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Runner - Saturday Apr 19, 2003

Weight: 117.5

Okay, I'm a bit frustrated now...I like my in-laws, but they love to eat too much. They snack and snack and snack...and they are skinny people! It's totally not fair. I know what would happen if I ate like they do...I've been there! And I gained 30 pounds. I exercise religiously and still have to watch what I eat. It wouldn't be so bad if I could just eat on my own once in awhile...they're all still at the breakfast table, and they've been there for an hour!!!!!!!! I'm waiting until they leave so I can eat my own cereal in peace...and not be tempted by all the other goodies they've brought out.

Gael the Whale on 04/19/2003:
I feel for you. No way I can sit and watch other people eat something and not want to eat that too. have a happy and healthy Easter.

Runner - Friday Apr 18, 2003

Weight: 117.5

Well, I'm at my in-laws place, and things are going fine so far! Since I'm not at home, I don't feel quite as comfortable raiding the cupboards...so that's a good thing! IT means I can't snack as much! Therefore, I'm able to enjoy things like a scoop of ice cream, because I usually overindulge when I'm at home and feeling bored. Thanks for the Oreo tip, Biscottibody! I like FF whipped cream, too, so that should be a good snack!

Runner - Thursday Apr 17, 2003

Weight: 117.5

Well, the Easter weekend begins tonight as my hubby and I fly to his parents' place! I'm excited to go...hope I can focus on the important aspects of Easter...like Christ's resurrection, and not on the food! I hate it how I focus so much on the food. For example, I had to spend about 1/2 hour last night just packing lunches, dinner (so we don't have to worry about eating junk in an airport), my own high-fiber cereal, healthy snacks, etc. And we're only going for 3 1/2 days! But I flip out if I go somewhere and feel like I can't eat anything!!! SO I always take along my own snacks and cereal...just in case! I know that is smart planning, but I feel like I spend so much time planning, planning, planning. Some people never think about food...I can't seem to stop thinking about food, and what meal is next, and what I've prepared, etc. Yikes. Still no weight loss, but I'm not going overboard on my nightly snacks like I used to. I made an ice cream sundae for my husband last night and only ate a bite of it. Had some cereal instead.

Golightly on 04/17/2003:
Hi Runner! Hope you have a great trip!

I agree, I freak when I am stuck in situations where I can't eat anything. I'm travelling to Peterborough this afternoon to pick up my daughter from school, and I have packed meat, cheese and cucumber. I guess you and I don't travel light anymore!

Gluttony is one of the seven deadly sins, and so I will think about Christ this weekend and not indulge!

Happy Easter!

paullopez on 04/17/2003:
Tell me about it. The diet is going to hell this weekend. My mother goes in to "cook everything I can get my hands on" when easter comes along. Maybe I can hide out in my dorm all weekend.

biscottibody59 on 04/17/2003:
I know that you mention oreos quite a bit in your entries. Here's my take on oreos: The white stuff in the middle is basically Crisco mixed with sugar--when I found that out some years ago I started eating only the chocolate cookie part. Then I found out that Nabisco makes the cookie part in a "chocolate wafer" commonly used to make pie crusts (a la graham crackers). Why not get those and make you're own little cookie with some FF coolwhip or even whipped cream or ice cream?

Also one of my favorite childhood snacks was apples with a little peanut butter--grosses some people out--but apples are so satisfying to my sweet tooth.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend and keep up the good work!

Gael the Whale on 04/18/2003:
Hi runner happy easter. keep up the good work .

Runner - Wednesday Apr 16, 2003

Weight: 117.8

Well, after a depressing two days with my weight, I've decided to have a better attitude about it. I still don't know how I could have put on almost two pounds in two days, but my body does weird things. I just have to accept that! :) I am a bit nervous about this weekend. There's going to be food everywhere, birthday parties, Easter dinner, etc. I just need to continue to pray for self-control. I've rarely shown restraint at family get-togethers, but I've never really had to...until I turned 25, that is! Now I eat an extra 500 calories, and my weight goes up! It's crazy. Ah, well...I'm still eating, of course, but I just have to be a bit more careful. Good news---I haven't had a "peanut butter attack" in a couple of weeks! In fact, I haven't even been craving it!!!!!!!

Gael the Whale on 04/16/2003:
Good luck and God bless. YOu can do it. just keep on stroking.

paullopez on 04/16/2003:
Peanut butter. Well thanks, now you have me craving! I wonder how a jar of peanut butter would go down at 8am. Only one way to find out I suppose :)

Runner - Tuesday Apr 15, 2003

Weight: 118.0

You'd think after a discouraging morning that I'd be able to resist the sweets that come my way. Well, thanks to reverse psychology,I just had an extra 300 calories of processed snacks that my students brought in for their speeches. I don't even LIKE those fake Little Debbie brownies! But I ate half of one anyway...hello, 6 grams of fat and 135 calories!!!!!!!!! Okay, now that I got that out of my system, I'm ready to keep teaching! :)

Gael the Whale on 04/15/2003:
happens to the best of us. lol yesterday my boys started shouting to go to subway and I caved in and had a dry tasteless ham sandwich I didnt want . today my sons insisted on me getting proscuito ham and making our own subs . tasted better but wasnt what I was planning on for supper. but it was better than what we had for lunch . "hangs head in shame" hot dogs with chili.

