Monday, May 07, 2012
Yesterday, after a week of anticipation and planning, I ate my cheat meal: barbecued ribs, potato salad and baked beans, washing everything down with a diet coke. The meal totaled just under 1,000 calories. I didn't feel bad or guilty because I had planned to eat this high calorie, high fat meal.
I thought I'd be savoring every bite, but I didn't. Although this meal has been one of my favorites, yesterday it was just "okay." I wasn't more or less satisfied with this meal than with anything else I've eaten.
Are my tastes changing after only four months on program? I honestly don't know. What I do know is that if I have a choice of two meals that provide equal satisfaction and one meal is better for my health than the other, then I'm going to make the healthier choice without feeling deprived.
For me, this is a changing mindset that's crept up so gradually, I didn't notice it until yesterday. It is also a mindset I will need to keep so my new eating habits become permanent. Next time I need a barbecue fix, I'll order the barbecued chicken and grilled veggies.
Onward and Downward
Sunday, May 06, 2012
When is a plateau a plateau? When despite your best efforts you haven't lost a pound in over two weeks.
I analyzed two weeks of SP reports on calorie intake, exercise, fat, carbohydrates and protein. Ninety percent of the time I was on track, with the glaring exception of my carbohydrate intake---it appears to be a bit low. When I was diagnosed as pre-diabetic, I heard the mantra of avoiding white potatoes, rice, pasta, etc. I guess I took that to heart and avoided everything.
Another trend I noticed is that I have seriously ramped up the length and intensity of my exercise. It is only May 6th and I've already earned my 250 minutes of fitness trophy. Is there a link between lots of exercise and plateaus? I did start strength training and dropped a size.
I've also been drinking lots more water, recording every bite, and logging into SP daily. The irony is that I wasn't even doing the program consistently in the beginning, but I was losing.
Its frustrating, but my plateau is only two weeks. I read about other SP who've hit plateaus lasting for months. Yikes!
I'm going to shake up my calories a bit and eat over my range today. Yes, over. Yesterday, I ate under my calorie range. I didn't plan to, but I got busy and didn't eat my scheduled snacks. Today, I'm going use those snack calories and eat over my calorie range. I am also NOT going to weigh again until Saturday. I'm tired of watching my weight bounce between two pounds.
Onward and downward (I hope!)
Friday, May 04, 2012
"You're looking a little slimmer, aren't you?"
Magical words to hear from a co-worker. Still, I wanted to discount it because I assumed my boss told her I've been trying to lose weight and she was being nice. Actually, the thought is ridiculous.
I went shopping last night for a new pair of black pants and picked some up in a size 14.
At work, I can now climb the stairs without losing my breath, and at home I have more energy to do chores.
My complexion is clearing up and I just feel more relaxed.
See? I'm trying to stay patient and embrace non-scale feedback.
Onward and downward.
Thursday, May 03, 2012
Losing weight is all about mentality, so it makes sense that someone has found a way to combine cognitive behavioral therapy tools with dieting. Enter the Beck Diet Solution, with Dr. Judith Beck. She has written a book that guides dieters on how to use self-talk to stay on program and manage their eating habits. I haven't read the book or even thoroughly reviewed the website, but count me in as intrigued.
There are so many gimmicky plans out there, but this does not appear to be a "diet" per se. Instead, it looks more like a toolbox assembled by therapists.
So if you're interested, click on the link below and feel free to check it out. Let me know what you think. Once I've learned more about The Beck Diet Solution, I'll post a review.
Tuesday, May 01, 2012
Yesterday, I was seriously stressing over a financial disagreement I was having with a family member. On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being totally stressed out, I was probably at about a 7 or 8. I decided to call one of my best friends "MojoAndy" who has joined me here on SP. Here is what it looks like when you are getting the right kind of support:
Me: I can't believe it!! This whole freakin' situation was preventable! I feel like slapping her!
Mojo: I know exactly what you mean, my son is giving me fits today and if you hadn't called just now, I would've decked him! (laughs)
Me: All she needed to do was to tell me about her decision first, then we could have talked about it. Now look--this is gonna cost me serious money for real! ( I start to cry while I whine, whine and whine some more. Mojo listens attentively, then speaks up.)
Mojo: Know what? I have an idea. Go workout. Go to the gym. You have your gym bag with you?
Mojo: Then go to the gym and workout. You'll feel a lot better.
Me: You are right. I need to go workout.
And you know what? I went to the gym and did 20 minutes on the elliptical, 20 minutes on an inclined treadmill, and 10 minutes on a stationary cycle. During the workout, I fretted and analyzed the situation and developed some specific, concrete steps I could take to manage it. By the time I finished my workout, I was calm.
If it hadn't been for my supportive friend, I might have hit a fast food joint or picked up a piece of cake from the grocery store. Because of my friend's help, I found a healthy outlet to manage my stress and it worked!
Onward and downward.
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