My deep thought for the day. People are discontented, unhappy, yearning, dissatisfied, frustrated when there is something internal to them that they perceive they NEED to have for the perfect day, month, life. A little example of my 'thing' today. We are almost out of milk which we have in our morning coffee. Our daughter is our shopper, and this week she is no longer working from home, but is back at the school. I know she will ask for our grocery list when it's convenient for her to shop, so I would prefer to wait a bit.
Hmmmm.... not so much me, but I want hubby to have milk for his coffee. Yes maybe I would like to have milk in my coffee too, so my day starts off in the usual way and I am in no way inconvenienced. I usually have one cup of coffee and maybe start a second that I often don't finish. For one day (or maybe more) can I try something else in my coffee? I looked in the pantry and found tetra packs of almond milk and Chai latte, and I have hot chocolate mix. There is an ice cream bar in the freezer, or I could have black coffee, or I could have black tea. Maybe now is the time to discover if I like that Chai Latte?
I like to question myself - can I be happy with less, or something different? Why am I not open to change? Is this a one off or forever? Can I see some advantage to change? Put this in perspective, my Saturday happiness is not dependent on having milk for my coffee. I will still have a nice breakfast with my husband, play with the dogs, videochat and exercise with my friends, and have a lunch date with my sorority. No milk is no biggie. I will make sure my husband knows I want him to have that last bit of milk, that I am choosing something else that I will like.
When I make myself easier to live with, my needs and wants are few. Small things don't become big things and one thing amiss does not have a ripple effect. My life can be simpler and happier.
OK maybe I did have another deep thought. Instead of thinking about distractions so I won't eat, I will focus on what I like more than eating. I will need to start a list so I remember them and motivate myself to carry through.
Something interesting I read - NYT Cooking. Our medium is recipes, and cooking instruction: a way to understand the world is through food. Our goal is to have an audience that looks like America, so that the recipes we share and develop represent the people we serve, whose stories we seek to tell. Wow there should be some interesting recipes coming!
Food. I like that I have several pre-made breakfasts so I can go to the fridge and take one with no effort or decision making and know exactly how many calories it is.
Sleep. Did better, asleep by 10:00 PM. Woke up at 4:00 read news till 5:00 AM, back to sleep till 6:45 AM. There are periods of time when I have difficulty with my sleep. I wake up, can't get back to sleep and wander into the kitchen for a bowl of cereal, milk and maybe a sliced banana. It does help me get back to sleep later. But it's like adding a 4th meal to my day. Sometimes I do count it as my breakfast and wait till lunch time for my next meal.
Exercise. Today 9 consecutive days of videochat & YouTube exercise, each day at 11 AM! Today was a hot Latin Zoomba.
NOOM - What you eat depends on location, time of day, social setting, physical condition, season, state of mind, etc. I want to prepare some meals in advance so meal decisions and work are already done, and the calories are recorded in a Spark nutrition group, so easy to record. I want to stop wandering into the kitchen and thinking what I do I 'feel' like eating?
I will put more focus on low-calorie-density foods which allows me to eat a large volume of food while still cutting back on calories. Sounds like Volumetrics?
Temptation Bundling = Link something you want + Something you should do. Makes it a habit and fun.
Habit Bundling = Current Habit + New Habit. Couple an instantly gratifying want with a should behavior.
1) Listen to an audiobook/Walk the dog
2) Watch TV/Go to bed earlier.
3) Good weigh ins/Slimfast when weight stalls
4) Daily videochat with friends/YouTube exercise at 11 AM
5) Like to eat/Track calories in Spark, since May 15.
6) Morning weigh in/Improve on meal plan for the day
7) Eating/Make ahead and portion meals
8) Eating/Pull out recipes I will actually be using, then prepare grocery list
Kitchen Spring Cleaning - did knife & serving utensil drawer
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