Tuesday, July 26, 2011
I love SP. Not just for the tools, but for the support. When I read FITWHIT's blog about making a PLAN for an "On Track" Week, I was so inspired I HAD to comment. Low and behold, she wrote back! Why was I planning to get back on track next week? Why had I "tried" (albeit faintheartedly) to get back on track last month and nothing had worked? Because I kept talking generally, not specifically. Because there was always some reason, some event... after which I'd get back on track.
So even though I am headed to Nebraska to spend time with my family, there are some things I can COMMIT to for getting back on track THIS WEEK:
Tuesday (today) - healthy breakfast, lunch and snacks; track all food; 60 mins cardio after work; I can either have chicken tenders and fries at Braves game tonight OR a beer and a healthier dinner but not both.
Wednesday - healthy breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks; track ALL food; 50 minutes cardio
Thursday (vacation begins) - healthy breakfast, lunch and snacks; track all food; healthy dinner and ONE beer at airport; all that walking around is my cardio
Friday - start off AM with 30 mins on my sister's treadmill; eat a healthy breakfast and walk around zoo for hours; healthy lunch and dinner; no more than 4 glasses of wine at grandma's
Saturday - start off AM with 20 mins on my sister's treadmill; eat a healthy breakfast and walk around farmer's market for hours; choose mostly healthy and a few rare splurges (like mom's mac and cheese) at picnic lunch and dinner; no more than 4 glasses of wine at grandma's
Sunday - start off AM with 30 mins on my sisters treadmill; eat a healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner; no more than 4 glasses of wine at grandma's
Monday - start off AM with 30 mins on my sisters treadmill; eat a healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner (at airport); one beer at airport
This is not me being the "BEST" and "Most Responsible" version of my "getting back on track" self, but this is a realistic plan I can commit too. I am sending myself email reminders of my goals for each day of vacation.
Next week when I return - gym for 7 days in a row and CLEAN eating with no cocktails for 7 days. In 3.5 weeks (by August 18) I pledge to return to 156 lbs, the amount I weighed at my dad's funeral back in April. If I could stick to that weight during tragedy, I can surely stick to it during "regular times." If I plan that is...
Monday, January 24, 2011
So, My original goal was to lose 35 pounds on SparkPeople. When I reached that goal one month early (in November 2010), I immediately decided to stretch my goal to lose an additional 12 pounds and a healthy BMI. Yesterday, I stepped on the scale and saw that I am now only 4.4 pounds away from my healthy BMI. Instead of being happy and proud, the first thing I thought is "Should I keep losing?"
There was a point when I was 20 that I lost a lot of weight (due to severe depression.) People asked me what was wrong; some told me I looked "sick" or "funny." Well, I was sick! I was very sad! Of course there were the others that said, "Wow, Michelle. You look great. You've lost so much weight." I could not share with them that it wasn't because I had a plan, that I had a goal, it was because I was extremely depressed. That weight is about 10-12 pounds lighter than where I am right now.
Breaking a weight barrier to return the 140's would probably take me back to my weight in 9th grade, so it's not familiar to me. There is a part of me that thinks there is something wrong with me for not being happy with the success I've achieved (nearly 38 pounds since late August 2010.) There is another part of me that things, "Man, this has not been too hard. I should keep losing." There is a part of me that is not sure I "need" to keep losing weight. But right now, I feel very confused. And all this confusion is about whether I should lose another 4-8 pounds after reaching my healthy BMI in 4.4 fewer pounds.
So I thought, I will ask my SparkFriends. They are people that are all committed to being healthy and active and "well." I need some opinions on whether I am developing some strange side effect of weight loss where you don't feel comfortable "stopping." Has anyone else gone through this? Should I stretch my goal again? Also, the article on "round numbers" being a source of encouragement made me think, "Why the heck do I want to be 154? That is NOT a round number?"
OK, now I rambling. Anyways. Any advice would be much appreciated, guys. Thanks in advance for your support and your valuable opinions!
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
So, I ate basically the exact same items for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks on Sunday and Monday. Sunday I felt amazingly satisfied. Last night, I was ravenous beyond belief AFTER eating dinner. What gives? Have you guys experienced this too? Is it really physical or is it a psychological issue?
Sunday, September 05, 2010
On Friday night, Jamison and I headed to Ruby Tuesday to take advantage of a BOGO coupon scored from Self magazine to wrap up his birthday fun. (Ruby Tuesday was my fave healthy restaurant back in 2003/2004 when I drove across PA for my job.) I noticed a new healthy side dish on the menu - grilled green beans - and had to try them out.
They were SO tasty! How did I never think of grilling green beans? I grill every other veggie! So, on Saturday night I made some grilled fresh green beans to accompany our sea scallops for dinner. So tasty! Here's what I did:
Lightly oil panini press, place snipped green beans in single layer and drizzle lightly with olive oil, salt and pepper. Cook for about 8-12 minutes for soft green beans but a little less if you like them crunchier. Enjoy! I know I will be, especially while they're on sale for $.99 a pound at Publix!
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