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F.J. Week 3: After A Camping Trip

After a long weekend of camping with a group of friends I am up 1 pound. I figure this will slid off today since it’s a lot of salt. And it’s “house work” day today.And I plan to drink a lot of water today.

The fun of camping is the food. Breakfast and lunch are the normal fair, and 3 of the dinners. But then the 4 couples gather for a Potluck dinner the last night. The thing is, we all have our specialties we bring to the table. And of course we end up heavy on the side dishes. Mine is a bean and rice dish I use as my main course, but this year there were ribs. (Dang ribs! See food log update week 1) I also made sure I brought a salad.

I don’t think this one meal is totally responsible. After all there were 3 nights of the around the campfire food.  S’mores with the added benefit of melting the chocolate so there were super gooey. Salted in the shell peanuts went around as did  home made Snicker-doodles and “rice crackers”.

The good news is I did not take some every time the treat went around. I brought water and took a swig and this stopped the compulsive eating. Each sample was a conscious decision.

So add salt and sugar at the end of the day and guess what?  I had a weight increase. No surprise there. *:)  But just a pound extra, as apposed to the unusual 2 to 4 on a camping trip.  I call that a win!

Tent Campers @ Lake Del Valle

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Food Journal Week 2 or Why the scale is not the answer to everything.

It has been a week of numbers swinging. I have been up as much as 2 pounds, and down just below lasts Mondays 145.

Here’s the break down: I weigh first thing in the morning.

Monday: Kettle corn fest!

Tuesday: Up: Cheese and Chocolate fondue for dinner with Andrea and my Niece JD.

Wednesday: UP: Normal daily regular food & water.

Thursday: Down: Normal daily regular food & water.

Friday: Down: Normal daily regular food & water for breakfast and lunch.

Then Andrea came over. She had a bout of food poisoning. It kicked in just after she arrived. The release of the bug triggered a drop in her blood pressure. Enough that she passed out. (she’s fine) In the time between her fainting in my loo, (very scarey) and her resting peacefully on my couch, I managed to eat a lot of junk due to stress.

Saturday:Up: My niece’s graduation and celebration. Super fudgie chocolate cake, my favorite Caesar salad, Champagne!

Just before the walk!

Sunday:Up: Normal daily regular food & water.

Monday: Did not budge: WTF!? Salty Worcestershire Sauce?

So it’s Monday and the number is higher than last Monday and I am slightly freaked by the scale number. But I remember the tracker has you track measurements too, so I measure… Down 3.5 inches! One inch off waist, hips and thighs, ½ inch of upper arm.

I have done my hooping, and when I hoop while watching TV I hold 3lb weights and move my arms about. I used my pull-up bar daily. (still only ½ of a pull-up) I even got a little bike ride in on Friday. So though my “weight” is up, I am smaller. I am converting. I have less fat and more muscle. Yay!

This is a good lesson for me. I am somewhat of a compulsive weigh-er. I am down to (mostly) once a day. I see I need to consider all the information available and not rely on one factor

But I am truly hopping good clean eating today will lead to a nice drop tomorrow. *:)

Food Log Update Week 1

I am down 1.3 pounds. In a week this is a lot for me. Alone I was averaging .5 pounds a week.

There was a bit of swinging the days in-between, but I know that is part of the process. Down, down, down, usually leads to up, up, up. I tend to see a big drop and reward/sabotage my self. With the tracker I saw exactly where the extra was. One can’t hold BBQ ribs against ones self.

And tracking showed again the truth in it’s the little thing I do every day, not the occasional extra, that makes the difference.  

Hooping @ C.V. Yoga's Studio.

Food Log Confessions

I started a food log about 3 or 4 months into joining Bitch Yourself Thin.  I had been losing about a half pounds a week, and it was starting to add up.  I started the log to track what was working.

My Food & Weight Log

I was dropping about 1/2 a pounds a week, and that got me down 20 pounds by November.  And I held the line through January.  On January 8th I began hooping 30 minutes a day.  With hooping I have toned up a good bit.  But I’m still there swaying between 144 and 148.  I am a lot more fit, I freely admit it.  But it’s been 5 months and I’m feeling stuck.

And then I watched Fat Head with my hubby.  And it was funny and had some good info and incites.  But I love this guy totally “excelled” food log.

So yesterday I singed in on Everyday Health for their free food log/journal.

Everyday Health Food & Active Journal

Brief Review: It’s easy to use. You put in you height weight and gole weight and if give you numbers to work within. You can created your own food in the food lists, using the Nutrition Facts found on packing. It has little glasses icons to click for your water intake. And it tracks activity, but you can’t add to that, and they don’t have hooping. (I figured brisk walk would work.)

So on Day 1 I came in under my 2000 calorie total, and way over on my sugar. Milk has a lot of sugar. And I’m down .8 tenths of a pound. For Day 2, after diner, I am under my well 2000, and not to far over on my sugar. (It’s the milk I swear.) But I’m going to have a slice of Carrot Zucchini Bread, toasted with butter. I’ll still be within the “limit”.

I had probably let my portions get a little big. I had stopped drinking enough water. And my snacking had become sweet carbs. This is what I am seeing so far. So I will give it a week and let you know what happens. *:)