Runner - Tuesday Apr 15, 2003

Weight: 118.0

This is a somewhat discouraging entry---just to caution you. I have this theory...maybe I'm totally off, but I think I am prone to "stress fat," or "stress weight." Why? Because I was on spring break all last week and was an average of 1 and 1/2 pounds lighter than I am this week. I mean, I had ice cream, prime rib, and other fattening foods, and still weighed in at 116.5. Now that I am back to work, I feel anxious again about food, weight, and life in general. I really love my job...I was born to teach, I think! But I find that the weight creeps back on because I think I eat more when I'm stressed. I made a really low-fat (but calorie-full) Oreo pie last night and had a few too many Oreos myself. Although I made the pie to give away, I had to set aside a portion for myself...and I think I had over 2000 calories total yesterday. But I also worked out for a good 1 1/2 hours, and even did a toning video for 40 minutes! I just can't figure my body out. I wish I weren't so anxious about the creeping numbers on the scale...but I was hoping to go into this weekend (which will be filled with food) with a "calorie deficit," as my nutritionist calls it. Hmmmmmmm....I guess I'm just a bit discouraged since I did so well last week, and now I'm back to what I was before my break.

Gael the Whale on 04/15/2003:
I medicate with food when I am stressed. especially milk. which is hard becuse dieting causes me stress so I want even more milk when I diet.

Golightly on 04/15/2003:
I wonder if being sedentary at your job affects your weight? Unless you are a gym teacher, you are probably sitting at a desk all day. But I think you are on to something with your "stress weight" theory. A lot of people gain weight when they are stressed at the job. Now all we have to do is figure out the solution!!

Runner on 04/15/2003:
The crazy thing is that I NEVER sit down, except when I eat lunch! I teach very interactive classes at a high school, so I rarely get a moment to actually sit. I'm on my feet all day. Strange, huh? You'd think I'd burn enough calories just walking around the classroom.

Runner - Monday Apr 14, 2003

Weight: 117.5

Quick (but good) confession---my mom and I made all those chocolate chip cookies on Saturday to freeze so I could put them in my freezer until the bridal shower. Well, I didn't think that I'd be able to keep them in my freezer for two weeks without eating them...they are WAY too tempting! SO, I conveniently "forgot" to take them back with me when I left home. My sister can bring them. I don't want to deal with the fact that I have fattening cookies in my house, because it's things like that that trip me up. So, anyway, it's a confession, but one that I don't mind making!

Gael the Whale on 04/14/2003:
excellent planning. dont think I could resist chocolate chip cookies either for two weeks

Runner - Monday Apr 14, 2003

Weight: 117.5

WEll, even though I managed to keep my calories low last night, I had a BIG Sunday dinner at home...and my weight is up a bit. But it's always up on Mondays for some reason. This warmer weather helps me take my focus off of food, though. I always feel like eating more during the winter-time, so I'm glad spring has sprung!

Golightly on 04/14/2003:
Hi Runner! Sounds like you had a tough weekend too. You're right about home being synonymous with good food. I'm in the process of trying to change my daughter's attitude in this regard. ("Sorry kid, when you visit there will not be fattening meals or treats! Mom's on a diet!")

Now that you mention it, my weight is always higher on Mondays too. As though Mondays aren't hard enough on their own! What's up with that?

UPDATE: Just wanted to explain the weight loss. I track my weight from Sun-Sat and then do a weekly average. My diet book suggested it in order to average out weight fluctuations. So, my weight for the week is down because I only enter the weekly average. However, after Saturday my weight went up, but I won't see the effects until NEXT Saturday's average. I guess it does look a little weird, huh?

Runner - Saturday Apr 12, 2003

Weight: 116.5

I'm home now...and decided to bake some cookies with my mom to freeze for a bridal shower I'm planning in 2 weeks...had 2 cookies when I could sneak them...felt guilty that I was back to my old tricks. She served a killer dessert tonight, too. It's so much harder to be so disciplined when I'm home. Home is usually associated with good food...and all the psychological stuff that goes along with it! I love being home, but it's so hard to say no...and everyone just assumes that I need to eat more anyway! I DO eat...I'm just trying not to binge-eat! Had to get my thoughts out.

Gael the Whale on 04/12/2003:
Nods yes moms house is a lot harder. I am living there now. Hang in there. Be consistent, persistent, and insistent. and have a great time .

Runner - Saturday Apr 12, 2003

Weight: 116.5

Well, I'm still at 116.5 pounds...thankfully, the prime rib didn't kill me! I had a great day yesterday...kept the calories to around 1800, I think. Plus, I made a shrimp dinner with Indian-tandoori marinade. Yum! Headed to my parents' tonight and tomorrow...my mom will try to feed me well, that's for sure! Thankfully, she's a pretty healthy eater, although the amount of food I'm eating is what I need to be aware of.

Chrysalis on 04/12/2003:
I think as long as it's not too often, extra calories don't really hurt. It evens out if you cut back a little bit the next day or exercise a little more. The shrimp dinner sounds good.

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