Friday, October 22, 2010

Hot 100 update: Atlanta edition

I'm in the sunny south, ya'll, and having a great time.  So far my eating has been entirely sane but not restrictive.  I noted in my last post I wouldn't be weighing in this week due to being 800 miles from my own scale, but I can still update progress related to my Hot 100 goals.

1.  1700 cals a day max (including tracking) - I think I'm going to modify the tracking part of this goal.  I'm just not going to do it, and keeping it as a goal gives me a negative every week.  I'm pretty knowledgeable about calorie amounts after roughly 48  of my 57 total years spent dieting, thinking about dieting, Weight Watching on South Beach with Dr. Atkins trying to Take Off Pounds Sensibly.  When my eating is pretty clean and reasonable, I always land between 1400 and 1600 /day.  I don't know how I've done this week calorically speaking, but I haven't binged AT ALL.  Very little junk.   So I'm calling this a 75% achieved goal for the week.  So there.
2.  Exercise at least 20 mins 6 of 7 days: Got 5 of 7 this week.  Legitimate busy-ness and illegitimate laziness contributed to me missing a day.
3.  100% honesty with reporting here.  YES - no "white lies of omission" at all.
4.  Weekly weigh in Fridays only with no peeking during the week.  I haven't "been on" since last Friday.  Good.
5.  No quitting this challenge no matter what.  Yep - I'm sticking and staying.
6.  No dinner out night before weigh in.  I did eat out last night (Mexican) but wasn't weighing in so doesn't count.  This is known as Leslielogic.

So a successful week overall.  Perfect in its imperfection - that is, progress and improvement without rigidity and deprivation.  Possibly some vapors of moderation and reasonability blowing in.

Yesterday was an excellent first day of my Atlanta adventure.  I started out with at least a 3 1/2 mile power walk that left me nicely sweaty and spiritually cleansed.  After showering, I headed over to the senior community where my parents-in-law live and had a great visit and lunch with them in their dining room.  FIL is 91, MIL is 85, and both are in full possession of their faculties.  Well, they do tell the same stories over and over, but they've done that for the 28+years I've been in this family, so it is nothing new.  My MIL calls their place "the home", which tickles me no end.  I truly feel a part of this family and am so grateful, esp. considering both my parents were gone by the time I was 23, and I was an only child.  Feelings of fatness and unworthiness have been virtually non-existent for me about this trip.  Talk about progress.

After lunch with the old folks, I shifted gears and picked up Mark, our youngest, from his last class and spent about 4 hours with him until he had to go to lacrosse practice.  We just talked and laughed.  It was utterly wonderful.  Delicious.  I'll be with him all day tomorrow and tomorrow night.  There's a big family party in honor of my visit and a niece's 19th birthday tomorrow night that will be great.  Funny - I'm finding myself looking forward to the people, the experience and the relationships rather than worrying about food, fat or how I look.  Again, progress?  Spiritual gifts? Personal growth?  All of the above I suppose, and more.

And tonight is my long awaited meeting with Tammy of From Fat to Fab!  I'm so excited to meet a fellow blogger with whom I feel very connected and already love to pieces.  We've talked about this for a long time.  Rest assured you'll see and here about it on both our blogs.

Happy Friday bloggy buddies!


  1. This all sounds so positive and upbeat, I'm happy for you!

    Just one question. Was I with you when you were "Weight Watching on South Beach with Dr. Atkins trying to Take Off Pounds Sensibly?"

    Because I think was was ;-)

  2. Leslie, I'm going to have to type out "your" quote and post it somewhere ... "Perfect in its imperfections ... progress & improvement without rigidity and deprivation". I did myself a big disservice last Monday when I was so rigid on my "fun" day out with my hubby. We both ended up miserable. I really learned a BIG lesson. I'm going to use your quote as a tool to remember what's important.


  3. Sounds like your trip is going well, and your eating too:) I don't know Tammy so will head over to check out her blog right now. I am looking forward to the day when I can also anticipate a social event for the social aspects without focusing on the eating - good for you!

  4. Welcome to Atlanta! Hope you have a wonderful trip and can't wait to hear all about your meeting/dinner with Tammy at Pappadeaux's!

  5. Sounds like you are having a wonderful visit!

  6. "Perfect in its imperfection" - Love this!

    Have a fun visit!! & a HAPPY weekend! :)

  7. I loved everything about this post - especially how close you are with your PIL - what a blessing!

    Have a fun weekend - and I love that your focus is on the people and occasion and not the food. Looking forward to the blog meet up recap!

  8. Glad you're having a fun and getting to spend lots of time with your family!

    It's so cool that you and Tammy get to meet in person!

  9. Have fun with Tammy! I love her blog, give her a hug from me!

    I have been doing the "mental" calculations rather than writing it down and it works for awhile but then it stops. At least it did for me. I still mentally calculate but it's too easy to just "forget" about the handful of chocolate chips, or something. That's why I desperately want to get back into writing things down.

  10. Sounds like a good week with the Hottie challenge! Have fun with Tami!

  11. Sounds like you're doing great, and if you don't "need" the tracking, why bother?

  12. What a great sounding week Leslie! As far as the tracking goes - it sounds to me like it is a fine thing to drop. Any part of this that frustrates you and doesn't bring improvement needs to go!

  13. Great post--I'm going to borrow some of your positivity--I want to make that durn scale move south. BTW, does Leslielogic work in Tishatown? Sure hope so. I love it!