- Thursday Mar 03, 2005
Bummer, bummer, bummer. I was hoping that I'd see 112.5 or 113...but the reality is that I gained a full 2 pounds.
2.2 pounds, to be exact, as my scale shows the kilograms as well as the pounds.
I shouldn't be surprised, but I am a little. Usually, I can maintain my weight while I'm traveling, as I always get plenty of exercise and snack less. But I just found myself eating too much junk, and a lot of it was stuff that I didn't make myself, so who knows how many calories it contained!
It rained every single day of my trip. Every single morning, I rolled out of bed early to go running and had to push myself to venture out into the rain. I came home with wet running shoes and wet clothes 5 days in a row. And then I came back to my home and found that it was raining here, too. Ugh! Will it ever end? Thankfully, it was dry this morning during my run, but it was quite cold! Sometimes I wonder why I push myself so hard to exercise, but I guess I just know that I can't allow myself to relax too much or my weight will climb so quickly. I mean, if I can put on 2 pounds in 6 days from sporadic meals and bad eating, what would happen if I quit exercising? I would be gaining at least a pound a week, I'm sure!
Anyway...it's a new day. I have to be gone the next four nights, so homemade, low-fat dinners are going to be out-of-the-question. Guess I'll pack my own snacks...but I am looking forward to a more relaxed schedule that will start next Tuesday!!!
- Thursday Mar 03, 2005
HI, folks! I'm back from my trip...I'll see how much damage was done tomorrow when I step on the scale! I've eaten far too much junk and am ready to get BACK ON TRACK.
By the way...those fried apple pies were individual servings, but they were big nonetheless! Think of 1 1/2 McDonald's apple pies and that's about the size of them.
I'll check back in tomorrow...and I know I won't be seeing 111!
- Sunday Feb 27, 2005
I'm having a hard time, friends. I've had two days of eating much more junk than I need. My lunch today was three fried apple pies. No kidding. Oh, and I had some cheesecake, too. Long story, but the bottom line is that I've overeaten and according to the scale where I'm staying, I'm at 115. I think the scale is off, as I was 111 yesterday morning, but just in case I am 115, I need to be much more careful in the next few days.
Unfortunately, I have another social get-together tomorrow that will feature plenty of fattening foods I don't normally eat.
To make matters worse, it is raining nonstop here. I managed to run in the rain this morning, but it was miserable. I did it anyway, but I wasn't enjoying it after 30 minutes.
- Friday Feb 25, 2005
I'm holding to my new low, but I'm having a really hungry day...so I know I've eaten a few more calories than normal. In spite of not liking coconut, I managed to have a few bites of the German Chocolate cake I made my husband...man, it was good! If the frosting would have been cream cheese or buttercream, I know I wouldn't have been able to keep my hands off it!
But I brought it in to work, and it's all gone now! So I can't secretly binge on it when no one is looking. If I can stay away from overeating on the tempting treats that I know I'll face this upcoming week, then I'll consider myself successful.
Tomorrow is my husband's birthday party, and I'm purposely serving some foods that I don't like at all---if I serve all sorts of foods that I enjoy, I KNOW I'll overeat. I know my weaknesses by now!
- Thursday Feb 24, 2005
I've got to record my new "low," as I'm afraid it's a one-time thing! I ate an early dinner last night and didn't drink much water, so I think that was reflected on the scale this morning. I know how much my body can fluctuate, so I guess it worked to my favor for once!
But knowing how easily I can "gain" three pounds after a big meal, I'm not holding my breath!
I'm so glad I have a little wiggle room before this next week, though. I'll be away from home for almost a week, which always poses a different set of challenges. Plus, my husband's birthday is tomorrow, so I'm baking a cake and we'll have dinner out. I'm adding coconut to the frosting, though, so I'm not tempted to eat spoonfulls of it! Yes, I know it's gross, but I can eat far more frosting than the average person. Forget the cake---I go straight for the frosting!
- Tuesday Feb 22, 2005
Is it possible? Did I really see 111.5 this morning? I'm in total disbelief myself. I haven't really been cutting my calories, but I have upped my daily walking. Maybe that's all it takes! Anyway, I prefer to see this number than 114, that's for sure!
Now I just can't blow it. I'd like to maintain my weight around 112.
I almost lost it last night while making banana bread. (I tried a new recipe that called for 1/2 cup of butter! So I knew that I didn't want to eat it myself!)
I was making it for a party, but for some reason my dumb convection oven baked the outside far quicker than the inside....so the middle of the bread was quite soft. When I tried to take it out of the pan, it fell into two big chunks. Of course, I had to try some of it right away. It was very buttery and very good. I just didn't let it cool enough before trying to take it out of the pan...I never can seem to wait long enough to let things cool!
