I met a friend for lunch today. We dined at the local Thai restaurant. It was pretty easy to keep within my calorie and sugar goals. I had a cup of egg drop soup, followed by cashew chicken. I didn't really eat the rice and only ate half the food. Had plenty to eat, enjoyed the company, and felt good about my choices. I don't plan on eating out any more this week, and I expect a good weigh-in on Friday, though I don't know if I've broken through my plateau. If I weigh in at the same number, then on Friday I will start back with Phase I, eliminating all carbs and fruit, but will keep the effort to one week only. It worked last time, and I'm hoping it will do the trick again. Hopefully, the plateau will break on its own.
I have 15 minutes until I pick up Alex from the basketball open gym. Of course, she did not stick to her menu for the day, but wrote down what she ate, which at least was a small breakthrough. I bought granola bars yesterday that she was to save for school lunches. She ate at least 6 of them. So the new plan is for me to take the granola bars to work and give her one bar for each week day. We'll just experiment until we find some strategies that help.
Great pilates class today. Really tough abdominal crunches.
Posted on 8/31/2010 by docbku
The afternoon was a total wash. I picked up Alex so she could visit with her therapist, then I went to the dermatologist for a mole check (they cauterized a mole and sent it in for a biopsy), and then we went to the optomotrist for a vision check and glasses. Alex has slight astigmatism and her vision needs a slight correction. We paid less than $90 for the exam and two pairs of glasses. They won't be in for 10 days, so she will have to head to school without her glasses for the first week.
I had a cheeseburger for dinner but Alex decided she wanted a sandwich. I discovered it was because she ate the remaining two cheeseburgers for lunch. Then I discovered that her breakfast consisted of SIX toaster waffles. Then I noticed the hot dog bun packaged was opened. She ate two hot dogs with buns, and this was all consumed by the time I picked her up at 12:30. Of course, she didn't discuss any of this with the therapist. I'm really beyond being mad. This happens over and over and I can't seem to get her to change anything.
I am now resorting to something we tried previously. She has a menu for tomorrow and her food is all prepared. The only thing we need to find yet is a reward system. She needs to string a few successful days together. Only problem is that she lies about food constantly, so unless I check every cracker and morsel in the house, I really can't trust her to tell me the truth. We had a long talk tonight, which went well. I'll be glad when she is back in school next week and doesn't have the opportunity to eat all day long.
I went out for a run tonight after dinner, which gave me time to cool off and focus on my health, rather than Alex's health. Tomorrow I am going out for Thai food at lunch. While the food tends to be salty, it's relatively easy to find a meal on the healthy side. I seldom go out for lunch during the work week, and I'm glad that we are meeting at the beginning of the week, rather than the end. I'm hoping to get that scale nudged downward on Friday.
Posted on 8/30/2010 by docbku
I started the morning with a big breakfast, followed by an 11-mile bike ride on the Capital trail. I introduced two of my friends to the bike trail. Weather was lovely and the ride was really enjoyable. This afternoon I mowed the grass. Tonight Alex and I went out for a very brisk walk. Alex was really fast and even ran some of the time, though I beat her in our race. But it was good to see her moving so fast.
I made a Mexican version of my turkey meatloaf. I have no idea if it will be any good. I tossed in refried black beans with jalapeno peppers, diced tomatoes, bell peppers, mushrooms, and salsa. Very low in fat, no sugar, high fiber and protein. I'll try it for lunch tomorrow. The chili will also provide some good lunches for the week. I should be set.
Tomorrow will be a short day at the office. I have to go home to pick up Alex at the noon hour so she can see her therapist at 1:00. She'll go to the library after that. I have an appointment with the dermatologist at 2:00, for a mole check. Then I'll pick up Alex and we'll head to Newport News where I have a 4:15 appointment for Alex's eye exam. In the evening I am planning on going for a run.
I am finding that the combination of exercise and eating well simply leads to having more energy and feeling like exercising even more. The body is cooperating. I plan on having an excellent week and getting my weight into the 140s by Friday.
