The Sassy Pear

Finding my way through my forties

Hello 160’s! — June 13, 2008

Hello 160’s!

Well let’s see, what to blog about today?   For starters, I saw my doc yesterday for my weekly weigh in and I am down another pound and a half bringing me to 169.  Yeah baby!!  Buhbye 170’s!!  That’s 17 pounds down since the end of February…only 25 pounds to go.   I think the last time I weighed 169 was when I went back to work 18 months ago.  About 6 months after I started working, I tried Intuitive Eating and my weight shot up 15 pounds in a very short time.  It’s taken me a year to lose the weight that I gained in just a couple of months – major suck!!  But I’m on the way down again, and I know NOT to try that little experiment again. 

 

Since my eating plan with the doc is a high protein plan, I have been checking out low carb websites and such.  I always thought South Beach was a knock off of Atkins, but actually they are very different.  In researching these websites, I find that (and if you are on Atkins, please don’t take offense to this) the Atkins-type groups are somewhat militant in their stance on carbs.  It kinda scares me a wee bit.  I have always heard good things about South Beach, and the SB sites I have found were very friendly so I decided to check the book out from the library just to see what all the hoopla is about.  I have found that SB is really not like Atkins very much at all.  The main similarity is the induction phase (the first 2 weeks), but after that, SB is all about good carbs and good fats, and finding balance in your meals. 

 

**tangent**I realize I am waaaayyyyyy late to the low carb party.  I never did jump on the low carb bandwagon, but since I have been eating low carb lately, I understand how beneficial adding more protein to your diet can be.  I’m sure most of you already have tried low carb one way or another and none of what I am telling you is new to you.  But it is all new to me.

 

Anyway, if you have never read the book, I highly suggest it, if only for the excellent description of what sugar does to our bodies and how certain foods are digested.  I find it incredibly interesting and enlightening.  In the 3 weeks that I have been on my docs plan, I haven’t had any bread or tortillas, or chips, or anything else high in carbs, and quite honestly I haven’t missed any of it.  What I do miss is the convenience of these things.  It is so easy to throw a sandwich together in the morning to take for lunch, but now my quick lunch is chicken or tuna salad.  I am starting to get the hang of cooking lots of protein and getting very creative with fish, chicken, and veggies.  It’s getting easier to eat this way, and I feel good most days (the days I don’t feel great is due to not enough sleep the night before).  I will get to add in the healthier carbs eventually and I look forward to that day!!

 

My walking is AWESOME!!  I am getting faster and my highest speed is starting to feel slow, so I may bump it up some more.  I have even thought of adding a bit of an incline when I walk, just to challenge myself a little.   Also considering walking with some light hand weights to pump up the arms a bit.   All in all, things are going well on the exercise and eating front.  FINALLY!!

 

Chore update:  Monkeyboy is doing great with the chores!!  Yesterday he even came home from the sitter’s house across the street to bring the trash to the curb since it was Trash Day.  He did it without being reminded, which is HUGE! I of course, praised him appropriately and told him I was really proud of him.  He’s been doing really well lately, and even getting to his chore list before I have to remind him.  SuzyQ does okay, but I have to go through her list with her one by one and she usually does hers right before bed, but as long as she’s doing it, I don’t mind when she does it.   So far so good!!  I am sooo digging the Handipoints!!

 

Having the family over tomorrow to celebrate Father’s Day with my dad and my grandpa who will turn 93 in July.   93!!!!   That’s a helluva long time to live.  He’s still pretty sharp even if he can’t hear, and he is a funny guy.  It should be a good time. 

Hope you all have a great weekend!! 

 

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