Monday, December 08, 2008
This weekend I made peanut butter waffles. I even added some chocolate chips, since I adore peanut butter and chocolate together.
I have no excuses; this particular cookbook includes nutritional information. I don't know why, but apparently I turned a blind eye to the calorie count. 542 calories per waffle! Luckily, I'm satisfied with one waffle; they're Belgian waffles -- the square kind, not the behometh round ones with four parts -- so they're plenty filling.
That's about a third of my calories for the entire day. Which isn't that terrible a thing, actually, since most people tend to do better when they eat a big breakfast. Still, it's much more calories than I'm accustomed to eating for breakfast, and I hadn't counted them that way.
For some people, once they'd realized their mistake, they'd just throw their hands up in the air, figure they blew it, and blow the rest of the day off. Not me. I stuck to my planned meals -- a home made bean burger for lunch, veggie lasagna for dinner, even a peanut butter apple crumble for dessert (which was not nearly as caloric as that waffle). I did go back and forth on making the crumble for a while, but I finally decided it was relatively healthy, if still a treat.
It takes 3500 calories to gain a pound. One 500 calorie waffle won't do me in. One 500 calorie waffle followed by a day of mindless eating just might.
Of course, weight loss isn't really as simple as calories in, calories out. It should be, but it isn't. A great deal of it is emotional. Learn to control your emotional eating, and you've got a ticket to permanent weight loss.
Sunday, December 07, 2008
I will probably take some flack for this (getting my asbestos suit ready), and it's not PC, but the truth is I think the answer is yes. Remember, I'm a fat person!
Now, if you have a medical condition that piles on the pounds -- and there are such things, of course you aren't lazy.
But this is what I know: losing weight is hard work. I watch less tv because I realized that I must use exercise DVDs in addition to walking the dogs to lose weight. I used to work out while I watched tv, but for me, that wasn't working. Or working out, I suppose. I guess I'm a follower: I need to follow someone, rather than just try to do exercise on my own.
I used to rely on a lot of prepared foods. Some were fresh, others were frozen, the vast majority were healthy. But they aren't as healthy as food I prepare for myself. It takes a lot of work to make my own breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks almost every day of the week. And if you have kids, my hat is really off to you: I like to cook, but I don't think I'd be happy having to cook for 4 or 5 every day. You deserve medals!
The heavier you are, the less energy you have. It's a vicious cycle: you need more energy to create healthy meals for yourself and to get moving, but the cruel fact is it's hard when you're heavier.
It's not so much that we're lazy, but we do have lower energy; there's really no getting around that fact. And lower energy makes it difficult to take the steps we need to take.
But you aren't doomed to a life of low energy, eating frozen meals, watching tv while laying on the couch. We CAN change our lives. Just a small weight loss will re-energize you and set you on the right path. Every journey begins with a single step -- what will yours be? I think my two biggest steps were joining this site (thank God for SP!) and going back to WW meetings.
"Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm."
-- Sir Winston Churchill
Friday, December 05, 2008
That's what I read about in Self Magazine today. It said that rewarding healthy habits, like eating your fruits and vegetables, works better than rewarding yourself for losing pounds.
This makes a certain amount of sense. We can't always count on losing weight even when we do the right things, but if we keep up with our healthy habits, in the end, the weight will come off.
In fact, just the last couple of weeks was an example for me. I lamented in this blog about gaining 1 lb over Thanksgiving week, despite really being careful -- and being in control of my Thanksgiving dinner, since I made it. Despite the fact that my mind knew I shouldn't have gained 1 pound from what I ate, and the fact that Thanksgiving was the day before my WI, the heart can't help but fear everytime we gain weight when we don't think we should (and sometimes even if we do think we should).
Well, you folks were right; it was just a temporary gain from a big meal right before my WI-- I lost 1.8 lbs this week, putting that 20 lbs in such tantalizing reach. Almost there.
I know at some point I will get to that 20 lbs gone. Maybe next week, maybe not til next year, but it will happen.
But much more than that, I can just really see the changes in my body. Several times this week, before my WI, I looked at myself in the mirror and thought damn! Those shoulders really are beginning to look sexy (we still won't talk about the stomach and thighs, but the hips and butt are looking much better, too). I can feel my back losing fat, too. I hate that back fat!
