Sunday, June 1, 2014

Tristi has inspired me to do better!

It is the first day of the week and the first day of the month so it should be no surprise that I am writing...again.

I am an emotional eater and I have realized over the past few months that stressing over losing weight only causes me to eat more to release the stress; and then I stress over the lack of losing weight so I eat more to reduce the stress...

Can you see the cycle that I am in?

I am also stuck in the cycle of eating out...

My husband and I are both working later into the evenings than usual and I have found comfort, and convenience, in having someone else do the cooking for me.

I tell myself I need someone to pamper me, cook for me, serve me, clean up after dinner for me.

It is also very convenient to just "pick something up" instead of having to go home and "work" even longer to get dinner ready.

I have also become accustomed to the added fat and sugar and chemicals found in those take-out foods. So when I eat 'home cooking' it now tastes bland and boring.

Through this I am finding that I am not nourishing my body. I eat a lot of bread and sugar; but very little meat, fruits, or vegetables.

While I haven't gained any weight, I haven't lost any weight either.

Tristi has inspired me to do better!

I LOVE her posts and her honesty and her willingness to share.

I too need to give my body what it needs.

I need to "nourish it" instead of just "stuffing it" to drown out the sorrow, anger, stress, etc.

I will take this journey with you!

Monday, May 26, 2014

So, Um ...

When last I posted, I'd lost two pounds, and then I lost another three. Booyeah! And then, strangely, I gained all five back. That was quite the mystery because I hadn't done anything different. And me being me, of course my first thought was, "Well, if I"m going to just gain it back while I'm eating healthy, what's the point?"

And then I realized something. It was one of those, you're in the shower feeling sorry about yourself and lamenting your life and suddenly you understand what you wish you understood a long time ago moments.

It's not about what I weigh.

Hmm? What? What is this odd thing I'm saying? How can it not be about what I weigh?

It's about being healthy.

Ah. Okay. Now that make sense.

When I gained the five pounds back, I'd been eating tons of great salads, getting my protein, getting my water - I was doing the things I knew my body needed to be healthy. I don't know why the five pounds came back, but I could honestly say that I'd been making good choices.

Isn't that what it's all about?

I think a major lesson I need to learn is listening to my body and not my emotions. If my body feels like I'm making healthy choices, I should feel good about myself, even if my emotions are unhappy that the scale did a back flip. While my emotions want to take the scale out back and shoot it, my body can be proud of me for reducing my carbs and drinking enough water.

It's going to be a journey, listening to my body and not my emotions. It's a journey I'll document here, and hopefully my struggles and successes and ups and downs will help and inspire you, if for no other purpose than to show you that you're not alone. None of us are.

So, as to how I'm doing today - I'm eating healthy, for the most part. The other day I felt a huge shift in my universe and I started getting dizzy - it was like looking through the eye doctor's machine where he flips all the lenses. I sent my husband to get me some cookies, and they helped. (I don't recommend cookies all the time - but I was listening to my body and it needed sugar.) So I wasn't 100% there for a couple of days (until the cookies ran out). But now I'm back on my salads and protein and looking at healthy balances. I haven't weighed in for a few days and probably won't - I'm happier when the scale isn't a constant part of my life.

Overall, I'm really feeling good about my choices. I'm feeling positive about my changes. I'm excited to see what my body says it wants next - it is kind of a grand adventure. And I'm glad you're taking it with me.

Monday, May 12, 2014

A New Week

When I posted last week, my intention was to hold off on weighing until I felt I'd made a little bit of progress so I wouldn't depress myself too badly. But then I decided that it was better to know for sure, so I went ahead and weighed. It was a little more than I thought, but not shockingly so.

Then I made a series of conscious decisions. Starting on Wednesday afternoon, I've had no grain (which I've indicated for my personal body is bad for weight) and no sugar. Yesterday I did have about fifteen M & Ms from one of those little fun packs that my son gave me for Mother's Day, and you know, I have to say I liked eating healthy and then consciously choosing to have a small treat. I've been drinking lots of water, and I've been eating lots of vegetables.

And I've lost two pounds.  Hooray!

