Monday, October 15, 2012

Monday Morning Weigh-In

This weeks Monday morning weigh-in is going to be short and sweet I'm afraid.  Two reasons for this, today was a very busy day so I am short on my writing time, and  probably the biggest factor is the fact that I did not lose this week.  Yes, that is right I gained 3 pounds!!  What happened you ask?  Well I blame it on a slip in my eating habits and the downturn in my exercise time.  I ate out more than usual this past week and instead of taking half my meal home, I made the mistake of cleaning my plate.  A big no-no for me.  Plus I didn't have the best choices on my plate.  A huge mushroom Swiss burger with fries Friday night was a caloric nightmare I can only guess!  Then there was the Mexican for lunch on Friday.  Saturday I made a huge pot of beef stew, but ate half a French baguette with it.  I did walk this week, but since the weather turned cooler, I didnt walk as much as I usually do.

On the upside, I had no sweets for the sixth week.  I am really doing okay with that.  That being said I shall focus on the positive.  I wasn't a bit surprised when I got on the scale this morning. I never expected this to be easy.  I know there are always bumps in the road

Now  I can move on with my week.  Tomorrow I am getting my health assessment done.  Hopefully that will show things are on an upswing.  I am going to lunch with friends again this Friday and what will I do?  Only eat half of what is on my plate.  Normally when I am out with friends this isn't much of a  problem since I am doing more talking than eating..

So maybe I was overly self confident after last weeks loss.  This week sure was a wake up call to keep focused and keep my eyes on my goal.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Monday Morning Weigh-In

Fall is definitely in the air here, but today I had a huge spring in my step!  This morning I stepped on the scale and to my total delight it came in at a nine pound total weight loss.  Yes, that is NINE pounds!! I was doing a happy dance in the bathroom at 3:30 am.  Starting weight, 168 current, weight 159!!

I have been doing fairly well following my food routine Monday through Thursdays.  The weekend I deviate somewhat, but I still feel triumphant when I can bypass sugar.  Take this past weekend for instance.  Saturday myself and a couple of friends of mine volunteered to help out at a K-9 Cancer fundraising event at our local Vet Clinic.  We worked the food table, and ended up standing behind the table with all the donated baked goods.  It was our job to push these delectable delights.  Are you kidding me?  A sugar addict pushing bakery?  Proudly I have to say I was only slightly tempted by the mouth watering brownie bars with frosting and crushed oreos on top.  I refrained, you can ask my friends who were busy stashing goodies away for themselves to take home. Instead I grabbed a loaf of Parmesan herb bread! 

No thanks!  I don't want any!!

Anyway I do have a basic food routine that I try to stick to. Breakfast usually consists of a large serving of low-fat cottage cheese, 6 triscuit crackers, and a greek yogurt.  Mid morning snack is an apple and string cheese.  Lunch varies between a Smart Ones frozen dinner, a sandwich on multi grain bread with deli turkey or other deli meat, lettuce, and mayo or hummus.  Mid afternoon snack is either a handful of almonds or a chocolate rice cake with natural peanut butter.  Dinner is whatever I make for my family or whatever I want if we go out to eat on the weekends.  I try to get in my 4 cups of veggies a day.  I know some of these things have sugar in them but I am not really that strict when it comes to non desert items.  The rice cake and the peanut butter have minimal sugar content. I have been more mindful of my white flour intake also as I know this converts to sugar rapidly in the body.

Since I have lots more energy taking the amino acids and cutting out all those sugary treats I have been able to stick to a walking routine.  Still, my goal is to do more resistance training.  I am thinking of joining a local Zumba class with a friend.  I also would like to try Yoga.  I find I do much better in the exercise area if I am doing it with a friend.  Going to a gym on my own does not seem to work for me.  Walking does since I have an energetic dog that is practically waiting for me everyday when I get home with her leash in her mouth!

I feel great, have tons of energy, and I know I am on the right track.  I am very pleased with what I have done so far.

If you have not read the Diet Cure yet, next week I will explain the role the amino acids are playing in my weight loss.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Monday Morning Weigh-In

Going into my 5th week of my amino acid regimen has me feeling positive about the results I am achieving so far.

 I managed to make it through one of the biggest festivals in Wisconsin, Cranberry Fest in Warrens, on Friday and a wedding on Saturday without one slip. This was a huge victory for me. After all at Cranfest there was temptation at every corner, turtle sundaes on a stick, ginormous elephant ears, everything cranberry you can imagine including one huge whoopee pie and I managed to bypass them all!

The wedding on Saturday night brought more temptation. Dessert right in front of me when I sat down which I kindly passed onto another person seated at out table, and a huge platter of yummy looking cupcakes gracing every table. We ended up taking six of those home with us. I have not had one!!

I find it almost scary how easy it has been for me to bypass all this temptation.  I keep waiting for the floor to drop out from under me.  If I feel even the slightest inkling of a feeling of temptation I just take an extra L-glutamine and the feeling passes. 

Now for the moment of truth.....drum role please!  I got on the scale this morning and stayed the same as last week.  Okay, so no loss but being the glass half full type of girl that I am, I am happy there was no gain.  The next step is to cut all the white flour and make sure I get my 4 cups of veggies a day.  This means a huge salad at night!  One thing at a time!!