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Saturday, April 24, 2010


In terms of eating right and following the spark system, this week was challenging to say the least. I had a goal at the beginning of the year to cook dinner at home 5 out of 7 nights a week. I've done pretty well all year up until recently. And this week we were out nearly every night due to ribbon cuttings, and special events, etc. Thursday at noon we had a ribbon cutting at a new hospice company and they provided us lunch from Sonny's bar-b-que. I sat down to pulled pork bar-b-que, beans and slaw and chocolate cake with icing. That was just one meal. Last night we went to a nice restaurant with the barbershoppers and I had 3 beers! Food was all right but 3 beers? How am I expected to lose weight when I eat and drink like this? So I am fessing up here and vowing to be accountable this week.

I haven't tracked all of my nutrition for several weeks so today I decided to track yesterday, including the 3 beers and everything else I ate. Surprisingly, the whole day only netted 2147 calories! I expected much worse but I guess my meals during the day were low in calories which made up for it. So you see, if I track daily, I might find out that what I thought was a bad day, actually wasn't that bad.

I need to do this. I am on the verge of retreat. The time in everyone's weight loss journey when they give up and gain it all back. I've only lost 5 to 7 pounds, 5 today. As the 2 lb fluctuation is back and seems to be staying. There's a new team, Eating Without Compromise and I've joined up. There is lots of daily info being sent to my mailbox and I read the part about making a vision statement on why I want to lose and what do I want my life to look like. So I am going to concentrate on that today. In addition, I never did a vision collage so I need to think about that. I will focus on what I CAN do and I won't get down on myself. I think when we get down on ourselves, we allow ourselves to retreat back to our old ways. So that is out of the question.

I am setting goals for this week only. 1. Cook dinner 5 out of 7 nights. 2. limit sweets to a special evening or occasion. 3. Examine exercise options and figure out why I am avoiding them. I'll try out a DVD to see if I can get it to work and maybe come up with a simple routine to do each day. 4. Work on a vision statement. 5. Weigh in on Monday and record the actual weight. 6. Complete nutrition tracking daily.

I must be truthful to myself. Number 1 step to weight loss and good health. Sneaking food and not recording it is a lie. I don't lie to others, why do I lie to myself? And God who knows all?

I'm looking forward to an inspirational day today!
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    I'm with you: setting out these goals is making a re-commitment to your determination to be healthier. One thing - and since I don't know a lot about beer (!) I could be all wrong here, but can you find 'lite' beer most places? And if you can, is there a significant saving in calories in that? Or is it just supposed to be less alcohol, rather than fewer calories? :-)
    2952 days ago
    Great goals for the week... You sound very "mindful." Isn't it interesting how just writing in the blog helps get us to commit to something? I like that!

    Here is to a FANTASTIC week for you!

    2952 days ago
    I know that today will bring you inspiration and motivation. Pounds fluctuate over time so you are doing well. Writing down your food intake is really an eye-opener, isn't it? I have actually gotten to the point that if I feel like having a beer or hard lemonade, I see calories instead of a treat. Sad but true. The only time I truly enjoy a beer anymore is after a long day of gardening in the heat or a hard bike ride. If I drink a lemonade I choose the light version and get just as much pleasure. I even am so weird that when I pass restaurants now I see sodium content and calories. I so am not tempted as much as I used to be. But that pulled pork etc. Hmmm. That would be hard!

    It's good that you checked the actual calorie count and you can see that you can make adjustments when your choices aren't that healthy. And exercise. That is my saving grace.

    Good luck. You are doing an awesome job.
    2952 days ago
    I see nothing but hope for success in your blog! You've looked at the things you've either not done or done wrong and this will surely make all the difference as you persevere to work your plan for weight loss and healthy eating! I like your goals and I encourage you to review them daily. emoticon emoticon emoticon Hugs, Ritarose
    2952 days ago
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