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150 calorie meal that is amazing, also frustration.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

So, I have been doing just awesome for a few weeks now, I track my food, I am walking more again and I finally got to weigh myself but alas! that last part is oh so important for moral and focus for me and the scale is refusing to play nice. I am not saying that its not playing nice because I am not losing, no no, I am indeed losing but its not playing nice in the way that I got on it 5 times this morning and I got a different weight every time! This has been happening more and more and I have a feeling that the scale may be defective or it might just be telling me to get the hell off that it cannot breathe when I am on there. The fact that I cannot get a solid accurate number each AM is messing with me in ways that I don't need to be messed with right now and I believe a new scale is in order because to get frustrated 5 minutes after I wake up because of something that is suppose to help me is not a good start to any day.

The last couple days I have been struggling with feeling hungry and I can;t decide if its just my body trying one last time to convince me that I need to eat the junk not unlike a five year old would do for fifteen more minutes before bed? or if my frustrations are projecting into hunger. I am not diggin' on this hunger any more that I would enjoy listening to a Justin Bieber CD from start to finish so we gotsta figure this one out. Wify said this morning "Go get a new scale" so I believe its what I will do as this needs not be more frustrating than it has to be and speaking of Wify, she came to the rescue last night with the dinner that you see above.

My calories were approaching a number that was starting to mean no dinner for the big fella or at least a very small unsatisfying dinner so I started going through options and mentioned that egg whites might not be a bad idea. Wify said something to the effect how would egg whites with spinach on whole wheat wraps sound? since we had some baby spinach left in the fridge and a short conversation later I said "Make me your vision then and I appreciate it" so it was made so. As it turns out we had no wraps left so I decided that having it on light whole wheat toast open faced would be good so as Wify was cooking the spinach with some garlic I made the toast. She was going to dice the tomato up and put it on top cold but I decided that popping it into the pan with a bit more garlic ~I mean who doesn't like MORE garlic?~ would be better than cold and the result was amazingly simple to make and tasted awesome for a tiny amount of calories.

We made enough for three open faced sandwiches but I decided that I would have two and let her try one so for three open faced sandwiches the calories would have only been 225 calories which is insane because it was quite filling. Over all I am doing fine with my restart but the last two days have been a little less than peachy because of the hunger and my obviously mismanaging of my AM calorie intake meaning eating more heavily early on. We will make adjustments as necessary and as long as Wify kicks in her creativity every now and again maybe we will get back down to a fighting weight by the summer.

That's all I got for today, the support is greatly appreciated so please feel free to comment or email me and for Gods sake keep on reading along!

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    Oh YUM!!! what a delicious-looking meal!

    I commiserate with your frustration with the scale. I had one that sassed me that way, and I punted it and got a new one. A *fancy* new one! (I wasn't shopping for fancy, it just happened that way - DH wanted something not cheap plastic or glass, and this one was what turned up). My new one is made by / endorsed by (?) Weight Watchers, and comes with all sorts of doo-dahs. BMI and body fat and body water and deltas from start and last weigh and a little bar chart... keeps data for up to 4 users... it's pretty amazing! I have to be careful not to get obsessive about it, though.

    I've been on a long weight loss journey myself. I've lost about 150 pounds, and still have about another 50-80 to go. But I'm only 5'1" It's a pretty drastic change for me.
    Anyway, what's worked *for me* (and by prescription of our endocrinologist) is a very carb-restricted diet. It's a lifestyle, not a diet. It's not something I'm ever going to get to "the end" of and be able to start back in with the nutritional garbage that got me here to begin with. I can tell you that this approach has been nearly effortless for me, once I got the hang of it. I'm disabled, and I'm not even able to exercise. Just routine activities of life challenge me physically; the reduction is 100% diet. I've been able to let my carbs creep up a bit lately. Still have to be careful...I'm a terrible addict! But we eat low carb and moderate protein and mostly high (good) fats. It's really the fats that satiate -- once the carbs are cut out and you give your body fuel via fat, the cravings just vanish. But you can't "pick" at it.

    In any case, it's worth investigation. You might visit us on the Atkins and Wheat Belly (and other SP low-carb) forums to query the members and see if you think you might like to try it on for size.

