Saturday, May 12, 2012
The plateau continues. I'm still gaining and losing the same two pounds.
I've adjusted my exercise by adding 15 minutes to my workouts, so now I'm working out 45 minutes to an hour and averaging more than 250 minutes a week. I have increased the intensity; for example the other day, I jogged one mile of a two mile walk. Jogging is not something I have enjoyed because I can't even run a mile, plus I'm very busty so everything shakes. Nevertheless, I jogged and it wasn't too bad--I had a new sportsbra on and it did a good job of stoppin' the floppin' --lol.
I've started varying my calorie intake, some days I'm eating at the top of the range and other days I'm at the bottom. I am really starting to focus on recording every bite, lick and taste and measuring my portions instead of just eyeballing them. I even realized I haven't been counting the cream and sugar in my morning coffee, so I've added that.
I did take my measurements this morning. I'm down one inch in my hips, thighs and my waist. Three inches right there. So good things are happening. Just not on the scale.
Friday, May 11, 2012
In the Kansas City area, we live near several casinos. Last night, I went to a friend's birthday party which was held at a casino buffet restaurant. All I can say is, buffets are tough. It's hard to make good choices when there's so much food right there in front of you. At least with a restaurant, you're just reading the menu and looking at pictures or using your imagination. On top of all of that is the social pressure to eat, plus the internal pressure you feel to get your money's worth when you are spending $35 on a meal.
So, I understood immediately that I needed to walk a line between overeating and feeling resentful and deprived. I also could not control how the foods were prepared, so there's no way to accurately gauge calorie counts. Despite all of that, here's what I ended up doing: Plate one was asparagus, steamed cabbage with bacon, a slice of beef, a few boiled shrimp, some steamed mussels. Plate two was pineapple, strawberries and a 1" square of carrot cake (I ate the cream cheese frosting and left the cake).
I gave myself a C+, because it was still a lot of food. But, in a previous lifetime, I would reached for fried foods and gotten several desserts.
I stayed overnight at the casino in one of the hotel suites. I did a mediocre job this morning at the breakfast buffet, too: bacon, sausage, eggs, hashbrowns, a donut hole, pineapple, cantalope. An estimated 600 calories. I did manage to skip the pancakes, blintzes, sh!t on a shingle, and array of doughnuts and sweetrolls.
What I did right this morning was I got up early, went to the workout room and exercised for 45 minutes--30 on an elliptical trainer and 15 on a stationary cycle.
I realize this trip to the Casino probably wrecked my ability to get off of this plateau, but somehow I'll have to stay strong and keep focused.
Onward and downward.
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
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