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I give up…

Yes, there. I said it. I give up. I wrote about my weight loss goal and how well I’d been doing early on, as in before our trip and spring break. I suppose I’m coming to the conclusion it’s just not going to happen. No matter what I do, how hard I work, or how little I eat (ha!) it’s just not happening. I think I like food too much. 

I’m not going to totally give up, though. I’m not going to just eat everything in sight. I will pay attention to what I’m eating and when. I’m still exercising regularly, and will continue trying to be balanced. So far this week, I’ve walked 5 miles and plan on walking at least 2 more today and do some other things to get more movement into my life. I would be thrilled if it just fell off and I didn’t even expect it to! Maybe I’ll go about it that way, just eat healthier and exercise more and then BAM! sort of like when I found my honey. I wasn’t looking for him, and WHAMMO! there he was.

So, there’s the end of my saga, my goal. When I do manage to shed it, I’ll share it with you. Thanks for playing.

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A New Day

Ok, today is Monday and I”m back on it! Spring break is over and I am on a mission! I walked 2.7 miles last night with my neighbor/friend and today, I’ve got a new purpose! Breakfast was a bowl of Cheerios, coffee, and an egg sandwich. Good protein, you know. I’ve found something that thrills me! I’m easily entertained, so when I saw these at the store I had to suppress a small cheer! They are bagel thins! I love my bagels, but 340 calories is a bit much. These are wonderful, it’s like they’ve cut out the middle and they’re only 110 calories! So I can scramble  one whole egg and one egg white and I’ve got a nice breakfast for just over 200 calories! yay! I know, I know, big deal. But really, it is! I’m on a mission and I will not fail!

I’m getting ready to share a recipe I made last night that was fabulous! Low fat, high protein and fiber and very delicious at the same time! Check it out and wish me luck!

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Wagon? What wagon? Where?

Where is this stupid wagon that I seem to have fallen off of and why can’t I get back on it?  I was so thrilled I’d been doing so well sticking to my eating plan. I’d lost about 3lbs. I know it was probably mostly water, but still, it’s nice to see on the scale.

And then, dun dun dunnnnn, we went away for the weekend and ate at all my favorite places. I think my eating plan got sucked out the window between here and there, b/c when we got back home, those 3lbs I’d managed to lose, they found me. Then last week I had some really weird stomach bug that gave me all sorts of strange symptoms. Normally, the whole stomach bug is an easy, albeit unpleasant, way to drop a couple. But I think once I was over it, I must’ve made up for the days I spent eating chicken soup, or nothing at all. 

This week is spring break. Our weather yesterday was horrible, not spring break-type weather at all. Cold, cloudy and damp. All I wanted to do was bake cookies. I didn’t do it, but I was perilously close! It seems I’ve picked up that bad habit again of grazing late in the day and not moving enough.

Ugh. Where is this wagon anyway? I’ve got to get back on it! this week will be tough, but I am going to do my best to eat well and stay away from the junk food and the late afternoon snacking and next Monday, I’m so on it! I will be feeling fine and have no kids home needing to be entertained.

Wish me luck! I think I can, I think I can…..

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Oh yeah!

Did you know that when you walk 11,000 steps in a day, your feet get really tired? Ha! neither did I, until today! I have been working a book fair at my children’s school and it involves a lot of walking and being on my feet. I broke out the pedometer yesterday, just for grins and giggles. Yesterday I hit over 9,000. Not too bad. Considering a couple of weeks ago, my daily total was probably about 50! Well, maybe a little more than that, but not much. 

Wanna know something else? 11,000+ steps equates to over 7 miles. That will help burn off those extra lbs I packed on in my fervor to add extra insulation for our unusually cold winter (that lasted all of two weeks)!  Or maybe it was my ardent love of baking. Hm. Either way, means my jeans don’t fit me properly after. But, today, they did fit better. Not as well as I’d like, but better, and I’ll take that!

And, you’ll be soooo happy to hear, I’ve been able to maintain 1400  to 1500 calories a day and I think my body’s getting used to it. Here’s why I’m thinking that. I don’t feel like I want to chew the finish off the table…all the time! Oh, and I got on the scale today and I think I”m down 3lbs.  Eat less, move more is working for me!

I do have another tool that’s helping me remain honest. A food log. I write down everything I eat. What’s better, I’m doing it online on www.everydayhealth.com. It’s free and I enter everything that I eat and it tracks the calories. Then I enter the exercise I’ve done, including things like grocery shopping and showering, because they do burn calories.  Then I get a total at the end of the day, whether I”m over or under on my calories. It’s pretty cool. It tells me how many calories I need to eat to lose, maintain, or gain weight from my present weight. I don’t know many who WANT to gain weight, but it’s there.

Here’s to this being not just a ‘diet’, but a lifestyle change. To be more conscious of what I’m eating and what I”m doing all the time, and teaching my children how to eat better as well. And the upside, I plan on rocking my shorts this summer! And who knows, I may even brave a bikini, but let’s not go shopping just yet!

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1500

Wow. On paper, it sounds like quite alot, but my stomach would beg to differ with you. I have done it. Today is day two of my calorie counting, better eating, being healthier, and, well, it’s quite obvious to me now that I have been way out of control. I have eaten well today, not starving myself in the least, in theory at least. To hear my stomach, you’d think it’s been DAYS since I’ve eaten. But, I know it will get better. I just have to stick to it. And I can. And I will. Tomorrow is a new day and I will be buying a new cookbook that has a 6 wk plan in it that has some fabulous looking recipes that I can’t wait to try! I will do it my friends! 10 pounds by May 1st. I think it’s totally doable, I just have to pay attention to what I’m doing and remember the phrase, ‘Just say ‘NO'”!

