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summer1142 - Friday Aug 21, 2015
(counting calories, making healthy changes)
Weight: 254.4

 Stayed within calories yesterday and today - ate pretty much the same thing both days. Found that I wasn't that hungry at dinner - I think because I had an apple and peanut butter around 3 pm -- when my sugar cravings usually hit. I know peanut butter is healthy  in small quantities. I love it,though, and I have to force myself to keep the servings small, especially when dipping.  Anyway, for dinner I just had half a chicken breast as I was feeding my son, leftover from last night. Found a recipe for sweet garlic chicken that  I thought was pretty good.  

Haven't fit it any exercise, unfortunately. Need to do something tomorrow.  

I've had a cup of iced green tea the past two days, also, and I really like it! I was surprised. I can see it being something I could take with me to work for an afternoon pick me up. I know I need to cut out the Diet Coke. 

Enjoy the weekend!

Progress as of today: 2.6 lbs lost so far, only 94.4 lbs to go!

puddles on 08/22/2015:
You did good. Diet Coke is very addictive. Have a great weekend.


livinglight on 08/22/2015:
Sho, also trying to cut down on Diet Coke - so hard! Hope you are having a lovely weekend :)


grannyannie on 08/22/2015:
I love pb as well and I weigh it in small portions. I also have trouble cutting out diet sodas.



summer1142 - Thursday Aug 20, 2015
(counting calories, making healthy changes)
Weight: 254.4

 I have always known that I'm an emotional eater. I'm trying to be more aware of it now. I've noticed that my triggers are when I haven't gotten enough sleep, when I have a lot of work to do or I'm trying to meet a deadline, and when I'm upset. Being upset is usually an external thing, but sometimes I'm upset at myself for not working out, not accomplishing what I had hoped to, or being down on myself/giving up for making a poor eating choice earlier in the day. I also have a sweet tooth that kicks in around 3 pm or so. Being an elementary teacher, there is always food everywhere! Trying to build up the mental toughness now. 

Last week we had Chinese take out for dinner  and my dinner was within my calorie count, but then I had my leftovers plus my husband's leftovers over the next two days because he was heading out of town and I didn't want it to go to waste. I was over my count (My goal is 1700) for those two days. My plan for this is to track no matter what so that I can still be aware of the number, because 200 calories over goal is still better than 1,000 over! 

I have been successful before (when living alone) when I just didn't have unhealthy choices in my kitchen. I am going to work on this.  I went grocery shopping last night and the majority of my purchases were from the produce aisle - spinach, apples, peaches, yams, cucumbers, tomatoes, bell pepper. I am trying to introduce new foods to my son so I got some peaches and decided to see if I might like them now - I couldn't stand the texture as a kid but I Ilike peach flavored tea, etc. Turns out I do like them!  I also bought some green tea which i'm going to try to sub in for one of my diet cokes. 

b- Multigrain English muffin with cream cheese, 1/2 a peach

l - salad with grilled chicken, cucumber, tomato, onion, a few croutons, balsamic vinagrette dressing, greek yogurt dip with cucumbers and carrots

d - chicken of some sort with asparagus and?

snack - hummus and veggies

 

Thanks for the inspiration!

Progress as of today: 2.6 lbs lost so far, only 94.4 lbs to go!

ohioraven on 08/20/2015:
Good post today.


grannyannie on 08/20/2015:
Good to think about your triggers. I want to eat when I'm tired, as well as other reasons.


thinkpositive on 08/20/2015:
Food choices look great.


Umpqua on 08/20/2015:
Great menu and I love green tea - much better than diet coke!



summer1142 - Friday Aug 14, 2015
(counting calories, making healthy changes)
Weight: 254.4

 Well, it's been a busy week - anniversary, my little one's birthday, and my birthday within five days of each other. We threw a party for our little man and I successfully made a special baseball cake and cupcakes. I said I would just have one cupcake total, which I didn't stick to, but I did better than I might have normally and it was more like one a day til they were gone! (I was not the only one eating them - haha)  I tried to track what  I ate still so I definitely counted the cupcake calories. I went out to dinner for my birthday and induldged a bit with chicken parmesan, but it was so good and I definitely appreciated it more.  For my anniversary dinner I was a bit healthier with a turkey burger and I only ate a portion of a piece of birthday cake. For both meals, I gave a good portion of both meals to my husband. So, to sum up, not always amazing choices, but for celebrating, I did okay. The good thing is I'm not throwing in the towel like I might have done before just becasue I eased up for a few days. 

