Thursday, July 24, 2008
I just wanted to report that I have been sticking with it - eating right, working out.. I've even started doing a little jogging again! I'm back down to 158.4 and plan on being down a few more pounds by the time I go to the Cape next weekend.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
I am so proud of myself. I set some reasonable goals, not too strict but very healthy, and I stuck to them, on a WEEKEND VACATION no less!!! I had amazing but healthy meals this weekend - lots of salads, grilled fish, only a little carbs/dessert (I even passed up ice cream when my friends got some because I wasn't that hungry! I never do that!). I drank tons of water and iced coffee so I wouldn't be hungry, did lots of walking, and didn't drink that much alcohol.
Next challenge will be the Cape in two weeks. It'll require more willpower because we're staying with my boyfriend's family in a cottage, so instead of just dealing with food when we're at restaurants I'm going to be faced with constant temptation by all the snack foods at the cottage too. I guess I will just have to stay outside all the time!!
Between now and then, of course, I have a nice little chunk of time to work on my bikini bod. I see a lot of nutrition-tracker-planned menus and workouts in my near future!
Friday, July 18, 2008
It's Friday afternoon - the weekend is upon me, and I need a plan to stay on track. I planned what I'll be eating on Monday already. I'll throw it all together in a bag and leave it in the fridge so I'll definitely follow through on Monday.
Tomorrow some friends and I are going on an overnight trip to Newport. I could plan out everything I'll eat, but that doesn't seem to be realistic. Instead, I'll bring breakfast (a smoothie) for tomorrow and leave the rest of my meals open. I'll choose salads and/or fish, stay away from or only eat a little bit of the carbs, and at the hotel breakfast I will stick with oatmeal, fruit, high-fiber cereal, and/or yogurt. No pancakes, waffles, bagels, or pastries. (If they have eggs I can get that - but no cheese.) I will once and for all prove that I really don't want to be overweight with my actions. I'll do lots of walking and, no matter what happens, I will follow Monday's eating plan when I get home, keeping in mind that there's still the weekends on the Cape and the Vineyard coming up, and I can look good for those.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Before I go to bed each night, I need to be committed to a specific eating plan for the next day. On a regular day, the plan should include specific amounts of specific foods and be prepared in advance. When I'll be having a meal out, commit to eating about 500-600 calories of healthy foods at this meal, and plan the whole day's worth of food as specifically as possible including guesstimates for the meal out. Whenever there's going to be a meal or more out, always have the first normal day back all planned and packed in advance, because getting back on track is the first priority.
Also be sure that I have had at least 30 minutes of exercise each day before going to bed at night.
If either of these things haven't happened yet, they are the priority over an earlier bedtime - make them happen first, THEN sleep. Of course a good night's sleep is important too, so do these things BEFORE bedtime.
Accept that I have a low tolerance for hunger and a high tolerance for being overly full, and then get over it. Compensate with water, coffee, tea, gum, and a selection of foods that help fullness last longer (fiber, healthy fat, protein, low sugar). Know that it isn't easy for me, but it is exciting and healthy. Be proud of every success.
I know that doing these things for the long term guarantees me a healthy weight. I may not feel highly motivated to do it all the time, but I absolutely must.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
I was doing fine last week until the weekend came. On Saturday I didn't track, but I decided to make reasonably healthy choices without overdoing it. Or so I thought. Somehow I ended up three and a half pounds heavier the next day! I couldn't believe it. I was so pissed off at my body that I just went off, eating like mad and not exercising, from Sunday until today. Which I realize now totally makes no sense. If I'm that upset about gaining some, why intentionally gain even more?
I'd been subconsciously believing that my body will do whatever it can to keep my weight in the mid-160s, since that is where it has been most often in my adult life. I can lose weight and get much thinner than that, but can gain it back so easily. When I'm there I seem to be able to eat and not really gain much more... but wait a minute. My weight has been as high as the lower 180s. If I were to keep this up, there is no guarantee that my weight won't go above the mid-160s. There really isn't any way out of this except to get back, AGAIN, on the old eat-right-and-exercise bandwagon.
I got my motivation back about an hour ago, when a friend called to discuss a beach trip we're taking this weekend. Neither of us really want to be seen in a bathing suit, but I realized that I can have a few healthy days under my belt between now and then to at least cut back a bit on the damage. I'm in my gym clothes and will go to the gym near my boyfriend's place with him in a bit...but want to plan out a healthy diet for tomorrow first. And remind myself in my blog that it has to be eat-right-and-exercise, day after day after day after day, and when I fall off, pick myself right back up and eat-right-and-exercise all over again.
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