Monthly Archives: June 2012

On the right track

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I was having a hard time pulling myself out of bed this morning and due to that fact stepping on the scale was the last thing on my mind. I’m normally not a snoozer and when I do so it almost always leads to a late and sluggish start to my morning. I think the problem is I’m not a five or ten minute snoozer; I’m a twenty or thirty minute snoozer. And the funny part is I’m usually not getting any extra shut eye. I’m either lying in the bed watching the morning news or checking my email. With that not-so0brief disclaimer out of the way, I can share my weight for last week that I didn’t get a chance to post up.

Last Monday I weighed in at 257.8 pounds. That was an easy 1.8 pounds down from the previous week. All I did was make a few changes that I felt were relatively east to sustain. I stopped drinking all beverages except for water, stopped eating at 8pm every night, and took the stairs instead of elevator whenever possible. I added more vegetables to my daily diet and vowed no fast food.

The only one of those I had a problem with was not taking the elevator. I only broke that rule two or three times (including this morning), but I think that’s really significant because I didn’t break the other rules even once. This morning I saw my normal parking spot by the stairs was occupied, so I parked by the front door and said oh well to the stairwell. Not buying my excuse? Ah well me neither. I was just being lazy this morning.

In order to keep the momentum up I vowed to work out at least twice last week, and I was able to stay true to that. Wednesday evening I went to my gym for the first time in months. It was hard psychologically at first, but when I got in there I just did some light cardio and was glad that I did. And then Saturday morning I attended a spinning class which was pretty good.

This week I will continue all the things I’ve done for the past couple weeks, but I’m going to New Orleans and I’ve decided I can finally drink something other than water. I just don’t feel their tap is up to par with ours and I hardly ever order a glass of water when I’m eating out there. And anyone who’s ever been to New Orleans knows there’s a lot of eating out done there! So that’s my challenge this week… don’t let my eating out get the best of me. Make better decisions at restaurants and I’ll make sure to keep you updated on how that goes for me.

I’m on the right track and I’m glad I decided to take things slowly this time around. I had to realize that just because pushing myself really hard worked the first time it doesn’t mean it’ll work this time. And if we’re just being honest here I guess it really didn’t work the first time because I wasn’t able to sustain the loss. Now I’m looking for a more permanent fix, I don’t want to be the girl that yo-yos up and down. I’d much rather just take it off slowly. So that’s what I’m going to do! I have a coworker who has lost over 100 pounds and was able to keep it off over the years. Her advice to me was everyday you have to make a decision. I decide not to eat that cake when everyone is celebrating. I decided to eat like the 130 pound me I want to be and not the 260 pound girl I once was, because I know if I eat like her I will start to look like her again. I know this will always be a struggle for me because that person is inside of me and I will have to fight her every day for the rest of my life.

Talking to her I realized what my problem was, even though I didn’t reach my goal weight I thought that fixing my weight problem was a one-time issue. I’d lose the weight and just not have to deal with it anymore. But the truth is no matter if I reach my goal weight I will have to fight to stay there and to stay healthy. Reality is I’m not a naturally thin gal. I have to fight genetics, nature and my norms to get to where I want to be and stay there. This battle will never be over, but it can come to a truce when I learn how to manage it properly.

Has anyone out there been able to sustain their weight loss over the years? What are the challenges you face doing so and how do you overcome them?

America’s next top Grill Master!

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Hey there! So I had a post all ready for you (in my head) and then I came across some technical difficulties. My laptop charger decided he didn’t want to charge my laptop anymore. So, I thought about completing my post at work on Monday, but due to meetings and a desk piled up with work that had to be done, I was unable to get it up and running yesterday. So here it is, only a day late but not even a word short!

Happy belated Father’s day to all the proud poppas out there in cyber world. I had an enjoyable day, and ended up trying out a new dish on the grill! I’m claiming myself to be a grill master in the making, even though this was only my second time grilling. My first time I put some steaks on the grill. So my first grilling adventure was a t-bone and a few rib-eyes. Please excuse the dark grill picture it was probably 8 or 9 at night when I did this.

 

But yesterday was my mom’s grill day. She did a whole spectrum of meats on the grill, but the adventurous grill master inside me wanted to get a chance on the grill and try something I’ve never done before as well as find something a little healthier to add to our family barbecue. I decided to task myself with throwing some veggies on the grill. I chopped up some squash, zucchini and onions. Then I tossed them with a bit of olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder and liquid smoke because I wasn’t sure how much smoky flavor I would get using a gas grill. Here’s what I ended up with…

 

 

They were so yummy! Here’s the lesson I learned though… if I wanted grill marks on my vegetables I needed to make sure they were all large. And it was extremely difficult to keep the onions on the grill without them falling off and/or burning quickly. You notice how some of them pretty much look raw? I gave up on them and just put the whole pan on the grill and evidently that didn’t cook them too well. So I have to come up with another method for my onions. Perhaps next time I will just wrap them in foil and throw them on the grill? I mean who really needs grill marks on onions?

