Friday, January 31, 2014
I have had a difficult time adhering to my food and exercise plans since just after Thanksgiving and as a result have gained back weight. This alone is enough to depress me but also my knees feel the added pounds and I get out of breath more often. I find that setting a certain date or event as my goal doesn't work for me, neither does competing or being in a race with someone else as to who can do better. Such gives me anxiety and I rebel instead of striving for the goal. I have read where others have the same response so i am not alone. I am striving to stay on track to lose weight and improve my physical health, but I will not feel compelled to discuss my "numbers" here on SP unless i want to, and will not feel guilty for not participating in competitions. Yesterday I promised myself to take better care of myself, not the first time i've made such a promise but I am praying to do a better job of keeping it this time.
Saturday, January 11, 2014
I signed up for a drawing class in my community, today was first class, and we sketched from a photo. i chose photo of my granddaughter Izzy when she was maybe 3 mo old. I have not taken drawing classes ever but I enjoy doodling and drawing so hope to learn correct techniques. But more importantly, it is getting me dressed and out of the house early as opposed to staying home and on ipad or in front of tv all day. There are a couple more things I have committed myself to doing because I enjoy them and want to expand my knowledge but also to motivate me to be more active. I retired 2.5 years ago and used my bad knees and "I worked hard all my life and deserve to sit and relax" as excuses for being sedentary, but I am making 2014 the year to change from "stay-at-home and do nothing" to "get-up-and-get-it-done" or something close to that anyway. :-)
So here's to making 2014 a year of new promises to be fulfilled!
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!
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