Archive for February, 2009
Well, I’m getting ready to leave for the weekend. I’ll post again on Sunday. Thanks for all the encouraging comments that everyone has left! I will do my best this weekend. I want to leave you with this article that backs up what I always say about calories. And, by the way, Roni answers a question in the way I think is right-on in this video in here answer to A Calorie is A Calorie.
Here’s the article cut-and-pasted and a link to it. It’s from SparkPeople:
A major study published today in the New England Journal of Medicine reveals the real secret to weight loss.
For two years, 811 overweight participants followed one of four reduced-calorie diets-low carb, high carb, low protein or high protein-so researchers could determine the best formula for weight loss. They exercised for 90 minutes a week and tracked their calories online, too. A funny thing happened: All of the participants lost weight! What they ate didn’t seem to matter, but healthy habits like portion control and tracking calories helped them drop an average of nine pounds and two inches off their waists.
What does this mean for you? No more food combining, no low-carbing, no giving up your favorite foods, no special “diet” foods or food restrictions–eat whatever you want (within your calorie range) and you can still lose weight. This study supports what SparkPeople has encouraged for years: track your food, eat all foods in moderation and develop healthy lifestyle habits, like portion control, that you can live with forever. We know it works and so do the millions of people who have lost weight at SparkPeople.com.
Each month, more than 2 million people use SparkPeople’s free tools, Community, and resources to lose weight and get healthier. And every day, our members track more than one million foods on their free Nutrition Trackers, making SparkPeople.com’s food tracker the most popular in the world! You set the rules; we just provide the tools to help support you along the way.
Help us Spread the Spark by forwarding this email to your friends and family members. Let them know that SparkPeople’s tools and sensible approach can help them reach their goals, too!
Click here to learn more about this study, and read about the secrets of successful SparkPeople members.
Sorry, I don’t have much time tonight to post, because I got up at 4:30 this morning to take someone to the airport for any early flight. So I need to get to bed! Basically, I’m still hanging on – but just barely. My eating is getting more sloppy and to be 100 percent honest, I think this weekend trip is looming over me eating wise and is wearing down my resolve. I know, I know how stupid that is. I know how important it is for me to overcome that type of attitude and thinking. I know how much that thinking has contributed to my past failures and how the reversal will contribute to my success this time. I know. But I’m finding it more difficult than I imagined to truly reverse that thinking. But I’m trying. And I’m going to keep trying. Tomorrow, even though it may be my only really good eating day for the week, I’m going to stay on track. Going to start the morning with an omelet or turkey burger. Going to eat a Lunchable for lunch. Going to have some veggies for dinner. And I’m going to by some healthy snacks to munch on while in the car – sugar free jello, sugar free pudding, apple slices, fresh grapes, etc. It may just be one day – but more than the calorie savings, it will help me know that I can change my attitude.
Well, I don’t feel like I’m ready to conquer the world or anything, but I am feeling a little bit more upbeat than I have been. Today’s all-day work meeting where they provided the food was not as bad food-wise as it could have been. I was pleasantly surprised. First of all, they didn’t have any snacks (just lunch). That saved me a lot of temptation. Lunch was fairly heavily breaded, but baked fish, some pasta stuff, breadstick, and fresh fruit. Could be a lot worse. I also accidentally skipped breakfast, which saved a few calories. (And I didn’t eat any extra at lunch, so that’s good.) My two disappointments for the day are that I didn’t workout (no wonderful excuse – this is the first time in over three weeks that I’ve skipped a workout without a very good reason) and that I stupidly baked a cake. I used the excuse that I was going to take it to my friends house this weekend. What am I thinking? I have, of course, already “sampled” a very large piece. Will I ever learn!!!?? I’m feeling exactly how I described in this post.
