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When Tuesday feels like a Monday…

Today is definitely feeling like a Monday. It all started last night about 9:15pm when I thought I would just lay down on the couch for a few minutes. I have been going to bed around 10:15pm during the week and I was yawning last night and thought I would just lay down and finish watching a show I had DVR’d, pack my lunch and breakfast for the next day, and then head to bed. I don’t think I made it to the first commercial before I was peacefully sleeping. I did finally make it to the bed, but I was in a sleep stupor and didn’t check the alarm clock. So when I woke up this morning it was too late to get my walk in. I just had time to do the normal morning routine stuff and get ready for work. I was pissed at myself because I had been doing so well at getting up in the AM and at least getting some small bit of exercise in to get the day started. Oh well…looks like I am going to have to fit my walk in this evening at some point.

I did manage to jump on the scale and saw that I was flat from yesterday so for me that is a positive. I ate a little more for dinner than I should have. Again, I keep stressing that this is a lifestyle change, and while I am trying to eat healthier I am not dieting as much as I am watching my portion control. Last night’s dinner was meatloaf with mashed red skin potatoes, fresh green beans and a small plain salad made with iceberg lettuce. Overall it was a pretty stock Midwest, the kind your mother used to make, stick to your ribs, blue plate diner special type of dinner. So with something like that portion control is key for me. My problem is that I need to push away from the table when I am done or take the food off of the table. Because if I sit there long enough with it I am going to go back for seconds. Which even if it is healthy the second trip isn’t a good think for me. I need to learn to eat sensible meals with sensible portions.

Two weeks in…

Well it has been a fast two weeks…I weighed in this morning at 360 even. Which is a total 2 week loss of 12.2 lbs., but a one week loss of only around 2lbs. But hey…that is just living up to my blogs name…two pounds a week is the name, so consequently two pounds a week hould be my game. Though the weekend was okay I didn’t exercise and I probably ate a few things that I shouldn’t have. I find that the later I stay up the more I tend to want to snack. I have changed my bedtime during the week so that I am in bed before 10:30pm, unfortunately on the weekend I revert back to the midnight or later bedtime. It is something I need to pay attention to in the furture.

One of the other lifestyle changes is that I am trying to do more of the grocery shopping. This way I can moderate what foods come into the house. It would certainly be easier to shop for if it was just my wife and I and not for the boys as well. Shopping for the kids can be a challenge; making sure that not only am I buying things that are good for them, but that they will actually eat what I buy.

I am looking forward to the next few weeks at dinner. The grocery store I shop at had a seafood sale this weekend and I loaded up on scallops, shrimp and salmon. I am a huge fan of the Macaroni Grill’s spinach and scallop salad and I want to recreate it at home. Has anyone else had that entrée? Less than 400 calories and very filling.

Well lunch is over and time to get back to work.

Aug 30

260.0

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Steady as she goes…

Well I guess in the glass is half full category you can chalk this one up to “at least I am not gaining weight.”  This has been a flat week.  I don’t feel like I have done anything different than last week, yet I have lost no weight!  A little frustrating, but hey…at least I know I am eating “right” and I am trying to develop good habits.

What it boils down to is that I need to incorporate more exercise into my routine.  I just need to keep baby steps going in the right direction and I will achieve the two pounds a week loss overall.

Aug 27

362.0

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My changes thus far…

My goal this week has been to get at least 7 hours sleep and get up in the morning and go for a walk.  So far I am 4 for 4 in this feat….can a get a just little halleluja!  The hardest part has been forcing myself to go to bed between 10:00pm and 10:30pm so that I can get up at 5:30am.  In the past I would stay up until at least midnight and many times later than that, then waking at 6:30am.  Getting an average of around 6 hours or less of sleep a night.

So far this week every morning I have gotten up an walked the same circuit.  It is just under a mile, and I am able to cover that distance in just a under 18 minutes.  It has been tempting to go further, but I am trying to subscribe to the notion that it is easier to change your life in small increments versus everything at once.

So far my changes are..

  • I have sworn off fast food
  • I pack a healthy breakfast to take to work.
  • If I don’t have to take a client to lunch I pack a healthy lunch.
  • I try to drink a gallon of water a day.
  • No diet soft drinks!
  • Get at least 7 hours of sleep a night.
  • Get up and have some form of exercise in the morning.

Next week my goal is to increase my exercise by walking a little further in the morning.  I want to incorporate  weight training into my regimen.

My ultimate goal is to lead a healthy lifestyle and lead my children by example.  I just have to keep telling myself that this is not just another diet, this is a change to the way that I will live my life and undoing what I have done these past 46 years cannot be changed over night.

Aug 26

371.2

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I’m on Twitter!

I decided start a Twitter account specifically for this blog. You can find me tweeting away @twopoundsaweek

Hump Day

Middle of the week…hump day, not close enough to Friday, but Monday seems like a week ago. For some reason this week I don’t feel like I am doing as well as last week. I kind of have that feeling like I am caught in the doldrums. I didn’t do as well as I could have with dinner last night and it showed on the scale this morning. I know…I know…you don’t lose every day, but dammit I should not have had those 8+ fried shrimp at dinner. The salad with a salmon filet was plenty. Note to self: Move the damn platter of food somewhere else if it is tempting you.

Funny I have lost 10lbs., but my dress shirt and suit pants seemed to fit tight this morning. Not sure what was up with that, but I certainly wasn’t thrilled about it.

Time to conquer the day.

Aug 25

261.8 Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry