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One Step Closer?

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

I had one of those two step forward, one step backward days. I wrote yesterday that I would do my abs. I ended doing as much of the free weight portion of my program that I could b/c I knew I wouldn't have time this morning. So, I woke up at 5am with no problems. I weighed-in and was excited to see I lost another pound.

Cardio was a little rough. My doctor diagnosed me with asthma about 6 weeks ago. I didn't think I had asthma but I took the medicine anyway. It did help with the chest tightening but not enough. I saw him yesterday and he's going to run more tests. In the meantime I'm to stop one of the meds, so my breathing was labored.

Next, I went to lunch for a colleague's bday. I'm still surprised at how little I'm not tempted to eat now that I know how high calorie the food is. Unfortunately, it was a buffet and they didn't have menus so I had no idea of the calorie counts. I probably ate a couple hundred but that's purely a guess.

After lunch, I rushed over to a fitness 101 class. I wish they had a 102 b/c I'm a little obsessed with getting this eating thing right and they want to stay very basic. The nutritionist has already told me I'm thinking too hard about this, I'm trying too hard. I'm pretty much petrified of going over my calorie max. I don't want to lose any ground I've made.

When I first started exercising, I lost about 167 cals with cardio and once I started working with a personal trainer it went up to 300+ and the weight started coming off. So now I "have" to get 300+ to fill as if I did something.

I feel like if I could just reach my goal, prove to myself that I can do this, I'll relax. When does the fear fade? When can I relax?


Gearing up!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Today was good. I didn't use the food tracker but I'm keeping track of what I eat and maybe I'll plug it in at the end of the week to see how I did. :-)

For breakfast I had:
1c Kashi Go Lean Crunch cereal (190)
1/4c 1% milk (36) [I'll probably go back to 2%; 1% looks like dirty water. :-)]

1st snack:
12 almonds

For lunch:
1c pepper steak (175)
2/3c brown rice (150)

2nd snack:
1 small banana (47)

For dinner:
burgundy beef w/ herb dumplings (275)

3rd snack:
1s peanut butter granola crunch bar (180)

Tomorrow is gym day, which mean a weigh-in. I'm pretty sure I haven't gained any pounds I'm just not sure I've lost any either. I was weighing myself every day but that became very distressing. One time it took me 3 weeks to lose a pound. I wasn't getting enough calories. So finally I decided, I'm just going to eat. I didn't turn to junk, I stayed healthy and suddenly I started losing weight. I know pounds don't just show up but I took my husband to Macaroni Grill for his b-day and had 3 pieces of bread and a small piece of his strawberry shortcake. For dinner I had a basic garden salad w/fat free dressing and a diet coke. I'd feel all right about all that except I had a piece of cheesecake the day before. While this is nowhere near the junk I used to eat, I don't want to go back to it.

I think I'll do my ab work tonight. I arranged with my boss to come in 30 mins later on gym day so I can work out in the mornings. I'll only have an hour so what I can do at home I'll do.

Still counting....


The Countdown Begins

Sunday, October 19, 2008

I began the journey to weight loss August 28, 2008 and now I'm down to 30 days to my goal date. I initially weighed in at 155. I'm now at 143. 8 pounds to go!

It's been an exciting journey and a learning experience. When I started, I simply wanted to lose weight. At some point, I started seeing the opportunity to have a healthy lifestyle.

I made terrible eating choices before SparkPeople. I lived on sugar--soda, candy bars, cakes. Then one day I decided to try a diet soda--something I thought I'd never do. Just the idea of the word "diet" turned me off. I don't drink much but when I have a craving, I can drink about 4 oz before I start tasting the Splenda. emoticon I found a recipe for a low-cal cake I don't binge on, and I've only had one candy bar in the last 7 weeks. Even if I don't lose 8 pounds by Dec 17, I will still feel good about the changes I've made in my life.

I am a little anxious about what's to come. I graduated to stage 3, which encourages less reliance on the food tracker. I've been good at staying in the area of 1350 calories but it's easy when I'm tracking through the day. emoticon Plus, I still don't quite understand the percentage of fat to calorie ratio!

Anyway, this is my journey. I plan to enjoy it.

30 days to go...

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

JENN72 10/19/2008 6:25PM

    You are doing awesome! I have been here for 10 months and I still use the food tracker every day, so don't be afraid to continue to use the tools to help you reach your goals!

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