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


Sunday, May 05, 2002

It's now been a month since I've written here. It's been difficult keeping up a regular journal, several jobs, an exercise program and diet, and a blog! But the diet is going very well. I've now lost 47 lbs, feel good on the diet, am riding my bike regularly (and loving it!) and just feeling good about life in general.

Sunday, March 17, 2002

Wow--I haven't added to this in nearly a week. I guess I've been too busy DOING it to write about it. The big news is that I bought a bicycle yesterday and plan to start riding it regularly. Of course, my first attempts were not exactly spectacular. LOL. But I'll get better.

I'm concerned about my eating habits, especially during those "dangerous times of day" when I look for junk food. This is a perennial problem. I'm sticking with the diet, not going over my points, but I'm really working at making the points more nutritious and less "snack-y." Not always successful.

Today I bought a bag of edamami (frozen soy beans), which I do love at sushi places, and I hope to use those for snack tomorrow and see if that helps. I also need to remember to stock up on tomato juice and V-8 juice. Those are both great, filling, and no points. If I can just take the edge off the brain hunger with something like a nice thick juice, the graham crackers, non-fat potato chips, and skinny cows don't call to me quite as loudly.

I also discovered something else wonderful: balsamic vinegar. I'd known about it, of course, but I saw some recipe on a TV show this week, where the cook cooked sliced onions in balsamic vinegar and put it on a fugazi bread for a sandwich with a bunch of other stuff. I lit up at the idea of the onions in balsamic. So for dinner the other night (I'd had a chicken caesar salad at Strings and was afraid I was pushing it for points and went vegetarian for dinner), I had half a pita, stuffed with a mixture of onions and red peppers sauteed in balsamic, and then topped with shredded carrots. That was very yummy. I used the other half of the pita for pepper hummus and diced tomatoes and then served boiled zucchini as a side dish. The whole thing was a whopping 3 points!

Tuesday, March 12, 2002

Well, the results of my labs came back today. I'm definitely headed in the right direction. The glucose is still up, but much lower than last time.

Last time my cholesterol was 215 with HDL 39 and LDL 148
Now it's 166 with HDL 42 and LDL 102

The doctor wrote "excellent cholesterol." Nobody has ever said that to me before!!!

So I'm definitely going where I want to get. This will encourage me to continue on this program, for sure!

Weigh in day. Another 2 lbs. By next week I'll have hit my first Weight Watcher goal, which is to lose 10% of my body weight. I have to admit that feels pretty good, that I've stuck with it this long. Much easier to think in terms of short-term goals than long term ones.

I bought some WW drink mixes today, in cappuccino flavor. I'll finish the box--they were too expensive for me not to, but I don't think I'll be buying them again--at least not in this flavor. Not the best thing I've ever tasted in the world, though it is filling and will be my mid-morning snack for today.

Monday, March 11, 2002

I haven't written in a couple of days, I see. Friday afternoon, I discovered how much exercise is helping me. In the afternoon, I decided to go for a walk. I walked about 2-1/2 miles in 40 minutes, which included a 5 minute stop. I wasn't winded and didn't break stride at all. Of course my feet were killing me the next day (the tops of my feet, which I don't understand). But I did it and I felt very good about it.

Sunday we went to brunch and when faced with lots of food, I managed to stay on program, and felt very good about that as well.

This morning my feet were still painful when I went to the club, but I went to the club. I started out at a fast clip on the treadmill, but decided I had to go slower, so slowed down. However, as I walked, the feet began to feel better, so I upped the speed again. I did most of the 20 minutes at 3 mph, my fastest speed to date. I was smiling to myself when I left, remembering how daring I felt when I upped the speed on it to 1.8 the first time. I've come a long way, baby.

Today I discovered that I have a WW aerobics tape which was sent to me when I tried doing the WW at Home program years ago. Still with the shrink-wrapping on it. I opened it and tried it out. I could only do a couple of minutes. Body movement and I are strangers to each other and this gal goes at quite a fast clip, but I think that tomorrow I'm going to set a timer and see how far I can go and see if I can increase the time each day, the same as I'm increasing my time at the club. I won't be able to do this every day, but can certainly do it on the days when I begin work in the afternoon. (I'm definitely not wanting this to be a spectator sport, so I will only do it when I'm sure I'm home alone.)

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!])


Friday, March 01, 2002

I continue to amaze myself. My friend Olivia suggested that we get bikes and so biking together each Friday--and I said yes. I haven't been on a bike in at least 25 yrs. Other than the recumbant bike, of course. I'll be lucky if I can make it around the block! But maybe I'll get to where I can take an actual short bike trip somewhere.

Thursday, February 28, 2002

I discovered something wonderful: pepper flavored hummus. My word is that stuff good. And low points (2, I think, for 1/4 cup). I had half a pita bread filled with hummus and a bunch of pearl tomatoes on the side--it was more than enough for lunch!

For dinner last night we went out to a Mexican restaurant. I was very good. Only had two tortilla chips and gave the rest to Walt. I ordered a black bean burrito without cheese and whole beans, not refried. It came huge and I cut it in half before I started to eat it and wrapped half of it up. Then I ate the half I had left on the plate and it was just fine for a full meal. I didn't even eat when we came home.

I was surprised when I calculated points for the day and discovered I'd only eaten 17 (I should have at least 29). I guess today I'll have to eat more. How weird that sounds!

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