Thursday, February 28, 2013

The Truth Of Tuesday Night

It's safe to assume for now that my Truth Of Tuesday Night post will be up on Thursdays.

Right now, I am really just floundering up and down on the scales...losing and gaining the same 1-2 lbs.  Which is not terrible I suppose, I mean, I am not steadily gaining each week.  Alas, I am also not steadily losing each week either.

Two weeks ago on the scales, I was:

245.50 lbs

This week:

247.25 lbs

A gain of 1.75 lbs.

I have no excuse for my lack of success other than I am lazy and not trying.  Remember how last week I decided I needed to be a grown up and get up early to work out?  Yeah, I managed to do that one day.  I will try again tomorrow!

Yesterday, myself and my daughter had our appointment with the dietitian.  I wanted an appointment for her, because I needed strategies to make her eat.  Ok, Ok, I needed someone to force me to be strict with her.  I know exactly what I should do, but don't have the will power to stick to it with her.    Basically, I need to serve her what everyone else is eating and if she doesn't like it....TOO BAD!  I kinda did that...except I would add a couple slices of cheese and a few crackers.  As of last more.  We will see how it goes.

As for me, I went because, firstly, it was a free resource, but also because I need help with it.  My lack of veggies in my diet (and in case you were wondering, potatoes and corn count as a starch, not a my likable veggie list got cut in half with this news) Because of my current weight, I can still comfortably eat what I am used to, cut back on the junk and exercise a bit and see fantastic results.  At some point though, it's going to catch up with me.  Once I start to weigh less, my body is going to need fewer calories to just do the daily living stuff.  It's going to come down to eating more substance with lower calories, like veggies, or bust my ass working out to burn off an extra 500+ calories every day.  Right now, I can't really picture myself doing either to be honest.  I am trying to incorporate carrots.  My son and husband like them and I cook them with dinner at least every 2 weeks.  I make myself eat 1 carrot stick.  I have done this about 3-4 times now and still don't like it.  I dont' chew it, I swallow that bite or mash it in with potatoes.  It's a start.

She signed me up for a healthy eating course starting in April and I will keep everyone updated on what I learned.

One thing I did learn was that my body shape is an "pear" and pear is good.

Did you know that medical experts have looked for decades into the "apples and pears" body shape connection with various health issues? It's true- this is not a new fad. They have shown that women with an apple body shape are at a greater health risk than women with a pear shape body.
Well, basically, because if there's a significant amount of abdominal (visceral) fat surrounding your internal organs, their normal physiology is greatly impaired, causing a host of metabolic and hormonal issues.
In contrast, if you have a pear shaped body, the extra fat is deposited more obviously - directly under your skin - in and around your hips and thighs and you might have low self-esteem or even develop an eating disorder stemming from body image issues.
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If there has always been one part of my body that has been somewhat pleasing to me, it was my "shape". I at least felt my body looked feminine, and it was encouraging to learn that at least I have my shape going for me.

I also asked the dietitian about the "fad" diets or cutting out a food group, etc and that really my thought towards weight loss is that it's nothing more than a numbers game. You need to take in less calories than you eat to lose weight. A "diet" where you lose a bunch of weight fast doesn't work in the long term because your body catches up eventually. When you do it slow, your metabolism has a chance to adjust to the changes, but it can't keep up with a "crash diet" I also know that is it unrealistic to think I will go the rest of my life without ever having those extras...and they can be apart of a healthy lifestyle, you just need to make adjustments for it.

So, hopefully there is a snippet of info in here that was useful to you and perhaps it will encourage you to have a great week! Here's to success!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Truth Of Tuesday Night

Ok, so I really  need to figure out something with my computer.  The one at home is just not working for my blog.

Anyway, so here is my Truth Of Tuesday Night on a Thursday.

There is not much to report really.  We once again decided to cancel our meeting.  The weather on Tuesday wasn't great.  It was snowing and raining.  We have some members that travel country roads and few that have a bit of a drive.  I was afraid that as the night went on, it would get colder and the drive to and from the meeting could be dicy.

I don't feel it would have been good anyway.  The scales at home say UP. 

It's funny, you would think after all this time, I should be a full time expert on weight loss. And I practically am (just kidding, please don't take this seriously)  I know all the things that need to be done and am great to offer advice (oh and by the way, I don't do that to be a hypocrite, I do it because perhaps the knowledge that I know is good and right, might be helpful to others)

I am once again promising to try and have a good week.  I once again took the steps to becoming a "responsible adult"  The first step was on Wednesday when I realized that despite the fact that every bone of my body will protest, I need to get up early in the morning to exercise.  Not because I think it will make it more enjoyable, because my comfy bed cannot be convinced.  It was because my stomach issues are worse at night and for the past few weeks I have not felt well enough to get on the treadmill.

I do also have the reasoning for my stomach issues...turns out I have gallstones.  I had tried to put off the visit for the longest of times, because I was so afraid it was going to be something real nasty and serious.  About a month ago, I just couldn't put if off anymore.  After an ultrasound, the results were in.

