So Much to write about!!!
Let the first thing I write in this blog be me gushing about my wonderful boyfriend. We have been together for 3 years this March and I must say NO ONE gets me like he does. For my birthday I got wonderful gifts and money. And I appreciated everything I got. But the gift he gave me was the best gift of all. Why? Because it was related to fitness and exercise. Because he HEARD me saying that I felt like my family loved me but didn’t respect my new lifestyle and the fact that eating well is a decision and not always easy, and that they sometimes make my decisions harder by pushing bad foods my way. For my birthday, as I wrote before, I got a box of chocolates and a bag of M&Ms. And I know it was ME who ate them not my family shoving them into my mouth. But I feel like they think this is something that happened overnight. My mom understands mostly and will tell me to enjoy and then ask me if I’m okay and comfortable with what she made and such. But Matt is the only person who would never think to bring such things into the house. I hear stories about husbands and boyfriends and even my parents who refuse to even TRY things such as whole wheat bread, or low fat foods, or low sodium sauces, or tofu. Matt loved the Shirataki noodles, we are having them tonight! I have girlfriends who are STRUGGLING because they are trying to eat good and then their spouse brings home a pizza or complains so much about what she’s making that they make it an impossible task to eat right. I am so lucky to have someone who supports me so much and is so on board with me. He enjoys helping me with new recipes and cooking new things and trying new things. He likes most of what I cook but even if he doesn’t he won’t complain. And he’s healthier for it but not resentful. And he got me a Nike+ sensor for my shoes which were made for that and an armband for my iphone for when I go running. And for Valentines Day he’s taking me to buy gym clothes. Because he understands and wants me to be happy and he knows that taking care of my health is what makes me happy. Taking me for a night at the Borgata at a WONDERFUL Japanese restaurant was a plus also haha. The place we went to had wonderful light food and sushi, made with tofu and edamame. He knows me too well. Okay I am done gushing. =)
Today at breakfast at the Borgata, I had an idea that I felt like would be another great way to keep me accountable for everything I eat. I take pictures of meals that I prepare usually to show you guys here on Sparkpeople something I invented or am proud of. I took a picture of my breakfast (above) because I didn’t pre-plan it and wanted to take a picture to later figure out the calories. And that’s when it hit me. If I take pictures of most of my meals it keeps me accountable, and while I really try to plan all of my meals, sometimes I forget or don’t have time and make something without calculating it first. Taking a picture keeps me accountable calorie-tracking wise because, I don’t know about you, but I’ve had a day where I’ve calculated a little low, convinced myself I only had ONE cup of rice when maybe it was more, or 4 ounces of chicken when maybe it was 5. Taking a picture of it gives me no excuses, if it looks like 5, it’s 5. It’s a way to keep me from lying to myself, and to know that everything I eat I will be posting up online so I better not be ashamed of what I am putting into my body. I was thinking maybe in the future of creating a group or something of “Eating Photographers” or “Food Paparazzi” to help the people who do have trouble tracking and stuff. Instead of tracking if they have a hard time, most phones have cameras now. Snap a picture of it and it will help you realize what you have been eating. Don’t know why you didn’t lose? Post all the pictures of the food you ate that week and I bet you’ll find the culprit. It’s not a perfect idea, some will say you can’t judge sizes by photos. And I haven’t decided if I’ll really make a group or another blog on another site for it, but for now I will post some of my pictures in my Spark blogs, to help me reach my goal.
Speaking of goal, I have decided I want to get to 125. When I began this whole thing in January of 2010, I said 130 because it was only a few pounds above what the BMI says I should be, but some people say that that scale shouldn’t be used by women under 5 feet, and I’m just about 5 feet tall. I always said if I get to 130 and want to go further, I would but that was my initial goal from the beginning. My last weigh in said I was 133, give or take a pound because I’d had a bad case of tummy trouble the night before the weigh in so that and dehydration may have played a part. So even if I am between 134-138 which is where I have been bouncing for about two months, I still find myself struggling with the excess fat on my body, mostly my stomach. A lot of it is skin because my arms and legs are SUPER SUPER toned, and I have awesome ab muscles, under the fat. I have come a LONG way, and was thinking recently that if I can reach 130, what’s stopping me from reaching 125? If I am still 134, that’s 9 pounds, ten for good measure. Ten pounds I used to be able to drop in 2 months. But I know it isn’t as simple as that. As I got closer to my goal, pounds were coming off monthly instead of weekly and it became very hard to lose. But I also had started to enter the “maintaining” mindset where I was okay if my weight stayed the same or fluctuated 2 or 3 pounds. I would work extra hard if it was up, and enjoy a bit more if it was lower. I still weighed in every week. But I want this challenge to show I am not giving up just because I hit a plateau. I did break through that plateau recently because I began to seriously track my food again. I never stopped working out or lowered the intensity, if anything I increased it and now work out 6 days a week. But I wasn’t staying under 1500 calories. I was letting it inch towards 2,000 and sometimes a little over. So I made the final decision, I want to be 125 by March 7. And so it begins!
I’ll end this epic blog with the fact that I ran 6 miles at the gym today and beat my record by 1 minute! Still not real that I ran 6 miles. Very weird to say that lol. Have a good one everybody!!
updated. DINNER!! Shirataki noodles with broccoli in a little low sodium soy sauce and a lightly breaded tilapia fillet.