Tuesday, August 17, 2010
I just got back from 9 days living out of my camper (a 25 year old 20' Toyota Odyssey) while camping with my wife and daughter. I was VERY worried about staying on my food plan with no internet to track my food, no cell service to call my OA sponsor, and no one to keep me on track but me. But I did fairly well. Maintained my weight. Ate a few things on my "no-no" list but not much and no binging. Mostly stayed in calorie range, I think. This is how I did it...
First I wrote up a possible menu with my wife and we did all the shopping, including lots of small and large Ziploc bags and plenty of "hearty veggies" (things like lemon cucumbers and baby carrots and apples that travel well without bruising). Two days before the trip I met with my OA sponsor to talk about a plan and about my fears, and also posted on my SparkPeople groups about the plan and my fears as well. The day before I cooked up the pre-cooked meals and bagged EVERYTHING in individual containers. Every single prezel, every drop of trail mix, every snack and meal was weighed and measured in single serving bags, with those bags put in larger ziplocs that were labeled with the calories per serving.
Once the trip started I tried writing down my food on paper, with the calories added up in the right column. This quickly went out the window as I was having too much fun biking and swimming and visiting and hiking and relaxing, so I just stuck to my usual "6 small 200-300 calorie meals a day" plan keeping track in my head. I had one s'more per night (1/4 of a chocolate bar) which was not on my food plan but was something I expected to treat myself to anyway while camping. It totaled one bar for the whole week, so I'm not beating myself up over it.
The last few days the family got sick of "camper food" and started asking to eat out, so I steered us towards better choices at first (Subway and Wendy's, reading the nutrition info before ordering) and when we finally ended up at Applebee's the last night I ordered a "to go" box with my meal and put half of it away before I even started eating.
I left town at 206 and came home at 205. Probably should have biked and hiked more, but other than that I think I did pretty well.
Please tell me your "vacation eating" success stories!
Friday, July 30, 2010
I just looked up the BMI ratings for my height:
110-149 lbs = Healthy
149-179 lbs = Overweight
179 lbs and up = Obese
I've just gotten down from 238 to only 206, which feels fantastic, but is still Obese.
My goal is set at 180, because when my goal was 150 (a weight at which I look DAMN good) I made it down to 180, was walking daily and felt healthy but kicked myself for not losing more so I ended up gaining. I don't want that kind of stress. Does it really matter if I am officially on the lower end of Obese, if my blood pressure is good and I look and feel good?
Comments welcome. (And yes, I should also ask my doctor what he thinks.)
Monday, April 26, 2010
Found out today that the numbness in my leg that I was afraid was a stroke and caused me to get back on the wagon (of eating well and losing weight) is "Meralgia Paresthetica", damage to a specific large nerve, often caused by... drum roll please... obesity. Combined with sleeping in an old camper bed! LOL. (It started the night we camped down in Santa Cruz a few weeks ago). The Doc was glad to hear I was losing weight. Should clear up in a few months. It's not dangerous. Here's a link if you are interested:
This also caused me to get the doc to put me on some new blood pressure meds... and they are working! :-)
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Well, this is a week of firsts. First time turning down garlic bread. First time making it through a big family stress-fest without going for the chocolate. First time my wife decided to deal with the stress by getting a carton of ice cream and left it in the freezer for me to "slip" on and I didn't touch it. And then tonight my kid got beat up by bullies and I had to talk to the cops and I still ate just what was written down, gathered up my books, and headed out for my usual weds evening study session.
Ok, so I'm not very focused on studying, kind of distracted, but at least I'm leaning on SparkPeople instead of going for one of those chocolate-bombs over there in the coffee shop display case. Not even interested. Just want to celebrate losing weight (6 lbs so far) and celebrate another first today: first time in over a year my blood pressure (systolic) has gone below 140! (That was BEFORE the incident with the bullies and the cops, but still...)
Monday, April 19, 2010
Well, I went to OA on Monday, tracked my food all week and stayed in calorie range, exercised once, and went to OA again tonight (Sunday). That's 1 week down, 1 day at a time, and the rest of my life to go: Eating healthy, living healthy, and getting my weight and blood pressure down so I can live a long and healthy life.
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