Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Weigh In Wed.

Hi Gang, Well tonight was Weigh In. I lost 1 pound. I was hoping for more of course but the better news was that I was finally under the 200 mark for thei first time in a long time. It felt wonderfu. That Big Chunk on the balance scale does not have to be used anymore. Now I am shooting for 10 pound chunk of weight loss. I had never mention my actuall weight because I hated the fact that I was over 200 pounds. Not even my DH knows how ,uch I weigh. I guess I was in denial that the scale was reading that high. That I weighed that much. This is a big deal to me to finally be under that awful mark. SB diet has worked for me. I am ready to start phase two I think. At least that is what I will be doing for the next week. Slowly introducing foods back into my diet. The first being fruit. I have really missed fruit.
I am very excited about a challenge going on at my Curves. They are looking for the biggest loser over the next 6 weeks. The hardest part for me will be that my trip to Hawaii is in the middle of that. Actually it will be near the end of the six weeks. I won't be able to be at Curves the three required times that week, but I will do the best I can with the rest of the Challenge.
Hope you are all doing well. I have been so busy with classes and swaps this past three weeks, I hope to get the last of the swaps done and mailed tomorrow. Wish me luck.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Weigh-in report

Had a great weigh-in today. I lost 3 3/4 lbs. This is the best loss I have had an some time. The SB diet is working for me. I did go to curves today also. Never did get out to walk at the park though, too rainy. Tomorrow I have to work at the Hospice office and the library so I will be pretty busy. DH said he will probably be in NY for another 2 weeks of hunting. I should be able to get a great start on the SB diet while he is gone, and then switch to phase 2 and work that even after he gets home. I Have 3.5 miles accumulated so far today. I think I will just add that to my tracker as I will probably be pretty quiet the rest of the night. I have a lot of stamping I need to work on and I don't get many steps in when I am doing that. Hope you had a good day. Lots of rain here, but we have needed it so badly.

Day 4 and 5 update

The SB diet is going really well. The hardest thing I have done is switch to decaf. I have been so sleepy for the past several days. It doesn't help that it has been rainy and a bit gloomy here. I am sleeping much better since I have laid off the carbs (especially all those I use to eat in the evening). I went to Curves on Monday as planned but didn't get out for the extra walking in the park. No real excuse, just didn't do it. Today is a Curves day and I may try to get that walk I missed yesterday in too. I have been reading another diet book called "The Hollywood Trainer Weight Loss Plan" I picked it up at the library this week.I liked the the idea that it talks about ; 21 days to Make Healthy Living a Lifetime Habit. and 7 simple steps to shed the Fat and Keep it Off -for Good! Here are the seven simple steps:
1. Accept the need to change.
2. Make an essential mind-body-spirit connection.
3. Exercises: Start an effective program tailored to your needs and goals.
4. Nutrition: Learn to eat as though your life depends on it-because it does!
5. Educate yourself, because knowledge can be converted to weight loss, longevity, and a better quality of life.
6.Commit to be consistent, for excellence is not a single act but a habit you'll have for a lifetime.
7. Create a supportive environment with the people and the space that will encourage and inspire you on your journey.

Food for thought everyone. :)

Monday, October 22, 2007

Trying to catch up

I've had a busy weekend. I had a big workshop to prepare for and then yesterday I was so tired that I dozed off in the chair twice. I am switching to decaf coffee, and that may have been why yesterday I was so sleepy all day. here are the days I missed.
Day 2: Not doing too well with the eating, although I have cut back on the carbs. I didn't get out to walk today so only have my usual count to add to my tracker: 2.5 miles.
Day 3: much better on the eating today. Still ate a few carbs not on my list, but generally followed the plan. Again no walk and only 1.7 miles. Hard to get any miles in when you are falling asleep in the chair. LOL Oh and I broke the clip on my pedometer today too. I will have to get another one, but I will try to see if I can get any sort of a count without attaching it to my shoe. If I had one of those one's that will count even if it is in you pocket I would be OK.
Time for reevaluating my exercise schedule. MWF at Curves will still be good and walking Tuesday and Thursday is still good, it is the weekend that I need to change I will plan for either Sat or Sunday and try to make it a longer walk at the park.
My SB diet plan is still good I just need to make some preparations so that I have something to grab when I get hungry. I haven't wanted to cook a meal since my DH has bee away, but for this to work I do need to plan cooking dinner for myself. So my goal this week is to cook dinner for my self and to make up some things that will be easy to grab when I am hungry. I will report on today's results tonight. Have a great day everyone and get out for that walk. :)

Sunday, October 21, 2007 Here is the web address of the diary that I spoke about in the previous post, for some reason it is not posting as a link, but you should be able to copy it to your browser and get there.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Project Gail Day 1

Took my dog for a walk On Th. morning, but had to cut it short because it started to rain. I did manage to add a little more walking trough out the rest of the day. (Note to self: bring an umbrella in the car!). I made up a grocery list which I will use today when I shop. I did not follow the diet, but once I have the good food in the house, and the bad food out, I will be on my way. I did a lot of reading on SB diet. and am looking forward to the change in me as I follow it.
I picked up the SB cookbook at the library yesterday. I also read an online diary of someone who has followed this diet. It gave me encouragement.if you want to read it yourself I will add the link here :
Day 1: did not follow the diet
walked 3.6 miles

