Tuesday, March 02, 2010
In the attempt to get a better handle on finances and health insurance costs my husband and I met with a new agent today about different coverage. It was all good until the dreaded weight and height chart came out . . . I hate underwriting!
I stand at 5'4 and weigh 238.8
To qualify for coverage I need to weigh 231!
We want the new policy in place April 1, 2010 so that means I must drop 7.8 lbs.
I keep telling myself, "Do not panic, do NOT panic!"
My action plan is:
1) kick up the workout sessions
2) eat very healthy
3) log Everything that I eat
4) stay focused on the goal
5) use no excuses and stop with the BS
6) know that I can do this
7) ask for help when I need it
8) keep sugar and sugar substitutes out of my diet
Nothing like a goal to kick things up a notch! I CAN do this . . .
There is no room for failure here!
Monday, March 01, 2010
Day 22 without sugar or sugar substitutes - WOW!
The weekend was fun but nothing but a giant test for me and my taste buds.
Friday night, my husband and I went to a late movie (Cop Out). We ate at the house, relaxed a bit and then walked up to the theater where we generally don't eat or drink anything which not only saves us money but calories too. This time was different, my husband decided to get a soda which was tough for me because I LOVE fountain drinks - my fav for sure. He offered to share but I declined - It was a tough test for sure.
Saturday, I didn't have to work and LOVED being at home. I ate on schedule and took a nap in the afternoon. Then Saturday night came with more tests . . . First, we went to a Monster Truck Rally (something my love has always wanted to do). Although the venue was only a few miles from the house it took us 90 minutes to get there and to park. I was a bit stressed by that point - I hate traffic, I hate being stuck in traffic, we were Late, I hate being late and the we had to park a mile away (yes, literally a mile away). Talk about finding a work-out in the most unexpected places, HA! We jogged and walked to the venue in record time. Knowing the show would be at least 2.5 hours long and that I would be tempted by all the stadium food I put a nut bar in my purse. My husband ate a hot dog and washed it down with a soda . . . thankfully this time he didn't ask to share! I ate my nut bar, it was good BUT . . . After the show was over (we had a great time) we hoofed it back to the car. Although this time we didn't jog/walk we just briskly walked.
The tests were just beginning though. We then went to a party that was supposed to be over at 11:00 p.m. - we made it at 10:53. I knew going to the party I would be tempted like crazy . . . and boy was I right. After I made the rounds to chat with a few friends I looked at my husband mortified - I had just spotted a chocolate fountain! Then I rounded the corner to the kitchen and there sat a GIANT chocolate cake! SERIOUSLY I was in danger. My husband quickly grabbed a strawberry and handed it to me and we went hunting for grapes. I ate fruit the whole time we were there . . . thinking all the while, "not fair, not fair!" The party died down and only a handful of us remained so we went to sit by the fire to chat. Of course as soon as I sit down in the big comfy chair I look over at the table next to me and there sits a bowl of dark chocolate truffles . . . REALLY!?! We left at 1:00 a.m. - I actually escaped the house of chocolate without consuming any! YEAH
Sunday wasn't too bad. We relaxed most of the day and then went out for errands. My husband convinced me to purchase Coconut Bliss. He really has a hard time with me not having a treat every now and then and he knows this is one item I can have. It generally is a product I don't keep in the house because I can and have eaten a whole pint in one sitting - Dangerous! I set up rules though and I'm going to see if I can follow them. The rules are:
1) I can only have a serving AFTER I eat a healthy dinner, 2) my husband scoops out my serving and 3) I eat it with the tiniest of spoon possible. It worked last night!
I faced down sugar and sugar substitutes over the weekend and I'm so happy! It wasn't without asking for help and thinking ahead but I did it. I weighed in last night and I lost a tiny bit of weight which is all good considering where I am at in my monthly cycle.
My chronic shoulder/neck and foot pain are still gone.
I'm sleeping better.
I don't crave random foods.
I note that my body needs/wants more water during the day.
Energy levels have picked up and I don't have a "low" during the day.
I know I'm strong but I'm not sure making day 22 would have been possible without the help, support and planning ahead.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
It's Day 18 without sugar or sugar substitutes!
Sugar is hard substance to get away from, that I've discovered in the last 18 days, but I've also discovered it can be done. Of course this takes some dedication and knowing what to look for (those food manufactures can be tricky). I've discovered products that have sugar added to them that still leaves me questioning why. Do you know that some dried cranberries have sugar added to them? Well, I did not until I read the tiny label on the bulk bin while standing in the all natural food market. I was seriously disappointment. Sugar is everywhere and hidden in all kinds of foods and "they" do it so the food will taste better. No one wonder I'm addicted to sugar and random food items.
The biggest benefit (I'm sure there is a list), so far, is the lack of pain in my body. I've been plagued by chronic foot and neck/shoulder pain for years and within this last 18 days that pain has disappeared. Again, the only change I've made is taking sugar out of my diet. This new development alone could very well keep me off sugar for good . . . but I won't make any grand announcements here, I'm choosing to do this one day at a time.
Random thoughts that aren't so random anymore:
1) I don't like my boss very much.
2) I don't like my boss' girlfriend much either and she now works for the company. Talk about sleeping your way in the door. LMAO!
3) I like my job and most of our clients, it's been 8 years.
4) I am burned out.
5) The numbers on the scale don't mean as much, which really means I'm not going to obsess about them but merely note them.
6) Work-outs have become boring at best but I'm under contract with my gym so I continue to go.
7) I found a belly dancing class and I'm going to go on Wednesday, March 3.
8) I've have a friend of 13 years who is addicted to food, an abusive boyfriend and drugs, I can't help her.
9) I don't want children, my husband does.
10) SP is a great outlet and I've found some awesome support.
11) I've learned to love raw cabbage.
12) I have a love/hate relationship with sugar and sugar substitutes.
13) I am a food and sugar addict and I can slip at anytime but that doesn't mean I'm any less or lost my way on my journey.
14) I have food pushers in my life that don't care if I'm healthy or not as long as I eat so they feel better.
15) I can't wait for spa day in March!
16) My husband loves me "fluffy" . . . I love him for that and about a million other reasons.
Life is good today and I'll commit to striving to do my best in any given situation and to support those around me.
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