A food addict's travels on the road to recovery.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

I'm Over It

Thanks for listening to my little tantrum last Thursday.  I felt much better the next day and I'm over it now.  I'm not going to do the 2200 like the nutritionist and trainer suggested.  I'm going to do 1800 this week and see what the scale says this coming Friday. 

I counted my cals on Friday and today (1800).  Friday was my off day from the gym.  I had good workouts Sat and Sun.  I threw a birthday cookout for Dwayne on Saturday and we had a small group of friends.  I didn't count calories that day...just watched my portion sizes all throughout the day.  Dinner for me was 1 pork sparerib, 3 oz. pc of chicken breast (both grilled), 1 serving of baked mac 'n' chz, a spoon of green beans and 2 deviled eggs.  I had a small pc of the birthday cake. 

This evening I gave another birthday dinner for a family member and stayed within my 1800 calorie range.  Instead of a traditional birthday cake, I served one carrot cake and one chocolate overload cake, both purchased at the Publix bakery.  I was very proud of myself for having neither.  No cake today, period.  Go me.  :)

Tomorrow is the dreaded trek back up to my sister's house.  Yes, I dread it every single week.  Have I ever mentioned how much I hate babysitting?  I did?  Oh ok, sorry. ;)  I've decided to let whatever I take with me for dinner up there to round out 1500 cals for the day....and to get to the 1800 limit, I'm leaving the extra 300 cals available for the stress snacking I always do when I'm up there. 

I had a couple of people tell me the Superbowl kick off was either 7-7:30p tonight.  We turned on the TV a few mins ago and they're already in the 2nd quarter!!  No biggie....I don't have a team in the game anyhow.  One thing we (Shane and I) are not doing, and have never done, is use Superbowl as an excuse for ridiculous eating/snacking.  We watch the game every year and we've never made it a food event, even if we were out watching it at a sports bar.  I have enough trouble with things that are already eating events, such as Thanksgiving, the whole month of December, family reunions, etc. without voluntarily adding another item to the list to feel guilty over the next day.  :) 

By the way, I peeked at the scale this morning before I headed to the gym to see if there was any damage from the last couple of days (especially Saturday's cookout).  I'm down another 1/2 of a lb.  Woo hoo!  So here's to another good week already under way.  'Nite friends.  :)

Quote For the Day:

"When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, til it seems as though you could not hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn."  -Harriet Beecher Stowe


  1. You are doing great and glad you are over your Thursday rant LOL. I agree with doing the 1800 and see how it goes.
    have a great week.

  2. Hi Tammy. Well done for holding off the cake! I don't think I could have done it.

    You seem to be doing good on 1800. Maybe those 300 extra cals are going to make it easier to stick with.

    Good luck for tomorrow. Hold firm and take deep breaths, you can do it!

    Bearfriend xx

  3. I did read your last post Tammy and wanted to make a few comments in hope it will make you feel better. I have been very aware of the whole body fat/muscle stuff since I started my journey. I really focused hard on eating enough calories and doing equal cardio/strength training so I would maintain my lean muscle. What I have learned is losing muscle is easy and gaining it back is very hard, even just maintaining it is hard.

    When I had my gall bladder out back in April I had about 147 lbs of lean muscle in my body. During my recovery and stomach problems several months after wards I managed to drop 10 lbs of muscle. I have never regained that back even with all the weight training I do. So I say think of your lean muscle as very valuable and do your best to hang onto every lb of it if you can. It is like having a special savings account you can draw from. For me, it means that I can eat more calories in a day because my metabolism is much more efficient.

    Bottom line though, do things like you want to. I will say I don't think fast is always better. I really believe doing it slow isn't just for your body's benefit but also for your mind. I know for me had I dropped all my weight in a year I would probably already be gaining some of it back. I think taking so long gave me time to fix a lot of issues I had about food, relationships and just life in general.

    I also look at the fact that I can eat about 2000 calories a day at 178 lbs and still lose weight. I would much rather have that be the case than to have to live off of 1500 just to maintain my weight for the rest of my life. This is a life long journey after all and I think though it might take a long time to get the weight off I'd like to think mine will stay off because I worked on really fixing myself inside and out.

    I think the whole exercise/calories thing is a balancing act. It seems some weeks I can eat more and still lose and other weeks I can't. I think it has to do with stress in our lives, water, hormones, just a lot of things all working together.

    Anyway, I have seen people succeed with their weight loss quickly and they seem to be doing great (like Sean). So I do know things can be done all different ways and still work. It really is about what works best for you and just staying aware.

  4. Can't believe those damn Saints!!! Grrr!!! Kick off was at like 6:15. Good job with your eating and I'm sure upping ur cals is going to be a good thing not a bad thing.

  5. You did great! Good luck this week, looking forward to seeing how the 1800 vs 2200 turns out

  6. Glad to hear you are having a better day and being decisive about doing things your way. BTW, yeah I have had that grilled KFC and I like it a lot too. But sometimes I just want a piece of KFC original and nothing else will do, at least I didn't order the buffet like I would have in the past!

  7. New to your blog...I've never understood the whole "metabolic" thing, however, I did see a nutritionist YEARS ago, and she suggested that I NEVER eat less than 1800 calories. Your blog, and people's comments, have made me reconsider going back to have the testing done again. The science makes sense to my brain - just not to my emotions :) Looking forward to seeing how going to the 1800 works for you.

  8. Good work, Tammy - you really kept a lid on with the birthday eating. I think it's a wise decision to see how the working out and weightloss progress with 1800 calories. It'll be interesting to watch from afar! If I can ever get truly active again (I know I will but not on my time frame!!!) maybe I can up the calories a bit.

    Way to go with no cake. You're a stronger woman than I!

  9. Hi Tammy, great job! Sounds like you are on the right track. I have always believed in doing what works for YOU. Folks say, "Oh how did you lose weight?". I reply, "Eat less, move more." Hugs, Kathleen

  10. sounds like you are back on track! (so glad you finally found my new blog hangout!)
    I got a lot out of that superbowl game emotionaly and mentally that I'm going to use on my journey to getting healthy this year, who knew the superbowl game could hold so many life lessons lol! I was disappointed in the 1/2 time show and commercials this year though.
    Keep doing what you are doing, your getting there!

  11. You did an awesome job not overeating at those parties... that is when I ALWAYS loose it. Its like my mind goes into this different world where everything is magically calorie free.

  12. Congrats on your 1/2 pound loss! Sounds like you're back on track! Props for passing up the cake!

    We didn't turn on the tv until 2nd quarter either. We weren't that into it this year for some reason...maybe it was because my husband was sick...

  13. I was just reading your rant from Thursday and it was actually quite helpful to me. I've been reading The New Rules of Lifting for Women and the author insists that you can't cut calories to lsoe weight. Wha?! Doesn't that fly in the face of every single thing I've EVER read?

    I was so confused! I've been having between 1200-1500 calories per day and losing consistently at 3 pounds since I really started watching my calories. Now this? So I'm really glad I read your rant. I'm still not completely convinced that I shouldn't eat less calories than I burn. It's hard to change your mind about something. It's like being told that the sky isn't blue, it's green.

    So are you supposed to eat the exact calories that you burn each day? IN other words, if you burn 2400 calories from BMR plus exercises are you supposed to eat 2400 calories? So confusing.

    Great blog. Glad I found it!!! Shelley actually mentioned it to me. :)

  14. Go Tammy!!!! You had two major victories - not pigging for Superbowl and passing on the cake. Every decision like that leads to life style change. You're going to make it!