Fitness Minutes: (577)
2/6/13 5:17 P
Thank you for the nice comments. I feel good about this, a bit ruffled, but I'm okay with it.
UNIDENT - Thank you for being concerned, I really appreciate it. I describe 2-3 lbs a month as slow because 1 to 2 pounds a week will never happen for me and I accept that. I am very small - I'm only 4'10'' (147 cm), with a small frame. I don't know if I'll reach the "goal weight" on my tracker, but it's right in the middle of my healthy BMI range, so I thought that it could be a generic goal for now. Unfortunately, I have quite a lot of fat on me. But I am staying within my suggested calorie range and getting my exercise, so I'm making progress.
And tonight's dinner is planned - homemade chicken and rice soup with a fresh baked roll. I will end up only about 150 calories over my range, and I think that's just fine. If this had happened last year, I would have called it a ruined day and caused so much more damage than necessary.
I have renewed hope for my success. :)
Fitness Minutes: (78,836)
2/6/13 1:47 P
Frustrating, but "life happens". Just do the best you can, and perhaps next time you can choose the restaurant.
Eastern Time Zone
2/6/13 1:35 P
No, you have certainly NOT "blown it" - you faced a situation that we all are going to have to face from time to time, and you made a the most reasonable choice possible given the information you had available.
However many calories that shrimp and and soup had... compare it to what you *might* have chosen in days-gone-by, or to some of the other options on the menu. Look up some other standard fare - monte cristo sandwich with fries? burger and onion rings? pasta alfredo? I bet you came out *miles* ahead of what could have happened, if you hadn't made a mindful choice!
Now, since lunch was a bit high-calorie, perhaps you will be less hungry for dinner. Adjust dinner portions accordingly, and ditch any dessert or evening snack plans you may have had. You can stay on track, and you really should end the day feeling quite proud of having stuck to your plans to "choose healthy" even while having had a "live and learn - don't trust the shrimp sandwich" moment while you were at it.
Goal 1 - break 200 (46 pounds lost)**DONE** Goal 2 - leave obesity behind (BMI 29.9, at 185#) **DONE** Goal 3 - BMI = Normal (154# or less)
Congrats, you have some very healthy thought patterns there!
I'm a bit concerned though at describing 2-3 pounds a month as "slow" for you.
You're 62kg. That's pretty small. I see you're heading for 49, and that's exceptionally small. You must be short with a very small frame.
Weight comes off faster when you're really fat.
When you're not, it's slower.
At the current weight, I would celebrate 2-3 pounds a month! It's going to be slow. That's faster than I would have thought.
Deb, in New Zealand
Fitness Minutes: (577)
2/6/13 1:12 P
I had the best of intentions.
I looked up the menu online before we went, and I picked out a good choice. Then, the group went to a different place than the original plan.
I picked out something that seemed healthy - soup and salad. It was tomato soup, not cream-based. And a half salad with shrimp and spinach. It seemed so innocent!!!
Well, I just looked it up on their website, and my little soup and salad had an ENORMOUS amount of calories. I'm so disappointed.
I have to make the most of this now...
1. We didn't drive, we walked. That's a 15 minute exercise bonus.
2. I still have dinner to look forward to. I'll end up above my range, but with a little damage control, I won't be too far off of my goals.
3. I'm not going to fall for my old way of thinking: I have NOT "blown it", and I will not finish off the day with overeating and laying on the couch. Those calories are done and gone. Every next calorie is up to me.
4. I'm going to become more familiar with the menus for these chain resturants. There's no reason to be surprised again.
I sometimes feel frustrated that the progress with this plan is very slow - I only lose 2 or 3 lbs a month. But I've lost a whole size (14 down to 12), and my thinking is changing. I'm so glad I didn't try to take any shortcuts.
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