Friday, October 17, 2014
I wrote a while ago about whether money and team competition could result in weight loss. Well, I'm about to find out!
I have a team of 5 people at work and we've joined a weight loss competition. The grand prize is $10,000. Second place is $5,000 and Third Place is $3,000.
The competition started today and runs through January 8.
We plan to use Sparkpeople as our "virtual meeting" place and the tools to count calories, exercise, etc.
I'll keep you posted on how we are doing, but it sure is going to keep us all on track through the upcoming holiday season!
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Was very busy today and so didn't blog but I did read all of your comments to my blog yesterday and all I can say is THANK YOU! You are the best! Will blog tomorrow but you all made me feel much better!
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
I had a pretty bad night last night. I called a family member to debrief on a wedding I attended two week-ends ago. About 8 months ago, I had told this family member that I planned to lose 50 lbs before the wedding. Well, of course, all of you know how that went. I didn't lose an ounce. And the dress I wanted to wear was tight.
BUT I went out and bought a gorgeous dress, matching shoes, got new jewelry, had my hair done really nicely, a mani and pedi too. I was disappointed I had not lost the weight I wanted but also thought I gone to great lengths to look great.
The conversation went like this:
Me: So have things settled down from the wedding?
FM: Oh, yea. But hey, I was meaning to ask you what happened to that 50 lbs you were supposed to lose (followed by laughing).
I didn't know what to say. I was hurt and surprised. And embarrassed. I felt like I did when I was 6 years old and the kids in school called me "fatso." Amazing how at my age I can still let people make me feel so bad about myself. I'm sure I'm not alone.
I love this family member and I'm sure he loves me too (no my husband didn't say it). I have no doubt he had no idea that what he said was so hurtful and how bad it made me feel about myself.
All I said was "yea, I know. That didn't happen but I'm starting again and working on it." His response was "No matter what I do I can't GAIN weight." And he is right. He is as skinny as a twig, which made the comment that much more awful.
People who do not struggle with their weight have no idea how those of us who do (and I have struggled with my weight all of my life) struggle every day. How difficult it is when we can't lose the weight or when we trip up or go on a binge or gain the weight back or hardly get the scale to budge after eating well and working out. And they can be cruel without realizing it. I guess I thought if anything, this family member would have not said anything and instead focused on the fact that I looked great at the wedding. Well, I thought I did until I realized he never even noticed.
I know we are not supposed to let these things define us. I know we are not supposed to let stuff like this make us feel bad for ourselves. Well, that's all well and good, but I think we all know how hard that really is.
So today I got up and tried to push the whole thing away and focus on the good things I've done for myself since I started over 2 and a half weeks ago. I'm going to try to focus on me, but I do have to tell you I really don't have any desire to go to any family dinners at this point for the holidays unless I've lost some significant weight by then.....
....WHICH OF COURSE I PLAN TO DO!
Thanks for listening friends. The great thing about Sparkpeople is I think we have all been there at one time or another and know how these things affect us. Nice to have people who do know the struggles.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Last night I posted a blog about a wonderful dinner I made using the dinner meal plan provided in the SparkPeople nutritiontracker. I posted a picture and had a blog comment and several emails asking about the plate I used for my dinner. So I promised to blog today about my "portion control" tools at home...besides measuring cups and spoons, of course.
The Diet Plate is a tool I bought moons ago when I tried to lose weight--about 5 years or so ago. In all honesty, the center portion is the size of a regular small dinner plate (not the larger ones we use now). However, the inscription on the border is very motivating.
The neat thing, though, as you can see in the close-up is that it is marked and divided for portion control. So when I am in a hurry and/or don't want to measure everything out, I can use The Diet Plate to portion out my food. Some of the spaces overlap, which is actually good because when you have salad you can have more of it (and a larger marking is provided for it) than if you are having a potato. It even has a marking for cheese cubes for you to know how much is too much.
Today, they have a female version of the plate (which is the original one I have), a male version of the plate (a bit bigger plate with larger portions), and a children's plate.
They also have a Breakfast Bowl.
If you look closely you will see there are colored markings within the bowl. The first from the bottom is 1/4 c., then 1/2 c. etc. Again, an easy way to measure out your breakfast cereal or other foods without reaching for a measuring cup.
They have added a soup bowl and a dessert bowl as well, but I don't have those.
I'd suggest two places to go if you are interested. www.thedietplate.com is the original site, but it is located in the UK (where the plate was invented). At first it will show you the cost in pounds, but when you put something in the basket, you select your country, and it will then show you the cost in US dollars for that item. As you continue searching, the cost will then continue to come up in US dollars.
This site offers packages such as a male plate, a female plate, and a children's plate together. Two male plates as a package. Two female plates as a package. etc.
Now, Amazon has single plates and bowls, and they are cheaper because you don't have to pay the shipping fees all the way from the UK. But they don't offer packages or the children's plate. They do have the male plate, the female plate, and the breakfast bowl. Just go to www.amazon.com and search for "the diet plate female" or "the diet plate male" and they will come up.
I also love my MESU bowls. The 1/2 c. one was in the dishwasher. :--) Each bowl is marked on the inside with how much it holds--1/2 c. through 2 cups. Again, I love them because I can easily grab them and know immediately what portion I'm having. So if I want 1/2 c of vanilla yogurt, I grab the 1/2 c bowl, fill it, and eat from it. 1 c. of pasta? I grab the 1 cup bowl, etc.
I looked online because I bought these years ago as well and found out that they no longer make the porcelain ones. The owner of the company reformed the company, and now they are offered in plastic with lids in several colors and types. Very nice because you can use them for work and taking food with you using the lids. You can find them at www.portionware.net
Hope this was helpful. I still measure almost all of what I eat, but when I'm in a rush or just don't want to go to the trouble or when it is easier to measure and eat out of the same bowl or on the same plate, then these tools are wonderful. There are other "portion control" options out there now too that weren't available years ago. Just do a google search for "portion control"
Monday, October 13, 2014
When I started Sparkpeople in earnest two weeks ago, I decided to give the menu plans a try so I could learn to eat healthily again. Plus, the system makes it so easy to swap meal items or entire meal plans.
Anyhow this was my meal plan for supper: 1 cup whole wheat spaghetti, 2 tbsps. cream cheese (I used light cream cheese) and 1 tbsp. grated parmesan---to make a low-cal alfredo sauce, 1/2 c spinach, 1/2 cup white beans. Instead of a dinner roll, I had some extra calories for the day so made myself a small salad, added a portabella mushroom to the spaghetti, and had some fresh strawberries for dessert.
Very easy. My meatless meal for the week. Delicious. And plenty to eat. In fact, I was full with half the food leftover so it went in the fridge.
Many times people get worked up over the portion sizes we are supposed to eat, but if you eat a healthy breakfast and lunch in the right portions, then the portion sizes for dinner are plenty! My problem before was I wouldn't eat breakfast or lunch. Then, I'd get home and for dinner weigh out 3 oz. of chicken and say, "Are you kidding???"
I think the real challenge for me is to re-learn how to eat again. In my twenties I ate 3 meals, exercised all the time. Then, as I got older my job got busier and more stressful, and I stopped putting me first. Well, now I am putting me first!
I have a healthy breakfast and lunch ready for tomorrow from my Sparkpeople meal plan and I'm sure dinner will be scrumptious!
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