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A Pound Away

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Despite an overall good week of eating (1 day of really bad eating. See previous blog entry), yesterday was tough. I had run out of oatmeal at work and forgot to bring in a new container. I made some bad choices in the morning and for lunch. I had a really good weight workout, but I didn't know if that would help much or not.

At around 6:00 I got together with a friend. Despite my best intentions, I was hungry and wanted to eat out (as did my friend). we had 4 toasted raviolis apiece, split a 12'' steak/cheese/onion/pepper/tomato/kitchen-s
ink sub. Desert was 2 scoops of really good tasting, but probably not very healthy, ice cream. I had tracked 2000-2100 calories for everything before dinner. I really didn't know how many calories were in any of the foods. I was careful portion-wise, but again, I didn't know.

I kind of assumed that dinner wsa going to set me back to about last weeks weight (223.2), even if only temporarily. I was fine with that. If one of my two bad eating days happens to be the one before weigh-in, then so be it. This is a marathon, not a sprint (Heck, 5 good eating days is 5 more than before SparkPeople and careful food tracking). Similarly to Tuesday, I knew that I could go over the disaster and try to come up with a better plan for next time, and I will do that.

So imagine my suprise when I weighed myself this morning and the scale said ........(drumroll)......... 220.8(rimshot)! Yes!!!! I am down 2.4 pounds. My first real short term goal is to be below 220 for three consecutive weigh-ins. I hope that next Saturday will be the first (just one pound away). As always, many many thanks to those of you who read my blog entries. I know that they can be a bit long winded, but it really helps/motivates me to know that I'm sharing my success with others. I really appreciate it. Thank you for reading and have a great week!!

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IMAGINARY1 9/6/2009 1:14AM

    Congrats!!!!!!! Don't worry about eating "bad" now and then because as long as you don't act like all is lost (and you didn't because you had a good workout after) you should be fine. We all make bad choices sometimes, but we keep on pushin'. emoticon

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Snatching Victory From the Jaws of Defeat

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Yesterday morning I was eating really well. Had a healthy breakfast, keeping right at my usual calorie intake. Then all of a sudden, BAM, at 10:30 I had a major craving for sausage. stomach rumbling and all. I didn't want to get the sausage, but my body wouldn't say no. I got the four sausage links (280 calories). Lunch went horribly and my body was craving a snack a mere hour and a half after lunch. I had consumed over 2100 calories by noon.

I was starting to wonder what was going on. The previous two days had seemed to go so well. Had I been trying to move too fast with the weight loss? Didn't think so. Was it that the weather was getting cooler? Didn't make sense, but maybe. I was starting to feel a bit anxious. A week and a half of maintaining anything diet related is a week and a half longer than usual for me. "Maybe this is it", I thought to myself, "another diet/eating plan bites the dust."

Though the rest of the day didn't go much better (3600 calories total (600 above the max of my current range)), at around 2:00 I took a break from work. I sat with my food logs from that day and the previous two to see what, if anything was different. It was then that I figured it out.

I had run out of milk on Saturday, so I had been eating oatmeal based breakfasts the previous two days(Sunday and Monday). I had bought milk on Monday night, so there was no oatmeal in my breakfast. My carbs yesterday were mostly rich in fiber but almost no complex (milk, Fiber One, ground flax seeds, and an apple). To boot, there was almost no fat in my breakfast or snacks. Lots of protein, but no fat. My body wanted fat, and sausage was the usual go-to for that. I devised my plan for today and it worked.

Before leaving for work I cooked up 2 oz of chicken (lean protein). When I got to work this morning I mixed the following:
* 1/2 cup Fiber One (60 calories)
* 1/4 cup Oatmeal (60 calories)
* 1T Peanut Butter (95 calories)
* Water.
I had three cups of water along with that. I was totally full and had no cravings for sausage at all. My calories for breakfast and mid morning snacks were less that 500. I wasn't even that hungry at lunch time. As I write this, after dinner, I'm at 2600 calories(100 below my minimum) for the day.

Before joining Spark People and meticulously keeping track of what I ate, I would never have been able to discover what I did wrong yesterday and make a successful plan for today. I would have just kicked myself, given up and felt doomed to keep on failing. As painful as yesterday was, today was a huge victory which gives me great hope for the future (may it give you hope as well). I am greatly and equally thankful for both days.

If you have a bad day, a feeling of frustration is normal. Feel it. But don't let it turn to hopelessness or feelings of failure. Fight back! Look at the choices you made and see what might have caused the bad day. Plan for the next time you will have to deal with the trigger or cause (and you most likely will have to deal with it at some point). Don't beat yourself up. Overcome.

If your first plan (or second or third or fourth etc.) doesn't work keep trying until you discover the root and solution. It may take time and more than a couple of heartbreaks, but it will be worth it. There are many good articles on this site with all sorts of potential solutions for all sorts of eating, nutrition, exercise, health issues. Lean on your teammates and leaders for advice.

Whatever you do, don't give up!

