Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Pretty nice day. Very busy at work. Ate OK - had a big lunch 'cause I was extra hungry, but figured that was OK if I had a light dinner -- which I did. Got the "Fat and the Furious" on tonight (that's what I call it), so can't wait to see what happens. The contestants are all starting to look so different.
Nothing exciting going on. Fell asleep last night at 8:15 p.m. so I had a really good night's sleep. All is OK. Looking forward to a nothing expected weekend. I'll try to motivate to do some painting (rooms, not art). I turn into a slug when I don't have plans and I don't like a lot of weekend plans (getting old and home is the best place). Will take a walk and have dinner with my friend and that is the extent of my schedule.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Last night for dinner I knew the menu, but not the specific ingredients. I used the nutrition tracker to figure out (and eliminate some things) as best I could. I felt prepared for dinner. Once at dinner it was interesting. I used my eating slow techniques, chewing lots, putting down fork. The amount of rice pilaf I got as a serving -- now to me seemed to be about 3 servings. I pushed about 2/3rd of the yummy rice over to the side. My dinner roll, which I had planned to eat 3/4th of, wasn't that tasty so I was able to eat about 1/3 of it. Did not use butter (torture). I ate slow and sneeked peeks at every one else's plate. The 3 people at my table ate every bite. I wasn't stuffed, but satisfied. Didn't really want anymore. Dessert came (and I didn't really know what it was going to be). Sort of a very chocolately brownie/cake thing in a square piled up with whipped cream (not real - so that wasn't important to me anyway). Knocked the whipped cream off and then ate about 1/2 of the brownie thing. I felt so good after that dinner -- that I had 1) tried to preplan 2) took control of my eating and didn't just say, Oh, well this is special. It is so encouraging to see that I am able to change my old ways and really think about what I'm eating and ask is it worth it? Is it healthy for me. I am slowly making the right choices and it is truly a wonderful feeling.
Friday, February 22, 2008
Just played around with nutrition tracker to try to get calories figured out for dinner tonight. It is hard when you have the menu, but you're not sure what they use as ingredients exactly. I've taken out 1/4 of a roll, eliminated the pat of butter (darn - why eat the roll), eat so much of this and that. Guess I'll also have to use judgment. They have a dessert that I don't even know what it is, so a total guess. I may look at it and just take one bite. Maybe I will not like it ("fat" chance). Anyway, I think I'll do OK. Tomorrow I'm making dinner, so I'll have control. It will be fattening so some extent, but I can use portion control. Now I find out I'm going to a HFI Board dinner at a fancy restaurant and again I'll have to use control. This is sort of getting hard this week. There is always broiled fish. I just don't like this much uncertainty in such a sort time period, but I'll be strong.
Today I hit a weight that I haven't even seen in 30 years. Wow, that was really something. From here on out it is all new territory. I also went to doctor today who was impressed. I'm going to get off my blood pressure medicine and see how that goes. I'm very pleased about that. It will all be worth it -- all the above challenges. I even told the nurse and doctor about Spark People today -- that they should check it out and if they have over weight patients (which I'm sure they have all the time) to let them know about Spark People and all the help it has been to me and about 2 million other people.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Long day, left at 7:45, home at 7:30. Overtime and then Winco for shopping. How can you stop for a few things and spend over $70? Home, Robert brought groceries in and I put them away. Heated chicken stir fry leftovers. Tasted better today. Got my ingredients to make my lasagne, bread and salad with a few appetizers for our Saturday dinner. Tomorrow night I go to the play "Flaming Idiots" with my AFS student, Tim, from Germany. Dinner comes w/play. So two bigger meals on Frid & Sat. so I better be very careful.
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