Monday, September 01, 2014
We had a small family get together for Labor Day. It's not easy doing family dinners when I'm not eating quite the same as everyone else. Today was pretty good. We had very lean steak cooked outside on the grill, and smallish baked potatoes. I put Brummel and Brown on my potato but no tater topping. I made a cucumber and tomato salad with a red wine vinaigrette dressing and I even indulged in a small piece of marble cake for dessert, with no ice cream.
My mom was fussing about the salad. She said that's not how you make cucumber and tomato salad and she wasn't going to eat it. That's because I didn't make the typical sour cream dressing with sugar that she's familiar with. I told her there are all kinds of recipes for cucumber and tomato salad, and not all of them have a sour cream based dressing. My mom seems to have a unique way of making me feel bad like nobody else can do. Maybe it's her tone of voice, or the way she says things. Anyway, I didn't let it bother me too long. I figured either she will eat it, or she won't.
She didn't make any comments about the cake, but I'm sure I know what she was thinking. I can hear it in my head. Why bother making a lower calorie salad and eating my potato with no butter or tater topping when I had cake for dessert? Just because I indulged in a small piece of cake doesn't mean the whole meal has to be calorie dense.
I'm trying to change my way of eating and find new ways to enjoy foods. I want to make the most of the calories I get so I'm not making calorie dense dressings and sauces now. It's too bad that I don't feel like my family is very supportive of my efforts, but that's alright. No matter what I do I can't please everyone so I need to do what works best for me. I'm not going to let situations like this one bother me anymore. I'm looking straight ahead and keeping my focus on the finish line.
Thursday, August 28, 2014
I gained a measly 1/4 pound this week. I guess that's not too bad after last weekends blowup. So, needless to say, my sticker came off the ball. There were two other stickers left on the ball and one of those members had a gain this week so there was a winner. Next week everyone wants to start a new stay on the ball challenge. Hopefully this time it will last longer then three weeks.
Monday, August 25, 2014
This weekend was awful. It started on Thursday. I helped all day with our TOPS garage sale. Someone brought a box of donuts and I ate one. We ordered pizza for lunch, smaller 10" size, and I had 3 pieces of that. After we closed the garage sale on Friday we all went for dinner. I asked for a box right away and put half of my dinner away to take home. Saturday I had leftovers from dinner for lunch, and 2 Three Musketeers bars, and dinner was Taco Bell. Sunday we got lunch from Outback. I had a steak, mashed potatoes, and seasoned veggies, and 1/2 a loaf of bread. My brother-in-law brought home a banana cream pie from Bakers Square and I ate a piece of that, which was 1/6 of the pie. My niece brought a bucket of Sweet Martha's Chocolate Chip Cookies from the fair and I ate 2 of those. Between Thursday and Sunday I ate a whole bag of Veggie Straws. It makes me cringe to look at my food journal. I was significantly over the top of my calories for those 3 days, but at least I tracked everything.
I didn't really over indulge in anything, except the Veggie Straws. It was just way too much eating out, and not making good choices. I should have packed lunches to take with me for the garage sale. I was tired when I got home after helping with the garage sale all day on Thursday and Friday and I had the munchies. I should have just gone to bed when I got home and left the Veggie Straws alone. At least I took half of my dinner home Friday evening, but I simply should have avoided the cookies, candy bars, and pie completely.
Oh well, it's a new day and I am back in control again. Weekends are full of pitfalls. I have to be careful, and be more prepared then weekends won't be such a challenge anymore.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
This week was our first weigh-in for our stay on the ball contest. I only lost 1/2 a pound, but every little bit counts. It's weird because on my home scale I lost another 2 pounds this week. I weigh first thing in the morning in my nightgown. TOPS is in the evening so I'm sure it has something to do with what I have eaten during the day and what I wear. Oh well, at least it was a loss, so my sticker is still on the ball.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
I was thinking about this scripture last night while I was laying in bed before I sleep. My body truly is a marvelous work of God. It s amazing when I stop and think about it. My lungs absorb oxygen into my blood. My digestive system breaks down what I eat so that my intestines can absorb calories and nutrients that I need to function normally, and efficiently eliminates what I don't need. My heart works to pump blood all around my body so that every cell gets the oxygen and nutrients it needs to sustain life. My blood carries away waste products from the cells that are filtered out by my kidneys and leaves my body. And that is just an abbreviated list of the the endless amazing things my body can do. All of this goes on unconsciously. It just happens without having to give it any thought. It's impressive how all of these functions of my body work so well together, and I see how wrong things can go when something isn't working properly.
Unfortunately, or not, depending on how I look at it, I seem to have a more efficient metabolism that absorbs every single calorie I consume and stores it on my hips. That's where I run into trouble. I eat too many of the wrong kind of calories. Some people seem to be able to eat whatever they want and not gain any weight, like my brother-in-law. It just doesn't seem fair, but then, nothing about life is fair. I somehow have to learn to work with the type of metabolism that God gave me.
Truth is if I was living in a time of worldwide famine people like me with a slower more efficient metabolism would survive, while those always thin people, who I love to hate, would not do so well. But, I live in a world with an abundance of food with easy access. I'm assaulted with food commercials on TV constantly and temptations all around at the store, and I live a fairly sedentary lifestyle. These things can combine to work against me if I allow it to. I have to learn to eat healthier foods to make the best use of the calories I eat and I have to find ways to exercise that I enjoy to move more and burn off of those extra calories. It's a long drawn out process and it's not always easy. If I do these things I know I will enjoy my life much more. With no obstructions to 'weigh' me down I can become an even more marvelous work that God intended for me to be and fulfill his purpose for my life to the fullest.
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