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Well Duh!

That 1800 cal mark still haunts me and I’ve been trying to figure out why I’ve been cutting it so close and “gulp” going over a few times and I finally figured it out.  When I first started couting calories I was eating cutting everything in half.  I’d make a sandwich cut it in half.  Eat 1/2 for lunch and then wait about 2 hrs then eat the other half.  I was tricking myself into thinking I was eating more than I was and the mini meals were a great way to keep the blood sugar in line.  Well, somewhere down the line I started eating the full meal and then a couple of hrs later I’m feeling hungry again.  I’m not sure how this happened, but now that I identified the problem I’m ready to get back in the routine.

I haven’t gained any weight, but I’m not loosing either, so I’m ready to drop some pounds too!

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Wow I just started a new routine!

Yesterday was my off day from work and I like to walk between 2 - 2.5 miles.  As I was strolling along I noticed a small stretch in front of me and thought “what the heck” and started jogging.  I did this for about 20-30 seconds and went back to my normal pace.  Next stretch that come up I did it again for another 20-30 seconds!  I kept it at 2 miles since jogging was new to me and I didn’t want to fall on my face from exhaustion, but I managed to alternate walking and jogging for the duration.  I’m so proud!!!!

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My Generation. . . .

Are You From the “My Mom Cooks 6 Pies at One Time, Doctors Know Everything and Celebrities are the Best Fitness Instructors” Generation? 

I still am suprised when people go on a diet and stress out over “only” losing a pound or two a week.  Unfortunately I’m one of those people too.  What’s so bad about only losing a couple of pounds????

I started thinking back to my childhood and something came into perspective as to why we feel this way.

First off who doesn’t love mom?  She took care of us, nurtured us, helped us with our homework, and oh yeah she piled our plates with a pound each meat and potatoes and made us feel guilty when we didn’t finish her meals.  My mom was the kind who every Thanksgiving and Christmas had to make at least 6 pies for her family of 4.  I guess that gives us each an entire pie plus a couple extra in case we were felling particulary hungry that holiday.  Do I blame mom for making me fat.  Nope, I could of said no, but she made it pretty hard when she’d slaved all day to cook ((Sigh)) “Sure mom I need more mashed taters!”

Second thing I thought about was all the doctors I had seen over the years who tried to help me lose weight.  OK I was born in ‘76 the heyday of diet pills and doctor monitored diets.  Did they have the concept right????  Sure they did, eat less lose weight.  Did they have the right tools and diet plan?   Ummm. . . NO!  Most of the diets I was on required you buy the doctor’s “special” vitamin pills and eat about 700 calories a day.  Great, I’d lost 14 lbs in two weeks, quite the diet out of pure frustration (not to mention near starvation) and gain 20 lbs back!

The last thing I thought about was the wonderful exercise videos that swept the nation.  Sure you can look like Jane Fonda if you do her workout.  Maybe I shouldn’t knock her videos because I never did them.  But seriously, did anyone consider that Jane Fonda came from a family of very lean people.  She had been thin her entire life and she’s going to tell us how to get thin?  Sorry I see no insperation in seeing a thin person get even thinner.

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Something to be Proud Of

I like walking at my local track on my off days at work.  I normally walk 2 miles and for 2 days I decided to push myself and walk an extra time around and am now completing 2.5 miles!  Yeah me!  I am the same girl who could barely do a mile when I first started and have now more than doubled that figure! 

I have been doing the Presidential Challenge for 3 mths now and am now almost 1/2 way to goal.  When I set up my goals through the Presidential Challenge I had a goal of 20,000 points and am currently at 9200–Yeah!  I calculated the hrs I’ve devoted to walking (my chosen form of exercise) and so far I’ve completed 41 hrs!!!!  OMG!

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Why is 1800 such an Interesting Number?

I like to keep my calories no lower than 1200 and no higher than 1800.  I figure these figures keep me in check.  Lately though I’ve been wanting to get as close to 1800 as I possibly can!  Why?  According to these websites that calculate calories needed based on height, weight, etc. I can eat up to 2600 to maintain and subtracting 750 each day would give me a 1-2 lb loss per week.  So seriously, why would I want to push my luck and take it to the absolute limit?  I’m a big “mini meal” eater and like to eat these meals every few hrs.  Today wasn’t too bad, I went over my calories by 150 calories but I’m not going to boo hoo about it.  Tomorrow is a new day and I can’t wait to get myself together.   First thing on my agenda is too plan my meals out for the day.  Here’s what I’m thinking:

Bkfst:  1 Cup Lowfat Yogurt (100 cal) 1/2 cup High Fiber Cereal (85 cal)

Lunch:  Carrots (35 Cal) Broccoli (30 Cal) Cheese (110 Cal)

Dinner:  Chicken Breast (160 Cal) Baked Potato (145 Cal) Low
Fat Sour Cream (35 Cal)

This will take me to 700 calories and in addition I will allow 2 snacks which normall consists of things like Yogurt, Tosted Tortilla, Fruit, etc.  Let’s do it!

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Raise Your Hand if You’re Cheap!

Yup mine is way up in the air.  DH wanted to go out to eat yesterday and picked the restaurant, Ponderosa.  Hmmm. . .Ponderosa used to be OK in it’s heyday but I really think the prices are too high and the product not so good.  I went there and was determined to make good choices.  I chose the Montery Chicken (basically grilled chicken w/French Dressing poured on top) and a plain baked potato. DH and my son ate from the hot bar and I had a salad full of green, beets, chickpeas, diced ham, and their fat free dressing (blech).  I was impressed to see both sugar free cookes and a sugar free pistachio cake on the dessert bar so kudos for that (they weren’t bad). 

I did have some issues though.  First the hot bar “good choices” were a joke.  I saw both carrots and broccoli swimming in a gallon of water with butter floating at the top.  Ugh, when will people understand that these vegetables are delicious if you steam them or roast them!  Seriously, it’s hard to get people to eat their veges and you’re going to make them “less” appetizing???

Second, everything seemed to be swimming in butter/sauce.  I understand the masses like fat and sauces but they could have at least had a couple of good choices.  Potates were mashed in butter or deep fried wedgies.  Rice was greasy looking.  Pasta might have been OK but we ALL know how well pasta holds up under those hot lights! 

They did have Roasted Chicken but no breast just Thigh Meat w/the skin on.  I pulled off the skin but knew I was paying a heavy price for eating dark meat that was cooked in fat. 

All together I thought the food was mediocre.  DH loaded up on the fattening food them complained afterwards about how bad everything was and vowed we never go back!

I think my biggest issue though was w/the price.  There was 3 of us including myself, DH, and my 5 year old son who can eat for like 2.00.  Total w/tip was 30.00.  OK 10.00 a piece maybe doesn’t sound bad BUT I am el cheapo and couldn’t help but think of how many bags of chicken breast I could of bought or how many salads I could of made.

DH wanted to “treat” me by going out so I wouldn’t have to cook.  I think I’ll just make dinner next time!

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I’m Boring and Predictable

Well I’ve been through the “I’m so excited to be losing weight” Phase, the “I’ve hit a Plateau” Phase, and now I’m going through the “I can’t get motivated” Phase!  I’m not exercising like I should and my eating has been subpar at best.  Things have been hectic for about 2 weeks now but have settled down a bit, so I’m hoping to get back in the swing of things here soon!

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