This week, I'm going to keep that up, and I'm also going to eat a little more. I feel like I'm not getting quite enough in there. Part of it's going to be looking for new recipes, because veggies can get boring if you don't have ideas. It's just a matter of looking for them because they really are everywhere.

One thing that's helpful is that my local grocery store sells these pre-packaged salads that are only $3.18, and they are totally full of veggies. They're really good-sized - I'm pretty full by the time I'm done with one, and I'm not even sure I could make one myself for cheaper. So I've picked up a few of those over the last couple of days and will get more today. For me, convenience is key. I think that's been one of my biggest downfalls.

Right now I have some squash in the oven - squashes and yams/sweet potatoes help me feel full.

And that's my update.  :)  Thanks for hearing me out and cheering me on - you guys are the best!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

A Moment of Total Transparency

So, you all know my story - weighed 300 pounds, found a great doctor who put me on the diet that finally answered my weight-loss questions, lost 88 pounds and basically looked smokin' hot. I still had a ways to go, but dang, I was workin' it.

And then things happened. A long series of things. I broke my foot, and because I couldn't stand on one foot and cook my healthy meals from scratch, my husband got me some prepackaged food that I could make from my wheelchair. That's when it all started, when I started making excuses. Excuse after excuse later, here I am, having gained back half the weight I lost.

And I'm ashamed of myself for it.

At a writers conference about a year and a half ago, a woman came up to me and said, "Well, you still look good," like she'd expected that I'd lose all that weight and then gain it back. At the time, I was peeved. And now, I have to shake my head and admit that she was right.

Why? Why did I gain so much of it back when I'd been so excited to lose it in the first place? I'd been looking for my answer for years and when I finally found it, I should have clung on to it and loved it and been faithful to it forever. But I didn't. Why?

I've been thinking about this a lot. A whole lot. I've been trying to figure it out because I'm not happy with myself. I feel like a failure - yes, like a big fat failure. I had all the answers, I was able to inspire others, and did I mention that I looked smokin' hot - and yet I dropped the ball. Why? Why would I sabotage myself like that?

We'll start with the easy answers first. For starters, this diet that worked so many miracles for me is really hard to maintain. It's a no-grain, no-sugar, high-protein, high-vegetable diet, and when you love food as much as I do, it's hard to be strict. And yet, my body has to be strict in order to lose weight. That was the key I was missing for so many years. When you eat this way, you're hungry all the time because you metabolize so fast, and so therefore, you're cooking all the time because no prepared foods match the requirements of the diet.

Second was the fact that I was doing it for the wrong reasons. My doctor had literally saved my son's life, so I felt that I owed it to him to lose this weight, which he wanted me to do. It's kind of a crazy way of looking at it - my doctor wanted me to lose weight for my own health, and yet I thought I was thanking him by losing weight. That's a codependent mindset, by the way, which is another issue I'm working on. But anyway, I didn't lose the weight for me. I lost it for him.

Last fall, I had a miscarriage. I was only a month along, but it was deeply, deeply disappointing because my husband and I wanted that child so badly. All four of our kids were so excited to welcome another little Pinkston into the clan. But something wasn't right from the very start - I started having Braxton Hicks almost as soon as I conceived and I put myself on bed rest, and then I miscarried. If the baby had been healthy, I would have carried it to term - I wasn't overdoing it in any way. It just wasn't meant to be. But that didn't make it hurt less.

After the miscarriage, I told my doctor I needed a break. I was so tired of trying to get the weight back off and be good and please everyone - I just had to step back and think about myself. He readily agreed, and for the last six months, I've pretty much done my own thing without thinking about dieting or exercise or any of it. I've allowed myself to grieve the loss of the baby, although it's not something that has a definite end, and I'm coming to some conclusions about myself and my life that are really important.

Some of them I won't share here because they're too personal or might involve others. But I will share that because food has always meant security to me, restricting my food makes me panic. I feel better when my rules and regulations are a little looser, and then I can choose for myself how strictly I want to live. Additionally, food means comfort, as it does for many other people. When I'm sad or upset, if there isn't something "good" to eat, again, I start to panic, like I won't be able to control my feelings.

