Well I goofed today. I had no idea that a McDonald's Mocha Frappe, a SMALL, no less, had 450 calories!!! :eek: Crapola. That put me at 2,100 calories today. If it hadn't been for that, I would have been well under my limit.
Sigh. Live and learn. Don't order something if you don't know the calorie count. No wonder I felt so strange this evening when I got ready to do my workout video. That thing had to be LOADED with fat and sugar.
I weighed myself this morning and just got frustrated because it wasn't on zero and when I tried to adjust it to start at zero it was being very temperamental. Then I weighed, got off, and weighed again and it gave me two different weights. I need a new scale. If the first one was right, I haven't lost any more weight this week so far. But the second had me gaining two pounds. I don't see how that's possible. I guess I'll go more by how my clothes fit until I can get a new scale. Gotta get a reliable digital one.
I think one of the hardest things I'm dealing with right now in the battle to lose weight is getting used to eating less. Tonight I wanted a pimento cheese sandwich so badly, but after totaling up my calories, I decided not to. I really want to start staying closer to 1,600 calories at least on some days during the week. So I just had a little sugar-free banana pudding instead, and was surprised at how satisfying it was. Finding proper substitutions is the key. I need to stock up on more low-calorie snacks that are also filling.
I heard something on the radio today that really inspired me. I'm repeating this from what I typed in my post on the Biggest Loser Board: It was about Bruce Jenner - apparently he didn't start out as this great athlete, but he had mental strength and determination. His attitude was that he was "Not going to lose." The team coach said, "Look at that short guy over there. He's not a great athlete, but he's going to win." The person he was talking to said, "How can he win if he's not a great athlete?" and he said, "Because he is mentally strong. He believes he's not going to lose." Sure enough, he got first place that day.
I decided right then and there when I heard that to adopt that same attitude. I am not going to lose the battle to lose weight and get in great shape. There will be many uphill battles and struggles to come, I'm sure, but I refuse to lose :grin:
(Copied from my ttc journal and added to)
I gained 2 1/2 lbs. this past week. :eek: I honestly don't see how. I worked out 6 days out of 7, and one of those days it was 2 hours of exercise. Mon, Wed, and Fri I did my 45-min workout video with weights. Tues, Thurs, and Sat, I jogged/walked (mostly jogged). I might think 'muscle gain' but usually you don't lose any weight or gain a little when it's muscle gain (since you also lose fat), but 2 1/2 lbs.??? I don't get it. Talk about frustrating :(
This week I'm going to try something different. Cutting back on carbs again. There is much controversy over the low-carb deal, but the things is, bodybuilders have been doing it for years to build muscle and lose fat. There are some who claim a low-carb diet will cause you to lose muscle. If that is the case, then why was/is it so effective for bodybuilders???
I don't like doing low-carb, I'll be honest. I love me some carbs. But if it's a choice between fat and unhealthy vs. lean and healthy, then I'll make myself get used to a low carb lifestyle. And when I say low-carb, I don't mean Atkins' style. To me that is a bit on the extreme side. I'm talking more like South Beach diet style of low carb, which is more of keeping carbs in balance and sticking to mostly good carbs. Not that I'll be following their diet exactly (it's too expensive, imo), but I'll do something similar to it.
PS: It seems like since adopting the attitude of 'refusing to lose' the battle to lose weight that something, somewhere said, "Oh yeah? Let's see if you're serious about that." And then I gained 2 1/2 lbs after a week of busting my butt. Okay, that's fine. I guess it's good to be tested, to see if you really mean it. So I guess I need to prove now that I really mean it.
Also - I tried doing low carb before (more than once) and failed at it. But at this point I don't know what else to do but try it again.
OK, started my first full day of the lower-carb deal yesterday. Good thing, too, because yesterday and the day before my appetite was ferocious. Tuesday after lunch I was still so hungry that I caved and had two donuts (leftover in the fridge from my Cheat Day). I made sure to workout extra hard that day, though - did a 30-min brisk walk PLUS my 45-min workout video with weights. I also did well on the food the rest of the day. So I recovered well, at least. Gone are the days of "Well I cheated so I may as well enjoy the rest of the day." I got right back on the bandwagon this time.
Yesterday my appetite was insane again, but doing the higher protein/lower carb diet helped some. Then this morning I wasn't quite as hungry for breakfast, and even had a hard time finishing it.
I think I will start keeping track of my food again, at least for now.
Egg omelet (2 eggs + 2 egg whites) with 2 slices cheese (one 2% and one fat-free)
2 turkey sausage patties
1 cup of 1% milk
I should have added veggies to the omelet, but it didn't appeal to me at all. I need to get some low-sodium V-8 juice to have with breakfast.
