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30lbs to lose... Started AGAIN yesterday (Darn Lockdown Snacking)

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  • MommaGemzMommaGemz Member Posts: 382 Member Member Posts: 382 Member
    Day 38

    I started today feeling reaaaaally lazy about logging. I just didn't want to weigh and log. I did end up doing it, but wasn't in the mood. In general, I just wanted to sit on the couch, drink coffee all day and watch movies all day. But I had too much to do today to blow off the day. Now, I do need to schedule one of those "do nothing" days sometime soon, so I can recuperate from the weight of responsibilities, but that day is not today.

    I did a lighter stationary bike workout today. I gave it a good cardio push yesterday, so I eased off today. I still got in 30 minutes though. I tried to squeeze in a nap, but the household was just too chaotic. I'll be settling down tonight with some well-earned ice cream 😍

    Daily Goals:
    Calories - ✅
    Bike & Steps - ✅
    Water - ✅

    Apparently my cat found me a nice, warm place to take a nap as I was trying to cool down from me workout 😑

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  • MommaGemzMommaGemz Member Posts: 382 Member Member Posts: 382 Member
    @kel_E It has been SO helpful to sit at the end of the day and reflect on how things went, how I felt, and when I wanted to reach for food. These posts may truly keep me on track!

    @thelastnightingale Rosti sounds SO good! I'm going to have to try it out - YUM! Batch-cooking does work wonders. When out of time and tempted to go get something easy (but bad for our goals), having something quick and convenient is the best!
    what I really really enjoy, is knowing how many calories are in it. I like knowing exactly how many calories I have left over, so I can then spend them on something nice without feeling guilty or going too far over or under, because I have all the facts at my disposal.

    YES! I haven't felt a bit guilty eating ice cream or potato chips, because I know I have a proper portion AND it's budgeted into my daily calorie goal. It has been so nice to sit back and eat something guilt-free because I planned well enough.

    Wishing you well if you go back into the office! My husband has been back in every-other-week and so far his office has been doing a very good job at cleaning, social distancing, masks and testing so it has reduced our stress considerably.
  • MommaGemzMommaGemz Member Posts: 382 Member Member Posts: 382 Member
    Day 39

    I got to sleep in this morning which I look forward to allllll week. I was utterly unmotivated today, but I did manage to get the energy together to get some of my project work done, finish the kids' weekly lesson plans, and make some slime with them this afternoon.

    I had to intentionally work to get my steps in, because even though I am busy, it doesn't require much movement. I wasn't very hungry or snacky today - bonus!

    Dinner today was Salmon and Corn on the Cob - our standard summer weekend meal

    Daily Goals:
    Calories - ✅
    Steps - ✅
    Water - ✅

    Slime play today!

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  • thelastnightingalethelastnightingale Member, Premium Posts: 365 Member Member, Premium Posts: 365 Member
    @MommaGemz Very impressive - bet they loved it! I don't know what it is about slime that seems to appeal to all children, but it seems to be hardwired in. :)

    Congratulations on hitting your daily goals over the weekend. The idea of a do nothing day sounds heavenly - definitely find some time to fit one of those in soon.

    Here's to a great week ahead for everyone, with lots more goal-hitting!
  • suegreg2suegreg2 Member Posts: 38 Member Member Posts: 38 Member
    Good morning, All! I am confessing that I did not record food for the past three days. Hosted our granddaughter's birthday pool party (she's turning 8) on Saturday and continued the fun on Sunday. While I did eat more than I usually do, each day I hit the ground running early and didn't stop until late night. Both days included several hours of pool time with 4 children. So this Grandma took yesterday as a day of rest (and recovery!). It did my heart good!!
    Stepped on the scale today and maintained, so no damage showing, yet. 😬 Back on MFP today.

    I realized from the weekend experience, that I cannot do simple carbs in the morning. Something about them at that time triggers a craving that just won't stop! Breakfast is back to eggs/EggBeaters, Greek yogurt, and NO toast.

    Wishing everyone a happy and healthy Tuesday!

