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Time to kick it into gear again…

May 13, 2012 4 comments

I can’t believe that my son’s first year of school is just a little over a week from wrapping up.  Can it really have been that long since he started Kindergarten – or was born for that matter?

My work on the project for his school is wrapping up and I can’t put off the reality anymore that I’ve been completely neglectful in my attempts to lose weight.  Too much night-time snacking…a little something here and a little something there…it all adds up.  I’ve been weighing in at 313-315 each week for so long now and I wish I could call it a plateau but the honest answer is that I really haven’t been trying all that hard.

So here I sit fully aware of the fact that I have to go out of town for a few days this week for a meeting and know that is one of the most awful times to try and “behave”!  I’m hoping that by starting to post here more regularly I will start to gain back some of that accountability that helped so much previously.

This week will not be easy to predict, so I’m going to do the best I can and mostly focus on portions.  And I’ll try to lay off the snacking 🙂  Staying in a hotel room is always the worst…I just nibble because I’m bored and lonely.  Which means I’m going to need to get my butt in gear and use the fitness room while I’m there!

I hope this post will lead to something new – a new phase in my journey to lose weight and get healthier.  My most immediate goal is to get down to 300.  When I do, DH and I are going to get bicycles so we can go our riding with our son.  I really want to make that happen this summer, so I’m going to start re-reading the South Beach Diet books.  Last time I read them it made SO much sense to me and was pretty motivating.  Even though I wasn’t able to fully commit to the program, so many of the principles helped get me going into the next phase.  It can only help again, right?

Tomorrow for breakfast I plan to have my usual Fiber One bar and my iced coffee (decaf, sugar-free).  Lunch will be the chicken Caesar salad from Panera, with just 1 of the dressing “cups” and a whole grain baguette.  The lunch typically comes with a cookie too, so that will be my big challenge.  They are DELISH, but absolutely gross in terms of calories, fat and carbs.  It will have to come home with me and maybe my son and I will share it for a treat sometime this week.  Dinner will be tacos (just 2), corn, and either apple slices or grapes.  It will be on the higher end of the carb spectrum with the taco shells and corn, but calorie-wise should be right on target.

Bicycle, here I come!

 

Categories: Weight Loss

Two NSV’s in one day!

February 10, 2012 3 comments

This week has been another rough one.  I continue to have sleep disturbances due to the new medicine I’m on and it is really starting to affect me physically.  Last night was the first night in many that I actually was able to stay in bed all night.  I still woke up plenty, but at least it wasn’t the wide awake, staring at the ceiling, not wanting to leave the comfy-warm-snuggly that is the bed.  So, here’s hoping that tonight will be even better.

This shouldn’t be an excuse to eat poorly, but I let it become one this week.  And it is a lesson for sure that even though you eat salad for lunch, if it is a salad from a restaurant it doesn’t come cheap in the calorie department!  Panera chicken Caesar salad and a Quiznos cobb salad were in store for 3 meetings this week.  And of course I can’t just eat half of one, so it ends up being a 500 calorie lunch.  Not completely awful, except when you add the Panera cookie…ugh!

Of course this all means that I’m not looking forward to my weigh-in this weekend.  Just going to chalk it up to a bad week and work harder next week.

Regardless of what the scale reads, I had two non-scale victories today!  First, I exercised just over an hour today.  Usually I do 30 minutes and call it good.  But tonight, I rode the recumbent bike for 20 minutes and walked (to my favorite Wii game, Walk It Out) for 45 minutes.  YAY!  My DH and I take turns putting our son to bed, so on my “off” nights, I have a little more time to exercise.  If it gets past 8:00, I try not to because it leads to poor sleep, but before then is fair game.  So, let’s see if I can make this a regular thing.

