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Back on Track!!!

Monday, December 21, 2009

OK, Yesterday's plan is working. I am back on track to eat my usual 2400-2600 calories. It's been awhile. Two words "Who" and "Hoo!!!!"

So I found this can of Trader Joe's Organic vegetarian chili and decided to try it yesterday for dinner. Now I say this as a non-vegetarian (*1), this stuff was off-the-charts good. I could not wait to get home and have me some for dinner. WhoooWhee!!! Yum.

So I had 1/2 of a can(190 calories) with brown rice(170 calories) and 1 oz cheddar cheese(120 calories) for a total of 480 calories. Yes it has about 600 mg of sodium, but I brought lunch today so I will probably still net less sodium.

If I can hold out for the week on this calorie range, I might make it down to 212. Again, 209.8 by 12/31 will be an extremely close shave, but I can do it. Christmas dinner being the night before weigh-in will be interesting. I can't wait until next month when I start weighing myself once a month.

Anyway thanks for reading!!

-TD out!!

(*1) My usual four food groups are Steak, Chicken, Sausage and cheese.

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ELISELOVE1 12/21/2009 6:51PM

    emoticonon getting back on track

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THYWILLBEDONE 12/21/2009 6:50PM

    I love Trader Joe's

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Final Strategy for 2009 (Part I)

Sunday, December 20, 2009

OK Friday and Yesterday were bad. Two parties and overate at them both. I'm falling back into my old eating patterns. This must stop. Here is my plan for the next four days:

* My breakfast of champions
* I'm actually going to make four lunches this evening for Monday - Thursday
* Go vegetarian for dinner with:
(a) Vegetarian chili or bean/lentil soup.
(b) Brown or Wild Rice
(c) Low fat dairy

Have a great week!!

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ANGIE_1230 12/20/2009 6:36PM

    Good luck with your plan. Christmas is so hard on those of us who are trying to lose weight.

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Crunch Time!!!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Last Week: 214.0
This Week: 214.4
End of year goal: 209.8
OK, So I have a week and a half to lose 4.6 pounds. It's doable and possible.

Yesterday I got some really stressful news at work on the same day as a holiday potluck party. Not a good combo. I ate really poorly. A comment on my last blog from a really good friend put things into perspective (Thanks TSEWARD!!). As badly as I did, I did way WAY better eating-wise than I did at the previous two years' party.

The other party this week went really well. I did a huge workout right before it, grabbed one plate of food and brought it back to my desk.

I've been really hungry all the time for the past few weeks, but I feel that starting to subside. I'm going to own it this week.

If this mornings weigh-in was artificial (either water-weight or the typical spike after a bad eating day) I will lose the weight. 209.8 will be close, but I can do it.

This week, I'm going to fight as hard as I've ever fought to stay within my range

Bottom Line:
It's crunch time!!!

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TSEWARD 12/19/2009 11:12PM

    I love your positive attitude! Stress at work and food at work is my hardest to beat combo. It sounds like you have recovered with your confidence and determination intact. It makes me very happy that my comment was helpful after your difficult day. I think I will have a warm glow the rest of the night...thank you, I needed it.
I have had only negative things to say on my blog so I haven't been blogging (or tracking)
I guess I am being a big chicken. I have regressed and I am afraid to figure out why.
Your positivity is refreshing...I am going to try to absorb some of it and reflect it back! Hope your week is great...You own it, and I am looking forward to reading more.

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ANGIE_1230 12/19/2009 1:42PM

    Awesome attitude! I know you can do it!

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Double Trouble!!!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

I have two potential stumbling blocks this week.

Tomorrow is a buffet style holiday lunch at work.
Friday is my department's holiday pot luck.

My mid-week weigh-in had me at the exact weight as last Saturday. I think that I have the right strategies to get through both of them. I'm tired so I'm not going to go into it now. I will blog about it either Friday night or Saturday morning.

Good night.

-TD out

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TSEWARD 12/18/2009 5:52PM

    I hope you had a good refreshing sleep. I really got a kick out of your last comment on my blog! Made my day. I haven't been doing well at my goals, as the treats just multiply....loaves of sweet bread gifts at home, chocolate covered pretzels at work, chocolate mint meltaways...seems everywhere I go there is something yummy, and I haven't been stable enough yet to walk right past it.

