so I don’t know. Maybe I should just start with an old fashioned notebook and just record the foods (and not their calories and nutritional content)? Still mulling this one over – may have to mull a little longer. What do you think?

(Abrupt subject change in 3…2…1) And speaking of cooking (what? Weren’t we?) I made the best pita pizza last night for dinner. I had a multigrain pita with marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese, turkey pepperoni, black olives and mushrooms. Oh Sweet Gouda it was so good! I may have to have another one tonight. I think one thing that will make me a better cook is to have a stocked pantry – it’s really hard to cook when all you have is a can of peaches and one can of tomato paste in the cabinet. It has never occurred to me to buy ingredients, I just usually buy prepackaged or pre-made foods, but I know that’s not good to rely on those things so much, so I went to the store last night and bought a few things like chicken and beef broth, cream of mushroom soup, olive oil, canned beans- just a few things to get started. I hope to add to these things again this weekend so that I’ll have enough ingredients on hand when I find a recipe I want to try. Anyone have any other ingredients that you can’t live without?

That’s all I got – have a good day gang!!  🙂

ETA – I did it!!  I got on the treadmill for 42 minutes – woo!  Sorry Laura, I’ll never tell my most embarrassing secret!!!  😉

10 thoughts on “Focus, Jill, Focus!

  1. “Anyone have any other ingredients that you can’t live without?”

    YES! Jolly Time Healthy Pop Kettle Corn!!! JK,well kind of…I’ll be back more with some of my favs.

  2. So much here today! Okay, first, I’m right there with you on the focus thing. I’ve always said it takes energy–physical & mental–to lose weight. When there’s no energy left for weight loss/maintenance, the weight goes up. So here’s to getting our focus & energy back!

    If you don’t walk you have to blog about your most embarassing moment. I don’t mean funny embarassing. I mean humiliating embarassing. We love you, no matter what, but aren’t there some things you don’t want the bloggy world to know about you? I thought so. So go walk!

    When I’m on my game, I write my food down in a paper journal. Little Moleskine journals I get at the bookstore in 3 packs. They fit in my purse. I don’t like logging food online. I’m still a paper & pen girl.

    When I started cooking I had to totally restock my spices. ALL my spices were ancient. I’d buy just what I needed for recipes, at first. Then before Thanksgiving my grocery store had every single Spice World (or whatever the fancy glass jarred spices are called) on sale–like 50% or some were more–and I stocked up. Even on things I didn’t know if I’d ever need. But now my 3rd drawer down is full of spices, and I use them. I think it will take a while of experimenting and finding recipes you’ll do over & over before you know what to stock. I *still* will take a recipe and make my shopping list according to the recipe. I never assume I have chicken broth or diced tomatoes or red beans on hand. I just don’t have enough cabinet room to be that well stocked (maybe if I got rid of the processed junk, I’d have more room, LOL).

    OH! And I have that same cook book you rec’d for Christmas– the crockpot entertaining one. I haven’t looked at it in ages, but when you wrote about it I thought it sounded familiar. I’ll be checking it out soon. Let me know if you make something you like, and vice versa.

    OK, I’m gonna go run my 5.78 miles (and don’t think I’m running a 10th more than that…it’s like pieces of flair…just tell me the minimum, and that’s what I’ll do). If I don’t talk with you again, Happy New Year! I think 2009 is going to hold great things for you, girlie. xoxo

  3. I always keep beans, tomatos (sauce, diced), broth, pasta and canned tuna on hand. Plus bags of frozen veggies in the freezer. In a pinch I think I could live out of my pantry for a couple of weeks.

  4. Ooh, that pizza sounds great!

    And my list is pretty much like Juice’s. Plus a few weird items (canned clams for example) and always garlic and olive oil. I figure if I’ve got pasta, garlic, olive oil, some vegetables, and any kind of edible protein short of cat food– I’ve got dinner.

  5. Nobody mentioned having any fresh fruit and vegetables – ok maybe they’re not in the pantry but most definitely a must.
    I do have a pantry full of ingredients to make healthy food. Rice, wheat, crushed tomatoes, Tuna, Olives, Spices, whole wheat pasta, and so on. I also always have on hand a lot of frozen chicken, and some lean beaf, and white fish fillets.
    For me , dieting means making sure that I have enough healthy food to eat and not having to worry about binging on nonsense.

  6. Oooh, great point about FOCUS (pronounced: “F–“, well you and I both know well and good how it’s pronounced in this case;) And as I’m reading this, the Weigh-in Wednesday’s point reminds me that today is Wednesday and I was going to start back with my weekly weigh-in this week, and forgot. I will send it in the morning … =) Love you! Thanks for the constant motivation and encouragement. You’re the best Coolest Aunt ever.

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