Saturday, July 19, 2008

Weight Loss 1

Being married to a doctor has more drawbacks than benefits most of the time. Like now. It's 11:26 on a Saturday night and John is at work. Fortunately he's not on call every weekend. One of the more consistent drawbacks is the way he's been hounding me about my weight for the last couple of years. I haven't been very receptive to his tough love approach. Frankly, I've eaten Hostess Snowballs just to spite him.

I've had other clues that I need to lose weight: clothes not fitting, clothes not looking good, the panty hose I wore to a Christmas party rolling first under my belly fat and then under my butt (repeatedly,) my belly getting in the way of tying my shoes, my kids slapping my belly because it makes cool noises, my new doctor telling me I really needed to lose weight, unflattering pictures (and reflections) that I hardly recognize as being me, like this recent one:

Oahu 008
With the angle, I call this my "Amazon Woman" photo.

I've been meaning to do something about it. Really. I haven't always had a weight problem. In fact it only started after I had Audrey, but I've consistently gained about 5 lbs a year since she was born in 1995. Let's see, 5 times 13, it just isn't pretty.

Here I am from behind, walking with Audrey, John is up ahead with the hat and backpack:

Oahu 002
This is at the entrance to Diamond Head Crater, a bunch of us had just gotten off TheBus and were walking into the state park.

One of the worst things about being overweight (other than the constant nagging from the husband with the good genes and the near perfect BMI) is being physically limited. Out of breath. Heart racing. That sort of thing. On our trip to Oahu at the end of last month I was really and truly hating life when we climbed up Diamond Head. Seriously. Complete strangers were asking if I was okay. The view from the top was nice, but I'm still not sure if it was worth it:

Oahu 003

Being on vacation was a good start to exercising more. We walked and swam a lot. I took my thyroid and antidepressants regularly, had some high-quality family time, and more than usual sunshine and exercise. I feel well enough and motivated enough to reverse that weight gain.

I've walked the dogs most days since we've been back. We bought a Wii Fit and I've weighed in every day, even when I haven't done exercises with it. I've mostly eliminated full-calorie soda. I'm trying to eat better. John has been nagging me about my calorie intake, which I haven't been keeping track of. So today I tracked down a free food journal at www.my-calorie-counter.com Humbug. I entered everything I ate today. Rice-a-Roni is soooooo not calorie-worthy.





Free http://www.my-calorie-counter.com/">Calorie Chart
my-calorie-counter.com
CalFatSatChlSodCrbFibSugPro
Breakfast
1cupMilk, reduced fat, fluid, 2% milkfat, protein fortified, with added vitamin A13853201451401310
124 biscuits 59g Kellogg's® - Mini-Wheats Frosted Bite Size - breakfast cereal2001005486126
33863201506262516
Lunch
11 sandwichPeanut Butter & Jelly sandwich230820295365148
230820295365148
Dinner
1Serving - 36 GBULL'S EYE - BBQ SAUCE - ORIGINAL 18 OZ PLASTIC BOTTLE60000330130120
1cup, ballsWatermelon, raw460002121101
1cup, chopped or dicedChicken, broilers or fryers, breast, meat only, cooked, roasted2315111910400043
11 cup (prepared) 1/2 box Golden Grain Company® - Rice-A-Roni, Chicken & Garlic flavored - rice mix26082083042125
59713311912666722449
Snack
1Serving - 35 GORVILLE REDENBACHER'S - MICROWAVE POPCORN - SMART POP BUTTER 94% FAT FREE MINI BAGS 1.2 OZ 4 PK BOX11020032024403
11 bottle 12 fl oz 354 mL Campbell's® - V8 (12 oz bottle) - 100% vegetable juice70000900153113
1cup, with pits, yieldsCherries, sweet, raw740000192151
2542001220589267
Water Tracker
Totals
Target
Balance
1419
2000
581
29
65
36
8
20
12
139
300
161
2931
2400
531
223
300
77
22
25
3
89
50
39
80
50
30
CalFatSatChlSodCrbFibSugPro
Activity
Totals0


It's a start.

12:18 AM and still no husband.

3 Comments:

Blogger Rebecca said...

nice to see someone else is going to be blogging about the whole weight-loss thing.
i started WW about 6 weeks ago. i haven't been very good since we got back from vacation. but that changes - TODAY! i've already started my journal and point count this morning. it's really easy... and it's actually really working!

8:39 AM  
Blogger msaims said...

thanks for your thoughtful comment about mocci. i thought people might not react well but they have been most kind.

hmm... that sodium is hidden away in the foods we buy. you barely realize your eating it!

and maui! boy am i jealous.

amy

5:48 PM  
Blogger Mokihana said...

See Kapi'olani Park from the view from Diamond Head? I know it's a rough hike up... but seeing that park again brought back so many memories for me. I used to ride my horse all over that park! Listen to concerts at Waikiki Shell. If you turn to the right, you could see the valley where I grew up! Thanks for the photo.

10:54 PM  

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