Thursday, February 20, 2014
I have been sick for the past week, but my eating has been pretty good...though I have not been logging my meals. I am super busy right now with work, teaching a couple of evening classes, beginning a remodel on a house, and preparing to move. Whew! I am doing really well drinking water and avoiding Mt. Dew...so at least there is that. :)
Friday, February 14, 2014
I am off to a pretty good start. I shopped for healthy foods two days ago, but after working all day, shopping, and putting things away the last thing I felt like doing was cook and prepare lunch for the next day....so, I didn't. Thursday morning I got ready for work and than had to grab something on the go to take for lunch. Although I didn't buy any unhealthy foods this time, there is a partial box of Ritz Crackers in the pantry along with a huge container of peanut butter, so I bagged up 8 Ritz Crackers and a couple of tablespoons of peanut butter along with an orange to take to work with me....no time for breakfast and ate before class. I got off work early and grabbed two crunchy tacos from Taco Bell and then had a can of soup and small salad for dinner last night. Considering that I was unprepared and feeling sick yesterday, I think I did pretty good. I was not hungry and I had just slightly over the lower end of my calorie goal for the day. I still didn't feel like cooking or preparing for work today so I bought one of those prepackaged salads at the grocery store and added some chicken to it along with some cucumbers and I am set for lunch today. This weekend I will be putting together enough salad to last all next week for my lunches, boiling eggs, baking a ham, and cooking some chicken breasts to go with my salads for work next week. Being prepared is essential for success when you are trying to eat healthy and have to work as well. I have not exercised yet, but I will. Right now I feel like I am coming down with something....I sure hope it is not the flu. :(
Thursday, February 13, 2014
I have gained 5 pounds since my last blog entry. I have not been eating right or exercising (obviously). But I am not giving up. I have set new goals, yet again, and am going to work on living a healthier lifestyle. An old friend is joining me in this journey, and I hope that we can provide the encouragement and support that the other needs so that we can both meet our goals.
My official weigh-in for the start of my first 8-week short-term goal will be Sunday. However, I have already started eating better. I spent two hours shopping for healthier foods last night and did not buy any junk food at all....only fresh meats, fresh/frozen veggies, and some fresh fruit. So, here I go again. My Easter Sunday goals are:
1. To eat healthier by making wiser food choices that include lean proteins, healthy fats, lots of fresh/frozen vegetables, and limited fruit while controlling my portions. I will limit artificial sweeteners.
2. To drink at least 100 ounces of water and unsweet decaffeinated tea every day.
3. To walk on the treadmill or outside (weather permitting) for 30 minutes a minimum of 3 days a week and to do at least 10 minutes strengthening a minimum of 3 days a week.
4. I will log everything I eat either on Sparkpeople or in a food journal every day.
5. I will weigh myself daily but will do an official weekly weigh-in on Sunday mornings and have a weight-loss goal of 16 pounds (we have exactly 8 weeks from Sunday and this will put me back down to what I had lost to in 2006).
Monday, December 09, 2013
It has been very difficult for me, but I have given up my Mountain Dew. I sometimes jokingly say that I am addicted to Mountain Dew, but I really am not. I do love the flavor but mostly I drank it because it always takes the edge off my chronic headaches. In fact, for the past few months I have only drank some when I had a really bad headache....combined with some ibuprophen it will knock out a headache almost every time. These headaches are a part of my daily life and Mountain Dew was the only thing that helped me with the pain. I now have a headache all the time....no matter how much pain reliever I take, they will not go away. But, in addition to the calories it is loaded with caffeine, which is not good for my blood pressure, and sugar, which is not good for my blood glucose....I guess it is a trade off and I had to decide which is the lesser of two evils. I have now been without a Mountain Dew for almost a month and I have had a never ending ache in my head from mild to severe. Oh why, oh why can't water help my head feel better like Mountain Dew does?
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
In spite of my good intentions and doable goals, I have not kept myself on track and accomplished my weight-loss or fitness goals. Since my last blog entry I have only lost another 3 pounds. Since my last blog entry, I have taken a two week vacation and gotten through Thanksgiving without gaining a single pound, in fact, the three pounds I lost were lost during vacation and Thanksgiving.
So I am here, posting another blog, with the best intentions to set and achieve doable goals. I am, if nothing else, determined to fight the battle of the bulge until I either lose the weight or die.
So, yet again, here goes:
1. I WILL incorporate more exercise into my daily routine! I have dumbbells, a resistance band, a Hippity Hop Ball, a treadmill, and a nice neighborhood to walk in. I have no excuse, weather included, for not at least walking every day. This seems to be the most difficult goal for me to achieve.
2. I will be more diligent about avoiding wheat/gluten and carbohydrates in general. The fewer carbs I consume, the better it is for my blood sugar. I have already eliminated the number one carb addiction for me....Mountain Dew. It helps my headaches so much, but it is so bad for my blood sugar. I have had one MD in the past two weeks and none for the past week. For me, this means eating clean....fresh meats, fruits, and veggies and frozen fruits (limited and no sugar added) and veggies. I must think ahead and have prepared foods on hand to help me stay on track.
3. I am going to be more diligent about logging my meals/snacks so that I can monitor my calorie intake more closely (this will include closely monitoring those portions, even if that means measuring out everything that I eat).
3. I tend to drink a lot of water all the time, so this one is not too difficult for me. My goal is to consume 100-ounces a day, but most days I know that I exceed this because of the water content in my food. I usually drink 5 to 6 20-ounce bottles of water a day.
4. I am going to get back into the habit of weighing myself every morning so that I can closely monitor my weight. I know that for some people that is too often, but for me it helps me not only closely monitor if my weight is slipping up on me, but with each loss I see I am motivated to keep working hard, or even work harder.
5. I will lose down to 240 pounds or less before I go back to Louisiana to visit my aunt!
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