Okay....in case you're wondering...I DID go out and take that walk. And it felt goood! I knew it would once I got out there. Always does.
This morning I skipped church. I've got a nasty cold and feel like crapola. No sense spreading the germs. So I grabbed a cup of Joe and started perusing blogs. Ya' never know what you're going to find. I love this connection with all these people that I don't "know" although in a way...I guess I do!
The other day I came across an interesting website via a few clicks called Spark People. It's not a blog persay but an online support site for dieters. At first I was hesitant to sign up. But I did. All it really obligated me to was to receive daily e-mails tips. For a while there I thought I was going to bombarded with a mailbox full of annoying reminders (like when I signed up for Flylady (a website launched to help women get organized)...good premise...great motivational tips...but c'mon - 10 e-mails a day!)
Anyway - I started actually reading these articles I was receiving and there's some really good stuff in there. This morning there was one about little changes adding up. For some reason today -it finally clicked. I've always been one to scoff about the little things and tell myself - big deal! But I started thinking. Okay...if I substitute my beloved butter for the Benecal I bought (but didn't use because every time I needed butter I said what the heck - it won't really make a difference) I'd be cutting 50 calories each time I substituted. Doesn't seem like much. But 50 calories x 7 days is 350 calories. And in 1o weeks that's a pound. And in one year - that's 5 pounds. Okay. Still doesn't seem like much. But if I do the substitution thing with other things in my daily eating the pounds can really add up. And that's without making any other changes!
So I'm going to focus on the little things right now. The itty bitty "these won't hurt me" changes. And then throw in a couple of bigger challenges when the little ones have become ingrained.
You know...it seems like it's the same old thing with all of us skinny wanna be's. We know what we have to do. Heck - we could write our own book about how to lose. But for some reason it doesn't click for us personally. When push comes to shove we are to quick to throw in the towel and tell ourselves that making that substitution really won't make a difference. But it does!
I've substituted the mayo for lo-cal fat free. I've substituted the butter for Benecal. I'm skipping the pepperoni on my pizza. Lo-cal salad dressings instead of the calories laden fat ones. Has anyone else come up with some painless substitutions? Do share please!