Saturday, November 29, 2008

Thank goodness Thanksgiving is behind me now...

It was supposed to be a momentous occasion. It wasn't quite what I had hoped, but it was still wonderful.

I had so wanted to sit down to Thanksgiving dinner and be thankful that I'd lost 100 pounds. And, though I didn't get to do that, I was still thankful for the weight I've lost. I did think about it throughout the whole meal, though. Although the food was not healthy, loaded with fat, loaded with calories (and oh so yummy), I took smaller portions and only ate until I was full, like I should. It was still an accomplishment!

Let me back up a minute first, though. Thanksgiving day started with me having a bit of a cold. I'd come down with it the afternoon before. So hubby (I so love him for taking care of me) went to the only grocery store open and got me some Sudafed. He also got me another something special. ... Okay, are you ready for this... deep breath... he got me a box of Entenmann's powdered sugar donuts! Oh, man! Were they good!! It was the perfect beginning to a perfect Thanksgiving. There were 18 donuts in the box. I gave hubby 2 and daughter 1. Do the math. That's 15 donuts I ate. They are 2 points a piece. ... Yup, 30 points for the whole box, which I downed in less than an hour. Man were they good!

So now I have those elusive yummy donuts out of my system. I ate so many of them, they're really not appealing to me any more. Whew!

Then for Thanksgiving dinner, I ate what I wanted to eat, even though it was smaller portions. I even had one piece of pumpkin pie afterwards. I did not count the points for dinner, though. But I imagine it was well over 50. :(

But all that aside, something wonderful happened this morning...

At weigh in...

I lost 3.4 pounds!!


Can you believe that???!!!

I know I can't. I seriously thought I'd gained 10 pounds. Seriously. I'm not over exaggerating.

I exercised only 2 days (Jillian Michaels workout on Monday and walking on Wednesday). But I think this was the key... I've started eating clean. That combined with the fact that my scale is still hidden somewhere in this house. He hid it good!

Each morning for breakfast (except Thursday), I had either an egg white omelet with ground turkey and veggies or steel cut oatmeal with either pumpkin or just some Splenda and soy milk and dried cranberries. Then for lunch, something with high fiber and protein (pinto beans, peanut butter sandwich, etc.) and for dinner chicken or turkey with fresh veggies—no butter. Then in between meals, I'd have an apple or some pecans or granola bar, etc. Oh, and I've been drinking my 8 cups of water every day!

It's not 100% on the Eat Clean diet, but it's alot closer. I'm still not through reading the book, yet, but so far, it's got alot of great nutritional information in it. It's a real easy read, I just haven't had much time to read (I never do), but the best thing about it is how she explains the science behind the different chemical reactions that happen from eating different things and exercising. It's like, finally, someone is telling me how to eat healthy and the 'why' behind it all. Really good stuff.

Most of the principals behind the "diet" are just to eat healthy, chicken/turkey with fresh veggies and fresh fruit with a hearty breakfast of oatmeal or egg whites and then regular exercise, strength training and eating every 3 hours. But what's so great about the book is the way I'm becoming equipped to really know how to make healthy choices. To recognize when food seems like it's healthy, but really isn't.

Well, I hope this week's weigh in wasn't a fluke. I hope this is what I can expect while I keep eating clean.

I've now lost a total of 96.8 lbs.

I'm still doing Weight Watchers. Still counting points. I won't ever stop that. WW has been such a trusted friend to me through this whole journey.

So we'll see how next week goes. I'm still going to continue eating clean and counting points and exercising my butt off. And NOT weighing myself at home. That has been such a huge stress reliever for me. I can now look to my body to tell me how I am doing rather than the scale. It's funny, because this morning when I was getting ready, I felt skinnier. I knew in my heart that there was no way I could have lost this past week after all I ate on Thursday, but I could really feel skinnier. Now I know how to listen to my body for signs of how I'm doing. What a great feeling. I know I've said this before, but it has been so liberating for me to not weigh myself at home.

How was your Thanksgiving?



Donna B said...

Congrats on the weight loss! don't think i could be that lucky eating all those donuts. Sounds like you had a great week eating clean and exercising. Keep up the good work!

Candace MacPherson said...

The Clean Eating Diet is awesome. I've been meaning to pick up another magazine. I posted a lasagna once from one of the Clean Eating magazines. Honestly, it's one of the best lasagna's I've ever tasted. It was easy and it was 5 pts per serving. In fact, any recipe I've tried from those magazines has been awesome.

Congrats on the big loss this week. Getting back to eating clean this week and you'll see some awesome results, I'm sure.

SeaShore said...

You went through Thanksgiving and a box of doughnuts and yet you still lost 3.4 lbs?!? That's wonderful!

BTW, when I'm under the weather my husband will bring home the medication and a high-cal treat (usually chocolate), too ;)

Katschi said...

WOW! Each of us never really knows our impact on each other! Thank You for letting me know that I matter, Cara!
Eating Clean is the best thing that's happened to me fat loss wise & I'm so happy to see it's working for you. too!!!!

Deborah said...

WooHoo on the loss!!!!!

Gonna have to get that clean eating book and see what I can do with it.