Monday, July 18, 2011
I'm so happy that I can keep fresh fruit and veggies in the house again, and I can shop in small enough quantities to keep me fed, but not so much that they will go bad before I can eat them all.
Monday, March 21, 2011
I know that there are a lot of things I need to do to address this, and at some point, I'll get to most of them, but I know my brain and my body, and they're going to happen one or two at a time, and as each couple of them become habit and my new "norm", I'll add in another. If I jump in with both feet making a ton of changes, I'll give up one, which will lead to giving up another, and ultimately failure.
This week I'm cutting my Dr Pepper consumption from roughly 4 cans a day to no more than 2, adjusting some of my food choices, and tomorrow evening I start back to Belly Dance class. As much as I would love to return to my first studio in Bedford, Isis, the drive is just too far, and it's not feasible to make the drive during the week, and there is just too much going on during various weekends in the spring to make the Saturday classes, as well as the silliness of an additional $15 in gas per class. I've found a class near work on Tuesday evenings, and for the next 8 weeks, at least, I'll be there, learning from the 2nd teacher I've ever had.
Have a good night & expect tomorrow's post to be late, and happy tired.
Monday, January 3, 2011
Breakfast: 16 oz chai tea skinny vanilla on the way to work, protein shake: 5 oz. lowfat vanilla yogurt, 3 oz milk, 1 scoop protein powder, ½ C each cherries & pineapple, 1 egg. I did find that the yogurt and the egg make a huge difference in helping to keep me feeling full. Yesterday, I finished my shake about 8:30, and by 11 I was pretty hungry. Today I finished it by 7:45, and when I had a handful of nuts around 10:45 I just beginning to feel a few hunger pangs.
Lunch: 4 oz grilled chicken, 2/3 C of brown rice, and about 1 C green beans with about ½ T margarine, ~16 oz chai tea skinny vanilla
Afternoon snack: another handful of nuts, and a handful of sweet-tart like candies
Dinner: turkey burger with about 2 oz cheddar cheese, on an Orowheat flatbread sandwich roll (honey wheat), some Ketchup, and about 3 oz olive oil & rosemary oven fries, ~16 oz green chai tea skinny vanilla.
I did get a bit of a headache this morning, which I attribute to the reduced caffeine intake, but I've not had any Dr Pepper in over 24 hours. The tea has no calories, and the skinny vanilla creamer has 30 calories per Tablespoon, and I use less than 2 per 16 oz serving of tea. I'm getting a little less caffeine than I'm used to, but I've cut my calories from caffeinated beverages by more than 50%, and from my past experiences with giving up Dr Pepper, I will get through the caffeine withdrawals soon enough.
Sunday, January 2, 2011
As much as I'd like to say that I'm going to be better at blogging, somehow I don't manage it most of the time. I mean, really, it's been over a year since I last posted here. For 2011, I am putting forth an honest effort to improve my health, starting with better eating habits and taking my vitamins/supplements more faithfully.
I stepped on the scale this morning for the first time in probably a month and a half, at least. It read 265.2. That's not the heaviest I've ever been, but obviously it's heavier than is either healthy for me, or acceptable to me. I am setting small goals for myself, that I think are attainable without making me feel deprived or making drastic choices which could negatively impact my health or my ultimate goal.
In general, I concern myself more with inches, jeans & shirt sizes, than with numbers on the scale, simply because I know that the numbers on the scale are a rather arbitrary, "one size" sort of measurement, which doesn't work, at least with my body. (at 17, I was 25-35 lbs "overweight", yet I wore about a size 10 skirt & 12 jeans) That being said, I didn't take the time to measure myself today, and frankly, am unlikely to do so until perhaps next weekend at the soonest.
What I AM going to do, is endeavor to keep a food journal, and adjust my eating habits.
Short term goals:
- 2 lbs/week loss
- Eat out less than 3 times per week
- Spend 20 minutes moving at least 3 times per week
Long term goals:
- Food journal/diary
- Work out with weights 2 times per week
- Drop 2 jean sizes by the end of February
- Drop 5 jean sizes by Memorial Day
Today's food diary:
Breakfast: Protein shake (protein powder, ½ C whole milk, ½ C each frozen cherries & frozen pineapple), ~10 oz Dr Pepper
Lunch: Long John Silver's 2 pcs fish & fries (no hushpuppies) ~16 oz Dr Pepper
Snack: 1 cherry candy cane
Dinner: 5 oz grilled chicken, 1 C steamed green beans, 1 C brown rice, ½ T margarine, ~ 12 oz green Chai Tea Skinny Vanilla Latte
Bedtime: 8 oz Serenitea Herbal Tea