Sunday, January 18, 2015

The Weekly Update

Well I feel like I pretty much failed this week at making any improvements to my health. That's my overall feeling, but let me detail how I did with this week's goals.

stay gluten free: nope, had gluten a few times
little to no added sugar or artificial sweeteners: pretty good with this
eat a fruit and/or vegetable with every meal: still not always getting them in at breakfast. Fruit is easier than veggies. Well, not really, but it's a habit.
stop all fried foods: I had French fries one time this week.
do some kind of exercise at least 20 minutes 6 days/week: fail. I walked (1-2 miles) 3 days.
drink more water: pretty good on this.

Weight today is 247, up a pound. This is going in the wrong direction.

On a positive note, I think less about food than I used to. I am not caving in to my cravings as often. This is not due to any magical surge in willpower but probably more likely because I am tired and don't care enough to make a store run to get what I crave. I also don't crave as much when I am not eating chips and bakery junk and candy.

So my goals for this week are pretty much to do better at my goals from last week. I feel more positive and energized this morning so maybe this is the week I will really start working it and seeing results. I am going on a mini vacation, leaving later this week and coming back next Monday (thank goodness because it has been like 5 months since I got out of town for a few days, and I need it!). So my next weigh in will be on the following Tuesday. Having a weigh in right after a trip is usually not something I like to do, but I made a commitment to report my weight here weekly so that's what I'm going to do. There will be a lot of opportunities for walking and hiking in nature on this trip, so I will take advantage of that and take some photos to share when I get back.

Basically I physically feel sluggish a lot of the time (achy joints and tired and find it harder to move) so I need to start getting something done about the weight. I miss the freedom of movement I had when I was thinner. I will figure out what I am going to eat this week and on vacation and blog about it sometime in the next couple of days. I do want to succeed. I don't know why I have not been working harder at this, but I do know I will keep trying!


Alison Calderone said...

Hi Lyn,
I think you did great this week! Let me show you how I see it:

Gluten - got down to eating it just a few times a week - big improvement!
Eliminate all fried foods - did great - only had French fries one day
Fruits & Veggies - getting these in all meals, except breakfast a few days
Exercise - I'm half way to my goal.
Overall - moving in the right direction! My behavior improvements haven't shown up on the scale yet, but I trust that they will, in due time. Going to continue to improve and move in the right direction next week!

And no matter the reason, not caving into cravings is a huge win. Good for you. Keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

Lyn, Do you hapen to have a copy of AA's Big Book? If not, you can get it for less than $# on Amazon for your kindle/kindle app on your tablet.

I mention it, because I've been rereading my copy (from 4 decades ago) and just applying it's info on alcoholism to my eating issue.

The Big Book (Mine might be the second edition) is very different from the impression that is given at meetings, especially OA, at least to me it seems different.

Anyway, I've found it helpful. I thought it might make good vacation reading. :)

Best wishes,


Anonymous said...

Sigh. I need to proof my comments.
That's less than THREE dollars, not $#. :}

divad said...

I LOVE Alison's comment!

Is there any way you would consider less demanding goals? Goals that are easier to be met with a positive? For instance, what if your goal was to exercise 3 days a week, instead of 6? What if you aimed to eat fruit and veggies in all meals but breakfast?

LHA said...

Lyn, I would like to encourage you to keep on fighting and don't let yourself feel too negative about things. It's hard to get things going in the right direction!

One encouraging thing that I can say is that feeling freer in movement and just more energetic can come from just following the plan that you know works for you--whatever that is for each person. When I am just eating right I feel so much better, move better, feel more optimistic and have more energy even before any weight loss registers. It's worth working hard to get that feeling!

Good luck and have fun on your vacation. Focus on activities and enjoyment of things other than food and you will be fine.

JM said...

fake it til you make it!

Lynne said...

I would like to encourage you to join weight watchers again. I don't know why you are so resistant to *trying* something that you haven't done yet. A group, a destination, an opportunity to talk through your struggles and be accountable. What would it honestly hurt? What are you afraid of? What if it worked for you? I feel like you are just doing what you've done for the last 2 years... News flash - it's not working.... You can do better!!!

CatherineMarie said...

Lyn, maybe you should stop worrying about gluten-free right now. It is HARD to be gluten-free and healthy, most gluten-free stuff is loaded with other things. That being said, I agree with Alison. I think you need to turn your thinking around.

Now, my other thought, maybe the weekly weighing isn't helping. Is there some other measure you can use? Measure your hips, etc? Or buy one new pair of pants/skirt that is just a little bit too small. Try them on weekly, when they fit, you'll have something new to wear, and can buy a "new" pair of goal pants.

I think you are doing great! Keep talking to Cloe. Keep making baby steps. French fries once a week will not kill you! And think about it, you were able to have French fries once. Once. And it did not trigger a "now I need cake and cookies and chocolate, and, and, and...." You are in so much of a better place. I wish you could see that.

Anonymous said...

2 sentences jumped out at me from your post:
(1) "I also don't crave as much when I am not eating chips and bakery junk and candy."

(2) "maybe this is the week I will really start working it and seeing results"

#1 is a flashing-light BINGO sign. Cutting the crap cuts the cravings for the crap. This may be especially important with food addictions, which it sounds like you may have. Deb Willbefree's suggestion may also be helpful on this. I say "may" only because I haven't read the Big Book. Hmmmmm, maybe I should.

#2 - the lack of agency of jumps out at me. Like the efforts come from outside you, are something that happen TO you, rather than something YOU DO (or don't), that YOU MAKE HAPPEN (or don't).

None of this is happening TO you; you, yourself, are creating it all. All of it.
No one else.

That said... with a vaca coming up, I don't see how this week becomes the turning point (unless you're going on a wellness retreat - ?) It's hard to create the best choices on vaca. I'm not sure I'd want to. :P But more power to you, whatever path you end up on.
All best,

Betsey C. said...

I love Alison's comment too! Have a great time on your trip, Lyn, and get a lot of hiking in. I hope the weather cooperates. Looking forward to seeing some pictures.

Lori said...

I see progress in your goals. So, you didn't meet each one 100%. That does not equal failure. It gives you room for growth.

I know it is easy to think something needs to change when the scales are not cooperating. Please don't. Your current goals are realistic and are well thought by you for your journey.

Stacy Asp said...

Get back on Medifast or try Optifast or Weight Watchers...what you're doing isn't working!!

JM said...

a few things come to mind. One is, as a family of celiacs, it is hard to do UNLESS you just dont do grains! GF products and flours are so dense its very hard to do low calorie. Also, for me everytime I tackle my weight, after each child, etc. and i look back, the successful times were when i have had a "coming to jesus" moment. A comment, a photo, a weight on the scale... something that made me say ENOUGH. And beyond that, the help of community hard work, hard hard work. Daily exercise, internal battles, therapy ALL OF IT to have success. i ve said it before. There is nothing wrong with NOT BEING Ready. TO stop the gain, and work on issues is so good. Then when the sun comes out and you are ready, yay! but no matter what people say, its hard work, there is no special magical diet. They ALL work, if you work them. Sad but true