Saturday, November 29, 2008

Thanksgiving Dietbusters and Better Choices

My, how out-of-touch I've been lately! I've been allowing myself to be lazy: I haven't gone to Curves at all this month and I'm not keeping track of what I'm eating very well. Add to that the food fest that is Thanksgiving, and it's no surprise that I'm back up to 384 lbs. Why do so many holidays revolve around food? Chocolate on Valentine's Day, corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick's Day, cookouts on Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day, more chocolate on Halloween, and, of course, turkey with all the trimmings on Thanksgiving. This year, we tried to create a healthier Thanksgiving dinner, since my entire immediate family is now dieting. The turkey is fine, as are the veggies (we had asparagus and beets), but the stuffing and potatoes can be dietbusters when prepared in the traditional way. This year, we made our stuffing from high-fiber wholegrain bread and we added lots of onion, celery, and apple to it to give it even more fiber, so it wasn't as bad as it could've been. We had sweet potatoes, which are better for you than white potatoes, and instead of drowning them in marshmallows and maple syrup, we tossed them in olive oil, seasoned them with garlic, cumin, and paprika, and broiled them. We had 2 varieties of cranberry sauce: one was my sister's homemade sauce, which has less sugar than storebought, and the other was a combination of the homemade sauce, crushed pineapple, chopped apples and walnuts, and sugar-free raspberry gelatin. My sister insisted on making mashed potatoes, and unfortunately there's not much you can do to make them better, although she did make them with fat-free milk. So our dinner wasn't as bad as it could be, although we all still ate more than we needed to. And even though dinner wasn't too bad, our Thanksgiving breakfast, which has become a tradition in my family, was filled with dietbusters, even though we tried to make it a little healthier. We had an egg-and-bread strata with sausage (again, we used high-fiber bread), belgian waffles (we used topped them with berries and fat-free Cool Whip instead of syrup), bacon (Canadian instead of regular), hash brown patties, and chocolate-chip quick bread. Well, I enjoyed the food, and I was back on the diet the next day, and now I have just under a month to stay on track and make some headway before the Christmas splurge.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

The Lost Week (or Two)

It's been well over a week since I last blogged, and it's been quite an up-and-down ride. Last week I was menstruating and the hormonal imbalance was wreaking havoc with me. I didn't exercise at all last week, and this week I only went to water aerobics twice. I haven't been to Curves at all in the past two weeks, except last Tuesday to get measured. Remember those maple Wicked Whoopies I had in my freezer? Last Tuesday after blogging I broke down and ate two of them. They hadn't even thawed out completely. I'm surprised I didn't get sick. Then on Saturday we had a birthday party for my dad and I had gingerbread with lots of frosting. This time I did get sick the next day. This past Tuesday I went to a job fair and had a very unsettling interview for a job I really want (planning special events for the local baseball team) and my disappointment in how the interview went made me mildly depressed. I happened to find 2 boxes of Anna's wafer cookies in my closet that I had purchased last year. They were stale by this time, but I ate them anyway. I haven't been writing down what I've been eating. I'd been feeling very unmotivated up to yesterday. The surprising thing is that, even through this whole crazy period, I still managed to have a couple achievements. The first achievement: I have a couple bras that I mail-ordered last year. They didn't fit, but I never got around to returning them. On Tuesday I tried one on, and it actually fit! The second achievement: I finally weighed in on Thursday, and I weighed 377.5 lbs, which is a total weight loss of 27.5 lbs! Imagine where I would be if I hadn't gone crazy over the past ten days. So, in order to get back on track, I've started listening to the Inside Out Weight Loss podcast, and over the next few weeks and months, as I get caught up with the podcast, I will be using this blog to do the exercises (mental exercises, that is) that the presenter, Renee Stephens, recommends. Just from listening to the first episode I can tell that these exercises should help.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Two-Month Update

Do I look any different yet? I don't see much difference, but then again, it's only been 25 lbs. Here's where I am now:

Monthly Weight and Mesasurements
9/2/2008 11/4/2008 Difference
Weight 405 380 25
Bust 60.5 59 1.5
Waist 60.5 59.5 1
Abdomen 64.5 63 1.5
Hips 64.5 63.5 1
Thigh 32.5 32 0.5
Upper Arm 18 18 0
BMI 61.6 57.8 3.8

So as you can see, I am still making progress, although there are a couple measurements which are not progressing as much as others. My weight, for example: I've been bouncing around the 25-pound mark for the past few weeks. In addition, I regained the half-inch this month that I had lost from my arms and thighs last month. But as you can see, my BMI (Body Mass Index) has gone sown a total of 3.8 points in 2 months. This means that my body is made up of more muscle and less fat than it was 2 months ago, which can help to explain the increased arm and thigh measurements and "stalled" weight loss.

I'm trying to still make good choices, although I am also allowing myself a treat now and then. When I do allow myself a treat, I try to be as sensible as possible about it. For example, my mom and I started a water aerobics class last week at the local Y. During the first class, the instructor told us that there would be a potluck party after the next class, and that we were welcome to come. We made roll-up sandwiches using whole-grain lavash bread, Thin&Trim ham and turkey, low-fat cheese, and greens. Someone brought sweet'n'sour meatballs, someone else brought barbecued chicken wings, and everyone else brought some form of dessert. I had some of the non-dessert items first, and then I thought very carefully about which dessert items I wanted. I had a mini-cupcake, a mini cheesecake, a toffee bar, and a small piece of cinnamon crumbcake (which I liked so much that I had another little piece.) I counted this as my mid-day meal, and had a light dinner, so I really didn't set myself back very much. And I was very good on Halloween, I only had one Reese's cup, and then we brought all the leftover candy to the neighbor's house. I'm hoping that I can continue to be sensible through the upcoming holidays, as I'd like to reach my first mini-goal of 40 lbs. before the end of the year.