Friday, September 27, 2013

Friday weigh-in post...Encouragement vs Sabotage

Last Weeks Weight:  197.0                                    This Weeks Weight:  195.5

1.5 lb Loss
I enjoyed a good week.  Plenty of exercise, few challenges so far.  My new goal is to reach the 180's before we leave for San Juan November 9th.  I am ok with myself if I don't make it, but it would be nice.  I am constantly reminding myself that this is not a sprint but a journey.  I have been low carb mostly but working to eliminate grains altogether. I am having a tough time with it.  I am trying to develop  a healthy eating plan that works for ME, not the masses.  My healthy eating plan has to be something I can do the rest of my life, not just during weight loss and I am just not sure how realistic it would be for me personally to give up all grains.  If I find I am not comfortable with it, I will return to low carb.
Fall is here and that means everything pumpkin for me.  I bought my first one yesterday and plan to peel and use the flesh for wonderful dishes.  Candy shouldn't be too much a difficulty because we don't get trick or treats at my house.
On another note....  Hubby has always been very supportive and encouraging during my weight struggles. Last night we were at grandkids swim meet and he was kind enough to bring the little one for a treat while big sister swam.  It can become quite boring for the little one.  Before he left we discussed pumpkin lattes, he knows they are my favorite in the fall.  I told him no thank you because I am trying to eliminate sugar from my diet, including sugar substitutes.  He came back with one for me loaded with sugar anyway!!  I know he was trying to make a thoughtful gesture, but I was upset inside that he didn't encourage me not to indulge.  This morning I am still a little unraveled, but I have not said anything because he truly is a kind and generous man and I know he did not consciously try to sabotage me.  I am still trying to decide how to approach this subject with him.  I truly don't want to seem ungrateful. 
The weather here is finally out of the 90's this week but the humidity is still high.  Today was my last day at our pool since it's not heated.  My challenge for the upcoming week is to replace my swimming with other cardio!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Friday Weighin - Who loses weight while on vacation?

Last Weeks Weight:  198.0                                    This Weeks Weight:  197.0

1 lb Loss
This girl does!!!  Ok, it was only one pound, but the important thing is... I DID NOT GAIN ANY WEIGHT WHILE ON VACATION.
No, I was not at all perfect with my choices.  I had a few homemade frozen cocktails, but I budgeted my calories for them.  I had treats, again...I counted the calories and budgeted for them.  When I made a choice that was not healthy, it was with my eyes wide open.  I ate it and then got right back on the path to healthy.  I did not let any poor choices give me an excuse to binge the rest of my vacation. 
I exercised with fun things like hour long walks on the beach, swimming.  I am happy with myself. Onward!
Yesterday I did a psych evaluation regarding bariatric surgery.  I resented the tiny (size 0) psychiatrist telling me what I was doing wrong.  I have battled my weight 30+ years.  I know what is healthy and what is not.  I think anyone who has been on yo-yo diets knows what we SHOULD eat.  So what makes it so hard for me to continue on this road?  Why do I lose weigh only to regain it again?  This psychiatrist gave me absolutely no insight on this problem.  What a waste of money. 
I am having second thoughts about having WLS.   I am worried about possible complications.  The fact that I am slowly chipping away at my weight on my own is also a reason.    I am scared not to follow through with surgery...what if I fall down again? Will I be able to pick myself up again?  What is so wrong with me that I can watch my family members have limbs amputated and still I struggle to eat healthy & exercise......So much to think about.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Day 4 - Indian Rocks Beach

We visited a small Greek Fishing Village in Tarpon Springs.  It was such a cute village with many Greek restaurants, bakeries & shops.  

The fishermen farm sea sponges from the gulf which are the cut & sold worldwide. It was so interesting to see how they harvest them.   I bought a few sponges, some Greek olive oil & lotions made with olive oil.

We had a lovely lunch & dessert from one of the bakeries.

I ate no dinner, I was too full :)

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Day 3 - Indian Rocks Beach

We awoke early and drove 30 minutes to the end of St. Petersburg Beach for sunrise.  It was so pretty.  Afterwards we drove back to our condo and walked on the beach 45 minutes and swam for an hour.

Breakfast was a veggie omelet and two pcs of bacon.

Lunch was just an apple.

