Sunday, January 4, 2015

Back to Weekly Weigh-Ins

It's only been 3 days, but I do want to get back in the habit of a weekly weigh-in like I used to do. There's not a lot to report, but I am going to keep my original goals for the coming week: no gluten, lower sugar, and exercise. So far (3 days) I have done better with this stuff. I rode my exercise bike once (23 minutes) and walked once (a mile). The only gluten I had was a slice of birthday cake (and of course that was the sugar too). I have been eating too much salty stuff, however, and my hands are puffy so I am guessing water retention is the pound I gained (246 today) and it will leave with better hydration. I ate a lot of salted kale chips, and ham and bean soup. The soup has been so good, but salty.

healthy ham bone and bean soup recipe

I made this using my old standby Ham Bone Soup recipe with the addition of more carrots. I used a bag of 15-bean soup mix (just the beans, not the "flavoring packet") for the beans. It's delicious!

I think I'll make a big pot of soup every week to have something warm and filling to eat for lunches. I really like soup and can fill it with lots of vegetables. I'll make something less salty this week, starting with the leftover bones and meat from our New Years Day Prime Rib.

I'll be sure to get out for a walk today and drink plenty of water. Hope you enjoy your week!


Anonymous said...

It's hard to get back into the weekly weigh-ins...especially when we don't like the numbers. Good for you! :)


Gwen said...

The thing is,if you are going to be gluten free,you have to be 100% Gluten free. Until you can commit to 100% effort, you will get less than 100% results. And re the salty soup...if it tastes salty, stop eating it. You are making this harder than it needs to be, and that is why you aren't where you want to be.

One's weight is directly proportional to their commitment to the process, whatever process you choose.

Lori said...

Sometimes just getting started is harder than actually working the plan. Good for you for getting off to a good start.

Anonymous said...

Not that Gwen needs anyone to speak for her, but I feel like her comment needs some backstory to be appreciated for what it is. It sounds so harsh, yet, I think she is really just trying to pass on her own hard won wisdom.

If you read Gwen,'s blog, you;'ll see that at the age of 63, she has only recently realized that a partial elimination of gluten can be a problem. (I won't give examples--they're in her posts over the past few months.)

Sometimes when one's own light shines after decades of darkness, our enthusiasm to share our new found truth can come off as harsh...judgmental...intolerant...self-righteous even.

I think that once we consider Gwen's own recent "coming to the truth," her comment is better understood as a desire to help another avoid the decades of floundering and missteps that she experienced.

As a fellow sixty-something, I certainly understand not wanting anyone to fiddle around thru their forties and fifties as we did.

Lyn, Gwen's advice is sound. Hopefully readers will learn from her many years in the trenches and not, like I certainly did, learn it the hard way.

Hugs, Lyn. :) Good for you for hitting the path while still a forty-something. :D


Lyn said...

Thanks :) I am not trying to be gluten free for medical reasons. I'm not even sure if gluten affects me or not (although eating a lot of wheat seems to) but since I felt best when I was low carb and grain free, plus that is part of AIP, I make it a goal. I figure eventually if I do an elimination diet with gluten I will find out if it truly bothers me or not. I am not going to do anything like that until I consult with my ED counselor though... just trying to make positive changes each week to improve my health and hopefully lose weight, too. It's been rough just getting up the motivation to *do something* positive for myself, so I am just glad I am finally ready to work at this again.

LHA said...

Lyn, I actually find the slower approach to cutting out/back on things works better for me than trying to go 100% at the start. When I get seriously off track if I will do just what you are doing and make a few smaller changes to start with and then continue to tighten things up I have a much greater chance of long term success. I guess everyone has their way of approaching things that works for them. Good luck as you work on more changes to lead you back to where you want to be!

Betsey C. said...

I make a pot of soup every week during the fall and winter, Lyn. I have about 10 favorite recipes that I cycle through. it makes it so easy to grab a good meal for lunch.

This week it's taco soup. I use ground turkey and try to find lower sodium options for some of the ingredients. It's full of beans and tomatoes -- healthy and cheap!

Jack Sh*t, Gettin Fit said...

Just don't make my sodium soup; it's nothing but salt and water!

Catherine55 said...

Happy New Year! That soup looks delicious!!

kim ellis said...

ugggg...185lbs at december 11th and was up to 195lbs jan 2nd.....unbelievable!!!!????

but started back this program and was 191.4 this morning....i am sure some of that was water and not all fat....but who cares..once it keeps moving down right?!

i really think you have the same kinda issue i have....muscle percentage is currently not enough to burn off the energy load from certain kinds of sugars and it is either we low carb it or the weight goes no where....feels like starvation man

but building muscle also seems really hard to do...

Anonymous said...

kim ellis - just speaking to your last line about "building muscle" - can I ask what amount of protein you eat? In my personal experience (and I've read a lot that this helps a lot of people), just eating more protein helps build/retain muscle.
Guidelines for how much protein you should eat are based on your bodyweight. The most conservative guideline I know of is half your bodyweight in grams for protein, and I see some people go up to 1 to even 2 grams per lb of bodyweight. It may be a lot more than you are currently eating. If you want to build muscle, maybe give it a try?
Hope this helps.
All best.

kim ellis said...

Hiiii fitteratfortyish.....

thnks for the info....i guess i should really do more research into building....but yes i think i do get in a lot of 5 times and each meal has some kind of protein in it..example breakfast which is usually 3 eggwhites and and unsweetened almond milk or 1/2 cup of baked beans as a treat...

but maybe i am not doing enough strength training....or not the right type of strength training.

I do try to eat my protein right after i do my small weight training session.

would be good if i could find a home dvd around strength training.

kim ellis said...

omg....just found one on youtube

Anonymous said...

Hi Kim Ellis - that's great! What I've read is you need to eat at least 30 grams of protein at a time for your body to build muscle. Egg whites sound great for protein, just check you're getting your 30 grams each meal. Multiple different, unrelated studies have found that 30 grams is the threshold for muscle-generation in your body.

That's awesome finding a strength training video on YouTube! There's so much there. I found a Jillian Michaels yoga video there the other day, which was a great workout. Good luck building those muscles!
All Best.