1 Burrito Supreme from Taco Bell
1 Atkin's Indulge Caramel Nut Chew Bar (that I had in my purse)
1 Special K Protein Meal Bar
Snapple Diet Peach Tea (with green and black tea)
1 cup bean-less chili w/2 slices 2% cheese
2 chicken hot dogs, cut up and mixed into bowl of chili
After-exercise snack -
1 protein shake made with:
1 scoop Jillian Michael's Natural Whey Protein (Triple Chocolate)
1 cup 1% milk
1/2 cup frozen mixed berries
I was hungry again closer to bedtime, but chose to ignore it and just go to bed :) One real motivator for me not to have late night snacks anymore is when I caught part of the show The Doctors where someone (an audience member maybe?) was playing a game where they were trying to guess on a chart how many years you take off your life when you eat after 8:30 pm. and the answer was 2 years. I didn't catch if that meant eating after 8:30 p.m. every night for a certain number of years, or what - but either way it can't be a good thing.
Ok I couldn't resist and weighed in this morning. I've lost 2 lbs. back already this week! :woohoo: So I guess the change in my diet is making a difference :)
Now to go back and add in the rest of what I ate yesterday (Thurs) in the above post...
1 Atkin's Advantage Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar
1 cup 1% milk
1 Atkin's Indulge caramel nut chew bar
2 chicken hot dogs on 1 whole wheat low carb wrap (1/2 for each hot dog)
Lowfat mayo & Dijon mustard
Leftover meat-less chili (w/2% cheese mixed in)
"Dessert" - Protein shake (made with frozen berries)
A few cashews
1 chicken breast (from chicken cooked in crock pot w/olive oil, dijon mustard, & parmesan cheese)
2% cottage cheese w/3 Laughing Cow cheese wedges
Atkin's choc pnut butter bar
Breakfast (9:45 a.m.) -
Atkin's choc pnut butter bar
2% cottage cheese w/3 Laughing Cow cheese wedges
(It was so good last night just had to have it again for breakfast, LOL)
I had a lot of temptations yesterday - when I was in the dollar store, the candy bars looked so appealing. Also while I was out running errands, I had the thought of stopping somewhere for an ice cream cone. But I didn't. I just kept thinking of Monday - my Cheat Day, when I'll be able to eat what I want.
The Atkin's bars really do help when I'm wanting something sweet. They are by far the best low-carb, higher-protein "bar" out there, at least of the ones I've tried.
Yesterday I decided to try starting Phase One of the Atkins diet from the book, "The New Atkin's for a New You."
Phase One obviously isn't for me.
I wound up really irritable and fatigued, despite following the recommendation to eat a little more salt to make up for the salt loss when the body began to dump the retained water along with fat stores. I also had a nice headache. This morning when I woke up, I weighed in an had not lost one single solitary ounce. When you start Phase One you are supposed to lose something like 1/2 to 1 lb. per day or even more. On top of that, I was SUPER irritable this morning - it was scary, and I just felt awful. I knew it was from lack of carbs. Sure enough, after I had some oatmeal with my eggs for breakfast, I felt MUCH better and overall today have had more energy and feel like my old self again! :)
So I decided I will just continue with a low-ER carb diet, but not that low.
Something I found very interesting in the book is when it pointed out the fact that the American Diet is very HIGH carb, much higher than how our ancestors ate. So when you reduce your carbs from the typical American diet, it is considered "low" carb when in actuality it is simply controlled-carb.
I guess that means I should call it a 'controlled-carb' diet, one that is rich in "good" carbs in reasonable servings sizes, with bad carbs being kept to a bare minimum. That is what I will be doing to lose the rest of this weight. It may come off slower by not doing Phase One first, but oh well, at least I will stay sane and my family will stay safe. LOL.
I had a bit of a challenge at lunch today, but used the art of flexibility. Something one must do to live and eat in the United States in any typical town. I went to visit my dad and step mom today, and my brother was also there. My step mom watched my DD and my brother's DD so we could go have lunch with my dad. They planned out ahead of time where they would go, because my brother had a coupon.
The coupon was for the "Family Feast for 4." It had pre-determined sides of coleslaw, garlic bread, fries, baked beans, and fried corn on the cob. All high-carb (restaurant coleslaw tends to have a lot of sugar) and mostly bad carbs on top of that. I got them to trade out the fried corn for green beans at least, and I simply had very small portions of everything (except no garlic bread). I literally only had 3 of the fries, since they are usually fried in a vegetable oil that is bad for you (with trans fat). Most of the meat was so dry and tasteless that I HAD to add some bbq sauce, but I used the 'tangy mustard' flavor and used very little.
Thankfully I had had a good breakfast and mid-morning snack, so I wasn't ravenous to begin with, which made it easier to eat less. Whew.
I wonder if I am learning the art of eating like a skinny person yet?
I 'think' I might be - today's lunch proved that out. I had smaller portions, which I ate slower, and stopped well before my brother and dad. My dad asked,
"You sure you don't want more? There's plenty here!"
"No thanks, I'm fine. I had a good breakfast," was my response. :)