Wednesday, February 06, 2013
I find myself in a weightloss rut. I had abandoned tracking because inputting my recipes was so frustrating and time-consuming and I eat a lot of home cooking. I could call my position a plateau, but I know it's really a result of eating choices. I do so well during the day, but evenings come around and I start craving. I am no where near ready for bed, so don't suggest earlier bedtime, in fact I know what I need to do, I just need to do it. I need to eat less, watch portions, minimize carbs, stop eating before 9 or before 7 or some other arbitrary number. I need to snack on things like pickles, carrots, herbal tea, etc. I know all these things.
I have been coasting on my 13-13-13 challenge. My weight has been at a virtual standstill week to week. My new mindset is to stop worrying about the 13 pounds and just lose one. I want to lose just one by my next weigh-in.
I have been tracking carefully all this week. The numbers have been at the top of my limit and beyond, but I did track it all. I am still getting in 30 minutes of fitness daily. I am still pushing that water. The one thing I am not doing very good at is the food.
I was looking at a Lands End catalog a few minutes ago. So many cute clothes are coming out for spring! I hope to be down into a lower size by the time I need something for warmer weather. Here in S Georgia, it's pretty warm year-round and I can wear shorts even in February. My shorts are kind of baggy now, and I'm hoping to have a new pair in a month or two that fits and will be in an all-time-low-for-the-past-several-years size.
Sunday, February 03, 2013
I have resolved to lose 13 pounds in 13 weeks, but what am I doing to make it happen? I have done a bit of fitness virtually every day (missed 2). The fitness I've done hasn't really gotten my heart pounding or sweat pouring, but I am leaps and bounds ahead of where I was. I think I will do more Leslie Sansone to really rev up my fat burning! I need to take strength training more seriously because when the weather warms up for spring and summer and I'm baring flesh, I want it to look toned as well as less fat! Some of you fitness fanatics really inspire me with your pictures!
I buy and fix a lot of healthy food. The trouble is I augment it with a lot of not-so-healthy things. I won't enumerate all the poor eating choices I have made in 2013, but suffice it to say, I have been over my calorie limit many days. I need to do like my other spark friend that makes a plan to eat 7 helpings of "freggies" each day. I usually clock 3, but need to get more. I did that today by eating corn and turnip greens with my trout as well as some pinto beans. I then didn't eat anything else until about an hour ago when I put together a big veggie salad with several kinds of lettuce, cherry tomatoes, beets and feta cheese. I am feeling pretty satiated now. I still have a few calories to spare so I might eat some graham crackers later.
I made a healthy fruit salad a la Hungry Girl that includes cucumbers in the mix. You can google just about any of her recipes and get them online--where I got this recipe. It is supposed to marinate until tomorrow, but I'll need to get those "freggies" in tomorrow too.
I am being very good about getting in my water. I usually get 8-9 servings daily, but I consider 6 to be very good if that's all I get. I have a streak going where I have to get 6 cups and I do that nearly every day.
I have NOT been a good tracker for several months. One reason is that I eat so many homemade things and tracking them is pretty time-consuming and inexact. I tracked everything today though and I hope I am turning over a new leaf. I REALLY want to jumpstart my weightloss again. I want to get into the 210s. I really want to get below 200 in 2013. I have to do more than I have been doing lately if I want that number to change though.
I wore my pants and a top that I couldn't fit into last summer to church today. It's a top that always gets compliments, and I looked really nice. I want to look nicer still.
Let's rededicate ourselves to our goals today and every day as we get nearer and nearer to our preferred health and fitness status! Keep on sparking!
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Went to St. Augustine's Lighthouse with a good friend yesterday. She had a coupon so it was free and included a tour of the site. I have visited St. Augustine many times including exploring the fort, attending concerts, going to the beach, shopping, and meandering down the historic St. George Street. This was the first time I'd toured the lighthouse. It was interesting to learn about archeology and shipwreck artifact recovery. Also learning about the lighthouse and the associated evolving technology.
This is a shot of me at the top of the lighthouse.
This is a shot of the lighthouse.
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Here it is another Sunday night. Went to church and lunch out at Ruby Tuesday. I had a big salad consisting primarily of salad greens and then ordered the fish tacos. I gave one to my hubby. It is so good, but with the salad, it's really too much, so I was glad DH would enjoy one too. Not expecting a weightloss this month as I have been overeating again. I just hope the scales don't rise!
Went to Target with my friend after church/lunch. Since I had a gift card for Starbucks, treated her to a snack there. I had a latte. It's not very healthy, but I ordered a small one versus a huge one just to enjoy the treat. I rarely go to Starbucks since I have to go to a neighboring town to get it and I am over the hype of boutique coffee, but since I had the gift card, it's a tasty indulgence.
Did over an hour of Wii Fit 2 days in a row (maybe 3), but none today. The kids took over my Wii TV with XBox so it might be a day of rest for me! I will make up for it tomorrow though. One thing that's great about Wii Fit is that the activities don't last too long so you can come and go with it throughout the day instead of devoting all of your time and attention for a solid block of time. It keeps up with your minutes and calories too so you know if you are hitting fitness goals. I might pull out the resistance band when I get through with this blog and get in a 15-minute session. I need to use my tools or why have them?
I enjoyed reading all my friends' blogs. My message of don't give up was reiterated on several. Despite imperfection and a lack of discipline we must never give up. If we overdo it at the dinner table, we must still get our water. If we have one bad day of being lazy, we must do better the next time. If we don't want to get our water we must at least not replace it with sugary soda. One spark friend mentioned that her strategy is to eat a freggie with every meal, and I think I will adopt this strategy as well. I usually eat veggies at dinner and often at lunch, but not always with breakfast! I also will strive to get half my water drank before noon and not to use substitutions more than once a week. That means I won't call unsweetened tea water more than once a week! Today I didn't get in my water earlier and will have a time making my quota before bed! Keep on sparking y'all!
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