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Report Card for First Quarter-Term of 500-Days Program

Thursday, March 14, 2013

I passed several difficult tests this quarter-term: the teens-brought-in-pizza test, the Coke test, the free donuts test, the coffee-and-pastry-at-church test, the Culver's-after-basketball test, the amazing hors d'oeuvre test. I did poorly on the Friday afternoon samples test at the grocery store, but my average is still A minus. Dr. Judith Beck says, "I can stick to my food plan no matter what the circumstances." I am convinced that this is a key to continuing to progress, and ultimately to keeping the weight off.

BOSS61 says he treats the nutrition tracker like "an unrelenting drill sergeant." That has been my approach this term. By God's grace I have stayed in range every day. I track after each meal when feasible....sometimes ahead of time if I'm planning better. At the very least I enter food-so-far before dinner, and whatever the numbers say, that's just the budget I have left. Yes, I have lain in bed several nights wishing for more food, but I am keenly aware of how glad I'll feel in the morning, that I stayed in calorie range.

I committed to exercising 20 minutes per day. I have adhered to that, walking 20 minutes even on my "day off" exercise which is usually Tuesday. I have averaged over a hour per day during this quarter term.

I have lost 11 pounds this quarter term, roughly in a month. The first measuring period always sees a bigger jump, so I don't expect to continue at that rate. But it's certainly encouraging to be able to fit into more clothes here at the beginning of my course. I hope to lose 5 pounds by the half term point of April 20. This report card is a few days early because I'm able to write it today and who knows what tomorrow will bring, as far as time to blog. Well, the Eternal Creator does know, but that's not the topic of this blog.

Food adventures: We made several things at home for the first time.... guacamole, basil tuna salad, pecan-crusted chicken tenders, curried vegetable beef soup, barbecue pork over cole slaw instead of bread or rice (has a reuben-ish flavor), eating taco ingredients out of a lettuce leaf instead of a grain tortilla. I found great pleasure in chai spiced tea and an herbal chai version.

Needs improvement: I succumbed to bread of some kind once or twice each week. No, that's not evil, but it is ineffective for my goals and I see the unpleasant results quickly. Fairly soon I get joint soreness and depressive thoughts. It triggers fierce cravings for more carbs and for sugar, lasting a day or even two days after I eat wheat. I know it doesn't affect everyone this way. But it has happened to me so many times, I don't believe it is auto-suggestive. Okay, just suppose the effect is completely in my own head. Why not just avoid the outcome, whatever its cause? So...I'm taking a deep breath, and publicly committing to just not eating any bread at all until the half-term, which is April 20.

Needs improvement: I need to create a routine for planning ahead for my food. If I think about when and where I'll be going, and provide healthy items for myself, I do well. If I am heedless and get "stuck" in a hungry situation, I am still quite vulnerable. Judith Beck says "Hunger is not an emergency." I believe that in my head, but my mouth and hands are being stubborn about it.

For reference, here are the two blogs detailing my 500 Days program.
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  • NANCY-
    Gold Stars for your first quarter!!!!!
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    This is a glowing report. You have made great progress. I love how you are being adventurous with your meals.

    In regard to planning meals schedule it, I plan mine on Sunday. Check out the the family schedule, check out the sale flyer, check out previous menus. Have emergency meals available. Stuff does happen with a family, plans change, but at least I have a foundation to draw from. Make a list of your meals. Breakfast and lunch options are repeatable. Then all that is left to d0 is dinner plans.

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  • BLH507
    You're an A+ in my book!!!
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  • SINGER73
    You are doing great. I love the quote "Hunger is not an emergency." I totally need to get that in my head because sometimes it does feel like that.

    I think you have a gluten intolerance like I do (and most people do).

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    1708 days ago
    Sing it out loud, you should be proud! Fantastic progress. You've soberly considered all your achievements and identified the areas where you want to bear down a little harder for even greater progress.

    Well done!!
    1708 days ago
    emoticon (((( FL )))) ....::::very impressive report! So proud of you & with you!
    I love to eat tacos using a lettuce leaf as a tortilla.....and I too remember the days that 11# fell off the 1st month and then 11 the next ...then 10, then 9 ...etc. It's ALL good though! Your body has to adjust to this New Lifestyle!
    With your emoticon spirit and confidence placed in Christ, you cannot go wrong! I know you will continue to make BIG Progress!
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    1708 days ago
    I am soooo impressed! You are treating this like a matter of life and death, which ultimately it is. You have passed some very difficult tests, and with all that practice under your belt, the next tests should be easier. Now I'm off to check out your blogs. I always wondered about your 500-days flags, so now I'll find out! GRRRRRReat job, GIRL!
    1709 days ago
    Great report card and a thoughtful analysis of your progress!
    1709 days ago
    What a great report card on yourself!!!

    I'm finding, once again, that my biggest issue is planning and recording the foods I eat. I know Sparkpeople's site has that nutrition tracker and I use it but even listing foods in my favorites takes time. I haven't recorded in two days although I've been good so - since this is your blog - WAY TO GO ON RECORDING YOUR FOOD.

    And all the rest - the exercise - the resistance. Great job and give yourself MAJOR CREDIT!


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