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Writing this NOW (no excuses)

Saturday, January 05, 2008


It is early Saturday for me (1:48 p.m.) and I've done most of my Spark writing to folks, but thought I'd get my day written down so I have to do what I write. I don't want to come in tomorrow and have to make excuses.

Last night -- with all good plans laid (nutrition tracked filled out ahead of time after studying menu)-- turned out pretty weird. I had my burrito picked, but when I got there I didn't see it on the menu. It was a "bare burrito" but I didn't exactly remember the name. So I substituted a different one. Took a menu home and there it was. I think I equated a burrito with a tortilla and the bare one was tortilla-less (what is the point of having a burrito?). I ate one chip (didn't know they came with the burrito) and some low, low cal. pico de gallo and water (me having water in a restaurant is a first). Then ate about 3/4 of the burrito. I don't like burritos that have rice and beans........................

OK, next was Walmart and I got my scale. Came home and set it up and got on it just to see if it worked (which it didn't until my dh came over and stood on it). I was fully dressed, including shoes, and I was like 8 lbs. heavier (can't imagine why, huh). DH did try it this a.m. and said he thought it probably weighed 3 lbs. more than our regular scale. Now I'm not sure if I should just weigh and start over -- or wait until I get to 148 on this digital scale and then begin????? Guess I'll make this decision today.

Now for the great part. On New Year's Eve I had bought a few snacks and did break down and buy a pint (that's small right) of Haagen Dazs' for my last hurrah before starting fresh. We'll I fell asleep around 8:00 p.m. on New Year's........................
..................totally forgot about the pint until last night when I was putting groceries away and it jumped into my sight. Well, this little pint of ice cream cost me about $4.35.......and I knew that it was going to spoil or go bad, so I decided I just better eat it. Which I did. I put the calories down on my tracker so at least that is "good." My daily total was horrendeous.

I had also planned on going to the gym, but by the time I'd done grocery shopping, ate dinner out, went to Walmart, I was too tired (lazy) to go.

So a weird night of wrong food, missing food found, a new scale that seemed evil last night, and no gym. So what I've learned:

If you plan ahead to eat in a restaurant, when reading the menu on line and the calories - read it carefully and make a decision and stick to it;

Go to the gym first instead of doing so many things and putting that as the last priority;

Ice cream can: be thrown away (no one in my house would have eaten pomegrante chip), given to a neighbor, or at the least eaten in 4 portions which are called "serving size" - 4 servings instead of one.

Don't get on a new scale with all your clothes on at night after you've eaten a burrito.

So I guess I have learned some good lessons and now will need to apply those in the future. I guess we can say we're all getting smarter every day due to the challenges we face -- and then I guess it is using what we learn daily to work toward our goals.

Now, at 3:00 p.m. I am headed to the gym. I've invited dh too. I do not want to have to write, "Oh, gee didn't get to the gym today" in my tomorrow blog. Since I have absolutely no excuses (no exciting plans today) I had better get there and do an awesome workout.

The time is NOW.
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CMONDAY 1/6/2008 10:00AM

    Menu browsing online, good planning!! When I do that menu perusing I write it down, w/a backup plan. It's really works when you’re sitting waiting to order, smelling all the wonderful (fattening) aromas wafting around. It has saved me more than once.

The ice cream, no way could I have thrown it out. Personally, I think you did the right thing, all at once. A little bit, little, bit little bit would just throw me off each day.

Back on track to ya.


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CAP0824 1/5/2008 9:10PM

    Sounds like you had a lot of lessons learned by the end of the day! I love the part about getting on the scale after eating a burrito! I laughed out loud! I look forward to our walk tomorrow, and hope you have fun at the gym. I spent the day doing housework and shopping, so that was the extent of my exercise today! Oh well, take care and we'll see you tomorrow!

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DRAGONFLY88 1/5/2008 5:57PM

    Oh the ups and downs of weight loss! Your tip to avoid stepping on a scale fully dressed after eating a burrito was priceless! I'm still laughing about that one.

All joking aside, the thing about making lifestyle changes (as opposed to dieting) is that we are striving to make the best choices everyday. Some days we do and some days we don't, but we keep going no matter what--and that is what leads to success.

Stay strong and enjoy the gym tonight. The temp jumped up to 60 degrees here and it was sunny today, so I actually got to go to a park and take a nice walk with my family--without even needing a jacket! I'd like to say that spring is on the way, but the highs are going to be back down in the 40's in just a couple of days. Oh well, I'll enjoy it while it lasts!

Have a great day!

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