Friday, February 01, 2008
Husband took me out on a date tonight to this wonderful restaurant here called "Taste." It's totally gourmet, something like what you would find in New York or something. Smaller portion sizes, healthy foods, at reasonable prices (NOT New York prices!!).
I had a 7 oz. NY Strip Steak with garlic mashed potatoes, and Husband had seared tuna.
We also ordered hummus for an appetizer (which I normally don't like, but their's is pretty good, I don't eat very much of it though) and our meals came with these decadent salads (also I generally have a distaste for salads, but not this one).
I only ate about a tablespoon of the hummus with 8 of the crackers. I had about 3/4 of my salad, and immediately upon getting my steak I cut off 2 oz. of it for Husband. The mashed potatoes came with a dijon mushroom sauce on them, and I vowed only to eat the amount of potatoes that I could SEE instead of the whole scoop of them because OH MY GOD THEY WERE THE BEST POTATOES EVARRRRRRRR.
After all was said and done I ate about 620 calories, which I totally had budgeted for, and we had discussed going to Maggie Moos for ice cream for dessert. We both wanted the desserts at the restaurant, but theres NO WAY those could be good for us, so we opted for ice cream thinking that I could get sugar free in a kid size and I'd be fine.
We got to Maggie Moos, and the line was almost OUT THE DOOR. Mind you its less than 30 degrees here right now...WHY ARE YOU PEOPLE WANTING ICE CREAM?! So we left without it.
On the way home I was still craving something sweet, and Husband was offering to stop off at a grocery store to get whatever I wanted.
I popped some gum, and that was the end of that.
So go me for ending it where I did. I was more than satisfied with what I'd eaten, but I still REALLY wanted that ice cream. But I feel better now that I probably would have after eating it.
For the record, I had the calories for the ice cream I would have gotten. That makes it feel even BETTER that we didn't do it :)
Now our date night continues with some cuddling in bed and watching movies!
Friday, February 01, 2008
Local news story about a man who lost 600 pounds doing nothing but diet and exercise. NO SURGERY!! Awesome!
Friday, February 01, 2008
I know I've said it in the past 3 posts, but things are different now. I'm on this. I'm doing it. I'm excited about it. I'm involved in it. I'm STICKING with it.
These are the things that I'm proud of doing and how I KNOW this time is for real:
I'm proud that I'm taking on extra exercise. The school where I work is offering classes on Tuesday and Thursday nights through the YMCA. The instructor comes to school and on Tuesday nights we have a cardio/resistance band class, and Thursday night is Pilates. Both for an hour. I'm doing those, and really enjoying them. I am also exercising every morning, even if it's only for 20 min on the elliptical, I'm getting up and doing it. It's getting easier. I fight with myself some mornings, but I haven't missed a morning in over two weeks. Even though I fight with myself, the good side always wins :) I find myself wanting to do eve more. I'm working on trying to get our wellness committee to start up a teacher Dodgeball league. I think that would ROCK.
I'm proud that I'm making better food choices. I read this book called "Skinny Bitch," and in it they said that eating nothing but fruit for the first while after you wake up is the best thing in the world for your body. My mom did this and lost 80 pounds (along with a lot more, of course). You're not supposed to eat anything but fruit when you wake up, and then wait a half hour before eating anything else. It's hard, because fruit doesn't always fill you up, but my body has been totally different because of it. There are these smoothies out there, called Naked, and those help a lot too. Totally natural, no sugars. Yummmmmy.
I'm proud that even if I am tempted to give in, I don't. My husband doesn't need to change the way he eats. He can eat pretty much whatever, whenever. In the past, I would envy that, and fall into wanting and eating the foods that he's eating, and then wondering why I wasn't losing weight. Well DUH. No wonder it wasn't working! This time I'm much more able and willing and WANTING to say "No" to those things! It's actually very empowering and I really don't feel as though I'm missing out on anything, which is very different than before.
I'm proud that I'm paying more attention to the ingredients in foods rather than just the nutritional info. I've made a genuine effort to cut out all preservatives, sugars and white flour from my diet, and I feel so much better for it. I can't believe the difference, but you don't realize the foods they can sneak those things into. Even artificial sweeteners have been pretty much vetoed. That is huge for me.
I'm proud of myself for realizing that this is not going to happen overnight. So I go a week with no weight loss. I FEEL better. Thats really what matters. My husband sees it in the way I act or carry myself. I have more energy. My coworkers notice it. I'm not as crabby as often as I was. Those things are so much more important than the numbers. YES I do want to lower those numbers, but that will all come in due time. I'm working on it and I'm doing it right, it will fall into place. I know I'm gaining muscle because I'm sore in places I never realized I HAD muscles. All in due time. All in due time.
I'm proud of myself for ACTUALLY realizing it's a lifestyle change and NOT a diet, instead of just telling myself that. I know what I have to do. I know that I'm human. I know that this is what I WANT to do for the rest of my life. I know that even if I NEVER lose a pound, I don't want to go back to feeling how I felt when I was eating unhealthy.
There are so many wonderful things going on right now and I'm very optimistic and excited about what I'm doing. I've stuck with it already a week longer than I usually do, and I'm excited for whats to come.
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Well, it's been a few weeks, and I'm still going. The discerning part is that I haven't actually lost any poundage yet, but my body is reshaping. I can see that and definitely feel it in my clothes. I know that this is good for me and it will eventually lead to the pounds shedding, as well. But working out every day is giving me that muscle, and truthfully the number on the scale doesn't matter, I really just want to feel better. And I'm getting to that point.
The medicine that the doctor put me on has some weird side effects, but it seems to be helping. I figure that even if I don't LOSE weight, staying the same through the holiday season will be good. And that will make it easier to lose afterwards. But I'm feeling good, my energy level is getting better (although waking up in the morning is still difficult) and there are other things in my body that are changing, so it will all even out eventually. The most important part is to keep focused.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Well, after much frustration, trying countless other plans as well as this one, and still having no progress, I talked to my doctor. I had blood drawn, and everything (incluing my cholesterol, which is beyond me) was perfectly fine. No thyroid problems, nothing. So we discussed my next step.
He told me to go on a 1500-1800 calorie diet, burn at least 250 calories per day, and he gave me a prescription for Xenical. This website tells me to eat between 1200 and 1500 calories, so I am going slightly above that, but the medicine won't work on that few of calories.
Xenical is a weight loss pill that blocks 30% of the fat you ingest from being absorbed into your body. The undigested fat just gets passed. I'll spare you the details, but lets just say, you can see it working in more ways than one. The help it offers is twofold, though, because it gives me a physical reaction to high fat foods, which in turn, deters me from eating them.
I've only been on it for a week. I've lost 2.5 pounds, although a lot of that might be water weight. One typically does not see results until about 2 weeks or so.
I've been sick for about 2 weeks, so I haven't been able to exercise (breathing kinda helps with that...) but that will be starting up again next week (after Thanksgiving) for sure. I also didn't track over the weekend because of the sickness. But this is my effort to get on track, and stay on track, and do it for ME.
I know the worst time to start these things is near the holidays, but I figure that if I can do it around the holidays, I can do it at any time. If I can get through the holidays with only minor suffering, it will put the rest of the year in perspective.
It definitely will not be easy, luckily this time my husband has agreed to cut down on and count the calories as well. Hopefully he can stick with it, because even though I know I need to be able to do it without him, it will be so much easier if he's on the journey with me.
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