    You've made awesome inroads already! Congrats!
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    1458 days ago
  • INDNANNA1979
    That dinner sounds great! emoticon
    1458 days ago
  • PSMITH3841
    When I did my restart, it took me 2 weeks to get my meal /calorie intake balanced out. I don't completely have it down, but it's working a lot better now, but I still have those night time hunger pangs....The Dinner Creation your wife put together looks so yummy, I believe I'll give it a try. Keep on keepin' on, Big Guy...You're doin' just fine! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1459 days ago
    Whenever I'm able to get past the cravings it's because I increase my protein and fiber. Your egg whites and spinach were probably the best thing to do. I hope you find a long-term solution though and can hit your stride.

    Hang in there!
    1459 days ago
    I find I'm always hungry when I get to about day 3 of a streak of healthy eating... if I stick with it things re-adjust, but it's almost a barometer that says I'm doing it right and having enough of an impact for my body to notice what is going on with my eating.

    Good luck!
    1459 days ago
    Hey, yummy meal!

    Yep - time to spring (no pun intended) for a new set of scales. emoticon
    1459 days ago
    I have a couple of scales like that. On and off 3 times in a row will give you 3 different answers. I try to stand the same, wear the same, have the scale in the same place on the floor..... uggghhh emoticon

    It's more time consuming, but I started using my Wii as my scale. Again, I try to stand in the same place, etc. It seems to be a little more consistent than my free standing scales. At least if I get on and off of it, I will get the same reading.

    Good luck on your journey!
    1459 days ago
    I scale or new batteries.

    Love the breakfast idea. Sounds delicious. And tomatoes with garlic? Yum! What time should I be over? LOL!
    1460 days ago
  • BILL60
    Sounds like a new scale is on the horizon.
    1460 days ago
    As a few others have said, I would check the batteries first. When my scale starts acting like that, fresh batteries always seem to do they trick.
    1460 days ago
    One lesson I've learned is don't keep the scale in the bathroom. I know it's convenient, but it's a precision instrument that is affected by humidity.

    Kinda like people that keep their spices next to or above the stove. Sure, it's handy, but the heat (and light, if the spices are not in a cupboard) will make those spices go stale pronto!

    Just sayin'!
    1460 days ago
    Definitely try a new scale. It shouldn't be fluctuating like that at all.

    And what a great low-cal meal or snack idea. We all have days where we eat more than we planned and we're left a little short on calories. I know I'm always looking for ideas for those moments, so I'll have to add that one to my list. And your wife is awesome for helping you come up with that idea!
    1460 days ago
  • RUSSELL1960
    I mashed a banana together with one tablespoon of peanut butter last night. It makes about a 200 calorie snack but it really hit the spot. The protein in the peanut butter holds off the hunger for quite some time. I love your sense of humor. It sounds like you and your wife are a winning team!
    1460 days ago
    Sounds like you're on the right track! I keep egg whites in the little carton around for just those situations. My fiancee thinks I'm nuts but you can't beat the filliness for the calories! :-)
    1460 days ago
    Oh yeah... love egg whites! Truly a super food. About the scale... umm... my suggestion is get on once and call it a day.

    1460 days ago
    Batteries! I always weigh three times and pick the middle one--like doing time trials in swimming.

    Another way to add volume to an egg white scramble is with mushrooms. Plus they have a "meaty" quality that is appealing. And garlic makes everything good!

    1460 days ago
    Double post
    1460 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/23/2013 12:46:18 PM
    I second HEALTHIERKEN's suggestion for new batteries for the scale. Mine totally does the schizophrenic reading-thing whenever the batteries need replacing.

    Good to be reading you again, Botzz!
    1460 days ago
    New scale, or new batteries in the current scale? I say new scale anyway as a reward for consistency and dedication so far!

    The 150 calorie meal sounds pretty delish. How can you go wrong with a little garlic?

    Something I've found to add protein w/o fat or sodium is dry curd cottage cheese. Very lo-cal, hi-protein, but bland, bland, bland. Just the thing to add to a garlicky dish : )

    Keep up your good work and your analytical approach to would-be downer events.
    1460 days ago
    Frustrations abound. I'm glad you have someone who is supportive to help you with your journey. Try to keep low cal snack stuff around for when the "hungry horrors" hit.
    1460 days ago
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