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Today's weigh-in :(

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.

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SONYALATRECE 5/12/2012 11:33AM

    Loving the progress! Don't get hung up over the scale.
You've got this!


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LUCKYNUMBER25 5/12/2012 9:35AM

    I'm in the same boat. About 5 weeks of plateau weight loss, and I'm finding it hard not to get discouraged. I'm trying to crack down on those 'creeping' calories and focus on non-scale victories.

The fact that you've been loosing inches should be a great change! Hopefully your scale number can reflect that soon enough. Even if it doesn't, you're still shrinking, so keep it up!

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SUZIEMAH1 5/12/2012 9:17AM

    I agree with the other poster, your muscles could be retaining water..just keep doing what you've been doing, you'll soon see the results on the scale. emoticon

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MPLANE37 5/12/2012 9:01AM

    Losing the inches means that you are losing fat. The scale does not show weight reduction because your muscles may be retaining water. After a while it should go away. Keep it up!

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MACMOM57 5/12/2012 8:45AM

    Good luck to you I know just how you feel. We can do it. emoticon

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Buffet Dinner Challenge

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.

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SLASALLE 5/11/2012 5:14PM

    I think you're way too hard on yourself about the buffet dinner. I'd give you a B, at least. The first plate was A LOT of veggies and seafood. The one slice of beef was not bad at all. Plate two was fruit and some icing from the cake? Really - I'd say B+.

It seems to me like your buffet breakfast would be more calories than the buffet dinner.

Great job, any way you look at it ...

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BARBAELLEN 5/11/2012 3:34PM

    That's okay. If you were able to eat icing and leave cake, you're focused. I've found that the little INTENTIONAL blips are no big deal when compared to the constant mindless eating that I didn't even know I was guilty of before. The C+ passes you. Now you can work on bringing up your average. :)

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SNIKWAD 5/11/2012 11:33AM

    Hang in there! emoticon

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Mom, you only have one doughnut around your waist now

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Yesterday, my dear 20 year old told me, "I can tell you've lost weight because you only have one doughnut around your waist now. You used to have three."

In a few short weeks of strength training, my "Michelin man" build has changed. My middle used to be roly-poly and now it's smoother. My arms and legs have firmed up. My face is thinner and I have more energy. I'm in a better mood and I sleep like a rock. My nerves are calmer and I just have a better overall disposition.

I am noticing many non-scale positive changes, so the fact that my daughter felt compelled to comment in her own way is really encouraging.

My small victories are mounting; this morning I got up early and walked because I have other plans this evening. Every small decision I make counts because it really adds to my momentum and keeps me focused. It also becomes easier to make good choices as time passes.

I spend lots of time visualizing my new body, much like a woman who's 8 weeks pregnant visualizes her body at 25 weeks and looks forward to showing. Instead, for me, I visualize what I will look like in six months after nearly a year of sustained healthy habits.

It's all good and I'm looking forward to making it happen.

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XTINEMAS 5/10/2012 7:17PM

    Yay for non-scale victories!!

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SNIKWAD 5/10/2012 3:32PM

    Oh my goodness, kids!!!! emoticon Hang in there!!! emoticon

"He who controls others may be powerful ... but he who has mastered himself is mightier still" - Lao Tzu

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FLEURGARDEN 5/10/2012 3:04PM

    emoticon Keep up the great work! I've noticed that I sleep like a rock now too.

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SUZIEMAH1 5/10/2012 1:08PM

    Several small victories add up to one huge one....good health! emoticon emoticon

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JAZZEJR 5/10/2012 12:19PM

    emoticon emoticonYes, all those small decisions do add up BIG. You're obviously on the right track!

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Kicked temptation to the curb

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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BARBAELLEN 5/9/2012 11:06PM

    I've been handling those too-often restaurant situations the same way, and it sure does make one feel victorious. There's no question that it's the only way to kick the plateau to the curb, like it or not. Now, if I can just master the art of not feeling resentful because I can't order the same as everyone else, I'll be good to go. Feel good that you not only ordered the right stuff, but you were satisfied, as well. You are definitely on top of it!

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DIBANANA 5/9/2012 10:01PM

  You will do it if you keep that up! I have a sorority dinner tomorrow. I hope I am as successful!

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On Cheating

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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