Sunday, April 06, 2008
Yesterday, I got really frustrated about STILL being in a plateau. I mean, my weight has not moved in over 3 weeks. I have been bumping up my resistance level on the elliptical, cardio-ing for 30 minutes instead of my usual 20, changed up my strength training to be tougher, and still - nothing. Saturday morning (yesterday), my weight actually went up. Grrrrrrr. So for the hell of it, I took a pregnancy test. And I got the little pink line. That explained a lot.
I went over to the BabyFit.com site, and I'm sorry to say this, but I HATE the meal tracking. I don't like much about the site at all, except it has lots of pregnancy info, has a ticker for my due date, and has other pregnant, preconception, and new moms on it. The user-friendliness is not so good, imo.
So now I'm trying to decide if I can swing everything on 2 sites every day. According to the BabyFit site, I shouldn't gain more than 15 lbs through my whole pregnancy, but the amount of calories they recommend I take in is HUGE. So yeah. Frustrating.
But I'm super excited about my little pink line. I hope it sticks. I'm kinda old to be doing this again, and being overweight doesn't help. I haven't told my kids or any family. We're waiting til it's safe to let other people get excited. If I lost it, I wouldn't want to have to make more than a couple of phone calls.
Cross your fingers for us, please!
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
I had a really bad diet day today. In our very small office, when someone has a birthday, someone brings in a cake and we order in lunch. Since where we order lunch is always the birthday person's choice, I have no say so in where we buy from, I am only forced to pick the best of what they have. I know what you're thinking. Just refrain from ordering anything, right? No can do. We only have 7 people in our office and we don't celebrate birthdays very often, plus 6 of us are women, and the others take these birthday parties very seriously. I'm already different from the rest in that I am much younger, from a different background, and have had a hard time keeping my big smart-ass mouth shut about my opinions. Like politics & religion. I know it's a bad idea, but I just can't keep from voicing my opinion when someone else chimes in with something ridiculous.
So today, they decide to order from a local diner. I tried to find the most healthy option - a turkey wrap with tortilla soup. I only ate half of the wrap, but I know what I ended up putting into my nutrition tracker was lower than the actual numbers. I'm sure there was more fat/butter used in the cooking process. *sigh* Plus a co-worker generously brought in Irish soda bread for St. Patrick's Day. Luckily, the birthday cake was served last week.
So now, I'm going to have to eat chicken broth and lettuce for dinner to stay within my calorie range. I just wish I had a little more will power. I've been doing so well, but it all went to hell in a handbasket today.
Oh well, tomorrow is another day. I just have to pick myself up, dust myself off, and start over. And all those other cliché's. :)
Thank goodness we only do this a few times a year.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
I found this site three weeks ago. I thought it COULD be the answer to my fat prayers (which means a lot since I'm agnostic.) I told my husband about it. He was thrilled because he has dieted (Weight Watchers) in the past with much short-lived success. I feel like it was my fault that he gained it all back because I was not dieting with him and it was torture for him to eat all his fat free, low carb food while I ate whatever I wanted. With us doing this together, I think we have a real chance of actually making a lifestyle out of it.
My kids are taking it all rather well, since I stopped buying junk and make them eat healthy snacks and meals. My daughter has always been a fairly healthy eater, but my son doesn't like to eat anything that isn't white or yellow (corn dogs, mac & cheese, grilled cheese, cheese sandwiches, and burgers.) It has been starting to catch up with him and he is FAR too young to be fat.
I have lost 13 pounds and started what could be a lifetime exercise habit. I'm addicted to my elliptical! If it were to break, I think I might have withdrawal symptoms and it might send me into a downward spiral, forcing me to eat an entire bag of Oreos. Just kidding! I don't know what I would do, though.
I've gotten pretty creative with recipes, remarkable since I hate to cook, and we ate out almost all the time, We still go out about once a week, but it is for a veggie sub at Jimmy John's or Pasta Fresca at Noodles & Co., instead of prime rib with a loaded baked potato and a salad covered in blue cheese dressing. AND we make sure it fits into our allotted calories for the day.
Now that the weather is warming up - it hit 55 today! - we can go for our nightly walks again, which is great couple time and allows us to vent at each other or just hold hands for 45 minutes. The kids are outside now as I type, running around my front yard and screaming at each other. It's nice to see them getting some exercise after a long winter of tv and video games.
I guess I would like to thank everyone at SparkPeople for setting up this site. I thank the other Sparkers for giving me ideas and motivation. I'm going to do everything I can to keep on track and I think I can do it, with the help of this website.
Helena aka CHGOMOMMA
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