Thursday, May 17, 2007

Quick post to say that I'm feeling really good about the baby steps.

I've gotten in two out of my four workouts already. I'll go tonight, and at least twice in the next three days - so that's a possible five. There I go, aiming for overachievement, again. I'll just be let down if I can't get there. So, I'm only going to do four, according to the original plan.

The other thing that I've done this week (sort of by accident), is I gave up my morning oatmeal. Since the baby was born, I've been eating a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast, EVERYDAY. Doesn't sound like a bad thing, does it? Except for the fact that I don't have any protein with it. I also add fresh berries on top, which is good. However, I always drizzle my oatmeal VERY generously with maple syrup. And I'm a generous person.;-) This yummy comfort food in the morning might feel good inside my tummy, but was leading to more sugar cravings. I didn't intentionally give it up - I just haven't had it all week.

Instead, I'm having cottage cheese (which I absolutely loathe, but have come to forge a loose friendship with) and protein shakes. These have helped to somewhat minimize my sugar cravings. I'm still having chocolate and uneccessary cookies in the afternoon, but I'm remembering about the baby steps. I'm better off than I was last week, and that's key.

The hardest thing about this "overall healthy habits" and "baby steps" approach is going to be patience. I'm not a patient person AT ALL. If I do well one week - for example, getting in all my workouts, I feel that I'm entitled to lose weight. And then I become slightly enraged when the scale doesn't drop two pounds for me, and drown my sorrows in chocolate. This approach that I'm taking is going to take a LONG time before I get to my ideal weight - but it will be sustainable, because I'm building healthy habits.

Feels good to be thinking about the long-term, as opposed to dropping "X" pounds by the end of the year.

Haven't quite thought about my goal for next week, but I'll figure it out on the weekend and post it then.


Christy said...

Try pineapple with your cottage cheese. I buy the crushed pineapple and add a heapful (sans juice) to my cottage cheese and I love it.

Anne said...

Sounds like you are onthe right track :)
Mmm I love cottage cheese.

iportion said...

My problem is I like cottage cheese with a bag of potatoes chips.

You could eat a veggie burger in a whole eat pita with a piece of fresh fruit for breakfast.

If you eat egg whites threes a high protein pancake that uses egg whites oatmeal and light cottage cheese.

Tofu can be scrambled but I haven’t done that in while.

If you like oatmeal. You could try using a sugar substitute with your oatmeal or a lighter sugar like fructose

katieo said...

lol! I did the same thing with oatmeal after my 2nd: I'd put a *heaping* tablespoon of brown sugar on top and then be so proud of myself that i ate healthily.

and AMEN to the baby steps. Easier said than done to not be discouraged with less than stellar results!

jodi said...

i love oatmeal too but enjoy it w/brown sugar and walnuts... do you like eggs? i've been having one with an english muffin and laughing cow cheese - its a great breakfast and very filling... i'm not a fan of shakes for meals though, they never keep me full...

patience takes a while to learn but it sounds like you're getting there - baby steps, baby steps, baby steps... :o)

noelle said...

breakfast is really hard for me, too. I am always STARVING in the morning...and love to fill up on pancakes or pastries (cursed hubby who works for Starbucks! LOL)

It's good for me to remember that not every meal needs to be for my comfort. Maybe some meals can just be about getting in some needed nutrition?

Keep it little step at a time.

duenneschen said...

i honestly think the most destructive behaviour we have is putting a lose x amount in x time.

i myself do it, but i'm trying to change and i think it's great that you are too!

keep up the great work your doing!

Bathsheba Freud said...

I'm obsessed with my oats and cottage cheese breakfast. If you like "strudel" kind of flavours, then this is to die for. I dampen 1/2 cup oats in the microwave for 2 mins. Then mix in 125g cottage cheese, 1 tbsp cinnamon and 1 sachet of Splenda. I get excited just thinking about it!

CaRoLyN said...

GREAT attitude! Take it one step at a time.
Oatmeal is very filling in the morning but it does have lots of carbs and sugar, I really think that Cottage cheese is a perfect morning meal. IT has SO MUCH protein and I have actually come to like it. I hated it too but after starting my new meal plan, I actually look forward to it! The trick is to try a few different kinds and see what you like best. I found out early in the game that the difference between brands can be night and day!
Keep it up! You are doing GREAT!!!!

Chris H said...

Patience comes with practise, work on it... and never give up those baby steps, keep plodding along and it will come off, I promise! It worked for me!

Krissy said...

Have you tried the Weight Control oatmeal? It may fix your sugar craving without you're feeling guilty about it. There's Maple & Brown Sugar, Cinnamon, and Banana Bread. They're all equally tasty with no added sugar. 6g Fiber, 7g Protein, 2 servings of whole grains - it's quite good.

Geneviève said...

Don't forget that you are building muscle while working out and it weight more than fat.

So you are loosing, you might not always see it on the scale, but it's there!