Sunday, May 13, 2012
Today, my daughter has asked me to block off my time between 11am and 1pm. She won't tell me what she has planned, so I am assuming it's going to be brunch. After my struggles at the Casino buffet, I grew concerned about how well I was going to handle a Sunday brunch. Rather than fret and worry, I just said to myself, "What if you just budget 2,000 calories for the day?"
I'm trying this for several reasons:
1. A message on SP popped up in my food diary for the third time in two weeks suggesting that I am undereating and recommending I adjust my calories.
2. Since we don't lose weight in a straight line, why should my daily calorie intake be in a straight line?
3. It's an excuse to eat. Yeah, I said it. I like to eat. If I didn't, I wouldn't have a weight problem.
4. Maybe it will break my plateau.
5. I can go back to my regular plan tomorrow.
6. I won't feel guilty, abandon the plan, etc.
7. I've never tracked my eating with a planned 2,000 calorie intake. Usually, when my daily calorie count is 2,000, it means I've screwed up.
I'm already on my way. I woke up at 6:30 am and decided to eat breakfast. I ate a breakfast burrito with a whole wheat tortilla, three eggs, a bit of cheese and two slices of turkey bacon. I also drank 8 oz of juice. That's nearly 500 calories right there. Then, I'll probably eat around 1,000 calories at brunch and have a snack at dinner time--popcorn or something.
Really, I have no idea if this is going to work or not. Who knows? It's something new that I'm trying.
On a completely different note, yesterday I was out running around with the dog and my jeans slid down to my hipbone. I tucked in my t-shirt to keep them from sliding, but that didn't help. I was constantly hitching my pants up. When I got home, I discovered that I could pull my jeans off without unbuttoning or unzipping them. Guess it's time for that pair to go.
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.
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