I had an important realization the other night. I was watching Star Trek: Into Darkness, the scene where Spock is explaining to Uhura that Vulcans do have feelings - their feelings are so deep and so overwhelming that they must make the choice to bury them or they'll be consumed. This is exactly how I feel. I'm such an emotional person that if I don't keep a tight, tight lid on every feeling, I feel like I'm going to spin out of control. And I've been doing it for so long that I don't know how to stop.

To a person who doesn't have food issues, this probably sounds goofy. But it's actually pretty common. There are many, many people who can't feel emotional wellness without food. They either don't have the tools to do it or it's so encoded in them from their pasts that they, like me, panic. When I was living the diet before, I was analyzing everything I ate, feeling guilty if I "cheated", felt panic if there wasn't something healthy immediately available, and basically drove myself crazy. I looked awesome, but internally, I was a mess. This wasn't my doctor's fault at all - this was me being codependent and emotionally addicted to food for my sanity.

To go back to a previous point, I was also using the wrong motivation. I was losing weight to please my doctor, and then I decided that I should lose weight to have a healthier baby. When I lost the baby, it felt like, "So I did all that for nothing." I didn't have the motivation anymore. If I'm going to miscarry while I'm eating healthy, why eat healthy? I just haven't had my head on right, and then I felt resentful of everyone who wanted me to lose weight.

You've seen me post a lot of "I"m getting back in the saddle" types of posts. Each time, I thought I'd figured it out, that I had the secret, that I was now going to be "good" again. And each time, I was wrong because my emotions were in charge, and not my brain. I wanted my brain to be in charge, but when your emotions are so strong, so overwhelming, they will control you no matter what you do.

Today is different. Today is different because I'm not saying "I'm back in the saddle" or making any promises whatsoever. Today I'm learning how to decide for myself how to approach this. I'm going back on the diet because I know it's right for my body, but I need to figure out how to make it work for me emotionally. I need to honor who I am and what I've been through without allowing the opinions of others to sway me.

And I need to find a new motivation, one that is based solely on me. If I do it for my doctor, I resent my doctor. If I do it for a pregnancy, I resent the pregnancy. I can only do it for me, according to what my soul is telling me, and it's telling me that I want to feel good about myself again. I loved putting on those size large clothes after wearing a 3X for so long. I loved watching people's eyes bug out of their heads when they saw how awesome I looked, and I appreciated how I was treated as more of a professional because no one was getting hung up on how fat I was. I could just be me and do what I needed to do.

So there you have it, where I'm coming from right now. I've been eating a baked yam and drinking lemon water while I wrote this, two very healthy choices, and I feel good about them. Later I might grab some chocolate - I don't know. My task is to find my balance, the one that makes me happy physically and emotionally. The one that tells me I can do this.

I want to thank all of you for cheering me on during this process. I had no idea what a journey of self-discovery it was going to become. I've had to face some dark inner demons and issues from my past, and it's been difficult to look at them square in the face. But it's part of healing. It's part of what I need to do.

I realized this morning that for many of us, the body's outward appearance reflects the soul's inner condition. I'm working on my soul, and that will translate into the health of my body. One step at a time. And this time, I'm doing it for the right reasons.


Thursday, September 5, 2013

Breakfast...who has time...WE DO if we make it EASY!

As I was running out the door this morning...I thought about how I always work on the computer right up until the time, or even just a little after the time, I have to get ready for work.

I often have to put an egg on the stove to cook while I am showering...or...I shovel down a bowl of cereal...or like today I have to grab something to take with me.

I was feeling discouraged about this and thought about how I need to take more time to work on meals.

Then I thought about how we as a people have become so very busy...it is just the way it is.

So...thought I...

HOW do we work with where we are at?
There is probably no going back to a time where we have more time.

HOW do we use what we have here and now?

We CAN do this!
We CAN eat well in the midst of the turmoil.
We just NEED to UNDERSTAND the choices.

So...what is an easy breakfast?

