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Back home again

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Our vacation is ovah! I'm kind of glad. All the kids really wanted to do was watch TV and eat junk and shop. Not my idea of a fun vacation. I did drag them to the zoo and an art museum.

It was so hot in Omaha. Temps in the 90s and humidity nearly that high. The motel had a pool, but it was indoors and the solerium on the south side made it a sauna. You couldn't be in there for very long. And the town was full of American Idol contestants. I had no idea this was going on while we were there. The malls and the restaurants were full of college-age folks with their red-orange American Idol wristbands, preparing for their 20-second audition at the Qwest Center.

I ate dumb stuff--Italian sub, french fries, buffalo chicken fajita, cheeseburgers, frozen custard, etc. Not nearly enough fresh fruits and veggies, nor enough water. But hey, it was vacation! On the positive side I bought the Beck Diet Solution book that was recommended to me by another Sparker in response to my "Fear of Hunger" posting and I tried on a pair of size 16 dress pants at The Gap (I've never bought anything there before for myself--never could until now) and they were HUGE. I should have tried on a 14, but the girls were ready to move on. I bet they would have fit.

I've arrived home to a bumper crop of tomatoes and made a batch of salsa. Bought groceries and stocked up on fresh fruit. I'll try to start my book today and see if it inspires me to move forward to my goal.


Upcoming vacation

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

We are leaving for a short vacation today and I'm happy that I've lost 1.5 pound since my last weigh-in on Friday. I've been much stricter about sticking to the program and it works. I still have't made any progress all summer, but now I'm back in the high 180's where I've been all summer, so at least I haven't lost any ground. Naturally, I'll allow myself some treats and we'll be eating out all the time, but this is only going to be 3.5 days. I can probably do plenty of damage in that amount of time, but I'll try not to go crazy!


Fear of hunger

Friday, August 03, 2007

I've been eating at the top of my calorie range for a while now. I used to go to bed hungry back when I was losing weight. Now I've been at a stand still for months and this week I was up two pounds. Eek! Time to do SOMETHING! I am really avoiding feeling that hunger between meals and in the evening. It's like I'm fearful of it. Time to pull out the measuring cups and start measuring my food again? Log it all a little more diligently? Resume my evening walk that I was too busy for this week? Hmmm, I think all of the above if I want to get back to actually losing weight. What I'm doing now works OK for maintaining weight, but I'd like to lose another 15-20 pounds first.

On the plus side, I'm no longer a plus size. I've maintained a 55 pound loss. I can sit with my legs crossed. I can wear high heels. My ankles don't swell the way they used to. My cholesterol level is the envy of my friends. I can walk again. Now, if I could just get a date!

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CHOWELL73 8/3/2007 10:29AM

    Sounds like you're doing great!
I've struggled with fearing hunger in the past because then I'd have to face eating and struggling not to overeat.
I read somewhere that a little hunger is a good thing because it means that your body is burning the calories efficiently and then moving on to burning fat. I don't know if it's true, but it sounded good.
Hang in there!

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New swimsuit

Monday, July 30, 2007

I was down a pound this past week, so back at the weight were I've been all summer. I really need to break through this plateau, but part of me is still satisfied with where I am and as long as I'm basically maintaining what I've lost I'm not stressed about it.

Went shopping with my daughter and her friend on Friday. I had a good shopping day and everything was on sale! I got a new swimsuit with my birthday money. I had to shorten the straps, but that wasn't difficult. Took the girls to the waterpark on Sunday with my new suit on. It's the first time since, oh, age 4 that I'm not self-conscious in a swimsuit. It's a very modest suit, but I feel like I look good in it. If not good, then at least "not disgusting."

I also got a pair of white shorts in a smaller size than I have been wearing. Whoo-hoo! They were marked size 14, but were about the same as the size 16 in the same style that I tried on, just a little more snug around the waist. They may have been mismarked, but who I am to argue with Sears?!

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    Woo hoo! Feels great, doesn't it? I got a new swimsuit this summer, size 12 (!) but it's nothing special - "special" may have to wait until next summer. (I've hardly had any opportunity to wear the thing, so I'm not spending the money it would take to get "special" just yet - here's hoping I'm another 25 lbs. lighter by next summer, and very deserving of a sexy suit.)

I think "satisfied" is a key term here - I'm feeling the same way. I need to muster more motivation, because I really would like to lose another 25 lbs. before I declare myself "in maintenance." But I'm satisfied and that's a good thing. I need to recognize that these conflicting emotions aren't necessarily mutually incompatible.

Never argue with Sears when they're making you happy.

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This week

Thursday, July 26, 2007

It's been a good week. I'm consistantly exercising over an hour each day. But I'm also noticing that I'm consistantly eating more calories. Maybe I'm keeping track better (I don't think so), but for some reason I am just hungrier. When I was losing weight steadily I was usually between 1400 and 1500 calories per day. Now I'm up around 1800 calories a day regularly. So is the extra eating caused by the increased exercise? I'm using the extra exercise to help burn off the extra calories. It's a vicious circle.


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