Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Okay, I'm really not sure what's going on here. I've lost and gained the same 2 lbs. several times in the last 2 weeks. I'm staying within my calories, and I've even exercised a time or 2--which is more than I can say for the first 15 lbs. I lost. Still no movement on the scale. I feel like I may have lost another inch or 2, so I hope I'm making progress. I know that plateaus exist, but I didn't think they happed so early on. It's hard not to think you're doing something wrong when you're not seeing progress. I have changed a few things, but like I said, there's been no increase in calories. I stopped drinking V8, I started drinking a low-calorie hot chocolate once or twice a day. I started taking vitamins, I started drinking water and taking a fiber supplement. I'm taking Viactiv Calcium as well. Could my body be reacting to one of these things? Is it a simple "calories in/calories out" equation? I really need answers.
Friday, November 07, 2008
Well, it's been one month since I started my menu and exercise plan. I feel good about the progress I've made so far. I've lost 17.5 lbs., and I feel better than I did a month ago. I've had my ups and downs. I stared out with not much energy, and not much of an appetite. I've learned a lot about the way my mind and body work -- and I've discovered SparkPeople! This site has really helped me watch my calorie intake, and be aware of everything that goes in my body. I food track everyday, and now that I've started my workout plan, I'll be fitness tracking everday as well. I don't know if I would have been as successful without Sparkpeople.
This week, I added supplements to my diet. I'm now taking Fiber Sure, Viactiv (Calcium), B12 complex and Vitamin E. Next week I expect to begin juicing green vegetables because it's been a little difficult to get in my 5 servings a day -- another fact I don't think I would be as aware of without this site. I use the quick track to keep track of how many fruits, vegetables and how much water I'm getting each day. There have been many times when I looked at my tracker, and was reminded to DRINK MY WATER. I've reached 8 glasses or more several times in the last 2 weeks. That's quite an accomplishment for me.
I started my exercise program this morning with Jillian Michaels' 30 day Shred. It really kicked my butt. I only lasted about 10 minutes. I know I'll improve with each successive viewing.
I'm looking forward to advancing by leaps and bouds by my 2 month anniversary.
Thanks to everyone for your support and encouragement!
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
I had an election watch gathering yesterdsay. I was a bit torn over whether to eat a regular meal beforehand to prevent myself from eating too much there, or save my calories and enjoy myself in moderation. Well, I saved my calories, but not to much avail. The food was pretty blah, and thankfully, I threw away what I didn't want, rather than eat it mindlessly. When I came home, I was still unsatisfied, and I considered eating again. I resisted the urge because I knew it was too late. I'm really proud of myself for that. I felt good when I woke up this morning, and the scale had moved down 1.5 lbs.!
Friday, October 31, 2008
I've learned a lot in the month that I've been on my menu plan. I've learned how to pad my diet with 80% healthy foods. I always want that to be the bulk of what I consume. But I've also learned how to have small indulgences now and then and to not be afraid that they will throw off my groove. It's nice when food is not able to intimidate you. I know that everything I eat has a caloric value, and that really takes the "scary factor" out of it for me. Now granted, there are certain "trigger foods" that I'm not comfortable indulging in right now (ice cream, cookies), but I think that in time, I'll even be able to handle those with no anxiety. One step at a time. www.youtube.com/user/mutantqueen
Monday, October 27, 2008
I made it through my first real test this weekend. I was super-concerned that I would be tempted to overeat, or to eat something I shouldn't. I had a wedding on Saturday, and a family gathering on Sunday. I watched my calories before those events to give myself some leway to relax a bit. I had a very tiny piece of cake and some finger food at the wedding. I did indulge in a couple of dinner rolls, which sent me over my calorie total on Saturday. At the family function on Sunday, I ate small portions, and allowed myself a piece of pound cake and some fruit drink. I was under my total calories for Sunday, so I guess it all evened out. I weighed myself this morning, and I've LOST a pound. Woo hoo!!! It CAN be done! I knew it. I'm so proud of myself! Yay me!
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