Tellin’ The Truth Tuesday/Wednesday

by adustyframe ~ November 9th, 2010

Tellin the truth Tuesday

I’m rather late today!

Hmmm… what’s going on? I’m just getting ready to go into the phase I love. I can have cheese again! MMM!

My brother and sister in law and the baby, came to visit us for birthdays last weekend. (November is my birthday, James’, my brother and 1 sister.)

When they walked in, my brother said, “Whoa! You look like you did when you got married.” I had shared some photos with my family on Facebook and he said that the pictures didn’t do me justice. (Maybe he was just being sweet because I hadn’t given him his gift yet?)

I’m still tickled that I can put on smaller clothes and they fit with room to spare. Not too small mind you–I still have work to do.

I had to buy a “snuggie” for my wedding ring. It was about to slip over my knuckle and I didn’t want to lose it. It feels strange to have it snug again. I am waiting to resize it until I’m done losing weight.

The week before my birthday, I considered moving into this less strict phase so I could  make something more like a treat. I decided it wasn’t good timing and that losing weight is my gift to myself. I did feel just slightly sad in the evening that I didn’t eat any pink cake, but it was just a little thing. It’s my first birthday ever that I didn’t eat cake!

This shows  how much I’ve changed. I’d have moved heaven and earth to figure out how to eat cake on my birthday in the past.

I’m trying to come up with some healthy recipes for Thanksgiving, and I am planning to have a few real treats at Christmas, but I’m gearing up to maintain through the holiday season.

I will do that by weighing each morning and continuing to journal what I eat and hopefully I’ll be happy with myself the next few weeks.

I think I’m going to try my kick boxing DVD’s again soon. I gave them up because I think they were giving me migraines. I’ve lost quite a bit of weight since I tried them last and so I’ll give them another shot and see if they’re the culprit.

Other than that, not much news.

What about you?

Oh, and if you’ve lost weight in the past or you are thin, can you share your rules for staying that way? I’m working on getting my brain ready for whenever I get there.

**If you missed it before, here is the post where I talk about the diet I’m doing.

Lizzie

4 Thoughts Shared to Tellin’ The Truth Tuesday/Wednesday

  1. Sally Martin

    Lizzie,
    I am so proud of you that you didn’t have cake on your birthday. I didn’t do as well. The TRUTH: I had cake and ice cream on my birthday, Sunday. I had gained back a pound the next morning, but back on track. Since 10-31-2010 I have lost 10 pounds.

    Glad you’re back on track:) 10 lbs is awesome!!

  2. Kathryn

    Hi,

    De-lurking here to talk about thin-ness. Congratulations, both on all of your hard work and on your success (both the hard work and the results are accomplishments!)

    I’ve always been thin, and of course genetics is partially why. However, I grew up with parents who had great eating habits and I’ve realized as I’ve gotten older than the habits I share with some of my thinner friends and not with heavier friends might also play a part.

    1. I don’t eat if I’m not hungry. This means I often don’t clean my plate, or I will delay my lunch until mid-afternoon if I’m not hungry after a big breakfast. When dinner time rolls around, I may only need a small snack.

    2. If I am hungry, I eat before I’m absolutely starving. Even if its just a small snack, I try not to let myself get to that grumpy, hungry, eat everything in sight stage.

    3. I drink water. So much water! I do keep fresh juice around, but I always have a glass of water first.

    4. I eat and drink things in appropriate portions. So, juice is drunk out of a small juice glass. Ice cream out of a small bowl, cake off a cake plate. The thing is, even though I consider myself a big eater I’ve come to realize that my portions are frequently far smaller. I also don’t buy pre-packaged treats. If I want it, I have to make it which takes time. It also means that I cut off a reasonably sized portion instead of eating a whole packet which is often two or more portions. As a result, I don’t really enjoy most pre-packed foods anymore, and when I do have a treat I get the added bonus of listening to music while I bake, nice smells, having a cup of tea and really savoring the treat.

    5. I often prefer the plainer option of many foods. I don’t often each chips, but when I do its usually just the plain salted ones, as opposed to cheese dusted or sour cream glazed. I like burgers and sandwiches with cheese, but I never go extra and I dislike mayonnaise.

    6. I make my healthy food attractive. One of my favorite ways to pack a lunch is to go to the grocery store and buy all of the produce that is about to expire and is marked down. I then cut it all up and make a huge salad. The key is to having lots of exciting things in it and to arrange it prettily. There may or may not be lettuce, greens, carrots, peppers, fresh herbs, citrus, broccoli, cauliflower, berries, cucumber, squash etc. in there. I usually cut it into nice shapes or layer it or arrange by color. I then douse it in evoo and some sort of vinegar and pack it up. I usually try to add half a portion of pasta, half an advocado, a boiled egg or some other form of carb, fat or protein to make sure I don’t get hungry soon after.

    7. I get my five a day. This might sound crazy, but a couple of years ago I wanted to clean up my diet but not lose any weight (I’d just put on a healthy amount but not in a healthy way). I did only two things-I verified that all of my carbs and treats were no larger than one portion size (weighed or measured it every time for a month until I got used to it) and I always got my five a day-even if it meant eating an extra piece of fruit before bed.

    8. When I want to add flavor to something I use one of these
    -a tablespoon of wholegrain mustard (good in mashed potatoes, in salad dressings, to thicken a broth etc.
    -a nice vinegar
    -citrus (lime or lemon is an often forgotten and cheap seasoning)
    -hot peppers

    9. If I’m going to eat something un-healthy, I add healthy things to it so that my portion of un-healthy is smaller. So, if I’m having ice cream, I chop up fruit on top-half of a serving of ice cream, with a full serving of fruit isn’t a bad compromise. On pizza I add small broccoli florets, artichokes, left-over grilled veggies, fresh herbs etc.

    I hope this gives you some ideas!

    Great tips! Thank you for de-lurking! (Don’t be a stranger!)
    Do you have a weight limit? For example if I gain 5 lbs that’s it? Or if this certain size gets snug that’s it?

  3. Kathryn

    I don’t actually own a scale, and most of the time its losing too much that I worry about. The thing is, I know when I haven’t been eating well. It might be my clothes not fitting properly, or it could be that I feel sluggish and have lots of cravings, or it could be that I just know that too much junk has been going in. Most of the time, I base it on grocery store visits. If the past week has been pretty bad, then I just make an extra effort at the store to make sure my choices HAVE to be healthy when I get home. If I’m travelling or its a holiday, then I try to get some extra exercise in-take the stairs, take a walk etc.

    What do you find helps? I don’t have a child and mostly cook just for myself, but I am hoping that will change in the next couple of years and I’d love to hear how you make it work with James and now, more frequently, Lee at home!

  4. Katrina

    I don’t diet well. I never loose much weight anyway. It mostly converts to muscle. I just watch what I eat. Since I’ve had to go Gluten-free it’s been much easier. I wasn’t able to eat cake on my birthday either. I did eat icecream though. Gluten-free baked goods have almost twice as much carbs as wheat. If I want baked goods, I really think hard first. I try to buy fresh fruit and veggies every few days. I hate shopping so it’s a real challenge. I really like working out so that’s a plus. I go to the gym 3-5 times a week. Other than that, I usually eat just about anything I want. But when I feel full I stop. I try to eat more good foods when I know I’m having bad foods. Having a lot of friends who are working with personal trainers at the gym keeps us all in check.

    I went on vacation last month, but didn’t tell my friends about the glutten-free thing. I gained 5lb while away, but as soon as I got back on my regular eating schedule it went away! After a week back home, I actually lost 1-2lb.

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