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Thursday, Aug. 30

Thursday, August 30, 2007

I had to work last night, so I didn't get my reading done. Some credits for me:

Three days under 1450 calories.
Exercised five days in a row--three days were pretty hard workouts and on Sunday I jogged part (a small part) of my walking route. Four days later I was able to go up and down stairs relatively pain-free!
Am able to remove brown dress pants without unfastening them.
Did not eat doughnuts with my co-workers yesterday.

Still trying to indoctrinate myself into the BDS mind-set. Some days I do well, some days I do not.

Tomorrow is weigh-in and I am optimistic!

  


Planning

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Today's BDS chapter (Day 13) is to make your eating plan a day ahead of time and check things off as you consume them. Wish I had thought of this. I like the fact that you focus on what you have to eat, rather than on what you can't eat.

Honestly, I'm not sure I can do this, but I'm sure I'd be wildly successful if I were this disciplined. I might try it, but in general this is so not me. She also suggests have a number of breakfasts and lunches and numbering them and planning your menus that way. I might go this route. I already have 3 breakfasts that I swap around and I could easily do that with lunch, too. Suppers are more of a challenge, but if I put some effort into it, I think I could handle it for awhile.

Still haven't skipped lunch, either.

  
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HEALTHYWRITER 8/29/2007 9:42AM

    Try it.

The food tracker here works best for me when I use it as both planner and tracker. I can't plan too far out (no more than 1/2 to 1 day, really) or I get bored. But if I enter "the plan," I can see how that's going to look, calorie-wise, and I can adjust as the day goes by if needed. (Like swapping out a pear and a banana for a cupcake, yesterday, but adding a cup of milk to get to my nutritional goals for the day while staying within my range.) I'm usually PLEASANTLY surprised by how much I can eat, WHEN I plan it right.

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Cravings

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Today's BDS is about dealing with cravings. Ever notice how you can't eat a little bit of something you crave? I have. I become a mindless eating machine. It happened on Sunday when I was eating the monkey bread my daughter made--warm, sugary and so good! When I hit consciousness again, in mid-chew, I had eaten a full quarter of it! Sweet stuff does that to me. I had to cover it up and put it on top of the fridge where it was out of my line of sight. Once I had done that, I was fine. But I was also pretty full at that point 8-p

Distractions work for me. Why don't I remember to do that? Drink some water, brush my teeth, make a call, take a walk, scrub a sink--anything! I haven't tried the psychological stuff as much--"Yes, this will give me pleasure, but only for a little bit, then I'll feel badly that I ate it, etc." I can try that, but I bet finding something else to do will be more effective for me overall.

The good news is that cravings are supposed to decrease the longer you diet. As long as there isn't warm, sugary bread around that may be true!

  


More on hunger

Monday, August 27, 2007

My next chapter of Beck's Diet Solution (BDS) is to experience hunger by purposefully skipping lunch one day. I haven't done this yet, but I have been delaying meals by a couple of hours here and there and as long as I stay busy and I'm not around food, it really isn't a problem. I will attempt to do this some day this week, but I haven't decided when yet. It will need to be a day when I am fairly busy at work to distract myself.

Beck says "hunger isn't an emergency." I'm still trying to educate myself about this, because my natural response is PANIC. No wonder I weighed 245 pounds, eh? On a scale of 1-10 with 10 equalling the worst pain you've ever experienced, hunger at its worst should be about a 4, and it isn't a constant 4, it comes in waves. I'd say from my delayed meals, I'm getting between a 2 and a 3 on a pain scale after a couple of hours.

Meanwhile, I received a "challenge" from Healthywriter to race her down to 170. She's been there before, I haven't. When she's "on," she loses weight like crazy. I'll really need to keep to the straight and narrow to stay in league with her! I wish others on the Sparks 'n Vibes team were more active. It's been really dead lately (hint, hint).

  


Lazy Sunday

Sunday, August 26, 2007

I have nothing planned for today. We even went to church Saturday night so the girls could sleep in today. They are dragging from the first week of school, especially E who is putting in some 11-hour days between v-ball and band in high school. She had a v-ball tournament yesterday that didn't go so well. Her coach was on her about her position on the court and at one point she just burst into tears because she was frustrated. The coach wasn't being particularly mean, but she seemed to be only correctly E when E felt that others were also having trouble understanding the formations. When we got home she ate lunch and crashed for a couple of hours which is highly unusual.

So far today, I went for a long walk and even jogged a few sections. The more weight I lose the easier it is to run. I can't do much more than a block or two at a time, but I'm very gradually able to do more and more with less torture to my legs. Two years ago I could barely walk a couple of city blocks without serious shin splints. Not bad for a middle-aged woman.

My big goals today are to sit on my porch and finish my book.

  


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