Monday, November 16, 2009
What would I do without Marshalls or Ross stores? I've gone down three pant sizes since last October, so where else can I get a $40.00 pair of pants for $10? (one pair was $7!)(not irregulars, and name brand) And Playtex bras for $4.50 each? I know that I will continue to go down in size, and I know that buying new clothes won't break the bank. What's funny to me is that, in the past few years when I'd begun gaining weight, it took me awhile to fully wrap my mind around the fact that I had to buy bigger sizes. Now it's just the opposite. I go to the rack with bigger sizes and then remember that I don't need them anymore. I smile each time I do that. This year's hard work has paid off.
Before October 08, when I began this healthier lifestyle, I'd never blogged before. I didn't even know what it was about. I soon realized the many purposes it serves, and yes, blogging has served me well in making all the intangibles around weight loss totally concrete and seeing exactly where I am (and in other ways besides physical). I would have never imagined that cyberfriends could be such wonderful boosts in the process. Every once in awhile, I've taken a blog space to shout-out and thank all who have ever responded and helped me through good times and bad. THANK YOU TONS!
It looks like my forever plateau may be a thing of the past. After making changes to food intake and exercise programs this past two weeks, I am down 2 LBS(!!!) at today's weigh-in. HOORAY, HOORAY!
I've begun starting my day with exercise videos and my workout pals are Princes Harry and William, whose photo is on my page. Their participation consists of laying on the back of that chair with one eye open to watch and wonder what in the world I'm doing! Suffice it to say, I absolutely love those rascals - their purr-sonalities match their looks. And, of course, their eyes are blue even though the camera flashed them like demon eyeballs. (smiling)
Have a wonderful day, friends.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Sometimes the tips I read are so simple, and I read them and wonder why I never did them before. For example. I totally love my organic tortilla chips with hummus (from a store called Fresh & Easy). However, these do add up even when I keep them in my daily calorie range. Then I read a short little article on SP to substitute veggies w/the hummus. Now I do that instead of the tortilla chips and it has worked out so well. Not only do I get healthier snacks, but the carrots and celery are very filling snacks that have made my hunger so much more manageable (a big key to my beating the night munchies). This has been a wonderful boost for me in really keeping myself in a great range each day.
About a week ago, I eliminated eggs and cheese from my diet. Being the cheese queen of the universe, I thought this was going to be very difficult. Nope, not at all. I don't even miss it. I'm thinking that this will be a big help on weigh-in day. We'll see on Monday.
I've just completed my third week of no coffee. After going through a difficult detox period for the first week, my insulin has stabilized and everything is feeling very balanced and healthy. However, the pull to go back on coffee again has been huge. I'm toying with going on decaf. I know this is not the most important decision or problem in the world (smiling), but just something I'm dealing with.
My weigh-in day is on Monday. I've been working harder than ever in the exercise realm, doing a great job with food intake and keeping within my range, etc. Now, last week was the same sceanario, but I was up a few lbs and I lamented how could that be? We'll see what's up this week. I'm determined not to make the scale so important as I can see my body changing. Sooner or later, the scale will move as well.
Wishing everyone a fun day.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
I have a good friend who's watched my progress over the past year and been very supportive. He recently bought a bike and we rode together for the first time this morning on a beautiful day in San Diego. He is starting to talk about eating better and doing more exercise! How wonderful! It was great to see that my year has had a positive impact on someone else.
Friday, November 13, 2009
One of the biggest challenges in this past year of healthy eating, has been breaking my night munching habit. I've tried every trick in the book, and it really doesn't matter if I include it in my calorie intake for the day. All my life, I've been able to eat anything and not gain a lb. Then, a few years ago - bingo. Hormonal changes, mega-stress, and my lifelong eating habits put on the weight. However, I've had the night snacking under control for a couple of weeks now, and don't even miss it. This is a HUGE feat. Yes, if I'm ever famished, I'll allow myself a healthy snack. Otherwise, it's another habit that is best being escorted out of town. Wishing all a happy Friday the 13th.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
My computer is slowly conking out. After doing everything possible to prolong it's life, it may last another day, week, or month. However, when it goes, that'll mean a temporary break with SP site. Sad, but true. Meanwhile, I'm working hard to step up my exercise program, limit my calories to my range, and be an overall good girl. Have a wonderful day.
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