Still On Track

I have had two .75 mile walks that are not in my “plan”. Yay for me. No yoga tonight.  I’m not bored yet with the somewhat monotonous food intake- but then again I’m a person who will eat the same thing for lunch for days on end.

I am not going to weigh myself again until Feb. 10.  I’m not one to obsess over minute changes.  I used to make a point of taking two exercise or dance classes back to back before an audition, because I knew I could drop 3 lbs in water temporarily.  And I am knowledgeable in dietary and nutritional science to know that it takes more than 30 days for your body to “reset” your metabolic rate.

That is why true weight reduction is so difficult.  Any short term changes – like those promises of 1 inch off your waist in the first week – won’t have lasting effect until your body resets its metabolic rate and process, which can take 6 to 8 weeks (or more).  It is rare to show any tangible progress in a diet change for at least 4 weeks, and the human psyche is not geared to stick to anything without obvious reward.

When I had more severe hypoglycemia, it was easier to stay on a strict dietary path, not because I had more “will power”.  It was because the cause and effect relationship was so immediate.  Cupcake?  Twenty minutes later – PUNISHMENT with a near fainting spell.  I truly began to mentally consider sugary food as poison.   I can compare the difference between this Pavlovian conditioning and the mere mental knowledge that the lovely, luscious cupcake is not the best eating choice.   I can say that I don’t miss the severe hypoglycemia.  I also can say I know how hard it is not to taste the cupcake when the only mental barrier is the intellectual knowledge that it is more calories, and empty ones, than another choice would be.

None of the Slique horror stories seem to be true….

A prudent person takes a look around the internet for reviews and commentary before purchasing an unseen product online.  The comments on non-YL websites were not always complimentary about the Slique products.  The overall reputation for quality of the Young Living company is very high.  However, there were a number of folks out there who had things to say about the Slique shake mix that were not exactly encouraging.

I have used a lot of protein/meal replacement powder mixes in my time.  There were a some that were hard to manage, not individually portioned, hard to mix, etc etc.  All these issues were mentioned in online comments on the Slique mix.  All I have to say is:  It must have been a much earlier product they were talking about.  I had trepidation in mixing my first shake.  Was it going to be an ooogly-gooey mess trying to mix without at blender?  Was it going to taste icky?  Seem like drinking liquid chalk?  None of the negative comments I read were true.

  • It mixed up well, even in cold milk.  [sorry super-healthy folks, I am not into soy milk].  Just like the super UNnutritious Instant Breakfast of yore, it works much better if the powder is stirred in 1/3 at a time.
  • It tasted…. just fine.  And a huge plus in my book:  It was NOT chocolate.  I hate  crappy chocolate flavored anything.  Chocolate is the last flavor I want first thing in the day.  I am so happy I have a drink mix that is not blah-vanilla or crappy-chocolate.

The gum.  Ah the gum.  the gum is a wonder.  I am a chewer, easily half of what I snack on is to CHEW not to eat.  I can chew all day, almost as satisfying as Australian licorice, but definitely more lo (make that no) cal.

The tea.  Smells nice.  Tastes good enough.  I’m not clear what its purpose in the overall scheme of the program is, but it good.

 

Starting a Weight Management Challenge

I have been quite anxious to lose 25-30 pounds for several years now.  It is some part vanity, but it is due in large to the more one weighs, the more stress on joints.  My knees and back could use a lightened load.

SO.

Having started using Young Living products for pain management, I had looked at their weight management products and had considered trying one or two of them out.  Then, for 2017, the company announced a “Slique in 60” challenge.  SO.

The factors in my 60-day trial are to be:

  1.  Health and calorie conscious in eating choices.  Enter the Young Living Slique products.
  2. Exercise more regularly.  I am going to have to go this one on my own as my yoga group dissolved last summer.  Two components to exercise more regularly are going to be:
  • Fasting exercise.  Research has shown that exercise done in “fasting” state benefits more in using stored energy than doing the same amount of exercise done at another time of the day.  Of course, this means when one first gets up.
  • Yoga.  I am going to find yoga to watch on my big TV and go it alone at home.

3. Accountability.  After a fashion.  these organized challenges are primarily to build in social support and accountability to keep going.

SO.

The one factor I have in my favor is that I am a person who *can* eat the same thing for lunch every day and not go out of their mind.

I guess the last factor I haven’t solved is:

4.  Reward.  Of course, achieving the weight reduction goal is a reward in itself.  However, being human, one can be supremely motivated by some other (non-food) reward.  Let me think on this a bit.