Thursday, May 06, 2010
I can't quite figure out what I'm doing right, but something is working. The past few months I've been tweaking my food and exercise as I go, trying to figure out what works and what doesn't. And not just regarding to weight. I was doing things that burned me out and I would never sustain. Like going to the gym at 8PM and getting home really late and busting butt while there...not something I was enjoying or could have kept up for a long time. Now I get an AM walk for 2 miles, it's relaxing with music in my ears and I don't feel worn out or pushing myself. It's a good 200 calories burned first thing in the morning, and I carry my water bottle with me to get hydrating early.
I think my breakfast of egg whites is helping a lot too. I'm not starting the day off with a high carb meal, and the protein is holding me over all morning until I get an orange in around 10 AM. Instead of snacking on salty or sugary foods during the day, I'm eating fruit. And when I have a sweet craving, I grab a yogurt. Did you know a Yoplait yogurt is the same calories as a snack size butterfinger? And who can only eat one snack size butterfinger?? So I'm grabbing the yogurt instead.
I'm also, not ending my night with a lot of carbs. I used to toast an english muffin with peanut butter. Now I'm getting that yogurt or not eating a night time snack at all.
All of these little things, I've slowly tweaked along the way. I started with one, but it didn't make the weight go away. So I changed something else. Sometimes what I changed was no good (like removing coffee completely) and sometimes they were great! And all of this experimenting is finally paying off.
My weight this morning was 171.4. I'm about a pound and a half away from my lowest weight since 2008 when I started losing. I can't wait to see the 160's! I hope this continues. I already have plans on how to tweak a little more as my weight goes down. We'll see how it all pans out.
Friday, April 09, 2010
Let me back track first though.
Saturday before Easter, I hit a new low at 175.2. That was very exciting. Sunday, we decided to have Easter at home. I had a couple of pancakes with lite syrup which wasn't the best I could have done, since Hubby had an egg white omlete. But I like making Easter breakfast and wanted them pancakes. Lunch was light, especially after the big breakfast and dinner we made a lot of good choices to hopefully out weigh the bad ones. We had Turkey instead of Ham; we made mashed cauliflower instead of potatoes, and mashed turnips and dinner rolls (which ended up being my weakness and I ate 3 of em). I had a couple glasses of wine with my mom, and we had a bit of cake for dessert. I indulged on a few pieces of Easter candy. I felt good about how the day went even though it wasn't a weight loss kind of day. We also did some yard work and went for a leisurely walk with the kiddos. The monday after I was up to 178, which is not bad! At least it wasn't the dreaded 180.
So this week I've been very focused on eating right. I'm keeping my calories within 1350 and it's working out great. I'm a little hungry during the day between meals, but not for long. Maybe an hour tops. I'm drinking my water and I found a tea with caffeine that I'm replacing my afternoon coffee & creamer with. My weight this morning was 175.4, so really close to a new low. I'm hoping tomorrow morning I'll see a new low.
Tonight we have the challenge of going to Applebee's but with their low calorie menu options, I think this will be easy. I've promised myself, no appetizers and no dessert. It will be nice to spend the time with the family at the restaurant and that's good enough for me.
So I'm very pleased with how things are moving along. The month is still in the first half and I'm already at a lower weight than I have been all month. I think I can sustain this until I hit goal. I'm loving the warm weather and want to get out on more walks and possibly hikes. So we'll see if we can make that happen next week.
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Wednesday, March 31, 2010
I'm over my pity party. I'm trying this yet again. And we'll see what happens. Monday morning the scale said 182.8 and I started eating the lowest amount of calories I've ever tried at no more than 1350 a day. This morning I'm already down to 178.4. (Water weight for sure)
In the past if I was hungry, I ate. I didn't over eat and I didn't eat junk. But I did eat. So with Dear Husband's advice (whether he knows it or not) I'm going to just deal with being hungry. I have my meals planned for the day, I have my snacks planned, and that's all I get. And one thing I'm trying is to just drink myself full :) So I'm loading up on water (13 cups yesterday!!!) and tea if I can (have to get to the store and buy me some!) Hopefully I don't burn out on this. And I actually see results.
Only time will tell.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
I don't want to talk about it.
Wednesday, March 03, 2010
So 27 days ago, I weighed in at 175.8...then we went to NYC. It's so frustrating that one day can set me back so much. I mean, it's a series of events...but still, that one day really dropped the ball for me and I've been paying for it as I work really hard to put me back. Today I weighed in at 176.2. Will tomorrow bring me right back to Feb 4th? I have literally lost this weight all over again and had to do a months worth of work over again.
Frustrating is not a strong enough word for how I'm feeling. But I will keep working at this. I have to start thinking I will lose 1 lb a month, or even .5 lbs a month. And this is a long term project to lose the fat I want to lose. So I'll keep tracking my calories, and keep working my butt off, and hopefully the fat will be gone for good...some day.
The good news for the day, I'm doing really well with my calories. I'm enjoying my meals and not really craving the naughty stuff (though I really want brownies for some reason...but since there are none around, I'm safe so far). I'm liking the exercise both in and out of the gym and looking forward to sunny days so I can walk during my lunch hour. I recently started counting my protein and I think I'm doing pretty good on that front. Just keeping an eye on one day at a time, and I'm feeling confident in myself. The past is the past...we move on.
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