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No Weight Lost In March

Saturday, March 27, 2010

For almost two years, I have successfully lost some weight each month. This month looks like it is going to be the first month that is not the case. It's not over yet, but so far it's looking like I gained 3 pounds. I wasn't doing too bad until last weekend, when I shot up like 6 pounds. Uggg...., I ate like 6 cookies, maybe more, and I ate a bunch of peanut butter. I know I can't comfort myself with food, but I guess I tried. It wasn't good, but it still doesn't account for a full 6 pound gain. It hasn't helped that I have been getting home late and my husband has made some red meat with a side of carbs, every night. I appreciate that he is cooking, but how about throwing in a vegetable or a lean protein. Oh..., last night they did have fried chicken, and I passed on that. I need to help him plan meals because my poor kids need something more nutritious, and that man is going to have a stroke if things don't change. He gets zero exercise sitting in front of the computer all day and he just needs to eat better. I worry about him.

I have been trying to pull it back together this week. I started by finally tackling some of the things that have caused me stress. I finally saw my doctor about a potential skin cancer spot, and that has been concerning me for months.., but yet I kept putting off because of time and money. The spot keeps getting bigger so I knew it needed to be seen. My doctor seemed to agree that it looked like skin cancer, and I had a biopsy done. I should know something for sure next week. I am glad I am finally getting that taken care of. I also contacted the man that I interviewed with a few weeks ago. The position that I want has not been filled, and I am still being considered (or at least this is what I heard on Monday). That is all he is allowed to say because personnel commission (this is a school district job) does the hiring, and they are known for being slow. That is all I found out last week, but it's better than nothing. My son has some health issues that effect his school work, and so I attended his IEP last week and found out more about how is doing and how we plan to help him. Then I started to look for other ways to bring down my anxiety level. I started to limit my coffee to two cups a day this week (this month I have had so much coffee), and after two cups I am only allowing myself tea. Too much caffeine is not good for anxiety, even if it was keeping me awake. I exercised consistently last week. I cut way down on my sugar intake after my binge (except there were these incredibly delicious brownies at work yesterday, I shared one with my co-worker and then we decided to share another one-to which another co-workers felt the need to point out that sharing two defeats the purpose of sharing-I know this, but they were so good). I started taking a multivitamin. I also got a little more settled into my new job. I slept better last week, than I did all month. So, these are the things that were taken on last week.

Starting next week, I will be working until 8:30, and I am hoping that this helps with the weight loss efforts. I will be packing both my lunch and dinner. I will have to plan things out. It will be nice to have a routine work schedule because it's been a bit sporadic this month with training. There will be no snacking, unless it's planned (my day job often has junk sitting out to snack on, but I will be strong). I am interested to see how this works. I think I can do this. Next month, there will be weight loss again! I guess all things considering (new job, job interviews, concerns about my children's welfare, money concerns, health concerns, giving up things I love like leading Brownies and my recycling committee, driving on freeways for the first time, skin biopsy...) I did okay this month.

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    Hang in there - I've been struggling just to maintain, let alone get the last 5 lbs off, too this month. I'll get close and then sabotage myself with some night eating.

    We'll get through this. Just never ever EVER give up!
    3996 days ago
    You have had a lot of change which always throws off our routines. You have a good plan and will get back on track!!!
    3996 days ago
    Yep. You did more than okay.

    And more importantly you have plans for improvement.

    Ever onward.
    3996 days ago
    Wow! You have a TON of stress on your plate right now. I would say the peanut butter is your 6# culprit b/c of the sodium level. If you drink a bit more water I bet you'll lose a few of those extra pounds fast. :-)
    3996 days ago
    Amen you did okay sister!! You sue did!! There has been a ton of stress on you.. and you have not succumbed to that old crappy thinking... YEAH YOU!

    And I loved the tone in this blog... action oriented, realistic things you can do to mitigate the stress... soooooo healthy... I would add one thing - get plenty of sleep. Two jobs and all the stress - you're body is going to need rest.

    Battle on!
    3996 days ago
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    dont give up you have come so far dont turn back because a few mistakes we all do it so dont give up!!!!!You have come so far sweetie...
    3997 days ago
    Did "okay"?! You don't feel like Superwoman?! LOL!! Jeannie, you did more than okay. Despite a couple of desserts, you maintained your exercise and nutrition habits as much as possible, AND you've identified some areas where you can move things back to being a little more in alignment. I mean, you've already planned to take your dinner, etc...

    I think this is awesome news! I am amazed by you! :D
    3997 days ago
    I was watching Dr. Oz and he said if the animal is on four legs you can only eat it once a week. Cut back on your meat intake and add more fruits......if you hate fruits, blend them with a low fat protein and substitute just one meal with the protein drink. YOu may just have water weigh from salt as well, so watch the shaker. Stay positive and don't beat yourself up for a couple of cookies and some peanut butter. If you stay active with a workout DVD or a good long walk, you can out run those cookies. Stay positive and hang in there. I fell off the wagon and got back on with twenty more pounds to lose. emoticon
    3997 days ago
    Wow, you sure have a lot on your plate. I really like the way you have analyzed what has gone wrong and how you plan to make corrections. That is essentially what makes for a good lifestyle in my opinion. Reducing your stress levels is the best thing you can do (also imo). I know what its like waiting on a biopsy result. I went thru that myself a month ago. Anyway, keep up the good work and don't ever give up!!!

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    3997 days ago
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