Thursday, February 14, 2008
I had absolutely no candy today. With my trip to Jamaica just four days away, I wasn't even tempted. A few students gave me candy and I gave it all away. I also asked Jess if we could celebrate without food, which was fine with him. He had some beautiful roses delivered to me at school! Awwwww...
I was up to 145.0 today (Jess' scale), but can't possibly be gaining FAT, so I'm not worried. I need to be sure to make good choices no matter what the scale says. I still weigh 2 pounds less than one week ago.
I was also a bit hungrier today, so I have 1,600 calories planned for tomorrow.
I have a few "gym buddies" who I chat with. Today I admitted to one of them that I wish I were closer to my goal weight for Jamaica. She asked how many more pounds I want to lose and I told her the truth - 10 to 15. She said wow, she expected me to say 3 to 5. That was nice of her. :)
I am definitely into today's featured recipe - Mexican lasagna - I actually already have most of the items I'd need to make it! I just put the low-fat cheddar and the whole-wheat tortillas on my shopping list. I think I'll make that when I get home from Jamaica.
A little planning...tomorrow will be 1,600 calories. Saturday and Sunday, I will see how I feel and plan accordingly. I will plan 1,400 for the FOLLOWING Saturday - my first day back (I get back very late Friday night). It'll be long-lasting types of things and I'll pack it all up and leave in Jess' refrigerator.
As for eating on vacation, I will make the healthiest choices available to me and just to keep tabs on the AMOUNT I eat, I WILL count points. I will need to do this for five days, so I will have 25 flex points (usual is 35 for a whole week) that I will only use if I'm hungry and need them. I will also count activity points, so I will need to bring my slider! It may seem counterintuitive, but I am actually doing this to help me NOT obsess. If I don't keep track at all I am in danger of either eating far too little or THINKING I'm eating far too little, either of which could very easily backfire. I need to keep track just to know I'm eating about the right amount! But I certainly won't stress over it. In fact, if I'm really hungry and I've used the activity points and flex points I could even use as many as four extra per day on top of that if I NEED them - maintanence points - because my goal in Jamaica is to HAVE FUN, which I can't do if I'm overly hungry. It's a lot like budgeting 1,800 calories per day when I went skiing. Anyway, I will definitely need to refresh my memory on the whole flex plan, so it's a very good thing that I have a brand new 2008 Eat Wisely book!!!
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
I knew it couldn't last forever. After three days of eating very little, today I'm back to eating everything I've planned (about 1,430 calories) and wishing I could eat more (but I won't!). In response to what my body is telling me, I've planned a little extra for tomorrow - about 1,490 calories. I LOVE varying my calorie levels!!
I weighed 144.8 today compared with 144.2 yesterday, but it was on my own scale and/or could easily just be some daily fluctuation, so I am not at all worried. I am down two pounds from one week ago today. Yesterday I was down FIVE pounds from a week earlier. The pattern is good.
Someone recently left a message on my page saying something like "17 pounds to go!" when I weighed 147. I actually am liking the simplicity of having an end goal that I am striving to reach. I now weigh approx. 145, and if I lose 2 pounds a week I could be at 130 in about eight weeks! Two months! Mid-April! I just gotta keep on making one good choice after another.
Oh guess what. Even though I weighed a bit more today, my size 4 pants seemed just a tiny bit less snug than yesterday and I WORE them! They were tight, but not painful. Yay!
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
And boy is my head spinning. I went through more fresh starts, more revelations that I'd finally "found the answer," than I'd even realized! More times watching those 140s drop back to 130s and then later those 150s dropping to 140s...UGH. And every time I'd get back down it would be the same thing...I'd feel so on top of the world I was sure I'd never gain again. Just drop a few more and then do this maintanence thing and be set for life. Okay, I am simplifying, but it's kind of making me angry with myself. I booked my trip to Jamaica back in October and I wanted to be at 130 by the time the vacation came around. I could have been too, but I fell off the wagon too many times. I sure did have a lot of insights, but I need to somehow keep having them over and over without them actually sticking. I am almost afraid to say that I think I have a solution now, because I've said it before. But it does seem to work to vary my calories depending on how I feel. I'm so excited about Jamaica that my appetite is surpressed, and today I weighed 144.2! I was very excited about that until I read my blog which reminded me of times where I would have considered 144.2 to be quite heavy. :(
Before I leave for Jamaica I will have to set in stone my plans. They will defnitely include exercise, although from what I've read it doesn't sound like it would be safe to go off running on my own off my resort. I will have to figure out something I can do ON the resort. An hour a day minimum. And it will involve making healthy choices - vegetables, fruit, lean protein, water. Tracking points, probably, too. And I will have food ready for my first day back home. Probably 1,400 calories, but I can add/subtract if needed.
Monday, February 11, 2008
I had no idea how deeply I can be affected physiologically by my emotions. I wasn't hungry again today. I'm ALWAYS hungry, so two days in a row of having no problem eating practically nothing?! It HAS to be related to how excited I am about Jamaica, right?? It's kind of like how after someone gives me a little wave at the gym, I can suddenly push harder, like knowing someone's watching me makes me have more energy. Anyway, I'm not only back down to 146.6 again today (weighed this several days ago too..), but I also weighed exactly 146.6 AGAIN after this afternoon's workout. I suddenly am getting happy with my body again, even though I'm well above my goal. Good timing, because I will be in a bikini in ONE WEEK!!!
Anyway, today's stats are: arms, shoulders, stretching, apple :) , 60 minutes on treadmill - 5.6 miles/650 calories. Calories eaten ended up being somewhere between 1,100 and 1,200 - can't remember exactly. I have about 1,430 planned for tomorrow...can't imagine I'll go without an appetite all week!!
PS - I love my boyfriend SO MUCH. I wonder what he's gonna do for Valentine's Day...but I better not wonder too much because in reality he'll probably just give me something inexpensive and cute - that's all I told him I wanted. I'm giving him a digital camera.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
I never thought I'd be saying this, but I was busy today and forgot about eating! I KNOW I should not make a regular habit of this, but I only at 888 calories today. I figure it's kinda like a day of eating way too much, but in reverse. Once in a while can't hurt, right?
So I was so wrong with my weight prediction yesterday. I actually GAINED. I'm at 148.0 today. :( I don't care really though. I am doing everything I can do in terms of eating healthy and exercising, but I just cannot directly control my weight. So, who cares?! I think I'm looking thinner anyway.
At the gym today a fit young woman gave me a lot of advice. I'm trying to decide whether to follow it. She said to eat 40 percent carbs, 40 percent protein, and 20 percent fat, with at least 40 grams of protein at every meal. I'd really have to change my eating habits. I have everything all set up so that it's easy to get the SP-recommended 55 percent carbs, 15 percent protein, 30 percent fat. Lately I have been trying to make sure I get at least 60 grams of protein per day and that if I am off from the SP guidelines, that my carbs and fat are LOWER than the recommendation, and protein higher.
For exercise, she said I should lift heavier weights and do 5 sets of 5 reps of everything. Less cardio in favor of more of the type of strength training that raises heart rate.
I posted on the message boards to see what people think of that advice...looking forward to seeing the answers...just got my first one! :)
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