Thursday, October 21, 2010
A couple of nights ago my niece and her boyfriend unexpectedly showed up around our dinner time. I hadn't started dinner yet and as luck will have it I didn't have enough healthy food to make dinner for the 5 of us. Well, I had the bright idea of ordering pizza and salad for us. What a mistake that was for me!! As we were waiting for the pizza and salad to be delivered I had plenty of time to fix myself a healthy dinner--but I love pizza and told myself I'd just have one slice of cheese pizza and the salad. I thought I could control myself even though pizza is one of my favorite foods.
I was really hungry by the time the pizza was delivered and I knew I was in trouble when it smelled so good! My plan was to have one piece of cheese pizza and some salad. Well, that plan went right out the window, I sure felt very guilty and stuffed after I ate the 3rd piece and a lot of salad with their greasy Italian dressing. I had no control over my eating and overate like I used to do. I kept making up excuses for myself justifying it by saying to myself, well you used to have 3 or 4 large pieces before you started SP. I reluctantly tracked my calorie ridden pizza dinner and oh my gosh, just in a matter of maybe 15 minutes I had eaten a days worth of calories for dinner! I felt so bad about it as really thought I had my eating under control.
The next day, I wanted to know how bad the damage was and I shouldn't have been surprised when I weighed 2 more pounds than the day before. I was disgusted with myself and my lack of willpower.
But, instead of beating myself up about it I got right back to healthy eating. I also keep telling myself, one step back and then 2 steps forward. . .I blew it big time but couldn't change it now so just moved forward. The only good thing is I didn't eat any of the leftover cold pizza for breakfast as I've done that many times in the past. LOL
I also learned that I could have made heathier choices and will do so in the future. I read your wonderful blogs and know many of you have had similiar experience and chose to move forward. Congratulations to all of us!!
Thursday, October 14, 2010
When I was working full-time, especially the last few years, I got in the unhealthy habit of stopping by a fast food drive-thru to get our dinner, sometimes even lunch. I really think that's one of the main reasons I've gained so much weight over the last 10 years. Of course, we always super-sized the meals with shakes and all the extras. It was not only unhealthy but very expensive. For each take-out dinner I bought I could have made 2 home cooked meals. . . I actually think my sons and I became "addicted" to all the grease and salt in these meals.
Since being retired and not having the same income we did have to cut down on all the cruises through the drive- thrus But it was still way more often than was healthy . . .
Since I started SP in August I've limited those "greasy visits" to once a week usually on a Friday or Saturday night. And, when I go there I order a salad, instead of a large cheeseburger with fries. . .
I actually enjoy cooking again and I'm having fun trying the low calorie Spark recipes. It saves me money and I love trying new healthy recipes. I also feel very happy when everyone is enjoying a healthy meal together Just yesterday, I watched Meg's video on Spark how to roast whole chickens. She showed you how to prepare two of them at a time and until then I never knew how to properly cut them up. She served one for dinner and shredded the other chicken and put them in freezer bags for using for another meal. As luck will have it, whole chickens are on sale at our local market so I'm going to do just what the video showed. This is a winner as it is low calorie, cheap and healthy--and you're actually cooking two dinners at the same time.
I've already tried a few of the Spark recipes such as Slow Cooker Salsa chicken. It is so easy to fix and nutritious and not fattening so it's a keeper in my recipe file. I would rate it an A. The applesauce meatloaf also meets those 3 important requirements of healthy, low calorie and inexpensive to make. Right now, in my slow cooker is the Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken that we all enjoy. I look forward to eating it tonight over brown rice, which we've grown to like--and still staying within my calorie range. All of the above recipes are very filling.
If any of you have tried or have a low calorie healthy recipe please share it with all of us. If it's a Spark recipe we can look it up. Yes, I'm feeling very creative and know I'm helping myself and family get healthy!!
