Oct. 12, 13, 14, 15 Menu and Events (46-50)

Yaesu handheld ham (not the bacon kind)

The days fly by!

Sorry my little sharp celery sticks of deliciousness!

So much has been happening at YLS headquarters and it’s made me terrible at keeping up. I will work harder to keep up!

1. I have a  project I hope to share with you soon. I can’t say what it is yet, but I am hoping it is marvelous. More on that another day.

2. I am now a licensed Radio Ham Technician. It means the FCC says, “You took the class, you passed the test (with 100% I might add), and paid your moneys. Here. Enjoy the capabilities that only Art Bell and millions of other co-nerds enjoy. And good luck with the Zombie invasions!”

The zombie what?

3. Chirruns. I have been spending too little time with my kids lately. We took the ham radio class together, but they’re telling me that doesn’t count.

4. I found another Ikea Jerker desk for a treadmill desk for my hubby! Remember I told you he keeps using mine? Well, now my son is, too. Don’t get me wrong; I am thrilled everyone is computing and getting their slow-twitch muscle action on, but a woman needs her space. Can I get an alleju up in here? Hello Kitty needs to represent up on this desk.

5. Worn out. On top of everything else, I’m just pooped. I spent part of yesterday watching documentaries (one of my guilty pleasures). I saw a documentary about the over-medication of children (“Generation RX”) and a documentary that has sworn me off of bottled water (“Tapped”).

Any other docunerds out there?

6. I lost 5.75 pounds last week! I know, right? I thought I gained for some reason, but I lost.

My losses for the MYResolution do far: 28.5 pounds

Total for all of our friends so far in this Mid-Year Resolution Challenge: 1049.2 pounds!

Look at us, all shrinking and stuff.

Now what I had yesterday… First of all, here’s the plan I’m following and here is the introduction post to the Mid-Year Resolution Challenge. While you look at what I’m doing, be sure to do your thing. I am thrilled to give some ideas, but I’m not the person you should necessarily look to for dieting advice (I’m not a paid nosh-a-titian). I am, however, here with you to cheer you on when you’re so skinny you will have to watch slipping through the cushions of your couch.

Be sure to subscribe for updates by adding your email right (in the sidebar) or through Feedburner in the title bar up top!

You can also click the tab up top that says Mid-Year Resolution for the daily play-by-play and to see what I’m doing. Whee!

A few days of food…

I ate this:
I ate all of the normal good stuff, and even lost weight this week to show it.

Last night (Monday) I did indulge in a Red Robin Oktoberfest burger with bun and overate french fries until I almost threw up. I’m not proud. 😛

That said, today I’m back on track, on the treadmill, and it’s as though I just ate a big plate of steak, lettuce and Mexican yums–sans corn or wheat. I am still so full from what I had yesterday, I don’t see eating anytime this morning, anyway…

Since I am not good with gluten OR potatoes typically, I also took aspirin, Motrin, and Claritin. All seemed to help the typical aftermath of gluten… And because I was proactive, I think I staved off the inflammation and crawling legs, too.

I am also shouting out Wink here: If it wasn’t for Wink on Sunday when everyone had milkshakes (9 hour study session for the ham radio test), I would have been miserable. Their Strawberry Cheesecake with a fresh strawberry of my own kept me sane and on plan. I am not typically an ice cream girl, but wow. I am really glad I had the Wink or I would have been cranky.

What I learned:

What haven’t I learned?

1. I am sometimes too lazy to write to you, even though I think about you guys every day.

2. I sometimes have a week where I’m sure I gained, only to find out I lost.

3. I am willing to occasionally eat something off plan and keep it to one meal.

4. I always accept responsibility for my actions.

5. I am excited to see what happens next!

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  1. Thanks for your honesty about cheating. I think it helps us realize that its going to happen. Its what we do about it after the fact that is important.

    Thanks so much for your site and blog. It really keeps me motivated.

    • Hi, Sharon! I love you and appreciate your kind words.

