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!!!
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!!!
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!)
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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