Wednesday, February 09, 2011
It's been nearly a week since I decided to quit weighing in so often. I'm finding that my new eating and exercise habits have settled into a series of daily habits and I'm becoming much less obsessive-compulsive about what I weigh. I'm finding that I am focusing more on how my clothes fit, my energy level and how I feel mentally. I was aware of those things before, but was so focused on the scale, that they took a mental back seat.
I feel like I do every year when I drive 13 hours from Kansas City to Austin to visit my family. It's still early in my road trip, but I'm off to a good start and have settled in for the long haul. Maybe its the equivalent of being in Wichita and knowing that in an hour or so I'll be in Oklahoma. I'm not not thinking about Texas just yet, because it's too far away. So I just focus on getting to the Kansas/Oklahoma border. I know I'm headed in the right direction. All the signs say I-35 south. I know if there's trouble that I've got a cellphone, map or GPS, spare tire, carjack and the Kansas Highway Patrol. I've got enough money for gas, food, an overnight stay at a hotel (if needed) and turnpike fees. Now, it's just about the drive, being patient and finding ways to stay occupied until I arrive at my destination.
I'm in this for the long haul. Now, I just need to settle in, do what I need to do to keep my mind occupied during this journey and stay patient.
Monday, February 07, 2011
Now, that I don't have to think about the scale, I seem to have settled down a bit. I'm focusing on making the best food choices possible in a given situation.
One of the Achilles heels of my program is dining out; I eat out quite a bit. Making good food choices in restaurants can be tricky at times, but I do the best that I can. I think that eating consciously and with intention can help my results. For example, yesterday I was craving barbecue. I live in the KC area and for us, barbecue is a fifth food group. Last time, I ate fatty ribs so this time I ordered grilled chicken and vegetables. Before, I would've ordered a slab of pork ribs, potato salad, fries and baked beans. I'm confident that I saved calories with my new choices.
Today, I ate at a chinese buffet. I'm not totally satisfied with my choices, but I am confident that next time, I'll get it right. Today, I ate mongolian chicken and vegetables, steamed shrimp, a TBSP of broccoli/beef, TBSP of mushrooms, and a sparerib. Not bad, but it was probably too much food. Next time, I'll skip the sparerib and the second plate and just stick to the mongolian chicken and veggies. What I like in particular is that you bring the raw food to the cook and can tell him how to prepare it. That gives you control over your food that you don't find at the buffet. On the bright side, I avoided all fried foods.
Before, I would've loaded the following on two plates (one for each trip): one or two eggrolls, stir-fried rice, crab rangoon, kung pau chicken, general tso's chicken, fried chicken wings, beef on a stick, and green beans.
Although I didn't do as well as I'd like, it's certainly better than what I was doing before. For this reason, I'll count this as a win.
Without the pressure of the scale, I can focus on my exercise program, recording my food intake and just doing whatever I need to look and feel my best. I am hopeful that in March, I will see some results.
Saturday, February 05, 2011
Starting now, I'm ready to try something different; I am putting the scale away. I have become way too scale-obsessed, whining and wimpering over every 1/2 pound or 3 lb fluctuation. I'm just tired of being frustrated, so I'm putting the scale away until March.
I figure I'm going to focus more on building healthy habits and worry about the scale later. It's the only thing I can think of to do in order to reduce my ongoing frustration and stay on program.
Today, when I went shopping for clothes, I tried on a pair of size 14 Michael Kors (designer) pants and they fit perfectly. In my regular price range for clothes, however, I am still a size 16. Still, it's nice to think that I can wear a size 14 somewhere.
Shopping today wasn't the usual torture for me. The exercise is helping me to feel better about my appearance, so I didn't get upset looking in the mirror because I know I'm working hard to get in shape.
Wednesday, February 02, 2011
For the second week in a row, I have not lost any weight. Is it my metabolism? Water retention? Am I miscounting my calories? Is it all the weight training? I am getting really perplexed. Usually, in the first month I lose 8-10 lbs. It's Feb 2nd and as of today, my weight is bouncing between the same 2-3 lbs. Up down, up down, up down. This morning's weigh-in was only 3.5 lbs down from my starting weight on January 1.
I've also been really good about my exercise and have diligently recorded my calorie intake. I haven't been perfect, but I hadn't been perfect in past efforts and dropped the weight effortlessly. Maybe it's because I'm older?
I am also focusing on boosting my cardio to five days a week and limiting my strength training to two days a week. Right now, I'm doing cardio about 4 days a week and strength training 3 days a week.
I am really feeling frustrated over this today. Still, I'm refusing to quit. Whatever's going on, I'll figure it out.
Monday, January 31, 2011
What else can I say? I screwed up today.
I had my eating planned out for the day. I even packed a lunch. Then, my boss invited me to lunch to discuss business. I let him pick the restaurant. That was mistake number 1. He took me to one of my favorite mexican food restaurants. I'm sure there were better food choices available, but while looking at the menu, I couldn't figure out what. I ended up ordering one chicken enchilada, which came with 1/2 cup rice and 1/2 cup beans. Mistake number 2. I also scarfed down some tortilla chips and salsa.
I was on program the rest of the day, but the damage was done. I estimate that I consumed more than 900 calories in one sitting. It was kind of a shock because it wasn't nearly the same amount of food I'd usually consume. Before, I would've had the chips, salsa, rice&beans and THREE enchiladas.
So I suppose that today's lunch was an improvement, but I need to figure out a strategy for handling that restaurant better because it's a place where my boss and co-workers love to go.
To my credit, I did hit the gym this evening. I did 20 minutes on the treadmill, 15 minutes on the stationery bike and about 30 minutes on weight training.
Tomorrow will be a challenge as well. We're supposed to get about 3,600 feet of snow, so I'll be stuck in the house, which is overly tempting. I plan to work out to videos tomorrow, so I can at least maintain some semblance of control.
I screwed up big time today, but I'm still not discouraged. I'm hangin' in there tough because I refuse to quit.
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