Doing Well Even Through Thanksgiving
Friday, November 30, 2012
It's been two weeks since I started back on my "second go 'round" of my weight loss journey and I'm down 6 pounds so I'm feeling great about that, especially since Thanksgiving was in there too! I was careful that day, but didn't deprive myself of anything I wanted. I just had a "tablespoon" of favorites and a very tiny sliver of the cake. We walked an hour that day too, after dinner, so I know that helped. I was hoping to lose 10 pounds by my next diabetic checkup, February 22nd, but I think I'm going to bump that up to 15 since I'm doing well. I'm motivated to do well, as I don't want to go on insulin. That is the proverbial "carrot hanging in front of my nose" and I keep that in mind daily.
It will be difficult, but not impossible, to lose weight at Christmas but I'm just going to keep taking it one day at a time. Keeping a food journal helps a lot, and I write everything down that I eat so every day I can see my calorie count, and carb count. I don't plan to do a lot of holiday baking, so won't have the treats around to tempt me. I'm hoping to continue to lose 1-2 pounds a week, and I know the daily exercise really helps me reach that goal too. It's cold here now in Michigan, so I'm doing the Leslie Sansone "Walk Away The Pounds" DVD's, currently doing the 2-mile brisk walk every day but next week I may start in with the 3-mile. Any increase in activity will help, I know.
Little things that I've been doing to help on my journey like when I want a sandwich, I have half a sandwich and not a whole one. Sipping a cup of hot tea in the afternoon when a snack craving begins to surface. Using Truvia to sweeten my tea, rather than sugar. Eating scrambled egg whites for breakfast, and putting hard boiled egg whites on my salad rather than including the yolks. I was amazed to find out a whole egg has 78 calories, whereas an egg white only has 17!! Quite a difference and I don't particularly like the yolk anyway, so I'm not missing out on anything by giving it up. Drinking water and sparkling water (with no sodium) instead of diet Coke. Eating tons more vegetables, especially raw on salads, than I used to. Severely limiting pasta and potatoes. Eating 1 or 2 bites of a yummy dessert, rather than scarfing down the whole thing and feeling guilty afterward. The 1 or 2 bites satisfies my sweet tooth and the "wanting" of the dessert, and it feels great to push the plate away after a bite or two. When we have pizza I no longer eat 2 or 3 slices, I am satisfied with 1 and then a salad. Fat free Italian dressing on my salad, which has 15 calories per 2-tablespoon serving rather than going with full fat calorie laden dressings. No crouton, bacon bits, etc. that can really add up in fat and calories. Making better snack choices like fresh fruit, raw veggies, 100 calorie pack snacks, etc. Every little change for the better helps me on the journey. :)