5 March 2003
Well, I gained 3 lbs at my weigh-in today, but it
wasnt unexpected. A lovely birthday
dinner with my mother in a Chinese restaurant (where I let myself go), followed by a
buffet birthday brunch for both Walt and me at his
mothers senior citizens center, and then being treated to lunch by the office
twice and by our new rad tech once. (Plus
those four hundred Luna bars). I was prepared
for it. It will come off next week.
Again the meeting today addressed things I
needed to hear. It was on how to really live this new lifestyle, and a reminder of the 8
steps to a healthy weight. It was kind of an
eye-opener. Though I have re-started
journaling and staying within the points range, Ive lost sight of the whole
lifestyle thing. I used to have
V-8 juice a lot; it not only got me through an afternoon without getting the munchies, but
it also pretty much by itself filled the required 6-8 servings of fruits and vegetables. I also munched cherry tomatoes when I got home at
night. That combined with a piece of fruit
some time during the morning and usually during the afternoon and I was home free in that
But for some reason Ive slowly been
forgetting about that. Its easier to go
back to the old snack habitswatch how much
Im eating so I dont go over my points, but forget to watch the kinds of things Im eating.
I also used to slosh when I first started
this diet. I was never without a bottle of
water and I knew the rest stops on every road that I traveled (did you know there are rest
stops every 20 miles along I-5 between Sacramento and Los Angeles?) I never really think
about pushing water because Ive always been such a big water drinker. But when I think back on it, thru the winter, I
drink less water and so Im not drinking as much.
I still drink one glass at breakfast time, one mid-morning, one with lunch
(usually), one in the afternoon and one or two with dinnerwhich perhaps technically fulfills the water
requirement, but I used to really push it, and when I drink more water, the weight comes
off more, so I need to be more aware of that.
Im pretty much OK on the restI
get enough protein, I definitely get enough milk products (Im cornering the market
on fat-free Yoplait strawberry yogurt), and grains are never a problem. I need to remember to take a multivitamin pill,
though I suspect that doesnt so much affect weight as it does assure that all of
your vitamin needs are being met.
The meeting made me look at my habits, the
ones Ive formed and the ones Ive started to let slip. (Thankfully, the exercise habit has
not been one of thoseand with Spring coming, Im getting itchy pedal feet and
eager to get out on weekends and enjoy the sun and the blossoms!)
Our leader pointed out that we are 12 weeks
from Memorial day and suggested that we make a plan for what we intend to accomplish
during the next 12 weeks.
So this is my plan:
Make a concerted effort to add more
vegetables to my day. Fruits arent as
much of a problem, but fruits count as points and vegetables dont
and one needs
a balance anyway. Its time to stock up
on V-8 juice and tomatoes again, and start buying more than specialty tortillas at the
Farmers Market (Im remembering the delicious butternut squash I cooked
.) I wish I could learn to love those little carrots. I try.
I really try...but I end up either throwing them away after they've dried up, or
putting them in soup (which isn't too bad).
Be more aware of water intake and add at
least 3 more glasses of water a day to what Im already drinking.
With the good weather here, get out on the
bike more. Leave the typing sit for an hour
and go out and smell the roses
and the daffodils and the cherry blossoms.
Remember to take my multivitamin each
And finally, journal, journal, journal. Even if I load my plate with glazed walnut prawns,
write it down.
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