      I might tick some of my friends off a little bit–and that’s ok– we often agree to disagree and they put up with me anyway–but I don’t think what I ate at Red Robin (every lip smacking bite) was cheating, per se.

      I did enjoy an off-plan meal (meaning typically I cannot have the gluten or the nightshades without some issues), but, for me, anyway (not speaking for anyone else), cheating intimates something was done wrong and I should be ashamed.

      To me, this was just an off-plan moment of gastronomic enjoyment. I loved every drip, drop and bite–and I know it’s something I won’t do regularly.

      I probably wouldn’t have a fun meal save for once every 50 days or so to be honest, and I sat and made the conscious decision to indulge, made a game plan, accepted the physical consequences I fully expect and will keep moving forward. To me, this was just another meal.

      I enjoy losing weight, and I know this might set me back a pound or two due to inflammation.

      We’ll see next Monday if I have a gain or a loss…

      So, a cheat meal I would have been depressed about and would likely have had major regrets. A meal with some gluten and potatoes? Not so bad in the scheme of things.

      That’s just me though, and I’m so me…

  2. I have to admit, your Red Robin excursion was a good reminder that we are only human, and we occasionally indulge ourselves. Sometimes I feel like I’m the only person who has ever gone off my diet in the history of dieting, when really I’m just one of many who are human and trying to do the right thing for ourselves! I will keep my head high and my kale chips plentiful 🙂

    • I don’t have an ounce of regret, either.

      Still plugging along, we are, after all, so snazzy…

      • I think that’s the other strange part of it: we should feel guilty or remorseful for getting some pleasure out of our food? I’m glad you didn’t! You EAT those fries, then go home and smile about it! That will be my homework: stop feeling guilty about enjoying things now and then!

        • You are so right!

          I look at it this way: Every meal is a choice. I made a choice.

          I know I ate roughly 170 net carbohydrates yesterday (total, all food for the day) and roughly 2000 calories (total, all food for the day). Not bad, overall. Sure, the carbs are pretty high, but I own them…and I already burned off 1190 calories this morning on my treadmill desk as I worked on my site, emails, comments and editing. Wew hew!

          Now that’s as many carbs as I likely typically eat in 8 days, but I’ll just see what happens. I stay pretty typically low to keep my blood sugars normal, so I don’t plan to really adjust anything.

  3. Can you explain more about the nightshades and what effects they have on you? I’ve heard about stuff but would love to hear your personal experience and how you figured out it was them giving you issues. Thanks!

    • Hi, Beth!

      I would love to tell you more about nightshades and how they affect me.

      Nightshades are a family of plants that include (but are not limited to) peppers, tobacco, paprika, tomatoes and potatoes. I know peppers make me burp (excuse me), but potatoes really do a number on my system. Now, in all fairness, this could simply be due to the fiber/starch, as I typically don’t fare well with those; but for as long as I have remembered, whenever I eat potatoes I get bloaty stomach upset and discomfort. That’s more intolerance than anything.

      That said, I am positively bloated today, but that’s the way it goes. I get bloated after too much cheese, too, so it’s not that different. And likely, some of that bloating is due to the wheat/gluten. I had to have the pretzel bun with the burger. It’s the German in me.

      As an aside, it is thought that people who ingest tobacco and are allergic may crave it more than average people with no aversion… Same with other allergy-inducing foods. Just an interesting bit of nerd trivia.

  4. I love your comments above about cheating vs. a conscious off-plan moment. I had one of those Sunday, and it really makes a difference how I decide to approach it. Being “off” and “on” diets has not been helpful for me, because when I’m “off,” I’m so off that then I have to be back “on” for a long time to make up for it. Done. Ick. Time to re-think this.

    • I love to keep control of my environment, so every bite I put into my mouth is considered ahead of time.

      The first step is to decide what your lifestyle is going to be for the rest of your life. If that includes a meal that isn’t typically a part of your meal plan, so be it. If you plan for it, average it into your calories and your carbohydrates and you enjoy it thoroughly, it’s something you might consider occasionally (monthly, semi-annually, whatever!). Note, I only had this after 50 days of no intentional wheat consumption (though I did have some tots about a week ago and enjoyed those, they were figured into my carbs for the day).