    Sue
  • MommaGemzMommaGemz Member Posts: 382 Member Member Posts: 382 Member
    @suegreg2 Everyone deserves to take some celebration days off and it sounds like yours were wonderful! Full of fun and memories <3

    I have the same reaction is I eat 'just' carbs for breakfast, like oatmeal, pancakes or waffles. I am starving in a hour and I want to eat ALL day. I need to have a good amount of protein with the carbs to satiate my body.
  • MommaGemzMommaGemz Member Posts: 382 Member Member Posts: 382 Member
    Day 41

    Today was so incredibly busy that I barely had time to breathe. Luckily it wasn't a bike day because I wouldn't have been able to do it. The bonus is that I'm too busy to want to snack and eat and meal times arrive before I know it. Getting steps in was a challenge, but I did squeeze in some time after dinner to finish them out. I missed my water goal because I forgot, but actually (TMI) my urine looked quite clear so I don't think I have to worry about it. In fact, I may take water off my goals because I'm fairly confident I can stay hydrated enough without forcing the matter.

    Tonight we had a standard low-carb meal - Kielbasa, cauliflower and sauteed veg.

    Daily Goals:
    Calories - ✅
    Steps - ✅
    Water - Nope

    I have no interesting food pics today, so here's one of my "coworker" :D

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  • suegreg2suegreg2 Member Posts: 38 Member Member Posts: 38 Member
    @MommaGemz Do you do riced cauliflower? I’m not a fan of cooked cauliflower (unless it’s covered in cheese sauce!), but I’ve heard that riced cauliflower is good. Any recipes to recommend?? 😊
  • MommaGemzMommaGemz Member Posts: 382 Member Member Posts: 382 Member
    @suegreg2 Well, I do love cauliflower, but I thoroughly do not believe it can take the place of rice. I've tried, but it just doesn't have the same texture and I'm not fooled. But I'll take a plate of steamed or roasted cauliflower with some curry or pasta sauce and some meat with it - any day! YUM!
  • thelastnightingalethelastnightingale Member, Premium Posts: 365 Member Member, Premium Posts: 365 Member
    @suegreg2 Most things taste better drowned in cheese... I could stay veggie permanently, but the reason I'll never go vegan is because I love cheese too much.

    If you're looking for a side to go with some meat, I find a portion of gnocchi usually has less calories than pasta, and butterbean stew is good value for calories. I also just really love sweet potato.

    I haven't made friends with cauliflower yet. I suppose it might be palatable in a soup. That's my default answer to any veg I don't particularly love - put in a soup. I'm yet to come up with a soup I don't like. :)

    @MommaGemz I'm loving the cat pics. :) I'm sure I read something somewhere that you shouldn't worry too much about your water intake and it was far more important to keep an eye on the colour of your urine.

    Have started having tinned grapefruit as part of breakfast. I've found that if I portion it out the night before when I'm actually awake, I'll happily eat it in the morning because it's easy. It's not so important what I eat for breakfast, just that it requires zero effort on my part. I mean, I love eggs, but I am never in any condition to start cooking before I've had at least two coffees...
  • MommaGemzMommaGemz Member Posts: 382 Member Member Posts: 382 Member
    Day 42

    Today I'm taking a serious morale and motivation hit. Over the last many years of weight loss efforts I have discovered that my body have several (unpredictable) "stuck points." I won't call them plateaus, because it's not quite accurate. It is a point at which my body seems to settle and actively resist weight loss efforts. It takes me about a week or two to realize that I've hit it, and then another week or more of strong, concerted effort to break past it. These are usually the times I lose motivation, quit, or (if I recognize it) gather the willpower to break past it.

    187 has been dogging me like a bear! I was 187.6 the week before. 187.1 last week, and despite me breaking into the 186s earlier in the week.... 187.3 this morning. And tomorrow is weigh in day!😭

    So I'll need to make some deficit adjustments and stop eating after dinner until I can bust through 187 for good. It's just so hard to be eating at a deficit, while exercising, and not see consistent achievement. Luckily... I know that this happens, so I can acknowledge it, make adjustments, do the work, and move on.

