Wednesday, April 03, 2013
It's late so this will be short. Yesterday wasn't terrible, but I ran into the same issues again. I did well until dinner and then it all fell apart when the boy decided to go out for CHinese. Ugh.
I was great until about 8pm!
If I didn't like one of my selections, I stopped eating it.
I didn't eat past being full.
Still not with the getting up early.
Chinese Buffet. Need I say more?
Tuesday, April 02, 2013
So yesterday was my first day back. I'd decided that, after the stress of Kingdom A&S I would give myself a week off and then rebound with a vengeance. Yesterday was the day, it's kind of appropriate that it was April 1st.
I always forget how hard it is to start this. My stomach has always grown, so even large bowls of vegetables don't fill it for long. I'm used to snacking and I'm used to having all the pop I want. It's difficult to go cold turkey on all those things, but I find it easier. In a few days, the hunger cravings after lunch will subside, I won't have to pee so much all the time because my body is used to getting the proper amount of liquid again, and I'll get into a workout routine that will leave me feeling stronger rather than exhausted and whiny.
The big plus side is that I'm not that bad, no matter how fat and bloated I feel. It's been more than two years since my successful weightloss on Sparkpeople and I'm only 30 pounds up from where I was then. That's less than .25lbs a week gained. Again, not great, but that's also less than half of what I lost. So I'm still counting it as a win and a not awful starting place.
I'm not much of a consistant blogger, but I think it will help keep me honest. I just have to schedule in some time for it.
And now for the daily wrap up:
I was strong and right on plan until about 7pm last night.
Even when I got off track food-wise, I made choices that still left me within my daily goals
I took a three mile walk at lunch
On my "me" night last night I spent the whole time playing video games. Granted, it was a puzzle-based game, I was thinking at least. Still, not bad, but not awesome.
Didn't get in my morning workout - not even as an evening one as I had backup planned. Mornings are still difficult for me, even when I go to bed early.
Didn't stay on track food wise and was a little high on protein and a little low on carbs.
Tuesday, October 09, 2012
Today was better. I made plans food-wise and stuck to them The only thing that changed was my dinner - from a loaded salad to enchilada soup that we added a bunch of vegetables too. I saved enough calories and fat from the salad that I was able to have cheese on my soup (oh my!) and got to upgrade my dessert.
My dessert tonight is downright decadent. I took another of the honeycrisp apples I got for 88cents a pound, sliced it thin, fried it in a half tablespoon of butter, and am enjoying it with the cinnamon brown sugar BelVita. A few slices on one of the cookies tastes like apple pie, one of my strong cravings in fall.
Also - the Sweet Potato, Apple, and Carrot soup is a total friggin win. Such a tasty soup when I had it for lunch today. I would have it again tomorrow, but I need to see how the butternut squash soup mellowed in the fridge. With the hint of curry, I bet it's just as good.
My only lightbulb moment today was in the gym after work. I was on the elliptical when these two young, pretty, high school girls came in. One disappeared after they changed in the bathroom, the other did a few crunches on the abmachine and then watched the rest of the simpsons over my shoulder. Then both friends came over and joined me at the elliptical for about ten minutes , talking about how they were going to eat nothing but yogurt for lunch from now on before heading back into the bathroom/changing room to change.
After I got off my machine ten minutes later they were still in the bathroom, meaning I had to drive home (over an hour) in my sweaty gym clothes. Annoyed, I got in my car an started driving. Then I realized how upset I was that these two, tiny girls viewed themselves in such a way and found myself wondering how much I do that to myself. I definitely need a less critical and more objective eye to myself while on the journey this time.
Well, that's about it .
More as Life Happens -
Tuesday, October 09, 2012
Here I go again.
One again, the most difficult motivator is that I'm happy. Yes, I still fight the blues on some things - the job front, some social issues, that kind of thing - but overall I'm happier than I ever remember being, especially over a long period of time (like, you know, a year and seven months. Otherwise known as "when I finally trapped the boy and made him mine.")
The plus side to this is, of course, the happy. The downside is that I'm far more successful body-wise when I have a reason to hate myself. Which isn't reeeeeeally mentally healthy, but it worked.
Now I'm trying to get the balance down, happy all around. Starting today.
