Monday, January 11, 2010

Back into the swing of things

I forgot how hard it was to get back into the routine of workouts and eating proper portions.  I've only been away from my routine for 3 weeks but it feels like it's been 3 months.  But I've done one cardio session and one circuit training session (but only 1 circuit, it's usually 3).  I've cut back my portions, and eating 6 small meals a day.  I forgot how small real portion sizes are.  When you actually measure how much you're eating ... WOW!  But it's totally worth it. 

I usually wear my skirts just at or above my knees.  Well, I have a couple of bandages below my knee after the vein stripping so I'll probably be wearing pants more than skirts ... although I am rather limited 'cause I've only got 3 pairs of pants ... And 2 long skirts that will fit me now. 

I was watching How to Look Good Naked Canada this morning.  I must admit, I far prefer the Brit version with Gok.  He just has this wonderful way about him and totally makes the women feel at ease.  But it was so good to see the woman on the show this morning go from not wanting to look at her body, to finally accepting it for what it is, accepting that she has curves and she can still be sexy and beautiful.  It's so important for women to tape into their inner goddess and to feel great about themselves.  Doesn't mean they shouldn't want to improve on a good thing ... just that we should accept ourselves for who we are now, warts and all (so to speak) and realize that even if there's a little more of us to love, doesn't mean we aren't beautiful, sexy and desirable.

I gotta admit though, it's really tough being home (alone), having cut my food intake and not eating anything outside of what I've planned for.  Especially when I'm tired, which I have been all day.  Today was supposed to be a productive day since I lost a couple of days after my procedure.  But I didn't sleep well at all so between being tired and alone and hungry, it's all kinda conspiring against me.  But I am woman ... I am strong.  I will distract myself with something useful and get through today without blowing my nutrition plan.
I'm feeling a little pudgy ... but I know this is only temporary.

So onwards and upwards!  And good luck to all those who are working on their own improvements ... but remember to love yourself for who and where you are now ... and enjoy the process .... it's really quite enjoyable.


  1. Aw, I love Gok, I watch his program sometimes and he really is great, but I do feel so sad that there are so many ladies out there who beat themselves up about not looking exactly as they imagine they should :( One thing that has been studied a lot is the relation between not getting enough sleeping and putting weight on much quicker so that's something to watch out for, always try and get enough sleep and have a nap during the day if you didn't manage to get enough sleep during the night. It makes sense to me really, if you're too tired through lack of sleep your body will need more 'fuel'/food to keep it going so I can see why that would make us eat more than we normally would.

  2. Great comment Betty. I usually run on 6 hours Sun-Thurs then 8 or 9 on Fri and Sat. I know it's not quite enough but it's the only way I can fit everything into my day. Speaking of sleep ....

  3. You are not pudgy, Sandy - not one little bit! I've been feeling frumpy myself over the past few days. We simply need to change our point of view - we're obsessing over something that isn't there! :)

  4. I still can't believe how small those portions are. They look like portions of portions.

  5. I was intrigued by Barry's comment because it reminded me about a book that I read about last year.

    It was written by a man who discovered that the plates that we use today are significantly larger than plates that were used in the middle of the last century. As a result, our portions have grown exponentially and we have lost the ability to discern proper portion sizes.

    Simply by using smaller plates, we can return to a healthier way of eating and our bodies adjust accordingly!

    Here is a link to an article about the book. And it's from a Canadian source!

  6. Portions of portions. Amen.

    I love that I can drink a boat load of water when I'm feeling like munching between meals. I might get a bit swishy, but hydration really makes it easier for me.

    Keep it up. We're all proud of you!

  7. It's always very hard at the begining! It's hard for me too to get back on track and start to be productive actually in everything!!! I need to meditate a bit today to force my mind to cooperate with me! I too am on diet, I normally go for a run but with this snow it's mission imposible! What is your goal?? How much you want to lose?

  8. Omg. Im trying too. I've been off the wagon for 2 months since my gall bladder surgery & I'm having a really hard time getting back into the groove. I went to the gym last week & haven't been back since. Life is just getting in the way. I'm trying the smaller meals at work so Im not hungry. Your such a motivation to me Sandy. Really. I need to follow in your foot steps.

    Thank you for your comment the other day. I'm so grateful for all of your support & words. Thank you. *Hugs*