Wednesday, January 11, 2012
I think I have a definite binge mentality. Yesterday I commented on another blog about chocolate - yes, it's a big weakness of mine (go figure!), and I was bragging a little about keeping the binges down by munching on dark chocolate. I did confess that, if I got around cookies and brownies I had problems, though. So what happened? My hubby & I are both interested in pursuing Nursing as a second career, and we went to this seminar on the program offered at OCU (where I work). And of course they had pizza, which was bad enough, and also a HUGE plate of chocolate chip cookies and brownies!
Now, I've been following this "Carb Lovers' Diet" for about 1 1/2 weeks now, and am/was down 3 lbs or so. This diet does NOT allow you to eat unlimited quantities of pizza, cookies & brownies - and I don't know what happened last night! I suddenly switched to the "seefood" diet, like RAARRRR! I ended up eating 2 LARGE slices of pizza, 2 brownies, and a chocolate chip cookie Needless to say, I didn't feel much like exercising when I got home.
Surprisingly, the scale didn't budge this morning, still at 139.75. And today there was a staff breakfast, and I DID skip the biscuits & gravy (fortunately there were no sweet rolls), and had some cantalope. I'm having soup for lunch and a veggie burger for dinner, with some elliptical minutes for dessert! Wish me luck!
Wednesday, January 04, 2012
Another new year, another new diet - although I'm still reading through (and implementing) stage 2 of the SparkDiet. So far I'm liking this "Carb Lover's" diet and think I could stay with this. The rest of the family, not so sure. After 2 days I'm down 2 1/2 lbs. Unfortunately, I'm also down with a back injury. I had to pick up the mail at work, which after such a long break there was a literal TON of mail. The dolly's tires were a little low, and I had to push this thing up a ramp into the building. Probably a minor sprain, went to the Doctor & he found no slipped or herniated discs, which is the good news. But the BAD news is, there's really not much to do except take it easy, take ibuprofen & use hot/cold packs. In other words, no running this week! So much for my plan to rack up 1000 fitness minutes this month - bummer!
But at least I didn't let the pain derail my diet - I didn't "binge" to make myself feel better. I DID have some chocolate with the ibuprofen, but only a couple of pieces of Dove dark chocolate. And although I didn't feel like standing at the stove grilling the salmon last night, I just heated a can of Progresso soup for dinner. I'll definitely cook the salmon tonight, though - hate to waste money!
Sunday, January 01, 2012
So here I am again, January 1, 2012, starting a new diet & exercise plan. And I seem to be back where I started last year, what a bummer!
Kind of mad at myself. For the past 2 years I've lost weight only to gain it back. I think the problem is I still see "diet" as "temporary." In fact, I bought yet another diet book for the new year - the Carb Lover's diet. I learned last year that I just don't care much for high-protein. low-carb dieting, so I'm HOPING that this "diet" will be something I can stick with for longer than a few months. It's not really telling me anything I DIDN'T already know, nutrition-wise. Like yes, I can eat pasta but not all I want, focus on veggies & whole grains, fiber, etc. Oh, and it DOES cut the chocolate down considerably. That's why part of my weight-loss strategy is to cut down or eliminate the use of Splenda and sugar (particularly where coffee is concerned ). Maybe if I can taste the REAL flavors of the cereals and coffees, it will be easier to avoid the sugary-sweet treats that seem to be my downfall. In fact, I've already started, and am finding iced tea tastes pretty good with less Splenda in it!
I am also issuing myself a one-month mini-challenge, in addition to my running New Year's resolution - I want to log 1000 fitness minutes in January! I figure 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week, = 250 minutes, X 4 weeks = 1,000! It's DEFINITELY doable, and the fact that I've signed up for a Pilates class twice a week should definitely help! But tonight I have a date with the Elliptical, after I put away the Christmas decorations. Off I go!
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Before I post my 2012 Resolutions, I thought I'd take a look back at 2011 and see what I've managed to accomplish, and what I still need to work on. In March I went skiing for the first time in my LIFE! I honestly didn't do too well, but it's something I've always wanted to try. Last fall (October, I believe) I tried indoor rock-climbing with some of my SparkFriends - I managed to climb a little, and would love to go again! I also ran in a 5K and completed it, and just a few weeks ago went "tubing" at the Bricktown BallPark, another first! So 2011 was a year of "firsts" for me!
However, for the 2nd year I got my weight down to 135, a mere 10 lbs from my goal, only to gain back almost all the weight I lost this year. Clearly I've got some self-sabotaging issues to work out. I also put myself on a 12-week mini-challenge with three goals, and I really met only one - giving up Diet Coke! The other two, healthy snacking & consistent exercise, still need help!
As for the rest of my life, I got a less than favorable performance review at work But I set some improvement goals, and for the most part accomplished them! My supervisor said she'd write a report for my file, which is VERY good news! Onward and upward!
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