Sunday, July 9, 2017

And so it goes


Errr.... here's how I did since Tuesday.

Miles biked: 1.7
Days counting calories: 1
Days working hard on weight loss and health: 0

Weight loss: 0

You get what you work for...


29 comments:

MaryFran said...

You know what....this is the most profound post I've read in a while!!!!! We forget sometimes (ok I forget) that it takes work and perseverance to make this work!!!!

Kristi said...

I'm impressed you can not eat well and not exercise and not gain. When I don't watch it, I gain. You are lucky!

Gina Loya said...

I feel you. I'm a heart attack waiting to happen. Besides being 225, I cannot stop smoking like a fiend. Alot of self soothing going on here that is so unhealthy. You aren't alone.

Josie said...

You need to make yourself and your health your top priority. PERIOD.

I track my food on mfp every day. It's like brushing my teeth. Why? because it's necessary and I'm worth it.

Lyn said...

MaryFran~

It does! And I want to update on my blog at least once a week so the time doesn't fly by with no effort. Sharing results (and effort) is a good reality check for me... always has been.

Kristi~

haha, well I never thought of it as lucky, but I guess you have a point. I think the reason I tend to stay at one weight for a long time (I have been at this weight most of 2017) is because I did change some of my eating habits permanently... just enough to keep myself from going back to 283+. I am sure if I was still binge eating I would be over 350 by now. Even when I am not "working hard" on weight loss, I do eat smaller portions, include high quality protein and produce, and drink lots of water and not much junk. But it takes more than passive actions to get the results I want. I have always had to put in a lot of effort to lose weight.

Gina~

Addictions are so tough! It's all the same mechanism, I think: overeating, smoking, drug abuse, drinking, gambling, sex addiction... anything unhealthy used to soothe and as an emotional crutch is so hard to change.

Josie~

I'm so glad you are doing well with tracking and feeling great!

Anonymous said...

What kinds of things are you eating?

Lyn said...

Anon~

Breakfasts:
2 eggs, 2 bacon, and sweet potato or fruit
2 bacon, avocado, fruit
2 egg omelet with spinach, mushrooms, onions, cheese
Greek yogurt
today I had a smoothie made with frozen blueberries, mango, pineapple, kale, broccoli and unsweetened vanilla almond milk.

Lunches:
a half sandwich and soup
leftovers
veggie and meat wrapped in a tortilla
(too many carbs)

Dinners:
the usual...
baked chicken and roasted veggies
stew, soup, or a casserole with a side veggie
steak and mashed potatoes with veggies (need to back off the potatoes!)
and the occasional pasta dinner with garlic bread which is something I should stop eating

Snacks, if any, are:
coffee/half and half
nuts
fruit
veggies or pretzels with hummus
tortilla chips with guac
Greek yogurt
sugar free protein bar

Lyn said...

anon~

adding, I recently started buying the dried veggies from Walmart: green beans, okra, beet slices and also dried kiwi slices. They are easy and good... however, I know I'd be better off eating them fresh or roasting them myself. It's just a convenience food for grab and go. Not sure yet if they are something I will use regularly.

Anonymous said...

NONE of that is healthy. NONE of it. Besides which, on your last post your before and after/unhealthy and healthy breakfasts are no different!

Lyn said...

Anon~

Guess it depends on your definition of healthy. Greek yogurt, nuts, fruits and veggies, eggs, and meats are healthy (to me, because I am not lactose intolerant or vegan). Even the carbier stuff is healthy to some, who are not sensitive to carbs.

About the two breakfasts: there was over 300 calories difference in the two breakfasts and quite a bit of carbs less in the second one, due to a couple of things:
no tortilla
no cheese
2 pieces of bacon has less calories and fat than sausage
sweet potato is not a nightshade so is healthier for me
less oil, salt, and carbs in the small amount of diced sweet potato than in the hash browns

I hope that clarifies a bit.

Anonymous said...

Bacon is not usually considered higher quality protein...

Lyn said...

Anon~

LOL, of course it's not! Bacon is primarily a fat and more of a condiment for me. I know I wrote a whole post about bacon several years back. A slice of bacon is 35 calories and gives lots of flavor and enjoyment to a meal! I am never giving up bacon. My protein (local cage free eggs, free range chicken, grass fed beef etc) is generally high quality.

