Wednesday, May 09, 2012
Today, I had planned everything I was going to eat in advance, but my plans were disrupted when a co-worker invited me to lunch.
I joined a group of about 10 colleagues and we got a table at a nearby brewery. I had to listen to everybody order fried this and fried that before I placed my order: "grilled chicken breast, substitute a side salad for the rice and serve the dressing on the side, mixed vegetables--no butter, please."
Fortunately, the food was delicious and I was satisfied with my meal. I even skipped eating the roll that came with the meal. Leaving the restaurant, I felt completely victorious. I had adeptly handled a last minute change to my plans.
Now, if I can kick this 20 day plateau to the curb, I'll be good to go.
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.
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