Wednesday, August 15, 2012
My weight has not been falling off at 2 pounds a week consistently but I am hopeful that if I stay on my program, the pounds will come off. I attribute some of my slow weightloss to a woman's cycle--engorge, release. I am hoping that when I do release, a pound will release from me too! If I can't lose 2 pounds every week, I need to either accept a slower reduction or do more (you know that means including fitness!). Also I could always drink more water and see if that will help.
A friend's mother was so lacking in muscle tone that she couldn't get herself off her floor last week. I'm not clear if she fell or what but she couldn't get up. She's a lot older than me, but I lack muscle tone too. I really need to psyche myself into getting more movement in my life. I know I would like to have strength and all the other benefits of exercise.
Wednesday, August 08, 2012
Still focusing on my eating program and most days I am way below my limits in carbohydrates and calories. I feel hunger now and then and I eat something like a Diana's banana treat. It's kind of like ice cream but it's a banana! My scales is reporting my success too. I only plan to lose 2 pounds a week and think I'm on target--yay!
I've lived in the same place for the past 17 years. I recently became unemployed which hasn't helped my state of mind much and think I might be coming out of my funk at last. Our family is pretty sure we are moving to the middle east in a few weeks to live and work for a few years. Hopefully we will still be able to access SparkPeople--hate to lose my fave website (next to FB and email). Thinking about that long plane ride helps keep me motivated.
If you have ever lived in the middle east, touch base! I would like to know any details you could share.
Friday, August 03, 2012
Weighed myself and I'm staying with my goal of losing 2 pounds a week. I'm pretty proud of my ability to stay in my calorie range, but occasionally I exceed my range (bummer)...like today. I was happy about my weigh-in, but my mom was in the hospital so I had to road trip over there to check on her. I had to eat in the cafeteria. The food choices I made seemed good: stuffed pepper, lima beans, and blueberry bread pudding. I don't really know the ingredients and the serving wasn't large, but the calorie number was still high. Gasp! One day of calorie overage won't kill me--it's the day-after-day overages filled with candy and baked goods that I've been successful in avoiding lately.
Anyway, I hope my mom will get well soon, and I hope I can continue to lose pounds and feel better myself before I end up hospitalized too!
My take-away message is to be really careful about choices at restaurants, even hospital cafeterias where you'd think the emphasis is on health!
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Last Thursday, I got real with my situation. I actually blogged that I am obese. I am not used to facing up to my weight. I am happy to report a solid week of logging my food and being low-cal. My scales report that I am down 2 solid pounds! It is my goal to be down 2 pounds a week.
One strategy I use is to eat my junk foor in serving size-portions. For instance, yesterday, I wanted to eat tortilla strips. Ordinarily I open a bag and eat as many as I want one-by-one. They are so good on the tongue! Before too long, I notice that the bag is over half-empty. There is just no telling how many I eat in a sitting! So yesterday, I counted out 12 whole strips and put them in a bowl. I enjoyed each one of these chips. Later, I counted out 12 more and then 12 more! It did show up on my tracker as a significant source of calories, but I was still under my target calorie goal. I'm not saying tortilla strips are a good snack choice, but if you love something, try just eating the serving size and see if it satisfies.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
I DVRed The Weight of the Nation and finally had the courage to watch the first episode. I have to face that I am obese and killing myself with poor choices. On top of that, these choices are not making me very happy either. I do not like being this heavy, but I don't do much about it.
At this moment, my first step is to choose not eat anything else today. My second step was to think about how to jumpstart yet another weight loss streak. I have the Spark Diet book on my phone/Kindle so I took a look about what to do to jump start and am attempting to try some of these strategies now and tomorrow. I am trying to get myself plugged into Spark and the supportive community. If you are reading this. I wish you success on your weightloss journey. I hope you will send good thoughts my way. I'm logging off now to try to engage in 10 minutes of exercise.
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