Sunday, October 03, 2010
I'll have to admit I was worried that I might come back from our cruise looking like the Goodyear Blimp -- and although I'm only on Day #3, I'm no longer worried. Between climbing the stairs instead of taking the elevator, hitting the gym daily, and just the usual walking to find the spots we are heading for -- well, let me say, I'm walking more now than I EVER did at home!
And as far as food goes -- I have settled into a routine for myself. Fruit only for breakfast (along with coffee, of course) and lunch still is on the light side, fish if I see something good, otherwise a more substantial salad, or if I decide on the buffet I can make my own healthy salad. Evening is when I allow myself to splurge just a little with dessert. If it's fairly low-cal I eat it all, if it is one of my "real temptations" that I only treat myself to once or twice per year, I try to eat only half of it, then ask for a cup of coffee or tea.
All the extra walking is great for me, and while I haven't had a chance to weigh myself -- I feel good about my weight right now. The food on the plane made me feel more full and literally "stuffed" than I ever feel now that I'm on the ship.
Wish me luck and see you in about a week! Eve
PS - Rhode Island yesterday, Boston today -- tonight we sail toward Canada and Nova Scotia, so no more Internet for me. Boo Hoo!
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
I made an unrealistic goal to lose 4.2 pounds within a 6 day time frame. And..... being unrealistic, it did not materialize. But I did lose 1.2 pounds, so rather than feeling like a failure, I feel thankful that I lost what I did. I tried....... I didn't reach my goal; but the key word here is "I TRIED" so it shows that I'm not perfect, somewhere along the way I probably didn't make all the right food choices, perhaps I didn't get as much exercise as I should have. To me, what's important is that I made SOME progress and that beats going in the opposite direction.
You hear it everywhere you turn, baby steps, go slow to keep it off, no one is perfect, keep trying, and on and on. Most people tend to feel guilty when they don't reach a goal (even unrealistic goals) and we beat ourselves up over it. It is not only important to change our eating and exercise habits as we strive for a healthy lifestyle, we need to change our mindset. And by that I mean...... get over all those guilty feelings we harbor each time we stumble, chalk it up to experience and MOVE ON! If you can NEVER give in to temptation what would life be worth? Just remember that giving in to temptation doesn't mean eating the whole pie -- it means having a very small piece!
May your scale head 90% of the time! And when you are taking those steps, remember, they are still steps of progress!
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
When I made the goal to weigh 140 by vacation time (Sept.30) I knew it was a little unrealistic to expect to lose 4.2 pounds in just 6 days, but if you don't have a goal what can you aim for? The first day I was so enthusiastic after losing a whole pound -- then I hit a plateau! Boom, my spirits hit a new low and I felt like a failure!
But after thinking it over for a couple of days I realized I was lucky and blessed in so many ways! I was going on vacation in a few days on a cruise to see the fall color in Nova Scotia, Canada and the East Coast! Yipee! I weigh a lot less than I did a year ago! Yipee! I'm very healthy and full of energy! Yipee! I'm not in a financial bind of any type! Yipee!
Actually makes me feel a little guilty to have been feeling so low over not losing the weight I wanted to lose, especially since it was within an unrealistic time frame. Life is not about being perfect, it's about doing the best you can, and if you stumble, or even fall, get back up, learn from your mistakes, and go on!
I'm not going to worry over every morsel of food I eat while on the cruise, but I will try to offset it by hitting the gym each and every day, walking the deck, and try to just "take a taste" instead of saying "I can't believe I ate the whole thing."
One more day, then I'll see you all back here in a couple of weeks!
Monday, September 27, 2010
I'm wondering if I'm going to lose another ounce or two before I leave. I thought I did good as far as eating goes on Sunday, but the scale stubbornly just stayed the same! And of course between errands and going to church again there was no exercise. And on top of that the backs of my legs are so sore from using the epiliptical we have that I could barely WALK! The whole thing is kind of depressing. The only silver lining I can think of is that I weigh a lot less than I did when I was ready to take my last trip!
This morning I got up early and headed over to the home I have up for rent, time to mow the lawn again, and pack up even more stuff that was left behind. I could not believe how many shoes I had stacked up in shoe boxes in my closet (it is a bit embarrassing!) but my closet is now bare, the bathroom is bare, and the area to set up a computer is bare! There is only the garage and the quilting materials in the hobby room. I'm leaving them in there until the home is rented! If I get it rented, that will be my incentive to get the rest of it moved!
Wish I could put in a sunshiny, happy face and report more weight gone, but it's just not going the way I want. So far today, LOTS OF EXERCISE, so maybe I will have a good report tomorrow.
Have a good day everyone -- I'm not going to let this get me down, made me stumble a little, but I just bought 2 new dresses for the trip in size 10, and they look pretty sexy on me. That made me
Sunday, September 26, 2010
That's how I felt when I looked at the scale this morning!! And, the way I handle everything when I'm not happy about it, I went back over my entire day yesterday, wondering WHAT was different about Saturday from Friday when I showed a whole pound loss. Analyze - analyze, that's my motto!
My food was slightly different. Breakfast was the same,but at lunch time my BF asked if I'd like some of the shrimp cocktail he fixes. It's not really shrimp cocktail but I let him call it that. He mixes avocado, shrimp and cocktail sauce, and that's the way he likes it. I know the avocados are high cal, but healthy and good so I ate some (the cocktail sauce was the Walden Farms zero calorie) so it should have been OK.
I had started out on a walk in the morning, but called a friend about giving me a haircut later on that day (for my trip) -- her answer was "If you come right now I can do it, I've got a busy day!" Whoops! Amber and I went straight back to the house after walking only to the corner, I hopped in the car and away I went. That was the end of my walk. Then BF tells me we need to go back to the Valley (that's the locals word for Phoenix) TODAY so we can go to church tomorrow! That means getting things cleaned up and organized and I still had studying to do on my online class. The thing that got put on the shelf was the exercise (as usual).
I didn't really eat any dinner, sort of grazed as we got to Glendale and I did our ironing, put things away, sorted mail-- you know the kinds of stuff. Had a glass of buttermilk and later ate a Biscotti (90 cal).
Solution? Not enough food -- not enough exercise = no weight loss
I could be right, I could be wrong. But the bottom line is, 4 days to go and 3.4 lbs to get rid of. Boo Hoo!!
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