Thursday, August 4, 2011

This Week's Triumphs!

I am in "I cannot screw this up" mode right now.  
Otherwise known as having an amazing amount of will power.  

I pray it will last long enough for me to see some results and be encouraged to keep going.  This reminds me of all the times I tried to quit smoking. (which I did do 14 years ago btw)  Before I actually quit, I tried so many times that I have lost count.  I even quit once for 6 months and went back to it.  Every time I tried to quit, I would tell myself that this was it.  This was time I would quit.  And then I would start smoking again for one stupid reason or another.  Losing weight is so similar, it's scary.  The difference is, you need food to live.  Here's the thing.  I'm an all or nothing kind of person.  I can't just cut back on something.  I either go whole hog or completely deprive myself.  So I am trying really hard to learn to find that middle ground.   That's why I admire Kassie (read her last post) for being able to have one mini donut the other day and just stop at one.  I struggle with that so much.  Anyway, I have been having a good week and I wanted to share my little victories.

Triumph #1
I had a Lia Sophia party last Friday, and I had some beers, I really didn't munch out too much.  However, I did end up eating a piece of the cheesecake that I had made.  I just couldn't resist.   Unfortunately, the next day for some reason, I fell apart.  So I was not so good Saturday and ate much more than I should have. :(

And here's where my victory comes in.  Usually, my having one bad day would send me into a tailspin and that would just lead to more days like it.  However, I stayed strong and got right back on the wagon on Sunday.  I have stayed on track ever since.

Triumph #2
Except for the above-mentioned day, I have gone on the treadmill daily for 30-45 minutes.  This is a pic the treadmill earlier today right before I got started.  You see that little gem sitting there?  Yep, that's my Kindle and if you could zoom in, you would see that I'm reading MotU.  That little thing has kept my ass on there probably 10-15 minutes longer than I normally would.  I just try to focus on the story and not look at the time on the treadmill.  You know how you get so involved in a good FF, right?  It has really been helping me.

Triumph #3
I love to go out to eat, but you know how hard it is to find healthy entrees at most restaurants.  I have certain restaurants that I prefer and I pretty much know what to order.  Chili's is probably my favorite restaurant, but those damn chips and salsa are like freakin crack!  Once I start eating them, I cannot stop.  I literally have no control over myself when it comes to them.  Even if I tell myself that I will just have a few and stop, it never happens.  Remember how I said I'm an all or nothing person?  This is one of those times.  So we went to Chili's the other day and as soon as the chips and salsa hit the table, I threw a piece of sugarless gum in my mouth.  Guess what?  It worked.  I did not think it was possible for me to resist Chili's chips and salsa but I did.   Next, I'm going to try that when I 'm cooking dinner because I tend to want to snack while I cook.

Please share some of your weeks victories in the comments!  
C'mon girls!  We need to encourage each other!


  1. It's all about getting yourself back on track after a misstep. We tend to beat ourselves up over the little things and not praise ourselves for the good things we do. You spend time on the treadmill, found a new distraction from your weakness (Chili's chips and salsa), and are holding yourself accountable to stay on track. I'm proud of you for doing these things.

    Today I worked with Ryan teaching him how to ride his bike, I think I got more exercise than he did by running along side of him and did something good by helping him get over his fears of falling. We should all strive to focus on the positive... is that a diet? The Positive diet, if not I'm trademarking that! LOL

  2. I like that! "The Positive Diet"! Yes, you should def. trademark that!!!! :) Hmmmm.....maybe it's time to teach Matt to ride a bike :)

  3. a lot of people say you should write down everything you eat. it will make you realize how much you eat and what kind of food you eat. It will also help if you write down the time of day because then you can get into a habit of saying.. oh its almost 230.. i always seem to snack around 230. and you can choose something healthy or eat a piece of gum or something before that junk food/ quick&easy craving kicks in

  4. I agree Katie! It's amazing because you don't realize how much you are eating until you actually write it down and keep track. I really cannot diet without keeping track of what I'm eating. I am doing the old Weight Watchers points and I found a really good iPhone app that lets me calculate points and keep a log of what I'm eating. I love it! It doesn't have a food database the way the real WW one does, but that okay. I have the books and it does come with a calculator. :)

  5. Marie, you can always talk to Sheri... Its what she does now-a-days :)