Tuesday, July 20, 2010
I was updating my goals on my Spark Page, and something occurred to me. I could lose 50 lbs. by the end of the year. GASP.
I never thought of it that way. I'm doing my best to enjoy the journey, and take things day by day, but when I started doing projections, I realized that it is totally within the realm of possibility that I will be down 50 lbs. by the end of December.
I think my goals are pretty realistic. I've been averaging 6 lbs. a month for a while, so if I simply stay the course, it's totally doable! I never woulda thunk it.
Now, I try not to put expectations about timeframes on my weight loss. It's too much pressure, and too much of a disincentive to keep fighting when you don't meet your goals, but just the thought that all that could happen this year is startling. 1.5 lbs. a week could change my life.
Even if I don't make it down 50 lbs. by Jan. 1st, I still will have come a long way -- provided I can continue to be consistent, and not regress. That's been my issue all along. You make progress, then you end up moving backwards, and have to cover the same ground again. I will not go that route this time. Even losing .5 lbs. a week is better than losing three times that amount, and then having to do it all over again.
So, I'll take it as it comes. I'm looking forward to what the rest of the year holds.
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Joy of joys!
If you read my last blog post, you know that I called into the crimestoppers hotline to prevent myself from committing an offence against my healthy eating plan.
I'm glad to report this morning that it worked! Not only did I not allow ice cream to become the hobgoblin of my success, but I got home and realized I wasn't really hungry at all. My 2 o'clock meal was my last (along with the offending Subway cookies), and I was satisfied until this morning.
The weigh-in went well. Thanks to all you accountability cops for keeping me on task! My body is a safer place because of it.
Friday, July 16, 2010
I'm going to attempt to prevent a crime before it happens.
I am a sugar addict of the highest order, so everyday, I allow myself a sweet treat. Today, that was to be ice cream. I was looking forward to my little indulgence after I got off work. But a funny thing happened on the way to working my little plan... I got sidetracked by a couple of Subway chocolate chip cookies.
So... being that I now have only a moderate supply of calories left for the day, the ice cream is out. Now, here's where my crime prevention techniques come into play...
I'm creating this blog post as a preventative measure. I'm testing a theory that if I publicly announce that an ice-cream related crime may or may not occur this evening, I will prevent said crime from taking place. Crafty, no?
We'll see how effective it is. My official weigh-in is tomorrow as well, so that provides an added incentive.
I'm going to be on my best behavior for the rest of the day. A lite dinner, and finito!
Now that I've alerted crime stoppers, hopefully an egregious sugar offender will have a chance at redemption.
Monday, July 12, 2010
I've been tracking my calories for a few months now, and I've noticed something. When I eat beef, I normally don't lose any weight. I've gotten in the habit of weighing myself everyday, because I find it helps me to be more conscious of what I put into my body. Contrary to some teachings I've heard, I can see the effects of anything I eat on the scale the next morning. If I don't space my food out through the day properly, I stagnate. If I eat too late, I can actually gain weight eating the same amount of calories from one day to the next.
So, what's the deal with beef? At first, I thought I was just underestimating the calories in the steak I was eating. Then the same thing happened when I ate roast beef for a couple of days. What's the deal?
I'm staying away from red meat until I can get this figured out. I think.
Wednesday, July 07, 2010
This is my last day at home for a while. I work as a jazz singer, voice over artist and sometimes actress. I occasionally do temp assignments to boost my income. I'm starting a new assignment tomorrow, and I'm a little concerned that it will stymie the progress I've made so far. I'm down 16.5 lbs., and I'm really proud of my resolve. But I've been home during the day for the last 3 or 4 months.
I've had time to think about the food choices I'm making. I've had time to Spark consistently. I've had time to grocery shop, and give myself pep talks. I haven't had the temptation to eat fast food.
All that's going to end tomorrow. I'm trying to mentally prepare for that, but I don't know that there's any way to do that. I want to be as consistent as possible about tracking my calories before I eat them. Spark People helps me figure out the calorie count of the foods I eat, so that there's no guesswork involved. I can try to track the night before, but truthfully, I don't know that I've ever been that organized.
I'll have to figure it out as I go, I suppose. I've worked fulltime jobs many times before, and I know I can find a routine. It's just going to take work.
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