Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.
~ Helen Keller
I'm reading "Angels and Demons," little by little, when I go to bed at night.
TODAY on the TELE
Arnold's first State of the State speech.
Breakfast: Two 2-point bars
Lunch: turkey soup
Dinner: cauliflower soup
PICK A PLAN AND STICK WITH IT
6 January 2004
Dont mess with success.
Given the weight gain last week, I was intrigued with Weight Watcherss new "Fast Track" plan. It gives you the choice of a high carb eating plan or a high protein eating plan, with all of the foods pre-selected. Not a lot of choices, and none of those "flex points" or "activity points" to add. Also a strict 20 point day (my point allottment on the regular plan is quite a bit higher) but, combined with exercise and being good about the water, guaranteed to jump start your weight loss.
Sounded like something worth trying.
Im a carbohydrate junkie, so I thought the high carb plan would be good for me, so I went home from Weight Watchers on last Tuesday and began that day. (The 3 pieces of 100% whole wheat toast for breakfast was appealing, though since the focus was on carbs and not on protein, there was no peanutbutter in my high carb eating plan!).
I was pleased that I got through to lunch and was feeling good. But something exploded around 2 p.m. and it all fall apart.
OK. Lets go back to square one again. Lets try the high protein plan. That was better. I could have peanutbutter on that (and still got some bread) and I was thrilled that I had no problem getting through the first day.
It didnt fall apart until midway through day #2 when I just needed more food. I hadnt been journaling, though, so didnt know how many points I could have and be withing the program and...well, it probably wasnt good.
By day #4, I had decided that Fast Track was not for me. For one thing, I"m not in this for fast weight loss, I reminded myself. Im in it for health for the long haul, so I went back to the good ol flex points plan.
Around about that time we went out to dinner and there was that pie I shouldnt have ordered!
When I went to Weight Watchers this morning, I didnt have a clue how the weigh-in would go. I guess Im relieved that I didnt gain, but I also didnt lose. And I talked with Chris about my problems with the program and she agreed with me that I should forget about Fast Track and get back to what I already know and what works for me.
So I now have a fridge full of good food, a pan full of veggies baking in the oven for a cauliflower soup for dinner tonight, and I think this will be a better week.
[NB: Those who scoffed when I inadvertently baked cauliflower three years ago should take note that this recipe calls for baked cauliflower. So there!]
I think Ive also decided that my new office is going to be good for this eating plan. There is a microwave and I can bring my Lean Cuisines. Everyone seems to be eating sensibly and that should be good for me too.
I said that I wasnt going to talk about the job, and Im not. But I have been at work "full time" (or what is going to be my full time schedule) for two days now and Ive discovered one thing. It was a very good thing that I left Dr. Gs employ.
I am now six months from my accident and have had a rather relaxing six months. By "relaxing" I mean that I could pick and choose what I was going to do and when I was going to do it. There were times when I overdid, but I could then take time off to recover.
This is not a physically stressful job, by any stretch of the imagination. I work at one computer, then I work at the other, then I do some copying, then I stuff envelopes. I take things out of file cabinets and I put things back in file cabinets. I get things off of shelves and I put them back on shelves. Certainly not demanding...and not as physically demanding as it was at Dr G's. But I am definitely feeling it in my shoulder. I dont have those 2-hour long breaks between tasks. I dont sit down and watch a Sopranos episode while eating lunch. I think back to the kinds of physical things I was doing for Dr. G and I dont think that I would be able to handle it on a 5-day-a-week basis.
It looks like Ill get a forced rest from any physical activity at the end of the month anyway. I came home from work this afternoon to discover that Id received a summons to jury duty. Im hoping it will, at least, be good fodder for a journal entry!
(Plus, I wont be able to eat during the day eitheranother plus!)
PHOTO OF THE DAY
Baked cauliflower .... mmmmmm
Weight Lost to date: 46.6 lbs