One Pound at a Time
Wednesday, February 06, 2013
I find myself in a weightloss rut. I had abandoned tracking because inputting my recipes was so frustrating and time-consuming and I eat a lot of home cooking. I could call my position a plateau, but I know it's really a result of eating choices. I do so well during the day, but evenings come around and I start craving. I am no where near ready for bed, so don't suggest earlier bedtime, in fact I know what I need to do, I just need to do it. I need to eat less, watch portions, minimize carbs, stop eating before 9 or before 7 or some other arbitrary number. I need to snack on things like pickles, carrots, herbal tea, etc. I know all these things.
I have been coasting on my 13-13-13 challenge. My weight has been at a virtual standstill week to week. My new mindset is to stop worrying about the 13 pounds and just lose one. I want to lose just one by my next weigh-in.
I have been tracking carefully all this week. The numbers have been at the top of my limit and beyond, but I did track it all. I am still getting in 30 minutes of fitness daily. I am still pushing that water. The one thing I am not doing very good at is the food.
I was looking at a Lands End catalog a few minutes ago. So many cute clothes are coming out for spring! I hope to be down into a lower size by the time I need something for warmer weather. Here in S Georgia, it's pretty warm year-round and I can wear shorts even in February. My shorts are kind of baggy now, and I'm hoping to have a new pair in a month or two that fits and will be in an all-time-low-for-the-past-seve
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The best thing is that you know what you need to do, what has worked for you before. I know so well what you are going through. Those of us in our 50s have been around the block a few times, trying many different things. When I buckle down and commit I know I will eventually lose weight. The secret is staying with it, and I believe that is our ultimate challenge, to find something that we can comfortably live with. It used to be I just wanted to lose weight and feel better about myself. I am now in the unchartered territory of doing it primarily for my health with the benefit being weight loss. So don't be hard on yourself. You WILL lose that weight one pound at a time. You are not alone.
1834 days ago
First off I'm so proud of you for wearing shorts! I put a lot of weight on my legs and refuse to wear them. I can't remember the last time I did wear shorts.
As far as the other it sounds like you know whaat to do and how to do it. I'm the last to give advice! But, I'm here to listen. One pound.....one pound....you can do that!
1835 days ago
There have been so many times I've been here. Thinking I was doing the right stuff only to find that without tracking I really was going over my calories, that's what made me not lose anything. Tracking is so much more important than a lot of people realize.
Take it one day, one bite, and one pound at a time.
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1836 days ago
It is almost like I could have written this blog. I also prepare lots of meals at home, so I also find it tedious to track everything. But I have been trying. Good for you to keep up with your exercise and water.
Like you said, we know what to do, what to eat, when to eat, etc. I am in the same boat. How do you get from knowing what to do to actually doing it. I would love to get some answers to that also.
1836 days ago
I know what you mean about the time it takes to log in homemade meals. I have to do that also because DH is wheat sensitive and there are days with very little grains. I do use some substitutes like quinoa. When I don't have time to put the whole recipe in, I just find one closest to it and put that in. Maybe eating the 5 to 6 small meals a day would help you control the calories better. As for clothes, I saved some smaller sizes and I am working my way down to them. But I am hoping to get something brand new to congratulate myself when I reach my halfway mark. OR maybe I will actually fit into some new clothes DH bought for me that I have not worn yet. Hope it is soon. Just hoping or wishing won't get me there, though, I know it takes work.
1836 days ago
I find that planning a snack that I look forward to later in the evening helps me- mine is usually frozen berries that I eat frozen so it takes me a while to eat a cup. I also do 3 meals and several snacks depending on how many calories I have eaten For dinner I have been eating one portion of what everyone else eats with 3 x as many vegs so I feel like I am eating a lot.
1836 days ago
I know exercise is important but what and how much you eat is even more so. I'm certainly no expert but I know giving myself too many choices is always a disaster. Maybe it would be helpful to make a menu over the weekend of what you'll be eating for the week and make it just a few simple choices. You could plan, pre-cook some proteins to just add a salad and veggie for you and then cook what ever side your family would eat (if not the same) Say for breakfast use the same 3 meals just alternate.
yougurt and fruit
eggs and whole wheat toast
oatmeal and fruit
tuna on salad
turkey on whole wheat w/lettuce and tomato
soup and salad
dinner could be
any protein a low carb veggie and a salad
snacks (pre-measure) fruit, nuts, fiber bar
make your menu, track it for the whole week, and post over the weekend.
You could then tweek any changes you make daily.
I don't suggest my diet plan to any one because so many people are turned off by meal replacement type diets. But for me, having everything pre-measured, some ready to eat some require a little mixing and or heating and not having to count calories, carbs, fat etc... just makes it sooooo easy. I only have to prepare one meal a day which is simply a protein and a veggie.
I've also heard that some people like the automatic menus they can provide on your tracker. I do think that tracking the good bad and the ugly is a tremendous tool! It's not always easy but it's always worth it. There is an article I read on here somewhere (unfortunately I can't remember exactly where) that talks about making a specific eating plan rather than a vague "eat less" kinda thing. Maybe you've already made one so I don't mean to imply you haven't. You CAN do this! I know it! Have an awesome on track day! PS, I'm on here off and on all day and would be happy to be your vent buddy or encourage ya when ever you need!
1837 days ago
I have a tendency to look in the cute magazines for cuter clothes and then I go "I would NEVER wear that anyway!" I do have a best friend who is smaller than me, so every time she cleans out her closet I take over and hold onto until I can fit into them. But sometimes it takes me a while to getinto them, and then there are some that I can pass them on to others when I don't want them.
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