Tuesday, April 15, 2008
And still struggling!
These days, I am counting calories and fat grams more than anything. I was awfully nervous about the fat grams while living South Beach style. South Beach DID work, I'll give it that. I lost 8 pounds in 2 weeks. But my grocery bill increased to twice it's normal $$ and that is something that I can't give on. It's hell living this far out. Groceries are expensive. Of course, now it is warming up, travelling to the bigger towns is possible and I will.
I figured that I had gained back every stinking ounce I lost while strictly beaching, but I am surprised to find I only gained back 3 pounds and that was while I was on vacation and turned into an Easter candy machine!
So, I edited my plan somewhat. I am still keeping an eye on white flour items. I eat sourdough bread, mostly or a whole wheat tortilla, but those are about the only bread that I eat and I only eat them once or twice a week. Pasta is whole wheat and while I used to eat that 3-4 times / week, I am only eating it once a week, if that. I am counting calories for the moment. And as soon as I can walk across the room without feeling like my lungs might collapse (oh flu, how I love you and your lingering cough!), I will get right back into my Walk Away the Pounds DVDs. Right now, breathing while surviving this cough is exercise enough and if I could remember to take my antibiotics at night, I might get over this crap sooner.
I am hopeful and realistic. I am HOPING for weight loss but realize the true benefit (for myself) is being heart healthy and living healthy. My dad had a heart attack last June and the difference in both of our lives as a result is incredible. We both quit smoking and started watching our fat intake. I cut down on my beer consumption, only having 2 -3 every two - three weeks. And he started drinking tomato juice with his 1 beer / night. As for saturated fats, I stay away and he does, as much as possible, as well. Two servings of veggies with lunch and two with dinner are par for the course. And I try to cut any and all fat off of any meat I eat. I'm not a huge meat eater, so I don't have too much of a problem there.
I am glad that he is living his life healthier in order to be here longer and I am inspired by him. He smoked for over 45 years! I am so proud of him.
Kind of a rambling entry but I got down what I wanted to. Now, I can come in and look at it and be reminded of what I am doing and why.