Wednesday, April 10, 2013
9 April 2013
Maintenance week 58:
I’ve been off the birth control pills for a week now--of course it is the same week I would have been off anyway before beginning a new pack, but I think psychologically it is making me feel better. My health care professional has started me on 10 mg of Prozac per day to tackle my mood symptoms now instead, since the first option I chose was not doing a good job of controlling my symptoms, and I had gained and maintained 5 pounds over the past 3 months. My weight is now down 2 pounds in the last week. In part, I’m sure, to the beautiful weather we have been having and the resulting outdoor activity I have been getting in.
I am not having much trouble with insomnia (a possible side effect of the new med), and it is definitely not making me drowsy, so taking it in the morning is working well. I have found, however, that if I have ANY caffeine during the day, it does keep me awake at night, so I have eliminated the coffee and tea that I was having from time to time. I am fine with just plain water anyway, and I enjoy herbal tea from time to time--the decaf coffee at Panera is really good though too, I just have to remember not to reach for the regular when I go there from now on.
I am really liking using the Active Link Activity monitor I got at my WW meeting location a few weeks back. I really liked the pedometer that I have too--I just quit wearing it for a while, because I was so attached to it. The new monitor is more active for all activity--not just walking.
I’m really looking forward to getting to know this new toy and seeing how it motivates me to move more! Since I’ve recently dropped two of the five pounds I’d gained since the beginning of January, I’m pretty excited.
Tuesday, April 02, 2013
This seems like a common theme for me lately--the sugar binging! I am focusing today on staying away from it all together--just for today--then I will tackle it again tomorrow. I am currently 7 pounds above my goal weight. I am one pound under my WW goal for my free lifetime membership--but I want to get back to MY goal. I got lazy over the cold months, and I'm getting better about activity again with the weather getting warmer, but I need to develop a strategy that works for me before the next cold season approaches again, so I don't find myself in this same conundrum again. It's hard enough to maintain within a few pounds without letting myself get almost 10 pounds over!! I am not giving up on me though like I have before. Thanks to all my spark friends who support me and comment and share their own struggles--you give me strength!
Saturday, March 23, 2013
I got an Active Link at my WW meeting Thursday night, and I have it all set up online--doing my baseline data collection for the next week.
My bike made it’s 2013 debut yesterday. I rode it to the Y for my ST and then to the grocery store to pick up supplies to make my youngest son’s Birthday cake--I sent him a text Thursday night while he was with his dad to find out what kind he wants---cheesecake!! Oh, how dangerous is that?? And I knew he meant real...baked...cheesecake. It’s going to be a challenge for me to reign it on on that thing! I was starving when I came home with my supplies--who knows why--I hadn’t missed a meal, and I had a battle with sweets off and on since about 10:00 when I made a trip through the main office at work and found someone had brought in some homemade chocolate covered cream Easter eggs that were to share--I had ignored them once when they were in their little protective plastic dome-fortress, but this time they were on a plate--with a knife for slicing up into little harmless pieces....I tried the maple cream one, and it was like solid butter cream frosting flavored with maple--I loved it! Well that set off my sweet tooth for the rest of the day (apparently it’s like crack or heroin or something to my system). My co-worker has a few conversation hearts in a cup left from Valentine’s Day on her desk (I don’t even particularly care for those things!) that I began to nibble on...then came lunch--I got back to my healthy food. After lunch I had to go through the office again..I had hoped those eggs were gone...no! I had another sliver...back to my room and the conversation hearts. I finally snapped out of it and said I had to get some kind of better sweet snack --I found a high protein granola bar in my bag--that did the trick--I left the candy alone and got a little protein kick.
I made it through the rest of the day at work without any further casualties, then home to change for my bike ride to the Y...did that...(2013 debut for my bike, BTW), did my weight circuit...biked back home for grocery list for cheesecake...biked to the store for that and back home. My son was home by then, and it was supper time...so, since I was starving, I thought it would be a good idea to have supper before starting on his cake....he requested Chinese, and I thought that would be fine...shrimp and mixed veggies for me....home again and working on cake--started with crust--crushing the vanilla wafers...and well, there are only a few(probably 20) left after getting what I need for the crust...I ate them all!! Safer than having them lie around, right?? Thank God for all the activity I got in yesterday; I should recover more quickly that way...I had been so good all week, and I think that it snuck up on me...one little bit of sugar sent me over the edge. Grr.
But....today is a new day and a new week--the scale didn’t freak me out too badly this morning. I wrote it down, and I’m moving on. Have a great weekend and week!
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
I had such a great time for my Birthday weekend. I still have cake left over--it was really good, by the way--note to self the next time I make it though: When squeezing the juice from the lemon--use a separate bowl, and remove seeds before adding to cake batter instead of squeezing directly into batter. I really thought I had caught all the seeds, but I did not :) That is a little weird biting into a lemon seed in a cake
The dance I dragged my entire family to was on Sunday afternoon--mostly folks there who were 60+, so my kids thought I was crazy. The band played such a great variety of old and current country music, and everyone was so friendly. We danced and had such a great time--my kids even did--even though they gave me a hard time about it being "lame". The first thing my oldest son said was..."ok, Kitty, this is what you wanted for your bithday??" a reference to a That 70's Show episode where Red and Eric forget Kitty's Birthday, and to make up for it they have to do what she has always wanted---to take her whole family square dancing....view clip here:
It took me a minute to catch what he was talking about, but when I figured it out--I laughed so hard :) (no fluffy skirt for me--just my kickin' new boots.
There are more pictures than this, but so far this is what I have access to:
My sweetie and me
My mom and dad
So--my mission was to spend a great time with my family--eat delicious cake, and do something active to relieve any possible guilt from eating delicious cake--mission accomplished :)
Saturday, March 09, 2013
Here's the cake I finished this morning:
This was taken with my phone, so the quality isn't great.
It's two layers of lemon cake, raspberry sauce in between the layers, frosted with butter cream icing--my first attempt at decorating a cake with some sort of flower type decorations.
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