I guess that paragraph was a lot of justification. :) At any rate, I am back on a stricter calorie count now and trying to get up the motivation to fit a workout in today. 

 

Progress as of today: 2.6 lbs lost so far, only 94.4 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 08/15/2015:
A belated welcome to the DD to you! It sounds like you're keeping things in check and I hope it will be a smooth transition for you once the school year starts up. I'm not an morning person either, but I find when I'm up earlier to get my kids off to school there's more time for everything, including working out. I hope you're having a nice weekend!


thinkpositive on 08/15/2015:
We have to be easy on ourselves for celebrations & then try to get back on track. Sounds like you have a plan.



summer1142 - Wednesday Aug 05, 2015
(counting calories, making healthy changes)
Weight: 254.4

Yesterday I did some organizing around the house and I know I got a lot of steps in with that. I had been using a FitBit for a while but it won't sync so I haven't worn it for the last week or so. I haven't really missed it. Thanks to wearing it, I have a good idea of where I am step wise I think, though. I have also been trying to do exercise type movement when playing with little one. I did bear walks, down dog, sit ups, planks, etc. while playing with him yesterday and we also went for a walk through the neighborhood in the stroller. I tried to estimate my calories exerted for that on the very low end, (I like to see them "in the bank" still at the end of the day after logging calories on My Fitness Pal) but it was a lot of uphill.   

Today he and I ran errands in the morning. Then we picked up a few things at Trader Joe's and I definitely put only healthy things in the cart, aside from the peanut butter cups I bought as an anniversary treat for my husband. TJ has the best sweet treats, so I was proud of that accomplishment. Little man and I both enjoyed some fresh strawberries for lunch, and I had a salad with chicken strips. I also had a few dried apple rings and plantain chips from Trader Joe's after seeing the apple rings listed on a healthy snack ideas list. 

I should be working out now while LO naps, but I also have class work to do, so I may wait until my husband comes home. 

Saw some good change on the scale.  I usually try to make myself wait a week, but I think a mid week check-in is good to see that I'm on the right track. 

I will be making cupcakes for the birthday party in the coming days so hopefully I can continue my goal of moderating my sugar intake. I have decided that I will allow myself one cupcake as a celebration of my sweet baby turning one and everything that went into this past year, but that's it. Luckily there will be lots of people around so I don't think there will be any lingering cupcakes to tempt me.    

I know I can keep up this healthy routine for the month of August, but I am worried about letting it slide when I head back to work in September (I'm a teacher. :))  I am trying to think about how to deal with it now so I can be ready. I am no morning person and have a hard enough time getting myself ready in the am, let alone LO. However, I think am is the best time for my workouts because I just plain don't want to when I get home from work. The school day wears me out. Walking in the evening is an option, though.   

Officially avoiding class work now, so I will go. Have a nice day!

Progress as of today: 2.6 lbs lost so far, only 94.4 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 08/05/2015:
Good post! As far as dreading the start of school and fear of slipping back in old habits - Try to just say NO. Planning planning planning - is what I have to do to stay in the best mode when things are hectic. I know you will be planning lessons and everything to do with your household, but you are no less important than any of those things. I just have to make sure I do my grocery shopping and have healthy options to take with me to work and to have at home so that I don't fall into desperate eating of poor choices. Am I successful 100% of the time? No - but if I make it 90% of the time - I'm good with that. Hope my experiences help you - hang in there and harden your resolve! God bless.


puddles on 08/05/2015:
If you try to stay in the now I know you will deal with it after being on your routine for a month you will be ok. Have a great evening.