Supper was fresh grouper with veggies

A small homemade piña colada with fresh pineapple & bananas. The only alcohol I have consumed so far & I have decided when I do decide to partake, I will limit myself to one.

* walked min of an hour everyday
* swam min of 30 mins everyday
* eating plenty fresh fish & veggies
* logging my foods while on vacation 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Day 2 - Indian Rocks Beach

We walked on the beach for 75 minutes.  The water was calm & looked like smooth glass. After our walk we swam 30 minutes in the pool.

Breakfast was 2 eggs & veggies with whole wheat toast.

Lunch was nuts & seeds. 

We ate supper at PJ's oyster house. I had blackened mahi mahi tacos.  I ate 1/2 the tortilla wraps.  

We were offered a slice of key lime pie at no charge, which we took home.  We split the pie later giving us a very thin slice.

We later walked the beach & swam in the gulf as we watched a brilliant sunset.

*Walked 2x
*Swam 2x
*No Alcohol
*logging my food on vacation 
*blogging while on vacation YAY!

Monday, September 9, 2013

DAY 1 - Indian Rocks Beach

September 8,2013

This morning we had our morning coffee on the patio as we watched the sunrise.

We hit a bit of bump before our morning beach walk when we locked ourselves out of the condo.  Of course it's Sunday so we had to wait  a bit for someone to let us in.  We took turns walking & after we got our key we swam laps.

Breakfast was leftover pancakes & bacon with fat free milk. Not great choice, but I budgeted for it.

After breakfast we visited a local flea market, it was huge! We bought fresh veggies & grouper.

Lunch was an apple & turkey & Swiss rolls while watching football.

For Supper  cooked our grouper & veggies. So far blogging while on vacation has helped tremendously !

* logged all my foods
* fitness -check
* made awesome meal choices
* no alcohol today

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Beginning of our Road Trip to Tampa

Saturday,Sept. 7,2013
We drove with the windows down enjoying the cool morning air.
We stopped for breakfast at Cracker Barrel in Pensacola, Florida.  I had eggs, 2 pc bacon, 1/2 svg. of casserole & 2 half biscuits.  Saved pancakes for tomorrow's breakfast. I know not healthy choices :(

Lunch was turkey & Swiss on whole wheat with a touch of Dijon . Better food choice.

We arrived around 4pm & we dropped off our things in the condo then headed to the nearby Publix for some groceries. We experienced a little sticker shock on the produce here compared to home.  We don't have Publix at home, so maybe it is normal for Florida.

Dinner was rotisserie chicken & steamed veggies. Good choice so far ..I ate a bowl of mint chocolate ice cream, not healthy by any means :(

I am vowing to make better choices tomorrow, this vacation will NOT be an excuse to binge!

ps. We saw our first amazing sunset on the beach

Friday, September 6, 2013

Friday Weighin ~ A trip to Onederland

Last Weeks Weight:  201.0                                    This Weeks Weight:  198.0

3 lb Loss
Finally made it back to Onederland.  It's been over a year since I was at this weight.  I had a good week.  I logged all my foods and did well with my food choices.  I fell short on my strength training & flexibility exercises this week.  I will have no access to gym while on trip, but I will do at least one yoga video.
Tomorrow we travel to Tampa Florida for 9 days.  That will be 9 days without a scale, I am a little nervous to be disconnected from the scale for so long.  I do have exercise already planned for the trip including morning and evening walks on the beach and more swimming.  I may even right a bike for a day, depending on the weather.  I will also have my iPad for connecting to YouTube exercise videos.
On another note, I lost a friend this week due to complications from diabetes.  She had weight loss surgery a few years back and lost significant weight.  She was never very active though.  I feel that losing the weight did let her live a better quality of life during the last few years, but I can't help but think maybe if she had been more active, she would have had even more of those years.   Another wake up call for me - as if I needed one :(
NSV's for the week
  • shorts that are getting too big to wear
  • choosing NOT to eat junk food at granddaughters swim meet
  • swam laps 6x
  • walked 1x
  • strength training 1x
My plan for vacation week is to continue logging my foods, keep alcohol to minimum, eat as many fresh fruits & veggies as possible, choose grilled seafood choices whenever possible, blog about my day for accountability.  The alcohol will be a challenge for this week since we love frozen concoctions while beaching, but my plan is to share one with Hubby instead of preparing one just for me.