The other NSV is the fact that when I put on my jeans this morning, they were loose.  They’re normally a little tight (though lately have been fitting “well”) until they loosen up a bit, but this morning they were literally loose from the start.  So, for shits and giggles, I figured I’d try on a pair that I had bought a few years ago that were a size smaller.  AND THEY FIT!  They are a little tight in the waist, so I’m going to wait another 5, maybe 10 pounds before putting them into the rotation, but it felt realllllllllllly good!

Gotta love progress, right? 🙂

Categories: Exercise, Weight Loss

Lazy Day Sunday!

February 5, 2012 6 comments

I’m having a lazy day today.  Yesterday’s weigh-in was 316, which is pretty good considering I didn’t eat all that well last week.  DH celebrated his birthday, so we had Coldstone Creamery cake.  Oh dear.  My exercise routine last week was pretty awful as well.

I also stayed off the computer for a good bit last week.  For the last few weeks, I’ve been struggling with increasing anxiety about my health.  Everything is just fine and I’ve had tests to prove it and multiple doctors have told me so.  However, I just have had a hard time letting go of that one doc that misread a test and wanted to put a pacemaker in ASAP.  If I hadn’t requested a second opinion from an actual specialist, I would probably be sitting here with one right now!  Needless to say, I had a couple of panic attacks the other week within just a few days, so I went to see my general doc for help.  He put me on a med to help me regain the balance that I’ve been missing.  I just want to go for a couple of months feeling “normal” and not scared.  Hopefully it will help.

Of course a side effect of this new med is sleep disruptions and boy did I ever experience them last week.  During a 3 day stretch I had only had about 13 hours of sleep and I’m one of those people that usually needs 8-9 per night.  So, all that translated into a bad week for exercise, and with DH working late a few nights and my preparations for his birthday, there were several nights of not eating well to boot!

This week will definitely be better.  I’m focusing on taking things one day at a time and taking care of myself emotionally.  Before, that translated into eating Cheetos or copious amounts of chocolate 🙂  Now I want it to be about doing things that I enjoy – papercrafting, reading, taking a bath, etc.  The DVD I had ordered about beginning Tai Chi also arrived last week and that seems to be helpful for calming my inner turmoil as well.

What non-food strategies do you use for dealing with stress?

Categories: Weight Loss

Sunday Weigh-In

January 29, 2012 4 comments

Today is my “official” weigh-in day and even though I posted yesterday about my informal weigh-in, I thought I might as well step on the scale again today so I keep things consistent.  This morning the scale read 317.2.  I’m pretty shocked!  That makes a total of 4.6 pounds lost last week and overall total pounds lost in the last year to 32.8.

So what made this difference?  I’ve been trying to keep my net calorie intake to about 1200 calories per day.  We ate out several times this week and even though I didn’t always keep to 1200 calories, I did pretty well.  But, I thought I did well the week before and only lost 1.6 so who knows!  Another difference this week, is I didn’t snack at all at night except to have some air popped popcorn one evening and a Fudgsicle another night.  So, that’s what I’m chalking it up to.  This week I’ll try to do the same and see if I can get another big loss.

The next “scale goal” I’ve set for myself is 300, mostly because it just seemed like a nice round number and a big milestone before getting into the 200’s.  The only time I’ve been close to 300 during the last 12 years or so was after I had our son.  I actually lost weight while pregnant with him (not intentionally, but I was taking better care of myself and my OB was okay with it) and after he was born I was around 305.  Then my gallbladder started acting up and I had gotten down to about 290 right before it was removed.  So the true celebration is when I get to that point because I honestly don’t remember any other weigh-in that’s less than that (though I know there were some in younger days).

Ironically, I’m off to make brownies.  We’re finally joining a church here in town and I signed up to bring dessert for the little getting to know you dinner tonight.  So I won’t be able to eat a whole pan all by myself.  Which, considering they’re my favorite Ghiradelli brownies, I probably could do!

