Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Long time, no blog: Stuck again

I just got back from a dance weekend, which was mostly a whole bunch of baby boomers who love square dancing and contra dancing (square dancing without the squares). This was a reach for me since I don't dance. I went along because a friend asked me to, but I had expected to sit out the evening dances and maybe attend a super-remedial beginner workshop or two. No such behavior was tolerated, though. I got asked to dance and so, what the heck, I danced. I got mixed up here and there and was stepped on a time or two, but mostly everyone was very nice and patient and I caught on okay. There were one or two people who were obviously uptight about it, but I didn't know anyone and felt fine, mostly. Everyone was having a great time, and there were a lot of people there in their 60s who seemed fitter than me. I want to be them when I grow up. It doesn't have to be dancing, but I want to be active the rest of my life.

I went with two women, a friend I know fairly well and her friend. The friend of my friend spent about an hour on the drive there explaining her whole-food, low-carb diet. It wasn't South Beach or anything else I'd heard of, but it was in that genre. It was really very dull and after seeing her eat, I could tell that she was talking about all this stuff and not really doing much of it. Seemed painfully close to home for me, since I have been blogging for about two years about my weight loss efforts, and have very little no actual weight loss to show for it. I want to be happy in my clothes again.

Getting dressed today was a chore again. I wanted to look nice for work, and I finally settled on a dress since I don't like the way my dressier pants fit. My weight has stayed within a pound or so for the last several weeks, but it's definitely not where I want it to be. My clothes don't fit right and I'm feeling down. I took a cue from Cindy and decided to hard-boil some eggs to have as a snack, since I tend to skimp on protein and eat more snacky foods than I need. I am still sticking with calorie counting, but decided to try a diabetic exchange-type diet to help me plan my meals, since I'm not as good at spreading out my calories throughout the day as I need to be. (I just Googled "diabetic exchange diet" in case you're interested). I am going to shoot for between 1500 and 1800 calories. From tracking on FitDay, I know that I'm averaging about 2200 to 2300 right now, so cutting back should get me on a losing track again.

Watching "The Biggest Loser" tonight should help inspire me to stick with it.

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