Monday, March 31, 2014
Not doing so well eating. Haven't felt the best on and off for a month now. I am having some sort of outer ear infection for the past week. Haven't made it to the doctor yet.
My willpower always slips when I don't feel well. But, I can't say I have just went completely haywire. I've drank maybe 4 sodas in 6 weeks and a handful of beers (and one super yummy margarita). Mostly it has been water, unsweetened tea, and black coffee. I went through a drive thru after work to pick up some dinner (bad, I know) to bring home while we watched a basketball game. I was not thinking of what I had ordered and saw a large "soda" coming out with my order and started to panic. I did not want soda! Luckily, I had ordered unsweetened tea, forgot, and thought I had mindlessly ordered soda. I was so pleased with both the tea and my reaction to getting a soda.
I have also been eating oatmeal + coffee for breakfast when I work all but one day in the last 6 weeks. And I have been making sure to cut down on portion sizes and stop eating when full.
My goal is to find small things I can change so I will stick to it. Years ago I started drinking water instead of soda except at dinners. And I have always kept it up (eek, how much would I weigh if I hadn't ?!?!?). So, now I want to get rid of soda for good and I am getting to where I don't prefer it. I am also trying to cut down on meal sizes. Next is working on exercise, and I KNOW with better weather coming it will be easier. I do love to walk and kayak and do things outside when it's nice.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
I made bad eating choices with very little exercise last week. I also gained 1.5 lbs back. And two sodas! One was planned with my son's birthday party.....the other was not. But, I have done well besides in talking myself out of soda.
Reasons I have been slacking: general bad attitude, switch up of one week on my work hours really screwed me up, and yet ANOTHER cold. Still dealing with the cold, third illness this season.
I think the work hours and feeling a tad ill contributed to the bad attitude.
Since I still don't feel well, I can't honestly say when I'll pull my head out of rear and do better...but I am not going to have anymore soda. That I can do for myself. Besides, the carbonation and cold does not feel good on my scratchy throat.
I hope everyone else is doing well and that spring is knocking on your door!
Sunday, March 09, 2014
Only 6 weeks until Vegas and I REALLY want to lose another 6 lbs to make it 1 lb every week.
The last few days I haven't done as well. Not particularly bad, just not as good as I have been. Interestingly enough, I have added some walking in when I can in the last week. But the eating has been borderline. NO SODA though :)
Tim (husband) is joining in, so that is going to help.
We went to the local casino twice this week (more on that in a second) and they serve free sodas and coffees. I only had coffee and water each time. Also, at work we have some sort of small DIY convenience store thing (no cashiers, just cameras to make sure you pay). A lot of times when I run out of water I bring from home I go there and get a bottled water (I work in a place with a lot of carcinogens and chemicals so I try to limit the water I drink from the fountains, plus it tastes weird). Anyway, I brought some spicy food to work that day. For some reason spicy or garlicky foods just don't go well with water to me. So, I went to the self serve store and was going to get a pink lemonade. I actually had this talk going through my head:
Me (Devil): I want something with flavor. No soda, so pink lemonade it is!
Me (angel): Nooooo....pink lemonade is full of sugar, plus you had one in the last few weeks.
D: But...but...but....I want!
A: Nope, go for iced tea.
D: Ok....sweet tea it is! I won't even do the extra sweet, since I don't like it. Just do the regular sweet tea.
A: *Grabs sweet tea and looks at calories* Nope....don't even think so. Too many calories and too much sugar. Might as well get a soda, which we AREN'T doing since we have one scheduled next week at son's birthday party at the pizza place. So, nope nope nope.
This argument went on for a while, because I am not fond of bottled tea because of the citric acid they put in them. But Angel won out and I did not consume calories in liquid form. I am going to have 1 soda on Wednesday at the pizza place. And I am going to eat pizza. It's my son's birthday and I am going to allow myself.
Actually, I have not changed a whole lot of what I am eating yet. I am changing the amount, and it is working for me. Like at the pizza place, normally I would have 3-4 slices of pizza and breadsticks and probably 2 sodas. I plan to have 2 or 3 if still hungry pieces of pizza, no breadsticks and probably a soda, unless they have fresh brewed tea.
