Posted by Catherine Morgan on June 29, 2010
Well, I’m here to admit that I was unsuccessful in my Choose You commitment. I don’t really consider it a failure though, because I did meet most of my goals. I’m very happy that I am finally at the point where I am not craving sweets and other junk foods.
I didn’t lose any weight, but I was successful in maintaining my healthier eating habits. I wasn’t even tempted when my daughter brought back a plate full of deserts when we went out last week.
I have no plans of giving up. My next Choose You commitment will be to continue my healthy eating while also integrating regular exercise (specifically swimming) into my plan. Although I hope to lose some weight in conjunction with all of this, I’m not going to hold myself to any number on a scale. If I lose five pounds that will be a great bonus, but I know the most important thing is that I am choosing a healthier lifestyle for myself.
I recently wrote a post about choosing to see the positive when we are working hard at weight-loss and fitness goals, but not seeing many results.
I find myself in the classic half-full or half-empty mark in my healthy eating plan. I can choose to see my plan as half empty, because I haven’t even lost one pound yet. Or I can choose to see my plan as half-full, because I have had success in eating healthier foods and avoiding sugar. In other words, I can choose to feel good about myself or choose to feel like a failure. It’s totally up to me. And I’ve decided to try something new, “choose” to feel good about myself and take a closer look at all the ways I’ve been successful.
Although I haven’t lost any weight yet, I have had the strength and willpower to maintain healthy eating habits (and give-up sugar) for over six weeks. In my book, that’s success.
Anyway, that’s my story. I’ll let you know more about my new commitment next week.
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Posted by Catherine Morgan on September 20, 2009
Here are three easy tips that can help anyone become a healthier version of themselves.
via Catherine’s Top 3 Tips For Healthy Living.
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Posted by Catherine Morgan on June 22, 2009
Sunday marks the first day of summer…How are you feeling about getting into your bathing suit? Personally, I was hoping to be in a little better shape by now. Even though I’ve been successful at getting closer to my ideal weight, I’ve been playing one step forward and two steps back for the last several weeks.
Since I know I’m not the only mom out there struggling to eat healthy and lose weight, I’m not going to give up. I’m determined to have my Valerie Bertinelli moment, and it would be great if I could get to it sometime this summer. And yes, I do have a plan. It involves a few of the things that have already worked for me, and a couple of new (somewhat unconventional) ideas too.
Here’s an unconventional idea from izzimom – Best Weight Loss Tip Ever…
I’m not implying that any of YOU need to lose weight but if you ever need some inspiration to keep your eye on the ball and your ass in gear, just put on your bathing suit and look in the mirror. This is especially important if you’re putting on your bathing suit for the first time since it got warm. The impact will be much greater. But possibly more depressing, too. Consider yourself warned.
Then? Repeat EVERY SINGLE DAY so you never, ever become complacent or forget that you have NOT reached your goal…mostly because you sit in front of your computer all day. Ahem.
Check out some of the comments here.
I don’t know about you, but I can totally relate to This Mama…
From This Mama Cooks! On A Diet – My Weight Loss, Slower Than A Herd Of Turtles…
Most weight loss and diet bloggers do a lot of weekly update posts. I haven’t since going back to Weight Watchers earlier this year and starting on their Momentum Plan. You know why? Because reading that I’ve lost 1 pound here, or gained a few pounds back there, is boring.
Well, it’s beyond boring to me that is. In fact, it’s downright maddening.
I know I’m going to need to shake things up a bit if I’m going to get back in the swing of things. So, here is my plan…
First, something new – I’m going to take the advice of Violette DeSantis from Type-A Mom and try eating a Horned Melon (hopefully they aren’t too expensive)…
If we are not eating right our efforts at dieting and exercise are complemented with fatigue. Truth is we are more apt to work at eating right and continuing on a course of fitness when we have energy and less frustration. One remedy to fight fatigue is iron and a favorite source for most of us is melon. What usually comes to mind is our summer favorite, watermelon but let’s discover a new melon that packs a wallop of iron, the horned melon.
Yes, it looks scary; a puffer fish on a vine. I promise it won’t bite back.
Second, something old – I’m going to get more exercise to try to increase my metabolism, as suggested by Workout Mommy – Simple Ways To Lose Weight…
Instead of spending your free time on the couch, walk around and get a few household chores done as you keep an eye and an ear on the television. Instead of taking the elevator, use the stairs. Park at the end of the lot so that you need to walk longer to get to the office or your home. And get down to enjoy some rambunctious fun with your kids. These are small things, they’re certainly not what we would call exercise, but they do increase your metabolism and help you lose weight.
