Saturday, October 15, 2011
On Wednesday night I suggested to my husband that we have dinner this Friday at our local Indian restaurant. His immediate reaction was 'Won't that be expensive? Expensive for your calories, I mean?' (He's really getting into this calorie counting project) I said, 'Yes, but I can plan (!!!! never done that before) for it.'
If this is going to be a lifestyle thing for me, I need to be able to occasionally go out to a restaurant and be able to keep within my calorie counting range.
So, I spent the next two days reading up about Indian food and about what the good choices would be. It turns out that Indian food is very high in calories - who knew? And that, without a doubt, my usual order would be at least 1000 calories in one sitting.
So, I planned and wrote down what I would order on the back of a till slip. As it turns out, I didn't order what I initially planned, but stuck with a spinach and lentil curry with rice and then then shared the sweet dumpling dessert with my husband. No poppadoms and definitely no naan (I'm sad about the naan bread. I can't believe it's so high in calories).
At the end of the meal, my husband looked at me and said, 'this is the first time I've left an Indian restaurant not feeling bloated and heavy. Your calorie counting is really helping me too'. What a nice thing to say.
We walked home from the restaurant feeling lighter than usual, but still managed to have a lovely time together even though we must have eaten about a quarter of what we usually do. I still got to enjoy the restaurant experience without feeling guilty about blowing my diet.
(I should add that I went to the gym beforehand, just to get some exercise in. I thought that if I blow my calorie count, at least I have burned some of the calories before hand).
But, I didn't. I was closer to 1500 than I usually am, but not over.
This is another huge breakthrough for me. I can go to a restaurant and still maintain my diet!
Thursday, October 13, 2011
It was a big moment this morning in our bathroom. So big, that my husband had to double check the scale for me. (I'm short sighted and we have a manual scale, and I struggle to read the lines in between the numbers!) But, after his assurances, I think I can safely say that I reached 65kg today (about 145 pounds).
Now, my greatest excitement in all this was that I could change my profile picture to say 'lost ten pounds/ 5kg' - is that pathetic?? Such a small motivation, but obviously sparkpeople know exactly what little things might motivate a person a little more.
For the first time in my life weight seems to be falling off - usually a diet is a nightmare of not losing, frequently gaining and generally going to war with the scale.I can only attribute this to the fact that I am making sure my calories fall into the correct range, and making some sort of effort to exercise, reading a lot of blogs (incredibly motivitating) and articles, and getting some great support from sparkfriends and my husband! Or it could be that my body and mind was just ready.
I don't see a noticeable difference in the way I look, but feel so much stronger physically and much more comfortable inside my own skin. My clothes are a little less tight, but really just more comfortable to wear.
So very happy today.
Monday, October 10, 2011
As I was thinking about this blog and what to call it, I began to realized that these must be the lifestyle changes that people are talking about. And then I began wondering if I will be able to maintain these changes long term.
Usually we eat out on the weekend. We've done this as long as we've been married (which, come to think of it, is as long as I've been gaining weight for......) just because weekends are for relaxing and cooking belongs to our work week.
Well, I decided to cook for us this weekend. I realized that part of our weekend dilema is that we no plan at all. Our weekly eating schedule is very well planned, usually when we're planning our groceries, but, at the weekend, anything goes.
So, I cooked. It is an adjustment, and I did find myself wishing for pizza and french fries for most of the weekend, but I made a change. Just to see what will happen.
We did have lunch at our favourite sandwich place yesterday, but instead of a large ciabatta, I had a salad. It was still a high calorie meal, but was also our only meal out, and then I worked to balance it with everything else I ate.
This calorie watching really is hard work, but I'm learning.
I'm going to need to work on turning this into something long term now. Not just a quick fix diet.
Saturday, October 08, 2011
The doctor's surgery that I visit has a very high turnover of doctors. In fact, I don't think I've ever seen the same doctor twice! (I don't go very often).
Yesterday the doctor who was seeing me also happened to be doing her Masters degree in Sports medicine and so I ended up getting some of the best treatment I have ever received about my knee pain.
After doing a few exercise with me, she explained that she thinks I have mild Iliotibial band syndrome as well as a tight hip flexor in my right leg. She has given me some strength training advice and also asked me to change my running routine for the next month - fast running for no longer than ten minutes.
Now, I'm a little nervous about this. I run between twenty and forty minutes about twice a week. It is my main source of cardio and now I need to reduce it quite drastically. Granted, it is only for a month, but how will it effect my weight loss?
In a way it's good because I can begin some serious focus on strength training and will now need to look into some other forms of cardio exercise (Not to mention stretching out that hip flexor) but it's quite a change from what I'm used to doing.
That, and no races for a while. Another main motivator to get me on the road.
Oh well - there is a greater vision here than just losing weight in four months. There is my health for the rest of my life. So, October may become a month of patience for me when it comes to cardio exercise - fewer minutes, but much more intense minutes.
Thursday, October 06, 2011
One month ago today, after much umming and aahing I decided to give sparkpeople a try. I thought what's the worst that could happen?
Well, I'm now 4kg (about 8 pounds) lighter and I've lost about 3 inches worth around my waist and thighs. And I'm feeling lighter and stronger. Feelings I had thought were gone because I was getting older.....
Today is special because I get a chance to review and change things and I can do it with one months worth of knowledge behind me. This afternoon I will see if I have reached my first goal - to fit into my wedding dress again. This was the weight I was at when I got married, so who knows?
Then I need to set a new short term goal. I'll spend the day thinking about what that is.
I'm going to take advice and change my strength routine, and, once I've seen the doctor about my knee, I'll have a look at my cardio routine too. A kickboxing DVD is in the post to help me exercise through the colder winter months.
More than anything I just want to celebrate today as being good and think about the wonderful things in my life - things I'm more aware of now.
I give myself a reward every Thursday just for making it through another week of Spark, usually something less than £10, that is not food, but makes me feel a little spoiled. This afternoon I feel the need for a little party for one (I may even buy a party hat!) to celebrate and be thankful for one month of healthy progress, caring progress, loving progress and for how much better I feel about being alive and being me.
PS - I'll let you know if the wedding dress fits!)
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