      It wasn’t an “I deserve this” meal or one eaten due to stress. I was legitimately hungry. We were going to a restaurant, I had already weighed in at TOPS, and I had only eaten a small meal earlier in the day, so I knew I could absorb this. I have a week to shed any–if there is any– residual weight. But seriously? I only ingested maybe 2000 calories for the day. That’s not that many for someone who is losing weight. And the carbs I can absorb since I keep mine so low anyway.

      If I have any cravings, I’ll nosh proteins and some fat and drink plenty of liquids.

      So far no cravings. I think being on plan for 50 days and treating this as “just another meal choice” makes all of the difference for me. It’s really as though I had just enjoyed an amazing nosh of chipless nachos in terms of a ‘bulk’ intermittent-type fasting meal.

  5. Congrats on your great weight loss!! I’m so glad that you see your variation as an off plan meal. I do occasionally go off plan but remind myself that this plan is for my life time,an occasional variable is not something to go crazy or feel guilty for. I do look forward to your posts every day. Thank you for the highlight of my work day. 🙂

    • Hey! Thanks so much for being so sweet.

      I expect not everyone will agree with me, but that’s OK, too. We all have to make our own choices. I definitely have a bloated tummy, but that’s the way it goes! I am glad to being back to the normal routine today. I am still so full from last night’s meal (we ate at about 8:30 pm) that even though it’s noon-thirty, I am still not hungry. Weird, right?

  6. patty seifert says:

    I also love documentaries!! And I think I ate a half stick of butter on my low carb crackers last night. Goes against everything I was told as a child. Lost a pound so Nya Nya to that teaching.

    • True story: My nickname growing up was “Jamie Butter” because I apparently climbed on the counter as a toddler and left tooth marks in the delicious stick of dairy goodness. I can’t say as I blame you.

  7. Wow, congrats on your awesome weight loss (again!). Our Red Robin has gluten-free buns, does yours? (I have celiac) Unfortunately, they aren’t carb-free, though.

    I watch documentaries, too – the documentary channel as all the scary ones like “Tapped” about the bottled water and “Gasland” about fracking, and the ones about poisons in and on our food. When I really want to feel old, I watch the ones about Woodstock…ha.

    Deb G

    • Deb– I think ours does have the GF buns, but I really wanted to try that pretzel bun! I did pay for it yesterday after all. I felt like I had a lump in my stomach for most of the afternoon. It felt akin to how your stomach feels when you’ve ingested too much fiber in a sitting. Big and bloaty and without any real relief.

  8. Jan Bickford says:

    Hi. I’m sorry, I have just found your blog and I love it. I wonder if you might have some suggestions for me. Im not having any luck losing over the last month even though I’m following low carb pretty well. In fact, some days I hardly eat anything. So after not even losing then, I’ll tell myself I’m not eating enough food, but as soon as I eat more (of course low to no carb) I gain right away. Ready to pull my hair out. Thanks in advance! And can’t wait to read more! Jan

    • Jan, it’s nice to meet you! There are so many reasons weight might not be coming off, in my experience.

      1. Hormonal changes
      2. Medical issues
      3. Medication issues
      4. Food intolerance
      5. Yeast overgrowth
      6. Being close to goal
      7. Having lost a lot and the body is adjusting
      8. Thyroid (which is a medical issue)
      9. Recent incorporation of exercise which tends to cause temporary water retention

      Usually, it can be a combination of these things as well…

  9. Its good to hear you say this and reading your other comments. I tend to be an all or nothing kind of person, so seeing your perspective hopefully will help me “allow” myself to make those decisions once in awhile and still feel like I’m following my plan. Thanks again for all you do!

    • I’ve been all or nothing all my life, and look where it got me! I’m losing this weight AGAIN. Boo! I am learning from past mistakes this time around and emphasizing lifestyle over perfection. Plus, no one wants to be friends with a martyr–me included.

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