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I think I can, I think I can, I think I can…..

Well my friends, it’s happened. After two weeks of  cabin fever, I have come to the conclusion that eating things like chicken and dumplings, beef stew, pizza, and upside down German chocolate cake really aren’t the best way to continue fitting into my favorite jeans. Nope, it’s really not. it’s a great way to work up a shopping trip. But I don’t know a single person who wants to go shopping for that reason, including me! I used to be able to eat pretty much what I wanted, in moderation, and have no problems. I was at a stable weight for a long time. I’m not skinny, but I felt good about myself, and how I looked. Then it happened: I turned 40 and everything slowed down and started catching up with me. Boo.

Do you know how easy it is to grab a handful of pretzels and dunk them in the tub of frosting? Well, it’s apparently way too easy. So, once again, here I am. On a mission to shed my extra winter insulation before I am expected to put on shorts or *GASP* a swimsuit. Here’s what I”m doing, and I hope by putting this out there to my friends, it will help keep me accountable: I am keeping a log of everything I eat. I think if I’m actually keeping track it will be easier for me to feel bad about those pretzels with frosting! I am increasing my exercise, it’s much easier to go for a walk when the sidewalks are not covered in a sheet of ice or buried under 2 ft of snow, and the temperatures are warmer. Today was 71! I’ll take that every day of the year!  I am trying to be more conscious of what’s going in, how much is going in, and what I”m doing to need the calories.

Oh, and I”m cutting out my daily glass of vino. I know it’s not a ton of calories, but it affects the way your body burns calories or stores them. Your body cannot store the calories from alcohol (don’t ask me why, I can’t remember), but what happens is your body burns the calories from the alcohol first, and then stores whatever comes later that is not needed. And that is your physio lesson for the day. I hope you remember what we discussed, there will be a test at the end of this segment.

I will buy a new cookbook I saw that breaks down the calorie content of each recipe and that helps make keeping track easier.

Ok gang. Here we go. Wish me luck, you know it’s not easy and dammit, it was so much more fun putting that extra padding on my butt than it will be getting rid of it! I’ve got one day of about 1500 calories under my belt, but tomorrow will be a challenge, it will involve cooking dinner for the whole fam, not just my kiddos. I will think positively and visualize myself in my jeans.

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Too good to be true?

Ugh, it’s happened and I’m so not happy. I’m talking about the 40-something metabolism slow-down. It has been really gradual and not too noticeable. I have been able for a long time, to eat what I wanted, within reason, and stay pretty much the same weight. You know, give or take a few depending on the day or time of the month, not so different from most other women.

This summer, it seemed like I was constantly hungry. I mean chew -the-finish-off-the-table-if-I-don’t-get-something-NOW hungry. Almost like when I was pregnant. I had to eat every couple of hours, but I was making a person, and that takes alot of calories. Um, no, I”m not currently pregnant. so I can’t use that as a reason for this unremitting gnawing in my tummy.

Slowly, the light is dawning and it’s not a pretty light. I tried on my jeans, my favorite jeans and yup, you guessed it they were way more snug than they ever were. Yeah, that will happen when you graze all afternoon because you are just freaking hungry.

As most women, my jeans are my marker for how I”m doing and when they fit perfectly, life is good and I’m a happy girl. A little on the loose side, I’m freaking ecstatic. But when they are tight, one thought comes to mind, ‘Oh hell no!’  Conveniently, last week I saw Dr. Oz and he was talking about issues that women over 40 deal with regarding weight. One of the questions was “why am I constantly hungry?” His response was basically it boils down to hormones, and a lack of estrogen and too much insulin, or something along those lines. Great. something I can’t control.  Here’s the caveat, I can boost my metabolism by consuming some healthy foods. Cracked black pepper was one of his recommendations. Ok, that’s easy. I like black pepper. And I think cayenne will do it as well. Another thing he recommended was something called Oolong tea. Hm, well, I do like herbal teas, so what the heck. It will boost metabolism for 2 hours after drinking it. Sign me up!

Normally, I go with the thought that something too good to be true, usually is. You knwo that email from some perosn in Nigeria who wants to give you $85million, or the magic pill that will make you thinner/younger/less gray, it’s a nice thought but it’s always too good to be true. so naturally when I saw something on Dr. Oz last week that would boost my metabolism, I thought the same thing. it was a tea that I’ve heard of but never tried and figured I really didn’t have much to lose, besides a few extra helpings of cottage cheese.

The next day I went in search of this wonder tea. I had to go to a local health food store to find it and was happy it wasn’t  pricy. I tried it and I had more energy and I wasn’t hungry all day! Seriously, I only ate my meals, there was no grazing, and needless to say, I was a happy girl! The next day, I still felt the effects of the tea in that I wasn’t hungry. The day after that though, I didn’t have any tea and I felt that hunger gnawing away again. I brewed myself a cup, and voila, hunger gone. Is it placebo? I dunno, all I know is I haven’t grazed my way through my afternoon, and that can only help. I am trying to exercise more, any movement I can do will be helpful. This tea will help as well. You may have heard the thing these days is ‘eat less, move more’. It’s hard to do when you feel like your stomach is going to implode. But, if I can drink some hot tea and feel better, at the same time cutting out several unnecessary calories, it can only be a good thing.

Give it a try I say! I’ll keep you posted on my progress/success!

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