Wednesday, September 19, 2012
I went down another pound this week. I am always cheered when the scales move down, and when the number STAYS down for a day or two, I really feel like the weight is gone. it's been 3 days so I'm ready for a new low number!
I have mostly been staying within the parameters of my Spark numbers although it's still hard for me to not exceed the fat grams number and still having trouble making the protein number. For a few days, I have had some pain and discomfort on the left side of my abdomen. It was really uncomfortable on Saturday and has eased a lot since then, but hasn't completely subsided. Today I just lack energy to do anything.
I started an online class this week. I need something to do, and if I get this endorsement, I think it will better my chances of teaching adults or in a non-conventional environment. Also today I received an email from the department of labor that might lead to a job as a word processor. I really want to be in adult education, but I wouldn't mind a job just word processing either. I'm really good with computers, but isn't everyone nowadays? There was a time when that set me apart!
I've slowed down my decluttering efforts this week, as I just dread to tackle the garage. It is so dirty and hot out there. Still enjoying my decluttered closet!
I have enjoyed reading everyone's blogs and making comments. Reading what everyone else is doing in regard to their programs is so interesting. I have wanted to update mine, but really don't feel like there is much to share. Hopefully this time next week will be a more energized phase in my life.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Since I've been unemployed, I have gotten interested in daytime talk shows. I watched the new Ricki Lake program today and yesterday. Both programs were about weight issues so naturally I was interested! Today two diet books were mentioned and I investigated them on Amazon. Has anyone ever read The Hormone Diet? I am going to look for it at the library. Also mentioned was Fat Smashers. I don't know if this one would be worth buying, but if you've read it and want to share, hit me up. I know that it all boils down to few calories in and more burned to equal less weight, but I can't help being interested in any new ideas on this subject.
I've been tracking for quite a while and usually stay within my boundaries in the calorie department, occasionally go over in fat, frequently low on carbs and consistently low on protein. I want to be higher in protein without cooking more or exceeding my calories. I studied protein powders today by reading what is said on Spark. People who use them prefer all kinds of brands. I didn't see any brand consistently touted. I hate to invest in something I've never tried for fear that I won't like it, won't use it up, and it'll get tossed out eventually. Do you use protein powders? I read on to learn that Greek yogurt is a protein boost, so I found some in the back of my fridge and ate it for breakfast instead of my Fiber One cereal. I need to find some more low-calorie sources of protein so I can keep up my program and maybe make it better with more protein incorporated to meet my minimum standard. I'm going to get more Greek yogurt next time I shop at the grocery.
Finally, I tried a new sandwich combo today. I cooked a portabella mushroom cap in a saute pan with a bit of olive oil laced with garlic. I was going to spread Laughing Cow on my sandwich round, but all I could find was kind of old in my cabinet and had to be tossed out. I used mustard instead and added some bagged salad.
It bothers me that I let those Laughing Cow wedges go south. I really need to get a grip on food waste. When I buy another package of these, I'll keep them in the fridge where I can see them and only buy one package no matter what the price is. I probably bought these before I discovered what a great sandwich spread they are. I used to just eat the wedges, but I think I prefer them as a spread.
Losing my tiny bit of weight really got me inspired. How is your program going?
Sunday, September 09, 2012
I will never be a daily blogger; I try to do it once a week or so. My progress has been pretty slow lately--I guess I was crazy to think it could be as fast as 2 pounds a week!
But even with slow progress, I know it definitely WON'T happen if I give up, so I will continue my program and wait for a breakthrough.
On the plus side, I wore some clothes to church today that were a bit tight not so long ago and now fit pretty well. You do look good when you are wearing clothes that are not tight or baggy at any weight!
Thursday, August 30, 2012
I stepped on the scale today and I'm down a pound and a half! Wow! Yesterday was kind of a pig-out day for me because I went to my church's family night supper. I won't tell you what I had because it's almost food porn, but I indulged in TWO desserts and ate bread. Luckily they also have a nice salad so I felt pretty good about eating salad with a light topping of Italian dressing. I wasn't even honest on my tracker about what I ate because I exceeded my daily caloric allotment. I've read that if you don't eat enough, your metabolism will shut down and hang on to your weight percieving a famine is happening. Maybe eating a good bit yesterday explains my 1.5 pound decrease. I neglected to weigh myself yesterday so who knows where I stood then. Losing weight doesn't always happen when we follow the rules precisely. It is a big lift to my state of mind however it happens!
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