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Scale, scale go away. Come again some other day...

Posted Aug 28 2009 8:07pm
29 July 2009

146. Back up again.

Now wait a minute... The first time I was 146 was the first of July, and I was 147 at the first of June. And I was 151 the first of May.

Have I really only lost about 6 lbs in the last 3 months. What the heck!?!!!??!!!!!

I firmly believe that taking a step back and looking at the big picture is a good thing. However, if you're in a bad mood (ahem) it's probably not a very good idea.

Good news is, I have lost 22 lbs since January. That's great. But I had lost 16 of those in the first 4 months, and 6 lbs in the last 3 months. I know it's supposed to get more difficult to lose the thinner you get, but come on. 2 lbs a month! Really? Is that all I get?

I've even started running, though, I have not been strength training. Do I really need to count calories? I've been so good with my food journal, although I don't measure quantities. Do I eat too much? Probably :(

*Sigh*

Well, I am going to take progress pictures in the next couple days. The last time I did that was 1 July, same weight as now. Maybe I have slimmed down even though I'm the same weight... that would be nice.

I can say with surety, I will NOT count calories. Not yet anyway. Last resort. Every time I do, it frustrates me. I know how to eat healthy. I don't even purchase any junk food. I don't think I should have to waste time counting calories. I am a cook - I love cooking. My meals are sometimes elaborate, and figuring out calories is a pain in the butt! Waste of time. I won't do it.

What I can do is start measuring my portions, and eating salads before meals. Oh, and cutting back on the cheese, even the low-fat kind. I tend to eat a small handful of cheese (on meals) every 1-2 days, so that will be a good amount of calories to cut back.

Measurements per meal that seem appropriate: 1-2 cups main meal, not more than 1/2 cup carbs, unlimited veggies. My carbs are almost always wholegrain, like brown rice or other grains, a wholegrain roll, sweet potato or regular potatoes (baked or boiled, not fried), all except I do have regular pasta maybe 1-2 times a week. I cannot handle thick, sticky, cardboard flavoured, glued to your teeth wholegrain pasta. And I've tried several times over the years, several different brands. Can't do it. Even with a strong sauce, it's just inedible.

Also, I MUST do something about mid-afternoon binging. Any suggestions? It's a subject I've been over before, but looking back over my food journal this week, I had a snack attack 5 out of 7 days this week. I only eat about (estimating) 200 calories during these "binges" so it's not a lot, but NOT an amount that can be easily overlooked. Those 200 calories times 5 is 1000 extra calories this week! Anyway, suggestions welcome.

Just thinking further about it, perhaps I am not eating enough calories at lunch to fill me up, which is why I want to eat a couple hours later... Maybe I'll start counting calories just for my lunches. I should eat about 300-400 for lunch right? If I'm supposed to eat about 1400 calories daily. Is this reasonable? Someone help me out here. I'm 5'6".

Commitments for AUGUST - (I hesitated, almost saying "commitments for this week" but I know these things must continue for at least the next 30 days).
  • Salad's before lunch and dinner.
  • Measure portions.
  • Strength training 2-3 times a week.
  • Keep up running 3 times a week.
Goals:

143 - I WANT to purchase a new pair of jeans dang-it! It's getting to the point where I need to buy some that fit now. My "skinny" jeans fall off without a belt, my new size 12's I got a couple months ago, same story, and the third pair are years and years old, faded, out of style, ugly. They need to retire. Anyway, this reward - to buy a new pair of jeans - has been reserved for when I get down to 143. I HAVE to hit this goal soon, because I'm tired of baggy saggy pants.

30 miles - when I have run 30 miles, I will get myself a couple new t-shirts that can be worn for daily casual wear, or during running. Right now I run in black shorts (have two pair) and huge ugly XL or L baggy t-shirts. It's okay, but I want to feel good about the way I look while hitting the street. I only have two t-shirts that look okay for casual wear, so having them interchangeable is important. I can't afford 4 new shirts.

5 miles during one run - This goal is reserved for "by end of August". Reward? TBA

Thanks for the encouragement. I really appreciate it. I think being self critical, and working out efficiency is a great way to accomplish your goals, but also being realistic. What's good for one is not good for another. I do love running, but I can't say it's something that you'll learn to love because some people just can't love it. Just like I can't love wholegrain pasta. I've heard so many times "Give it time, you'll get used to it" - just not true! After months of "giving it time" I even gave up pasta altogether for a while just because it was so disgusting and I thought, if I can't eat wholegrain pasta, I won't eat pasta at all. But I love regular pasta! Now I just eat the good stuff in moderation. Anyway - BLAH BLAH BLAH - this post is turning into a novel.

Have a good week!!! Keep up the good fight :)
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