- Saturday Feb 17, 2001
Hello Everyone! Thanks for all of the information you left me on snacks that I can take to work/school (I work at the same college where I attend classes). You definately gave me some advice that I can implement right away. Thank you SO much (hugs!) Things are finally mellowing out at school (thank God). Yesterday, I set my homework aside and took my family swimming at an indoor pool. For two hours, we played in the water, swam and had fun. It was great exercise and I felt really good afterwards. I think we'll start doing that once a week. I woke up this morning and passed on the coffee & tea. Instead, I had a BIG glass of water. As you know, I haven't been doing very good lately with this. But today, I woke up, determined to pay better attention to my water intake because it IS important. I've also been working toward finalizing my schedule for next quarter. I'm thinking about taking water arobics 2 times a week, power walking classes 2 times a week, and weight training classes 2 times a week. Not only will these activities help me relieve stress, but they'll give me regular exercise throughout the week. Since I will be graded on these activities, I CAN'T miss class or procrastinate exercising; so it will force me to make the time. I did gain a few pounds during midterms but, I'm not beating myself up over it. I'm just going to use this experience to help me take better care of myself during finals. With all of the great advice on snacks you all gave me, I feel confident I'll be better prepared next time. Oh, I wanted to tell you all that I found something that is great for lunches or dinners. Dinty Moore has little microwave dinners (roast beef, chicken noodles, chicken breast, lasagna, turkey & dressing, beef ravioli) that are low in carbs, calories, and fat. They're not in the freezer section, but are on the store shelves. Therefore, you can toss them in your purse or bookbag and take them with you. They're delicious and satisfying. You may want to give them a try. In addition, they're very economical in price. I just thought I would pass that on. Well, I must go do the homework thing. You all take care and have a wonderful weekend!
- Thursday Feb 15, 2001
Hi Everyone. I know I haven't made entries the last couple of days. Things have been extremely hectic at school with midterms (screammmmm!) When I'm not at school, I'm at work (sigh). I have not been making the best food choices lately (school cafeteria food), and have had little, if any time for exercise. By the time I get home at night, I'm exhausted and have been either cramming for another exam of falling immediately to sleep. Although I haven't weighed, I'm sure I've gained. But this morning I got up early, packed a yogurt and granola for breakfast and a lean ham sandwich & pork skins for lunch. I'm going to try to make better choices today. I've even scheduled in time for exercise this afternoon. My last Midterm is Tuesday and it'll be over. The positive side of this is that I've learned a valuable lesson and will plan better during finals. This was the first time I experienced midterms while dieting and underestimated how much time I would be spending at work and school. Therefore, I didn't plan accordingly. I'll just chalk this one up to a lesson learned and move on! I'm not ready to throw in the towel yet. If any of you have ideas for healthy snacks or food that I can pack for work & school, on those 14-15 hour days, please let me know. I could use the advice! Have a great day! Lisa
- Monday Feb 12, 2001
Good morning everyone! I made good food choices yesterday (trying to be angelic since my buffet rampage!). This morning, I did great. I had 2 pieces of toast with Brummer & Brown spread for breakfast. I packed a cup of yogurt, a turkey sandwich and WOW chips for lunch. Tonight, for dinner, I'm going to have a chicken breast, peas & carrots, 1/2 baked potato, and a salad. I'm getting right back into the groove of things since my adulterous affair with those greasy foods the other night (I feel SO dirty)...lol I don't have time to exercise this morning but, I plan to exercise for 30 minutes tonight. I'm pushing the water today and my positive attitude is still intact! You all have a great day and I look forward to reading your diary entries. Lotsa Love! Lisa
- Sunday Feb 11, 2001
Ok, last night while at the restuarant I did stick to my commitment to make "wise" food choices. Initially I began with a salad & fruit. Afterwards, I "wisely" choose meatloaf instead of baked fish, greasy stir fry with rice instead of lean turkey, cornbread stuffing instead of wheat roll, mashed potatoes instead of steamed greenbeans, and then I carefully selected brownies, chocolate cake, & carrot cake with cream cheese frosting instead of sugar-free jello. Yes, I completely and utterly went nuts. I was like a drunk that fell off the wagon, like a starving parrana on a piece of bloody beef,and like a woman with a gold card at the mall. Do I feel guilty for mowing down that buffet as if it were a GM assembly line? Well, I did begin to feel guilty initially, but then I decided that I would just use that particular meal as my monthly reward dinner (one day of the month where I can eat absolutely anything I want). So, for the next 29 days, I have to be good. Usually I plan that day in advance but last night, me and my other personalities had an emerengcy meeting while at the restuarant...since we can resist anything but temptation, the vote was unanimous! THIS WAS OUR REWARD MEAL! (lol) We ate all of our favorites! I had to wrestle one little old lady to the ground for the last fudge brownie, but other than that, I conducted myself in a perfectly dignified manner (unless you insist on counting my pimp-smacking those little kids away from the ice-cream machine, misconduct)....just kidding. Oh well, no more reward dinners for me for the next month. You all have a great day!
