Saturday, December 07, 2013
Today's the last weigh in for the Challenge. I really wasn't sure I'd make the 5% loss overall-- but I was determined this week to finish up strong. To at least have a loss. And to top it all off, last night was the Boat Dock Christmas party. The food's all home cooked by the women in the family that owns the Dock. Southern cooking. Lots of butter and bacon grease and salt. I must say that as I stood in that buffet line, I was eyeballing the plates and gauging whether they were 9 or 10 inches.
I have "eaten healthy" for so long, that Christina's husband made a bowl of green beans just for me. Fresh beans sautéed in a little oil, tossed with garlic and black pepper. They were yummy and I filled half my plate with them. Skipped the mashed potatoes and corn. Ate small portions of the special stuff-- grape salad and broccoli salad. A small (homemade) roll. For the meat, there was chicken in a cream sauce. Or smoked brisket. I went with the brisket. A couple bites of carrot cake, off DH's plate.
So I weighed myself this morning, and I made my 5% goal! To say that I am pleased is an understatement. I got told at the doctor's office a few weeks ago, to not lose any more weight. I got the okay for 140-141, but no lower. And I'm now at 140.5.
The trick though is maintaining. I'm a little nervous about the coming weeks.... we're going on vacation and then it'll be Christmas. The weather's crappy and I have a tendency to find excuses not to exercise. Racking up those Fitness minutes for the challenge was a real motivator for me. I'm going to have to dig deep, to keep going til another challenge starts.
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
We're nearing the end of the Challenge. My weight was down a little bit last week.... which on the face of it, was good.... but I had snuck a peek at the scale mid-way through the week and it was looking much better. By Saturday though, the loss was much less and I was disappointed.
Two things contributed to that, and they're closely related. I know I probably overdid it on the sodium on Thanksgiving. (I took a zero on the sodium for the challenge that day, since I didn't track and figured I was over.) And I gave up trying to track all my food for a couple days. No, I did not weigh and measure all my food at Thanksgiving dinner. And no, I did not enter all the recipes I used to prepare the meal, so I'd have an accurate count of all the nutrients.
I reckon I'm grateful Thanksgiving comes around just once a year.
Had a bunch of company for the holiday, from Wednesday til Monday. Ended up pulling an all-nighter Thursday into Friday... went Black Friday shopping with my sisters in the middle of the night. Kohl's was pretty busy, but there was hardly no one at Walmart at 2 a.m. Except us, of course. I've never seen that store so empty of shoppers. The good news is that all my Christmas shopping is done. Got to get the last of it wrapped up and mailed off, and then start on the baking.
So I blew the "8 hours of sleep" right out of the water last week, too. I DID get the water in though.
And in the midst of all that company and cooking and cleaning and visiting and shopping.... DH and I traded in my car on Saturday and I got a new (to me) truck. Love it! So the old Grand Marquis made its last Black Friday shopping trip. The trunk in that car was huge. Next year, we'll use DH's car for the shopping. The trunk's not as large but it'll do.
This week for the challenge, the LTGL is using a 9" plate. This one's easy for me; our dinner plates are 10-1/2" total width, but have a "lip" or rim on them. The portion of the plate that we actually put food on, is 8-1/2". The thing is though, that even with a smaller plate-- you have to be careful not to build yourself a Mt. Everest of mashed potatoes or whatever; not going vertical because you've eliminated the possibility of going horizontal, with the food. Sometimes I think the perception of feeling satisfied by a plateful of food, has a lot to do with how that food looked on the plate to begin with. A serving of rice (1/2 cup) on a huge plate looks so puny to begin with. It looks much more generous on a smaller plate. When I replaced the dishes, I went with all white. I think the contrast of the colors of the food makes it look better. Steamed broccoli (or just about any low-starch vegetable) really pops, on those plates.
I'm hoping to finish up this challenge with another loss for the week. I don't think I'll make the 5% goal overall-- but when I started the challenge, I didn't think I'd make it as far as I have. So I'm really pleased with what I've lost; my clothes are fitting better and I feel great!
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Completed 6 weeks of the Challenge. So far, so good. I've managed to lose weight every week, even though some weeks it hasn't been much.