Horn_Of_Plenty on 08/12/2015:
I used to teach and loved having the extra time off with those week-long vacations during the school year in December, February & April usually..and all those other national holidays and then also other school-year holidays. I was almost always taking grad classes while teaching (I only taught 4 years and 3 of those years I was in grad school) so I didn’t fully experience the feeling of working only and not having school too. Even in my 4th year, I was taking a class in the spring again on weekends and teaching private lessons in music the whole year so I didn’t experience only teaching… Anyways, with all the summer off, and all the vacation time, teaching is a special field. And I’d say you are very lucky to be in it. You can definitely stay on track by planning a lot and preparing ahead of time, like all the others suggested above. I recommend at meal times, eating lots of veggies to fill you up and some lean protein a little fat and carbs. Just remember to eat several times a day and include lots of veggies at those meals. Veggies are what save me. I love to eat HUGE portions. And I do. I eat way more than the minimum amount of vegetables per day. I like to feel full. As for exercising after work, even 10 minutes is better than nothing. Start small. 10 minutes after work on days it’s sunny. If you start small, you can accomplish your goals. Starting too big or doing too much will just make it difficult for you to maintain doing it. But if you start small, you can achieve it and build up on it…and eventually, little by little, do more.



summer1142 - Monday Aug 03, 2015
(counting calories, making healthy changes)
Weight: 257.0

 Finally stepped on the scale and it was bad, as expected. I am actually at a higher weight than just after my son was born. Yikes! My last weigh in was a little over a month ago and I am up 5 lbs since then. Ice cream, barbecues, and not tracking will do that, though. I have a hard time with the numbers, but I know I can turn things around and I am already feeling better and have more energy after just a few days.

My birthday is a week from today and I am determined to make this a goal for the whole year. I am just starting to learn how to manage my time better post having a baby. I am hopeful that this next year will be easier as far as that goes. 

I was thinking about how when I was successful before I would tell myself "I have way more power than that cookie. What a waste of calories!" Life with a baby led me to fall back into the mentality of "I'm working hard, exhausted, and I deserve three cookies!"  I am changing my mentality, and this time I have more of a big picture view - thinking about my family. 

Anyway, I successfully completed my workout for today - Jillian Michaels Kickbox Fast Fix - 40 mins, arms and abs focus

Progress as of today: 0 lbs lost so far, only 97 lbs to go!

puddles on 08/03/2015:
That was a big step because getting on the scale is always scary in the beginning. I started with a one year goal and my year ends at the end of September. I will then start another goals after that. You will do well the thing is not to get discouraged because there will be some slipping back to bad habits but there will be more good habits formed as you go along. One day at a time and one step at a time. Wishing you all the best on your journey.

Summer1142 on 08/05/2015:
Thanks! It has already helped to see other people's posts on here and the hard work you all have done to be successful.


thinkpositive on 08/04/2015:
On one of the morning shows they talked about setting realistic goals which for me is more doable. And then as Puddles mentioned we should start better habits.

Summer1142 on 08/05/2015:
Yeah,good point. I am trying to think about it that way. I do goal setting with my students, and we talk about long term vs short term goals to help you get there. I need to think about it that way. I'm loving writing about it, because then I can look back and see the changes I'm making habit wise, and it is an incentive to keep going.



summer1142 - Sunday Aug 02, 2015
(counting calories, making healthy changes)
Weight: 0.0

 

Work out  plan for the week:

Monday: Jillian Michaels Kickbox Fast Fix (either in the morning or during little guy's nap time.) 

Tuesday: treadmill or JM Extreme Shed and Shred depending on soreness, swim 

Wednesday: walk with stroller and ab workout

Thursday: JM No More Trouble Zones (AM) and clean house! 

Friday: treadmill or 30 Day Shred?  Needs to be a morning workout - in-laws arriving and it's little one's birthday! 

Saturday: not sure what I will be able to fit in - prepping for birthday party in afternoon. May be a rest day

Sunday: Walk and/or swim

Monday: My birthday! We will see what I feel like doing. :) 

All subject to change, of course, but it helps to have it written out and I am committing to doing something. 

I want to prepare myself to be able to wake up before little man for a workout once the school year starts up. I am not a morning person. 

puddles on 08/03/2015:
Yes trying to change a routine is hard but sometimes is well worth it.



summer1142 - Sunday Aug 02, 2015
(counting calories, making healthy changes)
Weight: 0.0

Sunday...

Woke up feeling sore, but the good kind of sore, from yesterday's workout. Fed little one and had cereal with milk. Also a glass of water which is not the norm for me first thing. (and my Diet Coke :) )

After putting little one down for his nap, had a salad and Lean Cuisine for lunch - spicy beef and bean enchilada. I was actually pleasantly surprised about how good it was. I know the frozen meals are higher in sodium, but I did not have my usual Diet Coke with lunch (so addicted after successfully going cold turkey during pregnancy) so I hope that helped some on the sodium front. Drank water instead.   