Posted on 8/29/2010 by docbku
A friend called tonight, asking if I'd like to join them for a movie. I already saw it--Eat Pray Love--and it was pretty mediocre. Instead, I invited them here provided they picked up a couple of DVDs from Redbox. Alex is having a sleep-over, and I'm not doing a thing, so it will feel good to just hang out tonight.
Spent most of this morning running errands. We had a short wait at Urgent Care, where Alex got her sports physical exam signed. Basically, if the kid can see, hear, and breathe, they can play sports. I asked about her eyesight and they estimated it at 20/50 in both eyes. He said the driving requirement is 20/40, so she really should see an optomotrist. I'll call my eye doctor next week to inquire about costs. I can't add Alex to my vision insurance until January, so it will be more out-of-pocket money. I'll also look at other options as well to try to save a few bucks.
That's it for today. No strenuous exercise for the day. And pizza and beer to boot. Tomorrow I'll make a trip to Trader Joe's and make a few things for the week. My batch of chili turned into the spiciest chili I ever made--used 2 cans of fire-roasted tomatoes with chilis. Really hot and really good. I'll be back to to plan tomorrow.
Posted on 8/28/2010 by docbku
It's Friday, and I hope to leave soon to pick up my car from the garage. Last night I got my bicycle all prepared for the ride into work from the garage, so this morning, all I had to do was remember to put on my biking clothes. One of my co-workers gave me advice on biker-friendly routes, though there are a couple of spots in which there are no shoulders whatsoever and you just hope you don't get sideswiped. It took me about 25 minutes to ride into work. Dare I say, it was fun! It was about a 5-mile jaunt. I'm still debating which route to take home. So many choices.
The big news today is that I weighed in at exactly the same weight as two weeks ago. My weight has not budged since August 6. While I might have found that frustrating in the past, I actually consider it to be a great success. I was in Wisconsin on the family farm for six full days. I enjoyed Wisconsin beer, two fish fries, birthday cake, and angel food cake. I did pretty well most days, and I did very well on the exercise front. So I am happy that I did not gain an ounce in the two-week period that included vacation. I felt like I had splurged in some areas, but with the exercise, it didn't kill me. I flew home on Tuesday and had just a nice salad in the airport, which launched my return to my routine eating plan. Last night I made a batch of chili, which I will enjoy for dinner tonight. I'm back into my routine, and I am going to work hard at getting my weight into the 140s at next weigh-in. I'm getting closer to reaching my goal weight, and it's just going to require a bit more work from here on out.
Bottom line: I MET MY CHALLENGES! I succeeded while on vacation. I had fun but stayed within reason. I have just 3 more weeks until I hit day #200 and I can say without a doubt, it's been another great 100 days. I AM THE NEW ME!!!
Tonight my plan is to take Alex to the William & Mary volleyball game against Wisconsin. The game starts at 7:00 and she wants to stop at Target first to get ideas on how to spend some of her birthday money. Tomorrow I have to take Alex to 4H club in the afternoon, but I don't have any other plans. I'm still waiting to hear from Bob. Silence is not always golden.
Chalk up another successful day.
Posted on 8/27/2010 by docbku
I am trying to type while Dolly the cat is hanging all over me and wagging her tail in front of the computer screen. I seldom use this computer in the loft, and now I see why. Despite all my rules, Alex has clearly been eating up here and has managed to leave bread crumbs, sticky keypads, and ruined wood finish on the desk. Never mind the hand prints on the chair where she wiped her dirty hands. Aaaaghhhh! The kid drives me nuts.
I didn't bring my computer home because I am trying something new tomorrow morning. I was having a hard time arranging a ride from the car repair place to work in the morning, when it dawned on me, I have my bike rack! I can just load up my bike and bike the 5 miles into the office. There's a half mile stretch that won't be fun as it's a narrow two lane road, but the rest should be okay. I'll take my good clothes in the backpack and change at the office. My car needs an oil change and new tires, so it will be an expensive visit. If the bike ride turns out to be pleasant, I might try that more often, though using a different route.