Note: Another thing I've started to buy is a frozen bag of Tysons's grilled & Ready Chicken Breast Fillets they aren't too pricey ( around $8.00 a bag for about 6). I use them to make healthy low-calorie sandwiches (or you can eat them with a salad) as each piece of chicken is only 110 calories. They heat easily in the microwave for just a few minutes. I put lettuce and tomato on the bun/bread with a Tablespoon or less of low calorie mayo and it's better than the drive-thru ones. Try it--You'll like it!
Saturday, October 09, 2010
I've tried so many diet plans/programs these last 15 years when my Dr. told me I was obese and needed to lose weight.
Years ago, I tried the JC program where they furnish your food, with a steep price of course. I did lose about 20#s but had to quit because it was so costly. I'm happy for actress Valerie, she's one of my favorite actresses, but I don't have all the resources she has--and others haven't done well on it.
About six years ago I tried NS where they send you a big box of food to you once a month to eat. I'll admit it was easy to pop those entrees into the microwave and I did lose about 30 pounds quickly. The portions were really small and I always felt hungry. . . I hardly ate any fruits or vegetables but I did eat their food which was mainly meat and pasta. But, once I stopped this program and started eating regular food again I gained all the weight back.
And, of coarse I tried WW several times with little success. However, I know people have success, like my Sister who dropped 30 pounds over 15 years ago and has kept the weight off. The last time I joined WW with my best friend and we both had 100#s to lose. We'd go to the meetings every Friday night and to tell you how much it motivated us we'd always go to dinner afterwards. Well, we paid no attention to WW and still ordered big cheeseburgers and onion rings, etc. I lost a total of 12 pounds in the 6 months I went there--I think she lost 20. She is still going to the meetings and has only lost another 5#s.
I was ready to give up and started feeling like I'd always be the fat older lady. . .Then in a Health Magazine I read about SP's website. At first, I was a little intimated about how to maneuver around and didn't even set up a Spark page. Then, this August, I decided to give SP a try and set up my Spark page. I know this is the best plan I've ever been on--and it's fun. I'm not losing weight quickly but finally doing it the healthy way and I'm more motivated than I've ever been.
I've lost 12#s in the 2 months I've used SP. Like I said it's one sack of potatoes off me and only 9 maybe 10 more to go! I know it's a healthy lifestyle and so doable especially with all the new Spark Friends I've made. Thank you all for motivating and encouraging me. I want to be able to do the same for you and be a Spark success story . . . I feel better both physically and emotionally already!
Thursday, October 07, 2010
Is it really possible to feel better, even move better, with just a 10# loss?
I have lost a little over 10#s and already and feel stronger and more mobile. I asked myself is that possible? Recently, especially today, I have so much more energy. I haven't kept my house as clean as I like due to my mobility issues. Well, today I managed to clean 3/4 of my house all by myself--including moping the kitchen floor. I felt more confident walking around a little unaided (no walker or cane). Is it a fluke or am I just a little bit healthier? I"m also thinking more positive about life and especially the goals I've set for myself. I almost want to pinch myself to make sure I'm not just dreaming . . .
Losing over 10#s is a big deal to me--it's almost one tenth of what I have to lose. So, now I'm carrying around one less sack of potatoes - LOL.
Monday, October 04, 2010
I have lost 10 pounds in the 2 months I have been active on SP. My weight loss is slow but I'm still proud of the fact that I'm finally getting a handle on my overeating and lack of exercise. I couldn't have even lost 10 pounds without wonderful friends like all of you. You listen to me when I'm happy as well as discouraged. I feel so fortunate to have good friends that care, motivate and sometimes even push me, which I need.
I was so happy to replace the I lost 5 pounds to 10 pounds on my Spark Page. I'm finally in the 280's and not 290's where I've been for the last 3 years. Finally eating healthy is doable and losing weight and feeling better is proof enough for me.
I joined the Slowest Loser Team today as I'm a Tortoise . . .not a Hare. I'm lucky to finally be a Tortoise as I know I'll reach steady slow progress and be a Winner in the end.
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