Well, yesterday was my official “weigh-in” day and I must admit, the results were dissapointing. Up 1.2 pounds. No good rhyme or reason. I’m trying not to get frustrated because I do know that my body loses weight slowly and that I didn’t truly gain fat – there’s just some natural fluctuations. I have done okay eating wise yesterday and today, but not great. I just haven’t felt really in control and things haven’t gone as planned. I did workout for an hour on the elliptical today – that went pretty well. My fitness is improving and I’m toying with the idea of torturing msyelf with some jogging soon. Tomorrow promises to be a major challenge as I’m having a special all-day, off-site work meeting where they feed us snacks and lunch! And we’re probably sitting there with the food right in front of us the whole time. My plan is just to do the best I can and try to compromise where I can. I’m sure the food won’t be at all diet-friendly, but I will still try to make the best choices that are available to me. This weekend also promises to be a big challenge as the food will be out of my control (at a friend’s house), but again, I will do the best I can. And I guess I will be satisfied if I simply maintain this week. Although I must admit that I’m getting so anxious to see some results. I want a significant loss. I’m sicked and tired of hanging around the 15-19 pounds lost range. I want to at least move to the 20-25 pounds lost range.
Well, today was okay, but not great. I didn’t do anything really stupid (like eat a whole pan of brownies) or anything, but I didn’t do anything great either. I wasn’t feeling too motivated – mostly because the scale just isn’t budging. It was actually up 0.8 from last Monday’s weigh-in and I’m feeling pretty sure that tomorrows weigh-in will show an official gain. (Even though it can’t be a true gain, because I have been on track this week – the brownie incident definitely did not set back far enough to have a gain or anything – it couldn’t have been more that 1500-2000 calories and that’s a high estimate. I had a far greater deficit than that for the week.) Also, I tried on a shirt that I really thought would fit, but it basically didn’t. It was a size 16 button up, relatively fitted, not stretchy at all dress shirt from Gap. I put it on and looked in the mirror and it was perfectly fine. So I wore it to church. Come to find out (as I’m sitting in church) it is horrific when I sit down, because, of course, my middle gets bigger when I sit down. I mean the buttons are just stretched and one of them even popped open at one point. It was bad. That was discouraging. Then I went to a friend’s house for dinner, and of course the pork, sweet corn, oh-so-delicious dinner rolls, and brownies were not all that diet-friendly. I didn’t pass up the roll or the brownie (I did only have one, though, when I really wanted at least two of each) – if I had been super motivated and completely on my game I would have skipped the roll and the brownie. Oh well. I am going to try so hard to really, really do well tomorrow and I’m going to try to work up some more motivation. I get so frustrated at how slowly I lose. I am also starting to worry about this weekend when I’m going out of town to a friend’s house whether the food is 100 percent out of my control, and I’m sure it won’t be diet-friendly. The good part is, though, that it will really only be Saturday that I have to eat what they serve. I’m getting there so late on Friday and leaving so early on Sunday that it won’t be a mealtime. However, the bad news is that I’ll be in the car for six or seven hours each way and I always get horrible cases of the munchies while riding in the car.
Happy to report that today went well.
I worked out for an hour this morning.
There’s really not much noteworthy to say. Here’s the food journal with no calorie counts, because I really don’t know. I ate chili and cornbread at someone’s house, so I’m not that sure of calorie counts.
- Broccoli and Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breast (220)
- 4 Lindt choc truffles (300)
- A bowl of chili w/ cheese and crackers
- a couple pieces of cheese bread
- half of a sugar cookie
I did fine today. There wasn’t time for exercise, but that was planned, and I will still meet my goal of 4 times this week by exercising tomorrow.
I also had a hot fudge sundae at Steak ‘n Shake but that was planned.
As far as those brownies that I talked about yesterday. I actually found an excellent. I gave them all away to a friend that was here yesterday. I even waited to cut them up and put them in the container until he was here so I wouldn’t nibble on them. I mean, it’d be pretty embarrasing to stand there and eat half the pan if someone is there! So, do feel a lot better now that they are gone, and I didn’t even have to throw them in the trash.
Thanks everyone for all the encouraging comments.