Monday, October 19, 2009
In my never ending quest to lose one pound by Thanksgiving, I've decided to embark whole heatedly on the Spark Diet. So today is day two and I decided to track what I actually ate today. I have to admit that I am a bit shocked at how low the calories were (a cup and a half of beef stew can not possibly be 333 calories. It feels like twice that).
The tracker was a bit complex and tedious at first, but I think that I've got the hang of it. I'm going to read up on the second of the six principles. I will probably not jump right into it until I've done a few more days of entering food into the tracker. I have some unlisted foods to enter and favorites to add. This site rocks.
- TD out
p.s. The quest only seems never ending. It will actually end when I either lose a pound or Thanksgiving passes. I'm just saying ;)
Sunday, October 18, 2009
I've been stuck at 221 for quite a few weeks now and it has been frustrating to say the least. I have dreamed of the Saturday where I wake up and step on the scale and the second number is a "1" and not a "2" (as opposed to both a "1" and a "2", though that would look totally weird). Alas, that day hasn't come.
So , "Where do I go from here?" you may ask (or may not ask, but I'm gonna tell you anyway). I've been spending a decent amount of time on Spark People. I've done all of the usual things: Read articles, posted blogs, Read others' blogs, posted to others' blogs, tracked my food intake (offline). The reality is that I haven't really committed to the Diet itself. So, starting today, I'm on the fast break portion. Goals:
* 1-2 Fruits/Vegetables (tough but doable)
* 10 minutes of stretching
* Daily journal (already kind of doing it)
So "Why 1 pound you may ask?" Well, glad you may have asked. I have a trip to New York City planned for the weekend before Turkey Day. My friends haven't seen me since I was about 240 pounds. I want to say that I have lost 20 pounds. It's more than just the 1 pound. 219.8 is a big milestone for me. It's both my first 5 pounds as well as a jump from being obese to just plain severely overweight (Yes, I aspire to great mediocrity. Why settle for an "F" when I can achieve "D-" standing). In 5 weeks, that should be doable.
Some questions for you:
* What has really worked for you weight-loss-wise?
* What did you do to bust a 6+ week plateau?
Any help is greatly appreciated.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
OK, so yesterday I crashed at around 8:00, but definitely worth it to be free.
Today at about 1:00 this afternoon, I started to fade a bit, but got my second wind. No major cravings though. I think that the tough part of giving up chocolate is that I don't drink coffee or anything else caffeinated. I am really optimistic that this will help.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
I'm giving up chocolate. I have to. For the past six months, I've been able to keep my chocolate consumption to two candy bars a day. Recently, I've noticed my consumption on the rise. My weight has stagnated and I am always wanting to eat. Chocolate is an unhealthy luxury that I can no longer afford. To those of you who can occasionally eat a candy bar and not need to keep eating more chocolate, count yourself blessed. Sadly, I am not one of you.
I've given it up a couple of times for a year or so, but fell back into it. Though I know that the next few days will be extremely tough (I already started to feel dechox fatigue earlier today) they will be worth it. I lost 15 pounds last time. I don't know if I will lose as much this time, but frankly I don't care. I would rather gain weight at this point and be free. If you have any faith in a god who actually answers prayer, please pray for me.
Thursday, October 01, 2009
OK, so the good news is that I knew exactly what I needed to do to get below 220 this week. No questions asked. The bad news. I didn't do it. Sigh. As of this morning, I weighed 220.6 (so close to 220 that I was practically inhaling one of the 2's) *1*. Unfortunately, I ate horribly today and tomorrow, I'm going out with my family. Even if I weighed 218 tomorrow morning(which I probably won't), the water weight would put me back up and over on Saturday morning.
All that to say, I'm disappointed in myself. I know that I need to eat far better than I do, but I didn't. I know how exactly what I need to do, yet I don't do it. I know that I need to get my rear in gear and exercise, but I hit the gym for 2 or 3 days, take a one day break and then don't make it back.
I know the joy of seeing a lower number on the scale, yet I seem to be doing everything I can to stop that from happening. Why am I doing this to myself?
If you happen to read this and have gone through/dealt with this (and overcome), please share. Any thoughts or insights would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
- TD over
*1* kind of glad that I didn't. It probably would have felt like when one gets milk in their nostrils.
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