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 .
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!!
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)
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!
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 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 ). 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 .
Don't tell the Rice Crispies I said so.
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