Health milestone

7 06 2009

Since 3/13/09 I have lost over 10% of my body weight!  I am not dieting, per se, but making a concerted effort to live a healthy lifestyle. 

Here are some of the things I have incorporated into my life:

  • Plan ahead.  Have healthy foods on hand.  When going to a restaurant try to look at the menu online beforehand. 
  • Eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day.  This really keeps me full.  I am so excited that fruits and vegetables are inexpensive and readily available at this time.  My fridge is full of berries, grapes, cantaloupe, lettuce, mushrooms, radishes, plums, peaches, apples, oranges, broccoli, watermelon, cherries and more!  Just typing this is making me hungry.  I no longer need sugar.  I actually got a sugar rush from an apple the other day.
  • Eat two servings of dairy a day.
  • Recently I got an Intak water bottle with a meter on the top.  It enables to me track how much water I am drinking.  I try to fill it at least four times a day.  Since I was drinking the equivalent of 12 cans of  diet soda a day and no water, this is a huge change for me.  I am down to around 2 cans of soda and lots of water.  I suspect the soda was making me hungry. 
  • I try to chew gum when I am not eating.  This makes me stop and think before I put something in my mouth. 
  • Eat approximately 1700 calories a day.
  • Exercise daily.  It is extremely motivating to meet like-minded friends for some calorie-burning chatter.  I also have taken advantage of my 1:15 daily lunch at work.  No longer do I sit in my office writing blog posts,  I go for a walk.  My husband and I have planned a few exercise-related day trips.  Recently we went biking at Pere Marquette State Park and had a great time.  The bike trail is twenty miles long and runs through the woods and along the river, all of the way into Alton.  We plan to go back here in the fall.  There is a monster hill that I am proud to say I made it up. 
  • Each week that I succeed I by myself a small reward.  I now have all new socks and underwear.  I am starting to purchase some summer clothing.  I plan larger rewards for the milestones.  For reaching 10% I am going to make a trip to the Gap and get something cute – maybe some jeans that aren’t too big!
  • Don’t freak out over a mistake or a brief fall off of the wagon.  When I went to Katie’s Memorial Day party and ate six of Jennifer’s oatmeal carmelitos and various other potluck delights, I got right back on track the next day.  This was my largest obstacle to overcome.  Previously, the diet would have been ruined and I would have wallowed in my loss of self-control, gaining all of the weight back – and more.

Two 25 – On A Diet…

13 04 2009

A few weeks ago I was invited, along with some other local bloggers, to dine at Two 25

I was extremely excited about this.  Not only would I get to see my friends – Ms. PH, KPOW, SS and MM, I was getting free food at a good restaurant in exchange for this post that took me too long to write.  Two 25 – I’m sorry!   

Between the invitation and the meal, I decided to start dieting – and I tried very hard to remember that during the meal, and I was moderately successful.

I skipped on the appetizer and ordered a Caesar salad instead.  It tasted as expected, but there was a LOT of fresh Parmesan cheese on it.  I am of two worlds about this.  I love cheese.  In fact, I would like to nominate cheese as the National Food of Those With A Case of the Mondays.  But, the dieter that was ordering the food, certainly didn’t need the extra cheese.  Want, yes.  Need, no.  We received fresh hot bread with the salad and appetizers.  I had two small pieces.  The bread was good, but not so memorable that you would go to the restaurant specifically for the bread. 

I decided that the most diet friendly entree would be the grilled salmon.  I chose the asparagus as my side.  The asparagus was barely warm.  SS also ordered asparagus.  She received hers a little bit later and hers was steaming.  The salmon was topped with beurre blanc, fresh basil and citrus segments.  I tried to scrape it off in the interest in saving calories.

By the end of the meal, I was frustrated with my diet, so I went ahead and ordered desert.  After all, I had only eaten a Fiber One bar, a packet of tuna and some veggies earlier in the day.  I chose the chocolate peanut butter pie.  It was very rich and very good.

We received wonderful service and most of us tipped accordingly. 

I will definitely go back to Two 25, but when I do, I will order what I want and not worry so much about calories.  There are a lot of great choices on the menu and one meal couldn’t possibly cause me to gain a insurmountable amount of weight.  Its what I chose to do after indulging that causes the weight gain.

Back with a (planned) vengeance

29 03 2009

Hello, readers…

I’m back.  Hopefully you haven’t forgotten about me. 

There is a reason other than general lack of interest for my recent absence.  My husband’s grandmother had a heart attack sometime around Valentine’s Day.  She was recuperating in the nursing home located in the town in which I work.  I visited her daily during my lunch period.  I had to shift the tasks that I normally accomplish during lunch (blogging, taking a walk, paying bills, sorting coupons, etc…) to the evening. 

I have a few posts planned for the next few days:

  • Musings regarding Ameren’s power smart pricing
  • A general rant on tipping
  • A review of my meal at Two25

Hopefully I haven’t lost my few readers…

Recent reads

21 03 2009

Loyal readers, I apologize for the blogging hiatus.  During that time I read a few books listed in 1001 Books You Should Read Before You Die.  None of them were life-changing, so I will give a brief account. 

Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates is a fictionalized account of Marilyn Monroe’s life.  Mildly enjoyable, I was surprised that this book made the list over some of Oates other books. 

Main Street by Sinclair Lewis took me several weeks to get through.  The book is about Carol Kennicot, a doctor’s wife in small town America.  Set in the 1910’s, Carol is a feminist who is not satisfied with her life, her husband or her town.

 Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton is a slim volume.  I finished it is less than a day.  I wasn’t able to identify with the plight of Ethan falling in love with his ill wife’s cousin who has come to assist her with the housework.  His was abominable, so one can understand why he would be wanting affection.  Certainly divorce was much less common in the early 1900’s, but I still find it extremely hard to sympathize with anyone considering infidelity.


12 03 2009

The acoustics in the building I work in are amazing.  You can hear anything that is said and anything that is done.  In fact, whenever anyone urinates, I can hear the stream of their urine very clearly in my office.  Neat.

Parking Space Stalkers

21 02 2009

Parking space stalkers, I abhor and despise you. 

It really annoys me that you drive around and around the parking lot looking for the closest spot.  You could have already made your purchases in the time you spend picking out the prime spot. 

It is exasperating when you follow me to my car and wait behind me as I put my groceries away.  Honk and I will sit in my car for a few minutes before deciding to go back into the store. 

How maddening it is when you hold up a line of cars behind you as you wait for someone to leave a restaurant.  How it rankles me that you wave at me to back up because you are blocking a departing vehicle into the space you want.  What if there’s another car behind me?  Should I back into it like the inconsiderate Howard E Gregory (and later for insurance purposes claim that the car hit me)?

Don’t be so inconsiderate to other people.  If you have a medical problem get a handicapped placard.

#9 – The Light of Day by Graham Swift

21 02 2009

I finished The Light of Day by Graham Swift over one week ago.  My extreme dislike of this book turned me off of both reading and writing.  For the past week it seemed as if my brain cells were better off being rotted by the television. 

Swift’s writing style takes a bit of getting used to, but that wasn’t the cause of my aversion.  It almost seemed as if Swift was telling a different story than I was reading.  The reader is made to think that they will discover why a murder occurred at the end of the book; a murder that is the central plot of the book.  There is never any question as to whodunit, the question is why.  But the reason is never revealed and the reader is left wishing they’d never picked up this book to begin with.

This book should be removed from the list of 1001 Books to Read Before You Die.