Categories: Weight Loss

Weighing In Quickly

January 28, 2012 5 comments

I’m doing a quick post because I just had to document this moment!  This morning I woke up and decided to weigh myself.  The other morning I was 320.6 and pretty excited because that was a 1.2 loss from my weigh-in last Sunday.  So this morning…drumroll, please…318.6!  That’s a 3.2 pound loss for the week and I’m absolutely beaming right now.  After a plateau for 6 months, it is nice to see this much movement.  Plus, I’ve met my goal of getting back down to 319 (a place where I was shortly after DH and I got married all those years ago)

This week, I think I might work on setting some new goals 🙂

Categories: Weight Loss

Sunday Weigh-In and Temptation Thy Name is Pinterest

January 22, 2012 6 comments

After last week’s tiny loss (which I chalked up to retaining water), I was hoping to see a good loss on the scale this morning.  And, I saw a loss!  It wasn’t huge, but it gets me moving in the right direction.  Last week I was 323.4 and today I am 321.8 – a 1.6 pound loss!

This week I didn’t do very well sticking to 1200 calories – a few days I did, a few days I didn’t.  My problem was that I thought for a fun treat I would pick up some whole wheat Ritz crackers and pub cheese.  Not an awful treat if you can stick to about 5 crackers.  Of course this week all my television shows were on and I planted my butt in front of the TV while I ate…which resulted in me eating a half sleeve of crackers…and one night, I actually ate a whole sleeve.  What I learned from this?  I can’t “eat just one”.

Point taken.  Moving on.

So my new addiction is Pinterest.  What a neat concept!  When I see neat things on the web I bookmark them – which results in hundreds of bookmarks in random order, which I sometimes try to organize but quickly give up because it takes too damn long.  For me, Pinterest is the perfect way to bookmark things and have a visual cue as to what I actually found interesting.

One of my boards is dedicated to cupcakes.  Why do I do this to myself?  I have probably 15 different scrumptious looking cupcakes staring me in the face every time I check out my boards.  Which is daily.  I really love to bake, so my attraction to cupcakes is natural.  The good news is that I haven’t actually made any of the cupcakes I’ve pinned (or any cupcakes, for that matter).  Many of the recipes you have to make from scratch (no boxed mixes), so that has been my saving grace.  See, while I like to bake, usually I’m a lazy baker and prefer to make it from a box.  (Except cookies, but that’s a different story.)

Who knows how long I’ll be able to stave off the temptation of these glorious cupcakes.  At least since the frosting is homemade it wouldn’t contain all the trans fat that canned frosting does.  And, what I will have to do is bake on a Sunday so I can have one cupcake and take the rest in to work to share.  That way I can have my (cup)cake and eat it too, right?  As long as this doesn’t become a weekly activity, I can see it being a good way to engage in something that relieves my stress and that I enjoy, while still being responsible with what I put into my mouth.  Plus, my co-workers will enjoy the treat as well!

Categories: Weight Loss

A loss is a loss…

January 15, 2012 4 comments

I stepped on the scale this morning and saw 323.4 – which reflects a 0.4 pound loss from last Sunday.  Considering I averaged about 1200-1300 calories per day (except for last Monday which was 2100), I would normally be very depressed.

However.

I’m bloated and think a lot of this is water retention.  Ladies, you get what I mean.

It is actually rather exciting.  This doesn’t happen to me without medication, but low and behold, I did it all on my own.  Even though I haven’t lost any weight since June (unless you count the 4-6 pounds I continue to gain/lose), maybe the consistent exercise and better eating has helped to get my hormones in order.

Who knows!

I’m going to just wait until next Sunday before I decide how this lower calorie range is working for me.  Unfortunately my mom is here for a visit and not only did we go to Olive Garden tonight (I at least had the lunch-sized portion), but she made scotcharoos.  And I’ve had 6.  My 40 minute walk tonight doesn’t even come close to making up for that.

So, I’m going to just pick myself up and dust myself off.  Tomorrow’s a brand new day!

Categories: Weight Loss