Sunday, October 24, 2010

Weekly Update

Just my little weekly update before I post those 100 Pounds Gone Pictures (yes today!)

Last Sunday I weighed in at 180 pounds. Today, I weigh 177. That's a loss of 3 pounds this week! I am happy with that.

This week I stayed on plan. I walked a mile on three days (rain and appointments interfered on the other days). I still haven't started biking in the evenings, nor have I started weight training even though my exercise room is now set up. I need to get a plan, but right now I am spending my focus and energy on eating correctly and NOT bingeing! It can be a challenge some days towards the end of the month, but not as bad as it used to be. I might have a short round of food obsession for a few hours once in awhile, but usually I get over it. Actually, the other day when I wrote about how I felt so driven to EAT and was trying very hard to stay on plan so I could hit that 100 pound mark, I decided to try one of my old tricks. I used to do this often when I was counting calories: go to bed at night and deliberately dream of FOOD. I'd lie down, close my eyes, and imagine in the most vivid possible way the experience of eating any food I'd been craving... everything I want. I have an *excellent* food memory, down to every nuance of texture, flavor, and scent, so this is very vivid for me. I only do it at bedtime so I do not drive myself nuts and go actually EAT the stuff I am imagining. Anyway, I went to bed and I decided I would fantasize about going to the mall and eating every food I wanted. I love this dream because I start by walking through the mall in my mind and I go to every food place I want to, eat as much as I want to, and it is all FREE and I never get too full. I fall asleep and usually continue the vivid dreaming and wake up with the cravings much weaker. So the other night I was imagining walking through the mall and eating pizza when I noticed that in my imagination, I was morbidly obese! I looked down and had my old body, down to the white tee shirt with black sleeves and food stains on the front! I thought, "no, this isn't right! I want to be THIN and doing this." I tried to imagine myself in my current body, bingeing on pizza and cinnabons and cheese steaks, and I couldn't. I could NOT. I had to imagine myself in the old binge body to do the mall binge. Because the new me and the old behaviors do not mesh. In fact, I couldn't even finish my fantasy because I didn't WANT to imagine being back in that body. What fun is that?? So I thought about something else instead.

Wow, huh? Maybe things really *have* changed. While I do think about eating a bunch of junk sometimes, and even crave it, I don't think I could do it anymore. Not to *that* extent. Not in this body.

That was a bit of a tangent. Let's see, I was talking about my past week. Yes. I ate on plan. We had two dinners out: Outback last Sunday, which I already recounted, and then last night we went out for a birthday dinner at Red Robin.

"Yikes!" you say. "You just lost a hundred pounds and you go to RED ROBIN, home of the double bacon cheeseburger and bottomless steak fries?? Are you NUTS?" Well, maybe!

Here's what I had:

Water to drink.
Chicken Caprese Sandwich (grilled chicken breast, sliced fresh mozzarella, sliced fresh tomatoes, Romaine, and Basil pesto) served "lettuce wrapped" instead of on a bun, and a side salad with extra cucumber, minus the croutons.

I dumped my lettuce wrapped sandwich into the dish over the side salad and cut it up and tossed it so that the pesto was the "dressing." It was SO good, very yummy and not at all "diety". Very filling. I had saved my "optional snack" allowance for dinner as well which allowed me to fit this food into my Medifast meal plan. Here's the stats for that entire meal:

460 calories
48 g protein
26 g fat
13 g carbs
4 g fiber
611 mg sodium

Just for kicks, wanna compare to my *past* favorite order at this place? Just a plain ol' Whiskey River BBQ burger with ONE side of fries w/Ranch for dipping and ONE Coke has:

1972 calories, 56 g protein, 116 g fat (!!!!), 173 g carbs (!!!!!!!), 9 g fiber, and 2701 mg sodium.

WOW! And yes, in all honesty I almost always had 2-3 Cokes (free refills there) and a second plate of fries (free refills on fries, too). And yes, I sometimes had dessert.

