Monday, January 31, 2011
Well, I didn't quite accomplish my entire challenge, but I DID make it to Day 25. By that point, I'd lost 4 pounds the first week, 2 pounds the second week, and put on 1/2 pound the 3rd week. I really felt a craving for a chocolate cruller from DD, and was eating more salty foods to try and quelch the craving! So I decided that rather than torture myself by gaining weight and saving face on the challenge, that I would give in to my body's wishes and have that one chocolate cruller. I savored each bite, and when it was gone, I felt completely relaxed and satiated. I was glad I did it, b/c I didn't want to trigger a massive binge on potato chips and totally wreck all the good work I'd done in the first three weeks! At any rate, 25 days with no sweets is pretty darn good, and I'm proud that I made it the 25 days.
When the challenge ended, I saw my nutritionist, and she helped me determine what should be my next move. I certainly didn't want to go back to eating sweets every day like I was, and I want to continue to lose weight. She recommended that I have one sweet on Saturday and one on Sunday, and not have any the other five days of the week. Since Monday through Friday I have a very good food plan routine (because of a very regular work schedule), I thought that was a great idea! So this weekend, I treated myself to two chocolate chip cookies and a small dish of vanilla ice cream on Saturday. Yesterday, I had one chocolate bar. I feel really good this morning, and have NO cravings! I am sure that after holding off on sweets for 25 days, I can hold off having sweets for 5 days a week.
The big thing will be to see how this affects my weight loss. This week, I lost 2 more pounds (so I've lost that 1/2 pound I gained last week), and that made me feel good. I am JUST under 180 again. That makes me feel really, really good. I'd like to lose about a pound a week from now on, so I'll see if having one sweet on Saturday and Sunday will hinder that weight loss or not. Time will tell!
Friday, January 14, 2011
Wish I had created a SparkStreak for this challenge! I'm on Day 12 of eating no refined sugar (candy, cookies, ice cream), and I'm going great guns! I lost 4 pounds last week (the first week), and tomorrow I'm weighing in again. I haven't missed eating my daily candy bar until today. Today has been a tough day. But I'm powering through.
I've stayed within my restricted SparkPeople calorie count all 12 days, I've gotten my allotted requirement of liquid, protein, fruit, veggies, and carbs. I'm exercising 5-7 days a week (despite the snow, cold, and wind), and I'm feeling a difference in my clothes - they're not as tight.
My hope is that, by giving up sweets for 30 days, I will "reset" my pouch. My "pouch" is my stomach, which was made smaller by gastric bypass surgery in November 2007. Eating sweets used to make me nauseous; now, it makes me a bit queasy, but I can eat more sweets than 18 months ago. I want to go back to the place where eating sweets makes me feel sick to my stomach. Does that sound bad? I just don't want to undo all the hard work I've done - losing over 200 pounds - and I know it would be easy to do that. I want to succeed! To me, success is defined as "maintaining my weight." I want to maintain a healthy weight, and not ever go back to being over 400 pounds again.
Wednesday, January 05, 2011
Ok, folks, it's time to get serious again! Time to put down the frosted sugar cookies, back away from the candy bowl, and put a little more effort into journaling. I have been watching my food choices steadily go back to my former Fat Life choices, and I am putting the kibosh on that right now! Because it is the New Year it DOES feel like a New Beginning, and I am ready to face the fact that I am seriously off-track and I need to start walking The Walk again. As a gastric bypass patient, I feel an even greater sense of responsibility to treat my body well and be a good example for those of us gastric bypass patients who consider themselves a SUCCESS, despite what the media reports about the poor celebs who have had the surgery and begun to put the weight back on. (I'd like to point out that even the most diligent dieter puts weight back on occasionally.)