And third, something unconventional – I’m going to try a subliminal weight loss program that I received a few months ago. I listened to it a few times, but never committed to using it every day. But starting tonight, I’m going to give it a real try.
I’m hoping these subliminal messages will help keep me motivated to make healthy food choices and say “no” to the empty calories and angry whoppers. I’ll keep a journal for the next month so I can report back to everyone on whether it actually worked or not.
So that’s my plan, and I’m going to try really hard to stick to it. Do you have any plans for staying healthy or losing weight this summer? Will you be trying any unconventional weight loss methods? Does the thought of being seen in a bathing suit affect your desire to get into better shape? Let me know in comments.
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Posted by Catherine Morgan on February 1, 2009
Do You Hate or Love Your Body? Is It Possible To Love Yourself Healthy?
A long time ago I read a book called Love Yourself Thin. The idea of the book was that if you love and appreciate your body, choosing to feed it healthy foods would come naturally. It also emphasized the importance of loving our bodies just the way they are…even suggesting you stand naked in front of a mirror and replace negative self talk with positive self talk. Even though I never tried that, it did make me notice how many times in one day I was passing my reflection and telling myself I was fat or ugly (more than I could count).
So the idea of loving ourselves healthy isn’t a new concept. But it is something that most of us are neglecting to practice.
When we choose to eat healthy out of love for our bodies, we are able to let go of the negative aspects of weight and appearances. We no longer have to hate our bodies into going on starvation diets. Instead, we can love our bodies into making healthy food choices.
The first step in loving yourself healthy is to STOP JUDGING YOURSELF and your appearance. If you can’t say something nice about yourself…Don’t say anything at all. This is a great opportunity to recognize your negative self talk and begin to practice positive affirmations. Check out this website where you can randomly pick a wisdom card by Louise Hay.
The next step is to start treating your body like you love it (even if you don’t). Try making food choices that reflect your desire to fuel your body with nourishing and healthy foods.
Leslie Karen Lobell – Learning To Love Yourself…
One way to learn to love yourself is to act as if you already do (i.e., “Fake it till you make it”). An important way to love yourself is to nourish and care for your body: eat healthy foods and exercise regularly.
Healthy Eating Tips from Love Your Body Love Yourself at Women’s Healthcare Empowerment Now…
- Make stir-fry using a little chicken, some veggies, some seasoning all in one pan; and you have a healthy meal.
- Carry nuts, fruit, string cheese (part skim mozzarella), low-fat yogurt, or hard-boiled eggs with you for healthy snacks.
- If other people in the house eat junk food, put it all in one cabinet and start eating less of it.
- Make a healthy grocery list and don’t buy the junk (chips, etc.).
- Avoid foods with the word “hydrogenated” on the label, or look for foods that say “no trans fats”.
- Avoid deep fat fried foods like french fries.
- Eat throughout the day. If you don’t eat much all day you are more likely to binge at night.
- Eat something with a lot of fiber, like a salad, before your meal; it will make you feel less hungry.
- If you find you frequently eat for emotional comfort, think of other things you could substitute, like a warm bath, or your favorite music.
- You can be a good example for your children and teach them to eat healthy foods along with you. This may change their lives for the better now, and help them be more likely to eat healthfully as adults.
Love and Health Go Hand in Hand…
If we really and truly care for ourselves, we would take good care of these bodies that are taking us through life.This minor revelation helped me change my negative thoughts about myself as I was writing. I realized that I usually do love myself enough to eat healthy foods which contribute to my being exceptionally healthy most of the time.
Suzanne Reizman – Would The American Economy Collapse If Women Stopped Hating Their Natural Appearance?
How many companies rely on us feeling crappy about our bodies to sell more product? If we all loved our bodies the way they are, douche companies wouldn’t be the only ones going out of business–the diet, health & beauty, pharmaceutical, and cosmetic surgery industries would suffer as well!
Think of the money we could save if we loved ourselves and accepted our bodies in their natural state.
Thick thighs. Narrow hips. Thick lips. Thin ones. Big nose, small boobs. Flat butt, fat butt. Dark skin, light skin. You got what ya got. Can you find the courage to love it all…right now?
So…Do you see a connection between how you feel about your body and how you treat your body? Do you love your body or hate it?
If you hate it, are you willing to try loving it for a little while?
Do you catch yourself saying judgmental and negative things to yourself all day? Do you think you could stop?
Contributing Editor Catherine Morgan
at Catherine-Morgan.com and Women4Hope
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