I will grumble in my blog. This was meant to be a yay, TD! comment. I know you will do awesome...even if you feel you ate too much when it is done, you will be able to look at yourself and say good things..Llike, "wow, I handled this better than last year" or "I didn't eat as many of this snack" or I enjoyed the people more than the menu"...I am just speculating on what will be better. But it will be better! You are an inspiration, and your cumulative awesome habits are really adding up!

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SHARIKKAMUR 12/18/2009 11:29AM

    Don't beat yourself up about it. I don't think it's possible to do the holiday season without splurging a bit.

One of the really great things about SparkPeople is that it has taught me that I CAN lose weight. If I put a little back on over the holiday through having a good time and not messing up other folks' enjoyment by being a 'diet bore' then I accept it. It'll come off again once the holiday is over. Eating sensibly outside the parties will help minimise their effects anyway.

Enjoy your parties!

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TRADTRAV 12/17/2009 8:54AM

    Have fun and enjoy your parties!

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What are your thoughts on these?

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

OK, So we're coming to the end of the year. I wanted to be below 210 pounds by the end of the year. While it's still possible, it's not looking likely. I may be able to pull it off, but I'm not going to do any really crazy things if that's what it takes to do so (no all banana diets, or only eating foods whose names end with "Gertrude"). I will plod on making minor but permanent changes. I will get down below 210 soon enough, if not this year.

So here are some thoughts for January-April:
* Heavy weights(low reps) and interval cardio training. I read that that's how to jump start weight loss through working out.

* Once a month weigh-ins(Thank you Phoxym for this one). I need to focus less on my weight and more on the decisions that will lead to weight loss. I cycle my eating according to when I weigh in. Thursday and Friday(right before weigh-in) I eat "really well" and then totally let myself go on Saturday and Sunday when the weigh in is far away. It's not healthy. It's artificial. I feel guilty.

* Waist measurement. I am going to by a cloth measuring tape to focus on my waist. I feel as though I am heading toward a plateau, but my body feels like it's getting healthier.

* Calorie cycling. It seems like many of the people whose pages I've run across who have done really well have tried this. The concept makes sense. I definitely have the workout to back it up.

Anyway, please let me know what you think. Any other ideas? Any advice would be appreciated.

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THYWILLBEDONE 12/21/2009 6:53PM

    weighing once a month is a great idea - I weigh weekly to report in - but I used to go to WW 100 years ago - they had the Liberty Plan - we only had to go once a month - my neighbor and I lost a lot of weight doing that - oh and we walked EVERY SINGLE DAY - then I moved 600 miles away - and, almost 7 years later - have yet to find anyone so dedicated to walk with....................

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TSEWARD 12/15/2009 9:42PM

    I like your comment about doing monthly weigh ins instead of weekly, and focusing on the measuring tape instead. Great idea, and I applaud your honesty and ability to cut through all of the poo to see that you were eating well before weigh ins and poorly after.

I didn't know there was a kid version of Clif bars, but I will check them out!

Sending lots of happy thoughts.

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SROBBINS02 12/15/2009 9:39PM

    Oh plus, found this which I thought you might appreciate. Are you Black or Blue at heart though?? emoticon

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SROBBINS02 12/15/2009 9:28PM

    Eeeee first person to comment!! :D

Calorie cycling works for me, although I'm unsure about how *healthy* it is, I guess our bodies aren't really meant for receiving 150g chicken breast and 2 portions of veg per meal, every meal, per day, or equivalent- so I guess we make our own decisions, and do what makes us happy. (And if that includes a healthy lifestyle, then bonus. Woah deep!) Plus, it would be really convenient if life and our bodies came complete with an instruction manual, but God didn't see fit to do that, so maybe part of our task on this earth is figuring that bit out. (argh deep again!)

On the more physical plane, I also heart a constant moderate level of exercise, with interval training thrown in- I found I did best when I was walking 40mins a day, not too quickly ;) and going for kickboxing as cardio 2/3 times a week. Nothing else has worked so well- heavy gym resulted in a weight increase, although you and I decided that was pure muscle ;)

I personally found more FREQUENT weighing worked for me, as that sort of kept me accountable every day- although I only track once a week, and use the others as a sort of pointer. Whilst that was useful whilst I had masses of weight to lose, I do think though that can lead to obsession!

Um... other than that... persistance and sheer bloody-mindedness are the key ingredients I think. I tried to keep to a routine, and I'm sort of lucky in that I don't have much of an outside life to interfere with it too much!- but it worked, and is working, for me...

Plus, will be here whenever you need me for hugs and encouragement. emoticon Will sign off now as this is getting a little long...


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