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This Day in My History

TODAY's QUOTE

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


Yesterday's Entries

2001:  "The Vets"
2002:  It's Like...You Know
2003:  Piņata People


TODAY's READS

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.


TODAY'S FOOD

Breakfast:  Two 2-point bars

Lunch:  turkey soup

Dinner:  cauliflower soup


TODAY's WEATHER

Lovely today.

 


PICK A PLAN AND STICK WITH IT

6 January 2004

Don’t mess with success.

Given the weight gain last week, I was intrigued with Weight Watchers’s 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.

I’m 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. Let’s go back to square one again. Let’s 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 didn’t fall apart until midway through day #2 when I just needed more food. I hadn’t been journaling, though, so didn’t know how many points I could have and be withing the program and...well, it probably wasn’t 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. I’m 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 shouldn’t have ordered!

When I went to Weight Watchers this morning, I didn’t have a clue how the weigh-in would go. I guess I’m relieved that I didn’t gain, but I also didn’t 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.

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I think I’ve 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 wasn’t going to talk about the job, and I’m not. But I have been at work "full time" (or what is going to be my full time schedule) for two days now and I’ve discovered one thing. It was a very good thing that I left Dr. G’s 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 don’t have those 2-hour long breaks between tasks. I don’t 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 don’t think that I would be able to handle it on a 5-day-a-week basis.

It looks like I’ll 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 I’d received a summons to jury duty. I’m hoping it will, at least, be good fodder for a journal entry!

(Plus, I won’t be able to eat during the day either–another plus!)


PHOTO OF THE DAY

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Baked cauliflower .... mmmmmm

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Weight Lost to date:  46.6 lbs

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