Wednesday, April 21, 2010
It came to my attention today that I've really been sucking at the blogging thing lately.
Things have been going well, though. I've been losing fairly steadily this month. March really sucked for weight loss, but getting back to work for the month of April really kick started things for me since I wasn't sitting on the couch for a good portion of the day with the baby. Now I'm getting in roughly 16,000 to 18,000 steps per day walking my art-cart around school and exercising in the mornings.
After the first week back at school I lost 2.6 for the week, so that was awesome, and I've been losing a pound per week since then. I've lost 4.6 for the month and I still have another weigh in to go! One more pound and I'll be right at 200, and once I get there I get to start tanning! Thank goodness cause me and pale DO NOT mix well.
So since restarting at the beginning of February (one week after Max's birth), I've lost 13.6 lbs. Not bad. I set my goal to lose a pound per week, so I'm ahead of schedule for that. Not by much, thanks to March, but I'm still ahead. I'm in the lead for the biggest loser at school, and that's super motivating!
As far as food goes, I've been doing well, there. I've been within my ranges every single day, but my ranges change every week because of the amount of exercise I'm able to get in. Which is fine by me. I've hit my minimum every single day for fiber, and a few days even went over my max (whoops), but sodium is another story. I'm consistently over on sodium. I have low blood pressure, so that's not an issue, but it seems the harder I try to stay within it, the worse I do! That's mildly frustrating, but in the grand scheme of things I don't let it get me down.
I've started watching Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, and got my husband and Mother in law hooked on it too. It's a great show, and I feel like I'm learning a lot more about food in general. I've rediscovered my love of cooking, and even mastered the wok the other night! I finally broke down and bought one, and I'm so glad I did. It was the best $35 I have ever spent. It really makes a huge difference when cooking stir fry. I've been trying new recipes and making them healthier and I've been eating at least two servings of vegetables per day! For those of you who know me that is a BIG DEAL cause in general, I hate vegetables. I really do. But I'm incorporating them into my meals more fluidly, and I'm even taking carrots with me for lunch. BIG DEAL! So I'm starting to find new ways to cook them that are really yummy and good for me, cause for too long I was thriving on meat, cheese, and bread. I'm doing much better, though!! And I'm proud of myself for trying a lot of new things.
So April has been a good month, and It's only getting better! I'm on an upswing now, and I hope to keep it that way for a while!!
Saturday, March 27, 2010
I haven't lost anything in two weeks. I'm getting pretty frustrated.
Last week was my first TOM since getting pregnant, so I blamed that. Then this week I started a new BCP, so I can blame that. But seriously. SOMETHING should happen. Before yesterday, I was on a damn good streak of being within all of my ranges except sodium. Sodium is always my problem, as stated before, but I've been consistently closer to my range on that so I know I'm improving.
This week has been crazy because I've had a streak of about 4 days where I can NOT get full. I managed to stay within range anyway most days, but yesterday I cracked. I get very crabby when I'm hungry. Water didn't help. Fruits and veggies did nothing. High fiber and high protein foods were no help. The foods that normally fill me up quickly had no effect. I was so freaking frustrated that yesterday I just had to try to get full. We went to a birthday party for one of my husbands coworkers and I just ate and ate until I felt at least satisfied, which hadn't even been happening. Then of course, I felt sick, because there weren't many great choices there. Last night I couldn't fall asleep because the hunger pangs were so strong they were actually debilitating, so I had a bowl of cereal before falling asleep. That helped. But then this morning it was back to ravenous. Johnny thinks its the new pill, but you'd think that if something was happening with my metabolism it would show in my weight. But noooooooooooooo.
Feeling a little better today. Had Jimmy Johns for lunch and since then I've at least been able to function normally. As of right now I'm within every single range (even sodium) and I am determined to keep it that way.
I hope for a better week this week. If this hunger thing continues, I don't know what I will do.
Sunday, March 21, 2010
My dad came to visit this weekend. It was great for him to finally be able to meet Max and to get to spend some quality time with him. We went to the casino a few times (playing with his money is so much better than my own) and last night he introduced us to the wonder of Golden Corral. For those of you who don't know, Golden Corral is a buffet restaurant, comparable to Ponderosa or Bonanza, except about 10 billion times better. The variety was awesome, but even more surprising was the quality! There were steaks on the line, and they were phenomenal! And the pot roast - omg. It's called "Awesome Pot Roast" for a reason. They had salad and enchiladas and fajitas and soups and seafood (yuck), you name it. They had it all, and there wasn't a single thing that I had that I didn't like.
Most of the time, buffets get the best of me. I want to taste everything and horrible estimations end up blowing my calorie wad for the day. But Golden Corral has ALL of the nutritional information of every single item on their buffet on their website! So before going, I went through the list and made myself a cheat sheet of anything that sounded remotely yummy. I put the item, the serving size, and the calories - I didn't worry about fat or anything for the most part. I brought the list with me, and circled the foods that I'd eaten along with writing how much I ate (knowing the serving sizes, there were very few foods that I ate a full serving of - but I was able to keep track so I didn't forget ANYTHING!
Here's the list:
So thanks to that little gem, (sorry, it won't let me rotate it) I never have to be afraid to go to the buffet again! It is so much more enjoyable that way, and I still get the awesome food :)
Monday, March 15, 2010
I've been on a pretty good streak lately! Today I'm on target again with every single thing, except I'm over by fiber. But I think it's better to be over than under, as long as it doesn't turn into a habit :) I'm on in sodium today, too! For the past 8 days I've been on target in at least 5 of the 6 things that I'm tracking! And aside from today, sodium is the only thing that I've been off on! I feel like I've got my groove back. So now my Achilles heal is sodium. It's always been a problem for me - I love my salt! I feel as though I've conquered the fiber thing, which my body is now thanking me for, so it's on to sodium. Gotta conquer that one on a regular basis! Feeling good, though!!
Saturday, March 13, 2010
I am into a smaller pant size! I was really frustrated that I was back into my fat pants after being pregnant, and I had gone to the thrift store to get some pants that are in between sizes 8 (where I was) and 18 (where I am). Unfortunately, I couldn't find anything above a 16, so I've only had ONE pair of pants (excluding sweatpants) that fit. As of today, I have at least two! I fit into the pair of 16 jeans that I got for 99 cents!!! As of this morning I hadn't lost any weight from last week, but at least things are shifting and moving around.
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