Sunday, October 09, 2011
It's amazing how well tracking my calories works for me. I don't even need to eat all that healthfully (had ice cream for dessert last night, and butternut squash with butter and brown sugar for lunch), or really limit my intake much. All I have to do, it seems, is track, and the scale moves in the right direction. I was 163.4 yesterday, tracked and ate about 2,400 calories yesterday, and was 160.4 today. Amazing.
(Side note - I've been having smoothies for breakfast almost every day for years, but this morning I made my husband & me Trader Joe's pumpkin pancakes with real maple syrup. OMG. Not exactly health food, but I tracked it so I think I'll be OK!)
Saturday, October 08, 2011
Track everything I eat (with the level of specificity I was using earlier in 2011, NOT the measure-crazed methods I've used less recently)
Eat reasonable portions at meals and mostly fruits and vegetables for snacks.
Make one or two (adjust as needed) calorie-counted, batch-cooked recipes per weekend
Drink more water!
My rewards for following these rules will be losing the pounds I've gained over the past couple of months, ensuring that I don't get too big for my pants, letting my muscles show better by having less fat hiding them, running faster, and feeling much better, especially at night. Oh, and of course having my husband be proud of me and attracted to me. :)
Monday, October 03, 2011
I'm going to make this short, but I've noticed that every time I gain weight back and write a blog about a vague plan to get back on track, I always seem to gain even MORE before I actually do anything about it. I'm all the way up to 164 today. My weight hasn't been this high since last winter. :(
Thursday, September 29, 2011
I haven't been tracking my calories since mid-August when we bought our house because we didn't have an internet connection. Without tracking I tried to stick with healthy habits but still managed to gain up to the lower 160s (about a 6-lb gain in a little over a month). In some ways the break was nice . I was so busy with the house and the start of a new school year that it was nice to not have to take the time to count my calories. Plus I find it much easier to eat dinner with my husband when I don't have to count calories because we can just cook and serve without all that measuring and recording. With this gain I still am fitting into my clothes, but they're tighter on me now. I still feel good and pretty fit, though I'm only working out maybe 4-5 times per week instead of 7, and I only do Body Pump 2x/week instead of 3x like I used to. So I'm not feeling AS fit as I was, but still pretty good. BUT, I can see the extra 6lbs on my body when I look in the mirror, and that's an extra 6lbs on top of what was already a weight above my goal weight. So I'd like to at least get back to where I'd been before we bought the house - the mid 150s - if not back down even lower. And now that we have internet access at our house (as of last night), I guess the excuses for not tracking are gone. I'd like to say I'm starting today, but with today being Rosh Hashana, and then the weekend coming, I'm not sure. I know, I know... more excuses. I just gotta do it.
I have a friend who's having a big 40th birthday party on Saturday. She has lost 49 pounds since May and wants to lose 1 more so she can say she's lost 50 pounds by her birthday. I have to admit I didn't see big changes at first, but we got together last night and at first glance I didn't even recognize her. She looks amazing and I'm inspired.
I'll have to post more house pictures soon...the closet, downstairs bathroom, and family room are all starting to come together and pretty soon they'll have the start of their "after" look!!
Oh, one more thing...lately I've suddenly been bitten with the baby bug. We have this nice big house now and it feels so empty - I mean right now it's filled with moving boxes we haven't unpacked yet and construction materials for all the renovations - but eventually we're going to have this four-bedroom house (five if you count the room in the attic) and just the two of us here! Is that the most ridiculous reason to have a baby you've ever heard of - just so you're not so lonely in your great big house?? Haha. So many of you Sparkers have shared your pregnancy, birth, baby, and babies growing up stories, and I'm starting to get a little jealous. I'm turning 34 in a few months and I don't want to miss my window of opportunity. I've blogged before about not being sure I want kids but I know deep down I really do. My husband says we're not ready yet though - we can't afford it, our house isn't ready yet, blah blah blah. I'm wondering if I'm going to have to trick him in order to get pregnant! That's malicious, I would never do that, but the thought has kind of jokingly crossed my mind.
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