Usually when we find things that we have lost--we are happy. Just now, son brought in a sack with a small action figure that I had meant to return (finding out Grandson already had that ONE), but misplaced sometime before Christmas. It was with the cans to be recycled. Oops. How did it get there? I was happy he found it, since I spent $10. on that little action figure. But to have found those two pounds that I thought I had lost---not so happy about that DISCOVERY! I only had two bad days. On the Today Show, Joy told about my old eating habits. http://www.joybauer.com/joyfit
She said my snacks back in the old days, added up to 3,500 calories per day which meant I was gaining a pound every day. Now that was exaggerated. If I had eaten like that for those 30 years I was morbidly obese, I would have weighed 2 tons! I did not gain a pound a day during that time, however, this weekend, I evidently did!
Saturday was okay, eating-wise until we headed to Omaha for daughter-in-law's parent's 50th wedding anniversary dinner.
Hubby & I with the Anniversary couple.
It was held at one of my favorite Italian restaurants--Grisanti's. There's only two of them--one in Omaha and one in Lincoln and I used to go there quite often. I always got the shrimp scampi, and ate lots of the butter soaked garlic bread. We did go there (the one in Lincoln) in late Nov. for son's birthday, but I had soup and salad and did not have even one piece of bread. I had plans to order the same thing at their Anniversary dinner--soup and salad. The soup is baked onion, so it's not terribly low cal. I'm sure, with that slice of bread and melted cheese on top. But the beef broth shouldn't be too bad, and the onions? VERY LOW! Anyhow, when we got there was a menu with a few select options that we could choose from, since we were in the party room. No soup and salad option. The butter-soaked garlic bread was sitting on the table when we arrived. I avoided it entirely AGAIN! Then they started bringing out appetizers--fried ravioli and cheese, meatballs in a cream sauce, bread with a cream dip. I had 1/4 meatball and a tiny piece of the fried ravioli. So far so good. But what to order from the restrictive menu? I got the shrimp scampi, which wouldn't be so bad, except that it is served on angel hair pasta. I LOVE angel hair pasta. When it came I resolved to eat half and take half home with me. I did not. I ate every bite of it. I watched the skinny older women across the table from me. None of them ate all the pasta they ordered. One even ordered the Alfredo sauce on the side and then barely touched her entree. Later there was a delicious strawberry cake. The grandkids came around and brought me a piece. I planned on turning it down, but I didn't. But I did only have one bite of it. Hubby was mad at me, cause he ended up eating his piece and my piece too. I did notice the skinny ladies both ate their cake. So I did good and I did bad. Some good choices, some bad. As usual, my slip seemed to give me permission on Sunday to continue to eat too much and I found myself snacking too much again. I found the leftover Chex mix and had way too much of that. So this morning the scale read 152.2, after saying 149.8 for several days.
Tomorrow is my 62nd birthday. I have decided I like 62! It means I can start getting Social Security, which means I can retire, and that, so far is GOOD! I had decided a while back that I want to go to a fried chicken restaurant to celebrate my birthday with my family tomorrow night. I have not had their fried chicken in years. I had decided I was going to allow myself ONE piece of their delicious coated fried chicken--they are famous for it! They also have delicious salad dressings, (I like the Italian), great baked potatoes with delicious sour cream (I was going to have half my baked potato), and wonderful onion rings. I was going to treat myself. I still might.
BUT....for today....and starting again on Jan. 2, I will be good. I will not allow an occasional slip to become a lifestyle. In fact now that the first of the year is here, it seems like an appropriate time to begin again--to start a weight loss challenge with myself and get back down to those low 140's. Of course I am never alone--I have SPARK! And I know how to do it. I WILL DO IT!.
The Women's World magazine article will be out on Feb. 21. I am determined to be below my goal weight and hopefully firmly in the 140's by then. That is a good goal to shoot for. It is attainable and I am determined!
The grandkids are coming out tonight to spend the night. Their parents are going out to celebrate. Hubby and I are having crab legs for our dinner. I'm going to limit the butter I soak mine in, perhaps 1 tablespoon? Then the crab legs will be quite healthy, and with some lite Caesar Salad--a delightful New Year's Eve dinner!
Here's to a healthy, happy, and SKINNY New Year for me and the whole Spark community!!!