    I also pulled a muscle behind my right shoulder last night while sleeping 🤦 I'm in pain, so I'm going to move bike day to tomorrow. Really, it's just a day to be compassionate with myself, stay on track with my logging, and make it through to tomorrow.

    Daily Goals:
    Calories - ✅
    Steps - ✅
    Water - ✅

    Also, this is SO MUCH ME right now....

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  • MommaGemzMommaGemz Member Posts: 382 Member Member Posts: 382 Member
    @thelastnightingale Oooohhhh, I totally forgot about gnocchi - yum! I'll have to pick some up! We also just had roasted sweet potato tonight and it just seems so luxurious eating it. Mmmmm....
  • MommaGemzMommaGemz Member Posts: 382 Member Member Posts: 382 Member
    Weigh-In Day - Week 6

    Start: 196.2
    Last week: 187.1

    TODAY: 187.2

    🔺 UP .1 from last week, and 9 lost total

    Unfortunately, even though I did all the proper things last week - there is no loss this week. I do know this has to do with water retention, because I can feel my fingers are bloated. I could feel it yesterday as well. So I just need to be extra cautious about sodium intake and to the best that I can until my body decides to releases its store of water (via my tears) 😭 j/k!
  • MommaGemzMommaGemz Member Posts: 382 Member Member Posts: 382 Member
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    Just testing the ticker and it doesn't work for me - Boooooo
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  • thelastnightingalethelastnightingale Member, Premium Posts: 365 Member Member, Premium Posts: 365 Member
    @MommaGemz You know what, I really struggled with 193lb and 183lb. Maybe my body just isn't good with 3s... I had a pretty miserable couple of weeks in which I did everything right and nothing bloody well happened, until it did. I know how demotivating it is, but you just have to put your faith in the scales catching up.

    I can feel when I'm hungry, when I've eaten a little, when I've eaten enough, when I'm holding onto water, when I haven't had a bowel movement (TMI)... The days when I'm holding onto water aren't bad days, because I know that's what I'm doing. That's your positive. You've been getting to understand your body better on this journey, and you can tell you're holding onto water rather than the lack of weight loss being 'real'. That's an achievement in itself.

    You've been going at this for 6 weeks and you've done so well - those scales not budging doesn't take away from all the healthy foods you've cooked, the steps you've got in, the cardio you've done on your new shiny bike - take a moment to celebrate you and how awesome you've been. Keep going, keep stepping on the scales, but don't let the number bother you. As long as you keep plugging away, the scales will sort themselves out in the end.

    Sometimes we're so focussed on getting those scale victories that I think we forget to stop and reflect and go, 'You know what? I have worked SO hard and I am A-MAZ-ING!' :)
  • MommaGemzMommaGemz Member Posts: 382 Member Member Posts: 382 Member
    @thelastnightingale Thank you so much - just the perfect message and words I need to hear today! It's a good reminder that everyone has been at this point and worked through it. There WILL be ups and downs on this journey, and I can't let the lows derail me. I'm going to get back on the bike today and pedal my tail off 😆
  • MommaGemzMommaGemz Member Posts: 382 Member Member Posts: 382 Member
    Day 43

    Still hanging in there. Even though I was disappointed by my weigh-in this morning, I have more hope and was more motivated in general today. Thanks so much to the great support here in MFP! I drank more water, got in a good session on the bike and had some satisfying food. I have to remember the mantra "This is a Lifestyle, not a Goal."

    After a good sweat my hands were noticeably less swollen and my rings weren't as tight. That's a positive!

    Daily Goals:
    Calories - ✅
    Bike & Steps - ✅
    Water - ✅

    My "single serve" indulgence 😍

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  • suegreg2suegreg2 Member Posts: 38 Member Member Posts: 38 Member
    @MommaGemz Several times I’ve been told to track my measurements, rather than just relying on the scale ( which can be a fickle friend!). I have yet to do that, but even though the scale is budging ever so slowly, my clothes fit better. Have you tried that route? And you are very right - this is a lifestyle, not a goal!
    edited July 24
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