Putting an egg on the stove while showering is actually a pretty good choice for me. I don't have kids or pets in the house so I am safe in doing this.

I cut a hole in a piece of bread and crack an egg into the middle of the hole.
I turn it on low...go shower...come turn the egg over...get dressed...eat.
Add a glass of milk and a banana and I now have
1 bread, 1 protein, 1 milk, and 1 fruit.

Today I put 2 slices of bread into the toaster.
I spread 1 T of peanut butter on the toast and grabbed a banana
And ran out the door with this in hand to be eaten at work :)
Which gave me 2 breads, 1 protein, 1 fat, and 1 fruit.

My other go-to breakfast includes
1 c cereal with 1 c milk
You guessed it...1 bread, 1 milk
Add a small banana (its an easy fruit for me) and I have 1 fruit.

When I am really good I saute 1/2 cup veggies such as spinach, broccoli, green pepper, onion, etc. Crack and egg over it. Stir. Cook until egg is done. This = 1 veggie, 1 protein.
I like to add a breakfast shake to this egg meal...
1 c milk
1/2 c frozen mixed fruit (I like the berry mixes)
1 small frozen banana (take off peel before you freeze...great way to use brown bananas)
1/2 c frozen spinach
1-2 T chocolate drink mix
Mix in blender.
This is 1 milk, 2 fruits, 1 veggie, (I don't count the chocolate :)

One day my husband cooked pancakes.
I had two small pancakes topped with 1 T Nutella, 1 sliced small banana, and 1 c sliced strawberries. WOW! Was that good!
It was 2 breads, 1 fat, 2 fruits.

So what is an easy breakfasts that YOU do?
Let's push past the pounds one meal at a time :)


PS. I weighed-in tonight...down another 1 3/4 pounds :)

Friday, August 30, 2013

Reporting In~

I lost another 1 1/2 pounds this week!
YEAH!

I told you I was doing it with the "Exchange System"
I showed you the little boxes I check off each day.
Now I want to explain a little about what the exchange system is.

"In the exchange system, foods are divided into three main groups based on the three major nutrients — carbohydrates, proteins and fat. Subgroups — starches, fruits, milk, meat, sweets, fats and free foods — fall within one of those three categories. Within each group, you'll see how much you can eat of various foods for the same amount of calories, carbohydrates and other nutrients. You can exchange or trade foods within a group because they're similar in nutrient content and the manner in which they affect your blood sugar."
I love that the exchange program is so very flexible!

Each day I drink 8 cups of water and I eat 6 starches, 5 proteins, 3-4 vegetables, 3-4 fruits, 2 milks, and 3 fats....see lists below.

It really is that simple!

Sometimes I find that I feel hungry just because I used to stuff myself (feed the feelings you know :)
If I am still hungry I can have all the vegetables I want.

But I find if I eat all of the recommended food I really do well.

Maybe try it for a week and see how you feel...

Starches contain 15 grams of carbohydrate and 80 calories per serving. One serving equals:

1 sliceBread (white, pumpernickel, whole wheat, rye)
2 slicesReduced-calorie or "lite" bread
¼ (1 oz)Bagel (varies)
½English muffin
½Hamburger bun
¾ CCold cereal
13 CRice, brown or white, cooked
13 CBarley or couscous, cooked
13 CLegumes (dried beans, peas or lentils), cooked
½ CPasta, cooked
½ CBulgar, cooked
½ CCorn, sweet potato, or green peas
3 ozBaked sweet or white potato
¾ ozPretzels
3 CPopcorn, hot air popped or microwave (80% light)

Very Lean Protein choices have 35 calories and 1 gram of fat per serving. One serving equals:
1 ozTurkey breast or chicken breast, skin removed
1 ozFish fillet (flounder, sole, scrod, cod, etc.)
1 ozCanned tuna in water
1 ozShellfish (clams, lobster, scallop, shrimp)
¾ CCottage cheese, nonfat or low-fat
2Egg whites
¼ CEgg substitute
1 ozFat-free cheese
½ CBeans, cooked (black beans, kidney, chick peas or lentils): count as 1 starch/bread and 1 very lean protein

