Wednesday, August 07, 2013
Last night was my first weigh in following a 6-week road trip, and I lost 8 pounds, bringing my total weight loss to 11 pounds. I have been up and down weight wise in the past year but this is my lowest weight In a year, Woo Hoo!
These last 6 weeks taught me that I can eat healthy in restaurants and in people's homes if I just try....DUH! The first week we were with friends In their home and I ate pretty much like usual; processed foods, bread, snacks, and salads with bottled dressings. I had been dealing with water retention for several months and by the time we began our 2nd week of the trip, I was severely bloated, even though I was on water pills with the dose doubled per my doctor's instruction. In an effort to reduce the bloating, I decided to limit my intake of salt and processed foods. i was worried about how I would do this but it turned out to be quite easy.
Most of our meals were in restaurants and I began scrutinizing my options of what to order, and then requested dishes with dressings on the side and hold any cheese, croutons, olives and deli meats. I stuck with mainly salmon and chicken on salads, and vinegar and oil as my dressing when possible. Breakfasts were usually poached eggs with tomatoes and other vegetables, or scrambled eggs with vegetables; no toast, no meat, and no fruit juices. Still had my coffee with half and half. When with family or friends in their homes, I let it be known that I was salt sensitive and if something was being planned that I could not eat, I made sure there was plenty of salad and a couple of boiled eggs or canned chicken available for me. In the past, we would always have snacks to munch on while driving but this time, I rarely had snacks, sticking to my 3 meals a day. While I would have found this to be extremely difficult to follow in the past, this time around it was not difficult for me. Having the bloating to overcome was certainly an incentive for me but as the days passed, I realized I wasn't hungry between meals, each meal was delicious to me, and I felt better. This gave me the determination to continue and be consistent with my choices.
Everyone was happy to help me eat the right things. I didn't make a big deal out of it, I didn't whine about what I couldn't have, but I was clear and consistent in what I did eat which made it easier to stick with my choices and allowed everyone else to feel comfortable eating what they wanted to eat in front of me.
I've been home almost a week and for a couple of days allowed myself some bread and used bottled salad dressings, and my bloating returned. So no more bread and no more bottled dressings. I know what I need to do so I will do it because I know it works for me. I don't expect to never have bread again, but I will be selective and have it a lot less than I used to. Same with other foods... Nothing is totally off my plan but I have become picky about what and how much I will eat. And I will be in better shape for it.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
I joined TOPS tonight . I ate dinner before I went, dinner was a super large banana smoothie made with yogurt and a packet of Carnation Instant Breakfast, and for good measure I added in Peanut butter...3 tablespoons! I realize now that I was reacting to joining TOPS, and ate my Last And Final Supper beforehand. Not a good thing. I had lost a total of 4 pounds last month, which was very dismal conidering I have a lot to lose and still trying to lose just the first 10 pounds! So I suck up my smoothie and off I go to an evening TOPS meeting where I join and weigh in....and learn I have gained 4.5 lbs, gained back the 4 I took off plus found an extra half pound! Okay, maybe I can justify a tiny bit of the gain due to my edema and the fact that I ate just before weighing in, plus it's at the end of the day, not first thing in the morning. I know that intellectually but still very disappointed. So what do I do? Did I come home and plan my meals for the next week? Oh no, that would have been the smart thing to do but I adid the opposite, I ate the equivalent of another dinner, a really large dinner! My total calories for today is 2,747. I have to say my hunger is satisfied but of course now I'm mad at myself.
I am babysitting my 7yr old granddaughter tomorrow, and will stay on my foodplan as much as I can. Tomorrow night we are going out to dinner, another challenge for me. Saturday we leave on another 3 week road trip, Yikes! I will continue to check in while on the road and report how I'm doing.
I am glad I joined TOPS anyway. And when I return home, will be weighing in every Tuesday.
Now to plan my meals!
Sunday, June 16, 2013
This has been a great weekend for both me and my DH. He received calls from all of his 4 children (living out of state), a text from one of the grandsons, and a visit from my daughter and her daughter. I have done well foodwise all weekend (last weekend I blew it) even though we went to breakfast and lunch out. It is so much easier to eat what I know I should eat, especially when I am prepared with the right kind of food on hand and vegetables/fruit cleaned and cut up. My edema is better too, not completly gone but much reduced. I spent part of this past week sewing mermaid tails for my granddaughters, and posted a photo of one of them in her tail today. Making tops to match. Fun!
