Saturday, May 22, 2010
I have always been overly confident in my ability to "know what was going on -- no guidelines needed for me!" well, as smug as that sounds, I had my "ah ha" moment this morning when I stepped on the scale and saw yet another drop of 0.6 making my total loss close to 2.5 pounds! It showed me that what I 'thought' I was eating wasn't true at all, I obviously HAD to be consuming more calories than I thought -- because I was gaining weight. I read about an experiment, tracking your food by planning out your menu's ahead of time, allowing a certain amount of calories for each meal, and coming up with a pre-planned total amount of calories for the day! I was skeptical.....I don't mind admitting it; after all, I was sure I wasn't overeating!
Day one of my Plan gave me an 0.8 pound drop, Day two was even better with a full pound -- then it stayed the same for a couple of days going neither up nor down. Today was another drop of 0.6 so who can blame me for being ecstatic!
My advice to anyone who is a yo-yo all over the place, or putting on a few pounds is to get back on the Nutrition Tracker! You may be eating more than you think so plan it out, and if it's not on your menu for the day, then DON'T put it in your mouth. No! Not even if it's just 40 or 50 calories!
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
In one of the Spark Articles I recently read it tells about a plan and it appealed to me; after all, what I was doing certainly wasn't showing any great results! Yesterday was my first day and I love the results! Basically here is how it works:
1. Use your low-end calorie allowance for how many calories you can consume. As my range is 1200-1550, that put me at 1200 calories for the day.
2. Divide your calories up between breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a snack (opt)
3. Plan your menu ahead of time to keep you on track. You can do one day at a time or the entire week. I do it only a day at a time, entering all my food on the tracker, that way I can add, delete -- whatever it takes to get it to come out right and there may be days that I'm just a bit low or high in one category or the other but my calorie count with be very, very close to 1200.
4. Last rule: No eating or drinking 2 hours before bedtime (this helps so you do not have to run to the bathroom all the time too) lol
It also advised not weighing in for the entire week. I can't abide by that rule as I feel absolutely LOST if I can't do my morning weigh-in. And guess what! After just one day of doing this I lost .8 -- way to go, baby!
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Have you ever noticed that when you gain weight by indulging at a favorite restaurant you usually put on a pound, sometimes even more! But then on the other hand, when you are working hard to take that gain back off it seems to come off in .2's and .4's. Slow but sure!
I don't know why a person's body seems to have the tendency to put the weight on so quickly and is so reluctant to let it go again. It's kind of like it ADORES fat and once it gets ahold of it, it doesn't want to let it go!
If anyone out there knows how to make this "release" happen sooner and in a smoother fashion, let me know. Otherwise it's just drink water, eat right and be sure to get in some exercise.
Monday, May 17, 2010
I've read some of the motivational articles and sometimes feel that I'm the last runner in a marathon. These articles are supposed to get you all worked up and motivated, and don't get me wrong, the people who have taken the time to write them are doing great things! In fact, so great that I feel like there must be something wrong with me as I've been on this site for over 2 years now and I'm still not at my goal weight!
Sure, I've made progress, and I've picked up a lot of healthy habits and dropped a few that weren't so healthy, but I don't feel that I'm "outstanding" and sometimes as I am the leader on a few different teams, I wonder if I am the example they should have in front of them.
But, you know, perhaps that is EXACTLY the kind of person that needs to lead a team. I'm not perfect, I have my good days and my bad days. I go up and down on the scale. I can talk the talk, but there are times I don't seem to walk the walk. Is it a good thing that I can relate to the problems that others are facing? Sure, I have probably faced some of those same problems, and I don't always win.
Bottom line is that I'm much healthier than I was 2 years ago!
Bottom line is that I'm about 15 pounds lighter than I was 2 years ago!
Bottom line is that I haven't given up -- and I won't -- not until I step on the scale for about 6 months in a row and I'm happy with the number! Either that or when I slip easily into that dream size 8!
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Hi! I'm Eve...... here's a little bit about me. Be sure to copy and paste this into a blog of your own, but backspace the info, and make it your own. Let's get better acquainted -- this little A-Z tells a lot of good stuff. If you have a different says for one of the letters, go ahead and change it -- you're in charge!
A - Age: 71
B - Bed size: King (not like I NEED it - I'm 5'2)
C - Chore you hate: Cleaning bathtubs
D - Dog's name: Amber
E - Essential start your day item: Coffee with flavored creamer
F - Favorite color: Black/White (at least in clothing)
G - Gold or Silver: Silver
H - Height: 5'2”
I - Instruments you play: My Bose is about it. lol
J - Job title: Slave to my dog
K - Kid(s): none at home - 3 otherwise
L - Living arrangements: Just me and Amber
M - Mom's name: Vera (deceased) Dad: Andy (deceased)
N - Nickname(s): The Brat (can't imagine why)
O - Obsessed with: Interior Decorating and Reading
P - Pet Peeve: sarcasm and braindead people
Q - Quote: Either Lead, Follow or Get the Hell Out of the Way!
R - Right or left handed: right
S - Siblings: only 1 sister left now
T - Time? I'm always on time, never late, never early!
U- Unusual and Unpredictable -- that's me
V - Vegetable you Love: Carrots, Asparagus, actually most of them!
W - Weigh In - each and every morning!
X - X-rays you've had: back/knee/hips
Y - Yummy food you make: Italian
Z - Zoo favorite: I love all animals, fish, birds, etc. LOVE to interact with the animals, like at San Diego Zoo.
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