Lean Protein choices have 55 calories and 2–3 grams of fat per serving. One serving equals:
1 ozChicken—dark meat, skin removed
1 ozTurkey—dark meat, skin removed
1 ozSalmon, swordfish, herring
1 ozLean beef (flank steak, London broil, tenderloin, roast beef)*
1 ozVeal, roast or lean chop*
1 ozLamb, roast or lean chop*
1 ozPork, tenderloin or fresh ham*
1 ozLow-fat cheese (with 3 g or less of fat per ounce)
1 ozLow-fat luncheon meats (with 3 g or less of fat per ounce)
¼ C4.5% cottage cheese
2 med.Sardines
* Limit to 1–2 times per week

Medium-Fat Proteins have 75 calories and 5 grams of fat per serving. One serving equals:
1 ozBeef (any prime cut), corned beef, ground beef**
1 ozPork chop
1Whole egg (medium)**
1 ozMozzarella cheese
¼ CRicotta cheese
4 ozTofu (note this is a heart healthy choice)
** Choose these very infrequently

Vegetables contain 25 calories and 5 grams of carbohydrate. One serving equals:
½ CCooked vegetables (carrots, broccoli, zucchini, cabbage, etc.)
1 CRaw vegetables or salad greens
½ CVegetable juice
If you’re hungry, eat more fresh or steamed vegetables.

Fruits contain 15 grams of carbohydrate and 60 calories. One serving equals:
1 smallApple, banana, orange, nectarine
1 med.Fresh peach
1Kiwi
½Grapefruit
½Mango
1 CFresh berries (strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries)
1 CFresh melon cubes
18thHoneydew melon
4 ozUnsweetened juice
4 tspJelly or jam

Fat-Free and Very Low-Fat Milk contain 90 calories per serving. One serving equals:
1 CMilk, fat-free or 1% fat
¾ CYogurt, plain nonfat or low-fat
1 CYogurt, artificially sweetened
1 tspOil (vegetable, corn, canola, olive, etc.)
1 tspButter
1 tspStick margarine
1 tspMayonnaise
1 TbspReduced-fat margarine or mayonnaise
1 TbspSalad dressing
1 TbspCream cheese
2 TbspLite cream cheese
1/8thAvocado
8 largeBlack olives
10 largeStuffed green olives
1 sliceBacon

Monday, August 26, 2013

I think I can

This morning I was down almost two pounds from when I started blogging again back in July. At this rate I'll hit my goal weight in about four years. But I have faith that I can do it a little faster than that, if I just do the things I know I need to do. I'm still trying to get back into the swing of exercising every day. Drinking enough water is still an issue. I think I just need to schedule when and how I drink it, just like a prescription medication. And food? Well, it is zucchini season. At least part of zucchini bread is a vegetable, right? Upward (or downward) and onward.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Back on Track!

I am back on track!
And I had a 6 pound loss this week!
SO EXCITED!

How did I do it?
By following TOPS exchange program!

Everyday I have:
8 glasses of water
6 breads
5 proteins
3-4 veggies
3-4 fruits
3 fats
2 milks

I have little boxes I check off like the ones you see here.
When all the boxes are checked off I am done eating for the day.

Notice there are no boxes for sugary treats...but it is okay.
I have noticed that as I nourish my body the cravings are very minimal and totally manageable.
I do allow myself up to 2 Tablespoons of Nesquik Chocolate Drink Mix in my milk :)

I also did 20 - 30 minutes of Leslie Sansone's Walk Aerobic DVD's 6 days this past week.

So that is ME...
How are YOU doing?

We can do it!
We CAN push past the pounds!


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Hi! And Hiatal Hernias

A hiatal hernia is a condition where part of your stomach pops up into your esophagus. It can give you heartburn and it can make it really hard to eat. In some severe cases, people have surgery to push that puppy back down where it goes.

Well, I've had one over the course of the last month. I've been having heartburn, and I thought I was probably eating too many spices. But then I noticed that sometimes when I swallowed, the food would just sit in the center of the esophagus and would not go down. A few times I'd have to throw up to get it out of there because it was not budging, and there were a few days when I couldn't eat much at all because nothing would go down.

