Wednesday, December 02, 2009
Because you asked:
"Tell us your daily average meals, maybe I can lose the last 10-15 pounds that are so stubbornly hanging on. "
I will preface that back in July '09 - a lot of celebrating brought me from 146 up to 153 and I was totally pissed at myself...and I took control by tracking like mad again. I knew I could get the weight off because I did it and maintained well, I just had to focus - RIGHT AWAY. That focus has brought me where I am today - at 138. The following is in my shared food tracker - gaps usually mean I was sick, I was slacking, or I was in maintenanceland. The weightloss part of it always comes with mad tracking. It works, so just do it, ok?
Breakfast, snack, lunch....all the same, everyday pretty much...you can time your clock to my hunger at these times too...very amusing to me :)
Morning - WAKE UP 6am
2 cups coffee with milk & sugar - check email in pjs (I don't use artificial sweetener at all - the only time I use it is when I buy fat free yogurt)
7:30 - my usual breakfast is a half cup of fat free pineapple cottage cheese with cantaloupe, or pineapple or a slice of wholegrain bread. I love fat free pineapple cottage cheese...really I do.
10am - SNACK at work - chewy Kashi bar - Honey Almond Flax or Trail mix or Peanut Butter - they sell the box at Costco, so it lasts me a while. I drink it with water because it is slightly sweet and a little dry, but I like it.
12:30 - LUNCH - a sandwich, usually on whole grain bread or a wrap, 2 thin slices of turkey or ham, 2 Tbs light mayo, lettuce, hot peppers, tomato....sometimes if a Kaiser roll is on the counter - it's MINE and I eat that in lieu of the grain bread (a nice treat)...and I usually drink more water...and I usually have some sort of chip. Yes, I said it, a chip! ~gasp~ Veggie crisps are my favorite, but I do eat potato chips too. One portion is all I need. The individual snack packs are great. OR I have fruit with my sandwich.
3PM - SNACK...whole wheat pretzels or tea or more water to get over the midday slump at work...at home I usually have more fruit, or a cheese and cracker.
SNACK TIP** I LOVE pineapple & Cantaloupe and I have made it a point to always have one of each cut up and stored in my fridge (right next to my fat free pineapple cottage cheese supply) - the kids love snacking on it too., so really it's a win win situation!!
5 or 5:30pm - DINNER - this is where I have to lose a bit of control
My hubby cooks a lot, and I crockpot a lot...nothing really dietetic going on in either case. Plus -with the kids, chicken nuggets will be the meal...EWWW! I rely on portion control, good choices and STOPPING before I am full. This works 90% of the time. When I go to input it into the tracker, my instincts are right and I am usually right on track or under calories. If I have my way, I usually will have a veg, meat & potato/starch and that takes care of things for the night.
Now that is done, I will also share with you my bad habit. As you know if you read my page into, exercise is the last thing on my list to do. Between work, kids, house, and well, life, I have that one bad habit still. I do not walk everyday. I do not weight train regularly. I don't go to the gym. I have a treadmill and a stability ball with a big rubber band & some 10 pound weights. Almost 2 years later on Spark, I envy others for their stick-to-it-iv-ness with running and swimming. Someday, I'll get more consistent...probably when the kids are older.
I do, however, go in spurts. My fitness report looks like a roller coaster at Great Adventure. For example: Before I got sick with the flu, I was running and my arms were getting defined nicely from the pushups. I now have to get back to it...I'm feeling that itch to get moving again.
And then I think.....maaayybbbeee just maybe, that roller coaster worked to my advantage. I never went that long not exercising. My body got a break. My metabolism slows and revs up again and again....it's a theory that I'm going to stick with, because it's been working. Kind of like unintentional calorie cycling, I guess.
One thing is for sure...I never gave up.
The 153 was a slap in the face for me, because I felt those old bad habits creeping in along with its mindset of what once was. Hey, I MAINTAINED for a full year! Was I going to throw that away??? Hell NO! Trust me, I get blue, just like every other emotional eater out there, but then, I stop and I think "Hey, I've done this before, I know what to do, so for goodness sake, stop wasting time and just do it and get back to tracking and exercising!"
Now...does this help you lose those stubborn pounds...I don't know, but I do know it's what works for me.
- I eat what makes me feel healthy and the food that make me feel like garbage, well, that is where they go.
- I don't really eat sweets anymore (pastries & cakes are EVILE and my kryptonite) and I don't miss them at all anymore....they make me feel icky now anyway.
- I try to keep fats low...but I do eat bacon pretty much every Sunday.
- I don't drink carbonated beverages at all anymore...bloating and gas...Eww, no thanks.
- I don't drink anything with artificial sweeteners either...God knows what they are doing to your insides, and besides, I think your body and mind are not in tune with taste and calories expected to come out of a particular product....thus making you eat the wrong things later to make up for the cals missed by your body (another theory I read somewhere).