Yes, I still have a long way to go. I'm almost at the half way point. And yes, there are rolls I'd still rather not have, and I'll probably still have cellulite even when I get to my goal weight. But I have wrought some awesome changes in my body.
Still, getting back to the whole rewarding healthy habits. Of course it's an excellent idea! But how often do you do it? Pounds just seem to be such a handy marker. Every time I use my popcorn popper or look at my pedometer, I think of how far I've come. They're very physical reminders of all the hard work I've put in -- and the payoff.
On cookbook maven today:
Broccoli with shells, and some of my latest finds at the bookstore.
Thursday, December 04, 2008
There are several healthy things they say you can do to decrease your appetite. All of them are things that you eat before a meal that will supposedly decrease your appetite:
1. Broth, not cream, based soups
2. A salad
3. An apple
Yesterday I made vegetable broth, and that's what I had for dinner. I thought I'd be really hungry afterwards, but I actually wasn't. I like to make a large pot of soup every week at this time of year -- I can get several meals out of that. Last night it was still warm, but today was chilly. The actual temperature wasn't that bad, but it was very windy and with the wind chill soup was welcome.
So I had my soup for lunch again. I eat early on Thursdays, as I need to leave early, and so I go longer between meals. I was a little hungry today, but not too bad.
They also say that a cup of low fat chocolate milk is a good snack to have after working out. I do this sometimes. Today, since it was so cold after our morning walk (in the 30s, but felt more like 20s with that wind -- remember, we're in TX!), I decided on hot chocolate when I came back. I made it with soymilk, so I figure it's the same principle -- the lowfat chocolate milk is supposed to be the right mixture of calories, carbs, and protein for a small snack. Although it's true that you feel fuller when you eat vs when you drink, I do use liquid snacks occasionally.
I also stopped to buy some new jeans, finally. Mine aren't quite falling off me, but they are getting pretty loose. The new ones are just a little tight, but not lay down to get them on tight, and I'm sure they'll loosen a bit after I wear them for a while.
I kept one pair of my size 16 relaxed fit jeans I was wearing when I started this journey (really the equivalent to a size 18). Every once in a while when I get down about my weight, still, I pull them on. And I always feel better. Now I'm wearing 8s & 10s. Which shows pretty well that sizes are larger these days, because I still have quite a bit of weight to lose.
On Cookbook Maven today:
Adventures in cooking/baking. You can read more about my veggie soup (and a photo). And peanut butter scones.
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
I read a tip recently; I don't remember where. So simple, but it's helping me -- it may or may not apply to weight loss, but I wanted to pass it along, anyway.
Our to-do lists are usually a mile long. So ask yourself two simple questions:
1. What is the one thing I have to get done before lunch?
2. What is the one thing I have to get done before dinner?
So simple, but it's helping me. It doesn't mean you won't do many more things, of course, but when you focus on the one thing you *must* do, it's easier to get it done, because you're not trying to decide what to do next -- and you get such a sense of satisfaction when you've completed your task.
SP has something similar on their goal promise reminder, under Printable Resources >> Motivational Printables (look at the bottom of your start page). It asks you to think of one thing that will help your weight loss journey this day. I have that printed out, filled out, and on my refrigerator. I don't read it every day, but I do read it often.
Today, for instance, this morning I had to cut up treats for the dogs, to take with me to agility. Of course, I had to feed me, feed the cats, feed the dogs, put chews & water in the car ahead of time, & walk the dogs before agility. And the one thing I knew I wanted to get done before dinner was vacuum. Vacuuming has a way of being put off time and time again. I tell myself I don't want to disturb the animals -- they all, with the exception of Chester, really loathe the vacuum. But it's an excuse.
I came home, got on the computer for a while, had lunch . . . then vacuumed. Usually I'd leave it til the end of the day, when the cats are more likely to be outside already, but I knew I wanted to get it done so I got it out of the way. I also cut up the onions & broccoli for tonight's dinner, did my exercise DVD, am about to take the dogs to get the mail and then will tackle dinner.
So knowing your one thing doesn't mean you won't do other things; it just means you pick the most important task to focus on first. I'll bet you organized people already know this!
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