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Old 03-12-2012, 02:46 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Good morning everyone!

I'm in this week after taking a an off-week due to my nail injury. It's better now. I cut the nail reaalllllyyy low and that has helped a lot with the pain. It looks silly, but I'd rather look silly than be in pain. And now the nail bed is only blue instead of purple/black - progress?

Honestly, a nail injury is probably not a reason to totally "give up" exercise, so on Tuesday of last week I decided to do a little experiment. I took the week off from logging/posting, and I tried to just make good food choices. I'm fairly certain my calories were up higher than normal every day (but probably less than/around maintenance) and I allowed myself a couple of indulgences -- some chicken 'n dumplings that I make in the slow cooker, and some strawberry shortcake that I made from scratch. Neither extremely healthy choices, but I kind of wanted to see if the fair/bad choices would reflect on the scale since I am in The Plateau To End All Plateaus.

I weighed myself every day and you know what? It made not one lick of difference.

On Friday I had a "good" day -- greek yogurt for breakfast, a chicken wrap (loaded with veggies on a low-cal wrap, even) and an apple for lunch, and some leftover ground turkey in a taco salad for dinner. I also had one handful of Dark chocolate M&Ms for a dessert.

On Saturday morning I weighed 160.1.

On Saturday, I was bad. I had eggs and bacon on a full-fat biscuit for breakfast (cooked with BF), two tacos (ground turkey substitute instead of ground beef -- again eating leftovers) with just a little lettuce and a lot of FF cheese for lunch, chicken and dumplings for dinner (this is a recipe made with chicken breast, carrots, potatoes, chicken stock, a little flour for thickening, and the dumplings are refrigerated pillsbury dough boy refrigerated biscuits that I put on top and let turn into dumplings -- it's not the worst thing in the world, but the dumplings are just empty carbs, and I tend to make (and eat) a lot of 'em), two strawberry shortcakes that I made from scratch, plus 2.5 glasses of red wine. I went over-cal that day for sure. I also didn't have a workout all week, remember.

On Sunday morning I weighed 158.7

Oh, scale. It makes no sense. I almost had wanted it to be up so that it made SENSE. This entire plateau has been the Plateau Of No Sense. I've changed my workout habits (from Zumba to the Shred to the gym), my workout schedule, my eating habits, my water habits, I've clicked my heels three times and said that there's no place like home, and nothing. I've been waffling around 160 for three months now! ARGH! So annoying!!!!

I'm not giving up though. I'm going to keep wracking my brain. Part of me is saying that I just need to eat salads forever or something, but that's just not right, I know. Part of me is also wondering if it's just stress, or maybe my body just knows this is a "comfortable" weight and is being more stubborn than a mule.

Either way, I'm not going to let it win. I'm going to be even more accountable than usual this week, I think. I always log everything, but I'm also going to post my meals every day so that you guys see and that might help keep me on the straight and narrow.

Health and Lifestyle Goals

1) Keep calories under 1500 every day, weekends included.
2) Exercise for a total of four hours or more (I like Amy's way of adding up the minutes, so I will do that, maybe it will help) and post the TYPE of exercise
3) At least 80 oz. of water daily, shoot for 96
4) Calorie deficit of at least 3,500
5) Protein average for the week of 25-30%
6) Weigh M, W, F and post M: 160.3
7) In bed by 11:30
8) Post what I ate yesterday. Every single little thing.

Other Stuff

1) Get BC application in
2) Prepare for phone interview Thursday (nervous!!!!!)
3) No more than 30 minutes daily on non-work related websites at work, other than FD. Yes, I'm timing it. I have been a procrastinating procrastinator due to stress.
4) Call Dad on Friday after eye surgery
5) Make an effort on my appearance every day
6) Buy new workout clothes and underwear!!!!

Life has been crazy. My Dad's eye surgery is re-scheduled for this Friday and he actually appears to be really concerned about getting his blood sugar right. He's been going to his doctor weekly to discuss his insulin dosage, which is something he NEVER does (he hates the doctor) so I've been pleasantly surprised. My Mom also reports that he's been doing food research every day and has been discussing his sugar intake with her. He's so funny. My Mom said that he wouldn't eat melon because it's "bad for diabetics" but he ate several fun-size milky way bars daily "because they're so small, it can't hurt." -- but hey, now he's found out melon is GOOD and maybe those Milky Way bars are bad!!! He reported it like a revelation and my mother, bless her, was just super-encouraging and has said she'll go for two 15-minute walks a day with him. She also said he's thinking about eating 4-5 smaller meals daily to help his blood sugar not be so spiky.

Maybe, maybe, maybe... something will stick! I'm so hopeful.

Gotten a few more nibbles on the job front too -- a college I'm really interested in called for a phone interview this Thursday. I'm super-nervous because I'm better in person than on the phone (I talk really quickly, I need to slow down), but I know the phone interview is important. I know I'll feel better if I practice questions and over-prepare and keep info in front of me during the interview, so that's what I will do. I've also got a pilot experiment up and running and am feeling more positive about work in general, so I'm going to hopefully ride that feeling to a positive conclusion.

Okay. I know you guys probably didn't miss my novels, haha, so I am going to shut up now!

Happy Monday!

Female, 31 years old, 5'4 1/2" tall
Starting weight 1/4/11 = 215.2 lbs.
Weight 10/22/14 = 175.0 (net: -40.2)
Last mini-goal: 175 lbs. REACHED 10/22/14 --REWARD: New wallet
Current min-goal: 170 lbs.
Next large goal: 165 lbs. by 12/25/2014
Lowest weight: 156.7 lbs.
150.2 lbs. <--- Official "Healthy BMI" weight
Estimated final goal: 130-140 lbs.
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