Thursday, July 01, 2010
It has been over a year since I made a blog post. I've tracked food and attempted to lose weight several times over the past year, but with little success : (. I started a new job last year-my dream job actually, but unfortunately it comes with long hours and stressful situations.
So here I am a year later, weighing in at least 5 pounds heavier than this time last year. But I am determined to lose it this time around. Wish me luck!
Saturday, May 02, 2009
My goals for April were:
1. Get out of the 180's
I reached this goal last week-yeah!
2. Incorporate more exercise into my daily routine.
I struggled with this goal this month. School and life has gotten really busy, and I am going to have to work harder at getting into a routine. This goal will definitely carry over to my May goals.
3. Work the 12 Power Foods of the Abs Diet into my eating plan.
I have worked many more Power Foods into my eating plan and I have seen a difference in my weight loss. Even on weeks when I didn't lose a lot of weight, I am seeing a difference in my body and how my clothes fit. I am going to continue this goal for May, just to keep me focused.
4. Continue to track every bite.
I have tracked every day!
Since I met most of my goals for April, I treated myself to a pedicure yesterday.
My goals for May:
1. Get out of the 170's.
2. Make an exercise schedule and stick to it!
3. Continue to work the 12 Power Foods.
4. Take at least 7,000 steps a day. I usually average between 5,000 and 7,000, but I'm going to have 7,000 a day even if I have to run up and down my stairs in the evening to get there!
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Well, I've had my first setback on this journey. Yesterday I was up .8 and I am really disappointed about it. I didn't overeat this week, so I was a little surprised to see the number go up on the scale.
Although I'm a little frustrated, I'm going to keep working at it. I looked over my nutrition tracker and I see that I need to add more Power foods. I also noticed that even though I stayed within my calorie range, a large part of my calories are being consumed at dinner. So I'm going to add some calories to breakfast and lunch, and decrease my calories at dinner. Also, I'm still not in a good exercise routine so I'm going to work on that this week too.
I have a little more motivation this week because we have a Biggest Loser competition that started at school on Friday. So I'm competing with my coworkers on weight loss now.
Hopefully all of these strategies will help the scale move in the right direction next week!
Sunday, April 05, 2009
Well, I made it through the visit to my parents and still managed to lose weight last week. I have to say, the SP website is what made a difference. Each morning, I would log on while I ate my bowl of cereal (yes, I bypassed Momís biscuits for Kashi-woohoo!). I would read a couple of articles and peruse my SparkTeams and message boards. This seemed to get me in the right frame of mind to take on the rest of the day.
One funny incident happened at lunch with some of my family members. We were at a restaurant that has wonderful yeast rolls, but I had decided that I was not going to eat one. As the waitress was placing the basket of rolls on the table, one roll fell out of the basket and rolled right into my hands. Of course, the waitress apologized profusely and I laughed it off, but here I was stuck with a roll! I just put it on my bread plate and I left it there for the rest of the meal. I was proud of myself for passing that little test!
I drank lots of water all week and I was able to exercise every day except for the day that we had strong thunderstorms and even a tornado. Needless to say, I didnít walk around the neighborhood that day!
Eating issues aside, I enjoyed spending time with my family and friends. I found that if I focused on spending time with them, then food seemed to be less of a priority. It was a great trip for me.
School is back in session tomorrow, so Iíll be back in my regular routine. Iíve spent the afternoon cooking meals for the week and preparing healthy snacks. Now if I can just get out of bed in the morning in time to exercise before I leave for work!
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
Well, I've survived my first day at my parents house and stayed within my calorie range. I'm so excited! I truly enjoyed the day that I spent with my family and didn't feel deprived at all.
My mom and I went to lunch at my cousins' restaurant and bakery. Yikes-what a way to start off my trip, right? They run a wonderful little restaurant and bakery, and I only get to visit the restaurant a couple of times a year. I knew that this was going to be one of the meals where I ate what I wanted to, but cut my portions much smaller than usual. So, I ended up with spinach quiche, cranberry salad, and a slice of poppyseed bread. But I am happy to report that I split everything in half and immediately got a carryout box. Such willpower! I bought a few items at the bakery, but I will be taking them home and freezing them for my once-a-week treats. Mom and I split an iced sugar cookie, and the rest was boxed up for the freezer.
Dinner turned out to be a little more challenging than I expected, with pizza on the menu. And not the thin crust, cheese and veggie variety like I wanted. I really wasn't hungry, so I just ate one piece and drank lots of water.
It was a beautiful spring day here in Tennessee, so I took advantage of the weather and enjoyed a long walk around the neighborhood this afternoon. It was such a pleasant walk. I had my iPod jamming, a light breeze blowing, and lots of squirrels and birds playing around. I also saw several other people out walking or playing in their yards.
Tomorrow, Mom and I are meeting my sister-in-law and two of my cousins for lunch. I've already checked out the menu online, and I was pleased to find several yummy-sounding salads and some grilled chicken offered. The restaurant didn't list their nutritional information (boo!) but at least I was able to scout out some healthy options.
So, I'm not off to a bad start. I didn't get my usual amount of fruits and veggies in, but at least I stayed within my calorie range. This is a big step for me, because my usual behavior is to use a visit with Mom and Dad as an excuse for not eating healthy. I also referred my mom to SparkPeople and she is now signed up. All in all, a productive day
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