The weather was so nice today and I had some time before heading to the Y that I brought out my motorcycle. After pilates-yoga, I took Alex to the new middle school on the motorcycle. She is there now at an open gym learning more about basketball. She is trying out for the 7th grade team, which is really good news for me. I didn't push her to do it, and last she said she wasn't interested, so I'm pleased by the turn of events. They have a couple of more open gyms and then tryouts right after Labor Day. I hope she makes the team.
The "diet" is getting easier, though I haven't had time to make my regular meals since we've been back home. I'm about to cut up some vegetables for chili, and as soon as I pick up Alex from the open gym I plan to make up a batch of crockpot chili that can simmer overnight.
I saw the schedule in the local paper for William & Mary volleyball--they are hosting an invitational this weekend and are playing Wisconsin tomorrow at 7:00. I'm going to try to go.
Tomorrow is weigh-in day. I haven't a clue how I did. Absolutely none. I feel healthy and strong, but in terms of weight, I just don't know. Until then...
Posted on 8/26/2010 by docbku
It was tough sitting at the office all day. I went out to get a hair cut, but it would have been nice to take a walk. I was really itching to run by the time I got home, and I pushed myself hard. I'm pretty sure I finally hit a 10-minute mile. I know my route on the farm was exactly 3 miles, and I needed to cut 2 minutes off my time to make it in 30 minutes. My runs on the farm were casual, so with today's increase in distance and pace, I think I finally hit 3 miles in 30 minutes. It's amazing that when you push yourself, your body responds and only gets faster and faster. I used to barely make it around the neighboring subdivision block 3 times; tonight I made 4 circles around the block and still managed to end up on the main road in my subdivision before my watch beeped. The weather has really cooled off, so that made for a more enjoyable run as well. Tomorrow is pilates-yoga, so I should be set on losing any pounds I may have gained. I'm very curious to see what comes up on the scale on Friday. I hope I'm not too disappointed. I'll wear my "skinny jeans" tomorrow to see if they feel any tighter. Whatever the number may be, I have to keep focused to make sure it doesn't pull me off course.
I have just 22 days until I hit day #200. I feel really good about this 100-day experiment. The running has become more comfortable and more fun thanks to the crazy Vibram shoes. I've had a number of trips and managed to still take off weight. I've returned to South Beach phase I when I need to jumpstart the weight loss. I've been good at limiting my sugar intake. I don't feel it will be difficult to continue the good routine.
I'm tired out so will likely read the newspaper, prepare a batch of chili so that it can cook in the crockpot over night, and read a bit before calling it a night. A good day returning to the routine.
Posted on 8/25/2010 by docbku
I had to go to my Excel spreadsheet to determine which day this was. I missed MFP while in Wisconsin. Overall, I think the trip went pretty well. Here's my report card:
Food intake: B
Alcohol intake: C
Will that scorecard be sufficient to avoid a weight gain on Friday? I made excellent food choices today, and even though I didn't exercise, unless you count walking through O'Hare, the day will end in success. As for the last week, I ran 3 country miles on both Wednesday and Saturday. On Sunday I walked 5 miles and biked 6 miles. And other than consuming some excellent Wisconsin beer and birthday cake, I think I did quite well. And if I've added a few pounds, I'm confident enough that I will be able to take them off and continue moving the scale downward. If nothing else, I can go back on SB phase I for a week and that should take care of it without too much effort.
I finished BORN TO RUN on the airplane today. It's an excellent book and makes a convincing argument that the human species was born to run--it's one of our greatest strengths. And look how far we've removed ourselves from our native selves. The book is also the cause for all the rage surrounding barefoot running. Interesting that running injuries were minimal before Nike came along in the 1970s and convinced the world that we need specialized cushioned shoes to protect our feet. The book highlights the Tamaharua Indians who live in Mexico's harsh Copper Canyons and several American ultrarunners--who can run 100 miles at very high paces. Incredible to think that it's possible to run such a distance, which makes a marathon seem like a warm-up. I'm even more sold on my Vibram Five Fingers shoes than I was before. I actually miss running now when I've been away from it, and I'm looking forward to tomorrow's run and eventually increasing my pace and distance.