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Wed. Weigh-in whine

Weigh-in was a little discouraging last night. I had a gain of 3/4 lb. Today is a new day! DH left for his hunting trip. He will be gone for 2 weeks. This should give me time to work hard on some kind of diet. Have you ever felt that you have dieted so much, that your body is rebelling? That is how I feel. I don't seem to be sticking to anything for very long, I am jumping from one method to another, counting calories (my most recent attempt) counting food groups, counting carbs, watching the fats, counting points. Now I have heard about a rainbow diet that a couple of my ladies in the TOPS group are being very successful on. I seem to gravitate towards the diet of whom ever I see being successful. What I need to do is pick one and stick to it. I think if I am going to stick to it, I have to see some good results fairly quickly. I need the boost of instant gratification. I think that is why I am going to do the South Beach diet for a couple of weeks while my DH is away. I have been successful on that in the past and I know I have really been a carb addict my whole life. Time to break out the South Beach books I have. You wouldn't believe the collection of diet books I have. From the looks of my bookshelf you would think I was a professional dieter. (just not a very successful one) Wish me luck, I will chronicle this two week journey and see what happens.
Project Gail begins today, I am scheduling time between 8-9 AM every day to go to Curves or Walk 3 miles. :)

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Tuesday AM

Good morning fellow journeymen and women. I have been so busy that I haven't taken time to write on this blog in almost a week. I have updated my tracker and I have taken time to visit some of you to see how you are doing. Tami is getting back on the South Beach diet. You know that worked for me too, but it was hard to do with my DH as he likes meat and potatoes every night. The good thing is he is going to be away for a few weeks. He is in Raliegh competing at the senoir softball atate torunament, and then he will head to NY for some bow hunting with his buddies. I could try the SB diet again while he is gone. Tami thanks for the inspiration.

Have you ever gone for a bra fitting? We had one at Curves yesterday. I thought I had the right size but I was wrong. I ordered a new one because once I put it on I looked like I had lost ten pounds. No kidding, it was amazing. :)

Have a wonderful day everyone. I have a stamping class this afternoon that i need to get ready for.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Wed. Weigh -in

Tonight was my weigh in at TOPS. I lost 1/2 pound. Slow but steady progress. I took a three mile walk in the park, and with that I was able to accumulate 5.4 miles today. It felt good to get that many miles in today. I have not been keeping my food chart, but will get back to it tomorrow. I am going to bed early tonight. I have been up since 4:30 this morning. I had no reason to be up that early, I just was wide awake. Good nite all.:)

Monday, October 8, 2007


Went to curves today. according to their scale I have lost 3 pound in three months. I wanted it to be more but since I missed a whole month at Curves because I was sick, I guess that a three pound loss is good. Wait till next month! I am using my TOPS scale as my weight loss. I will post the loss on Wed. I got 2miles walkingyesterday and 4.2 today. I didn't keep track of my food over the weekend or today. Back at it tomorrow.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Disppointment = bad food choices!

I have been so bummed since yesterday. My DS called and changed the weekend plans.He and friends rented a great place in TN and he wanted us all to come up there instead of them coming here. I passed along the info to my DD and then discussed it with DH. DH does not want to go, DD would rather not travel 6 hours for one overnight with two kids. I felt like I was in the middle. It looked like a great place for all of us to stay... but we aren't going, DD is not coming up and DS did not come here. In DH defense... He is not feeling well ( he sounds like I did when I got sick) DD is still fighting her bronchitis, but would have traveled here ( a three hour drive) if her brother was here. I was so looking forward to having everyone here. When that didn't happen I decided to eat. My usual choice when facing disappointment. Old habits are hard to break.
Friday calories = 2060, 2.0 miles walking
Sat calories = 1180, 2.1 miles walking today.

I didn't keep track of food exchanges. and my calories my not be totally accurate. I guess on some, just didn't want to look them up.
I know I will do better tomorrow, but today I am just having the biggest pity party for myself. :(
Hope you are all doing better than me this weekend.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Evening report

This is what I have to report for today. One of my favorite Dr. Phil quotes is: If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always gotten. With that in mind I am changing the way I record my food intake. I have not been counting calories. I am sure I have been fooling myself with how well I keep my eating under control. So I will be counting calories and reporting here each night.
Change #1: Today's Calories 1280 (now that I have reported it I can't eat anymore
tonight. That is a problem for me...late evening eating.)
Change #2 Food exchanges: Fats - 1, Dairy - 2, Fruit - 1, meat/protein - 6,
veggies 3, grain/starches - 2, water - 64 fl oz.
Change #3 went to Curves for 35 minutes, and accumulated 2.8 miles today.

My son and his girlfriend are coming to visit this weekend, My daughter and the boys will drive up from SC to see them. I will be in my glory having both my kids here at the same time.

Have a great evening everyone

Went to Curves today

I hadn't been to Curves in about a month. When I got brochitis, I stopped going. Today is is raining and rather than not get my walk in I decided I could at leat do that. It was like starting all over again, but I am glad I went. Don't know how much walking I can get in but I am working at the library today I will try and walk the isles while I am there. I report back tonight. Have a great day ladies.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Weigh in today

Ok I am getting discouraged with my slow progress with losing weight. I had another weigh with no loss. I am the same as I was last week. I have upped my walking but it hasn't showed up at the scale, yet. I am not givning up, but boy it is really hard when there is no change. I will allow myself to feel bad for one night , but I will be back at it in the morning! I didn't do weight with my walk today and I didn't walk as far only 2.7 for the day. Off to update my trackers. Hope youall had a better day. Gail

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

update for Tuesday

I am really liking this challenge. I have increased my walking , by going to the park and walking the course there. My knee was bothering me after the long walk yesterday, so today I only walked half the distance there. I was still able to make a total of 4 miles. Good start for me, How about the rest of you?

Monday, October 1, 2007

Oct. 1st Let's get walking.

I am heading out for a walk this morning. How about you? Today is the start of the Leslie Sansone walking challenge. We are headed to SC later this morning, so I need to get that walk in early. Have a great day everyone.

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