Tuesday, June 1, 2010

June 1, 2010: 205 Pounds

This morning, the scale said 205 pounds. That's seven pounds gone in the month of May. I am very pleased with seven pounds. I dropped seven pounds in April, too. It seems like a good rate of loss for me.

I think I can do a *teeny* bit better! Maybe not a lot more *pounds* gone (although 8 or 9 would be nice), but I can do better for my health. I've taken to ingesting artificial sweeteners lately, because I am off sugar but still want a sweet drink (without carbs) once in awhile. I think it's time to cut back on those. I am currently drinking 2 or 3 "diet" drinks per day, either diet soda or iced coffee with sugar free syrups in them. I also have been adding sugar free syrups to my protein shakes. I need to cut that out. I just don't think that stuff is beneficial, and eventually I will stop using them altogether. My goal for June is no more than ONE artificially sweetened drink per day. I do enjoy an iced soda or coffee in the afternoons and I'll allow myself that, but I'll also make a point of choosing unsweetened iced tea more often. It's just a matter of habit.

I am also aiming to be more accurate with measuring my food at dinner this month, especially things like salad dressing. And finally, for June I will continue to work on increasing my exercise six days per week. I seem to have aggravated my right knee again. I have been doing some short walks but am having pain. It's frustrating to WANT to exercise and not be able to walk or bike like I want to. I really have no excuse for not strength training more often, though. I just got sick of it and don't enjoy standing in my bedroom pumping iron. It's become a drudgery. Not sure how I am going to fix this, but I'll keep trying.

I am convinced that THIS IS MY MONTH to finally get out of the 200's. I am so excited to see a 1 in front of my number on the scale. I am going to work hard this month to make sure that happens!

Enjoy your day. If you went off plan, get back on track! If you stuck with it through the weekend, good for you! We'll all get to goal eventually. Don't give up.

37 comments:

Miss Felicity said...

Youre an inspiration. I am starting at 277 lbs and wish to get out of the 200s. I enjoy reading your adventures through the same thing, thanks.

Ex Yo-Yo Dieter Debbie said...

This is your month, Lyn!

Have you tried Truvia? It's made from stevia, so it's a bit better than Splenda.

It's so hard to give up that little sweet drink treat...but give it a try...you might even see a further drop because most diet soda has sodium in it.

Maybe you could make a reward system: every glass of sweetened drink you trade-in for water will earn you 5 minutes toward an hour-long massage? (I don't know-just a suggestion!)

Keep on going, Lyn! I'm rooting for you!!!

KyokoCake said...

I hope you're able to get down into the 100s - I'm sure you will be! Good luck with giving up sweet drinks - it's a really tough habit to break and I still go through phases where I just crave it.

Banded Girl said...

I came to ask if you'd tried stevia in your tea, too :) I don't like the sweetener in coffee, but I think it's great in both iced and hot tea. It's natural and calorie-free and MUCH better tasting than Splenda/Equal/Sweet-n-Low, which I think of as "all chemicals" anyway.

Congratulations on your loss! Seven pounds in a month is super fantastic ;)

spunkysuzi said...

I think you have some great plans :)
This is YOUR month and i look forward to hearing about it!!
I would ultimately like to cut down on sweeteners as well. Right now i'm just focusing on the eating. I don't want to do anything that might knock me off the horse so to speak.

Lyn said...

Debbie & Banded Girl~

I bought some Truvia some time ago and it tasted absolutely bitter to me! I even let my kids try it and they said it was not bitter at all. I have the same issue with Medifast shakes... they taste SO BITTER to me (I don't use them anymore, I make my shakes out of the pudding mix, lol) butmy kids said they were sweet. I think I have weird taste buds.

Sheryl said...

It's only 6 pounds, a very doable goal for the month of June - you go girl. I too can't wait to get out of the 200s but it won't be during the month of June.

Knitty said...

I am so very, very excited to see you approach one-derland. I still vividly recall the day I stepped on the scale and the first number was a one, how happy and hopeful I was. :)

Julie Lost and Found said...

