Thursday, March 17, 2011
Today started off disappointingly. My scale tipped up a little bit when it should have been plunging down. I have done everything right as far as I know, but tell that to the (expletive deleted) scale. It may be that I need to up my calories from the 1200 or below, to at least 1300. It scares me to do that.
Anyway, last night DH and I went out on our weekly 'date night' to a little restaurant near by, and I ordered fish since we don't often have that at home. We usually each order a full dinner and take half of it home for the next day---which we did.
Tonight I finished off my cajun grilled catfish, and the other half of my baked potato, added a salad and spinach and feel utterly full! This little procedure of mine has an ulterior motive other than health issues. Come next day, heat the stuff and presto, our dinner is ready.
So, I'll add a bit more to my calorie intake, so my body doesn't think it's starving, and wait impatiently until my next weigh in (Monday) to see what happens.
I'm really under a bit of pressure here since I had planned and hoped to reach my goal of 136 by the end of my 28-Day Plan. That's 3 pounds ---1.361 kg--- with only 11 days to go!
Surely, I won't blow it! !
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Now, I've decided that when I want to reward myself for something---anything!---that I'll give MYSELF a Goodie. How else can I get all the wonderful exercise thingies, workout stuff , beautiful flowers...things that I deserve?
Case in point. I made this yummy (translate healthy) rice pudding last night, recipe courtesy hungrygirl.com, and it was ready for me this morning. It makes two big servings. One serving seemed like such a lot, that I divided it and ate only half. Ordinarily I could easily have eaten it all with no problem, but I, with an imaginary halo above my head, put the rest in the fridge for a later snack to have in the afternoon.
That deserves a Goodie for sure. In fact, I'm spending my entire 500 Points on a Personal Trainer that I've been yearning for.
So what is the point? There's a thing called Portion Control. Point is, I really don't need as much as I used to think I needed to be satisfied. If I spread my calories out, it'll save me calories throughout the day. And that will help me reach my goal by the end of my Plan in two weeks.
Really? My goal to lose the last 3 pounds in the next two weeks doesn't sound like much. In fact it should be a snap. But I've seen times when my weight was at a plateau for that long. Will my scale betray me again? Some things aren't always as cut and dried as they're cracked up to be.
But back to the main point... if I keep this up, I can really rack up the Goodies.
Monday, March 14, 2011
Today I am half way through my 28-Day Breakthrough Plan. Phenomenal! I'm excited, having lost 2.30 pounds THIS week! My first week showed no weight loss whatever... but no gain either. That taught me what I needed to do to maintain. And also that I needed to readjust my Plan.
I lowered my calorie range from around 1500 to 1200 calories. I didn't do formal exercise for the week because I was home-bound with a sickee bug of some kind. But I faithfully drank my water, and walked the stairs often as well as doing bends and stretches.
Starting tomorrow, I think I can go back to the Y for exercise, maybe not the usual strenuous water aerobics, but brisk walking on the Y track.
But I know that getting to my first goal of 136 on the Plan is only the beginning. I'll continue on to my second goal of 132, perhaps after a brief time getting my bearings. That's My Plan, and I'm sticking to it!
Tomorrow is the first day of the rest of my Plan.
Sunday, March 13, 2011
To expand a bit on a previous blog---I have been housebound for almost a week due to an alien 'bug'---and unable to go to the Y for my usual exercise of walking and water aerobics. It could as easily have been stormy weather, or an emergency of taking care of some urgent business.
So I have invented my own stay-at-home-exercise. I'm sitting at my computer (or TV) spellbound by all the interesting stuff. But I also have my trusty timer setting on my desk, It is set for 30 minutes. When it goes off, I am up and walking around the house, up and down the stairs, stretching and bending for a few minutes. And I've added this---drink a cup of water before I sit back down.
Today is Day 13 of my 28-Day Breakthrough Plan. No, I am not superstitious, but the number 13 did give me a little pause...I shall be extra careful not to stray off track and give my fickle scale the satisfaction of saying, “I told you so!”
I've done a little editing on my Spark Page, added a couple pictures, commented on a couple blogs, tracked my Nutrition, and such. And I've kept my promise about not weighing in again until tomorrow (Monday) to see where I'm at scale-wise. Possibly you are waiting with bated breath for that bit of news. I hope I don't disappoint either of us.
Next time the weather is too bad to get out , or you are 'under it', remember my little tip. Honor the humble kitchen timer and listen to it's song---when ever thunder showers come along. Well, it rhymes and it's true.
Make the timer your Spark Friend and it will help keep you on the happy track...
Friday, March 11, 2011
I couldn't help myself. In spite of the fact that one of my daily goals is not to weigh myself over once or twice a week, I had to know if yesterday's scale numbers was a fluke.
PTL! It wasn't! I was down a couple more ounces instead... at 139.1. So I'm happy and will wait until Monday, the last day of Week Two on The Plan to weigh in. Could it possibly be even lower? I can dream, can't I?
Just a tip for myself today. My DH and I are fighting bouts of the flu, colds or whatever is going around, and having to stay indoors so not to spread the bugs around. No exercise at the Y as usual for the week. I really miss it and it will no doubt make a difference in the weight department.
Problem is, I find myself sitting at the computer trying to read SparkPeople 's blogs and inspirational articles, replying to some, tracking my nutrition and whatever. I can really get lost in time when I'm glued to the computer.
So today, I've set my kitchen timer for 30 minute intervals to remind me to get up off my you-know-what. I take a lap around the house, go up and down the stairs at least once, and do a few bends and stretches before I sit back down again. Ah, feels so much better.
Oh, I know there will be setbacks even when I'm making my very best efforts, but I also know that the scale will eventually catch up with my true weight and with all the health benefits that go along with it.
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