Monday, October 19, 2009
Thank you for the messages left on my page and status.
I realize I've been MIA for a while...
The thing is, I got really tired of logging in my food every day. I was almost addicted to Spark, but now that I'm in stage 4, and that Spark recommends I track my food once or twice a week, I thought "why not? Let's see if I can do this."
I stopped logging my food on Thursday 6 October. My weight that day was 69.4 kilos (153 lbs). The following Saturday I had a day out with friends, which involved quite a lot of beer (I didn't eat too much), and on Sunday my weight was 69.9 kilos (154 lbs). Oops!!
I continued to weigh and measure my food as usual, I was just not logging it in, which means I'm not sure about my daily calorie intake, but I'm pretty certain it was within range. The carbs vs. fat vs. protein balance may also not have been perfect, but I didn't really care. That was my challenge, my goal: to stop worrying about having every number perfect.
Well, I weighed myself this morning and I'm pleased with the results: 69 kilos (152 lbs). 1 pound down!
This proves that I can do this! I know what I can eat. As long as I keep weighing my portions, I'll be fine!
But... I don't know what happened today.
I felt really tired, like the onset of a cold. Still I did the household, ironing, grocery shopping, etc. and... I bought a bag of potato chips. I thought I'll try a few to taste them and then leave the rest for hubby, but I ended up eating the whole bag :( It's a small bag, only 77 grams, but still, it's an extra 470 calories that I didn't need. And you know the worst part? They didn't even taste good.
I know that when I'm tired my body tricks me into thinking I'm hungry, and today I was fooled. There's only one solution: don't buy chips or any temptations. We all have those days when we can't resist temptations, so for me it's best not to have them in the house. I have to be stronger, not only at home, but in the supermarket as well. In the future, I will avoid the temptation aisle. And if I'm in a bad mood and need my sweets, I'll buy 1 (ONE!!!) single, less than 150 calories serving of something nice. Yep, I've decided!
Wish me luck.
Monday, September 14, 2009
For those of you who are familiar with Japanese comics (manga) and anime characters, this is really funny.
A small Q&A conversation between students.
Q: Do you have any jigsaw puzzles?
A: Yes, I do. I have a 'one piece' puzzle.
Saturday, September 05, 2009
Have you lost weight?
It's funny how this question, depending on the tone it's said in, can make you feel so different: elated, or speechless.
Yesterday I went to my favourite makeup counter to pick up a new nail polish, and the lovely Counter Manager asked me "Have you lost weight?". She said it in a surprised tone. Her question was almost rhetorical, actually meaning "I can see that you've lost weight. WOW!"
This is how I like this question to be asked, because it leaves me happy, pleased that someone has noticed, and glad that my efforts have shown results.
Today on the other hand, I met with a friend that I hadn't seen since April (kinda had a fall-out with her, but that's another story) and she knows I'm on this Spark diet.
We met to check out this little recycling shop in our neighborhood, and on our way home, we stopped at the supermarket to get some groceries. As usual, I started reading nutrition labels, and she asked me " Are you still on that diet". I answered "yes". Then she said: "And, have you lost weight?". She was actually asking, wondering, if I had had any results!!!
I was speechless, and I think I stared at her, blankly, for at least 30 seconds.
I couldn't believe that she, a woman who notices EVERYTHING, didn't see the difference. I lost 22 pounds, for Pete's sake!!
When she saw my confused, blank expression, she tried to make up for it, but it was too late, the damage was done (LOL).
I sincerely hope that the next time someone asks me if I've lost weight, it's in the "WOW! Great job!" tone. I honestly don't want to experience today's feelings again.
Sunday, August 09, 2009
There is a proper attire...
I took this picture in a shop in Osaka that specializes in ballet wear.
When I see things like this I always wonder if the Japanese have ever heard of a dictionary.
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
I started this diet/journey/new lifestyle or whatever you wanna call it, on March 17th 2009.
On August 3rd, I finished 20 weeks, and have lost 20 pounds.
Honestly? I committed myself to stick with it for 12 weeks, and never thought I would keep it up. I don't think I could have done it without Spark. Tracking my food and cardio has become a habit (a GOOD one!) and it's what keeps me going. Making sure I stay within my nutrient range, getting Spark Points for my cardio minutes, these are all little things that keep me motivated. And of course, all the support I got here is just amazing.
It's good to know we're not alone out there.
I'm in it for the long run.
P.S. Mikiio, encore une chanson...
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