I've been back for a few days and it's time for a look at how I've been doing.
In the area of nutrition and diet:
I've been watching what I eat and doing fairly well in that I've been cooking healthy breakfasts and dinners at home and I've been passing up my almost daily ice cream. I even went to Friendly's for lunch and had the salmon entrée (no Hollandaise sauce and healthy) and wasn't even tempted by the ice cream. I've been tracking my food, too, which is good.
But not all of it, which is bad. On the two days I went over my calorie range, I did well all day and snacked at night. One night it was just because; last night, it was because I was hungry. It was the night snacks that didn't get entered. I need to anti-up and put ALL my calories in the tracker so that, come "Weigh Day", I know EXACTLY what's what.
Today, I went to lunch with a friend who wanted to go to a Chinese restaurant and ended up with a mixed bag to report. I started out right by doing my research in advance and decided what I was going to have -- Moo Goo Gai Pan and steamed rice. That's what I ordered when I got there, PLUS a cup of WonTon Soup. I also ate some of the crispy noodles with duck sauce that were on the table. I stuck with water for my drink (which I've been on track with every day). While I ordered more than I'd planned, I only had about half the broth in the soup and only about half of the MGGP. I estimated the calories as best I could and think I did ok. Made a Spark Recipe for dinner tonight and am well within my range.
In terms of exercise:
I've exercised AT LEAST 15 minutes every day (twice it was closer to 40). Some days, I put on some of my favorite music and danced in my living room. Other days, I've taken one of my dogs for a walk. It's not as much as I'd like to be doing, but I my legs are pretty sore by the time I'm done. I plan to build up to an hour of exercise, 6 days a week and I'm pretty satisfied with my start.
In order to more accurately track my exercise, I dug out my Spark Activity Tracker . . . and promptly lost it. I've looked everywhere and can't find it. So, today I ordered myself a new one and it should arrive by Saturday. I thought about getting something more sophisticated, but decided to stick with the device I know. Some of the things out on the market now and soooooooo complicated. I like the simplicity of the Spark and how it seamlessly connects with this site.
In the past, sleep -- quantity and quality -- has been an issue for me. I have sleep apnea that I know is out of control right now because of my weight. That strains my body and keeps me tired. However, I know that will improve as my weight decreases. On the bright side, I've made a promise to myself that I will be in bed no later than 11pm and, so far, I've been sticking to it and getting more rest than in the past.
One last thing: I've been feeling pretty cranky today. As I get older, I'm finding that change in routine and diet are more difficult for me. Plus, there are the occasional hunger pangs and changes in my blood sugar throughout the day to contend with. Everyone at my house, is giving me a pretty wide berth (and not just because I'm FAT!)
First "Official Weigh Day" is coming on Sunday. We'll see then if I'm as on track as I'm giving myself credit for.
"You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself." (Jim Rohn)
Don't Give Up!