Saturday, January 17, 2009

Resolution update

So, it's been two weeks since I began with my New Year's Resolution to lose weight. I've lost another three and a half pounds this week. Now that I have some concept of how much my body needs to function, and how many calories I should be consuming to lose weight without making my body think it needs to start conserving its energy, it has been much easier to stop myself from eating things that would be counterproductive to my goal.

I still haven't had a soda. The 150 calories for a 12-ounce can just aren't worth it. Why do that, when I can have an entire quart of sweet tea with my lunch for only 25 more calories? And, it is helping me to "plan ahead" for special occasions. My sister's fiancé has a birthday on Monday, and he wanted to celebrate with friend tonight. So, I've known for a week or so that I'd be going out to dinner, and where, and I've been able to check online for nutritional information. While the chicken strips are Hooter's aren't exactly low in calories, I'll still order them, along with the not-low-in-calories fries, but I'm taking that into consideration for my meal choices earlier in the day. An apple for breakfast, and some chicken noodle soup with crackers for lunch. While I might not hit my current target of a daily 1000 calorie deficit, I still won't be going over what I need for the day. I haven't gone for my walk yet, but all I need to do is put on my shoes and socks, and grab my iPod, house key and cell phone...

5 comments:

Maj Pain said...

Good job.....run,walk.......exercise for at leat 30 min a day...promise it will make a dif! Keep attacking!!

FbL said...

Good for you! Keep it up!

Lisa in DC said...

Way to go! I find that getting a routine I can stick to is half the battle, especially the exercise. Then I stumbled across Kellogg's protein bars last year based on a request from my adopted 1SG in Baghdad! I stock my desk drawer at work so I eat those rather than anything else when I miss lunch.

Miss Ladybug said...

The walking route I take is about 2.25 miles. Unlike when I use the treadmill in the fitness center at work, it's not flat ;-) The going for walks on weekends has not been a normal routine. I didn't go last Saturday, but I did go last Sunday. This weekend, I went Saturday, but I doubt I'll go Sunday. It's just shy of 2am, and I've been home long enough to let the dogs out and get into my PJs... And, we're doing cake and ice cream at some as yet unknown time tomorrow. And my brother is coming over with my niece, too. Not sure I'll get it fit in, but Sunday is technically my "off" day...

My normal breakfast are the Special K protein bars. I get the snack size ones that are 110 calories. Although they are supposedly the same flavors as the regular size ones, there's something different between them, and I prefer the little ones. So, usual breakfast is the protein bar and some 100% juice in a 6.75 oz container. Lunch is generally a sandwich, chips and a "dessert". Usually, it's ham on whole wheat with spicy brown mustard, Cheetos, and as of late, 2 Fudge Stripe cookies. Sometimes, it's PB&J, or if I'm feeling lazy, a Ham & American Cheese Lunchable. I've got an assortment of 100 calorie snacks at my desk, just in case I need them: mini pretzels, Quaker multigrain snacks, Ritz snack mix... As for other beverages, I prepare a hot tea first thing (it takes a while to cool down enough to drink), sweetening it with 4 sugar cubes (60 calories), and the Thermos of sweet tea (1 qt) is about 175 calories. Dinner varies. Sometimes, I'm own my own, sometimes not. My mom is also counting calories, so that is helpful. She wants to lose about half of my ultimate goal. Dad isn't participating, although he really needs to. He gets defensive about it when the subject is brought up in relation to him. Maybe if he sees the progress I (and hopefully my Mom, too - she's not tracking the same as me), he might soften his attitude. I can only guess that he's consuming 30-40 ounces of Pepsi daily, and he's bad about his sweet tooth, too. And, that's not even addressing the portions he serves himself. It's pretty much agreed between us females in the family that Daddy will be a tough nut to crack...

Cassandra said...

All right! Just keep your eye on the big picture and try to do the small things right every day. It adds (and gets easier to do) up over time!