Tomorrow it's an early morning and back to work. It feels good to be home. As much as it is nice to visit family, I miss my house, cats, friends, and Virginia. There's just not a lot of action out in the country. I'm happy to be returning to a routine.
Posted on 8/24/2010 by docbku
I didn't get to eat until after 7:00 tonight, thanks to sitting around in the doctor's office for an extra hour. My primary care physician sent me to the gastroenterologist to check out this fistula. Excuse me, but this guy was a total prick. An asshole to the tenth degree. But that is not a new experience at all. Somehow, gastroenterologist=asshole. Most fitting, don't you think? At least the male ones. I had a fantastic female gastroenterologist in Alexandria. Since then, my experiences have been extremely negative. Today's included. They make it seem like a huge inconvenience that we have been sent to them. Well, pardon me! Isn't this your job? Aaaagh! It's just maddening.
I decided not to do a damn thing about this fistula for now, as the antibiotics have halted any infection and the prognosis is that it seems to be healing on its own. That's the good news, though I'm still stewing from my exchange with this jerk. My doctor had also recommended a colonoscopy. This guy didn't think it was necessary, so I am not going forward. There is absolutely no reason to see a gastroenterologist while I am in good health. It's not worth the aggravation. My chronic pain was resolved with last year's hysterectomy, and I simply won't subject myself to these procedures unnecessarily. Really, I think a lot of it is a gender thing. These male doctors treat us like a bunch of dumb women with exaggerated problems. Well, I just don't tolerate that attitude. God help me when I get into my 50s and really start telling people what I think!!!
Thanks to the late evening and now rain, my run is not happening. Hopefully, I can run once I get settled on the farm tomorrow. I still need to pack.
Oh, enough about the doctor already. I guess I did a good job of selecting my new pants and blouse, as I got a ton of compliments today. I had time before my appointment so I bought some new cute underwear that work better with the low cut pants (Not Thongs). I thought they were expensive, but after putting down the co-pay for the doctor, I don't think so anymore. A good investment to look and feel sexy.
Despite the lack of exercise today, at least I didn't go out and soothe my anger with fast food or chocolate or beer. I avoided emotional eating, and that's been my biggest challenge over time. So I'll call it a successful day.
Hopefully, I'll be able to write tomorrow from the farm.
Posted on 8/17/2010 by docbku
I went to water aerobics class tonight, which was an excellent workout. Score a victory for the pre-challenge workout. Tomorrow I have my appointment with the gastroenterologist at the end of the work day and I hope it will be cool enough to run in the evening. That would be a good prep for the trip to Wisconsin. Our flight doesn't leave until 9:30 Wednesday morning and we arrive in WI at 1:00 in the afternoon. My goal is to find some healthy options for lunch at O'Hare, even if it's just a sandwich on whole grain bread. And after we get picked up from the airport I'd like to stop at a grocery store to pick up some cheese sticks and maybe some other snacks that will hold me over. I'll bring my tea and almond packs with me.
Tomorrow I plan to make my reservations for New Orleans. I have to be there to lead our Domestic Violence Summit and we will have to fly on the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Consequently, we will have to make our flight plans soon. Out Summit is followed by the annual meeting of the state court administrators, so I may stay an extra few days to attend to those meetings. It means I will likely be spending my birthday in New Orleans. That might not be a bad thing. I hope Alex can stay with the neighbor as usual. It's always a little more difficult traveling during the school year as I have to think about Alex's schedule. I also have to fly to Charleston SC for a meeting in November. Those two months are already starting to look a little chaotic. Throw in Thanksgiving and Christmas, and I'd better get all my work finished in September and October. Lots going on, but it's all good.
My book, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, needs my attention. The first few hundred pages were a bit of a struggle, but now I'm nearing the end and I'd like to finish it tonight. Chalk up another successful day.
Posted on 8/16/2010 by docbku
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