Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Day 3: Nothing motivates like success

I was down another half pound this morning. That's 2 pounds in 2 days. I feel like I'm on "The Biggest Loser." During my Weight Watchers days, I was happy to lose a pound in a week. Of course, I also was never very good at sticking to my Points range.

One of the most intriguing things about this is the thought that with just the basic skills and a daily food plan I write for myself, I might be able to lose weight without following someone else's idea of what I should eat. It's an intriguing thought. Of course, I'm a veteran Weight Watcher, so I have some idea of portion sizes and what I should be eating if I want to lose. A lot of people might try to either eat too little or, conversely, might have an unrealistic idea of how much they should be able to eat and lose weight. I am going to try the plan, too, once I master these basic skills.

I am still having trouble eating without distractions. When I'm sitting alone and eating I have the urge to read or use my iPod or something. I guess I am used to having company when I eat. Yesterday I didn't really get much in the way of spontaneous exercise, either, unless you count walking across campus to pick up my mail. I'm not sure that I do, considering that the campus I was walking across is so tiny. I am told, though, that a lot of the faculty in my building have the administrative assistants get their mail for them. Personally, I need the excuse to get up and do something!


  1. Well done you biggest loser you :-)

    I'm so impressed with your positive approach and the way you've taken control and are doing it for yourself.

    Like you I'm a vetran WW been at it on and off now for 21 years and only managed to get to goal last year but am 24lbs over goal at the mo and struggling to get back down.

    Hope it keeps falling off you

  2. As a veteran dieter, I'm sure you know the dangers of obsessive weight tracking, and the dangers of thinking that losing at a rate of 2 lbs in 2 days is going to continue longer than a week of water weight. However, from another veteran dieter, this is just a small reminder.

    Great job, though, at finding a plan you think you'll like and sticking to it.

  3. cms, daily weighing is part of the plan, but I definitely don't expect to lose a pound a day for long. Would be nice, but definitely not realistic.

  4. I lost all my weight by doing Beck for the cognitive aspects of it and just planning my own menu and counting calories. I talked with Dr. Beck last fall and she said the whole reason she put an eating plan in the book is because when she was reading people's blogs who were trying to lose weight, (and they would post what they were eating), she came to the conclusion that many people do not know how or what to eat when trying to lose (or maintain) weight. So, should you strike out on your own eating plan I'm sure you would find that it does indeed feel more like a life style change as opposed to a diet. However, I do feel that the cognitive aspects of her plan are what makes us able to make the right choices (thinking right = doing right). In my experience, her advice and guidance on HOW to think was critical to my success. I'm glad things are going well for you. Oh, BTW, it was 27 degrees here today and the run was great (though slippery since it was snowing). Do you have a tri picked out yet?

  5. Not sure what tris I'm going to do yet. The mini one I did last year is happening again -- half a sprint. I will probably do that as a warmup for a sprint.

    My big goal this year is a fall half marathon. I'm keeping my runs short for now (because I hate the ice, maybe I need yaktraks) but plan to start lengthening them out when the weather is better.

  6. Wow! Sounds like you are doing great!

    The best kind of 'lifetyle' eating plan is one that is tailored perfectly for YOU. Yeah, I follow a 'plan' but I've tailored it to fit my individual bodies needs. Sounds like that's what you've done! Keep up the great work!

  7. The other thing I had to work out was what level of calories I could eat and still have enough energy to run decently. If you train for a half, you'll encounter this problem too. What I ended up doing was staying at 1500 calories per day but taking in an additional 150 calories half an hour before the run. During long runs, I took in additional calories in either a gel or Sport Beans. These calories were never counted in my total for the day. Additionally, after a long run of 10-13 miles, I would eat comething after the run to keep my carb depletion from "going nuts" and setting the stage for a binge. (Sometimes I still ended up binging) It's a hard thing to find balance, but well worth the effort! You're doing great!!!


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