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Food Tracking

Sunday, June 03, 2012

Stepped on the scale this morning.
Stepped off the scale and moved it.
"that can't be right"
Stepped back on.
"Hmmm....that's not typical"

I registered a 2.5 loss this week. Last week was 1 lb, as was the week before that.
I NEVER lose weight this fast.

I have been obsessed this go-around with proper eating, except for yesterday... (the horror! the horror!).

I find myself in new territory- afraid of next week's numbers. I know the facts- that weight fluctuates- I just don't want it to happen to me.

Remedy: Now WHERE did I leave that damn measuring tape?! Can't rely on just the scale to track progress and improvements. To be continued.

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    It's all movement in the right direction. Congrats!

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Testing the limits

Saturday, June 02, 2012

emoticonTHE CHALLENGE: Went to my favorite restaurant and was silently nervous about not having the ability to practice good habits (Portion Control-healthy choices). Mexican food in Los Angeles.... aaahhhhh..... the best.

THE CHOICES: Here comes the endless chips and salsa. My husband abstained completely, and I managed to stop without clearing an entire basket- so one and half portions. Not an easy task. I even had the the strength to ask the server to take the rest away.

If my rules are nothing fried, no cheese, and no lard, what does that leave me with at a mexican restaurant?! Why, oh WHY would I choose this restaurant in the first place?!

I had Cancun Chicken, which is was dry-rubbed and grilled- the sides... rice, fruit, avocado, and tomato. GREAT! Then the plate came out. Uh Oh. It was literally DOUBLE the acceptable portion size. So I divided it all up and only ate half. I was full when I was done, and had enough for lunch today.

The weird part- the chemicals in my brain were demanding- screaming even- for oil, cheese, lard, fried foods, more chips, more carbs BEFORE we ordered. Once I ate, those sensations were gone. It's amazing how the body works.

So it was a high caloric meal- about 750 calories, but I finished the day within range.... by the skin of my teeth. emoticon

Just another represenation of the struggles we all go through when decided to make healthy choices, even when the mind is conflicted. I am hoping it is like a muscle- it becomes easier with practice.

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IAMARMSTRONG 6/4/2012 8:26PM

  it was very, very hard to say no more. Lemme tell ya.

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TAYNI2 6/3/2012 10:38AM

    congrats on not finishing the basket of chips. That would have been hard! I do love me some Mexican food. emoticon I'm trying to get in the habit of asking for a to go box when I order. If its on my plate I will eat (or pick) until its gone. Out of sight...out of mind! Keep up the great work!

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Spark Reports- Brutal Honesty in a Pie Chart

Friday, June 01, 2012

Oh, SparkPeople- how your data makes me face facts! Even as a long time member, I still find new resources in SparkPeople to help me learn about myself.

Take for example, the Reports Page. I can clearly see my long-term activity patterns. Based on the report, I can see that in two months, I am likely to lose steam. It's hard to deny this fact, since I can see that it has happened no less than three times in the past three years, where each burst of activity lasted approximately 90 days and I subsequently disappear for roughly six months.

Wow- seeing this fact redefined this way, gives me hope. Hope, because I feel like I am in front of this trend, not trying to make up for it this time. By knowing myself a little bit better, I am optimistic that I can eradicate this trend.

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SUNSHINE99999 6/1/2012 10:37AM

  Good to know. Blessings!

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Spreading the Movement

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Today I posted a comparison of the calories of soda, milk, and our specialized coffee machine at work today. Here's to starting a small movement!

Sent an invite to a boxing class at the gym to a few co-workers as well. Here's to hoping at least a couple show up.

A coworker signed me up for a 10k without telling me until AFTER he did it. Thanks, Uli- I consider it a challenge. I'll see you on the course.

Scale is looking good for Sunday weigh-in. I was down two pounds as of this morning, but I am not concerned if I don't stay there- I'll take a 1lb loss- that's progress!

Ate terribly at lunch today, and I STILL feel it. All the proof I needed that my body likes/prefers fruit and vegetable based meals, and not CARBS, BEEF, and DAIRY. Nachos- NOT a good idea. emoticon

To punish myself-which ended up being a reward, actually- I did Kickbox Cardio for 55 minutes. 550 caloric burn, and great for the heart.

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LEANJEAN6 6/1/2012 7:36AM

    You really are doing well!!--Thanks for thinking of Zeus!!! ----Lynda

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Clothing Milestone

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Today I put on pants that were too tight two weeks ago- just a bit too snug to be comfortable.

Today? No problem. Straight from the dryer.

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CHACKER2 5/31/2012 10:53AM

    A year ago I had lost enough weight to fit into the same size pants I wore in high school and they still fit me. That one thing made me so proud. emoticon

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MANDIMOM1 5/30/2012 9:27PM

  I LOVE IT! Good for you. It's so funny you said straight from the dryer because that is what I would always tell myself while gaining weight as to why my pants wouldn't fit.

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