Tuesday, November 20, 2012
The wifi on my laptop is dead. Dead dead very dead. Which means, I will be traveling over the Thanksgiving holiday with NO SP FOOD TRACKER. (Not to mention being off my regular exercise routine.)
I hope I have got the hang of this food monitoring well enough to do it on my own for a few days... I am resigned that it may not be possible to lose more weight this week but I would feel quite satisfied if I could maintain where I am without gaining anything back.
Happy Thanksgiving, try to stick with your plans as best you can, and I'll see y'all on the other side.
Friday, November 16, 2012
Well, it's Friday and although I have not gained any weight this week, I haven't lost any either.
I had several days of eating not as well as before, and it appears to me that substituting less healthy foods (such as pie) even if I stay in my calorie range is NOT enough to keep me losing weight at my current fitness/activity level. Clearly, as far as my body is concerned, not all foods are created equal. And until I get my nighttime eating under control, an apple or a dried fig as a bedtime snack is far better than a piece of pie.
Another thing I noticed was that even though I weigh myself in the morning, the evening is when I would worry and fret about it Then, to comfort myself, I would... you guessed it... EAT. And did it make me feel better? No, of course not. I felt even worse.
"Would you like another helping of self sabotage with that?"
So it will be back to following the nutrition tracker exactly, as that was working well for me; I lost 2 pounds a week the first three weeks. Slow and steady is better than two steps forward, one step back.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Yesterday was not my most successful diet day, but it was definitely a learning experience.
In the morning at work "breakfast" was a variety of cold cuts, cheeses, croissants, grapes, and two kinds of cake. I should have turned around and went back to my desk for oatmeal and a banana, but I didn't. So, I had a croissant with two slices of turkey and half a slice of cheese and a dozen grapes, and managed to keep it under 400 calories according to the nutrition tracker.
The rest of the day I stayed on track, and had planned my evening food carefully (ok, obsessively) to meet all the nutrition goals.
When I got home, however, what should be sitting on the kitchen table but a freshly baked lemon meringue pie!
So I said the hell with it. I had my salad with toppings as planned, and a big 1/6 piece of pie.
If I had just stopped there, I would still have been within my calories, but not the rest of the trackers (protein, fiber etc.).
But no, having "blown it" already, at bedtime I indulged in a glass of port with two squares of dark chocolate and a handful of walnuts. I wasn't physically hungry; I think I was trying to comfort myself for my earlier lapse. It was not very effective in the comfort department, but it did get me thinking.
From day one I have tried to match ALL of the nutrition trackers every day - wth other goals on top of that like fruit/veggie servings, fiber and water. If I don't get everything within range I don't feel successful. Many days it's very hard to meet all of the goals and I have to eat extra foods in the evenings to make up any deficits, especially protein and fiber.
Perhaps this is a bit too ambitious for a beginner who is also a perfectionist... For the next week or two I'm going to try paying less attention to those other trackers and just worry about water and total calories. (I don't know if I can really ignore them, but I will try.)
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Thanks to all those who have served our country - past, present, and future - and to their families for their sacrifice and support as well.
I am a pacifist and do not always agree with the actions/policies of my country's government, but I *DO* appreciate the hard work and sacrifice of our soldiers. Thank you for your willingness to serve our country.
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Yesterday I made the Crockpot Pumpkin Meatloaf that SABLENESS posted in her blog. www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
Here is how it looked:
The presentation is magnificent, as you can see. However, as SABLENESS said, it is tricky to get it out of the cooker as the pumpkin becomes soft. It was cooked all the way through, no worries about the meatloaf, and the pumpkin produced enough water to cook the dish well without any added water.
As for the taste, the pumpkin is perfect and tastes interestingly of the meatloaf. The pumpkin skin was, surprisingly, soft enough to eat. Since some of the flavor is leached out of the meatloaf into the pumpkin, I found myself wishing I had made my meatloaf a bit peppier than normal and used less oats in it. (I used my own go-to meatloaf recipe.)
Definitely will make this again, it would make a fantastic dish for company. Super easy and economical way to use up those "decorative" pumpkins after the holiday.
I was extremely surprised how hard it was to find a pumpkin the right size - seemingly after Halloween most of the pumpkins just vanish into thin air from the stores. I assumed they would be there until Thanksgiving because there were piles and piles of them! Next year I'll be at the store the morning after Halloween and stock up before they toss them out.
Edited to add:
If you don't have a slow cooker, you can bake it in the oven too! 400 F for 45-60 minutes in a dish with 1 inch of water according to this recipe.
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