Thankfully, my awesome chiropractor was able to dig his pointy fingers into my abdomen and pop the stomach back down without the need for surgery. The tissues are still sore - when you've had something wrong for a while, there's a recovery period - but I'm doing a whole lot better now.

There's just one problem - this didn't help my weight loss at all.  The only thing I found I could eat, most of the time, was Rice Krispies. And sometimes those wouldn't go down either.

I know I've put back on those five pounds I was so happy to lose. I haven't weighed - I don't want to be all sad - but I can tell in the way I'm feeling. In order to lose weight, my body needs a high protein, low carb, lots of vegetable diet, and I haven't been able to do that much for the last few weeks. I'm disappointed on a number of levels.

But I'm not giving up.  :)

Another incentive for me was seeing some pictures of myself taken at a recent writers conference. One was taken from the side (which should be outlawed) and my stomach is definitely coming back. Nooooo!! Say it ain't so!!

I've asked fellow bloggers Marta and Shauna to be my accountability buddies several times a week while I get this nipped in the bud. The hernia wasn't my fault, but it's completely up to me now how I come out of it.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Reboot

I've recovered from the all the trauma of a couple of weeks ago. My foot has only small scars left. My mother is on her way to healing, and my WONDERFUL niece is now her full-time caregiver. The cat is still with us and shows no signs of rabies. (But I do wonder if cats can suffer from dementia.) (Or maybe she found catnip growing somewhere in the neighborhood.)

It's time to drag myself back onto the treadmill again. Theoretically, I know exercise helps with weight loss. It helps relieve stress. I remember just a couple of weeks ago I was on a roll and I felt so much better, physically and emotionally, when I was exercising every day. But I am not enthused about pushing this particular wheelbarrow of rocks up the hill again. I'll get there.

So back to the basics we go. Exercise 6 days a week. Drink plenty of water. Write down everything I eat and analyze it to death.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Making a change in PLANS

I am in need of a change.
A change in attitude.
A change in commitment.
A change in the plan.

I have been going to Weight Watchers for over a year and I weigh 10 pounds more than when I started. Not their fault...all mine...I LOVED their "exchange plan" having a hard time staying within the "points plus plan."

AND just like ME....I need a NEW START! It is very discouraging thinking I need to lose 15 pounds to get my "first 5 pound loss."

Still need help.
Still need a program.
Still need that accountability.
So...

I am starting new with TOPS (Taking Off Pound Sensibly)

I went to my first meeting last night...LOVED IT!
I have been really fighting emotional eating lately.

Here it the TOPS Pledge

I am an intelligent person.
I will control my emotions and
not let my emotions control me.
Every time I am tempted to use food
to satisfy my frustrated desires,
build up my injured ego
or dull my senses, I will remember.
Even though I overeat in private
my excess poundage is there
for all the world to see.
will take off pounds sensibly.
WOW!
AND they do the EXCHANGE PROGRAM...the one that works best for me.
Here's to my NEW START!

Monday, August 5, 2013

A Bump in the Road

Last week was not a good week. On Wednesday night my cat was sleeping by my foot. Something startled her and she bit me. By the next evening, my foot was becoming red and swollen, and I went to the ER. Just as I was coming out of the ER, my sister called to let me know my mother fell, hit her head and broke her shoulder. (She's 92.) I spent the night in a recliner in my mother's hospital room. So I was dealing with the nasty side effects of two powerful antibiotics, a swollen and painful foot, loss of sleep, and all kinds of worry and stress. All my healthy goals just flew right out the window. Oh, and I was also dealing with the hormone roller coaster and water retention. Yay!

Did I mention it was not a good week?

So by this morning when I weighed it, it was pretty bad. I'm almost back to where I was a few weeks ago. I'd like to say I'm in damage control mode now, but I'm not even doing that well. I'm still just trying to survive these stupid antibiotics. The side effects are fatigue and stomach pain. (And apparently major crankiness and whining.) I'm not especially hungry, but it's worse if I don't eat and better when I do.