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MEADSBAY 12/6/2009 11:14AM

    We should recognize and respect our body's needs and desires.
Some days we are just more hungry than others.
It's the big picture that really counts and
keeping track of it all is the only way to see that.
Balance is the key.


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IMAGINARY1 9/3/2009 11:21PM

    Awesome! emoticon

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GIRLIE603 9/2/2009 7:22PM

    Great job on planning. You really did a great job coming up with a strategy to ward off the hunger. I will have to remember this as a great of example of what to do when I'm faced with a similar situation.

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Weigh In? More Like...Wow-in!!!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

OK, not going to hold back here. This was a great Great GREAT week for me on the weight front. I went from 225.4 to .......... (wait for it)... 223.2!!! I have been stuck at 225/226 for a while now. It's good to be down a pound or two. I am positively giddy.

Seriously, sincerest thanks to everyone who responded to my last blog entry and left comments/goodies on my page. Hugs and kisses to all of you (internet-speak translation H&K 2 4ll y4ll emoticon emoticon lol/rotfl(This has been a weird decade from a communications perspective.))

"How did I do it?" you may ask (or may not ask. If you didn't ask and don't want to know, just skip to the next paragraph. I won't be offended emoticon). Basically, I really tracked my calories throughout the day and planned accordingly. If there was a craving I had for a more calorie intense food, I reduced elsewhere.

I know that the site has a tracking tool. I will try to set up some of my foods in it over the next couple of weeks. For now, I want to continue trying to stay between 2700 and 3000 calories per day, stabilizing my eating pattern/calorie distribution throughout the day. I will start tapering when the weight loss stops.

Now that I have a dark brown background trim (see previous blog entry), my next short-term goal is 218/219. I've been stuck above 220 for a while now. Before I went up to 226, I was stuck at 222/223. It was really frustrating. There was one week where I fell to 219, but immediately went back up above 220. I really don't consider myself to be "below" a multiple-of-5 weight unless I can sustain for at least 3 weeks. That's just me though.

Bottom line, I want to be a 99 kg weakling emoticon.

Don't tell the Rice Crispies I said so.

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AZCUPCAKE 9/1/2009 12:46AM

    Your postive attitude is contagious! Keep up your food/calorie tracking and you will reach your goal, I just know it! You are your own best friend, and I can tell you can truly make this happen for yourself! Your SparkPals are all rooting for you! emoticon

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DEBBIEKAY1 8/29/2009 9:45AM

    WOOHOO! Good for you!

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Nervous about weigh-in

Thursday, August 27, 2009

My official weigh-in for the week is Saturday morning. I weigh myself Monday as well, but I read somewhere on SP that a weigh-in is once a week. This week, I've been very aggressively sticking to 2700 calories and I know that I've been losing a little bit of weight (yay!). Today, suffice it to say, I went over by a few hundred. Oh well, tomorrow is crunch.

I have to lose this week. No foolin'. I joined last Friday with a starting weight of 225 on the nose/ button/dot/insert-your-own-precision-based
-metaphor-here. The next morning: first weigh in. 225.4. OK, probably not the best Spark start in the site's history, but whatever.

So the next day, I want to change the properties of my spark page. I change the background color and try to save and get an error saying that my current weight can't exceed my start weight (please update starting weight). So I want to change the background color from Indigo Blue to Dark brown(Matches the turquoise better). To do this, I must weigh 225 or less and by jingo I will!!!!

OK I'm done ranting. Thanks for reading!

p.s. In retrospect, I probably should have just changed the starting weight and changed it back once I fell below. But what would be the fun in that (lol)?

p.s.s. People should use the term "by jingo" more than they do today. I'm just sayin'.

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DAISYBELL6 8/27/2009 9:18PM

    Your blog was a riot! Keep it up and keep losing.......

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MARJIJANE 8/27/2009 8:12PM

    Well, ! I think you will do just fine! My son is counting calories and he is staying around 2300-2500... he is losing just fine...but he does drink a bit of beer! Calories in... Activity "out" should give you the results you desire.

...and thank you for thinking of how one color will look against another, reading some of the pages, one begins to wonder if the page maker is color blind! Plus if the background color is too dark, you have to "highlight" the print just to read it! Oops...did not mean to rant, by jingo, but sometimes ya' just gotta vent!

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MARYJANE1960 8/27/2009 8:09PM

    I like your attitude. Keep on keeping on.

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JE_69_MO 8/27/2009 8:06PM

    Funny, I got the same message too about my current weight can't exceed my start weight. I have a problem setting that up, so I completely removed my ticker from my page. I actually weighed 10 lbs less when I started and then took a trip to London and Paris. Needless to say, I put on 10 lbs and have not been working that hard...until recently. Good luck with your journey, it will be soooo worth it!

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IMAGINARY1 8/27/2009 8:03PM

    good luck :)

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REVIVED 8/27/2009 8:00PM

    By jingo, you're pretty funny. crossing my fingers for you tomorrow. But remember its about long term not short term. we're making long- lasting lifestyle changes and when we do that - we cant lose. ooh... hang on... i mean we WILL (by jingo) lose.

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