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It's about time....

Thursday, January 10, 2013

I started getting serious about this weight loss effort mid November. The scale went up and down over the same 4 pounds...up and down, up and down and up and again, down. I started following Mark Sisson's Primal Blueprint the last week of December.

The scale refused to move. It was like it was stuck there at 248 and had no other reading but that. Again and again, in the last 3 weeks, I'd get on the scale and it would say.....248.

Today I got on the scale and about fell off. 7 pounds lost.

This has been a very typical thing for me since I passed my 45th birthday. Losing any weight has meant doggedly sticking to it and waiting. and waiting....and waiting. And then, one day boom 4 or 5 pounds would be gone.

Typically after that, it would bounce up and down a pound or two for a couple weeks, maybe even three or four weeks before another big (for me) loss of 4 or 5 pounds.

So do I expect to step on the scale again in a day or two and see it's still 7 pounds gone? Not so much. I know that my weight loss is usually very much the "two steps forward, one step back" variety.

But am I happy? Relieved? Feeling vindicated for all the things I didn't eat? All the good choices I made even when the scale refused to budge? YOU BETCHA!

Weight: 241 (-7).
Waist: 47.5 (Last measured 1/4 I think)

  
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GOPINTOS 1/10/2013 6:52PM

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DITA48 1/10/2013 12:05PM

    I have similar experiences on the scale. The numbers don't ever coincide with my perceived effort at weight loss, nor how I feel physically when I get on the scale. And while I do still see mostly incremental loss, it's a very strange experience. I've decided to just take it in stride.

One thing I did this week is reflect on my past year. I've yo-yo'd around the same 5-7 lbs most of the year, but in actuality, I lost 10 lbs in the course of the year and kept that off. No, it's not life changing, but when most people our age are gaining every year, I'll take it as a win!

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TIKITAMI 1/10/2013 12:00PM

   
Good for you for not letting the ups and downs get your frustrated. Seven pounds is a great start, well done !

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KEEPTRYING4ME 1/10/2013 10:42AM

    Wonderful news! Congratulations emoticon emoticon emoticon to you!

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I guess I'm serious about all this...

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Ever since I began my weight loss journey, there were two things that were pretty much impossible for me to give up. I had a baaaaad attitude about giving them up, and I would try to find any way to work around it - convincing myself I could have my cake and ....lose weight too.

Those items were wheat products and sugar/french vanilla creamer in my coffee.

I stopped putting sugar in my coffee several months ago. I increased the creamer a little to compensate, but let's be frank here....I was still consuming about 140 cal/10 carb for one cup of coffee....and I typically had two cups a day and sometimes more (because they also have it on hand at my work, as well)

When I cut sugar...I kept the full-sugar version of the creamer. I couldn't let go. Wouldn't let go. Until after examining the last 10 days so carefully, and seeing that some days I would have 30 carbs/420 calories going to....coffee.
I felt guilty. But I didn't wanna give it up.

Maybe I'll just go to one cup a day, I reasoned with myself. But I know the truth. I will cave on it and have 2 or more cups more times than not. This week, it began to gnaw at me. What if that was the ONE THING that was preventing me from losing weight, would it STILL be worth it? Really? If the answer is yes....well, that's because there's addiction talking there. I didn't like that answer at all.

So, last night I went and got the sugar-free version and tried it in my coffee this a.m.

Blech. Totally nasty. I warred with myself. "Can't I have ONE vice left?" and I went through the "maybes" again. Maybe I could just have one really good cup of coffee a day....

Feeling sorry for myself I came to work and when it came time to pour my second cup of the day, instead of reaching for the full-sugar version, I reached for the plain half-and-half and added a packet of Splenda.

Not too bad. Seriously much more do-able than the SF creamer. Perhaps I've found my replacement.

Because you know what? It's NOT worth it. Feeding that addiction is not worth it. It's not worth the calorie/carb effect, it's not worth the hit to my self esteem when I think " I'm willing to stay unhealthy, unhappy, and morbidly obese because I refuse to give up my addiction, even if it was the only thing standing between me and losing weight".

Good-bye, Nestle French Vanilla Creamer. I truly loved you. In fact, I think I loved you so much, I was addicted to you. You aren't worth it to me any more.

  
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EXOTEC 1/15/2013 10:40AM

    Good for you. It's tough to be tough! BUT! let me offer an alternative: you *can* use whole/heavy cream. I also love the myriad flavors of DaVinci syrups - and most come in sugar-free versions. The range of flavors is amazing. The "sugar-free" is Splenda. These are the syrups you might encounter in coffee bars or the like. They come in quart (?) bottles. I went crazy and bought a whole case of the durn things! I use them in oatmeal, drinks, my morning protein shake... let your imagination run. I've even used them in cooking. yum

You just might be able to have your favorite coffee...even if it isn't exactly the same as you've been used to! I believe Sam's carries (a very limited line of) the syrups. You might try one out before you go crazy like I did!

