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Re-do Week One


Sunday, November 18, 2012

First are foremost I got a great woohoo this week. At the end of the week I lost 3 lbs. However instead of feeling great that I lost a lot more than I thought I would (I was shooting for 1.5 lbs), my mind goes to all the things I feel that I should have improved but didn't. I know I was able to stay within my calorie range, and I did my best to have 5 small meals instead of 3 large meals, but I did not eat all the freggies or drink all the water I should have. I certainly did not excercise more than the minimum 10 minutes per day. I should be happy with what I have accomplished so far. Why do I not feel like I have not accomplished much?

Instead, I am sitting here in trepidation of the upcoming week. How do I stay within my calorie range on a day like Thanksgiving? My birthday is celebrated that weekend and more food will abound. Do I have the willpower to deal with the people and the food choices that will be in front of me on these two days without regaining all that I have lost so far? Should it even matter. I am so confused and afraid. I will do my best to make time for exercise but even I know that 10 minutes of exercise a day will not be enough.

My focus this week was going to be working more diligently on an exercise routine that I can stick with. But now I am wondering if I should just continue the focus on my healthy food choices and worry about the exercise next week. This is so much harder than I thought it would be. I definitely don't want to go backwards but the stress of thinking about it can't be helping either *SMH*.

I think that I just have to set it in my mind that even if I go over the calories on Thanksgiving Day, that as long as I don't give up I can always go right back to making my healthy choices on Friday. Okay, I just need to calm down and not worry so much. Have a little of the items I like, fill up on the veggies and watch the portion sizes and I should be okay. One day can't make that much difference, right. If I do fall off the perverbial horse then I can just get right back on doing the things I know I should do.

I know I am going to Red Lobster for my birthday and then to the movies. So I can see what are the better choices on the menu before I go (any suggestions?) . That should help me. I know what I should do but I am not sure once I am in the actual situation that I will be able to see it through. My family members don't exactly push me to do the right things. There is a lot of peer pressure to overeat in my family situation.

But what I do know is that I can get pass this week and move forward. I hate that it is at the beginning of my journey before I have figured it all out. I CAN do this. I MUST do this. I cannot let it hold me back. Whether my weight goes up or down is incidental as long as I do not give up. I cannot let the fear hold me back from achieving my goals.

I know I may be rambling but I need to get these feelings out so that I can deal with them now before the dreadful days arrive. Feel free to provide any suggestions that have helped you. I will let you know next week how well I was able to deal with this week and how my choices affected my weight loss goals. Bye for now. I look forward to hearing from you with any suggestions that may help me during this stressful time.

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L*I*T*A* 11/18/2012 8:44PM

    wishes for an awesome birthday .......
wishing you and yours the best Thanksgiving ever.....
blessings and hugs...........lita

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DAWNESS0404 11/18/2012 8:30PM

    Red Lobster does have a light menu with calories and fat grams listed. Good luck and Happy BIrthday!

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ESCHLETZ 11/18/2012 8:13PM

    Being Canadian, we had our Thanksgiving last month, and I had the same fears you're expressing now. Surprisingly I didn't go over my limits by very much. It is all in portion size, plus not mindlessly snacking on the 'good' stuff while socializing. Stick to mostly fruits or veggies for snacking, but allow yourself to indulge in a tasty dessert (small piece) or else you're going to feel like you're really missing out.
Another thing to think about, for calories, is that your weekly weigh in has to do with just that...a whole week. Don't let your daily counts get you down. If you've done well most day, or even gone under a few times, it won't hurt that you allow yourself a little extra on those special days.
Good job assessing your strengths and weaknesses. That's an important thing to keep reassessing over time.
Re: Red Lobster, see if they have an online Nutrition calculator (like McDonald's does, and a lot of other restaurants do too), then you can make great choices before you get there.
Good luck on this upcoming week.

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