Many hugs! Lisa
- Saturday Feb 10, 2001
Good Morning Peoples! Last night was a really good one for me. My husband took me out to eat (I rarely eat out anymore)and I ate a sensible dinner and even indulged in a couple small desserts. Today I feel really good and the scales show that I've maintained my 4 lb loss, therefore, I'm in great spirits! I have, however, went several days without exercising. So I'm going to get off my boot-tocks and go upstairs and exercise before getting into the shower. I'm also going to buy a lottery ticket this weekend and if I win, I'm going to hire someone to exercise for me so I can lose weight more rapidly (lol)! My inlaws are coming for a visit today (screammmmmm!!!!!!) Just kidding, they're great people! Anyway, they usually take us out to eat each time they visit. But I'm not so concerned this time because I'm finally feeling confident that I can make wise choices while eating in restuarants. Therefore, I'm not as afraid anymore. You all take care and have a great weight loss weekend. I'll sign on later tonight and read some of your diary entries. I love to read how you're doing each day! Keep up the good work and remember, one second on the lips means months of pounds on the hips!
- Friday Feb 09, 2001
Ok, I'm back from the doctor's office. I think I may be beating this plateau thing because I'm down from 294.4 lb to 290.6!!! YES! I've dropped 3.8 lbs!!! (jumping around, doing the cabbage patch). I was SO excited! Funny, the first thing that crossed my mind when I found out that I dropped those 3.8 lbs was, "Well Lisa, you should reward yourself...how about going out to eat?!" DUH! HELLO! Is anybody home in there(knocking on my forehead)? Someone kick me (bending over)! I've worked hard to break the plateau (and hopefully I have)...the LAST thing I need is to go out and pack on 5 pounds to commemorate a 3.8 lb loss (lol). I also took my measurements today. I've put on a half of an inch here and there but hey, they'll go away. Bouncing up and down on my measurements or scales is just a part of this and I'm determined that those minature hurdles are just that, "minature." I could beat myself up for gaining a half inch here and there or I can celebrate nearly a 4 lb loss. I choose to celebrate!!!Thanks for your support, you all are totally awesome! Remember that the largest obstacle between us and our goal, is our "STATE OF MIND!" So think POSITIVE!
Many Hugs! Lisa
- Friday Feb 09, 2001
Good Morning everyone! I didn't make an entry yesterday because I was in the twilight zone all day (do do do do do do do do)...In other words, I didn't get much sleep and was exhausted all day. I have to go to the doctor today so I'll post my weight when I get back. I still feel really upbeat and motivated. Once I committed myself to losing weight, giving up when I had less than perfect days was no longer an option. I had to fight off the urge to purchase and totally ravish a taco salad yesterday. My mouth was watering, my fangs were in position to chomp down on every succulant morsel, my stomach was yearning for it...but I walked right past that taco salad line and I ended up selecting a small (1 cup) bowl of mexican rice. On the way to the checkout, I had to pass "Temptation Valley" (the cake, cookie, and pie line). I stood momentarily, pausing at the chocolate cake slices...then decided I didn't really need it. I felt really good walking away. I stared into the face of CHOCOLATE and I WON!!!!(lol) I didn't do my workout yesterday (only had 3 hours of sleep & was too tired). However, I will do it this evening. Have a great day!!
