Thank God it's Sunday...for 2 very different reasons. I love that I feel rested on Sundays after some good sleep catch up on Saturday and it's the end of my food and exercise week. I look back on what I ate, how I moved and what didn't or did work best. Each week I am finding things that work really well for me and some that I need to change immeidately. One thing working is my cooking. I have been in the kitchen every day. I am no culinary genius, but I am doing better and not disliking it so much. One thing that isn't working: I am not tracking my intake consistently every meal. I know I am not eating over my calories, but I have made deprivation mistakes in the past that play a huge role in my failures. Making sure I eat my daily calorie goal is important to my weekly and long term success. I have asked countless trackers what systems they use and the answer is always the same 'do what works for you'. I have tried a couple different methods of tracking and can't seem to find one that I can stick with. I would love to hear about your best practices in food tracking. What do you use?
Blogging definitely works. Going back to read previous posts and the comments friends left keeps me motivated and accountable. I am reminded of my commitments and goals.
I turned on the TV last night and watched the ending of Eat Pray Love with Julia Roberts. Great book, too. There is a quote at the end of the movie I am including below. You never know where little random phat chances of thoughfulness come from. For me, it was this quote.
"In the end, I've come to believe in something I call "The Physics of the Quest." A force in nature governed by laws as real as the laws of gravity. The rule of Quest Physics goes something like this: If you're brave enough to leave behind everything familiar and comforting, which can be anything from your house to bitter, old resentments, and set out on a truth-seeking journey, either externally or internally, and if you are truly willing to regard everything that happens to you on that journey as a clue and if you accept everyone you meet along the way as a teacher and if you are prepared, most of all, to face and forgive some very difficult realities about yourself, then the truth will not be withheld from you"
Whether you know this book/movie or not, one thing is clear, anyone with any internal struggle must be brave, mindful, vulnerable, and ready. The hardest of these for me is vulnerability. I am still learning how to allow myself. Stop my avoidance and try to embrace emotions. What I do know is that I am brave. I am more and more mindful everyday and I am ready. I tried planning to get my mind right before I left for the Biggest Loser Resort, but if I couldn't do it before on my own, what made me think I could just schedule it in the day before we left? I always have unreachable goals set for myself...that's part of the problem. So I get to the Resort and with the guidance of Essara and the friendships made with other guests, I found myself ready, brave and very mindful for my return home. To renew all of these amazing lessons, Cara and I are talking about having a BL day at my house. We will invite friends and family interested in the process and will provide information we received at the Resort. Our way of paying it forward. This will renew our Resort education and keep us brave, ready, mindful and most of all, vulnerable. I may not be wearing my sports bra and shorts in front of you all, but I definitely feel exposed. It's hard being the elephant in the room, literally. It's still not easy and everyday I have a moment of WTF!, but I know what I want and I know how to get it. From this moment on, it's up to me. I will be the reason for success and I will be the reason for failure. But as I have said before, shoot me between the eyes if I ever go back.
To the Biggest Loser and Jillian Michaels are like bread and butter, weirdos and video games, crystal light and sparkling water, me and reality TV, wholly guac and everything, chocolate covered strawberries and the Biggest Loser Resort...THEY ARE MEANT TO BE. Make it happen NBC. It's time.
I have some favorite go-to items I pick up at the store every week...
salsa: I eat a lot of salsa. I love saucy food. To replace my ranch, ketchup and gravy, I use salsa. For me, the hotter the better.
apples: One thing I clearly remember from the Resort was my regularity. Fiber is your friend. I have never felt cleaner than I did at the Resort. Lot's of fiber in the skin of an apple, plus with my new and improved taste buds, apples are yummy sweet goodness.
rice cakes: I may thank rice cakes in my weight loss success speech. I love the crunch and you can put anything on them..peanut butter or laughing cow.
crystal light pure: I was a complete Diet Coke addict before the Resort. At least, 1 a day, sometimes two. I do love water, but sometimes I just want something different. Grape and Kiwi Strawberry are my favorite.
salads from Trader Joe's: I am all about quick and easy. Already made salads with low-cal dressing are the way to go. Takes the work out of packing lunch.
Ak-Mak crackers: great with salsa.
Whole Wheat Tortillas: There are lots of brands out there. I go with the lowest calorie per serving size. Easy whole grain to grab with egg whites or ground turkey.
Speaking of ground turkey...Jenni-O, I adore you. I use the extra lean ground turkey from Jenni-O several times a week for turkey patties, taco meat, in tomato sauce, and stir fry.
What are your go-to food shopping items? I am always looking for more ideas!