30 Jan

Too many variables – weigh-in for January 28, 2013

English: McDonald's Big Breakfast

This would probably be healthier… (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Current weight: 330
Difference from last week: 0
Difference this year: -2

Well, that experiment didn’t work very well. Though I can’t blame not having any soda. Instead, it was bad choices in other areas. I switched to a McDonalds breakfast meal plan. Not the wisest move I’ve ever made. I am an idiot: I know what will happen if you have sausage mcmuffins for breakfast. I’m pretty sure I have a previous journal entry about that very thing. Yet I’ve let my breakfast choices be “2 sausage mcmuffin and a medium OJ. Ayup, that definitely won’t get the job done. Unless the job I’m trying is to gain a lot of weight. Then that would be an ideal breakfast!

Slurm!

Hmmm… Slurm, soda or water… (Photo credit: soundfromwayout)

So now my conundrum: should I wait another week before kicking in the next phase of getting on track, or do I re-do the no-soda week, with better choices for breakfast? I can see the pluses and minuses of both.

The next step is to track what I eat. I have an app for my phone called wwdiary. I can use that to keep track of what I eat. Easily. My phone is always within arms length. I have a shortcut for wwdiary on the main screen of my phone. Two taps and I can track what I am eating. I want to give myself a week of doing that, so I can try and get this ingrained in my head.

I really don’t know which way to go. Another week of just skipping soda, or starting tracking while I am also trying to stop eating sodas. Try two different things at the same time? Change two variables for one experiment? Or do I repeating the first experiment before adding in the other. It really isn’t as simple a choice as one would think. I can’t make a choice!!!

– M

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22 Jan

A single step… (Weigh-in: January 22, 2013)

This week’s weight: 330
Difference from last week: -2
This year’s change: -2

egg mcmuffin with soup

Well, that seemed to work okay.  🙂 I followed through with my plan, only eating 75% of whatever it was I had to eat. Whether that was a burger, an egg mcmuffin, some pasta, etc. I allowed myself to have some, but not all. It was my theory that this would help trim a couple pounds off the top. And I was right!

Of course, this is a small, very small victory. The important thing is that I *knew* it would be a small victory. I wasn’t expecting to lose 15 lbs or anything crazy. This was a small step, but it was a single step towards my ultimate goal. And after how bad 2012 was for me weight-wise, I needed the psychological impact of meeting that one small goal.

English: Mile marker post at the disused Llang...

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The thing with small goals, of course, is that they constantly need to be replaced with another short-term goal. The short-term goals are mile-markers along the road. I don’t want to stop at any mile marker, I just want to acknowledge that I got there, and then start working towards the next. Slow progress, sustainable progress. I know that I’ll get there.

I want to set a new habit of ending each weigh-in post with a goal to work on for the upcoming week. This week, another small goal (but a surprisingly difficult one): stop drinking soda! For some reason, that sweet bubbly concoction has been breaking through my will power like a warm knife through butter. I don’t need the soda, I don’t need all of those calories. Time to remind myself of that. No more soda!!!

– M

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19 Jan

It’s that time of the year again!!!

Minneola is a cross breed between manderins an...

Minneola is a cross breed between manderins and grapefruits. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is one of my favorite parts of the winter months. It’s when tangelos are in season! I dunno what it is about these tart, sweet, colorful fruits, but I adore them!  It seems like they are only in season for a few days (or at least only available here for a short time), so when they are in season, I go on a tangelo binge.

If you’re in a grocery store and you see a bag of Minneola tangelos in the produce section, buy it!!! If you’re following Weight Watchers, then you already know that these are free PointsPlus-wise. If you don’t do WW but are just looking for a yummy fruit to eat while you are trying to eat healthy, buy it!!!

Seriously, these things are amazing!

Not that I am biased or anything.  🙂

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