Had my 4th of July menu planned out. Breakfast (check) that's where it ends. After breakfast and doing a couple of things DH announces he is taking me out for Mexican food for a late lunch (which means supper would be leftovers from lunch). I had planned on a chicken avocado sandwich with a side of cucumbers and an orange for lunch and for dinner it was going to be grilled salmon and asparagus.
I can say that the Mexican food was exceptionally good and I stayed within my calorie range, but fell short on protein. What I did was eat 1/4 of a chicken quesadilla, followed by 1 (of 3) seafood enchiladas. Ate 1/4 c guacamole, about 2 T of refried beans and the shredded lettuce with tomato garnish with lemon. Thank goodness for portion control. DH spotted a piece of chocolate cake that he would share with me...so yes we brought it home for later. We are not much for cocktails (did enough of that in our younger years), but today we were honoring my MIL who passed a year ago. Our tradition is to make a toast with a cocktail.....had a Captain Morgan with diet coke.
Having been flexible with my plans I tracked every morsel of food and beverage.....I not only enjoyed the day, but patted myself on the back for how well I did.
One day down and a million more to go LOL.
Hope everyone had an enjoyable day and did their best to stay on track. Thanks for stopping by.....HUGS!
OK so yesterday I made the bold statement of "transitioning to maintenance...soon".
Exciting? Yes...Scary? Yes... Like so many, I have a history of yo-yo dieting, but this time somethings are very different.
1 - I have been in a "dress rehearsal" for 3 years
2 - I've learned how to listen to my body, especially when in diverse situations.
3 - I've learned how to make healthier food choices at least 90% of the time
4 - I've learned how to portion control (yes I still weigh and measure) and moderation
a key to success.
5 - I've learned that tracking food and exercise is key for me to stay motivated and
keep me accountable (to me)
6- I've learned I couldn't have done this without SP and all my friends --- thus I am on
this journey with all of you for the long haul. YOUR support and encouragement is
By the way a year ago I thought I was ready for this change when I reached my goal weight. I "failed" (or so I thought back than) to the tune of 10 pounds that I lost
I finally went back to basics and learned a few more lessons (listed above). Now 4 #'s from a lower goal weight I am ready to meet the challenge of keeping that weight off..
I know it may not be easy, but starting this journey wasn't easy either, so I will take one day at a time and for a while take "baby" steps.
For any of you "maintainers" reading this, any advice (especially when you first started this chapter of your journey) would be appreciated.
Have a great rest of the week and let's keep making healthy choices together. HUGS!
Well if you read my last blog you know my son surprised me and came home from Portland OR for the weekend. Every year we have a family/friend party usually in June. We were concerned about the weather (getting into the high 80's), we had a nice breeze most of the day so all went well. Had tons of food (some healthy, some not so healthy) I snacked my way through the day and drank twice as much water than normal for me. Never once did I feel hungry or unenergized. Between the watermelon and veggie tray with a few chips and guacamole I survived the party. Spent the rest of the night with Josh catching up on things.....got about 2 hours sleep and took him to the airport. Yesterday I made up for the none eating on Sunday, but still stayed within my calorie count.....not healthy calories I must admit. I also slept on and off most of the day. My body just told me to take it easy and I did. All in all the weekend was the best....now to get back into tracking and eating sensibly.
Thanks for stopping by hugs to all who read this...
So I haven't been around much the past couple of days getting ready for a get together that we are having tomorrow. I just knew that I wouldn't get off the computer if I did more than the minimum on Spark. I love my Spark Friends and don't mean to "ignore" them, but my list of things to do just kept growing instead of shrinking. Not as organized as I should have been.
Well, yesterday DH offered to take me out for breakfast, so off we went. Shortly after that DH had some things to do so he took off to do them. I was enjoying the alone time (can always get more done when I am alone in the house). I was doing some last minute cleaning upstairs when he called to me that he was home. I went down to see how he fared in the storm that had blown through while he was "running around".
While I was talking to him, I got a tap on my shoulder....surprising me as we are empty nesters. Lo and behold it was our son (the one who lives in Portland OR). Needless to say I was blown away. Happily crying.....
A couple of months ago Josh was not going to be able to come home for the party do to work scheduling etc. I was a little bummed out, but this would not be the first party he would miss. There obviously was a change in plans and I was left in the dark (in case it would fall through again) I guess everyone who thought he might come home for the party knew he in fact was coming home.....wait until I talk to them LOL.
So my dear friends this may be the last time I am sparking until Monday.....I am going to enjoy this weekend spending time with my whole family.
Thanks for stopping by. Many hugs going out to all of you. Must say I am in an exceptionally good mood today!
So today's SC challenge for me put a smile on my face. The challenge was to eat at the high end of my calorie range. I felt like I got a free hall pass. LOL I usually eat at the low to mid range with an occasional high range. Well today I was "told" to eat at that higher range. This fit in perfect for the day. We were going out to Applebee's for a late lunch (DH choice) and I pre decided to have a Bourbon Street steak (something I remember eating a lot). So I did order the steak with a salad. Well after eating 1/2 of the steak and 1/2 of the salad I just couldn't eat another bite. Took the rest home for dinner. We also stopped for dessert. Well after eating 1/2 my dessert.....I was done. So now the dilemma. I have 1/2 steak, 1/2 salad and 1/2 dessert to finish tonight and still be in my higher calorie range....I managed to eat the salad; passed on the steak and tossed the dessert. My eating habits have changed so much (for the better) that my body just said "NO MORE". I'm still smiling, but have that "Thanksgiving Day" after dinner too full feeling. Thank goodness the night is almost over and the challenge has been met......with some leftovers for tomorrows lunch. Yum.
Funny how I feel guilty when I get to that high calorie range or go over. And yet when I was "given permission" to do it I just got "stuffed". I guess the real trick here is to stick with the calorie range that works for me. Or is it?
Thanks for stopping by to read this blog......HUGS!