Also during nap time, I hopped on the treadmill and logged 41 minutes, mostly walking, bumping up the elevation and speed as I warmed up. I am proud of myself for this, because I often want to do stuff around the house or rest during his nap time and then get mad at myself once nap time is over for not using it for a workout. :) 

Dinner plans: Steak (just a tiny bit for me), salad and asparagus on the menu for tonight. 

May go swimming this afternoon with the fam once little one wakes up. 

So the positives for the day thus far: water intake, logging on MyFitness Pal, treadmill workout, cut out lunch DC. Also I think I'm going to like this blog thing. I think it will help hold me more accountable and keep me more focused on the positives. I was originally going to use a regular old notebook, but I like that I can access this from wherever and get inspiration from others.  In addition, I watched my husband eat ice cream last night and today and didn't talk myself into having some too. Ice cream is my ultimate food weakness and my husband and I both love it. I don't want to deprive him of his treats so I'm just going to have to have some strong will power. 

 I forgot to weigh in this morning, so will make myself do so tomorrow. :) Monday is a good weigh in day anyway.  

biscottibody59 on 08/02/2015:
Welcome to DDs--hope you enjoy your journey!

summer1142 on 08/02/2015:
Thanks! I like your screen name. :)


puddles on 08/02/2015:
Sounds like you had a good day. Congrats.

summer1142 on 08/02/2015:
Thanks. Small victories, right?



summer1142 - Saturday Aug 01, 2015
(counting calories, making healthy changes)
Weight: 0.0

 New to this site. I was originally looking for a place where I could keep a private weight loss journal, but I'll try a public post to start with and see how this goes. 

I am not new to the weight struggle. I have been up and down my whole life, and have managed to get myself to a happy weight more than once, but I haven't maintained it for more than a year. I am determined to change that. Right now I'm way past that happy weight - will do my official starting weigh-in tomorrow morning.

I'll be 33 next week, and my son will be a year old this week! In the spring I got started on weight loss tracking after getting back into the swing of things at work after maternity leave. Life and summer time intervened, I guess. Well, really what happened is I gave myself permission to take a break for a few days, which turned into a month, and then there were summer vacations which are very hard for me to stick to a diet plan on becasue one of the joys of vacation is the food - eating out, getting ice cream, etc.  

I am just back from a beach vacation, though, and more determined than ever to make a change. I know it's all up to me and I can do it. I have been a lifelong swimmer, and although I felt pretty much like my normal athletic swimmer self in the water, out of the water, I felt like a...well, not like myself. I will try to avoid speaking negatively about where I am now.   I am reading a book on mindset for a class I'm taking and it has gotten me fired up. I know that a lot of this battle is mental and I am determined to prove that I can do it.

Once I get into an exercise routine, I enjoy it. My issue is getting going and making the time. Time is even more of an issue now when working around my son's schedule.  As far as eating, I love carbs and sugar, neither of which are doing me much good. I'm going to try to cut back on both.  

My Reasons:

  1. My health
  2. Feeling like myself
  3. Getting back into athletic activities I enjoyed
  4. Being around and happy for my husband and son. I am generally happy now, but not about my body.
  5. More energy - my son is only going to be more active from here on out! Being a working mom means I need all the energy I can get. 
  6. Being ready for a potential baby # 2! 
  7. I want to show my son that if you set your mind to do something and work hard, it's possible!
  8. I want to wear my old clothes and maybe even eventually buy new ones in smaller sizes.

   

Positives from today: I tracked my food all day on MyFitnessPal with 300 calories remaining. I dusted off an old Jillian Michaels "Burn Fat Boost Metabolism" DVD and struggled through the whole thing. I drank more water than I have been. I started a journal here! 

Short term goals: Cut back on Diet Coke intake with ultimate goal of quitting. (Not a coffee drinker and I need caffeine - other ideas?) Track food daily for the next month, find time to workout AT LEAST three times a week. Think positively!   Working toward: -10 lbs = mani, pedi, -20 lbs = still thinking

 

puddles on 08/02/2015:
Welcome to the group. You will find great support and great ideas. Good luck.


hollybelle on 08/02/2015:
Welcome to DD! I hope you like it here - lots of support. Hang in there - love your list of goals and love your comments! I so relate!


summer1142 on 08/02/2015:
Thank you both! Happy to be here!



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