Sunday, January 30, 2011
My calorie count is under control, and I'm working hard in the gym, but somehow, I'm still retaining water. Clearly, I gotta eat more fruits, vegetables and drink more water. Perhaps then, the four pounds I mysteriously gained last week will disappear.
As of today, three of the four lbs I gained last week are gone. Still, I'm up a pound from two weeks ago. I'm hopeful that by cleaning up my eating, I can lose that pound and one more pound to put my efforts back on track.
Every time I try a new recipe, I rate it on a five-star scale (like movie critics do) and write a brief review in my cookbook. That way, when I run across it again, I'll know whether or not to bother fixing it again. Today, I pulled several of my highly rated low fat recipes and hit the grocery store. I will be spending this afternoon organizing my kitchen and preparing these recipes to get me through the next week.
I've also purchased a book, "Your Best Body Now," by Tosca Reno. I was drawn to this book because Tosca is middle-aged, has had three children and, at 5'8" once weighed 204 lbs. After years of struggles and hard work, she looks incredible. In addition, the book does not look "gimmicky." I don't like diets that sound gimmicky--e.g. "The Clam Juice diet," or the "Chili Habanero" diet. I'm savvy enough to know that trendy stuff can only offer a temporary fix. Once I finish the book, I plan to blog a review.
I must close, now. I have lots of cooking and cleaning to do!
Saturday, January 29, 2011
I weighed in today with three of the four pounds I mysteriously gained earlier this week. Because today is my official weigh in day, I recorded it. My ticker now shows a total of four lbs lost in 29 days. This is frustrating to say the least, but what's keeping me on track is the realization that if I give up now, the four lbs I lost will be re-gained and then some. I don't want that to happen, so I'm continuing to track my food intake and my exercise. I am also easing up on being so strict. I'm losing the all or nothing mentality.
If this eating plan is something I'm supposed to be able to do the rest of my life, then it should include some of my favorite foods. Today, I ate three bbq ribs, but had them with a side of vegetables. I figure that if I'm going to eat something high calorie and high fat, then I should balance that with veggies. This is the type of change I can sustain, as there's no way I will give up BBQ completely. For me, that's not realistic.
I am really working hard on staying mentally focused and trying my best to stay strong. It's hard to do when the results are not showing up on the scale. Nevertheless, I read up on plateaus in SP and realized that my situation is pretty typical. Very, very frustrating, but typical. What I've learned from other SP members is to BE PATIENT. In two weeks, I should start seeing results. Many of them wrote and described how they plateaued for weeks or months, they changed something up and all of a sudden they were dropping 2 or three pounds a week. It all averages out to 1lb or 1.5 lb a week, but it only an average--not the actual weight loss pattern.
So with all this in mind, and knowing it is in my nature to get frustrated, give up and quit, I am fighting to stay motivated and in good spirits. Now, if you'll excuse me--I have motivational articles to read.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Last night, I worked out in a Zumba class. It was sobering to realize how out of shape I am. I was also the largest person in the class, but I was not feeling self-conscious, just being observant. I got through the first 20 minutes of the routine, but the last 20 minutes, I just wanted to run out of the room. Still, I enjoyed the music and kept up okay, considering I'm a terrible dancer.
Today, I stayed on program and kept my focus. I've stopped feeling sorry for myself because of the water weight gain. I spent a moment this morning reading the collage that's hanging on my bedroom wall. It has phrases like "be optimistic," and "never give up," along with a host of inspiring fitness pictures. I kept reminding myself that if I want to drop the weight and keep it off, that I have the rest of my life to do so. After all, this is a lifestyle change--right?
I'm also motivated by the idea that I might be going on a cruise this summer. I don't wanna go on vacation feeling fat. I know--I'm doing this for me, but having a timeline provides me with what President Obama calls "the fierce urgency of now."
So I continue to persist. Last year, I dropped out of SP around February 18th--now only 3 weeks away. I have promised myself that this time--I'm going to see SP through to the finish line.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
If you've ever done Weight Watchers, maybe you've heard of the Wendi plan. It's not an official WW strategy, but one that's been discussed among WW members for years. The theory behind the Wendi plan is that to lose weight, you have to continually "surprise" your body by varying your calorie intake. On some days, you should eat at the lower end of your points range, then on other days, eat at the high end of the range. The variation prevents the body from going into "starvation mode" and shutting down the metabolism.
I didn't intend to evoke the Wendi plan with this week's calories intake, but that's what's happening. All last week, I ate at the low end of my range, which is 1350 to 1650 calories a day. I had several days at or even below 1350. This week, I seem to be eating at the top of my range; in fact, yesterday I went over by 300 calories.
Today, once I eat dinner, I will probably end up consuming about 1400 calories. I have no idea if the Wendi plan is legit or not, but this is presenting a unique opportunity to find out. We'll see what happens when I do my official weigh-in on Saturday.
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