I wanted fettucine alfredo a week ago. Normally I would eat the whole thing, 2 breadsticks, and salad, and 2 sodas. I ate half with grilled chicken and took the other half plus the salad to work the next day. No breadsticks and crystal light to drink. Ta-da! I can still occasionally eat what I really like, just less of it. And I was full. Not stuffed (which is my normal M.O.), but pleasantly full.
I even had Ben and Jerry's chocolate ice cream for a treat one day. I bought the little one serving size, marveled at how tiny it was, then marveled at how satisfying it was even though small, then marveled at how much I used to eat as a serving.
I am not so silly to think I will continue to lose weight and get to my goal by eating pizza, fettucine, and chocolate ice cream. What I am trying to do is it to ease myself into better choices. And I am finding better choices breeds even more of those better choices. I also want to find something that I can do for life. I can not live on vegetables and 4 hour exercise sessions for life, so I need to find something that works for ME. Something is better than nothing.
Ooooooh.....and about the casino. Tim and I always throw $20 or $40 at a dollar machine on the way out the door. Sometimes we get our money back, most of the time we lose it. We won $16,000 a few nights ago! Seriously! $16K! I about died. He was already planning on buying a new car so half is going to that. And I really, really, really wanted some new carpet for the living room so I'm thinking that is going to happen soon! :)
Thursday, March 06, 2014
First, I lost another 1.6 lbs from Monday. Because of my work schedule I won't be able to weigh again until a week from Saturday, if I want to weigh in at the same time every day. And I do want to keep it consistent. So that's 3.2 lbs in 3 weeks. Right on track for my lose 1 lb in 1 week until vacation in April.
Second, my husband is seeming to get on board. He wants to do a low carb thing. I don't. Which is fine. As long as we are trying, and now I have someone to talk to IRL about it. Everyone else I know seems to be skinny. He doesn't need to lose as much as I do, but it will still be nice to have someone else in the house also paying attention to what we eat.
Third, I think I may have found another reason for my weight gain. Not all of it mind you, but a contributing factor. I have had stomach issues all of my life. Sharp pains, gnawing pains, extreme hunger RIGHT after I eat sometimes, nausea, etc. I have taken Tums, Tagamet, and countless others for it. My doctor finally put me on Protonix, a proton pump inhibitor, back in November along with an anti-depressent. Two days after I started taking Protonix all pain was gone, only an occasional upset tummy from the wrong foods. Great! Also, I lost like 4 lbs from Nov- Feb when I wasn't trying to and not logging in Spark. GREAT! A week ago I ran out of Protonix and still haven't refilled it, partly to see if I could do it on my own again. 3 days after that mini versions of gnawing hunger and odd nausea started up again. I started to put two and two together that maybe I wasn't hungry but it was the stomach acid causing issues. And just maybe I had fed myself when I shouldn't for years trying to get rid of the pain (ok, it's not a maybe I did do that). So, I looked up Protonix and weight loss on the internet and I found that a): it is not inherent to weight loss or gain and b): Some doctors have had patients report weight loss on it because it seemed to dull their appetite or they didn't feel the need to eat with an upset stomach. BINGO!
Ok, I am NOT saying I gained all of this weight due to a stomach issue (that is not an ulcer btw). But, I am saying that it was a factor. So, guess who is going back on the meds pronto?
I weigh 3.2 less than in February, but over 7 lbs less than in the fall/holidays. I am happy! Anything is better than nothing!
Monday, March 03, 2014
I measured myself today. I mean to do that the first week of every month, but forgot to last month.
At first I was deeply disappointed in how many more inches I had on most of my body since the last I checked (Oct 2012). But after I ran the reports, I realized that Oct was the least I weighed in 2 years. My measurements were very close to what they were in August 2012 when I first started Spark.
The only big problem was the crunches. Pushups were still somewhat close. Crunches were way down. I was huffing and puffing and just unable. This bothers me most. I know a lot of it is my weight, but since I've been big for quite a few years and still able to be consistent in crunches I can't help but think age is starting to become a factor. I'm only 36, but couple that with being overweight and it's not good.
Anyway, it's a start. And I better tool for measuring progress than the number on the scale.
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