Sunday, September 27, 2009
Yes, 2 Blogs in two days. Had to share.
Okay, so this morning, I reviewed my food logs from last week to see why it all kind of fell apart. I had trouble keeping under 3000 calories(especially later in the week) and was always hungry. I had made some modifications to my eating. Specifically, the fruits and vegetables were upped. So I wondered why I was still always hungry. Here's what I found.
My fiber intake was considerably lower than in previous weeks. I bought what I thought was the equivalent to Fiber One that didn't work. It had the same amount of Fiber per serving, but I just reread the label and it turns out that a serving is 3/4 of a cup as opposed to F1s 1/2 cup. The pigeons and food pantry patrons will reap the benefits of that little discovery.
I also let my daily dose of GG Crispbreads slip. I usually shoot for 4/day, but this week I seemed to never get more than 2.
Because of my increase of vegetables and fruits, I was a little more generous with myself regarding fat content in the meat I ate. While I don't think that this had the impact that the decrease of fiber had, it does bear some consideration.
So those are my null hypotheses. Starting today, I am going to address both potential causes. I'm going to the grocery store and buying the leanest ground turkey, chicken or beef that the store owner is willing to sell me and a few boxes of Fiber One. I don't want to go out on a limb and say that I will be below 220 next week, but it is far from being out of the question at this point. Here's hoping.
p.s. I wanted to use the more statistical scientific terminology for the null hypotheses, but I could see where that could be mistaken for something else (probably would have gotten the blog more traffic, but still)
p.s.s. Plus, at my weight, if I did go out on a limb, it would probably break. I'm just sayin'
p.s.s.s Always remember to spell pantry with the letter "r". I almost missed that one. I really need to type these things when I am actually awake.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
OK so after three weeks of being so close to being below 220, I finally get my act together have a relatively good week (usual bad day or two). Mid-week weigh-ins all point to today finally being the day that I will break the 220 pound threshold. So imagine my "delight" when I stepped on the scale this morning and it said. . . . . . (du du du DAH du DAH) 221.6!!!!! (crowd groans) This is really really REALLY annoying.
It's not the end of the world. I will make 219.8 happen no matter what. The food logs will be reviewed, a strategy will be made and it will be followed. Who knows, this morning's weight could be 2 extra pounds of water. I am not going to give up. If I have to fast for seven straight days to be below 220 I will, d**n it. I really don't care any more. I'm just really frustrated.
p.s. I should probably not blog right after a first thing in the morning weigh in.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
OK, so last week, I made it crystal clear to the two people who read and commented on my blog that I promised weight loss (Not much wiggle room when one says "Yes, you read that right, I WILL lose weight. " Them's fightin' words). So this morning I was delighted to see the scale say . . . . . wait for it. . . . . 220.4. Down 2.2 pounds from last week! w00t!!!!!111
So here I am again, less than a pound away from my first mini goal: To be below 220. There is no compromise this time. The only reason I wasn't below 220 this week was I ate poorly last weekend. My weekday eating is definitely stabilized since starting SP (kinda scary, given my past. Weekdays have traditionally been the out-of-control eating days). So this weekend, I'm going to make it happen. I will stay below 2900 calories both days.
This past week I ate 1 fruit/veggie 5 days. That will happen again this week as well (though I will shoot for two today (Saturday) and tomorrow).
This week, I will focus on cardio exercise. I will do some form of cardio for at least 15 minutes. I will do this 3-4 times this week (probably 3, but we'll see).
Next Saturday, I plan to be below 220. Yes, you read that right: We're going for the bronze!!
Saturday, September 12, 2009
OK, so this week didn't go as planned. I had kind of hoped to be celebrating my first week below 220 pounds, but that appears to not be the case. Though I stayed below the 3000 calorie limit most of the week and exercised most days, the quality of the food that I ate was definitely below par.
Yesterday, I kind of knew that this weigh-in was not going to work out so well. So I took a look at my food logs and one thing leaped out: I ate almost no lean protein (some fat protein, but not even much of that). I'm going to work on that this week. Next week, I will lose weight. Yes, you read that right, I WILL lose weight.
That aside, this week I am going to start my first actual goal (crowd goes nuts). Thank you, thank you. Yes, starting today, my goal is to eat 1-2 servings of fruits/vegetables each day. I want to do this 5-6 days(ideally 7) per week. Vegetables and I have traditionally not gotten along well, so I will probably try starting with fruits. Here's to a better week!
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
OK, I'm on vacation (more like Stay-cation) this week. Every Holiday I engage in a little game that I play by myself. The morning of the holiday, I weigh myself and then weigh myself the next morning. It keeps me kind of accountable in the back of my mind. This morning, I weighed .6 lbs less than Monday (Labor Day). I did eat quite a bit at the cook out I went to, but not nearly as much as I usually do at cookouts. OK, on to the cravings:
Craving 1: Step Class
This morning, I was trying to figure out what to do for exercise. I felt my body saying "you want to do step. You REALLY want to do step". So I found a step class at one of the clubs and took it. It was awesome! Though it was billed as a step/pump class, there was no pumpin' and lotza(yes, with a "z") steppin'. I made it to the 35 minute mark. I was psyched. It all caught up to me at about 2:00, when I felt my body saying "let's take a nap".
Craving 2: Indian Food
For lunch, I decided not just to have Indian food, but to take my kitchen scale and a 1/2C measuring cup to confirm portion sizes. As my goal remains to stay between 2700 and 3000 calories per day, I'm going to start both focusing on how much food and calories are in these eat-out meals and then work out a way to reduce them. Mall Chinese is my next target (spare ribs and fried rice: consider yourself warned! I'm coming after YOU!!!)
Craving 3: Pizza
I hate Pizza. I really do. I didn't used to, but I've recently started just hating it. It's salty, greasy, and (if you don't mind me using an overly scientific term) just icky-yucky. My body still feels like eating it though. So I go and eat it. My usual meal comes to about 1000 calories (tonight, sadly, not an exception). I've stayed under the 3000 calorie limit for the day and don't see myself eating anything else, but I'm going to try to come up with a future replacement meal. It will probably be whole grain pasta, parmesean cheese, sauce, and some lean chicken (570 calories).
If I don't make these next 3 days count, I'm going to potentially gain for the week. I'm not worried though. I can do it because I'm good enough, smart enough, yada yada.
p.s. "Icky-Yucky" may not be as scientific of a term as I originally thought. That may have been the pizza talking. I'm just saying.
p.s.s. Even though my body was talking to me and I did what it told me to, I didn't (repeat DIDN'T) talk back to it. I'm not mentally that far gone yet.
p.s.s.s My apologies to the spare-ribs and the fried rice. I didn't mean to be so confrontational. Please don't sue me. That was definitely the pizza talking :D .
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