I saw the specialist today and the surgery to remove my gallbladder is booked for the end of March, just before Easter.  It is just a day procedure and I should be fine to go back to work after a couple of days.  It's a laproscopic surgery with a minor incision.  I'm not nervous (yet) and hope that it will improve things.  For now, running is completely out of the question until things are fixed. 

So, there we go! Those are my excuses and my plan for the week.  Have a great week everyone!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

The Truth Of Tuesday Night

Now, before you give me hassle for posting this on Thrusday, let me write my disclaimer.

I tried to write this, but my computer at home is crappy and somedays it lets me use it and somedays it doesn't.  Tuesday night and Wednesday were both "DOESN'T" days so I had to wait until I got to work today.

So last week on the scales I weighed in at:

246.50 lbs

This week when I jumped on the scales:

245.50 lbs.

That's a loss of 1 pound.  A miracle all on it's own as I didn't work very hard. 

Our TOPS meeting on Tuesday was great.

We had a guest.  She is a rep for Epicure. If you haven't heard of it, it is a company selling spices, usually through a home party, like Tupperware.

I went to my first Epicure party about a month ago and was impressed by the products.  They have a lot of your typical seasonings, like Taco Seasoning and garlic powder.  But firstly, they are a Canadian company and the sodium levels in most of the products are almost 1/3 less than the store bought ones. I purchased myself some potato seasonings and thought it would be a great idea for a meeting. 

TOPS is not techically allowed to have these kind of parties and we left it that she would come and demonstrate ways to use their products to make meals healither, but no one was under ANY obligation to by.

She put on a wonderful display and I think everyone enjoyed themselves.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Signs Of Motivation

So, it's Sunday and I am STILL struggling to get my groove back.  It's been 3 weeks now and I have no idea why I can ride such a high on the scales and then bottom out.

I can think of a million reasons why I need to get back on track (aside from the obvious)

The one I really want to try and remind myself of is this:

Last May, a friend from high school did a photo shoot with myself and the kids.  I want to do another one this year and also make sure my hubby can join us.  The family photo wasn't quite the same without him there.  How nice would it be to loose a bit more weight and see the results on a professional scale?

So, with that in mind, I made myself a couple new signs for the fridge and cupboard.  Here's hoping they do the trick.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The Truth Of Tuesday Night

So, so I flat out blew it this week!

I even had an extra week to make good, and I did...a bit...I wasn't up nearly as much as I was the week previous.

Our last weight in I was:

245.50 lbs

This week I was up 1 lb, putting me at 246.50

So, this week I vow to do better.  Log food, exercise, you know..all the grown up things I promised to do earlier this week!

Our motivational thought for this week at TOPS:

You are NOT fat,
You HAVE fat.
There is a difference!

Have a great week everyone!

Monday, February 4, 2013

I Kept My Pants!

Confession time!

I kept the pants I told all of you I was going to throw out last week!

Now, before you get too harsh on me, let me explain.

There I was, in the bedroom, getting all set to take them to the kitchen to save the buttons for my new button collection when it occurred to me!

I don't have ANY fat pants left!

Big deal you might be are not supposed to save your fat clothes. 

But yeah!  Listen!  I NEED them!  I need them for the day I have an interview with Oprah, where we discuss just how much weight I lost and how I did it.  At some point I will have to hold up my old pants and say....see two of the new me would fit into the pants worn by the old me!

For those of you thinking....did you miss the memo that Oprah is retired?  Well, my story is going to be so spectacular that she will host a special just for little ol' me!

Speaking of Oprah...just wanted to point out...she is proof that money won't solve your weight loss problems either.  I mean, here is a woman that can afford her own chef, her own personal trainer and how many times has see been on and off the weight loss wagon? 

Anyhoo, back to the pants.  I saved them and put them back into my closet, but I WILL NOT wear them again until the day comes that I need to stand in one pant leg to prove just how awesome I am!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Goodbye Dear Pants!

I think it's time I give up on my favorite pants.  You can read about my adventures with them's worth clicking the link!

Now, it's not because my thunder thighs have worn a hole in them or anything like that.  It's a simple case of they are getting too big.

I am in no fear of them falling off at this point yet, but they are getting baggy and gaping at the waist.  I have 2 new pair of pants that are one size smaller, but they have not yet really made it into my regular rotation.  These old gals still make it out at least once a week.

So, I am going to just get rid of them instead of wash them again.  They no longer provide what they did for me.  If you did check out the other blog post, you will be aware of how they made me feel.  Sexy, confident and full of power.  Now, they just make me feel frumpy.

Sorry dear's time for you to hit the curb.  I would donate them, but they are a bit too worn for that, so I will cut off the buttons ('cause I'm getting older and feel I need to have a button collection) and send you to the land of rags.    It's been fun, but I can't save you for the times of "just in case I gain weight", because I won't have those moments anymore in my life.

See ya!  It's been fun!