- I do have cheat days - you have to live life, but think of it as a special day and move on the next day as if nothing happened...track & drink that water and get back on the wagon!
I put my food tracker up a while back for spying....go ahead and spy away! It keeps me accountable. I encourage everyone to track everything they put in their mouths. If you think 3 cups of coffee with International Delight creamer for breakfast is fine, had a carrot stick for snack with a piece of cheese, then you skipped lunch, and then think that fried chicken meal from KFC is a good meal and you think you had a good day because you are in range or under calories, then I would like you to rethink your gameplan. Do not laugh or cringe...these trackers exist here, I have seen them myself, with my own eyes. They make me sad because really, how do you say nicely "I think you need to rethink your gameplan?"
This is my opportunity to tell you to look at what you are doing, open the diet tracker nutrition meal plans and see what Spark is telling you to do, and then compare and contrast what you input and what they suggest. You might be surprised at what a little tweaking will do to your gameplan.
One last thing (because goodness, this is LOOONG)....are you eating ENOUGH calories? VERY active people need to track that, because if you are not losing, you're maintaining, or in starvation mode if you are not eating enough cals....Read up on the subject in the articles, you might need to change your calorie range and eat MORE!
I hope this helps you out. Track it, baby, TRACK IT!
BTW - My November food tracker stinks, big time...I had the flu & stopped tracking most things....go to Oct, Sept, Aug...lots there! Have fun spying! ROFL!
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Okey Dokey people - part 1 of the dreaded trifecta Holiday Season is OVER!
Bring on Christmas and New Years...go ahead, we're gonna be ready, right?
DID YOU HEAR ME? WE'RE GONNA BE READY....RIGHT?
Damn straight we are!
So, in retrospect of this last blast of calorie consuming non-tracking nonsense...which I will confess, is probably the worst I've been since my anniversary drink-fest...I'm going to share with you my usual insight into "the yuk."
What - praytell - is "the yuk"????
Well, for me - gas, bloating, lethargy - they hit first and hard....EWWW! Totally unSparky, don't ya think? Then.....The neck bloat...AAARGH! NOT THAT!!!
Hahaha...I just hit the post button...someone is going to read this and go ?????? Was she finished?
Back to the neck bloat. It's when I totally get all poooochy in the neck area and my double chin comes out of NOWHERE!!! AAAAHHH! Not That!!
That is when I KNOW I have to get back on track. I HATE the neck bloat....so unattractive now...I'm never going to have the neck bloat again!
SO - I ask you this: What gets you back on track? How can you tell when you've over-done-it? Inquiring minds want to know????
well, at least, I do!
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wow - what a day!
Can't say I overate, but I did eat a little bit of everything, and it was all very very good...I left half of the food on my plate too. Well, I couldn't expect to eat the whole dinner, not with all of the appetizers before the meal! LOL But it was a good day.
I will rescind a portion of my last blog. I don't hate the holidays. I hate the fact that I do a majority of the work, that is all. So in honor of that blog, I asked for help today with my apple pies. Side by side, hubby and I peeled and sliced apples. & I made the most delicious pies ever! My family loves my pies...they look like a postcard and taste like, well, the best apples ever. The best thing my hubby could do was come directly over to me in front of the family and kiss me and say, "that was heaven, thanks hon"...all over an apple pie! That was as sweet as the pie.
So I hope everyone has a stress free happy holiday. I'm thankful that all the kids behaved today, that no one really overate, that everyone shared in the prep and made a delicious spread at my brother's house. Most of all, I'm thankful for my health, my family's health, and for Spark and all my Sparkfriends.
Hope you all had a great day.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Yup, I just wrote that. Marital celibacy...it does happen, and if you are thinking "Me & hubby? NEVER!" Well, then, I don't believe you. So there
I think it's been about 2 months - yup, 2 months since you know what. I can tell you when things ceased in that department. Hubby got a cold, and I SURE AS HECK was not going to catch it. NO WAY!!! This mommy is too busy to get sick....let's just say, there was a point the poor guy was on the couch.
And then...things get busy (no, not that busy) and he gets better...and another 2 weeks goes by and then the kids and I all get sick....3 weeks later and 2 months in total we have...marital celibacy! Tada!!!!!
Can't believe I'm writing about this subject right now, but it kind of just struck me as funny...and this is why....
2 months ago, I was probably 6 pounds heavier. That's a big difference!
This morning, in bed, my hubby rolled over and touched my waist and said "Where'd you go?"
He's just been clued in on the 50 pounds gone and I guess with the whole marital celibacy period, he kind of had a little shock this morning. I've been there the whole time...it's just that he's been a little preoccupied and sometimes we don't realize what is right in front of our eyes. Too funny.
"Where'd you go?"
"Nowhere, honey....I'm still here... and don't worry, I'm done now."
so is the drought
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