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One (chocolate item of your choice) To Rule Them All

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Such a crazy summer. I haven't had time to just sit and compose a blog post for so long. I've forgotten what my page looks like.

I've lost 50 pounds!!! The weird thing is I've done it before, but I don't remember being as excited about it as this time.

Things have been going pretty swimmingly. I've been logging my calories, drinking my water, doing my exercise. And the weight is coming off! Of course I'm simplifying things. I'm not mentioning the daily struggle -

"I want to eat that"

"No, you don't."

"Yes We do."

"No, 'we' don't."

"But we wants it! We wants the brownie! It's our precious!"

Anyway, so far I've been successful beating down my evil alter-ego and passing up the extra calories when I don't need them. The brownie doesn't control me.

It helps that my husband has just started Nutrisystem. His work hours are crazy, and he does not have the time or patience to weigh and measure and plan ahead for meals like I do. So it made sense to try a plan where he can just throw pre-planned, pre-measured packaged meals into his lunch bag with some fresh veggies. The plan allows quite a bit of additonal fresh veggies, fruit and small amounts of protein to be included with the meals.

So the other thing that's great is that my husband loves vegetables, and he loves to cook. I've been coming home from work to find him gleefully concocting healthy vegetable dishes from the produce we've picked up at farmers markets and stands. He's getting very inventive, and he even presents me with the nutritional and calorie list of whatever he's put together.

I love my guy! He helps to keep the evil gollum-thing at bay!

Here's to keeping your hands off the precious this week!

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JEAN111766 8/18/2013 7:52PM

    Very awesome Sam!!! Sooo happy for you!!!

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WRITINGRUNNER 8/14/2013 9:53PM

    Alas, Salted Caramel Hagen Daz now owns me!
Great Blog!

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It's Like a Science Experiment

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

This was one of those odd semi-frustrating weeks where every day when I weighed myself, the scale seemed to read the same amount.

I was exercising. I was NOT sneaking any cookies or cake or chocolate. I was drinking all my water.

What the heck?

At the end of the week the scale finally dropped a pound off the total - reluctantly, I believe.

I suppose if I only weighed myself once a week or less, like I'm *supposed* to, I wouldn't witness this stubborn scale thing. I'd just see the 1 pound loss and go Whoo hoo!

But then I'd miss all the interesting questions that swirl around. HOW could I have gained a pound from yesterday on less than 1,000 calories? (forgot to eat my banana that day). So was it the lack of banana? Is my body really holding 2 glasses worth of fluid somewhere? (pretty sure it's in my fingers, they're like little hot dogs). When will THAT leave?

I'm not really stressing over it because, after all, I did actually lose this week. But I can't wait to see what happens NEXT week!

I'm going with patience, stick to my plan, and see what comes of it. Because overall, I'm feeling better each day. I'm moving better, I have more energy. I even feel lighter mentally.

I can be very happy with that while the scale makes up its mind.

Happy Wednesday everyone!

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SCRAP317 7/29/2013 9:53AM

    I weigh every day because it definitely helps me set my mindset for the day. BUT that is because I have a new mindset - I don't throw in the towel when I see a bad number (or even a good number) I just like to see how different food choices, exercise opportunities and water intakes affect the number. I use it to my advantage. Some people can't handle that and should therefore only weigh in once a week - you do whatever system works best for YOU. You've got a great attitude!

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TRENTDREAMER 7/25/2013 8:23AM

    Take it from the one who has been through about 3 plateaus. After awhile the scale really loses it allure.

I weigh myself officially once a week on Saturdays and once on either Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday (the first day of the three that I didn't eat out the previous day). I only would do one more if I felt something was really off about one of the two (and cared).

I like your writing style :)

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13 weeks!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Yesterday was official weigh in day. And I lost a very exciting 2 pounds, which puts me within 1/2 pound - just a few ounces, really - of a 40 pound loss so far.

Each week I inch closer to my goal. Tiny steps, but they are being made.

Now that I'm looking at the numbers, I've been sticking with my plan for 13 weeks now, which means an average loss of 3 pounds a week. So actually, not tiny steps, but pretty substantial steps!

I have been keeping my calories pretty low, but not starvation levels at all. And I've been concentrating on eating simple foods, lots of veggies and fruits, and keeping the recommended ratio of carbs/protein/fats in my diet.

It's been working tremendously well, and I never feel desperate for food. I mean, I'll feel hungry before a meal, but it's just normal "time to eat" kind of feeling, not an "I must consume a horse right now" sort of feeling.

But even so - 13 weeks! I kind of can't believe I've stuck with it this long. I really hope I'm starting to make new good habits - the old ones sure weren't working!

Anyway, that's not really my focus. I'm still working on one day at a time, and being aware of the choices I'm making today. No need to borrow trouble worrying if I'll still be at this in another 13 weeks - I just need to work at it today!

So good night all! It's the end of today, and I'm still here!

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SCRAP317 7/20/2013 9:39AM

    Fantastic! Keep up the great work!

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    Awesome! Sounds like you are doing great! Keep it up!
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No Regrets

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

A couple of NSV's this week. There was a shower for one of the girls at work, and lots of food and goodies brought in. For the first time ever, I ignored it. Didn't even stop by to browse. It's something I have always struggled with - I have the mentality that I have to do my part to keep that food from going to waste!

And the second NSV is I went to my friend's for dinner (she usually makes something fabulous, but this week she was running behind, and just ordered pizza), and I brought a chocolate pound cake to contribute for dessert. I fully intended to have a half slice, and it would actually have still been within my calorie range for the day. But after having a slice of pizza, I found that I was actually pretty full, and I didn't need the cake. Didn't really want it. So I didn't have it.

These are food Everests for me - walking by "free food" and passing up anything chocolate because I actually felt full (believe me, that never mattered before!)

Before I started this journey, when desirable foods were available and just sitting out there waiting to be eaten, I felt like I MUST have some or I will just die! And yet I'm finding out now that after I have walked by them and dismissed them, I don't spend any time sitting around dreaming about that chocolate cake I could have had. No regrets at all.

Isn't that funny?

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JEAN111766 7/11/2013 12:42PM

    This is awesome and so fantastic!!! I am reaching that point as well. More often than not I am pushing away my plate with food still on it...

YAAAAYYYYY for us!!!

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SCRAP317 7/11/2013 10:07AM

    I know exactly what you are talking about! I had the same problem. Congrats on that major accomplishment!

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 7/10/2013 9:00PM

    Good job on the NSVs!!

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Still Here!

Monday, July 08, 2013

It's been a while since I've had the time to blog. I don't really have the time today - but I'm going to post a brief one.

I haven't been blogging, but I've been keeping on track with my eating plan. A little light on the exercising because it's hard for me to leave and go for a walk, or roll around on the floor doing strength exercises while my family is visiting.

But tomorrow will tell the real tale -- it's weigh-in day for me!

I'm still here - I'm still plugging away at creating my lifestyle change - and I plan to make it permanent!

Just keep swimming!

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JEAN111766 7/9/2013 4:21PM

    I hear ya lady!! Time is flying by these days! Making it a lifestyle change and taking it one day at a time here also!!!

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TRENTDREAMER 7/9/2013 11:14AM

    "But tomorrow will tell the real tale -- it's weigh-in day for me! "
* Best of fortune to you.

"I'm still here - I'm still plugging away at creating my lifestyle change - and I plan to make it permanent! "
* w00t!!

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