“Help! Dieter in need of a few words of encouragement!” Weight-Loss Diary

Written by: on Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

Our new “lifestyle” is kicking my butt. My husband works out of town, I still work nights, and now I am a single parent. People do this. Others manage. What have I learned from all this constant effort at eating right and exercising to be healthy?

My fitness palNot sure! Because I still expect a Danish or an ice cream cone to make me less tired, less frustrated, less overwhelmed, less busy, less lonely. I’m trying to regroup and pull myself together. At 4 o’clock this morning, I wrote, “Help!” on my status for MyFitnessPal. My friend, Crystal, who has struggled too (she’s gained and lost a lot and gained back some and is now doing steadily awesome), came to my aide with, “Come on now! Let’s go! You’re not quitting now!”

Thank God for the love, support and understanding of those in the fray with me. Those 9 words flashing across the front of my iPhone when I got up today really, really helped. I made my shake instead of eating whatever. I sat down to write this blog about weight loss that I don’t even feel worthy to do because I feel like I go nowhere. Those 9 words will get me on the treadmill when I am so tired.  Thank you, Crystal.  I could use more support.

Anyone out there have any words of encouragement? Please, share!


“Coping with Easter Candy…and a Whole Lot More”: Weight Loss Diary

Written by: on Thursday, April 12th, 2012

I’m off track. The truth is, I haven’t even been able to find the track to get back on it.

I haven’t exercised.

I haven’t kept my food journal.

What I have done: sought solace in Easter Candy.

This is a time of tremendous stress and uncertainty in my life. Despite all I have learned about how to get healthy and well, I went right back to old behaviors as coping mechanisms. Never mind that eating poorly and not exercising do not actually help me cope with anything. Never mind that these behaviors are self-destructive and contribute to more stress on my emotional well-being and physical body. Never mind that I know this, I mean really KNOW this.

Old patterns die hard.

All I can do is move forward. And that applies to work, home, relationships, my wellness plan (never say diet!)…the whole kit and kaboodle. I’ve been on a ledge in more ways than one (why I haven’t posted any blogs yet this week). Today it was time to talk myself back. The inspiration that helped me do that included these two things:

Desire to Change quoteThe 3 C's of LIfe

My sense of personal strength has been mighty limited lately. Today I chose to flex the muscles I know I have and was pleasantly reassured that I still remember how to use them. Some tough decisions were made at home and work. An old daily devotional book seemed to beckon me from amongst a pile of paperbacks and has become welcome nourishment for my soul. I logged into My Fitness Pal and tracked every last jelly bean. I finally got my food journal into an email to send Lauren at Foodtrainers.

Now I am just eagerly awaiting some guidance. I see the track just up ahead. It’s right on the other side of my treadmill.

“Eggo Vs. Kashi: My Weight-Loss Breakfast Challenge”: Weight Loss Diary

Written by: on Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Breakfast of this champion:  2 cups of coffee with 2 Tb fat free Half & Half, 2 Kashi blueberry whole grain waffles with 1 Tb Crofter’s Organic apricot preserves, ½ grapefruit with 1 tsp loosely packed brown sugar.

On Weight Watchers this was a 5-point breakfast. At my present weight I was allowed 30 points a day. Now I follow calories with My Fitness Pal. This breakfast is 283 calories. At my present weight I am allowed 1670 calories a day. I have eaten this breakfast just about every day for the last 13 months. I look forward to it!

I have another app on my iPhone to help me choose healthy foods: Fooducate. I used to eat Eggo Nutragrain Waffles. They were the same number of points as Kashi and very crispy and tasty. But Fooducate told me that Eggo has worse ingredients in it. I checked out the label (at bottom) and decided to switch to Kashi. The flavor is just as good but they aren’t quite as crispy. I can live with that. My children love them too and I don’t have to worry about excess junk in my morning breakfast!

Today’s exercise: 35-minute run on the treadmill. Then I got on the elliptical for 20 minutes more.  According to My Fitness Pal, I burned 778 calories doing cardio for 55 minutes. Holy Moses does exercise pay off!

“A Pound of Fat…Gone—No Liposuction Necessary!” Weight Loss Diary

Written by: on Monday, March 19th, 2012

1 pound of fat is 3,500 caloriesLost a pound baby!  Down 4 total from my new initiative with My Fitness Pal. I had that infuriating blip of going up 3 pounds in one week. Today I am 204 pounds. My lowest with my continual effort was 203. I put 7 pounds back on last fall/winter and it has taken me this long to get it back off! But now I am ONLY 1 pound away from my lowest and ONLY 5 pounds away from being UNDER 200 for the first time in 8 years.

And I will get there.  I WILL!

I am on 1,400 calories a day to lose 1½ pounds a week. My sister, a personal trainer, says that is too low, not enough calories. Today I just found out that I will have access to a nutritionist to help me succeed! I can’t believe the good fortune of that! I can’t wait to see what suggestions she has for me!

I find it a little difficult, even at 42 years old, to take advice from my older sister.  My older, fit, trim, in shape sister.