I made some mistakes. I have realized that a key to my downfall is failing to plan. Not planning enough snacks in a day. If I don't have a healthy go-to snack, I just wind up being famished after my workout and have a hard time (read: usually fail) telling myself to wait the hour drive home. Plus, it's good to get protein in the system directly after a workout anyway.
So, Phase One is working on my planning and setting myself up to succeed.
This has three action steps to success:
1) Plan out meals from breakfast to the after-workout snack the day before. I should have them ready and waiting to go into my lunchbox in the morning.
2) Blog three times a week. Doesn't have to be the opus I'm turning this into. In order to plan to help myself succeed, I will plan blogging time during a dessert time. Tonight's dessert is a honeycrisp apple and Activia Strawberry and cereal yogurt. Doesn't have to be much, but blogging nights I plan a 'dessert.' Even if it's just a nice cup of tea, some jazz, and a little special flavored creamer.
3)Put down the scale. This one's a big thing for me and I plan for it to be temporary. 'But what does this have to do with planning?' you may ask... well, you'd be the smart one. It doesn't directly. What it DOES do, however, is forces me to trust myself and that my planning skills work. After two weeks, I'll step on the scale and see how I'm doing.
In addition, I will continue to exercise, though where this happens may be tricky as I have only tenuous access to a gym. In addition, I want to shrink my stomach and make my portion sizes smaller. I'm starting this with making all meals less than two cups, lunch and dinner at 1.5c. In about two weeks, I'll take my lunch and dinner portions down to 1 cup. This is the successful size I was at two years ago. The only exceptions are when I'm eating very low-density foods... that's why snacks are usually more. I may get four to eight cups of popcorn, for instance.
But it's late and I think I've laid out enough ambition for one night.
Friday, April 06, 2012
Soo.... I've always hated salad. Before I got healthy. While I was getting healthier....After I had lost a ton of weight. Always hated it. Especially Iceberg salads. Ever since I had my gallbladder removed, my digestive system doesn't quite know what to make of that crap and therefore makes me pay in all kinds of unpleasant ways.
However, in the last nine months that's changed. I don't know if it's because I moved in with a guy who likes salad and so we eat it a lot or if it's because he introduced me to a salad dressing I don't just tolerate but LOVE or what but it's kinda awesome coming in after two hours of yard work (by which I mean pulling out vines, digging out stumps, running a chainsaw and an axe kind of yard work) and finding myself thinking,
"Self, you know what sounds awesome for lunch today?"
" I don't know. What?"
"A great big salad. With imitation crab (my new obsession)"
"OMG, you're totally right, that sounds AMAZING."
And so, without further ado, my top 5 things I love about salad"
5. You can't help but feel healthy and better about yourself for eating one.
4. Wide variety of greens in your diet, and the possibility of getting in all your veges in one meal? Check.
3. Ridiculous amounts of delicious fiber (mmmm... skin-on cucumbers...)
2.There are about nine million delicious ways to make it. With lettuce, without lettuce (hooray greek salad!), different fixings, different proteins, with fruit if you're in a sweet mood, with peppers in you're in a zesty mood. It dresses up for every occasion!
And the number one thing I love about Salad?
1. Even when you feel like pigging out, you can pretty much add as many veges as you want to your salad and make it HUGE (like I just did) and the caloric impact is negligible in your day. I wind up feeling super full and lunch was still under 300 calories (and most of that was the dressing.)
So, if you're a salad-hater like I used to be, give it another chance every once in a while. It's spring, tis the season for super fresh green things so come on, you can do it. Try a new dressing, it can make all the difference, or a new kind of salad. Wal-mart even has decent salads if you have a store with the deli section. Their Market-fresh salads are tasty and under $4. I particularly suggest their seafood salad, but their caesar, cobb, and asian are tasty as well (just watch out for that crouton/cheese combo! Not that you can't do it, but be sure to count it.)
Salads are tasty!**
** Except for iceberg salads, which are the devil and should be shunned when used for a replacement of all the wonderful, amazing, tasty lettuces out there. Buttercrunch is just tasty, as is red leaf with some mustard greens thrown in, and romaine is, of course classic. Personally I've been loving the 7-lettuces blend from Dole lately. Yum!
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