Monday, June 10, 2013
I have been thinking about the past couple of momths, and how well I did with food choices and staying within my daily calorie limit some of the time but not at other times. What makes the difference, why is it easier for me at certain times and not at other times.
We went on a two week trip during this time and I was right on track nearly every day of that trip, which involved staying in hotels several nights, and with friends and famiy the rest of the time. Then we came home and back to our routine of my cooking for myself, my DH, plus my single 33 yr old son who is with us several nights a week as he works this side of town but lives 30 miles away. We love that he chooses to be with us 2-3 nights a week, and I like cooking for the three of us more than when it's just myself and DH. However, the days that I am cooking for the three of us are the days I most often have not stayed on track.
When traveling, I didn't cook at all except for a couple of meals which I helped a friend prepare, and it was a breeze choosing foods, making my food plan ahead of time, and sticking with it, even though I ate in the hotel room, in restaurants and in others' homes. When in my own home, I am cooking what I believe my DH and son enjoy and not planning for myself. I tell myself I will eat just a little of this or that, or have a big salad instead....but then we sit down to eat and too often my resolve melts away and my food plan, if there was one, is forgotten.
My son and DH both want me to be healthy and they each want to eat healthy too. They are willing to eat whatever I prepare, and the healthier it is, the better. They would prefer that I cook healthier foods more often and their favorites can be enjoyed out or when we have a special occasion but they do not complain. Last night when I made our Sunday dinner consisting of fried chicken, mashed potatoes, corn, biscuits and salad, I saw in my son's eyes a concern which I am sure was for me.
I don't usually cook that as a Sunday meal and why I did yesterday I cannot say. But if I had cooked something else, it probably would have been tacos or spaghetti or steak or roast beef or...you get the idea. Oh, there's always a salad and usually a side vegetable too, but I have to get real here....I am doing myself harm and also harming my family by cooking high fat meals which have meat and pasta as the main entree.
Today I recommit to making my food plans based on what I should be eating, and which will be for my family also. No more preparing meals based on what I think they would like, because in reality, they like whatever I fix, and they would prefer I eat healthy and them too. More vegetable dishes, fresh fruit with salads, more fish and chicken, beef less frequently and no frying. We rarely have dessert so that is at least one thing I have been doing right. Cooking for me (instead of cooking differently for others) will help me stay on track and the scales should start moving downward.
Friday, May 03, 2013
A. Are you at all artistic?
I wish I was but I don't think I am, however I do lots of different crafts.
B. What are your favorite burger toppings?
On a bun with caramelized onions, pepper jack cheese, mayo and lettuce.
C. If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
D. Diamond or pearls?
E. What exotic pet would you like to have?
F. What was the last film you saw at the cinema?
Saw "Mud" this past Monday, it was okay but not great.
G. What is the worst gift you have ever received?
Can't remember ever receiving a bad gift.
H. What habit would you like to be able to break?
I. If you could be invisible for one day, what would you do?
Nothing comes to mind.
J. What do you like about your job?
I enjoyed my job as a paralegal, every day I learned something. It was challenging and satisfying. I retired 2 years ago after 27 years. Now I love being retired!
K. Did you ever learn to knit?
My grandmother taught me how to crochet when I was 10 and I enjoyed crocheting but always wanted to learn to knit and now I can! Took lessons and have been knitting for about 15 years now.
L. Would your friends describe you as 'ladylike'?
I think most of my friends would give me more credit than I deserve for being "ladylike."
M. What is your middle name?
Louise (after my mother).yt
N. Are you a night owl or an early bird?
Definitely a night owl.
O. Do you like okra?
I like pickled okra and fried okra.
P. When was the last time you cleaned out your purse?
Two weeks ago.
Q. What is one of your favorite quotes?
“Do unto others...."
R. What do you have on the outside of your refrigerator?
A couple of magnetic business cards on the side of the frig, nothing on the front.
S. If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
Gosh, so many to choose from...maybe be able to move really fast.
T. Do you prefer a truck or car?
Car, but recently got a small SUV (Honda CRV) and liking sitting up high.
U. What is under your bed?
Storage bins of Christmas wrap and ribbons.
V. Did you wear a veil when you got married?
W. Can you whistle?
Yes; but not using my fingers which I wish I could do because then I could whistle really loud!
X. Do you know what a Xenopus is?
Y. Do you eat yogurt?
Yes, Greek when possible. Love frozen yogurt but haven't had any in more than a year.
Z. Do you enjoy zombie movies?
Only "The Walking Dead" series which my 33 year old son got me into last year.
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