Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Yeah, here it is...potluck night. What to do? I wasn't feeling great this morning and didn't want to go out to get something to fix, so I decided to go, get it set up, and get it started, (you know, welcome everyone, get someone to pray over the food, etc.) and then come home. I've done it before and it works pretty well, usually.
BUT I found out this afternoon that some of my friends who never go to potlucks anymore, were coming to this one. Well, I can't let my friends get together without ME, can I? So I came home to raid the cupboard for something to fix. The cupboard is a little bare right now.
I cooked up some vermicelli and put in a can of Hunt's Chunky Vegetable spaghetti sauce, a can of green beans and a can of corn. It doesn't look pretty, but I tasted it and it tasted great. Remember, I was hungry. And if I have to bring a bunch of it home, at least it's healthy.
So I won't promise not to eat a little something I shouldn't, but I'll keep it LITTLE. See you around the blog-ateria.
Lots of love,
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
I consider this a successful week. I ate out at Denny's once, had a piece and a half of cake at a graduation party, and a piece of cake and some sherbet at a birthday party. But I stayed in or below calorie range.
I started the week with one day of water only fasting. This was a spiritual thing, but also enabled me to enjoy the taste of food afterward. If you've been eating a bunch of junk and want to switch to healthy, it helps if you are hungry. I've heard it said Hunger is the best sauce.
I've been trying to figure what to do about eating out when two friends keep wanting me to go with them. Denny's is usually the place we go. I want to thank those of you who gave me some good suggestions on my last blog.
Someone suggested that we go to Subway. I actually did suggest Subway when my ex asked me to eat out. He wanted to sit down and be waited on. I like Subway because it isn't real expensive and I can get the Veggie Delight sub and stay on my plan. Plus I really like it. The next day I went and picked one up to take home.
Several people suggested that I invite them to my house, or that we take turns cooking for each other. 1. My ex doesn't cook. 2. I don't cook any more than I have to. 3. My friends are NOT even a little bit interested in healthy eating. 4. My program is plant-based and they aren't going to want to eat my food, nor I theirs.
One or more suggested finding healthy things on the Denny's menu. Now this is where the compromise comes in. Denny's is not really into healthy food. The Fitfare menu that someone mentioned may be fine for many but it is largely based on meat, eggs, and dairy. No-nos for me. So, I will go with them to Denny's not more than once a week, and I will order a side salad w/my own dressing and red skin potatoes cooked w/o oil or fat. I did that today. While there, I found they have whole wheat pancakes and sugar free syrup that is only 30 calories for 1/4 cup. So I may have that occasionally.
Having come to that compromise, now I am viewing potlucks and BBQs to find healthier options for those. Usually I have just tried not to go too far off course, but eaten whatever was there. I really feel having reached this one compromise solution, it has helped me to see that with a little more forethought, I can be consistent with my eating even through those special days.
Oh, yes, exercise has kind of been on hold this week. I did a little early in the week, but the end of the week got pretty hectic with two graduations and a birthday party. I know, no excuse is a good excuse.
SO, I was good on the water front and pretty good on the eating front, and this week I will add more consistent exercise. I can do this thing, with the help of God and my great Sparkfriends.
Love you all,
Thursday, June 06, 2013
Okay, my friend called me today and suggested eating out. I ate out with him yesterday. We went to Denny's, a frequent stand-by. I had the turkey and avocado grilled sandwich. When I checked at home to see how many calories were in it, SHOCK! THERE ARE 800 CALORIES IN THE SANDWICH ALONE. Fortunately I was able to minimize the damage and stay within my calorie range, but it sure was an eye-opener.
So when he called and asked if I wanted to eat out, I said NO. This is my ex-husbnd. We are still friends. It's hard not to be when you have 3 children and 7 grandchildren in common. We even live in the same building. He has re-married, but his wife is in a nursing home. He is very faithful about visiting her, but her memory is going so he doesn't get much conversation from her. I feel sorry for him spending hours at the nursing home, then eating out by himself.
I also have a next-door neighbor who likes to eat out and often goes with us. She is disappointed when we don't go. She won't go with him without me, I'm not sure why, but she won't. I feel like I'm letting them down when I don't go out to eat.
But I need to say NO for my own sake. I cannot eat out and stay on my program and stay within my budget. The trouble is, we women of my generation were not raised to think of ourselves first. So I've made the first step. I've said NO. Now I need to keep saying NO to them and also to myself, because eating out is one of my favorite things.
NO! NO! NO! (just practicing)
So, you may have noticed I once again changed my profile pic. It is to more accurately reflect where I am now. So this is my beginning pic. I will change them back as I lose weight.
My first three days have gone well. I've been drinking water, increasing gradually my walking minutes, and staying within my plan. So I'm pretty proud of ME. I know if (no not if) AS I keep it up the pounds will begin to fall off again. I sure feel better thinner.
Keep on Sparking my friends,
Monday, June 03, 2013
Well, I've been biting everything else, so I finally subscribed to an internet service. I have been relying on the free wi-fi in my building and it has become almost non-existent. That is why I haven't been Sparking lately, or it is the main reason. I'm glad to be back.
My first year of Spark has come to an end. It went great at first. I lost 40 lbs and arrived in Onederland in September. By November I had lost 51 lbs to hit 189. I felt great. I was starting to look good. I had a lot of clothes that I pulled out of storage could wear comfortably. I was getting a lot of compliments. I had joined a gym and was going pretty regularly.
Then things started going wrong. I had a friend who liked to eat out but didn't want to eat alone. At first I went out with him occasionally, which didn't hurt my weight loss, but then it got to be more frequent. Then the holiday parties, the gifts of chocolates, then the purchase of chocolates. I began to go out with other people for lunches and dinners, then I went out by myself. Now I hardly ever ate on my plan. It was easier to eat sandwiches or go out.
At first it wasn't noticeable. But then I began to see bigger bulges, especially in the midriff. I viewed them with alarm, but no change in habits. The scale was going up, but I didn't look at it very often, the news I could see in my body was even more alarming.
Now I'm viewing those bulges with horror. This morning I saw that I had put 40 lbs. back on. I have almost nothing to wear. I'm breathing hard if I walk very far. I have no energy and don't want to go anywhere. I'm not totally hibernating, but I have no ambition and no desire to do anything. I'm in a lot of mild to moderate pain, even when I'm sitting.
Today, I have drawn a line in the sand. I'm headed back to Onederland and beyond. I realize I'm not a helpless victim. I was willfully putting that food in my mouth. It was ME buying it at the store or the restaurant, and ME gobbling it down and looking for more. This is MY responsibility. I am not pitiful, I am powerful. And I'm going to beat this thing. I am woman, hear me roar!
Thanks to all of you who have continued to support and encourage me while I have been without internet. I started to name names, but you know I'd forget someone and I wouldn't want to hurt anyone's feelings. You know who you are. I love you all.
I'm Sparking again!
Thursday, May 02, 2013
I'm not forgetting our challenges. I'll be working on my end and rooting for all of you while I'm away. We can (and will) do this thing. I love you all,
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