My next grilling conquest will be fish. Does anyone have any good grilling stories or recipes? I know I’m the next great grill master, but I’m open to taking tips from other amateurs! And all this grill talk is making me really hungry so it’s lunch time for me! Have a good day everyone!

Cutting Calories

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This week went well, I focused on cutting my daily calorie consumption. I wanted to avoid making any huge changes to my life, but make small gradual changes that will be easier for me to maintain over a long period of time. What was the plan?

Well I decided to drink only water this week because I was getting too accustomed to drinking lemonade, Gatorade and other sugar-loaded beverages. A 32 oz Gatorade has an astonishing 56 grams of sugar! That’s equivalent to 13 teaspoons of sugar I was drinking daily (and sometimes twice daily). So just eliminating one a day for seven days is saving me 1,400 calories and 392 grams of sugar! That’s almost a pound every three weeks I was drinking in just Gatorade! (3,500 calories is equal to a pound)  No wonder why the pounds were piling on, that’s not even counting the cranberry juice and other drinks.

I’m not trying to eliminate beverages from my diet forever, but if I retrain my body to crave water I’m hoping it’ll curb my cravings for all the sugar loaded crap. There was a time when I mostly had only water, and then I was on better terms with my friend Mr. Scale.

The other simple change I made this week was not eating out. I think it made it harder that I was out-of-town and couldn’t run to a fast food joint on my way back to the hotel in the afternoon. But Monday morning I headed out to the grocery store and picked up a variety of fruit, plenty of water and a few Lean Cuisines. I did have a kitchen in my room but I did not feel like using the stove at all this week. By the way the Lean Cuisine pizza is quite tasty. I didn’t even miss the burger and fries I would have had instead.

My next challenge will be how well I eat when I’m back in the office next week. I work in a part of town that’s filled with many restaurants that I love to frequent as well many tasty fast food restaurants nearby. So next week I’ll try to focus and work out a new game plan so next week will go as good as this one did.

Another small changes I made this week were to make sure I took the stairs instead of the elevator, I’m only on the third floor so that didn’t take too much extra effort- I just had to overcome the lazy girl inside of me that glanced over at the elevator every time I left my room. I looked it up and it seems that didn’t burn many calories (estimates show 15-25), but I felt like I was improving my stamina. Towards the end of the week I wasn’t as winded as I was on Monday. So hopefully no more shortness of breath on Walmart runs?

Everything happens for a reason and I’m glad that I had that wakeup call in Walmart, it made me get serious and open my eyes to what I was doing to myself… I’m glad to be back and thank you for coming back with me. Have a great weekend! And let’s all keep the Gatorade to a minimum!

A Walmart Wake-up Call

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So I’ve been hiding out, and for a good reason (at least in my head). I’m quite ashamed of what I’ve done to myself. I weighed in Monday at 259.6 pounds. That’s the first time I’ve gotten on the scale in months because I didn’t want to put a number on what my wardrobe already told me. I’ve been ignoring all the daily emails I get from Shape, Prevention and Active.com, those same emails that I used to go through daily searching for tips and tricks to help me along my journey.

But I got lost on the way and ended up nearly exactly where I started. I realized that I needed to write about it today after I went on a quick Walmart run and it left me out of breath. No wonder I don’t want to go out and be young because just a simple trip leaves me struggling to gain my composure. Did I turn into that fat girl? I remember I decided I couldn’t date a guy any longer because he struggled taking a short walk with me, and now I think I may look him up because we seem to be a perfect match.

But seriously I’ve never had this issue before, but it feels like when I’m walking I’m carrying a sack of bricks with me. And in some sense I am. All these extra pounds my body has to carry daily is doing so much damage to me physically, mentally, and emotionally.

And for all of you worriers out there, I am making a doctor’s appointment for next week as soon as I get back in town to discuss these issues with my doctor and make sure the only thing going on is the extra weight and not anything more serious.

But my Walmart trip was definitely a wake up call for me. I’ve been telling myself that I can’t continue to live like this for a while now, but my voice has not been louder than a slight whisper. Today I just don’t feel comfortable doing a minor task, so that definitely was the shout I needed to get back in gear. I’ll share later this week on how I plan on getting back to that fit and confident girl I once was. It’s not going to be easy, but I know it’s necessary.