Thursday, March 25, 2010

Fuzzy Math, Wasted Calories...

Yesterday, I finished off my bottle of coffee creamer and I decided to do the math on what I was actually drinking. I go through (1) 32 oz jug of creamer a week. At 45 calories per serving (64 servings in a bottle) thats an extra 2880 calories a week or 411 a day. Now times that by 52 weeks. It was in the range of 150,000 extra calories a YEAR!! 3500 Calories in a pound. Thats an ADDITIONAL 43 POUNDS in ONE year. WOW!!! No wonder I'm not losing the weight. I had no idea. I thought maybe I was getting an extra 150 calories in every day, not 411. Talk about being weigh (pun intended) off!!! Oh the damage we actually do to ourselves when we're not fully paying attention. I am giving up coffee every morning and the empty jug of creamer is sitting on my desk to remind me WHY I am giving it up.

I met with Natalie yesterday. I am on a maintenance plan now. If I'm having an off day, I can have up to 2000 calories a day to maintain my weight, and 1500 to lose weight. Since the food is pricey, I am going to prepare my own foods and track what I am eating. I am still going to go to my consultations so Natalie can help me keep on track. I need to learn the difference between starches and proteins how to count them, also how to figure out how many calories are in foods. I am feeling good with this plan, but overwhelmed with how much I still have to learn.

May God's blessings be richly bestowed,

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

To Quit or Not To Quit...

To quit Jenny Craig or to NOT quit has been my question for the past couple of weeks now. It's a really good program. The food is wonderful. Expensive but very tasty. The weekly weigh-in and chat with a councellor (Natalie ROCKS!) do help keep me on track. My problem is two-fold. I'm just not that motivated to lose right now and I'm so broke, I can't even pay attention!!! ***(insert groan or knee slap here! Your choice.)*** My 17 yr old cat Rascal got sick at the beginning of the month. Stage 2 Kidney disease. I can barely afford his "therapy" food ($2 a day) and the Jenny Cuisine ($15 a day and thats economizing the program) for me.

This past week I decided to try and do more vegetarian fare on my own. How many fat Vegan's do you know??? I made a banana bread that was wonderful. I know BB is high in fat and calories but I substituted ground flax seed for the eggs and apple sauce for the oil. It was better than I thought it was going to be. Last night, I cut up a ton of fruits and veggies, made potato soup and I'm even thinking of starting to juice again.

The weather the past couple of weeks has been beautiful. In the 60's. So beautiful that I have been taking walks on my lunch hour. My phone has a music player and head phones and I walk around the office complex singing my fool head off. Thank goodness the windows don't open and others can't hear me singing!! Ears would bleed.

I know that whatever I decide, I can count on my friends and family to support me in my efforts to lose weight. I am so thankful to have such a good support system. Now if I could just keep the chocolate from jumping in my shopping cart...