“Is that you, Grandma?”
“Yes, I was 16”
“I hope you weren’t fat when you were a teenager”
No, Baby, I wasn’t….I just thought I was.
This is him in April - at the Kansas Speedway
Wish I had the energy to work so hard, so consistenly! Ah well, that, too will come....little by little. I'm not 19, afterall.
This is him last weekend, in his work clothes...can you see the difference?
I have chosen only meals that fall within the guidelines of my plan (LA Weight Loss):
less than 40 g carbs
at least 14 g protein
less than 10 g fat
and less than 750 g sodium
The last time I was in at the center (2 ½ weeks ago) (I know, I am supposed to be in 3 times a week, and I was at first, because we lived in the city at the time. Now, the closest center is 1 hour away – I only go in every couple weeks) Anyway, the last time I was at the center, we talked about my frustration with being stuck on the same “numbers” for so long. The counselor recommended that I use the frozen meals only twice a week, at most because of the sodium.
After 2 weeks of no frozen meals, even with no exercise to speak of, I lost more than ½ of what I’d lost all summer!
Just another example of how my laziness has gotten me in trouble.
And you know? I haven’t even missed them! I’ve been having leftovers or salad for lunches – and enjoying my own cooking much more than the frozen stuff.
Oh, and I moved my ticker today.
most of my boys, my nephew, and my man working on the tin
If all those things don’t sound like enough to keep me busy….our daughter-in-law, who is 5 months pregnant has been having recurring severe gall bladder attacks. She has completely changed the way she cooks and eats, down to zero fat, but the pregnancy hormone apparently has much to do with having gall stones and attacks. Also, fatigue triggers the attacks. She has 3 little girls of her own and also cares for 2 under two year olds in her home. They NEED her income, so she has been valiantly pushing through. Our son has told her all she needs to do is care for the children during the day and learn how to eat so she doesn’t make things worse – he comes home from work and cleans the house, does the laundry, puts the kids to bed…etc. Every time she has an attack, someone needs to go to their home and care for the children while she is either taken to the hospital or (if it is not as severe) takes some pain meds and goes to bed. Guess who that person usually is? Right….Grandma. We have asked her to quit her job and we will cover the difference in their income, so she will not have the babies after the end of this month, which will help with the fatigue factor. However, as her baby grows, the attacks will likely get worse. Every attack has her at risk for emergency surgery which would take care of the pain, but would (obviously) put our baby at risk.
Not the same baby I was talking about, but an example of the cute babies my kids make.
I would have liked to be posting on both my blogs every couple days, but that just has not been possible for the last while – I hope things will slow down just a bit, soon. Mr. Wonderful is off to work for the next 2 weeks, leaving early tomorrow morning….in some ways, I will have more time, but he takes care of quite a lot around here, so in other ways, I will have less time.
In spite of all these happenings, I have been eating carefully. As reported in my last post, I went on LA’s “Take Off” plan to try and get “off the plateau”. The first week after Take Off did not seem to be too successful, but…as I said last week “We’ll see what next Monday holds”. Well, it is next Monday……and guess what! I am DOWN 4.4 pounds! I realize that I could be up a pound or two tomorrow, so I am not going to move my ticker until I am sure I have stabilized at 220 or less.
This loss happened in spite of:
My birthday party last night
Speaking of my Birthday Party, my daughter hosted a “wine and cheese” party for me. All my kids were there as well as my dearest friend and her boys, and also 2 other friends – one “new” friend and one that I haven’t seen or even talked to for about 2 years. What a blessing!
Food was: veggies and dip, sausage, bread pieces and spinach dip, crab dip, deli meats, shrimp and cocktail sauce…..Homemade Tiramisu, cream puffs, and cheese cake for dessert……Sangria and straight wine for drinks.
So, I know what I need to do this week....drink more water and eat all my exchanges. Both these goals will require that I pay more attention sooner in the day so that I don't look at my food journal after supper and see that I still need to drink 4 glasses of water and eat 2 fruits, 2 dairy, and 1 starch. (I never lack in the protein area....I love my meat)
It is so hard for a "lifer"....someone who has been in "on a diet" mode for almost my whole life.... to remember that NOT eating the good food is just as bad as eating the bad food. I mean, I feel like I have achieved something when I don't eat. In reality, I am sending a very familiar message to my body...."she's starving again...stop burning and start storing".
Anyway, I've lost only 7 pounds since the beginning of June. I am so frustrated! I had hoped to be losing at least that amount every month!
The greatest change in me, though, has everything to do with how frustrated I am. I am not tempted to quit. I am not reaching for the nachos and cheese or the bag of cookies. The other day at the grocery, I went over to the muffins (I love muffins) and looked them over. But looking at them, I didn't even want one....I'd rather make my own, knowing what ingredients are used than eat something that likely has spray-dried eggs, powdered milk, lots of margarine and sugar in it. The fact that I did not lust after them is evidence that my mind-set has changed quite drastically. That is even better than losing more than .6 lbs this week!