I'll tell you though, last week's Living The Good Life (which was weighing and measuring all our food) about killed me. I'm used to portioning out my breakfast and lunch every day... but at dinnertime I was used to just going by the "My Plate" and eyeballing stuff. It was a real pain in the butt to weigh and measure, while I was trying to get that food slapped out on the plates, so we could eat.
I think-- for me anyway-- fixing the plates in the kitchen and then carrying them to the table... and never putting full platters and bowls of food on the table, for easy access to seconds... has really helped.
This week's LTGL is sodium; not so hard for me, since I've been tracking my sodium for a while and know the types of things to avoid. It'll get tougher toward the end of the week, when all my company is here and the eating goes a little haywire.
Also this week, we're doing a virtual 5K. I've been playing around on mapmyrun, to come up with a 5K in our neighborhood. Of course, I'm not planning to run. I'll walk it. Yesterday I did "the short block" (about 3/4 mile) 4 times, plus a little at the end to make 5K. Today it is very cold (for Tennessee anyway) and windy. I bundled up pretty good, but could've used a scarf or something to cover my nose. Walked a different route; did about 2 1/4 miles and called it quits. I'll get some more exercise minutes, inside where it's warm. After all it would be a shame not to enjoy all this heat we're paying for.
One of the best things (for me) about the Challenge, is that it's gotten me into the habit of exercising every day. I hate to exercise. So anything that gives me the extra push I need, to rise up and get going, is a very good thing.
Monday, November 18, 2013
Well, let me tell you about the really stupid thing I did today. I had to take my car for service, and even though we live pretty much out in the country, the dealership is about 3-1/2 miles from the house. And even though they offer to take you home and then pick you up, when your car is done..... I decided I'd walk home.
After all, I walk all the time for cardio. I do hills. I'd already been out there and walked early this morning. I'm no stranger to walking. And really, it's not that *far* to walk, if you're used to walking. I even wore my walking shoes, to go drop the car off. No indeed, no big deal.
Except for the road I had to walk along. Ran out of sidewalk just past the Church of Christ, about a half mile in. Had a fairly decent shoulder of the road to walk along, for about 100 yards after that. And then the shoulder got really narrow. I ended up in the weeds and leaves and mud. The shoulder disappeared completely, on a couple narrow bridges. I waited for a break in the traffic, and ran across those. Unfortunately it's a fairly busy road, speed limit is 55 and people drive like idiots around here. I was facing traffic, so I'd have the option to make a dive for the ditch if someone came too close to the edge of the road.
At about the halfway point, I realized I'd drunk too much coffee this morning and I needed to pee. There wasn't anywhere to go except the woods and since the leaves are all gone off the trees and brush.... even that wasn't really an option. Right before the dollar store, I took my jacket off because I was getting a little sweaty. And my nose started running. Checked my pockets, dug around in my purse. No kleenex. By then I'd passed the store and I wasn't about to go back just to buy a kleenex. I don't think they have a public restroom either-- better to just keep those feet moving and get home. Up ahead I could see a blind curve with no shoulder on the road at all, just a guardrail and then a drop off on the other side.
Fortunately the turn for a neighborhood that snakes around and connects up to ours, was right there. And I took it. I've walked around these neighborhoods enough to know how those roads connect up, and I got home okay. There were 2 steep hills but no traffic at all back in here.
It's funny how that road didn't look all that bad, from the car. I've driven along there a million times. But now that I think of it, I've never seen anyone walking or running along there. And now I know why.
Saturday, November 09, 2013
We've hit the halfway point, for the challenge. So far, so good. I've made some progress with the 5% loss-- but more important than that is the healthy habits. I had drifted away a bit from those. Losing weight is one thing, maintaining the loss is something else. It's those healthy habits that make a difference-- both with the loss, and maintaining.
Now that I'm on the low side of my maintenance range, I intend to stay here. After spending most of maintenance always being close to 5 pounds over.... some of my clothes had gotten a little tight and I just wasn't happy. I figure if I lose the 5%, it'll be be my new overall goal weight; I'll be at 140 instead of 145. They say plus/minus 5 pounds; I always found the "plus" to be easier than the "minus" though! And sometimes I think 5 pounds may be a little too much leeway.
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