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I have another journal, but this one is strictly for notes about my new diet.


Friday, March 08, 2002

Pepper humus is becoming my new obsession. I replenished the supply yesterday. I had a humus taco for lunch yesterday (humus with tomatoes, onion and 1/4 c nonfat cottage cheese, on a tortilla, folded over, and run under the broiler until the top browns). Today I had 5 water crackers had 1/4 cup of humus for a mid-morning snack (3 points). I've never really gotten into humus before, but anything that tastes like chipotle peppers can't be all bad.

I seem to have gotten through the munchies and am back eating normally again, of which I am very glad--also glad I didn't fall off the wagon by giving in and eating all the bad stuff.

Thursday, March 07, 2002

Pizza. Fantastic pizza. I made a fantastic pizza last night--and I was stuffed after I had that with a salad. I took a pita bread and spit it in half. Put 1/4 cup of spaghetti sauce on each half, topped with sliced onions, mushrooms and red bell peppers. Then I put 3/4 oz of mozarella cheese on top of each half and baked at 375 for 15 minutes. By the time I finished eating both of those pizzas (4 points for the two combined), I had eaten more pizza than I would have eaten in a pizza parlor--and I was just as satisfied. Plus I got dessert (blueberries with Cool Whip)

It's possible to be on this eating plan and not feel "deprived" at all!

Tuesday, March 05, 2002

Well, I had a lot to say about today and what I"m learning, but I ended up writing it in regular journal instead.

Another 2.6 lbs gone. Total 28.4 lbs gone. I'm just a couple of pounds from the first WW goal, which is to lose 10% of my body weight. Then I'm supposed to meet with a counselor and decide what my goal weight will be.

I've decided my own immediate personal goal is to reach a point where I can walk without my feet and ankles hurting. I can walk 20 minutes on the treadmill just fine, but get me on concrete and it still hurts. I came home from the club and then walked to WW, rather than taking the car. While I wasn't hurting after the 20 min at the club, by the end of the first block, I was already in pain. It's just carrying too much weight (and next time I'll wear better shoes). But it's still frustrating. I guess that's why I don't enjoy "going for a walk" so much--it's the hurting feet.

I don't really like WW meetings, but I do hear good things there, and it's very important for me to BE there, whether I actually participate or not. The meetings and rigorous journaling, are what is keeping me mindful of this program until it becomes instinctive.

Sunday, March 03, 2002

Well, today is the first day when I've really had serious munchie problems. It was bound to happen sooner or later. It almost always happens when I have (a) boring work to do, and (b) no place else to go. I couldn't leafve the house because I had transcription to do, but the transcription was so boring that I would type a page and then run out to the kitchen looking for food (my old pattern). I haven't exactly had a wonderful food day, but I'm recoridng everything and I will not go over my point limit for the day. (Actually, I've been under on points every day this week, so I really could go whole hog--literally--and still stick with the week's point limit--but I won't).

The key to this success, I'm realizing--at least for me--is scrupulously keeping records. Putting down every single bite of food that I eat. It's a pain, sometimes, but there is nothing like looking at those numbers and calculating how many more points you have in a day that makes you reach for tomatoes rather than potato chips. (Yes, I shouldn't have potato chips in the house, but they're low fat Pringles--14=3 points [I'm getting real good at this point remembering thing!])


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