Anonymous said...

I would like anon to elaborate how "NONE of that is healthy." Scratching my head.... Meats, veggies, fruits....

Anonymous said...

Not to mention your premade breakfast sandwiches from Walmart!

Lyn said...

Last Anon~

I didn't mention breakfast sandwiches because I didn't eat any this week.

I find it interesting that most of the critical comments are anonymous. Wonder why? :)

FrenchyMcFrenchcake said...

I think people are frustrated with you and for you and it comes off that way? I admire your efforts to keep trying but it baffles me why after all this time you don't seek more help. Everyone is different of course and you ll find your system. Wishing you well

Lyn said...

Frenchy~

Thanks for the well wishes! My advice to the anons who may be frustrated with me: don't spend your precious time reading blogs that frustrate you! Use it on something that brings you joy.

I really appreciate the folks who understand/get it and are supportive of me even after "all this time." That means a lot to me! It's easy to support and be kind when someone is succeeding, but harder when they flounder. But those struggling times are when our friends need us the most. I am here for anyone who needs support... no judgement. :)

Anonymous said...

Maybe the anon saying none of that is healthy is a troll. Lyn, thank you for sharing this, right where you are. I'm in the same exact boat!! Even though it's a crappy place to be, it's so nice to know I'm not alone.

Amy said...

Yes, surely a troll or at very least, someone whose self esteem is so low that they feel superior to others by trying to shame them in one form or another. These are the types who do yoga in the waiting room and only eat kale in public then go home and eat garbage.
You are doing fine. Consider last week your warm up. So much time left to make magic happen, there's no time limit. You have this!

Lyn said...

Thanks Amy and last Anon. I feel like I am on the right path, and even if I am slower "warming up" than others may like, that's ok. I am enjoying the journey. And yesterday was a good day! Today will be too :)

Anonymous said...

I can't say what will work for you- everyone has to figure that out for themselves. One thing that really helped me was plugging in an "ideal day" into MFP. Meaning 1) foods I would actually eat, in amounts that are satisfying. 2) having said meals meet my goals for caloric intake and protein levels. Then, I eat that pre-programmed day for a week, evaluate, and tweak as necessary. Takes all the guess work out of it. I don't know about you, but I run into the most trouble when I don't have a plan in mind for my eating, or when something comes up unexpected and I feel like I "deserve" a treat. If my day is already planned I'm MFP, those trip ups are reduced. Additionally, I tell myself that there are things I just don't eat- not things I can't eat. For some reason, that wording made all the difference.

Anonymous said...

No worries Lyn, you are still beating Eric "Fat Guy Across America" with your 1.7 miles of biking a week. Keep going and you will finish your ride before he finishes his.

On a side note, there is nothing wrong with bacon. People just have this phobia about anything that tastes good and think it must be fattening. Nope, ice cream and candy makes people fat. Not bacon.

Lyn said...

Anon/MFP~

That approach reminds me of a plan I did years ago (in the 90's). I had to write out everything I was going to eat for the next day, within a calorie budget. It really worked well for the most part, because I knew what I'd be eating and didn't have to think about it. I might try doing that in MFP. Thanks for the suggestion!

last Anon~

I knew he was on a break for a bit but thought he was gearing up to start biking again soon. I wish he would publish his distance/time every day. I would like to try and match him!

Lyn said...

p.s. I absolutely agree about bacon. It gets a bad rap! Really it's just salt and fat. A strip of bacon is about as much fat and calories as a teaspoon of butter. Of course if you eat a stick of butter or a pound of bacon it is going to be bad news, but using either as a condiment in moderation is just fine.

Anonymous said...

Are you going to now start posting your calories, exercise, and weight? How about some current photos? Also carrots not bacon.

Lyn said...

last Anon~

Not sure if I will post calories but probably at least exercise and weight. No pictures right now, that sounds depressing.

Carrots AND bacon! (Although not together.)

Anonymous said...

1.7 miles of biking a week....wow! Hopefully at the very least you are walking that distance daily...

Lyn said...

last Anon~

No need to be critical. I am just sharing where I am right now, and hoping to improve.

LHA said...

Lyn, I want to compliment you for your persistence! For anyone who has fought being overweight, we all know that the one sure way to fail is to give up and just not try to do anything about it. Anything other than that is a victory in my book! Good luck going forward.