Monday, January 24, 2011
Did weigh in; same as ever. Have a habit of eating yoplait pina colada yogurt in the middle of the night when I wake up.............I just tracked the calories and was shocked: 170---so now I am already down 170 calories for today!!!
This is going to be a long haul, but that is okay, at least I am not gaining. Will have to substitute a no sugar mint for the yogurt tonight. Also, this proves how important tracking is. Writing down every single thing you eat.
Today is going to be stressful. My mother has 3 doctor appointments. I am going to try to do two of them without the caregiver, but I am so worried that I won't be able to find a place to park, could not sleep (hence the yogurt in the middle of the night)
I just cannot leave my mother while I park, because I cannot trust that she won't try to stand up and then fall. At least, the appointment is close and if I cannot park, I can go back home and get the caregiver. Of course, then my mom will be furious that I do not trust her. But I can't. Four falls in one year is just too much.
Proud of myself: did the 10,000 steps yesterday, and it felt really good. Only problem is hills hurt my hip and knees. But not real bad.
Friday, January 21, 2011
Yesterday I was craving potato chips, so bought what I thought was a one ounce bag. After eating them, noticing it was 1 7/8 ounces!!! Now, you know they did that on purpose, because if I had seen two ounces, I would have been more careful. I did notice the calories seemed to be a lot for just one ounce, but when you are craving potato chips, you lie to yourself.
Okay, so this was a learning experience and time to move on. The food manufacturers know people are concerned about weight and will do everything possible to distort our perceptions of the food, like labeling certain things healthy and low fat when really they are not. Well, I need to get off this bandwagon.
All I can say is every time Spark has one of those cute food challenges, "which one has less calories", I realize I never eat any of that stuff, I do not go to fast food places, so I am one step ahead of the game. I have never even tasted some of those processed foods they put up in the challenge. Luckily I do not have those habits, but I have other bad habits, like lots of butter on bread.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Rereading my own blog has been a fantastic learning experience . I see that I wrote the totally wrong date on Wednesday!!!
I really like checking off my list the next day. It helps a lot. Not only does it motivate me to keep with the program, but it helps me get certain unpleasant tasks done.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Yesterday, I did 9,000 steps. Very happy about that. Found out it does not hurt my knees and hip if I walk on flat ground rather than all these hills around my house. Only problem, I hate to have to get the car out to go walk someplace!!!
The cookie and sweet issue is a big one. Analyzing my food log, I see that there is a 100 calorie difference between using grams to weigh a peanut butter cookie, versus using the term "one 3 inch cooky"
I enjoy looking at the nutritional info at the end of the day, what is it called, "are you finished tracking for the day?" -- I am slowly coming to the realization that there is no way to get the proper nutrition with the proper calories if a person eats sweets.
The best plan is not to have them in the house at all, and if the craving comes, have a graham cracker with jam. That would satisfy the craving, but I do not think I would go hog wild the way I did with the peanut butter cookies. The recipe was from Cooks Illustrated (the Test Kitchen people) and they were simply incredible, with real peanuts in them. I do like to cook, but I need to have a family to eat up things like cookies!!!
I am pleased that I have kept up the food journal the way I have. Today I will be gone from home all day, so I might be able to do it or I might not.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
1. Walk 10,000 steps - did 9000
2. Stay under 1800 calories - cheated a bit, but think I made it
3. Do 30 minutes of yoga - no
4. Do 20 minutes of exercise ball - did 5 minutes
Things to do:
1. Priority: clear computer room - yes, done, pretty much
2. Priority: call Vanguard, straighten out finances - not done
3. Priority: start to sort tax papers; look at old returns - no
4. Get sheets for sofa bed/ get ottoman - started research on them at Amazon
5. Type of list of garden chores to have someone do; be clear - went into yard and thought
6. Call Carole about tomorrow - emailed her
7. Type this list and refer to it. - forgot to refer to it.
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