Monday, December 05, 2011
Well! The last time I blogged about a mistake in "Sneaky Packaging", I had failed to read the serving size and ended up eating two. I learned NEVER to take serving size for granted, always better to check BEFORE I eat.
Yesterday I'd eaten lightly but well, with lots of protein, knowing I had a really full energy-taxing day ahead. I made it through a reception to my amazement with only a glass of water in my hand - no wine, no food, just walked around and enjoyed friends and conversations. I knew I'd be going out for dinner afterward and wanted to use my calories wisely.
Fast-forward to dinner. No appetizers, again no wine, just a large glass of water with lime for pizazz. I saw that you could order smaller portions--great! I ordered baked talapia, a bowl of soup, and garlic mashed potatoes. I usually make a habit of having half my meal boxed, but was famished and had calories to spare. So I really enjoyed the dinner, every bite of it, including bread dipped in herbs and olive oil--and then got my bill.
OOPS. With the best of intentions, I had NOT requested the smaller sized dinner. What I got--and ate all of--was the regular meal. Oh well, the deed was done, and I must say, it was well worth it. So today, I'm eating light, I've put in extra walking minutes in addition to strength training and stationary bike, and I'm not going to give that fiend of a scale a second thought!
Saturday, December 03, 2011
THE SCALE IS MY FRIEND. THE SCALE IS MY FRIEND. THE SCALE IS MY FRIEND. Have to keep reminding myself when it seems to move in miniscule increments. I'm doing everything right--tracking every bite, varying my workouts, staying connected with the wonderful SP community--but that scale isn't reflecting it.
I'm tempted to give the thing a rest for the remainder of the month and let other things be my reflections of progress. But part of me yells, "NO, NO, I NEED IT. I'LL GO WAY OFF TRACK IF I DON'T WEIGH IN." That part is afraid, afraid that I'll repeat past failures and give up right about this point where I've been before but rarely beyond. But is that fear valid?
I don't think it is. This whole project is about far more than numbers, isn't it? How do I feel? Am I stronger? What does my doctor say? What about the wardrobe I now have, thanks to shopping in my closets? What about the very important new habits I've established regarding what I eat and how much, making fitness a given part of my daily routine and not something I might or might not do depending on whether I'm so inclined?
This is a scary thing to contemplate. I think it's telling me I don't quite yet trust the new me. Especially with the holidays cranking up.
Any thoughts, friends?
Thursday, December 01, 2011
Happy December 1st, friends! The first thing I did on SP this morning was copy the Editor's Choice calendar, 31 Days to Healthier Holidays. This is a precarious time of year for foodies, and I need all the help I can get if I want to NOT GAIN, to do better than break even, and to even LOSE this month.
First challenge of the day - visit from a friend who brought Walker's mini shortbread cookies to add to the dark chocolate-covered almonds I'd already set out to go with our coffee. I'd eaten under at breakfast which gave me some wiggle room for a few almonds and two small cookies. So far so good.
Next challenge - phone call with mother that ended in a spur of the moment lunch date, "meet me at Olive Garden." Oh dear. Is that a good idea given that I'd already had a treat today? OK, look carefully for the marked healthier choices and stick to them. My favorite pasta faziole, salad, and breadsticks is not a low-cal meal, especially when the servers are so happy to refill the bread basket. Darn it, I should have just asked him not to bring one. Maybe I can remember that next time.
However, this all worked out really well. My mom wanted a panini sandwich that came with soup & salad. She wanted only the sandwich, so...my bright idea was to share the meal, she gets the sandwich, I get the soup and salad, one bowl of each. I ordered minestrone, not my favorite, but I knew it was a better choice calorie-wise than my usual pasta faziole. I counted out a few croutons and left the rest. AND...BIG SUCCESS...not one of those delicious breadsticks. This is the first time EVER that I didn't eat any. I enjoyed my few croutons, the soup was hot and good, and I didn't expire from deprivation re: breadsticks. How about that? Foregoing the breadsticks isn't fatal. Who'd have thought???
I was not going to take any home, either, but my mom had them bagged--and gave them to me to take home for my husband, who will enjoy them.
The best part is that when I got home and tracked my lunch, the salad, minestrone, and one Andes mint in lieu of the dessert my mom wanted to share came out to...are you ready for this? a very respectable healthy 371 calories!!! That was a first, too. I've been making better restaurant choices, but this is the first time I've managed to eat in the same range I'd have had at home.
This SP stuff must really work! I think I've been re-patterned! December is going to be a great month!
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Here I am after 3 & 1/2 months! I've amazed myself: I've stuck with it, honest to goodness changed my eating habits, and have made exercise a daily routine instead of a "should".
I love the way my clothes are fitting. Even when I last weighed what I do now, some things didn't fit at all. I know it's the exercise that's making a difference. I am by nature a sedentary solitary bookworm, but I know I need balance. It's OK to take that peaceful time out, but I need to move also. I'm more motivated to keep at it since I'm sleeping better, shaped better, and seeing the scale make its way DOWN instead of UP.
I'm not gaining weight at all, even though the scale has slowed. I'm convinced that I'm gaining muscle mass. I like all this rearranging! Nice comments from husband are very encouraging.
As a singer, I find that my breathing is better, again thanks to better fitness. I'm committed to those 8 glasses of water a day, also great for my vocal health. I carry a water bottle to rehearsals and have another in my bag for the long drive home.
The holidays are NOT going to derail me. I can have some extra treats, but when I do, I'll balance it out with lower cal choices and more fitness minutes.
I am a determined Sparker, and I'm going to reach my goals!
PS: This is a positive self-pep-talk. I woke up feeling like staying in bed and doing nothing. But that won't get me anwhere I want to go. Come on, Debra, you can do it!
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