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A weekend off

Monday, February 23, 2009

Well, suffice to say, I did NOT follow plan this weekend at all. I refused to weigh myself this morning because I didn't want to see the number, but probably will when I get home.

Maybe it won't be so bad, because I followed my calories very closely all week leading into the weekend, because I knew it would be a big drinking situation at the law revue after-party (and it was).

But, I hadn't been out in a very, very long time, and I needed it. I needed to just let loose for one night. And I don't regret it, really. Because even if I had an entire day's worth of calories in beer, not to mention the "jumbo slice" afterwards, it maybe adds a pound to my journey, if that. So, no big deal (as long as it is a true rarity- but I haven't had a day like this in at least a month, so my first day off in a month is not bad).

Also, I just chatted with an old friend who had lots of weight-loss healthy cooking questions. I found it incredibly motivational. Helping her to know what some good ideas are reminds me of what really works, and what I need to focus on.

Here's to a good week on track!!!

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MRSGOFARR 2/23/2009 3:58PM

    hey love your attitude. i also had a weekend of madness- well deserved as it has been a while and i worked out really hard core during the week to counter the extra cals in beer. we are human and have to indulge every bit. it feels good to be where I am at today knowing that i had a great weekend and there isnt that feeling of a slipery slope! kudos to you and have a kick butt week!

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Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Just want to report: I just did a 60 minute spinning class. It was awesome. I feel SO GOOD. My heart rate was between 170-185 for an hour! Adding the walking to and from the gym, that's over 1,000 calories!!!!!!!!!


Feels SO GOOD.

So last month I lost 10 pounds (my first month). This month I want to lose another 10. There were so many "off" days in January, I think I can hit 10 again. Would love to be down 40 pounds by May for my brother's graduation and to start my internship!!!

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MRSGOFARR 2/5/2009 9:49AM

    Congrats girlfriend! I am so proud of you. On your page you should add a spark picture ( you can find them in the photo gallery) that says 10 Pounds lost with spark and then you can keep adding it. I am 11 pounds from 50 and cant wait to put that up on my page.

Thank you for the comment on my blog. I went through a tough time these last several days just re-evaluating choices and social life and things like that. I am feeling better. Thank you for being there. It means a lot. I am ready to cheer you on whatever you need!!!

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Nights Out

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Last night was my first night with drinks since I got serious about the weight loss. I think I did mediocre. During the day, I really kept my calories to a minimum (though I did still eat! I had grilled chicken salad for lunch and a lean pocket for brunch), so that I would have as much padding as possible for the drinks. I think that this is really critical for me, and I did a good job on that part at least.

I did a not so great job on eating after the socializing began- hubby wanted pizza for dinner, but I had only 2 slices of it (frozen thin crust, so not that bad, actually less than a full serving). But the real problem (other than the actual drinks themselves) is the food when I get home.

There are two main reasons for this. First, I just eat whatever seems good, without really caring if it's healthy or not. This lead me to snack on some leftover pasta and some Cheerios, instead of something like carrots. Secondly, I don't measure what I'm eating. So I really have no idea how much I ate. I don't think there was that much leftover pasta to begin with, so that couldn't have been more than 1/2 cup I think, so that's not too bad. But when you eat the cheerios right out of the box, who knows what you're eating!

This leads me to my new going out goals- when I get home, only eat at least medium healthy snacks like carrots or even a bowl of cereal with milk, and to try to make sure I am aware of the serving size of what I'm doing. That's why cereal with milk might be a good idea- it's not terribly unhealthy, and the serving size is limited to the bowl!

Anyone else have any good eating-drinking night out tips? (I'm much more likely to limit total nights out than drinks on those nights!)

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KGPOSSIBLE 1/22/2009 12:29AM

    I call it the just add alcohol affect! lol!

Don't know if this will help, but what I do when I get home from my night out with alcohol is make sure I have my laptop ready with SparkPeople and the nutritional tracker open and log everything.....I do weigh and measure everything when I'm at home. Once you start logging it you will is that internal shut off valve that seems to go by the wayside with Alcohol. It has worked for 7 months now. Even if you go way over on your calories that's fine but it will give you more incentive to get back on the train the next day. You won't completely derail!!! I have found for some strange reason it is good to go over on your calories sometimes. It's not getting back to your program that hurts.

did you have fun????? That is the important part. Life should not stop because you are trying to lose weight. Just work it into your life. Aim for about 4 to 6 lbs a month and time will fly and you will lose weight and still have a life.....well with Law School that might be a challenge though.....;-))

I'm so happy that you are doing so well and using Spark. I hope you are finding it as helpful as I have.

Take care,
Kim emoticon

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MRSGOFARR 1/11/2009 12:19AM

    There are actually several articles on spark about alcohal and weight loss including one that has a breakdown of the best beer and liquor to get in terms of bang for your buck or drunk for you but. i live by that. i am not going to stop drinking when i want to but i do keep it to one day a week and drink miller light. ran 6.5 miles today and felt awesome.

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TALSHIAR 1/10/2009 2:32PM

    What I did in the beginning was limit the times I actually went out. Once I was more in control of my eating what I did was limit my drinking by having a bottle of water between drinks. Then I made sure there was healthy food I could grab when I got home. I sometimes still overate, but it was at least healthy. Deb

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New Year, New Me

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Well, I have now "officially" started my new lifestyle- I knew that between Christmas and New Year's I wouldn't be too successful, but I did not gain any weight in that time, which is probably a first. However, now it's time to lose weight for real!

In the tradition of starting anew and reorganizing my life, today I spent 4 hours cleaning out my closet and filing cabinet areas. Getting rid of lots of clothing that hasn't fit in years because when I lose weight, I DESERVE new clothing, not my really old stuff (I did keep some "motivation pieces".)

The most difficult part of the day, however, was when I found my giant bag of old diet stuff. It had several years worth of Weight Watchers food journals and weight tracking. How depressing. I sat there on the floor, covered in dust, surrounded by piles of stuff to get rid of, sobbing for about 15 minutes, thinking about all the wasted time. Losing the weight, gaining it back, over, and over, and over. I've lost 50 pounds before. Twice. Now I've gained it back. Twice. Plus quite a bit at this point. It was a pretty devastating moment.

But, hopefully this will all help me to make this lifestyle change once and for all. I don't want to start 2010, the year I will finally enter the work force after 9 years of college (yes, seriously), still dealing with this. At this point, my weight is a professional liability. Attorneys are supposed to be well groomed and sleek. At this point, it's very difficult to even find clothing that fits, nonetheless that actually looks good.

The bottom line: I have around 20 months until I'll enter the work force after taking the bar, and I'm getting rid of this extra person worth of weight that 'm currently carrying, now, and forever.



Sunday, December 28, 2008

Well, I haven't done great the last few days. no tracking, no exercise (but did a lot of walking around shopping, so that counts for something)! I don't want to make excuses this year, but I will just note that I have a bad cold and Christmas food is so yummy! But I don't think I've overeaten TOO badly. And, I've not had very much to drink, for sure not more than 2 beers a day. So, I'm flying back to DC today, and will weigh in tomorrow. If I break even from a week ago, having not gained weight over Christmas, it will have been a success. Then, bring on the new year!!!

2009: Change: HERE I COME!

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MRSGOFARR 12/28/2008 11:03PM

    Congrats on feeling good about how you did. I ate very well but stayed away from desserts. but the holiday is once time of year and our healthy lifestyle is forever. that is the way i look at it. great blog!

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