Saturday, May 19, 2012
About 2 weeks ago, I got on the scale, and lo and behold, it had moved down a few notches. I was surprised, because I was no longer obsessing about every bite I ate, every step I took, or fastidiously recording as I should have.
Then it hit me - I had changed enough of my habits, for long enough, to allow the weight to fall off naturally. When I ate the chicken salad and left the croissant on the plate, it wasn't because I didn't want it, it was because I saw the brownie for dessert and made a decision to swap out the croissant for the brownie. I think I may have saved on the calories there.
Instead of killing myself on my schedule to ensure I put every ounce of exercise in, I chose to walk more places, sit less, move around. Missed yoga because I had to pick up my daughter? Well, we could walk around the block together.
I still have about 7 pounds to go to reach my ultimate weight goal, but I made an amazing discovery. I put on "the pants". You know, the one pair that you know you used to fit into? When I first started, I couldn't even get them up my leg. Now, there they were, a bit tight, but I wore them to work for the first time in 3 years. That's my incentive now - The Pants!
Monday, August 22, 2011
It's hard to believe it's already the end of August. The raspberries are starting their second ripening and the farmer's markets are already filled with corn and squash. I think about my weight gain and loss this year - I'm about where I was in January.
One way to look at it is that there's been no progress, but I'm not sure that's true. Although I've yo yo'ed up and down around 5 - 6 pounds, I've done more exercise and am generally healthier than I was when I started. I can swim much farther without getting winded, and have a more balanced approach.
I've done a few of the quick and dirty tricks. Groupon seduced me with a $99 LaserLipo special - how could I resist? For 3 visits, laid there with the lasers circling my girth waiting for the inches to magically disappear. Ironically enough, each time they measured I seemed to get smaller - but who knows how tight they can pull that tape, or even if it's the same tape each time (not to be cynical, but you never know). So I really lost 7 1/4 inches in 6 days? Hmmm, tell that to my still tight fittin' jeans.
As we roll into autumn I consider my options. I have a nutritionist I'm working with now, and went to my ob/gyn to check on my hormone levels. Probably not a bad idea anyways. Still tracking what I eat on SP, at least most of what I eat. I still get discouraged when I can't find the exact food, and chocolate covered cashews haven't quite shown up yet....
I now know that I can't have a time frame when I'm done. That's for roast turkeys, and we all know it didn't work out well for them. I will keep the hope alive and see if this time I can make it stick.
Sunday, January 09, 2011
This weekend was filled with restaurant food - Friday night, Saturday lunch AND dinner, and Sunday dinner. I shuddered with doubt when I sat down tonight to key in this weekends food, expecting disaster.
BTW thanks to the fellow blogger who let me know about CalorieKing - found most if not all of the food there, so I was able to put in fairly good representations of my meals.
First of all, because I've been tracking my food here for a couple of months, I had a huge awareness of fat / carb / protein content of my meals. I ate as smartly as I could - only eating 1/2 cup of the delicious rice from the teppanyaki restaurant (table top Japanese), ordering the broiled scallops for dinner, soups, salads with dressing on the side.....doggie bags with every meal (ok so I don't have a dog - but if I didn't he wouldn't like fried rice anyways).
I keyed everything in to the best of my memory, and I was shocked at how I did... I was expecting 2,500 calorie days, especially on the 2 restaurant meal Saturday, but managed to keep it under 2,000 each day. I thought - WOW! I can add to my cardio and burn a bunch of that off today and tomorrow - I ate more than my calorie count but I didn't blow it too badly!
That is what makes this website such a blessing - knowledge IS power - and with this knowledge I managed a weekend diet with aplomb (pun incredibly intended).
Friday, January 07, 2011
there is one thing I really try to do on this site, and that is record my food. The hard numbers call to me - guess that's why I'm the tech geek I am... but so many times I eat out or eat something that's not on the charts and I have no idea what to put or how to select from the user entered foods.
For example, tonight we went out to eat. I was kinda good - ok so I had a Cosmo.... 2 fried pickles - 5 pieces of sauteed lake perch - a salad with ranch and blue cheese dressing on the side - and half a baked potato with a little sour cream (probably 1 tsp).
Someone put in an entry for perch - but they come in different sizes, and mine was sauteed, but the one on the list doesn't mention preparation. Lots of user entered cosmos (whoo hoo) - but not sure which one may be close to the one I had. nothing even close in the database for a fried pickle....
So does anyone have ideas on how to guesstimate what we ate? Thanks...
Monday, January 03, 2011
So this was a fabulous day for me - got up and shazam! Fit into a pair of pants that just didn't work for me last week. OK still into the size 6's and not the 4's, but it means that I'm not wearing an elastic waisted skirt today - those are bad for me, because they let me gain all of this weight and still wear clothes - if I would have been plum stuck in jammies probably would have gotten control much sooner. But I'm here now!
So ate that power smoothie with Greek yogurt for breakfast (it's the only thing I can put that yogurt in and I need protein not disguised as yet another chicken breast)... and have a nutritious lunch packed - uh oh, guys want to go to 5 Guys for lunch.... I convince them to just walk to the cafeteria instead, thinking I'll pick up something to drink....but noooooooooo - end up with black bean soup and a hunk of bread...and my nutritious lunch...
Well, could have been worse, I passed up on the blue cheese stuffed chicken and corn bread.
Dinner is good, the golabki's from last night - with a cup of tea, (oops and a creme brulee) then off to swimming we go! Pool's open until 8, but they don't kick us out until 8:30...managed to grab a swimming aerobics class, so a good hour of water cardio!
I'm thinking this is great - didn't cheat too badly, got exercise in, but now, as the midnight hour approaches, the munchies set in........
ding ding ding ding ding - ok, I start with the glass of water - one of the 5,234,295 posts here I feel I've read says sometimes it's thirst.... dum de dum dum - nope, still lookin....
I eat 2 almonds - read the can first, too, and then 1 tablespoon of that baco bit sunflower seed mixture I put on salad. Open container, take food out, close container, put on kitchen table, eat... Nope, still want more more more.
So I log on here - see responses to my first blog (wow, someone really read this?), and my support system says ok lady, you wanna fit in those pants tomorrow, just zip the lip! Thanks guys! Brain 1, Tummy 0
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