It's been one of the roughest years for so many of us. It's cold out here today, it might snow this weekend. I'm enjoying my one cup of coffee for a couple more days before I wean off caffeine.
Even if it's hard, don't forget to reach out and see what you can do for another person, no matter how small it seems regarding what you can give.
A smile, saying their name, asking how they are and REALLY LISTENING to thier answer and asking another genuine question about them and then listening. Forget about YOU and focus on THEM.
I've had a super rough time too, and I've written about it plenty, like I did yesterday, so no need to go on and on about it in this post as well.
I got on the scale and I'm down 2 pounds. Amazing how the process really works when you know exactly how much energy you are consuming. It's so easy to make mistakes if you don't actually measure on a food scale in grams or ounces.
I know it's Christmas Day!!!
Over the last 10 years of maintaining my 85 pound weight loss, I've had many Christmas days, and weeks, when I ate whatever I wanted with no regard.
I don't feel like doing that this week. I feel like enjoying my time with Randy and our kitties and enjoying food we love. It doesn't have to be a huge feast to enjoy it.
I don't even know what we'll have today, but whatever it is, we will enjoy it and our blessings.
We don't really know what the next few weeks will bring. The world and our country is in turmoil.
I'm changing my diet style for health reasons and so many people are telling me you don't have to worry, your metabolism works differently when you eat all plant-based or whatever. You can eat as much fruit as you want! Yeah right. I don't think so.
Carbs, Fats, and Protein are the substrates your body uses for energy, called Macro Nutrients. The Micro Nutrients are needed as well. I believe in understanding what each thing does, and how it effects your health and your quality of life, yet keeping it simple and not getting overwhelmed by the enormous amounts of conflicting information.
In my own small way it must be based on science, measurements, and results.
I know why I consume each supplement I take and how it will effect my body long term. I know why I need 1 gram of protein per body weight regardless of diet style. I know why I need the complete amino acid profile.
I know why I must always know the daily portions in regards to my TDEE (Total Daily Energy Expenditure) and that it ALWAYS matters. If a person wants to lose body fat, the amount must be less than TDEE. If fat loss is not happening, it's not less than TDEE, even if you THINK it's less than TDEE. Most people make mistakes estimating their food energy. Many will "work hard" at it, but must go back and review that they are doing wrong. I know how frustrating that is, because it still happens to me. I have to go back and review my work and find the problem. The problem is never my metabolism, it's always the amount of food. What I eat and the micro nutrients does have an effect as well and it's an extra edge in quality of life and performance of my body.
I know why I need the Optigreens-50, Micro Factor, Optireds-50, Full-Mega, Liposomal Vitamin C and D, and complete B-Complex.
I know why I need my electrolyte packets recommened by doctor and the prescription NSAID, and how my body functions without them.
Every season there is a give and take. Sometimes the choices are hard to make, but we look at the pros and cons and what the future might hold, and we make our best choice.
So, I make my choices today. I plan to take my pictures in the My TransPhormation App on the last day of the year 2020. I plan to enter my weight nearly every day, and my waist and hip measurement, and not let those rule my happiness. It's just data.
But the truth is, when you really follow the process the data will change in the direction you want. If not, then it's all about the food energy in. It's easy to fall into the trap of thinking something is wrong with you, it's hormones, it's stress, it's a thyroid issue, it's age, it's whatever fill_in_the_blank. Those are issues too, and they are problems to be solved, but it still comes down to food energy in so once you stop letting all these other things side track you, roll up your sleeves and get to work.
Enjoy Christmas first if you need to! There is nothing wrong with that. It's meant to be enjoyed.
And when you are ready, it's time to knuckle down. And here's the thing about tracking food in the app, it's important, but equally important is documenting some meal plans in a journal. Something you can use when the power goes out and you can't "track" your food.
It's not about tracking. It's about knowing how much you are consuming. If you write down or otherwise document a meal plan for the day, you can follow it. You can make muliple plans to follow. You can make optional meals, like three different choices for each meal, or however you want to make choices so you aren't so boxed in.
It's not that hard, you only eat a handful of foods. It's just a matter of knowing the amount needed. I don't care what food it is, you can estimate any food, any meal, Christmas dinner, Birthday Cake, or what you eat travelling or camping or whatever.
Every day matters. Your body does not care what day it is. The fat cells still gather fat. The brain still consumes fat. The cells still need water and electrolytes. All these things still happen no matter what day it is.
So, yes, Merry Christmas anyway! No matter what you choose to put in your body, you own it. Own your day, count your blessings, and if you can get up and enjoy your people as Arlene said in our members only forum, then so be it, that's your blessing.
And if you can reach out and help someone feel better today, so be it. There is nothing more healing than getting out of your own pain and helping another person have a Merry Christmas.