Friday, May 25, 2012
I'm now on Stage 3 of the SparkDiet and tackling Diet Strategy #4 which is called You Can Overcome Setbacks. As a part of this strategy, one of the action steps was to write in my blog about one single "trouble goal". Here's a quote from the article:
"We all have that thorn in our side, an itch we can never get rid of. We all have that one "trouble goal." As hard as we try, it always seems to come back and cause problems. (....) Itís time to make that trouble goal go away! Write about this goal in your online journal. Talk about why it happens, what problems it causes, and what you can do about it. Talking about the problem may not solve it, but it can help you gain insight that you may not have recognized before, leading to that elusive breakthrough youíve been waiting for."
I'm having trouble choosing just one! Haha! I have a few trouble goals that I should probably focus on, such as getting 5 servings of fruit and veggies a day consistently and staying within my calorie range on the weekends (although I'm already doing pretty well with that one these days!) or eating less sugar.
But here's my pick: eating less fat. Even though I stay within my calorie range and meet all other nutritional goals, I often go over my fat grams. Almost every day, actually. I really want to start focusing on eating less fat because I want to lower my cholesterol and eat healthier in general. Honestly though, I don't know where all the fat comes from! I'm going to go through my tracked meals and try to find the most common sources of fat in my diet and hopefully it'll be easier to find healthy substitutions and lower my fat intake for good.
What are your "trouble goals"? :)
Thursday, May 24, 2012
A couple of weeks ago I joined the Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge as you guys know. Week 1 was about recognizing your sugar downfalls and tracking everything you eat. It went smoothly and I learned a lot about my sugar eating habits and cravings along the way. Then along came Week 2 which focuses on eliminating sugar from your diet, and that's when things went wrong I guess. My birthday came along as well, and I had some cake and cookies. The next day I had some ice cream... And the next day I had a small piece of chocolate... I didn't get back on track. I didn't go over my calories but I did eat something sugary every day for a few days. I only had small portions and I'm glad I stayed within my calorie range every day but it was still sugar and I had some when I shouldn't have.
At this point, I'm thinking about maybe restarting the whole challenge. If I decide to do this, I want to do this the right way. No shortcuts.
But at the same time I'm having mixed feelings about the whole challenge. While I think it's perfectly fine to eat everything in moderation, I think cutting back on sugar might be beneficial and a good idea health wise. But to be honest, though, I don't know if I want to cut out sugar completely. My portions are usually small and I rarely go over my calories these days. I used to eat a lot more sugar and compared to that, my sugar consumption these days is pretty minimal. I know sugar is not healthy but having some in small portions a few times a week keeps me from binging.
I don't know what to do. Maybe I'll just sleep on it and decide tomorrow. It's almost 1 a.m. here already and I'm getting tired. Off to bed! :)
Monday, May 21, 2012
It's been three months since I started my journey towards a new and improved me. It's been an interesting three months and I've learned so much along the way! I don't know what has changed but this time, everything is different. I feel like I can do this, without a shadow of a doubt. There will be bad days and bumps in the road, but I know this time I will not give up on myself. I'll get right back up and keep moving forward!
I've lost 21.8 pounds so far! I'm so proud of myself for taking small steps towards my goal every day. THANK YOU, my SparkFriends, for encouraging me and supporting me along the way! I couldn't do this without you.
I took my measurements today, and here are the results:
Waist: 34.2 inches (2 inches lost)
Hips: 43.3 inches (2.7 inches lost)
Bust: 45.2 inches (2 inches lost)
Chest: 34.6 inches (2.8 inches lost)
Thigh: 25.9 inches (1.6 inches lost)
Calf: 15.3 inches (0.8 inches lost)
Upper arm: 14.6 inches (0.8 inches lost)
This month, I didn't lose any inches off my waist. On the other hand, I lost most around my hips and thighs. I'm very happy! Next month, I hope to fit into one of my favorite skirts that has been too small for a couple of years. I tried it on today and I could almost zip it up but not quite! So that's my goal measurement wise for next month.
I lost 6.6 pounds this month. I'm very happy about that as well! I'm taking it slow this time to make this change last. Now I've lost a third of the total amount of weight I have to lose. The last two thirds will come off just as smoothly as the first one (I HOPE!).
Friday, May 18, 2012
Not such a good day today when it comes to eliminating sugar from my diet. I'm not making any excuses but I just want to explain what happened. My sister invited me over to an early birthday dinner (tomorrow is my b-day) and she had prepared a healthy vegetarian pasta dinner with ice cream sundaes as dessert (a few scoops of vanilla ice cream with strawberry jam, chocolate sprinkles and a cookie). Now, I could have said no, but honestly, I didn't really want to. Why not? Because first of all, I didn't want to be rude to my sister who had prepared all that for me. And secondly, I really don't want to become one of those people who become so obsessed with rules (like not eating sugar) that they forget to have a little fun from time to time. Now I know I said on my previous blog that I'm not going to eat ice cream for the next couple of week and I don't feel proud of myself for breaking my own rule especially so early on. But it was my choice and I own it, and I'm not making excuses for it. I chose to eat that ice cream sundae. Now I have to live with it.
I did stay within my calorie range today (1,300+ calories) but I wasn't supposed to eat any sugar so I'm not overly satisfied with how I did today. I'm also a little bit worried about tomorrow. I'm going to be celebrating my birthday with my family, and I know my mom has probably baked all kinds of sugary treats and there'll definitely be cake. What am I going to do? Should I just think of this as one of those special occasions when having a little something not-so-healthy is considered okay? I don't want to screw up this challenge but I don't want to ruin the day for anyone, not even for myself. I think maybe I should just think of this as a rare occasion and have a little something sweet - and make sure to track every bite.
What do you guys think?
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