Anyway, my husband ate several pieces (lucky guy) and I nibbled some bites myself. But then I knew that I couldn't keep it around, so I wrapped it in tinfoil and stuck it in the freezer. My husband can enjoy the whole thing himself when I'm gone on business next week.
But now I don't have a banana bread to take to the party...will have to think of something else! Preferrably with coconut, so I won't want to eat it. If it's anything chocolate, I'm a goner.
- Monday Feb 21, 2005
Well, Geevee, I guess I do have some "breathing room," but I think the room is getting smaller and smaller, so I'd better be more careful this week! :) I was pleasantly surprised to see my weight back at 112.5 today. I think a 1/2 pound gain is reasonable from that big buffet lunch---and who knows? Maybe it's just a fluctuation! I know by now that the scales fluctuate more in their moods than I ever do on any given day!
I will be attempting some baking tonight for some parties this week and my hubby has requested a German Chocolate Cake for his birthday. Talk about complicated! I want to make it from scratch, of course, but finding all the ingredients here may be a bit of a challenge. Anyway, the good thing is that I don't like coconut, so hopefully that will help me keep my paws off it!
I love Geevee's strategy about eating dinner throughout the span of a few hours...I often do that with breakfast. I'll eat two hardboiled egg-whites before work and then about 1 1/2 hours later, I'll eat a bowl of cereal while I'm at work. Sure, it takes time to put the cereal in a tupperware container and to make sure I have some milk in the fridge. But it works for me, and those two egg whites somehow tide me over until it's time for my high-fiber cereal.
So maybe I'll try the same strategies for dinnertime!
***Becca---where are you?? We miss you!
- Sunday Feb 20, 2005
Sunday weight---a new low---111.5
Yup. Two pounds in 24 hours. Even though part of it is due to water retention from my very salty meal, I'm sure I gained at least 1/2 pound.
I went to a Korean BBQ buffet yesterday for lunch and it was fantastic. I filled up on plenty of veggies, but also enjoyed the large variety of fish and other meat and some boiled taro. I couldn't resist a couple of the desserts, too, even though they were tiny. Needless to say, I left stuffed. BUT, I managed to get about 3 hours of walking in throughout the day, and I also went to the gym. So I was hoping that the buffet dinner wouldn't make such a big dent on the scale, especially after my new low.
But it did. Of course.
And I deserve it, because I should have just eaten about 200 calories at night before bed, because I really wasn't hungry. But since I hadn't eaten since lunchtime, I somehow felt the need to eat more than a piece of toast and managed to consume a small bowl of cereal, a banana with some peanut butter, two low-fat brownies, and a piece of carrot cake. And I wasn't even that hungry!
So, dear friends...although I slipped up quite a bit yesterday, those kinds of days are rare for me. I don't know how people can eat out at buffets on a regular basis. About once every two months I can handle it, and then it takes me a good week to get back to where I was!!!
- Friday Feb 18, 2005
I'm convinced that walking everywhere is keeping my weight down, because I enjoyed two Stroopwaffles last night!!! But I ate pretty low-cal most of the day, so maybe my calorie limit was normal. I'm not sure, as I don't know how many calories are in those buttery, sweet Stroopwaffles. Probably more than I want to know!
But since I've been walking for at least 1-2 hours every day, I think that has allowed me to enjoy a couple extra treats. (And I'm still running, of course...running is my drug of choice!) ha ha It's the only thing I'm addicted to!
BUT, I think my hubby and I are going out to dinner tonight...probably a sushi buffet. So even though it's sushi and healthy, I'm sure there will be unhealthy choices to tempt me. I'll enjoy it, but I hope that I can show restraint. Buffets are hard for me...I always want to try a little bit of everything!
- Thursday Feb 17, 2005
I'm holding on to 112.5! Two days in a row is a new record! I'm not holding my breath, though!
I think the only way I maintained 112.5 today is because I walked at least 1 1/2 hours yesterday, in addition to my run. The weather here is gorgeous right now, so I find any excuse possible to be outside. I wasn't perfect on the diet front, though...I ended up eating some cookie dough and more than one serving of homemade chocolate-covered pretzels.
I never should have made the pretzels. I don't like plain pretzels, normally. So I thought that I wouldn't be tempted by chocolate covered ones. Ha! How dumb can I be? If there's chocolate on it, I'll eat it!
Anyway...I'm doing well today so far. If I can resist those Stroopwaffles in my cupboard, that will be an accomplishment.