Saturday, January 06, 2007
I had a wonderful day today. We went to Golden Corral (all you can eat buffet) and I filled my plate up with veggies and fruit. Once I ate what I wanted of that, I enjoyed 2 oz of chicken breast without the skin. It was delicious. I'm within my nutritional ranges today. In fact, I was kinda low even after dinner so I decided that today was a good day for a dessert. Well, as you can imagine, there was nothing in the house in the way of sweets that seemed worthy of my last calories consumed today. After rummaging through the cabinets, checking the nutritional facts on several bags of chocolate (all left over from Christmas), I decided to fix myself a wonderful chocolate shake. It was just a cup of skim milk, 2 teaspoons of unsweetened cocoa, a handful of ice, and 1 packet of sweet-n-low. As I stated it was marvelous. Settled my craving for sweets, and was a very wise choice on my part. I'm very proud of myself for the choices that I'm making.
Well, my husband and my dog are both asleep on the couch. I suppose I should wake them both and put them in their appropriate beds and follow suit.
Saturday, January 06, 2007
I'm down by 5 pounds! Only 100 more to go! Right now I haven't incorporated exercise yet, but I'm being a realist. I want to take baby steps to get to my goal. I'm afraid that if I start an onslaught of cardio 7 days a week and 1 hour of strength training 3 days a week I'll burn out soon. So here I am. Much like the tortoise. Enjoying my dinners one bite at a time on my small plate. Every time I set the table my 4 year old laughs because Mommy is using her plate. It works though. And she really doesn't mind-she actually enjoys it. Also, she's a real picky eater. Since I've been sparkin', I've been more realistic about what I expect her to eat. Peanut Butter is her best friend.
Time for me to figure out breakfast for my clan. I didn't feel like making cinamon rolls last night, the kids and I watched Dr. Dolittle (the original, funny one) last night.
Have a wonderful, SPARKY day!
Friday, January 05, 2007
I've had a good day today. I've stayed within my food intake range. I've had plenty of water. I even enjoyed a nice satisfying dinner. Tonight my sister and her husband came over and I served spaghetti (made with Barilla multigrain pasta), fresh, home made whole wheat french bread, and Italian frozen veggies. Dinner was definitely good. I used my "child-sized" plate and put my fork down between bites and couldn't even finish my spaghetti. I ate 1 1/2 pieces of bread. AND...I was able to push away from the table by myself. Yes, it was tempting to finish what was on my plate, but I'm full as it is. Tomorrow is a busy day. We have several errands to run. I really should get my snacks ready so that I can take them with me. I think that I'll prepare some cinnamon rolls tonight so I can bake them in the morning. I truly enjoy baking. One reason that I choose to continue baking is so that I know what goes into my foods so that I can alter the recipes to fit me and my needs. Oh, I also need to make our grocery list sometime tonight. Looks like a pretty busy night.
Friday, January 05, 2007
So you know all the "tricks" that you've heard all your life? Use a smaller plate. Set your fork down between bites. More fruits and veggies. Avoid fried/fast foods.
Yeah, yeah. I've heard them. Well, now I'm applying them. DUH! It really works. I have been making better choices for what actually goes into my mouth. Last night I really did try the whole smaller plate/set your fork down thing-I ate less than my kids (except for my 4 year old, but she's a completely different animal). John couldn't believe how little meat I was going to eat. I started with approximately 3 ounces, but only ate 2 before I was full. Also, 2/3 of my plate was veggies. I did have a hard time making my self push away from the table to clear my plate. I'm so used to picking at the food after I'm done. So, I asked Carman (8 years) to clear it for me. She doesn't know how helpful that really was. Once my plate was gone, I was able to start cleaning the rest of the table and putting the food away-without picking at it. When I was hungry later, I grabbed me some French Onion Dip (and measured it out!) and carrots. This is a big change for me. Usually I'd want something sweet or just eat some left overs from dinner.
2007 is my year!
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
I went for my yearly exam today. You know the one. My doc says that I'm pretty healthy except for being so overweight. I told him that I want to lose this weight and keep it off. The first goal that he set for me is 50 pounds. He gave me a dietary supplement to help curb my appetite. Then we talked about how I need to eat right. No fast food, no fried foods, limit sugars and simple carbs, go for fresh fruits & veggies, lean meats, etc. You know the routine. My head knows all of this, but it's just getting my body to follow through. I feel like I did better today. I also made a coffee cake, but instead of using 2 cups of regular flour I used 1 cup regular and 1 cup whole wheat. I look forward to tasting it. It's a small change, but if it comes out right it will be a wonderful change that adds some fiber to my diet.
Let's keep this Spark going!
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