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Yay for cute coats!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Last night I went to dinner with two college friends. I did really well with my eating - I stayed on plan and only had 4 small bites of cheesecake for dessert. I have two boxes of leftovers - a serving of mahi and a piece of cheesecake. I love dessert, so I let myself have a couple bites. And I didn't even have any of the whipped cream! So I was really proud of myself.

So the guilt trip - I ate slowly and not very much of my dinner. I was full! I have learned to stop eating when I'm full. Then I got dessert and had a few small bites. I stopped eating and drank my coffee. It was then that the food talk started. One friend started saying "I don't eat this way at home, I just am eating this all because there is ice cream and I can't take it home." Then the other friend said practically the same thing.

I felt bad only because it seemed like they felt guilty for eating all their food while I made sure to leave some.

I read an article on SP called "Are Your Friends Making You Fat?" and I really believe that it's true for all the reasons they stated in the article. It IS easy to justify eating a giant piece of cheesecake when another friend eats a whole brownie sundae. It's easy to eat "just another bite" when another friend has more weight to lose than I do.

A good part of the evening though: one friend asked if I got a new coat. I said proudly "no, it's a coat I haven't fit into in a year and a half." Yippee for cute coats that fit!


Most depressing week?

Saturday, January 24, 2009

I heard something on the radio this week about it being the most depressing week of the year. Credit card bills rolling in from Christmas, nasty weather, weight gain from the holidays...
But for me, I had some very exciting things happen this week.

- The art teacher next door asked me if I was losing weight. She sees me every day, so it was nice that she said something!
- I ran for three minutes on the TM today! My longest time until today was about 1 min and 15 sec. So I was thrilled when I was able to keep running.
- I put on my size 10 jeans a little bit ago to go out, and a cute sweater. There is no roll over the top. SO excited.
- My fiance touched my arm last night and told me it was getting smaller. Wahoo!
- I upped the weights on almost all my workouts. (Free weights and machines)
- My skin keeps getting clearer - this morning, I went to the library with no makeup on. It has been so long since I've done that!

Tonight I am meeting two college friends for dinner. I did my homework and already looked at the menu online and decided what I'm going to have to eat. I watched out for the words that SP suggested to look out for - fried, sauteed, smothered, breaded, etc. I decided on grilled mahi with a baked sweet potato (no "loaded" stuff, though) and a salad with a little O&V. And I know I'll have leftovers to bring home for tomorrow!
Since I started keeping track of everything on January 1, I have lost 6 pounds and almost a whole size. yay!



I cheated this morning

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Usually Thursday is my weigh-in night at the gym. I've been trying to stick to the scale there because
a) it's a beam scale (Dr.'s office - style)
b) it's what I got my starting weight from

but this morning I stepped on my scale at home. It said I lost 7 pounds! Wahoo! Now I know that my gym scale will not say the same thing, but it is just so nice to see the numbers go down. It makes the endless water (and endless peeing) worth it.
Tonight I will probably get on the scale at the gym just to see if that one gives me decreasing numbers as well.


Oprah and Me

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

On Oprah's "Best Life Week" she talked about how one she lost the weight, she thought "I got it."
Today I finally understood what she meant. I haven't lost that much weight (8 pounds) but I feel the "I get it" creeping in. "I get it" for me means that I'm not as diligent about entering my calories. "I get it" for me means that I think that it's not a big deal if I "treat" myself to an extra cookie - I can burn it off at the gym. "I get it" means that if I stop working to make a lifestyle change now, I go back into my old habits and re-gain that weight that I lost.

This part is the hardest for me. I have gotten to this point SO many times, and just could not get past it. I am determined to get past it this time. I just entered all my calories for today, even though I was certain I had estimated correctly (I hadn't). I poured myself another big glass of water just to be sure I have my 8 cups in for today.

I will do some lower-body exercises tonight at home because I am feeling a little sick and am not going to spend the night at the gym coughing on everyone else. But I am going to do some moving. I can get some squats and calf-raises in and I will feel better for doing so.

This is the time I will get past the "I got it" point. This is the time that I will succeed with my lifestyle change. Failure is not an option this time - I have all these people on Spark People to whom I am accountable!


A Surprise Goal

Saturday, January 17, 2009

I have been reading a lot of blogs and posts about people getting the "did you lose weight?" comment. I read them and smiled and thought how nice! Yesterday at school, one of the teachers asked me if I had lost weight. For the longest time I thought that my first small goal would be to lose 5 pounds on SP, but really, getting that complement was even a better goal. (Note - I DID lose 5 pounds since I started SP, and a little bit before that. So I am down 8 total.)
Now I really understand why everyone was so excited about that when they posted it. Yay!
BSP (before Spark People) I would have come home and celebrated with some General Tso and maybe some cheesecake, but this time I celebrated by going to the gym.

Small victories for me:
- Portions are MUCH more reasonable. I am actually eating suggested serving sizes for my meals and snacks!
- Water intake is out the wazoo. My skin is getting smoother, my hair is shinier...
- I have tons more energy
- No more mindless snacking when I come home from school
- My immune system seems to have really kicked in; there are a lot of sick people at my school, and I am not one of them! (knock on wood)

Happy Saturday!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

EATNBOOGERS 1/17/2009 3:58PM

    Good for you! emoticon (I will admit that for me, feeling better is all well and good, but a *compliment* and looking better? *YES*, that feels *very* nice.)

I'm right there with you about reasonable portions, better hair/skin from the water.

Congrats on your loss *and* your comment!

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