Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Giveaway Winner, and an Update

It's a good day for a few miscellaneous bits of info and a personal update on me. First of all, the winner of the Half Assed giveaway is Christie from Utah. She'll be receiving a copy of Jennette Fulda's book in the mail shortly. Congratulations, Christie, I hope you enjoy the book as much as I have!

Second, look at this! Our own Dietgirl was on the Early Show this week. Nice little clip, good advice, and check out that list of her favorite blogs! Thanks, Shauna!

Now for an update. A couple of weeks ago, I had been doing my weekly calorie budget which was working out okay for me, and I got myself down to 225 pounds. Well, I got something really cool in the mail to review: a Sensewear armband, which is like the Bodybugg you see on the Biggest Loser TV show. They mailed me a "loaner" armband to try out for a few weeks (a review on the actual armband will come later). I've been wearing it, and because it came with an online calorie program, I ditched the weekly budget and just went with the software. It gave me a "goal" of 1750 calories/day. I started logging my food on that software.

Now, what followed, I can't blame on the software or the armband... because I somehow got it in my head that I should eat 1750 every day. There's a cute little graphic on the website showing when you have "reached" your goal. So if I had eaten 1400, I fell short. And hey, frankly, any incentive to eat more is going to be met with very little resistance when I am PMSing! I ate more, and I gained. In fact, my weight varied up and down the scale from 225 to 235 and back down again...up again... down again. This is relatively normal for me if I am not really watching my intake.

I also slacked off in the exercise department. I've had some more severe knee pain as well as seriously sapped energy (which I mentioned earlier, and am addressing with a light box and B vitamins). I haven't been moving as much as I used to. The combination of eating a bit more and moving less, well, it's not brought me a big weight loss. In fact, I am pretty much maintaining at the moment, between 228-232 pounds. Which I have actually been doing for about 5 months.

While I am not thrilled with the weight situation, I am not upset about it either. I know what's going on. I haven't been bingeing. But if I have a perfectly healthy day with lots of good foods, it still doesn't take much to screw up the weight loss part of the equation. For example:

A usual menu for me this month has been: oatmeal with blueberries and a clementine and green tea for breakfast; a huge salad of spinach, broccoli, peppers, pomegranate seeds, chicken breast, a tablespoon of Gorgonzola, a tablespoon of walnuts or almonds, and a non fat homemade vinaigrette for lunch; yogurt, almonds, and fruit for snacks; and a 3-4 oz serving of lean meat with a small starch such as 1/2 c brown rice and a heap of steamed veggies for dinner. Great! If I eat this and bike, I lose weight consistently. But if you remove the biking and add in a bowl of plain cheerios with half a banana sliced into it with skim milk, I do not lose weight. I maintain or gain. It's that easy to throw off the balance.

It's a learning process. I'm confident that my body is far healthier than it used to be when I was eating junk food and sitting around all day. I eat pretty nutritious foods 90% of the time. It's becoming a habit. I just have to be sure and get the biking in every day, and watch those extra calories.

I might have a loss for this month, or I might have a maintain. We'll see.

This morning the sun came out, and I took a 10 minute walk down the block while my daughter was in playgroup. It was 23 degrees and icy cold, but I relished that sunshine on my face and with every step, I was thankful that I can walk. Every single step I took, I was thinking, how blessed am I? I can walk. And if you think that's silly, remember that a year and a half ago, I couldn't. I couldn't even walk across the street to my mailbox without being in extreme pain. A walk down the block was completely out of my reach. And now, I can. I am so very thankful for that.

I'm coming down sick today. I woke up with a sore throat, and now my head is aching. I am so tired I just want to sleep, and I can tell my body is fighting something. I might even have a fever. I'll take it easy today and give my body lots of nutrition. I had my blueberries and oatmeal for breakfast. I think I will have some soup for lunch, and make a nice big crock pot of buffalo chili with lots and lots of veggies in it: onions, garlic, zucchini, yellow squash, tomatoes, carrots, celery, red/orange/yellow/green peppers... along with pinto beans and kidney beans. I can almost taste it now. Yummy.

One final note. Thank you for all your support! It means the world to me.


new*me said...

Going to vote ;) but must congratulate you on your walk! So wonderful! It's funny how it can be cold outside but if the sun is shining.....all is right in the's like it's shining down just for YOU!

If biking is what it takes to have you lose......then at least you have figured out your body and found something to work on. That, in itself, is an accomplishment!

As always, you inspire :)

Dina said...

I'll vote for you, and

feel better!!!

Lady Downsize! said...

Hi Lyn,

I wondered what that thing was on the arms of BL contestants. Quick not to let you know I voted for you.

Once Upon A Dieter said...

You got my vote, babe. And I told them why in no uncertain terms. :D

The P

p. potter said...

I have a BodyBugg and I've found that knowing the accuracy of how many calories I'm burning a day really helps me pass on little extras.

Anonymous said...

Will you be reviewing the sensewear armband in a future post? I'm interested to hear your thoughts and experiences with it. If my doctor "prescribes" it to treat obesity, I can pay for it with my health spending account, but it's a LOT more costly than (okay, well, it's free) calorie-counting. If it's accurate enough, it may be worth the investment.


losingitandlosingitwell (on 3fatchicks)

Teale said...

You know, I've always wondered how bloggers get folks to send them free stuff to review & giveaway. It must be neat:)

Anonymous said...

I LOVE my Bodybugg. I have lost 7# in the month that I have had it.

I focus on my deficit -- I like to see that number as big as possible! I'm set to hit 750 a day, but I have made it to 1100 some days.

I am set to eat 1600 calories a day and I just can't do it -- it's literally too much food. Most days I clock in between 1200-1300.

I love how seeing it all in graph mode keeps me on track. I really wanted another granola bar this afternoon -- but if I want steak for dinner, I'm going have to skip it. It's not that I am hungry - I just wanted it. So it's a good lesson.

I just saw an interview with Ali off TBL, and she still wears hers! It keeps you honest.

Vickie said...

I totally understood what you wrote about a seemingly small difference in food making all the difference - I think you are very wise to really understand this - I think it is a big reason that people get stuck at certain points and also why people tend to regain. I had someone at goal explain this concept to me while I was in the beginning stages of weight loss and it made a big impact on my really understanding calories.

Ron said...

Looking forward to your revies of the sensewear armband, I have often wondered how accurate they are!

Merry Mary said...

I'll vote for you! I can't wait to hear that review.