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GOPINTOS 1/10/2013 7:00PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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MOONANDSTARS77 1/9/2013 7:12PM

  You can't use coffee creamer? Oh no, this means I have to toss my fave almond joy flavor! emoticon

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KATCHAGIRL 1/9/2013 11:47AM

    GREAT BLOG and I'm so proud of you!! Maybe experience with a few different options. I make my own cappuccino everyday, which consists of about 4oz. of 2% milk (which I could use skim) and ground espresso.

I have the same problem as you, but with alcohol, and ask myself the same questions sometimes too. I have yet to take the actual step, like you have done, but I plan on doing it this year.

It's actually started out good so far, as I have had the flu since Sunday, so, so far this week I've only had ONE 6oz. glass of wine!!! That's REALLY good for me, but it's cuz I'm sick. At least it's given me a head start! :)

Keep up the EXCELLENT work and LET'S DO IT this year, ok??? :)

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GRACEMCDOG 1/8/2013 7:42PM

    Great insights! I too have had a hard time with keeping sweet out of my tea and coffee. I'm doing it now but I still struggle with it from time to time. I've finally adjusted to coffee with 2 TBS 18% cream, 2 TBS coconut oil, a teaspoon of raw cocoa and a dash of cinnamon. Whizzed up in the blender it's really not bad and all that comes to less than 200 calories, The really great thing about it though is that all the fat in it keeps me going at a high energy level and NO hunger until mid afternoon. I LOVE that. It often means I eat a late lunch and no dinner or just a snack of yogurt and berries.

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DITA48 1/8/2013 6:36PM

    It's small incremental changes that make all the difference! My wife and I gave up sugar in our coffee together. She still does cream, but I tried cream and no sugar once and said, hell, I don't want the extra fat/calories in the cream. I have drunk my coffee black for years now. I drink much less coffee, and I'm always happy wherever coffee is served, because I don't have to worry if they have "my" additives, be it a specific kind of cream, or a specific artificial sweetener, etc. It was an inadvertent simplification step which I was delighted with after the fact.


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MANDYLOVE_76 1/8/2013 1:29PM

    I love chocolate. That's my problem.

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JENSEMINARA 1/8/2013 10:40AM

    You made me laugh out loud. Because we all have that addiction or ok several addictions. Truly I found humor in this because I am always trying to talk myself around this sort of thing. I feel your pain..

Have a great day
Jen

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Let's hear it for routine!

Monday, January 07, 2013

I've been off the last week. At home with the family. No routine.

While it's been a lovely break....it's very hard for me in some respects with eating. There's been some stress - mix two teenagers off school for two weeks, a partner who was terribly ill for most of that time and is getting better, but crabby, and I found myself struggling with ......dum dum dum.....

Emotional eating.

I had a couple wins there - like when the stress got high and folks at home were driving me off my rocker, once I took a hot bath and read instead of eating and another time when I wanted to treat myself and food was the first thing that came to mind, instead of indulging in food I took myself off for a much-needed brow wax. So, yeah there were successes in the emotional eating department and then there was also an incident with a box of Junior Mints.

During this week off, my carbs averaged 151 gm a day. I have to remind myself that before the last week of December they were averaging 268 gm a day. I have tracked every bite that went into my mouth, including those Junior Mints, so I could know this. So that when confronted with more stress (because I return to work today and that's a different kind of stress!), I will not say to myself -"Well, you know last week I ate those junior mints and basically ruined my entire month anyway. What will XYZ hurt when I've so obviously blown everything already and I'm going to be fat forever anyways, so ...."

Because yes, in times of stress I DO sometimes think that way. Now, at the least, I'll know exactly where I am and I know what eating that box of candy did to my carbs/calories/self esteem that day. Because if I'd chosen NOT to eat that box of candy, my carbs would have been an average of 131 a day, not 151.

Next week, I'd like my carbs to be lower than an average of 151 a day. That's my goal.

Now, what went right this week? Well, I ate a variety of veggies. Instead of corn and potatoes (LOL, yes, that was my "veggie" list previously), I ate broccoli, brussel sprouts, green beans and one sweet potato- all fresh. I cooked dinner (or Jodie did) 5 out of 7 nights instead of eating take out (or crap) most nights and cooking 1 or 2 nights. I don't recall that I ate any wheat - outside of perhaps an incidental ingestion (as in, "that has wheat in it? no way!") rather than "oh look, BREAD!!". I ate a variety of meat, rather than just hamburger, including chicken, steak, and shrimp one night. I also cut back on the dairy. I didn't cut it out...but I noticed when I did eat it that I was having some "gastrointestinal" issues. So I cut back.

It was a week. There was good, there was not so good. This is a new week. I need to make sure I pack the foods I can eat for work. That is a BIG issue. Sometimes I procrastinate - a sure-fire way to fail at getting food packed then I'm scrambling to find things I can eat and it's all no good.

So, that's that. A good enough week off, now it's time to go back to the day-to-day work thing. Happy Monday!

  
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BROOKLEE99 1/7/2013 11:03AM

    I love your approach. Very positive-- very healthy. When I stray I sometimes stray way off the path. But your post is a reminder that we can stray in moderation and everything will still be fine.

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Wagon? What wagon?

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Oh....the joys of all or nothing thinking.

