I have now lost 25 pounds this year since January when my highest weight was 172. I am beginning to fit into my 100% cotton size 8 vintage Levis jeans again, which was also my goal. It seems that when I get on a plateau for a long time, I begin to wonder not only if I will get to Island 140, but it becomes difficult to imagine even going down another pound or two. But I be careful with calories and make sure I get a lot of activity in! I usually average about 1300 to 1400 cals a day.
I bought a new scale as my old one quit, even after I bought new batteries for the old one. Lo and behold, my new scale weighs me about a pound higher than the older one. So, instead of changing Island 151, I will leave it as is and when my new scale reads 150, I will go to Island 150 (new picture) and be 'in sync' with my new higher-reading scale.
I decided to 'experiment' in the foods I ate today (which is not always a good thing). What started it was when Daughter came in from work last nite, she came bringing ICE CREAM with her....well, I had already had 1400 cals and had PRAYED, asking the Lord to help me not eat anymore for the day and He did help me and I told her that I thanked her for offering for me to have some but I would wait til tomorrow, which was today...and I was SO HUNGRY for that ice cream but I didn't touch it other than to fix Hubby a bowl of it before I went to bed. I got up this morning and decided that instead of having a scrambled egg, turkey bacon and a piece of plain toast for breakfast, I would have a cup of the ice cream for breakfast to go with my morning coffee... Having NOT ALLOWED myself any sugared treats for DAYS, it was different eating the extra sweet-tasting ice cream (which was delicious ice cream)...especially drinking coffee with it. My coffee which usually includes a little spoonful of sugar in it didn't taste sweet enough while eating the ice cream and I had to add a little more sugar to it. Later today, I had a diet pepsi and felt a SUPER CRAVING for sugar, which I have NOT been experiencing if I drink one of them. So I had a little sugared treat with it. Then I decided to have some of the first scupponong grapes of the season that I bought at the farmers market today....I look forward to getting them each year, mentally counting down the months til August, which is scupponong grapes ripening month here in SC....what a disappointment when I ate some of them...after consuming a sugared treat with the diet pepsi, the grapes, which usually taste wonderfully sweet and delicious, barely even tasted sweet (and yes, I got the ripe ones). The result of my 'food experiment' today is that I believe that eating sugar begets wanting to eat more and more sugar...because after having done without sugared treats for days in which I was very satisfied with eating sweet-tasting FRUITS instead of sugar... that sugar ruins the sweet taste of fruits, which I had become acclimated to and they tasted sweet to me before I ate sugared foods today. Also, I realized that my eating the sugared foods today meant 'spending' more calories on them (did you know that sugared treats COST MORE in calories than fruits?) But least I stayed at 1400 calories for today, which is good.
What have I learned? I am learning that eating more NATURALLY is the best of all! Once you do without SUGAR for a few days, your taste buds can really APPRECIATE and ENJOY the natural sweetness of fruits and vegetables, which these foods' natural sweet tastes are GREATLY DULLED if not eliminated through accustoming oneself to eating sugared foods. I have learned that I lose the ability to DISTINGUISH tasting NATURAL SWEETNESS in fruits and veggies when I allow SUGAR to RULE or even have a place in my choices of foods.
I am not saying that I will not eat a sugared food after this enlightenment today...but I am saying that I will think twice before allowing sugar to replace naturally sweet foods ( fruits and veggies) that btw are usually much lower in calories...
Think about it...an apple for 100 calories...or a piece of cake for 450 calories.
A banana for 100 calories....or a candy bar for 300 calories.
Does SUGAR...'NUMB' your tastebuds to tasting the natural sweetness in fruits and veggies???...something to thing about...
I had a big workout yesterday, working in the yard.
I have now lost 20 pounds this year since January when my highest weight was 172. Getting closer to goal but enjoying the journey! Happy for all of you as you row along on your jouneys to your goal weights, too!
Early this morning, I arrived (finally) at Island 153. BMI is 23.3.
I rowed and rowed and rowed and wondered if I would EVER get to 153. What a LOT of work! I didn't let myself get discouraged, though. It was not easy to even imagine the scale reading 153 as time went by and I was very careful with calories. What helped me get to Island 153 the most lately was simply saying NO to sugar-treats and yes to fruit in the place of white sugar. That and more carefully watching my daily calories, which sometimes leaned toward maintaining rather than losing. Also drinking more water and tea and eating less food helped. I can now go into a grocery store and not even feel a temptation when I see candy on the shelves. Nor cake, nor cookies. No desire for them. Ice cream still beckons but, except for 1 time recently, I have ignored its call, also. So for me the battle is SUGAR, followed by CHEESE. I also cannot have lima beans if I want to see progress. I am writing this for my own reminder as well as hopefully a help to anyone else.
Good to see everyone here but missing Thin and Stellastarr...where are you?