elc's August Updates

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elc's August Updates
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Sat, 08-07-2010 - 4:33pm

Week One has gone pretty well. Tomorrow I'll check my weight to see if there has been any loss but today I'm comfortably wearing some shorts that I think were too tight to button the last time I wore them so something is happening! I also have to remember that in the past it has taken 10 days to see results from dieting, and results from exercise take more like 6 weeks...so I won't get discouraged if there's not much change on the scale.

My strategy for Phase I is to eat better by way of portion control and food choices; drink 2L of water each day; and increase the intensity of my exercise. I was eating a lot of sweets--cookies, candy, ice cream, and eating mindlessly--like eating chips while reading and discovering that I'd eaten half the bag. I'm trying to avoid the junky sweets and to set out the amount of other snacks I will allow myself, then put the package away before eating. When I feel what may be hunger I first try drinking water to make the feeling go away! If that doesn't work then I proceed to real food. At this point I'm not denying myself foods between meals. I've been eating a lot of carrot sticks when I just feel like gnawing on something. I'm also trying to stay busy so I don't think about food or notice the early hunger pangs.

In the past I've had a real problem with sugar cravings getting the best of me. So far this week they haven't been bad. It helps that right now there is a variety of sweet fruits available so I've been eating lots of plums and melon etc, I'm sure that is satisfying some of the desire for sugar. Today I'm noticing the cravings more, and as it happens I'm feeling somewhat stressed today whereas the past week has been pretty relaxed. Reinforces my belief that the sugar craving is emotion based. Anyway I've resisted temptation all week. Tonight I will be having sweets (having dinner guests so serving dessert) but will try to be moderate about how much I eat.

I'm doing well on drinking all of the water, and the exercise part is going okay. On Wednesday I rode at HR 145 sustained for 30 mins (1.5 hr ride overall), Mon & Fri rode but not as hard. I need to add in some strength training on Tues & Thurs but I'm having a hard time remembering.

By the end of August I'll assess this strategy based on results. Next step would be strict portion control with counting calories, but for me that's not realistic for the long term, it would be just to lose the weight in time to get a dress for the wedding.

I'll post the numbers tomorrow.

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Sun, 08-08-2010 - 4:58pm
Sounds like a good plan!
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Sun, 08-08-2010 - 5:10pm

I weighed in this morning. I actually weighed both weekend mornings to see if there was a difference, because that's what I did last weekend and then my weigh differed by 1.5 pounds from one day to the next. This weekend it was exactly the same both days.

So the current stats are 145/142.4/135

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Mon, 08-09-2010 - 9:22am
Great job on the weight loss!
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Thu, 08-12-2010 - 6:06pm

This week is not going quite as well as last week, but not too bad. A couple of days ago I gave into temptation and ate a sugar trifecta LOL: 3 Thin Mints cookies (yes I still have some Girl Scout cookies), 2 large spoonfuls of ice cream, and some chocolate. The good news is that it was JUST 3 cookies and 2 spoonfuls because I *could* have eaten a lot more! I do recall feeling pressured about something at the time, now I know for certain that I start craving sweets when I get stressed. Then last night I had a Pina Colada paleta (popsicle). Not stressed, just saw it in the freezer (I had forgotten about them) and it kept calling to me!

Still, I feel like I'm doing pretty well. I'm also trying to ramp up the exercise, my rides on Mon and Wed were both 1.5 hrs or more and 20+ miles, with some aerobic level. Today I wore a pair of jeans that I haven't worn in a few weeks because they were too tight, today they felt fine. I'll just continue trying to eat well and I guess I'd better be a little better about portion control.

Saturday we're having a dinner party with at least 8 guests and while I'll try to control my portions I will probably eat more than I should because its all stuff that I love. The menu will be pretty healthy: before dinner snacks are hummus and pita chips, carrot sticks, goat cheese with home grown/marinated chiles on sliced baguette, Marcona almonds, and green olives; Capreses and bruchetta (tomatoes and basil are from my garden) for the first course; the entree is a dish of boiled potatoes and grilled fish with a lemony vinagrette dressing. Dessert will be some home-made frozen stuff: I have blueberry frozen yogurt, cantaloupe sorbet, and I plan to make full fat strawberry ice cream. Dh wants some kind of fruity and homemade pastry so I'm hoping to get to the Farmer's Market today for peaches and blueberries to make a cobbler recipe that I found in Cooking Light. I'm making a white Sangria to drink (yum) that will be my downfall!

Hmmm, I'm thinking that I'd better be extra careful to watch what I eat leading up to the party! I'll post the stats on Sunday, whether I'm proud of them or not.

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Fri, 08-13-2010 - 10:06am

I think that you did ABSULUTELY WONDERFUL in regulating your eating when stressed!