So excited for you!!! This is definitely your month! How wonderful!

Have you tried Blue Agave honey? This might sound gross, but I've started putting a little in my coffee and I like it.

georgia said...

I'm cheering you on! This is your month!

Stevia is a funny sweetener--you either like it or you don't.

Agave isn't too terrible.

On my last info Friday post I linked to an article which points out those artificial sweeteners may be sabotaging weight loss—my body doesn’t tolerate them so I’m always on the lookout for natural sweeteners, or just avoiding the sweet all together.

Theresa said...

Congratulations on the 7 pound loss for the month! Steady wins the race right!?

Some day I hope to change using 2 out of 3 condiments as 1 Tbsp of milk for my tea. We all have our vices. Baby steps are still steps in the right direction!

Amy said...

I am crossing my fingers you get to join me in ONEderland this month. Try Sun Crystals, much better than stevia. I dropped the Diet crap a long long time ago. If I need a soda I will rarely have some real coke.

Lindsey Feldpausch said...

Sweet-n-lows...yes, this brings back memories.

Lori said...

I'm trying to get off the artificial sweeteners too. I'm actually growing stevia in my herb garden. Now, I just have to figure out how to use it. :)
Lori

Anonymous said...

I think everyone is different when it comes to sweeteners. I used the artificial ones for years and drank diet pop fairly regularly. I didn't lose weight and they tasted pretty vile. Now I use sugar, but rarely have pop. I've lost weight by simply having less of sweet stuff and I honestly don't miss it much (maple cream cookies aside...we all have our weaknesses).

As for Onederland--- RAH RAH RAH! goooooOOOOOOO LYN!

Barb

Shelley said...

Woohoo, another successful month in the books - congratulations, Lyn! Onederland is just around the corner - I am rooting for you to get there this month!

Oh, on measuring things - I always measure salad dressing and cereal - just too easy to go over a smidge or two with those products.

JoAnne said...

I've been using carbonated mineral water (like San Pellegrino) with a twist of lemon or lime - just a little - and it completely satisfies my desire for sweetened beverages.

You might try that if you haven't. It is an acquired taste - I didn't like it at first. But on a really hot day, it's very refreshing and I came to really enjoy it.

Anonymous said...

Don't have a prob with artificial sweeteners. Use them regularly. Stevia and spenda. Like the sweet taste once in a while. Have no plans to change. Lost 40 lbs altogether.

clickmom said...

I am excited for you about being so close to onederland too! There is a big contingent of people out there who believe that artificial sweeteners only make us crave more sweets. I'd say the faster you cut them out the better. I don't eat them until I start with the sugar free gum and for me it's always a slippery slope from there. I'm giving them up too. Starting right now.

PS Truvia is a highly refined form of Stevia- if you do opt for stevia you are better off getting the real deal in the supplement section of the health food store.

Leslie said...

This IS the month! And what a wonderful feeling when you get there. You've accomplished so much already, and your success is totally inevitable.

I understand about the artificial sweeteners - I do use Splenda, as Truvia and Stevia have an aftertaste. But I'm trying to cut back too. I like your limit of one per day. Perhaps I'll try the same.

Dinah Soar said...

The only artificial sweetener that doesn't have carbs is liquid saccharin.

Each packet of Splenda has 1/4 teaspoon of sugar..4 packs is one teaspoon of sugar or 16 calories and 4 grams of carbs.

I think the powdered saccharin packets have carbs as well, and I think aspartame does too.

The only thing I know about stevia is that is does not affect your blood sugar levels--the others do...they cause a rise.

Congrats on another month with significant weight loss.

He Took MY Last Name said...

You should try Jillian's 30 day shred, which is circuit training, or if you have a Wii, EA Sports Active. Both are a great workout. They do strength training in different ways, 30 Day Shred does it with weights and EA does it with resistance bands (included in game)

For the 30day shred if you cant do jumping jacks or butt kicks, you can substitute that part of the circuit training on your bike for a few minutes just to keep your heart rate up. I do that since I have arthritis in ankle and knee.

Fattie Fatterton said...