My daughter challenged me a few weeks ago to start doing pushups and situps every day. That may be my exercise for the coming week, because it wouldn't involve using my foot.

So my goals for this week are:

1. See how many pushups and situps I can do. Maybe I'll add some arm curls with hand weights.

2. Heal.

3. Try not to eat everything in sight.

(Mom is home, all stitched up and braced, with many family members and friends lining up to take care of her around the clock. She is much more stoic than I.)

Monday, July 29, 2013

Making Progress

Marta reminded me that's it's been a little while since I've posted. So true, so true. Life has just been crazy busy. I'm sure every one of you can relate.

Remember how I weighed in at 245 and I set the goal to hit 212 by November 1st? Well, I'm feeling pretty good right now - this morning I weighed in at 240. That's a right nice start.

I've been off sugar for a solid week now. I did it before - I can do it again. But let me tell you a secret - when you go off it and then get back on it, it's so much harder to get off the second time. Just get off and stay off and don't put yourself through this again. I'm ornery, I feel a little lost and scared, and right now I'm having to make a firm, conscious choice not to go buy some. I've had a rough day, and so I've got to focus even more on making healthy choices. We gain weight without trying - we have to put in effort to lose it.

I've learned that when I eat sugar, I gain weight. When I eat grain, I gain weight. By eliminating sugar and grain, I lose weight. It's that simple for me - on paper. Making the decision not to eat them is much, much harder. We're conditioned to eat them in our culture and they're absolutely everywhere. And have I mentioned that I'm a food addict and an emotional overeater? Yeah - I'm sure you picked up on that along the way.

So that's what I'm up to this week - dealing with stress, choosing not to head for the chocolate, and feeling good about five pounds down. That's five on my bathroom scale - we'll just have to see if my doctor's scale agrees next time I weigh in there. I swear, his scale hates me or something.  :)

Remember - conscious decisions. Doing things subconsciously leads to weight gain.

God Grant Me Patience . . . NOW!!

As of this morning, I've lost another 0.8 pounds. I'm torn. I want faster results, but I don't want to do the drastic things that give those fast results. I want to create habits, long-term habits. I keep telling myself if it comes off slow it's more likely to stay off. But I still want it to be faster.

I suppose I would have lost more if I hadn't made those brownies. Lunch Lady Brownies a la Pinterest. My son came home for the weekend and he has the opposite problem. He can't gain weight. He's tall and has the metabolism of a blast furnace. I know, I know. We should all have such problems. It's really hard for him to find jeans that are tall and skinny enough. So I felt it was my motherly duty to keep feeding him. I was sort of caught in the fallout and blew my diet and skipped my exercise on Saturday. But it was a calculated decision. My son doesn't get to come home very often.

I've decided I really don't want to eliminate chocolate. Some days you just need chocolate. At least I do. I'll just be a little more selective. (Oh, and I ate exactly three brownies: one Saturday, one Sunday, and one this morning. I sent some home with my son, and gave away a lot of them. They are no longer in my house.)

I'm back at it today. My goals for the coming week are:

1. Keep walking, 25 minutes a day, 6 days a week.

2. Drink 2 liters of water a day. (It's getting slightly easier. I'm almost there today.)

3. Eat a decent breakfast every day, hopefully before 9:00 a.m., including complex carbs and a lot of protein.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Funny Story

Here is my funny weight-loss story for the day....

At our WW meetings we get different "star" stickers for different achievements.

After handing out 3 different stars to one person the leader told us about a WW member who purchased a gorgeous picture of a night sky to place her stars on.

As the rest of us oohed and aahed another member said, "Wait! What?" "Oh I get it now...I thought you said she purchased a gorgeous picture of a nice guy."

We all had a good laugh and wondered where you would put the stars on a nice guy :)

What would you choose?

A gorgeous night sky?
Or a gorgeous nice guy?
And who would that gorgeous nice guy be?

PS. After having a couple of days last week where I fed the emotions I ended up staying the same on my weight...no loss, but no gain.

Will try harder this week and definitely be thinking of all of you! Thanks for your love and support!