Friday, October 01, 2010
Here it is Oct. 1st and I actually reached my weight goal two weeks ago, but I've maintained (within a pound up or down) and am now in a whole new frame of mind. It feels wonderful! Now when I go to Costco, it's not so hard to pass up all the goodies in the frozen food section (though I still have problems passing all the fresh baked breads which are still warm to the touch in their packaging). I head for fresh produce and load up on blueberries, watermelon, snap peas, salad greens and my new goodies instead.
I'm so thankful to have found SP and its wealth of articles, charts, exercises, and friends to keep me on track. Now let's see if I can maintain. I intend to still log in daily, continue my 4-mile early morning walk, and swim till the water gets too cold. (Here in Tucson, that could be a while yet - it's still over 100.)
Anyway, thanks to all of you who have helped me. If you read this and need encouragement to stick with the program, let me know. Maybe I can help!
Wednesday, June 09, 2010
Well, okay, I should be packing and cleaning, but I have to say goodbye before I can give the attention I need to projects. I'm off to my cabin in the Rocky Mountains tomorrow bright and early. I'm excited, but fearful at the same time that I won't be able to maintain and continue my newly-developed healthy habits and weight loss without my daily SparkFix and help from my SparkFriends. I have printed out a whole cookbook full of SparkRecipes and useful articles, and developed a plan to continue my daily walks and 10,000 steps. Unfortunately my phone isn't smart enough to access SparkPeople and there's no Internet access except at the public library (30 min at a time). I'll try to check in from time to time, but I'll miss everyone and all your support! If you have suggestions or ideas, I'd love to hear from you.
Bye! See you in September!
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Last week I was stressing out because I knew I'd be working at the Western Shrine Convention Thursday through Saturday & wasn't sure I'd be strong enough to survive the temptation to eat non-Sparklike (but delicious) food. I also wasn't sure I'd have time to walk & get in my 10,000 steps. Well....I'm happy to report that I was successful on all counts and lost another 2 pounds to boot!
We didn't stay at the high-end convention hotel, rather at La Quinta (which was on the edge of the warehouse district). The first day, I took my own lunch, so there was no problem. I was a little worried when I saw the only restaurant near us was Denny's, but everything turned out great! Both nights I had choices from the Senior Menu (broiled tilapia one night & grilled chicken breast the second). Portions were much smaller than those on the regular menu, & calorie-wise, under what I needed. We had a delicious watermelon in our room that we cut up for desert.
Breakfast was a bit more of a challenge with all those cheesy omelets staring at me, but when I asked the waitress, she suggested the Create Your Own Grandslam which offered, among other things, oatmeal, granola, turkey bacon, yogurt & fresh fruit (you can choose 4). I ate the turkey bacon along with two eggs and the milk they brought for the granola. Then I asked for a to-go box for the granola & the fruit and saved them for lunch. There was a huge container and cups for water, so I stocked up all day long and had more than my eight cups.
I walked the floor every chance I got and when I got back from dinner (and got out of my heels), walked round and round the hotel complex to finish off the last 2,000 steps. The second night, my colleague suggested we explore the area before dinner, so we went for a long walk & discovered our surroundings were not as desolate as we first thought. There were beautiful trees & flowers all around us which we would never have noticed in the car.
All in all, it was a very satisfying experience and proved to me that I can deal with the real world and still keep to my Spark Diet!
Sunday, April 18, 2010
This week I face my first real challenge since signing up and starting the SparkDiet. On Thursday, I leave town for 3 days working a convention with a friend of mine. This means staying in a hotel and eating all meals out. So far I've been able to stay on track using my Nutrition Planner, Fitness Tracker and all the other Spark supports. Now I'll be on my own, without computer access, so I need a plan. So far, I've decided to track everything I eat in a notebook, take along the snack foods I'm used to eating, walk as much as I can during conference breaks and after the 5:00 shutdown, and hope for some good choices at the hotel restaurant. Once we arrive, I'll see if we have a mini-fridge where I could store a few perishables and if so, track down a supermarket or mini-mart and stock up for breakfast & lunch. I know we'll be having dinner out. So...those of you who have been through this before, do you have any tips or suggestions to help me keep from falling into the food traps? I'd appreciate your comments.
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