Yesterday had some good points, for example some yummy salmon and broccoli for brunch....that diverged from the no-grain path at a late lunch/early dinner of chicken fajitas that included some corn tortillas....that ended in a Dairy Queen Blizzard.

l am reminding myself of Sisson's 80/20 rule, working on not getting all guiltified over the blizzard, and moving forward today.

But, I found myself last night and this a.m. going through the all or nothings. "Wow, those 3 corn tortillas and the blizzard - yeah right, Lisa. Way to go. Now you REALLY won't lose any weight. You're going to be obese forever..."

Whew. Let's smack that thinking DOWN! What did I say the other day? This isn't a marathon to finish in 8 hours (if you're me, LOL) and go back to the old way of eating tomorrow. This is life. Life does occassionally include corn tortillas and a blizzard.

Just not every day. Or even, every week.

I've made huge changes. I will continue to make changes. The scale WILL move in the downward direction. I've cut my carbs in HALF over the last week. That's HUGE!!

Breathe in, breathe out. Go scramble some eggs and eat some broccoli. This too shall pass.

  
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BROOKLEE99 1/6/2013 7:49PM

    I love your live and learn attitude! emoticon

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MAW_OH 1/6/2013 4:23PM

    That's the spirit! wtg!

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LEXIE63 1/6/2013 1:43PM

    Mmmm... scrambled eggs and brocolli. :-) Much nommier than eating a dairy queen, whoever she is. LOL
Good that you are focusing on the HUGE improvement and not fixating on the little blizzard. :-)

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SUSIEQ911 1/6/2013 12:25PM

    Don't beat yourself up too much. Not easy I know. I STILL do it.

I don't think you can deny yourself everything. It sets you up for failure. Moderation is the key. I'm actually to the point of realizing how crappy I feel when I over do, that it's easier to not over do. Not every time but I've done it so many times that I'm finally starting to remember.

Keep it up. You can do it.

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TKOVACH1 1/6/2013 9:38AM

    Loved your outlook on the journey to better health. We all have good days and bad days as long as we aim to make better choices each day and not stress over the not so great choices you wll get to your destination. Just don't give up and quit after some not so great choices, just pick yourself up and continue. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Holding Steady

Friday, January 04, 2013

I'm holding steady. Same weight, waist measurement.

What has changed? I've lost a lot of fluid buildup. I can get rings off both hands that usually are not able to be removed without oil or soap and a lot of tugging! I'm sleeping better. I feel pretty good. Taught my first dance class of the year last night and tho my waist measurement hasn't changed, I can see other differences in my body. (will be doing full measure with my daughter tomorrow, so we'll see if other places have lost any - the waist is just my big goal for both health and appearance issues). I also had more energy than I would have thought after being off dance almost 3 weeks.

Waiting for actual *hunger* before I eat is a different experience - typically I eat because it's time to, LOL.

Continued spousal wars over food, sigh. I shouldn't say "war"....more like little skirmishes, LOL. "Should you be eating that?" one too many times yesterday lead me to say "look, how about you just trust me to eat what's appropriate for me?" She is still firmly entrenched in not only "conventional wisdom", but some pretty wild concepts about blood sugar/insulin resistance as well...because she has refused any nutritional counseling - ever - over her diabetes. So, in her mind, avoiding "sugar" is the key...but white bread? Heck ya, you can eat that!!!

no concept, and furthermore, she doesn't want a clue, thank you very much. I worry about her, but I can't do it for her. I mentioned the other day that I'm worried. Worried her uncontrolled diabetes is going to cost her sight, limbs etc. I work in a pathology office. Do you know how many feet, toes, below-the-knee amputations come in due to uncontrolled diabetes? So, I know a little bit about what happens when you don't take care of it.

Yet, right now...she'd much rather make comments about MY eating.

Can you tell it's been a long week "off" for me? Sigh. Next week, she's back in school full time and will have things to distract her from her partner's eating habits (and thusly making her feel bad about her own - tho that's her garbage, not mine).

The joys of relationship! :) Good thing we love each other, eh? LOL.

  
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SHAR140 1/4/2013 9:06PM

    Not just amputations (I had a great uncle who lost a big toe - diabetic), but kidney failure!!! My dad, a diabetic, has been on dialysis for a year. Just like his aunt, and cousin (who's in his 40s!!) - diabetics. That's what I don't want for me. My paternal grandmother was also diabetic.

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LEXIE63 1/4/2013 12:23PM

    I believe she is suffering from a form of projection, largely because she is resisting change by moaning about your choices instead of admitting to herself that she needs to start making changes too. Currently you are (metaphorically speaking) holding up a mirror so that she can see her habits compared to yours, and she doesn't like what she is seeing. She knows what she needs to do. She just doesn't want to.

Sadly, you can only look after yourself and hope that eventually your example will help her try a few new things. Sorry she is giving you a bit of a hard time at the moment. Like you say, good job you love each other. :-)

I just hope she doesn't end up having a horrible wake-up call one of these days. Maybe an outing to your path lab would do the trick. *ugh* Not a serious suggestion, honest. *wicked woman I am* ;-)

Hugs,
Lex xxx

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