- Monday Sep 15, 2003
Have any of you ever eaten something you thought was okay for your diet and then found out that you were dead wrong? That's such a bad feeling...I HATE feeling tricked! For example, one time I was told that I was given skim milk at a camp...but after I started eating my cereal, I thought that it tasted rather creamy, and found out later that it was whole milk! (They were all out of skim) And because I was hungry, I had eaten most of my cereal! Now, maybe that doesn't seem to be a big deal for you, but I hate being misled! Especially with food!
So when I bought "turnip cakes" at the market last night, I thought that I would be eating a vegetable. I couldn't read all the ingredients since they were in Chinese, but I figured I'd be okay. I should have known that something would have to be added to the turnips to give them a tofu-like consistency.
Well, I found out today that they're filled with lard.
And I thought I was doing so well! I hate it when I eat things that are filled with fat and I DON'T KNOW IT! I don't mind eating fat when it's MY choice to eat it, but I hate being so clueless about the food here! I guess I just have to mainly stick with what I know...but that takes the adventure out of it.
Anyway...it's a small bump in the road, but I felt like writing about it anyway.
- Thursday Sep 11, 2003
Okay, I think we've finally found a weight room! We haven't been there yet, but it's at a university nearby, and we were told by a friend that we can work out there for free since her husband works there. YEA! It's been two months without lifting weights, so if I've lost any weight, I'm sure it's been muscle!
Okay, on another note...do any of you ever feel competitive with friends who are also trying to maintain their weight or lose weight? There's a girl at my work who seems very weight conscious...and for some odd reason, it bugs me! I feel somewhat threatened by her! Isn't that strange? She is so sweet and nice, but it bugs me when I watch her eat. She's very methodic in taking tiny bites and pushing her food around her plate...and she's a slow eater. I just have this feeling that she hates to eat in public and rarely eats in private. She's not super-skinny, but she's thin, and lately people have been commenting on how she looks like she's lost weight.
Anyway...how weird that I would feel threatened by that!
- Monday Sep 08, 2003
I am having sugar cravings...I finally did some baking, but I didn't eat too much of my low-fat chocolate cake. It's so different living here, because good, low-fat desserts are scarce. I'm doing okay, but I feel like bingeing on junk food at times...good thing I can hardly find any to binge on! It's amazing how much less I snack when there isn't snack food around!
- Wednesday Sep 03, 2003
Well, all the scales here are in kilograms. So I'm anywhere from 50-55 kilograms with all my clothes on. (I tried a few scales in the stores...but they were all so cheap-looking that I didn't know what to expect). That means I'm somewhere between 110-120 pounds, if I did the conversion right. Too much of a gap for me! I want accuracy!
But I'll probably never get really accurate measurements here. Everything is loaded with MSG and soy sauce, so I'm always a bit bloated!
One good thing---I found some low-fat cheese. (At least that's what the label said...)
One bad thing---I had WAY too much oil in my stir-fry yesterday, but there was little I could do about it without making a bit show...and not speaking the language is quite a barrier at times when trying to explain something to the chef!
- Thursday Aug 28, 2003
I want to buy a scale this weekend. I've gotten lots of exercise this week, but still have yet to find a gym to lift weights. The people here eat a lot, yet most of them are skinny! How strange. I'm going to a seafood buffet for lunch with my co-workers...hope I can leave without stuffing myself!
- Tuesday Aug 26, 2003
Well, we have finally moved! We are in another country right now, and I've realized already that I'm not going to have all the conveniences of low-fat foods that I had in the States. I guess I'll just have to adapt and make the best of it! That should be the least of my concerns, but it's hard to go into a grocery store and not see things like nonfat yogurt, Healthy CHoice ice cream, and low-fat peanut butter!
I want to buy a scale, but it's been good to have about a month off of weighing myself. However, I am quite curious to see what I'm at right now. My clothes still fit, so that's good.
Most of the food here is fried, so I'll have to be careful...but I can buy fruit and veggies from the street vendors when I need to. Ah, life is an adventure!
- Saturday Aug 23, 2003
This has been a tough three weeks for me...I've only lifted weights twice, and I'm used to visiting the weight room 5-6 times a week. Tomorrow we move. THen maybe I can get into a routine again...hopefully I can find a gym.
- Tuesday Aug 19, 2003
I'm finally back home with my parents. THat means more freedom in eating what I want and when I want. They've relaxed a lot in that area. Whew! But the big move is next week, so I'm still not in a routine yet. I'll be glad when it's all over.
I finally went a day without ice cream. This past week and a half, I've had it every day, sometimes twice a day! Yikes! Tis the season, I guess. End of summer ice cream parties seemed to be everywhere.
- Friday Aug 15, 2003
Still no scale.
Ah, well. It's probably for the best. I think I'm maintaining my weight given my workouts...but I am indulging in at least one big treat a day, like ice cream.
Right now, I'm feeling some hostility from my SIL. She's always been a little "cordial" around me...not mean, but just not friendly. This morning, as I was eating my egg-white omelet, she was telling me that all the cholesterol in eggs is in the whites. Really? I thought the yolk was the culprit. Maybe she's right, but I just felt like she was being critical.
See, she doesn't exercise or run like I do, and I think I threaten her at times. She's skinny, but has no muscle. She just has an awesome metabolism.
Anyway, other than occasional critical comments from her, I'm managing to have a good time with my husband's family. (Although I know they don't understand my need to exercise and watch what I eat)
- Tuesday Aug 12, 2003
I ended up working out for almost three hours yesterday at the fancy health club. I took two classes and did my own workout as well. I decided to pay for one more day today, so after my 1 1/2 hour workout this morning, I weighed myself, hoping that I'd see a small decrease.
I wonder what would happen if I stopped working out. I swear, I must not burn calories like other people do...my body must just be too in shape. I know that sounds weird, but I swear, I can't lose weight by exercising more and eating less. So strange.