Friday, May 28, 2010
and I really like it! Thanks to everyone who reads my blogs and posts comments. You are really a wonderful bunch of people and I think I made like 5 friends just this evening.I am learning so much and being motivated by many.
I want to offer a friendly ear, a bit of humor and maybe some inspiration as our journey together continues. If you need me, I am here.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
That is my mantra. Progress, not perfection.
I went camping this weekend with family who are big time snackers!I had no idea how I would honestly react to the situations I was in. I always say that I want to fit but you know what? I really dont fit. Not anymore.
When the M&M's came out, instead of handfuls like before, I had 1 mini snack pack. When we walked to the general store for ice cream, I sat outside with the dogs, When the s'mores were made, I had a graham cracker, while the macaroni salad was passed around, I ate the fruit salad that I contributed, When the danish came out for breakfast, I ate my Luna bar.
I enjoyed myself, I ate well, I didnt feel sad that I wasn't having what they were having. Every time I made a better choice, I felt stronger. I walked my dog instead of sitting, I went up small hills instead of around them, I had a few Captain Morgan's (with diet caffeine free pepsi, thank you!) but didn't overdo it.
I kept up with my food tracking for the most part and averaged a few hundred calories more than normal, altho I beleive I burned that many, so all in all, I feel pretty happy with the changes I have made. Could I have done even better? Yes,but considering I used to probably eat and drink about 6000 calories a day, 1800 looks pretty good to me.
Like I say to myself, all the time, Progress not perfection.
Monday, May 24, 2010
I went and had a whole blood workup. Compared to November of last year till now:
My cholesterol has dropped from 208 to 181
My blood sugar A1C levels have gone from 6 to 5.8
My LDL has gone from 132 to 107
Now what is wierd is my tryglicerides have gone up but are well within the normal range so will ask doc about that when I see him next.
All this means is, in the last 2 months, I am getting healthier and that makes me a 10!
Monday, May 10, 2010
This weekend, we had a big baseball/bbq day with my family and my daughters boyfriends family. I had planned on burgers and hot dogs and everyone else would be bringing sides. I knew my sister (who is on this journey with me) would be bringing fruit and some other healthy options but I gave myself permission to eat whatever I wanted and not worry about counting the calories for the day. We played ball and I actually ran around the bases which was hilarious becuase I have a really bad knee and it was kind of a limpy, fast walk style but I did it! I havent moved that fast in years! it was really fun. (t was also hilarious watching my 19 year old do the impression of me!)
Anyway, I started the BBQ and we got the food ready. While I was cooking, we had chips and salsa and potato chips and onion dip. I had some chips and dip and really enjoyed it along with a deviled egg.
At lunch I ate half a hotdog (becuase they were giant) but really wanted a burger. So I had a burger, too, with cheese, not even fat free~!! Well, I tried to have a burger. I couldnt even eat half. I ate a bit of chili and a few bites of potato salad. I was just too full! It was actually uncomfortable!
I realized that things had really changed in the 2 months I have been on this program. I cant eat like I used to! My sister asked me what I wished I hadnt eaten that day and I really could honestly say, "Nothing!" Now, I would have used fat free sour cream for the dip and some baked chips, but really, I was ok with it.
You know what was funny? What tasted the best and what I couldnt stop eating? The fresh strawberries and pineapple! If you know me, that would crack you up, because there were cookies there! My weakness, my kryptonite! I had one and you know what? It was ok. But that fruit was delicous!
Anwyay, when I got home, I decided to track my food. I wrote it all in the plan and yea, I was a little over, but I did pretty well.
I got brave and decided to weigh myself sunday morning. I had lost 1/2 a pound! That just cracked me up.
I learned something really powerful that day though. While I gave myself permission to eat what I want and to do what I want, I realized: I already am. I am doing what I want. I am getting healthy and it feels fantastic.
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