Tuesday, February 09, 2010
YOU CAN'T LOSE WEIGHT AND KEEP IT OFF WITHOUT CHANGING YOURSELF!
I've been complaining that my scale is iffy so I decided to go to Big Lots yesterday and buy a new one. There was a choice of two; one was $12 and you got on it and it gave your weight. The other one was $10 and it had a fancy calculator size contraption that you programmed with your height and age, held with your thumbs on each side while you got on it, and then it would spit out your weight, body fat %, and ideal weight. I snapped up the fancy one. It took hubby and I at least 30 min to program the darn thing, it takes 7 batteries. Once we got it fixed, we both weighed and we were exactly the same. I didn't like all the answers it gave me. I was 189.5 pounds, 41.5% body fat, and my ideal weight was 134.5 pounds. Now, I haven't weighed 134.5 pounds since I was in high school and I was really thin. I was in a new school as a junior and I was so shy and scared, I would eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and milk for lunch everyday. I think the whole lunch was about $2.00. Thus I became thin and fabulous and won the local Miss Seaford contest!
When I went into the Air Force, I weighed about 145 pounds. I was in great shape for marching around for 3 months and I was able to maintain that weight after 2 pregnancies and aerobics 4 times a week. So the idea of going back to 134 pounds doesn't thrill me, I think I would look old and haggard with skin hanging off and not be able to eat or drink anything interesting. My current goal is 160 which I haven't seen in about 10 years.
To get back to the scale, this morning I went with anticipation of having lost a few pounds overnight. I got on, did all the right button pushing, and nothing. Finally it showed me everything except lbs. I weighed nothing but was still 41.5% fat. So that fancy scale is going back to the store and I'll get the other one; or maybe I'll just stick with the iffy one I have.
I am going to a luncheon today with the Building Association to learn about the 2010 Economic and Tax Outlook. I'm interested to see what looks to be in the cards for our local economy. The lunch is marinated flank steak, garlic mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls, and apple pie. That's a man's lunch. I programmed the thing into my nutrition counter and it is 600 calories! And I'm not supposed to eat the pie because I am foregoing sweets for 10 days. I already had a 400 calorie breakfast with kashi go lean cereal, skim milk and raisins so that doesn't leave much for dinner. I am going to try to eat 3 oz of steak and green beans and lots of water.
Well that's my story and I'm sticking to it. Until tomorrow.
Sunday, February 07, 2010
YOU CAN'T LOSE WEIGHT AND KEEP IT OFF WITHOUT CHANGING YOUR LIFE!
Yesterday I set down 10 goals for myself to work on in the coming weeks. One of them is to go 10 days with nutrition tracking and keeping calories in control with more fruits and veggies. I start that tomorrow. I had to get through this weekend with the big Mardi Gras Party we went to last night and super bowl. Today will be a planning day. The Party was FAB! Great Band, great food, beautiful thin men and women. I can't recall any really overweight people there, like 100 pounds overweight. Mostly there were beautiful thin women wearing fabulously fancy dresses! We have a friend who is a size 0 and she was wearing a borrowed 35 year old dress that was absolutely gorgeous. It was flamenco style with puffy sleeves and a brilliant turquoise. My friend Pat has an enormous wardrobe of African Dresses and she can wear those with flair. She always wears a coordinated scarf or headpiece on her head. Wish I could pull that off. I just pulled some things out of the closet and looked very nice myself. But I would love to be one of those thin women wearing a fancy dress next year and everyone commenting on how good I look. My husband was wearing a three piece white tailsuit that he got from a bridal store that was going out of business. We go to a lot of formal affairs with my company and his job with the Chamber of Commerce, thus the large wardrobe.
To get back to planning, I was on the Sonoma Diet for several years and did well on it. It is the mediterranean way of eating and I did lose 18 pounds. THe first 10 days you are to give up all sweets, including diet sodas and anything with articial sweetener in it. Also no alcohol. Your plate is supposed to be half veg and 1/3 protein and carb. It is very similar to the proposed Spark eating plan so I may pull that book out and look at it today. The first time I did it, I lost 10 pounds in the first 10 days. We had just come off of the Decorating Den convention and I knew I was retaining fluid and had over eaten. So the fluid went away. And a few pounds to boot. It took me forever to lose 8 more pounds, months, mainly because I cheated a bit and it is a slow diet. One woman lost 88 pounds and never cheated once. They have good recipes but Sparks recipes are so much better, more variety.
Today we are taking Mom-in-law to a brunch and I know I will get an omelet with veggies in it and fruit. Have to get ready.
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