Thursday, January 28, 2010
Today I ate 1,811 calories, which is about 300 over my limit. I had lunch with a friend at a Mexican restaurant and ended up consuming 1,000 calories. I ate a cheese/onion enchilada, pinto beans, a chicken taco and chips/salsa. I knew the chips were caloric, but they were on the table and I was hungry. Normally, I would've had three beef enchiladas, rice, beans AND the chips. I tried to make some modifications, even eschewing my beloved guacamole, but it was not enough to prevent me from going over.
When I got home, I had planned on getting a bowl of cereal, but ended up having a 400 calorie dinner, so there it is.
I'm discouraged, but I'm not giving up. I think I would've been okay if I had not eaten the chips, so I guess that means I need to learn how to pass them up. Easier said than done. I think I will search the message boards for advice on how to handle Mexican Food restaurants.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Today, I weighed in and discovered I've dropped another pound. That makes two pounds this week.
So, my total weight loss since January 2 is 7 lbs. Not bad. I am also 3.5 lbs away from rewarding myself with that pedicure. I can't wait. Much love for the foot tubs, lol
I think in about 15 lbs I will drop from a pants size 16 to a 14. I'm about 35 lbs from a 12. When I reach goal weight (in about 45 lbs), I will STILL be a 12. At 5'7", I will be quite satisfied wearing a size 12 and having a BMI of 25. I can't fathom being any thinner than that.
Monday, January 25, 2010
One of the things I've noticed since starting on my new eating plan is that I have MORE energy. The other day I worked 8 hours, attended a two hour meeting at my church, got home and went grocery shopping. Not just to pick up a few items, but a major shopping expedition. I didn't finish putting the food away until 10:30pm. Wow!
I'm also feeling pretty good mentally. My spirits are higher than they usually are in the thick of winter. Since I am prone to the winter blues, I really pay attention to my mindset this time of year. I am so happy that I'm feelin this good.
My skin is looking clearer. Even at middle age, my skin is prone to oiliness and adult acne. It's a double-edged sword. On one hand, people tell me I look eight years younger than I am. However, I'm still using astringents, oil-free face cleansers and pimple cream. Still, I'm glad to see the results.
Like I mentioned in yesterday's blog, my new eating habits are starting to take hold. I'm eating consciously and working hard to be consistent. I'm about 95% consistent with staying within my alloted calories for the day. I still need to work on increasing my protein intake. For whatever reason, I'm more likely to eat lots of carbs than get my protein in.
Still need to work on consistency with my water and to exercise harder.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
The newness of my journey is wearing off. I'm starting my 4th week and I'm still focused and determined. The blunt feedback from my friend on Friday has ignited my motivation. I'm not whining, feeling sorry for myself or complaining, I'm just making the changes I need to make and trying to stay consistent.
This journey is going to be a long one, so to make sure I don't get bored, I've started trying new recipes. I'm also switching between DVDs and walking outdoors for exercise, now that it's a "balmy" 40 degrees outside and the snow has mostly melted.
I'm focused on losing the next five pounds. I promised myself a professional pedicure once I reach that goal. I've also started to focus on other things I need to do to take care of myself. For example, I went to the mall this weekend and bought some new make up at Sephora, and body butter from Bath and Body works.
I'm also starting to substitute Lipton Diet Green Tea for some of the diet cokes I've been guzzling. Not sure if I'm supposed to, but I've been counting them as part of my daily water intake.
I'm proud of how focused I've been despite my propensity to overeat when I'm stressed. This week, I coped by turning on the "soundscapes" cable music channel and just meditating for five minutes instead of grabbing something to eat.
A fellow SP member had this quote on her avatar. It said "If you focus on results, you won't get change; if you focus on change, you'll get results." That's a nice way to sum it up.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Yeah, I can't believe he said it either. What a friend, huh? We were out at a bar last night to check out our favorite cover band. I was getting attention from several different fellas. He waits until one walks away to remark about my weight, then has the nerve to poke my gut, which is EXACTLY where I've gained the most. Charming, huh? Then, he reminds me that I had lost weight last year and managed to gain it back. Aaargh! To his credit, I know I can count on him being honest with me. Still, the truth hurts. I will also give him credit for thinking it was only 10 lbs, when, in fact I had gained 20.
Surprisingly I wasn't angry, but it did jar my confidence because I thought I was lookin' pretty good that evening and so did some of the fellas. It was getting late anyway, so I bid him a good night and went home.
At any rate, I weighed in this morning and found I've dropped another pound. My friend is right. Once I lose 10 more pounds, I'll be back in my "normal" weight range.
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