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Last week I posted my intentions in Goals This Week. These were my goals:

ACCURATELY track my calories each day–this means all the bites, nibbles, sips, snacks. It also means not lying to myself when I KNOW I ate more than one serving of something…

Drink at least 3 water bottles of water at work in addition to the water I drink at home and at the gym.

Strive to leave 200 calories left for each day in my “bank.” On days I work out I do eat more calories and I often justify the extra treats. Many days I have less than 100 calories leftover for the day. That’s not creating any kind of deficit. I think 200 calories is a good number to be left for the day.

How did I do?

Okay, I guess. I ended up getting a head cold on Easter Sunday and was sick for a few days. That was both a blessing and a curse. I felt like crap BUT I had zero appetite so I didn’t really snack. Nothing sounded appealing to me and I forced myself to eat three meals a day on those sick days but I just wasn’t feeling it.

I drank my calories a lot while I was sick. I was drinking Emergen-C, Odwalla orange juice and Kefir. A few months ago when I was sick with a cold, a friend posted on facebook that she’s been drinking Kefir for awhile and hasn’t gotten sick. She attributed that to the Kefir. I had no idea what it was but I was willing to give it a try. I was sick of being sick! This was the fourth cold I’ve had this winter. Clearly it’s just one of those years where I’m going to catch everything. 🙁

The Kefir was expensive. Even on sale it was nearly $5 for a jug of it. This is what I bought.  I got the blackberry flavor. I had no idea what to expect. It was basically like drinking yogurt. But not the thick Greek yogurt I’m used to; it was thinner like yoplait. It tasted pretty good–slightly sour but the blackberry flavor helped. Trader Joe’s Kefir was $2.99 a jug, so much better price.

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I tried to read up on Kefir to figure out what is so special about it. I mean, how is it any better than yogurt? I still don’t really have the answer other than it has more live bacteria in it than yogurt does. I take acidophilus every day but I’m willing to give this a try in addition to that. The only downside is that it’s pretty high in calories. I have half a serving as a result.

In terms of the water consumption, I did great! I got at least 3 water bottles in at work and then had more at home. It meant a lot of extra trips to the bathroom, which is a pain, but I think it helped speed my cold along quicker.

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At the end of the week and into the weekend though instead of a head cold I had a sore throat and cough, too. 🙁 I went to the doctor to make sure it wasn’t strep or bronchitis and it turned out to be a virus. My blood pressure was super high (abnormally high for me). The doctor told me to lose weight, exercise and eat “right.” I have to admit I was more than slightly offended. Considering that my blood pressure three months ago was 110/70, I think I have a handle on this. I lost 100 pounds to lower my blood pressure and it worked. She gave me a flyer telling me how to lower my blood pressure and gave me sample food plans. I had to laugh at that. I was already doing everything “right.” I think it was just a fluke.

Goals This Week

I want to continue the goals from last week because I think they are pretty basic and necessary for me. My focus for this week is to:

1) Limit dessert. ‘Nuff said.

2) Don’t drink my calories–this includes beer and wine, juice, etc. Now that I’m feeling better I don’t need to be drinking the OJ on a daily basis. The one exception will be the kefir. I want to continue drinking that for awhile to see how it helps. I’ve been drinking kefir as “dessert” for the last few days and it’s been satisfying for that.

So that’s what I am working on right now! How are your goals going?

Goals This Week

Back in February I posted T is for Truth where I admitted I have been struggling this winter. There were a lot of reasons (excuses) for the weight gain–I’ve been more sick this winter than any other (getting a cold/sinus infection three times!), I took a month off from weight lifting due to an injury, the typical holiday eating packed on some pounds, there was some stressful bullshit going on (those issues have since been resolved) and that led to some stress eating. I also changed my birth control–which cleared up my acne but caused some very unfortunately weight gain.

I was up to 149. 1 pound from goal weight. That buffer area is important to me. I like having some wiggle room between my current weight and my goal weight–it allows me to indulge once in awhile and not see the scales tip. I usually fluctuate between 144-146. That 149 was scary. I decided I needed to get my act together.

I wasn’t feeling good about myself and that was making me not feel good about everything else in my life. It sounds whiny, I know, but feeling uncomfortable in my skin colors how I see the rest of the world/go through my day. I wish I was stronger and didn’t let the self-esteem issues effect me in such a way. But when none of your clothes fit, it’s hard NOT to look in the mirror and feel disdain. Then Lori at Finding Radiance confessed that her self-esteem had taken a beating lately. It was nice to read that another maintainer was feeling similarly and it was comforting in a way.

I cleaned up my diet in a number of ways. I reduced or eliminated the liquid calories I was consuming. Having one glass of wine on a Friday and Saturday night is sufficient. Drinking during the week isn’t necessary and just packs on the pounds. I also took a look at my sugar habit. It was a little out of control this winter! I finally finished that tub of Nutella (it only took me 4 months) so that temptation is out of the house! I’ve stopped buying ice cream and other desserts. I do have dessert but I’m trying to make better choices and not eat it every night.

Last week I weighed myself for the monthly check-in. I was anxious. I’d been doing well with my food for weeks but my pants were STILL TOO TIGHT. Like skintight. I didn’t have high hopes. I was happily surprised! I’d lost a few pounds; weighing in at 147. I’ll take it. Progress is progress, even if it’s just a little bit.

I’m confused and frustrated that my pants don’t fit. I’m only 3-4 pounds higher than I was this time last year when my pants all fit. I find it hard to believe that 4 pounds could really make such a difference that my pants won’t button now. What is up with that??

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For awhile I will try to post once a week discussing my progress and making goals. I think I’ve gotten out of my funk and I’m ready to get serious.

This Week’s Goals

ACCURATELY track my calories each day–this means all the bites, nibbles, sips, snacks. It also means not lying to myself when I KNOW I ate more than one serving of something…

Drink at least 3 water bottles of water at work in addition to the water I drink at home and at the gym.

Strive to leave 200 calories left for each day in my “bank.” On days I work out I do eat more calories and I often justify the extra treats. Many days I have less than 100 calories leftover for the day. That’s not creating any kind of deficit. I think 200 calories is a good number to be left for the day.

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I will check in next week!