Rachel116's Journal, 13 December 2012

As the family was all sitting around eating supper tonight, I suddenly realized that I have about 3 months before I start my internship and 4 months before I start seriously looking for a better job. I have always said if someone works in a health field they shouldn't be morbidly obese, smoking etc. It just discredits what that professional is saying if they are telling a patient he/she needs to lose weight when they are obviously overweight themselves. Well, here I am, four months away from sitting in a doctors office or hospital "extremely obese." I have been doing Atkins for about 6 weeks now but there are times that I've slipped etc. and I haven't been quite as serious about things as I should be. From here on out, it doesn't matter what everyone else is eating or what is sitting on the counter etc. I'll cook for me and if everyone else wants to eat it too fine. If not, I'll cook something separate for them. Planning my meals a week in advance hasn't been working for me. I look at what I'm "supposed" to eat for that day and I really just don't want it. So, I'm going to leave breakfast and lunch open to do as I feel for that day. I always have plenty of stuff on hand for those meals and that's not where things get tricky. Instead, I'm going to go ahead and make a list of 10 meals that I can cook for supper and then have everything bought in advance and available. I can then just go down the list and pick whatever I want to cook that night. This still leaves plenty of room for choice, which has been a big issue for me lately.

I also have developed a system for drinking water that appears to be working for me (at least it did today as I drank 160+ ounces of water).

The next thing I have to tackle is exercise. This is a major problem for me. I don't have any equipment. It has become entirely too cold to have my son outside with me during the day and I have no one to watch him until after dark and I can't be safely outside walking after dark. So I'm kind of stuck trying to figure out what exercise I can incorporate into my day. I am hoping that I can afford to get either a Wii or XBox 360 for myself for Christmas--if not then, definitely with taxes. Then I'll have something fun readily available to start as soon as Ben goes down for his nap.

This is more of a reminder to myself more than anything. I'm sticking with plan but not feeling any skinnier. I know the scales are slowly dropping and the inches are coming off too. I just have to remember that although it seems like I gained all this weight over night, I didn't. It's been adding up all my life and it's not going to come off over night either.

If you've read all of my pity party rant--Kudos to you for being patient.

Diet Calendar Entry for 13 December 2012:
1080 kcal Fat: 77.77g | Prot: 67.91g | Carb: 23.80g.   Breakfast: Steak. Lunch: Pepperoni, Medium Black Olives, Finely Shredded Mozzarella Cheese, All Natural Pizza Sauce, Dole Whole Mushrooms. Dinner: Rachel's Chicken Creole . Snacks/Other: Cream Cheese Clouds. more...
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Rachel, that is an awesome plan to have towards your meal planning :) You have to tweak this change of eating where it works best for YOU, and it sounds like you're doing just that! And I love your way of thinking. I know there are times that nurses or doctors have suggested that I lose weight and I think, "Um.. why don't YOU go and lose some weight!" lol. Not a nice thought, but it's true. It seems like you're becoming more comfortable with this change and that is awesome! I know how it is to fix 2 (and sometimes 3) other meals besides what I'm fixing for myself. If fixing their food affects you at first, don't worry, that will subside. I've gotten to the point where it's like I'm just going through the motions, like my brain is on auto-pilot when I'm cooking their meals. I don't even think about taking a bite or licking the spoon or anything. Normally, I'll start cooking mine at the same time I'm cooking theirs. Mine usually consists of some kind of meat, a salad, and some other veggies. So I make my salad first and start eating it while I'm cooking theirs. Makes it a lot easier to resist the temptation if you're not hungry. Maybe that will work for you, too. You've come a long way, my friend, and I'm very proud of you :D And you're drinking more water!! Yay!!!!! That's awesome! And like I said, I'm keeping my fingers crossed for your Wii/XBox! 
14 Dec 12 by member: angiekae68
Sounds like a good plan and that you have the resolve to do it. Good for you!! 
14 Dec 12 by member: Mokakiss
Rachel you have a great plan in mind and that is wonderful. I sometimes cook two meals..one for me and one for DH and/or daughter. Lastnight DH had chinese and I had my pizza (daughter ate my pizza). I make my menu out too and try to plan on each day what to have but I don't always have it and bounce around. I try to keep staples like chicken wings or something like that which I can thaw quick and that I know that I can have and will usually satisfy any craving I have. Look on youtube for videos. I have found tons on there (that I need to get back to using). I used to be able to squeeze in 5 minute breaks during the work day of weight training for arms and floor work and some yoga. That adds up and it is zero cost. You are doing very well and persistence is KEY...you are persisting so I know you will succeed!!!! 
14 Dec 12 by member: jaime30024

     
 

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