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19 October 2007

Day 3
Happy Friday!! Today will be a good day, despite the fact that I was a half hour late for work today. In that half hour, I managed to get all my morning things done and make my husband a happy man (not the way you may be thinking - lol). But being late kept me from having time to think about grabbing breakfast through the drive thru. Actually, I think I should rule out drive thrus all together. I can't think of anything healthy that's ever come out of a drive thru, can you?

That settles it. No more drive thrus. If I have the urge to grab a burger and can't shake it, then the least I can do is burn some calories by getting out of my car and walking to the counter, right? In fact, that can be a rule of the diet: No drive thrus. Not even for salad. Especially not for anything else. Good. Moving on.

I didn't have time to weigh myself this morning becuase I was running late for work. Other than that, things were pretty much uneventful. I think, though I have not made wonderful food choices by eating nothing but letuce all the time, I have made pretty good choices and do not feel like I am depriving myself of anything. I do need to get on the treadmill though. I just have to find the time. I know that's a problem for everybody. When you work full time, have a family and go to school at night like I do, it is really hard to find the time. Almost always, by the time I have cleared 20 mintues to workout, I am too tired to walk more than to the foot of my bed.

I am hoping it will be different today. I have homework to catch up on, which I am lucky enough to be able to do at work if needed, and after that, nothing. Sweet nothing planned. So, if I work hard today, get my homework done, spend 20 mintues at least on the treadmill and eat healthy, then I will reward myself with, not junk food, but junk TV. Maybe some DVRed Grey's Anatomy or ER. I can't wait.

The coming weekend should be pretty easy to handle. I have class Saturday morning, a going away party to attend, yard work to do, homework to catch up on and then a movie to go see on Sunday. That may be tough, though. The devilish buttery popcorn and pretzels with creamy cheese is so hard to resist. I don't know what I am going to do. Maybe eat before I go. I don't know. Pointers would be nice here. I am in uncharted territory. I have never had to turn away movie theater food before and I am dreading it, but I promised my husband I will go with him to see a Into The Wild and I refuse to cancel on account of a popcorn addiction. Wish me luck!

Food Entry: I have eaten pineapple for breakfast, a Special K 90 calorie bar, water and I am not sure yet what for lunch. Maybe a turkey sandwich on wheat bread and a salad. We'll see. I plan on having grilled chicken, green beans and a salad for dinner.

Exercise Entry: 20 mintues on the treadmill today, mostly walking with a few mintues of jogging thrown in. I will try to do the usual 100 crunches on the ab machine too. No TV until I do.

Next Entry - News on how I survived the weekend. Will I cave in the theatre or wave bye-bye to buttered popcorn and pretzels with cheese? Pray for me!

19 October 2007

Day 2
I am very encouraged that even one day of cutting out bad foods like bagels for breakfast, fast food for lunch and casseroles for dinner has helped me lose weight. I even feel better, being able to finish my day without being so tired I can barely keep my eyes open. Even if I don't loose another pound, the diet changes are remarkable because I am already happier than I was even last week! Woohoo!

I must confess, though. Last night for dinner, I did eat a piece of pizza. Not a good choice, but at least I didn't eat four pieces of pizza. And I still lost weight! I am experiencing some hunger, which is a big contributor to why I ate pizza instead of making something more healthy. This weekend I will get to the grocery and purchase some healthy snacks that are quick to grab in a pinch. Since I sort of started this diet on a whim, I expected to be a little unprepared.

I am so happy that I am still sticking to it though. In two to three days on any other super restrictive diet, I would have already been diving face first into a hugs pile of chocolate, chips and HoHos. Having a journal to be honest with and responsible for seems to be a great tool too. Even before I look in the direction of french fires, I think about what I am going to write in my journal after I eat them. That helps.

Food Entry: For breakfast, I had pineapple. I had a Special K 90 calorie bar for a mid morning snack, Chipotle's chicken tacos with lettuce, light cheese and light sour cream for lunch and TGi Friday's Chicken skillet with a house salad and low fat dessert for dinner. There were appetizers at the table and I did have two chips with a small amount of spinach dip on them, but that's it.

Exercise Entry: Well, I didn't exercise yesterday. Shame on me. But I was busy with a brother in from out of town (that explains the impromptu dinner at Friday's) among other things.

Next Entry - Getting my butt on the treadmill and making it through a Friday without cheating too much.

18 October 2007

Weigh-in: 212.2 lb lost so far: 2.8 lb still to go: 62.2 lb Diet followed reasonably well

17 October 2007

Day 1

Sad news last night - I just found out that a family member of mine who also has a weight issue has just jumped the barrier from insulin pills to insulin injections. Unfortunately, no one seems to see anything wrong with this except for my husband and me. Just another wake up call for me, though. I am giving myself until March to get off the metaformin pills and back to a healthier me. I'll reach my goal weight sometime next summer. Swimsuits again? I hope so!

As far as the diet plan, the goal is set - 150 lbs. The only rule is to eat what I want as long as I keep my caloric intake under 1500 calories per day if I excercise and under 1200 calories per day if I don't. I plan on eating as much protein as possible since I know from Biology classes that protein is cellular fuel and very important in the diet. All types of fruit and vegetables are allowed, with fruit juices drank only in moderation. Breads, butter, sugar and creamy things are limited, but allowed in small portions. I am also going to try to keep my salt intake low as I tend to get puffy when I eat too much salt and I don't have low blood pressure issues.

The reason I am not really putting restrictions on what I can and can't eat is that I want and need this to be a lifestyle change. I cannot and will not say that I am never going to eat an ice cream sandwich again. But I am going to say that I won't eat them very often. Plus, I have had a weight problem for a long time and things are not going to change over night. I need to quit letting the food win! It's war this time!

Food Entry: For breakfast this morning, I have had a few bites of pineapple. Yummy! I will be eating a Special K 90 calorie bar for a snack, will be visiting Ruby Tuesday's salad bar for lunch (light ranch or italian dressings only, maybe a crouton or two) and will eat a small dinner of whatever my mother-in-law is making (it's usually not very healthy, so I don't eat much of it). If I can only stay away from the evening snacks, I'll be golden. No pop to drink, just tea and water. Maybe some milk if I can get some skim in the fridge.

Excercise Entry: I have class tonight until 9:30 pm, so I won't have time for a workout. But I worked out last night and am very sore today, so it might be a good idea to rest a bit.

Next Entry - Feelings about how my first day of the diet went and any issues I seem to have. Usually when I fall off the diet wagon, it's within the first week, so this week is crucial. Once I conquer this week, I'll be on my way to a thinner me!


17 October 2007

Weigh-in: 215.0 lb lost so far: 0 lb still to go: 65.0 lb Diet followed N/A

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