Friday, April 26, 2013
Now, I say some, because I should have done this prior to eating 2 of the 3 servings! But better late than never. Macaroni salad, for whatever reason is a trigger food of mine. I know this, and I RARELY buy it because I know what will happen. They have the huge tub, and the very small tub, which I would think is maybe 2 servings, but it's 3, with 330 calories PER SERVING. I could easily eat the whole thing. I had been doing so good, and it was on sale at the store I tricked myself into thinking I could handle eating one serving at a time, in moderation. Boy was I wrong.
I had less than a serving earlier today with my sandwich, and even tonight when I wasn't hungry reached for it. Put it all in my tracker and it blew my already iffy day to 2400 calories. I was still eating it thinking OH WELL, the day is ruined. Then I stopped, mid chew and I said there is still SOME right here, it isn't gone yet.
I took out a plate, put it on the food scale, weighed it, almost 1 whole serving remained. I threw it face down in the trash, and turned on the trash compactor and practically skipped out of the kitchen! I went right back to my tracker and throwing away what didn't look like much saved me about 300 calories! That is more calories than I burned on my walk with Sparky. I feel like a million bucks, I'd feel like 2 million if I stopped even sooner, but it is an amazing feeling to see that food has no control over me.
I simply can not handle buying that. I eat everything else in moderation, even things I really, really, like, but I don't have issues with any of those things, it's just the macaroni salad, so as of today, for real-sies this time, macaroni salad and I are no longer frienemies... We are done-sies.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
I wanted to wait until I had a week under my belt of getting the job done, BUT since my blogs have been nothing but down right depressing lately, I wanted to share my joy with all of you!
My mom wants to lose maybe 15-20 pounds, and has wanted to for a while. I asked her if she would try with me to eat around 1500 calories a day. She is not one that would track her food, but I even told her I could kind of add it up and stuff, and she tells me what she eats. So far it is working. Today is day 5, and weigh in this morning had me down 3 pounds. I understand it is water and blah, blah, blah, but that is 3 pounds that I am not lugging around. I am also prepared for the "easy weight loss" to stop soon, I know I won't be dropping 3 pounds in 4 days forever, and that it will slow to a consistent, slow loss soon. But it was the push I needed and the reassurance that what I am doing is right.
I have pretty just gone back to the "everything in moderation" thing, and it has involved processed foods. It does work and I can lose weight doing this... however I do enjoy how I feel physically when I am eating better foods. I have made a conscious effort to add in more veggies, and get back to that. I just needed it to be baby steps. The idea of going from eating nothing but fast food to eating completely healthy was too much for me. So I have literally crawled in the right direction, and am now ready to really get back to it.
I can not take this dreaded feeling of "starting again"... I know it's not starting OVER, even with the regain I had still been doing this a year, still have lost 50 pounds, and I knew how to do it. I wasn't starting over from square one, but I basically took a time out by choosing to eat the way I was, and now the time out is over and it's time to get back to business. So I know in the future "time outs" are not for me, because the idea of starting again is just too daunting... eek!
Thanks to everyone for the love and support, it would have been so easy to run and hide from Spark, which is what I used to do when I'd start gaining weight. But this time I reached out and I got so much love and support that I just couldn't give up, and for that I thank you guys so much!
Sunday, April 14, 2013
I have the best conversations with my dog Sparky. He is a good listener, he NEVER judges me and he cares about me a lot!
This morning I was cuddling with him when I got home from work, and over the course of a couple minutes, it just started to come out. "Momma is sad, and momma's getting fatter..." and I paused and then it just kept coming "And when momma gets fatter, she gets even sadder and fatter and sadder and it's not good." Then I said "You don't want a 270 pound momma, because then momma couldn't take you for w-a-l-k-s, because she wouldn't be able to, and then you'd be sad, and you don't deserve that." (Had to spell out walk because I didn't want him to think we were going on one lol)
It was crazy how much came out to his furry little face, and he looked like he understood.
I saw something this morning that terrified me. I have already grown accustomed to seeing 216 which was bad enough, but today I saw the number that terrified me, 220. Part of it is bloating with TOM approaching but most of it is from the reckless eating. Yesterday I took good steps in the right direction, tracking food, walking, and getting in my water, but when your food is completely out of control, nothing can save you. We all know you can't out exercise a bad diet. My body has taken on 4 pounds in like 3 days, and while a lot of that may be a fluctuation, the number was very real and a preview of where I am headed.
I also have to say thanks for all the support. I know I am getting repetitive, everything is either I'm gaining, struggling, trying, etc... but keeping active on Spark is the only thread of hope I have to hang on for dear life... so I thank you all so much for hanging in there with me and encouraging me...it means a lot!
Monday, April 08, 2013
I'm trying to prevent my current 6 pound gain, 6 of those ^ from turning into 60.
For some of you, a 6 pound gain is a drop in the bucket. Even when I sit here saying it now, I know it's "only 6 pounds" and it can easily come off IF I do the work. But the problem is, I have not been doing the work. I also have several weight loss attempts under my belt, where a 40 pound loss ended up being completely wiped out in a few short months.
I know for me there is a very thin, brittle line between a 6 pound gain and a 60 pound gain. I know myself, and I am in the denial phase right now. I am in the "It's ONLY 6 pounds, it's okay. It's not like it's 10 or 20, you can turn this around, don't worry about it..." The problem with the denial phase, is telling myself a true statement, such as you can turn this around, but not following it up with an ACTION. I can turn it around, I can win the lottery, I can get struck by lightening, I can get to my goal weight... all of this can happen... can I win the lottery? Probably not. Can I get struck by lightening? Maybe, but I sure hope not... Can I turn this around and get to my goal? Yes, but not without the WORK.
