Sunday, May 26, 2013
When I left for France at the end of April, I weighed 135 pounds. Now that I'm back I weigh 140 pounds. Someone asked me when I returned what my favorite part about my trip was, and I answered without a moment's thought, "THE FOOD!"
I thought all the walking (5 miles a day, at least), all the stairs at the Metro, and all the fruits and vegetables would keep my weight down. I did more than my share of exercise, but I ate every morsel of food set before me, including rich sauces, desserts and cheeses. I ate seconds and thirds at the breakfast buffet - who can resist those breads?
After I got home, I began scouring the internet for recipes like Coq au Vin and ordered Julia Child's books.
Then I stepped on the scale. Ooh-la-la! I'm back home and back down to earth. Time to atone!
Sunday, June 03, 2012
I began dieting 3 years ago, starting at 163 pounds. Within 6 months I joined SP weighing in at 158 pounds. I'm a little sick of dieting. So for the past several months I've been sloppy about consuming too many carb snacks and not tracking calories. So, I have gained 3.5 pounds. I have been faithfully exercising all along, though not tracking that. Exercise is NOT a chore for me, but dieting sure is.
So, I've had my vacation, my break from the calorie drill. I am penitent.
Despite all this, I've dropped a shoe size and a bra size. However, my waist has added 2 inches without my permission. -?- Go figure.
Isn't it interesting that people are quick to praise you for losing weight, but drop the subject when they notice weight gain? Hey! Let me know. Guilt motivates me!
Saturday, April 14, 2012
I am praying for those of you in harm's way today with the tornadic atmosphere. I live in tornado alley too (Alabama), and severe storms are worrisome this year. Have your safety plans in place! This is the down side of Spring.
It's beautiful here today, not to gloat. I'll be outside in a few minutes trimming, weeding, planting. There's a lovely breeze and a bright, high sky, so I'll be getting in some more exercise today while I'm gardening. I have old knees, so I have to be careful: slow and easy does it. This is the up side of Spring.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
I went to the doctor today with my husband. We've both lost weight and built muscle on our fitness journey. The doctor was envious. He wants to see my husband back next week, and he said he will make some time to find out how we've lost weight and gotten fit since he needs to do the same. I won't be going, but I'll give my dh a sticky note with just this on it: sparkpeople.com.
It seems to me he's very busy, like I was, and needs to find time for fitness, to do whatever it takes. He'll find he's in good company here!
Thursday, March 01, 2012
Have you ever heard of a sugar addiction? I always thought that was hyperbole. No one can be addicted to sugar. Right?
I had minor surgery last month (I'm doing great - thanks!) and had to lay low for a week. I was bored out of my mind b/c I had to limit physical activity: no lifting, no bending, no exertion. That meant I had time on my hands, along with lots and lots of sugar residue. I had kicked the sugar habit until mid February. I "discovered" what has been written, told and retold a zillion times. Eating sweets causes cravings for more sweets. One treat requires a companion treat. I found myself foraging for sugary snacks. So, I gained two pounds in one week. Yikes!
So, for Lent, I'm giving up sugar again. And I'm giving up those 2 pounds of fat I put on around my waist. So far, so good - I've lost one of the two pounds this week.
I forgot what I always knew. Sugar causes rapid weight gain. Be careful, my friends!
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