Monday, May 2, 2011

Highway to Onederland revisited

Happy Monday all!  I'm ready to get this week in the done column, so we can get going Friday afternoon for parts south.  We'll drive 5 hours or so after I get off work, stay overnight somewhere, and then drive on in to Hotlanta on Saturday.  I wish we could make it to Durham, but that's almost 8 hours from here and I seriously doubt we'll be up for that long a drive Friday afternoon into evening, especially given we'll be driving through DC rush hour, which is the traffic equivalent of drinking anthrax.  Just awful!!

Anyway, I'm delighted to report I lost 3.4 pounds last week on my Sunday weigh in, putting me at 206.6.  I knew I had a decent week, but I really had to muster my courage to step on the scale yesterday morning!  I don't know why, except that if I hadn't had a bit of a loss, it would have added to my (happily) ever-diminishing but still present angst about seeing the Atlanta family.  Not that I'm a svelte little thing at this weight, but it's a lot better than severl weeks back.

I've settled into a routine for the last week and a half of eating the same breakfast and lunch everyday, and leaving out most bread, pasta and rice.  And sugar, though my favorite Chobani Black Cherry yogurt does have some.  It doesn't trigger me at all - maybe because of the nice hefty dose of protein the yogurt packs - 14 gms.  That's about the only sugar I've had, other than fruit.

I've actually been loosely following a combo of WWP+ and the food plan given to me by the miserable sponsor I had for the 2 months I lasted in a rigid 12 step program a few summers ago.  The breakfast is 1 cup oatmeal, one fruit and 1 cup of yogurt.  I use Trader Joe's 0% plain Greek, which is very thick and creamy.  I seriously doubt I'll ever go back to non-Greek yogurt, other than an occasional premium Swiss Emmi that is awesome (but not organic - I figure Switzerland is pure, clean and green!).
My favorite flavor of theirs is pink grapefruit, which sounds like a weird flavor for yogurt, but they get it right!

Back to eating - for lunch I have a Big. Ass. Salad.  Plus a cup of roasted veggies, and 4 ounces of protein that usually gets tossed into the salad.  Dinner is kind of the same overall
as lunch, with whatever protein I'm fixing for the husband.  I've been having a couple of organic gala apples for snacks, and then the Chobani after dinner.  For right now, this is satisfying me pretty well, and the dropped pounds add incentive to stick with it.  Exercise has been a lot of walking - 2-3 miles most days, and an occasional 5 miles at Ridley Creek State Park when I have time.

It feels good to have some healthy eating days behind me.  I feel calmer overall and my clothes are fitting well and getting a little looser.  I still have many miles to travel on this journey, but it's my fervent desire to not have to travel the parts I've already traversed.  How many times have I gotten to Onederland?  How many times have I love the pounds from 215 back down to 210?  No idea, but I've experienced the scenery on that part of the trip enough to not want to have to watch reruns.  My diet history is the Nick at Nite of weight loss! 

My head's in a good place now, but I know the inner-binge monster is lying in wait and will have to be negotiated again.  That's how it is with food addiction.  It ain't going away, and I'm starting to realize that when I don't have even one bite of certain things, I'm much less likely to get triggered and head off to the races again.  So for today, I'm gonna keep doing what I've been doing for the last week and a half.  I HOPE.

13 comments:

  1. Glad you are starting off the week with such a great attitude! Keep going strong.

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  2. I wish I was a fan of yogurt, but alas I can't stand it!! :) Congratulations on your loss this week! You can do it, Leslie!

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  3. I'm glad to read that you are in such a good place. I'm so happy for you.

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  4. Woo hoo for you!!!!!! Head in a good place is the BEST part:)

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  5. WOO HOO! Great loss Leslie!!!!!! I'll check in with Tammy and hopefully meet up with you both!!

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  6. So happy for you, Leslie. It sounds like things are going well for you. Healthy eating can make such a difference. It sounds like a healthy plan.

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  7. Hope is good. Sounds like you are in a good place, and really, that's all we can ask, right? Congrats on the great loss. :)

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  8. I agree it is much easier to stay on track than to get back on track. I also find it easier to have 'go to/safe' meals. Glad you are at a peaceful stage. Enjoy your trip!

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  9. Glad the old noggin is cooperating. Makes things much easier, or should I say managable.

    I love a road trip! HAve a good time.

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  10. It makes me happy to see you happy and hopeful. I say lather, rinse, repeat your days as this seems to be working for you. I usually find that staying in the groove is actually easier than getting in it - or re-getting in it!

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  11. Wow! Huge weight loss, girl! Congratulations!!!!!!! Onderland here you come! Deb

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  12. Glad to hear things are going well again, Leslie! And the food sounds delish! I'm alive, just fyi...book published!

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  13. I love the positivity in this post Leslie! Just keep taking it a day/week at a time. :D

    Have a safe drive and trip! :D

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