60 pounds didn't fall off of me on one of my walks, it took a lot of work to lose it. And 60 pounds will pile on top of me if I keep eating fast food and sitting on the couch.
I mentioned struggling previously but it was very vague, let me go ahead and give you an idea of what that entails... By admitting this to you, I will be admitting it to myself which is very important.
: I lost my fitbit 3 weeks ago, my motivation to walk is apparently TIED to that fitbit. I think if I can find it, that will help SLIGHTLY.
: I have not been walking consistently at work. A lap or 2 here or there, but hardly any.
: I have not walked Sparky in about a week and a half. Yes, I feel terrible! My mom has taken him on my work days so he's gotten like 3 a week, bu the's used to his daily walks.
: There have been days where I've had MAYBE 8 ounces of water, ICK!
: Fast food, fast food, fast food! I don't even want to know what my credit card bill is going to say!
: Tight pants. I had to chose today between tight size 18's, and loose 20's and I picked loose 20's. That is not good folks!
: Emotional eating. Holy eating batman!
This one is huge, I am just in a very bad place emotionally. I have had my heart stomped on repeatedly over the last month. Lost a friendship with someone I've known 12 years, had not one but two boys use my heart as a punching bag, my beloved Sheldon is doing a little better but probably on his last legs, and of course the weight gain. The craziest thing, out of aaaaaaaaaaaaaaall of those things I mentioned above, the ONE thing that I can control the most, and honestly considering the situations the ONLY thing I can control is my weight gain or weight loss. I chose the path, I chose to sit on the couch eating Jack In The Box instead of eating something healthier and taking Sparky for a walk. The more I do this, the more it becomes my "new normal" and it took me over 6 months to make my healthy lifestyle my "new normal" and I am undoing all my hard work.
I feel like I have to relearn all those healthy habits. I can either relearn them now, sitting at 215 pounds, or I can relearn them at 250, 272, or even an all time high weight of 300. I do not want that. No one wants that.
I am starting on Thursday, and yes yes, I know, that sounds bad, but tough noogies. I have to ween myself onto this. Thursday I will track ALL food and water.. I will however take Sparky for his walk tomorrow night. By the time work rolls around on Saturday I want to have food prepared and ready to go and I need to find the blasted fitbit. I took my ipod on my own free will and now I really have NO excuse not to walk at work. I have my tunes and I need to use them.
I feel sluggish, I feel fat, I feel out of control and I hate it. I am sad for reasons beyond my control and now I need to make the best of the things I can control.
My goal for the end of April is to post a blog, to have at least SOME good news to report, and to weigh less than I do right now which is about 215. I can't give up on this fight, it is too important to me.
Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Disclaimer: Usually I am a huge fan of the tough love "just get off your butt and do it!", but I don't need that right now. Trust me, I am hard enough on myself at this point, and I am feeling pretty delicate, so if you're comment was going to be "Stop being lazy and get it done", that really isn't going to help me right now.
It's no surprise that I'm struggling. The scale is back up between 212-215. I am desperately trying not to let it go above 215. I do not want to slip back in the 220's.
I have a lot on my plate right now, and I know that is no excuse. Everyone has problems, things to deal with, struggles, and some people still get it done, and some crumble under the pressure. I am trying to find the in between. I am trying to deal with my stuff without packing back on the pounds, yet I am definitely being honest when I say I am not pushing towards my goal.
There are huge changes at work... they are remodeling which leaves us to dispatch in a tiny trailer, which is not fun. That is the smallest of my problems btw. ;) The others are so personal that I am not going in depth on those.
Sheldon (my dog) isn't doing well, and I know I am going to have to take him to have him put down soon. It breaks my heart.
The other struggles are super personal, I had put the gist of it in my status updates, I ended a friendship with someone I had known 12 years. I completely ended things with "the boy", found some closure but I am still healing. So many changes, and I am not a fan of change.
I am going to say this, and I don't need any comments about "don't settle, you need to keep pushing"... I am not giving up and I am not settling... but this is the thing. I feel OKAY at this weight. Now hear what I said, I feel OKAY. I will not settle for okay, I want to feel great. And while I don't know what my magical "I feel great" weight is going to be, I know it lies within Onederland though and I will find out in time. I feel so much better at this weight because it is the lowest I have been in years. I was 19 and 205... and it was downhill from there. So even getting back near that at age 27 is a huge accomplishment. So while I feel better in comparison, I know it isn't where I want to stay in the long term.
I have fallen out of tracking my food which is something I had always done, no matter how bad the calories were. So I am going to work on getting back to that. I need to get back on top of my walking at work and all of those things.
Working in the trailer threw a wrench in my food plan because I am no longer allowed to get up 6 times a day to go make food to eat my small meals. That is not possible and this is a situation I will be in for several months. I really feel like I am reevaluating everything. My life, my weight loss journey, my friends... it is a scary and unsure time for me but I am trying not to fall into the pit of despair. I don't want my next blog to be 3 months from now and me telling you I am 250 pounds.
I am not giving up, even in my hardest times I have still managed to not go above 215 and I want to at least get back to 210 and if I hang around there I hang around there.
I also made the executive decision to take my Ipod from my parents. I am nowhere near 199 and it's not coming any time soon. And now dispatching out of a freakin trailer I really need that damn thing for my sanity. You can judge me if you want, but I dropped the 300 bucks on it, it's been collecting dust almost 4 months and I'm just over it.
I am proud of the fact that I haven't shot back up into the 220's and my focus is just back to tracking, but my focus is also in other areas of my life and I have to do what is best for me.
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