- Wednesday Feb 07, 2001
This morning I had an appointment with the doctor. I stepped on the scales and discovered that I had gained one pound. Not only have I hit my plateau, but I've added lbs(horrifying scream)! In spite of this, I still feel positive and upbeat (weird isn't it?) I view this as a "minor" setback. If I allowed myself to get too depressed over every little obstacle then I'd be in a padded cell screaming for the ward nurse to administer electric shock treatment. My dietician told me last week that this could happen and that these few extra pounds could be muscle. I sure hope they are. If not, then I suppose I'll just have to work harder! No time for sulking and feeling sorry for myself! I didn't "gain" all this weight overnight. Therefore, it's certainly in my best interest to accept the fact that "losing" it will take a long time as well. I've always been an impatient person, wanting everything yesterday. That's probably why most of my previous weight loss efforts failed. I would lose some weight but then freak out and give up when I gained a few pounds back (viewing myself as as failure). But I seriously think that our weight bouncing up and down a few pounds is a normal and predictable part of this journey, it's inevitable. So I'm going to be patient, not jump to any hasty conclusions, and recognize that all is NOT lost simply because I've gained a few. I've made a lot of progress throughout the past year and I refuse to ignore that and focus only on the occasional negatives. Wish me luck and please leave me a hug! (hug)
- Tuesday Feb 06, 2001
Ok, this morning I got up and weighed and my scales said 290. However, I'm reluctant to trust them because they're usually 2 to 3 lbs less than my doctor's scales. This basically means, I haven't lost anything lately. I've definately hit my plateau! I have a couple of choices here. I could get depressed because of my lack of progress and give up or I could get off my duff and do what it takes to get past this plateau. I choose to challenge myself to get past the plateau! Every journey begins with the first step and since I've already taken that step, it would be stupid to turn back now. I taped Denise Austin yesterday but didn't have time to work out. This morning, I didn't want to get up (was really tired)...but I drug my hiney out of bed and came downstairs, popped in the video tape and after I finish this entry, I'm going to do my workout. In addition, I spent a few hours last night, making out my spring schedule for school. Instead of taking only academic courses in the spring, I decided to incorporate some water arobics, weight training, and walking classes as well. This will force me to work out on days that I wouldn't normally be able to find the time. In spite of my not being able to lose pounds lately, I've maintained my positive attitude and view this plateau as a challange! It's the first major hurdle in my weight-loss journey. I'm confident if I work hard enough, I'll get past it! Wish me luck...
- Sunday Feb 04, 2001
First of all, I want to thank all of you for the overwhelming amount of support you've given me. Until yesterday, I didn't even know you had been leaving messages for me. When I stumbled onto this, I went back and read all your postings. What a support system you are (hug)! I read some of your diaries as well and I see a lot of similarities in how we feel sometimes...it's nice to know we're not alone in this! I did really good with my eating habits yesterday. I got a good night's sleep and woke up feeling refreshed this a.m. My blood sugar this morning was super and my foot, though it's still hurting, is not hurting as badly. I have everything ready to record Denise Austin's exercise program tomorrow. So, if you all are woke up in the morning by a blood-curling scream, you'll know it's me pulling a ham-string or something (laugh). Last night was my husband's last midnight shift!!! Yes, after years of his working nights, we've decided he should switch to day shift. We'll get a lot more time together that way. We both work and go to school, so we've rarely seen one another. However, by working days, we can spend the evenings with each other and actually go to bed together at night (whoo-hoo)! MoreSexMoreSexMoreSex!!!(evil grin). Bruce has been in the military for almost 20 years (Air Force) and is supposed to retire in 2 more years. However, we want him to retire earlier than that. So he's attending the Ohio Police Academy this summer. He's certified for law enforcement at a federal level. However, he has to be certified at a state level. This academy will do that for him. As soon as he graduates, he's going to try to secure a job so that we can leave the military and have a "normal" life (something we both fantasize about). How nice it will be to not have to move anymore, to be able to make friends that wont move away to other bases, for the kids to be able to grow up with the same friends they went to junior high or high school with..and for our family not to be separated for months at on end. How great to know we can spend holidays together, instead of me and my kids being at home, while he's spending Christmas in the Persian Gulf, Africa, Italy, or some other country. I can hardly wait! Sorry, I kind of went off on a fantasy tangine there. Anyway, I don't know what to expect in the morning with the workout, I'm going to try my best with it. It may be difficult at first, but I'm sure it'll get easier, the more I do it. As far as my doctor's appointment yesterday, the doctor said I have a case of tendonitis going on in my left foot. Thank God, it isn't diabetic related. She prescribed some antiflamatories. I'll keep you all posted. This morning for breakfast, I had 4 egg whites, scrambled with 2 slices of lean, low-fat ham. 1 bagel with fruit spread, 1/2 banana sliced up and mixed with 1/2 cup of yogurt. This is in accordance to the diet the dietician gave me. It's within my calorie and carb limits and I feel very satisfied (full). Wish me luck...hope you all have a great diet week.