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Thursday, February 14, 2013

This is a familiar point in the journey. A month and a half ago when my doctor announced my blood sugar results, I gained a new burst of motivation which led me to pretty easily stick to my diet and exercise and drop 5 pounds. But sooner or later that initial burst wears off and you're looking at the long haul.

This week I began to slide a little. I still ate only the foods on my plan and tracked all day, but I didn't bother to track every bite of dinner and evening snack, just "estimated" in my mind, which means I probably went over by a couple of hundred calories.

And my knees have been hurting more than usual, so I skipped some evenings on the Gazelle. (My doctor told me to only do aerobics involving the legs every other day because of old knee injuries, but I've been doing the Gazelle every night and I don't want to stop) I know I need to drive up to the Y and go swimming instead but I haven't managed to do it yet - so unappealing in this cold weather to put on the swimsuit and all.

So. Time to regroup. As far as the food, I've learned from past experience that the best thing I can do at this point is focus on making eating more fun and interesting. The first few weeks I was fine just grabbing turkey and eggs and sardines, but now boredom is setting in and feelings of deprivation are not far behind. So this weekend I cooked a chicken in white sauce dish, using pureed cauliflower to thicken, flavoring with grated parmesan, and it worked great. I've also been eating lots of homemade of vegetable soup... thinking I'll add some eggplant, mushrooms, some other interesting veggies. Added a chocolate dessert to my Groupings that's just unsweetened cocoa powder, Stevia and a tbsp of peanutbutter.

The exercise is more challenging. It got just barely warm enough to walk two days this week, but I still need to find aerobics that are mostly upper body. One night I just did modified jumping jacks in front of the TV for 20 minutes - doing it all with the arms and just pointing the legs in and out, and then danced the twist.
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    Good for you for recognizing what was happening after only 1 week! That's great. You've also figured out what you need to do, and are making positive changes in that direction. Swimming is probably a very good option for you. Don't know about the schedule, but would you have the option of going before work, during lunch hour, or after work so that you don't have to go out again in the evening? Evening things are deadly for me... I just want to be nice and cosy at home by the fireplace.

    I have wonky knees too (one of the reasons I want to lose weight is to postpone a knee replacement as long as possible), and am not allowed to run on the treadmill, so I experiment with increasing/decreasing speeds and inclines up to the fastest I can walk. Be careful using the Gazelle too often; I can't do treadmill every day unless I reduce distance (1.5 miles instead of 2.5).

    Not sure what exercise equipment you have at home, but I use 5 lb. weights for a variety of arm exercises, love my resistance band and have found some good SP exercises with it; and most recently bought a medicine ball, which really adds to the crunches.

    As for switching up some of the food, if you like shrimp, I just made a delicious SP recipe called Lime Shrimp - quick and simple, and really tasty. I added a bit of salsa and had it with fresh green beans and brown rice.

    You can do it!
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    1348 days ago
    Hey, don't get discouraged or bored with your food. Bring some excitement into your diet with some of WB quilt-free muffins or cookies that are filling, satisfying and really yummy.

    The carrot muffins are great, the peanut butter chocolate chip, are terrific. I loved the gingerbread cookies and orange cream cookies. Each week I make a different one and it last through the week and keeps me guiltlessly in line.

    A real quick treat for breakfast or lunch bread replacement is the flaxseed wrap.

    You're body needs and wants more than just veggies and animal protein. Treat yourself and still lose weight. I also found out that I need to have foods with flax seed in them on a regular basis to keep the weight coming down. I also seem to do better with a half of an avocado a day. It seems to stimulate weight loss and satisfies yoru bodies needs fro calories that are healthy.

    I know you can do it. Just add variety, rather than sameness into every day.


    1349 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/14/2013 11:17:47 AM
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