For total disclosure, I lost 247 pounds after having had gastric bypass, and at my lowest weight was 153 pounds (I'm 5'5"). (I have to comment here that, at that weight, people were telling me I looked "gaunt," which, to my thinking, is NOT a compliment. I'd rather weigh about 160-165, personally.) Currently, I weigh 187 pounds. And I still feel great, having kept the bulk (the MASSIVE bulk) of the 247 pounds OFF for three years now (surgery was November 2007). I am active. I am healthy. But...I am officially "obese" again (BMI is 31). And...no fooling...the weight is creeping up and I can no longer ignore it. I am NOT replacing my wardrobe again!! I LOVE my clothes! This is important, folks!!
So...yesterday I took pen in hand and wrote down my Goals. I wrote down that, in the next six months (25 weeks), I want to lose 25 pounds and train to run a 10k. I am also giving up refined sugar for the next 30 days. I'm not going to be a stickler about it, but basically no fruit juice (whole fruit is ok; it's not refined sugar), cookies, cake, ice cream, or candy. I don't drink soda, tea, or coffee, so no worries there. I don't drink alcohol and I don't smoke, so I feel as though I have a really good foundation to get right back on the health wagon.
I already eat very healthy; I was just adding all kinds of junk food as snacks and treats (dessert). I think just cutting out those sweets for 30 days will seriously help my calorie count and get me back on track faster than anything else. I already work out 5-7 days a week; I just needed to adjust my eating.
In November 2009, I was a wreck about my eating. My nutritionist suggested that I give up journaling my food for a little while, to smooth out the anxiety over what I eat. That "little while" has turned into over a year. And I am ready to go back to journaling. I had stopped journaling in SparkPeople, so now I've started again, though I never gave up reading the articles, blogs, journals, and quotes.
So...the How to reach my goals is...Start journaling again. Give up refined sugar. Sign myself up for a 10k for the end of June, and Begin the program to train for the race. (Since DH and I ran two 5k races this summer/fall, I know I can follow the program for a 10k also - and I'm hoping to get HIS buy-in on the 10k goal, too!)
Hopefully, I'll get a chance to blog more often, too. B/c I think that would help, too. Especially on those tough days.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Don and I have bought kayaks! We live on a small pond, and we've been paddling around as much as we can. The kids (age 12) love the kayaks, too, and they get to take turns with them.
Don and I volunteered to lead some of our support group attendees on a hike of Mt. Wachusett at the end of September. I'm excited about doing that! We have hiked Wachusett with the kids several times, and we think it will be a great way to spend a day in the sunshine.
We've also planned a rail trail bike ride with some friends of ours on Labor Day weekend. The trail is going to be newly opened at the end of August, so we're excited to try a new trail. I think it would be fun to try all the trails in our great state, so maybe that should be one of our goals, now that we have reached our weight goal.
Speaking of which, now that I've reached my goal weight, I am struggling with the carb overload. I'm not getting a lot of sleep these days (6-7 hours a night), and it's definitely taking a toll on my eating habits. I am really tired at work mid-afternoon. I think that having another goal would be the best thing for me. I'm thinking that I need to either get on the running bandwagon (though I'm worried about hurting my joints - knees, etc.), start signing up for biking races, or maybe a mini-triathalon? I'd like my hubby to join me in this, ideally, but I'm not sure he's in the same place that I am.
I have read a lot of motivational blogs and articles lately about continuing to make goals for oneself. I think it's time for me to do that. If I get bored with my progress (because it feels like I have no goals), then I will start to backslide. This time around, I'm keeping this weight off! I just need to be PROactive and not REactive. I love being a size 10! I love the way I look! I want to keep this body, and that's why I'm searching for ways to keep up the motivation.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
On Saturday, I had a high school graduation party for my daughter. It was a potluck party, and one person brought teryaki chicken in a crock pot. It was very salty, very sweet, but extremely tender. There was a LOT left over! I hate to throw away food, so I stripped all the good meat off the bones and got rid of the skin and sauce.
My issue is, I want to make leftovers from this chicken that will remove the salty and overly sweet flavor. My instinct is to put it in the wok and stir-fry it with lots of veggies and brown rice, but I'm not sure it will work. Does anyone have any suggestions?
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