June 28, 2012

Baby Steps

Today is Day 8 of my Total Food Makeover. The day after my post, I went grocery shopping and stocked up on fruit, low-fat/low-calorie snacks and whole wheat flour. I only buy whole wheat bread but I bought the wheat flour to mix in with my white flour to add some nutrition to the things I bake. If you didn't already know, you can substitute half the white flour in any recipe for wheat flour and still have the same great taste but with added benefits. I just mixed the two together equally and stored it all in Ziploc bags. (On a side note: I absolutely love to bake! If I could figure out how to bake cookies and pies that would be healthy and help me lose weight, I'd be set for life! Although...I think cookies and pies might be a big part of the reason I need to change my eating habits to begin with...Dang!)

I've been eating breakfast every day, usually a bowl of healthy cereal and some fruit. Lunch for the most part has consisted of a turkey sandwich with some extra lettuce and cucumbers thrown in. I've been choosing water over Dr. Pepper and limiting my nighttime snacking to a helping of fruit. I did serve a spinach/greens salad with dinner the other night and I made myself have a bowl of that first. I'm sorry to say that I cannot eat a salad without at least a dusting of Ranch dressing. I discovered that I couldn't tolerate the spinach in my salad as much as I thought I could, and even with the dressing, I had to force myself to choke it down. The more I ate, the more it tasted like weeds to me. Or, what I imagine weeds to taste like.

We went out to lunch the other day and I split a meal with Howdy instead of getting my own. We were given an unending supply of the softest, squishiest rolls to go with our meal and I am proud to say I only ate one instead of shoveling them in like I normally would. Did I make better choices? Yes. Did I make great choices? No. A great choice would have been ordering something healthier than the breaded chicken and mashed potatoes with country gravy, but it's a step in the right direction.

As far as activity and exercise goes, there's been none to speak of. I did get up the other morning at 5am to go walking only to discover that it's still dark at 5. Remember my worst-case/safety paranoia? Yeah, I don't go out in the neighborhood when it's dark outside. I went back to bed. Hours later it occurred to me that it probably would've been light enough if I'd only waited 30 minutes. I'll have to test that theory sometime.

Yesterday was a day of poor choices. Breakfast consisted of donuts brought by my sister-in-law, dinner was a chicken sandwich from Jack in the Box while rushing to VBS, and Dr. Pepper was abundant. However, I did only eat 1 small cookie during the reception after VBS, and considering there were 5 large folding tables laden with every kind of cookie imaginable, I think that's quite a feat.

I got on the scale this morning to discover that I have lost 4lbs. Like I said, I have a great metabolism. Little changes are making a big difference. It's either that or the fact that I finally shaved my legs this morning. Either one could account for the weight loss.

I do get frustrated sometimes trying to find something to eat. I find I'm hungry and shaky more often because I'm living on fruit most of the time and I burn through that quickly. But I am a carb addict--I have to have my breads, so I am doing my best to limit and/or avoid those. I am not a cook and I am a picky eater so I find myself at a complete loss sometimes as to what I should eat, but at least I am thinking about everything instead of shoveling it all in no matter the consequences.

So it's slow going with only baby steps, but at least they are steps in the right direction. My next step is to figure out some kind of exercise plan. That in itself will be a workout of epic proportions. Too bad planning and scheduling doesn't tone muscles; I would be in excellent shape!

*Day 8: 144lbs and still an immobile slug