Sunday, December 18, 2011
I really don't think they want to sabotage my efforts, but they're doing a good job anyway. My "kids" took the grand kids to an appointment yesterday, and didn't want me to feel left out (sigh), so they brought me back a sandwich and LARGE fries. After my great weigh-in (dropping .3 of a lb), after running for 45 minutes, walking for 60 minutes, doing yoga for 15 and abs, etc. for 15, I thanked them and put the sandwich in the fridge but couldn't resist nibbling on the fries. It's probably been 2 years since I tasted McD's fries--they're still as good as ever.
And yes, later, for dinner, I heated the sandwich and polished it off with the rest of the fries. 540 calories for the sandwich and 500 for the fries, sodium off the charts. They were not THAT good! I'm not suffering pangs of regret; I ate it; I'll exercise it off. But really, how stupid. It was NOT THAT good!
Better choices coming up in 2012. And if I only do something that stupid every 2 years...Oh well!
Saturday, December 17, 2011
My Fit and Organized team asks us to set goals for the coming year. Mine are to:
Reach and retain maintenance mode. I hear retaining is the hardest ever--a fine challenge.
Throw out or recycle to a thrift shop at least 5 things a day. If I haven't used it in the last 3 years, or if I don't love it, out it goes.
Remodel 2 bathrooms.
Make up my mind to retire by trying out retirement--living on the income I'll have in retirement.
Boy, oh boy--that's big plans!
Friday, December 09, 2011
I'm posting today because I will be traveling to visit family tomorrow and may only have time for my weigh-in post.
I stuck to my exercise plan (to do a minimum of 60 min. per day), actually averaging around 100 min a day.
I sinned seriously with some fried chicken, but I stayed under 1500 calories each day--it's called rob Peter to pay Paul.
I stayed off the scale except for panicking after the fried chicken (it was deli prepared)--sure enough the sodium had kicked my weight up a lb. I just doubled up on the water and added some exercise. Those are supposed to rush the salt on through your body.
I watched the Dr. Oz show almost every day, picking up sound nutrition advice.
Plan for tomorrow--a day I will spend as much time at an airport lay-over as I will in the air. Pack in the vitamin C today to try to help keep bad germs away; I often catch a cold after flying. Walk that airport walkway rolling my carry-on bag behind me for most of the layover time instead of sitting, watching other people eat. Take my snacks with me to avoid the temptation of the smell of the awful food those vendors sell.
Now, for the month I will be visiting my kids and grand-kids, I have no specific strategy-- I just know generally that I will exercise every day, politely attempt to avoid high-calorie foods offered to me, and continue to track it all.
That won't be easy. Pray for me.
Saturday, December 03, 2011
I think I've gotten hooked on exercise the way I used to be when I was about 25 years younger. I couldn't wait to get out this morning in the cold, and I hate the cold. My walking partner was late calling, so after having my cereal, I warmed up and did some yoga while waiting, then couldn't take it any longer and just forwarded my calls to my cell phone and got in 2 1/2 miles running before we began our 3 mile walk.
It felt great! And I am so proud of the effort all my team members put in. It's so much more fun to pull together to reach a goal. Our lbs. are going to start melting away. They have no choice!
Friday, December 02, 2011
Today is "Ready, set..." day. We have all done this before. How will this time be different? I woke up thinking about this today.
It's going to be different because in planning and tracking my meals--monitoring myself better, noticing how I feel after I overindulge, have just enough, or eat too little, I know better how to handle myself even during a holiday season.
It's going to be different because having seen that I just plateau when I do my normal exercise routine, I know I have to add some minutes most days--and take NO days off, but certainly have less strenuous days.
That last one was the biggest surprise revelation for me. Since Thanksgiving Day during the lull between challenges, my goal has been just to maintain. At first I was so into the "attack the fat" mode and so scared that the extra dressing & mac & cheese would usurp my progress, I was still exercising like mad, and managed to lose almost another lb. Then I fell into an "I'm good, I got this" frame of mind, and ate a bit more--still tracking but coming in at the upper limits--and even had some days off from the exercise. I would go hard one day and then be so sore I'd just say,"Got to rest up" the next day. Well, guess what happened, those few extra 100 calories or so and those "rest up" days got together and put that lb back on. I waited to see if it would go away, and lowered the calorie intake a bit, but still skipped some exercise days--Nope my weight is in maintenance mode; that regained lb is just content hanging in there.
So that's fine for now and for the experience, but beginning tomorrow, it won't be fine--IT'S ON! And I know what to do. And so do you. Lower those calories, increase the exercise, and hide the scale until weigh-in day. Nothing to it but to do it! LET'S DO IT!
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