Congrats lady!! I bet you will make it to Onederland soon. :D Me, I just want to get to the 200s.

Lisa said...

congrats!! I also cut out the diet soda as I think it was just tapping into my sugar cravings. I've tried to just cut out sweet stuff altogether (besides power bars) and it seems I may finally have some control over my sugar and carb addictions. I tried incorporating a bit of fruit back into my diet and all it did was make me crave more sugar and carbs, plus I felt like I was starving for about 2 days.

Barefoot Pixie said...

Best of luck in getting to ONEDERLAND! That will be an exciting milestone but, hey, so is 205! You are an inspiration!

Christie said...

I've just switched over to artificial sweetners too, for coffee. I don't mind using them, but the aftertaste is pretty vile. So now I'm drinking less coffee as a consequence - might try a few different types of sweetner I think!

Good luck with your June goal - hope you will have a reward or celebration when you reach the 100s!

Liz said...

Congrats on the loss!!! I'm at 207 today and I think this is my month to get out of the 200s. We can do it!!!!

CJ said...

Cant wait to see you in onederland! You are so inspiring :)

I have an award for you,(coz you are such a inspiration!) can you come and accept it?

Ice Queen said...

Congratulations on your loss. I have no doubt that the first of July will see you very nicely settled in the one hundreds.

Michelle said...

WOW love reading your story! You have done such a great job! I'm just starting and when I saw your before picture I thought OMIGOSH that is me! I'm starting at 278 and just started my blog. I took my before picture without my head too and when I saw yours I chuckled to myself.
Sending you lots of healthy vibes for June and that you get out of the 200's! Best of Luck!

Anonymous said...

Hey Lyn!
This is definitely your month! You can do it! I have a question that I thought you might be able to answer here...I am thinking about trying the South Beach Diet because right now it sounds like I am basically doing phase 2. However I have hit a plataeu and I know it is my carb intake...did you do phase 1 when you did SB? If so how did you feel? I am super nervous to cut out the bread and such even for two weeks because I workout.

Thanks,
Sarah Lownsbery

Lyn said...

Sarah~

Yes, I did do Phase 1 and I felt really great after the first 3 days of carb withdrawal. My workouts back then pretty much consisted of walking, though. I would say give it a try for a week or two and see how you feel. You can always go back to phase 2 if it doesn't suit you :) Best wishes!

Momma Hunt said...

Good luck, I hope you get to those ones, I am working on getting to that number again!

screwdestiny said...

Hmm...about making the exercise more fun, do you play music while you do it? That always helps me. Still, it doesn't make it that much less boring. How about getting a workout partner. I personally love exercising with someone else. It is just a lot more fun to have someone there doing it with you, at least I think. And it of course is great for accountability. So maybe try that.

Greta from www.bigbottomblogger.blogspot.com said...

Hi Lyn, not sure if you will see this because it is a few days back. Anyway..I love liquid stevia. It comes in many flavors and 4-6 drops in a protein shake or in plain yogurt really sweeten it up nicely...with no calories..not artificial stuff. The one I have is "vanilla cream" flavored. It was not cheap...I think it was $15 for a small bottle...but I bought it almost a year ago and it is only half gone. It lasts and lasts! Hope this helps.

Diet soda has SO much bad crap in it....I am glad you are trying to remove it from the line-up!

Hanlie said...

Way to go, Lynn! Even with company you managed to pull a 7 pound loss for the month. Well done!

Cynthia said...

My take on both artificial and natural sweeteners is that they should BOTH be used in moderation. Realistically, consuming artificial sweeteners non-stop isn't good for us and does tend to foster constantly wanting sweets. So I treat them as the same thing these days, neither to be consumed in excess.

I've pretty much cut Splenda out. Now, I'm using protein powders sweetened with Stevia and sometimes liquid Stevia when I need a bit of extra sweet. Otherwise, I use honey or agave nectar or maple syrup and am just careful about portions and not using more than a couple servings in the course of a day.

I've mostly gotten the diet soda out of my life, but I do sometimes have a glass at a restaurant.

Keep up the good work!