Saturday, January 08, 2011
I had 2 slices whole wheat French toast with butter, syrup, walnuts and 1/2 banana for breakfast: plan food you love!
I ate at an ice cream/cafe for lunch: according to plan: 1/2 of a toasted, not grilled, chicken sandwich. Loved it. No ice cream, ate until I was just satisfied! Coffee and half and half.
Chose a light dinner and entered it right after lunch with the only calories I had left: hard boiled egg, yogurt, 1/2apple and 1/2 banana. 1/2 cup milk with tea. Plan for my desired calorie level and eat enough protein.
Plan: exercise daily. Two short walks!
If I can keep this plan going, I will " DO" not 'try'.
My biggest obstacle of too much dinner is about to be solved. I'm doing a bit of exercise daily. This is a thrill of success. Today was 100%.
Wednesday, January 05, 2011
I crave veggie/garden burgers. Today I deliberately went to the store to buy some frozen ones that I can have on-hand. It was delicious on a half french bun, yes with cheese and sauerkraut (I just learned about putting that on a burger). It was totally to die for and totally within my calorie allowance for lunch. Who Knew?
I added a half banana and I'm all set for this afternoon.
The last week or so! I have been out of range, so I'm trying to get flavorful foods that pack fewer calories and keep me on track and satisfied.
Monday, January 03, 2011
Two things get in my way: compulsive eating when I'm not hungry and not enough activity. I'm soon going to solve the last one, but the first one still gets me.
Sometimes, I can be hungry for quite a while before eating and I'll feel great, comfortable with being hungry! Those are the times I really enjoy.
Other times, I want to eat (not feeling truly empty yet) and I keep thinking about food until I eat. At those times, I am confused as to why I need food. I'm beginning to think that it's because I need protein, but not necessarily a full meal. I'm going to test that idea by eating a handful of walnuts or almonds if I'm not at a truly empty place.
I know I crave pastries or sweets sometimes, but my sweet tooth is satisfied by gum many times. When I was with my daughter and grandsons recently for a total of 4 days, I had a chocolate eclair, a pastry, egg frittata, enchilada, wonderful restaurant breakfast: you get the idea! When I went home and weighed myself, I had still lost weight. I didn't overeat and I did enjoy the food we ate.
That tells me that an occasional sweet or a bit of fat is not the sabotage of my weight loss. The sabotage is compulsive eating. Tonight I allowed spaghetti sauce and pasta, salad dressing on my salad and an oatmeal scone, but stayed within my calorie range. The reason I did that is because otherwise I couldn't eat with restraint tomorrow. I have to have pleasure and enjoyment in my food or I can't change my lifestyle to correct portions.
Sunday, January 02, 2011
This year I must view my current weight as my starting weight that I cannot see on the scale ever again. It's a mind game, too. I had a weight in mind before I started SparkPeople that I never wanted to go past. It got dangerously close and that's how I must feel about this new starting weight. I never want to see me gain back up again.
My plan for this month is to add protein to my breakfast and lunch, while reducing my carbs intake. I'm thinking that my high calorie levels over the past week or so has been due to not enough protein early in the day. My body has told me it was not satisfied and that leads to more eating later in the day.
My weight goal for the year is 25 pounds. My exercise goal for January is walking every day. By February I want to be walking the trail 3 times a week, Saturday-Tuesday-Thursday. I'm adding a Wednesday exercise class at 2:30.
Saturday, January 01, 2011
January is wet and cold, but I did get in a short walk this morning. I want to keep that going daily this month, no matter how short the walk might be.
I've done well figuring out a good breakfast and I know I need to eat 2/3 of my calories by mid-afternoon. But I'm thinking about my dinner meals. I need to find a good choice for my evening protein, not beef and low in fat. I need something Interesting!!
I've been able to stop eating night-time snacks. I don't eat more than three chips when my DH has them, if any at all. I serve meal portions in the kitchen area, not at the table. I'm drinking more water and aware of the need, particularly when I have too much sodium!
But the exercise portion is the key to my losing more weight. With some exercise I will reach my goals, without it I won't. Bigger than that, if I don't exercise and stretch, I will lose strength, stamina and energy! I can't let that happen.
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