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Kinda disappointed in myself today

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.

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KINZIEZOO 1/28/2010 8:17PM

  Even though you went over your cal limit, it sounds like you didn't eat anything really unhealthy (unless those chips were swimming in grease). So just figure you got some of tomorrow's calories today! Since that was lunch, maybe a little moderate evening exercise would make you feel better about it. Then go light on calories for a couple days, though still make sure to get enough to keep up your energy!

Keep up the good work!

God bless

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DEBSGETTINFIT 1/28/2010 8:03PM

    I too have a weakness for chips. But I can make a meal itself just out of the chips and salsa. We all have our trigger foods. I for one am going to have to stay away from Mexican food restaurants and buffets until I get to my ideal weight. I know I am too weak to put myself in those places.

Don't beat yourself up over it though. I am going to take each weak moment or mistake as a chance to learn. After all what I am finding out is that living a healthier life is all about making choices. We are all learning and have to lean on each other for help and guidance along the way.

Hang in there.

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Glad to Be a Loser

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 emoticon

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.

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TEENY_BIKINI 1/27/2010 8:08PM

    Awesome. Keep up the good work!!

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ALEXEMMY1 1/27/2010 7:40PM

    way to go!!

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Feelin' good

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.


Gettin' into the Groove

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.


Quote from a friend: "You've Gained Weight."

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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TEENY_BIKINI 1/25/2010 7:42PM

    Quite frankly, I am sorry that happened to you. It seems really painful - and I probably wouldn't have handle it well. At least a few curse words would've flown out of my big mouth. HOnesty is a small consolation and I prefer someone to zip it when it comes to weight. It's not like I don't know when I've gained/regained weight. I find this kind of behavior more hurtful than helpful. AND RUDE - I don't go up to people and say "You used to have more hair, what happened?" "Your acne looks gross" "I heard your house smells like a pigpen" or how about "shower much??" "how about a breath mint for that stinky mouth" and so on...

There is a reason the old saying your grandma used to say is still around: "If you don't have something nice to say, don't say it all." Because no one wants to hear they are not perfect during casual conversation - we already know. Our friends are supposed to love us anyway or least try to figure out how to be more tactful...I'm just sayin'.

Anyway, I'd say you handled that situation with grace and dignity. Cheers diva. That was an awesome display of kindness on your part, one I wish was reciprocated.

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