And this is not killing ones' self??

Anyway, the meal I had was great. I think the key to eating out is to look up the menus (and nutrition facts, if available) ahead of time and steer clear of carby stuff like buns, pasta, and white rice as well as sugar and extreme fat (deep fried anything, cheese, butter, dressings, etc).

Okay, I will get those pictures up shortly :)

*FTC-required disclosure: Medifast provided me with its products for my personal use for free. I am not paid or compensated in any other way for mentioning their products. Medifast states an "average weight loss of up to 2 to 5 pounds a week." Use coupon code LYNESC50 for $50 off an order of $275 or more.*


Anonymous said...

how tall are you?

Lucrecia said...

Congrats on a great choice at Red Robin. Do you sometimes find after a great weigh in there is a tendency to slack off a little?

We don't eat at Red Robin often but I LOVE their website, you can fully customize your meal before you go and they will prepare it just like you need it! Other restaurants need to learn from that!

Anonymous said...

Ok. I am waiting for the pictures. Can´t wait !

Stephanie said...

I just wanted to say that you are very inspirational to me. Not so much in the fact that you lost 101lbs (although that is AMAZING! Congratulations!!), but because you've changed your relationship to food. I don't know if you ever believed that you were addicted to food, but I feel that I am. I know that overcoming my addiction starts with changing my relationship with food. Seeing someone else completely change how they feel about food and the purpose of it, is very refreshing. Your blog isn't just about weight loss, but about dealing with the real reasons some of us are overweight.

Through your blog, I've realized that it's not necessarily going to be easy and sometimes I might have a setback or two, but I just need to keep going.

Thank you for such an amazing blog! I can't wait to see your 100lb gone pics!

spunkysuzi said...

Can't wait for the pic's!! I'm off to work but i'll peak and see if you've posted them by then :)

Anonymous said...

I'm excited to see the pics!!! CONGRATULATIONS!

Jenny said...

Congratuations on your 100 pound weight loss! What an accomplishment! Your last pictures are beautiful, so as your other followers, I am waiting to see the new ones in those size 10 jeans. Your way of thinking of food to curb your hunger was clever. Since that doesn't work for you now, maybe you could try imagining you are going in all of the stores in the mall and trying on and buying beautiful SMALL clothes! Stay strong. A lot of us are inspired by you.

Jennifer said...

I found your blog through another one I frequent. Congratulations! Our journies are very VERY similar. I started at 268 and just recently lost my 100th pound. I'm at 168 now and having many of the same feelings as you. Just wanted to let you know that I think you've done a great job and that I'll try keeping up with your blog, as your experience is so similar to mine.

gracies tough journey said...

You are such an inspiration to me. I justed my journey at 1 1.5 weeks ago. Your before pictures could be me (exactly) even same I hope my after pictures look as good as you do. Awesome job. Gracie

gracies tough journey said...

It should say I just started my journey week and a half ago. Your pictures left me in awe.. lol Gracie

Name: Lynise said...

Lyn, You write that you are very proud of yourself and so you absolutely should be. You have evern reason to feel absolutely fantastic about how far you have come and the thing that I need to remember is that you NEVER gave up. Even through the struggles you blogged, and kept perservering. When I 'fail' once again it is so easy to think "I've stuff up the plan and go completely off track for long periods of time, (in my case sometimes a year or two) and you are an example of someone who has had those slips ups too but refused to give up completely.

What an inspiration you are to those of us (myself included) who are still struggling to have the kind ore results you have acheive through your sheer determination and hard work. WELL DONE.

screwdestiny said...

You did great with managing to eat healthy at Red Robin! I usually just get some small salad there or something, but I admit what gets me is that amazing freckled lemonade!

And I liked your comment about how you were basically killing yourself. That is what so many people are doing, but because it's food, nobody says anything. People often don't reach out to help. I'm glad that you turned your life around. It's awesome. :)