Friday, April 06, 2012
A few weeks ago, I changed my goals to show myself losing seven pounds by the end of the year. I figured that a slow-and-steady pace would take away the stress I was feeling and make it easier to stay in calorie range.
I was wrong.
Instead of making it easier to stay in calorie range, it got really easy to be over. Not a lot (usually), but over. And, sure enough, my weight followed. I saw my highest number on the scale this weekend. Granted, I had just eaten four pieces of Pizza Hut Meat Lovers Pizza...and was physically ill! But, the number was high and I didn't like it.
So...I readjusted again. I moved my goal up to losing seven pounds in three months. My exercise goals stayed the same so my calorie range shifted down quite a bit. But, that has been good for me. I've been more focused on getting my nutrients in within my limited calories. I have been able to fit a couple of treats, but I am not indulging everyday. I'm still taking my cheat day tomorrow, but it will be one day this week, not every day this week!
The good news is that the scale is down four pounds. I realize that most of that is bloat. I don't care!!!! It's gone! LOL! And, best of all, I am feeling it. I don't know for how long or how soon I will be tempted to over indulge. But for now, I'm feeling it and I'm liking it.
Saturday, February 25, 2012
A. Age: 43
B. Bed size: Queen
C. Chore that you hate: Cleaning the toilet
D. Dogs: Two - Shihtzu-Papillon Mix (sorry, don't know how to spell either of those) and Boxer
E. Essential start to your day: Breakfast, usually leftovers from last night's dinner
F. Favorite color: Green (or sometimes orange)
G. Gold or Silver: silver
H. Height: 5'1"
I. Instruments you play: None
J. Job title: Assembly Product Engineer
K. Kids: Two (Unless you count my DH, then three)
L. Live: Idaho, USA
M. Mother's name: Leona
N. Nicknames: Babs, Barb (But not Barbie, unless you want the Barbie giggle)
O. Overnight hospital stays: Two, one for each kid
P. Pet peeves: Using your when you're is appropriate
Q. Quote from a movie: I can't remember quotes...sorry!
R. Right- or left-handed: Right
S. Siblings: Two brothers
T. Tattoos & Piercings: None - although my ears used to be pierced
U. Underwear: Yep, I wear 'em.
V. Vegetable(s) you hate: Brussels Sprouts (although I hear that's cos I've never had them prepared properly)
W. What makes you run late: Other people
X. X-Rays you've had: Teeth
Y. Yummy food that you make: Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls
Z. Zoo animal: Giraffes
Friday, February 03, 2012
Eight years ago, I was at goal weight. I know this because one of my goals was to actually weigh what my driver's license said I weighed. And it did!! I just renewed my driver's license and it still says the same weight. However, I am now hovering between six and then pounds above that number. Why? Because I thought I could eat what I wanted during the Christmas season (three years ago) and still maintain my healthy weight. Why would I think that I could forgo my healthy habits and still be healthy? That's a topic for another day.
Anyway, I gained. Then I wised up (a little) and reinstated the healthy habits that got me back to my goal weight. And then those 6 - 10 pounds just kind of snuck up on me and pounced back onto my thighs! So, for about eight months, I've been trying to shed those pounds. Lately, I've noticed that I would eat really well on Monday and Tuesday. Wednesda and Thursday were less healthy. Friday through Sunday were free-for-alls. Sometimes Thursdays would join the free-for-all crowd. Sense a pattern? Me too.
I figured out that part of my problem is that I was stressing about staying in my calorie range. There were days that it was a real challenge to stay in range and, if it was a rough day, I decided not to meet that challenge. In fact, I often decided to show that calorie range who was boss and just how far away from that top number I could get. Take that calorie range!!!
Yeah...that didn't work so well in helping me reach my goal. This week, I decided to change my goal. The ending goal weight is the same. I've proven to myself that I can get to that weight and stay at that weight relatively easily AND I have some cute clothes that fit well at that weight. What has changed? My time frame. I've given myself until the end of this year to get back to where I want to be.
My calorie range is huge now! I can meet that range and not feel deprived. There is even room for cookies or chips or an occasional cocktail. Knowing I can makes me want to less. Paradox? I think so (assuming I really know what paradox means! LOL!)
I'm feeling better this week. Making room for healthy foods but leaving room for other stuff. I think this is totally doable!
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