Sunday, November 25, 2012
Not only did I not GAIN weight over Thanksgiving, I was shocked to see this morning that I had actually LOST a pound over the four day trip even though I felt like I ate a ton of heavy food. "Playing with kids" is in the fitness tracker for 513 calories an hour - it must be true.
The hotel had a computer, so I was able to spend a few minutes each evening tracking my food and exercise, and I also used the fitness room there.
As for Thanksgiving, I actually ate more the days before and after than the actual day. My Thanksgiving meal was quite moderate - only 527 calories - but of course I made up for it by having both kinds of dessert and a whopping 600 calories! (Thank goodness for that exercise bike.) Compared to the "typical" holiday meal which according to an article I read can pack in up to 4000 calories, I still did pretty well...
Although I was over my calories every day of the trip, I didn't go over the "calorie differential" so I was still burning more than I was eating.
My biggest triumph over the weekend was the morning that my sis decided to get doughnuts for everyone for breakfast. I had anticipated something unhealthy and tempting at her house but this was even more of a challenge than I had expected. At the hotel I had eggs, sausage and potatoes for breakfast to make sure I would not feel physically hungry. It was still incredibly hard to stay away from that big box of fresh doughnuts, but I took a cup of coffee and stayed out of the dining room altogether.
There's no place like home.
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.
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