- Monday Oct 27, 2003
Thanks for the comments! Actually, I do have a thyroid problem. I've been taking medication for 5 years, and I have the sneaky suspicion that my thyroid doesn't help my metabolism any...in fact, when it was very underactive, I gained 20 pounds. I've worked my tail off losing that weight, but it hasn't been easy.
I just wish I could be more disiplined! I did well all day yesterday, but ended up eating about 4 pieces of birthday cake! WHAT????? Wasn't one enough? It should have been! But it tasted soooo good! That was dumb, though. It's not like I never have cake. I don't know why I have this mindset that if one tastes good, then two must taste better...and three must be even better! No, that is totally the opposite! I always feel worse when I over-do it!
Anyway, my race is in three weeks. I'm hoping to do well. It will be my first long race in another country! :) I've only really raced in the U.S., so this will be very international. (For those of you who are new, I just moved to Asia two months ago)
- Monday Oct 27, 2003
This week I want to be disciplined. I want to lose a pound. I need to have at least four good days, because Friday and Saturday are going to be filled with food and fun...and if I'm not disciplined this week, another pound will be gained.
It's so discouraging, though, that I have to be so careful. I am training for another 25K, and I am running at least 50 minutes a day, but I still can't lose a pound. And I don't like it when my clothes feel tighter!
I have a birthday party tonight, but I have to go late. I hope all the cake is gone by the time I get there...or that I just don't want a piece!
- Wednesday Oct 22, 2003
I'm disappointed today...somehow, I've gained two pounds. I really don't understand how I gain weight so easily. I watch how other people eat, and I can only imagine how much I would gain if I ate like them. Every day at 3pm, people here go out and get snacks, sugary drinks, ice cream, whatever! I just eat my healthy yogurt and wish that I could eat whatever I want. But I can't. And anytime I go a little over what I should, I put on weight.
But these people stay the same. And they eat much more than I do at mealtimes.
I definitely get enough to eat...that's not the problem. But I am so careful... It's just funny how a couple of big meals will set me back one or two pounds. And it doesn't matter if I run 6 miles and lift weights. I can't lose a pound.
Today is harder than most days for me with the weight thing. I think it's because I don't feel like I deserve the extra gain.
Sorry this is kinda depressing! I feel better when I'm completely honest with myself, though...so once in awhile, my entries are more negative than at other times.
- Monday Oct 20, 2003
THANK YOU to all of you who took the time to comment on my last entry! I would like to give up sugar, but at the moment, I am just trying to eat less. In fact, I've stayed away from candy for a few days! So maybe I will take the challenge soon!
I do have a question---are "sugar-free" products allowed on a "no-sugar" diet? I mean, I think I'm going to have to cut those out, too...even though I enjoy s.f. jello and pudding and soda once in awhile. But I think they lead to more sugar cravings...
I'm doing okay with the food here right now. I'm learning to say "no" when I really don't want it. That may offend some Chinese people, but my sanity is at stake here! And it's only FOOD! They can get over it. I just can't bring myself to eat pig knuckles...
- Friday Oct 17, 2003
I'm seriously considering giving up sugar for at least 3 weeks. I have a friend who wants to try it with me. She's convinced that we'll feel a lot better and quit having cravings after a few days. Has anyone ever tried this? I do eat too much sugar, and I would like to be more disciplined about it. I'd really have to empty my cupboards of any candy, marshmallows, etc. that may be too tempting.
And does that mean I should give up fruit, too? Any suggestions from anyone?
I'd like to try it just to see if I could...
- Tuesday Oct 14, 2003
I did really well today except for the small brownie bites and candy I consumed around 3:40pm...that is usually my hungriest time! I've been kinda stressed in my job today, and it's hard not to eat when I'm stressed. Why is it so tempting to turn to food? I seem to lose all self-control when I'm feeling stressed. Tonight it is my goal to have a 150-calorie bedtime snack. I've still been doing the 300-500 calorie snack, and that's not what my body needs.
- Monday Oct 13, 2003
Bad weekend. Too much food. I'm bloated, tired, and ready to get back on track.
- Saturday Oct 11, 2003
I finally got a scale! It was cheap, so I hope it works okay. It gives pounds and kilograms, so I don't have to do any more converting for awhile...yea!
Yesterday, a Chinese couple took us out for lunch and ordered a bunch of good, but greasy, food. I also had "night market" food for dinner, so it was a sodium and fat overload, I'm sure.
One thing I found out is that squid is VERY high in cholesterol...400mg per 3 ounces! And I had a lot of squid yesterday! I'll have to learn to be more careful....
it is so hard to eat well over here! Even now, my MIL is making lunch and is using too much olive oil, as far as I'm concerned!
- Wednesday Oct 08, 2003
I had to eat some of the lunch served to me yesterday, and it was swimming in oil. Honestly, I don't know how people here can consume so much vegetable oil. They may not eat desserts like Americans, but they drown all their food in fat. How do they stay skinny? That is the great mystery.
However, I have seen more overweight Asian kids than ever before. It's probably due to the increase in McDonald's restaurants or something. But the way these kids eat fried food amazes me. And yet the girls stay skinny!
It's not fair. (pout)
Okay, I'm done complaining for today! :) I'm ready to have a good day and make wise choices with food!
- Tuesday Oct 07, 2003
Well, I still have no scale, but my eating has been a bit better lately. I don't feel like I'm consuming anything in excess, although I still eat too much sugar! I really need to cut sugary snacks out of my diet. They have no nutritional value whatsoever!
I really miss cottage cheese and other low-fat dairy products. They just don't have good dairy products over here. I was really spoiled in the U.S. with all the variety. I guess you don't realize what you have until you don't have it anymore! It is really hard to find good, low-fat protein here.