I’m sorry that this is a delayed weekly weigh in, I woke up late yesterday and forgot to weigh myself!
Saturday, August 30th: 267.2
Pounds lost this week: 0
Total Pounds lost: 90.2
No change this week, not even an ounce. I’m a bit relieved because I had a very stressful week and I usually tend to gain weight during the weeks where I’m extra stressed. I’m still very pleased.
This week I say: no gain, no problem!
I’m struggling to get the right amount of protein. No matter how hard I try, I keep falling short so I may try some of these foods to boost my protein intake. Let me know if anyone has any suggestions for getting more protein in my vegetarian meals!
Ever since I started the new diet, everything is different. I have no urge whatsoever to “cheat” and the idea of eating half the stuff that I used to makes me a little queasy.
Thinking of all the times I sat in line at McDonalds at midnight or ordered nacho’s well over 1000 calories for dinner seems like a disappointing dream. Let’s not even get started on the uncontrollable snacking.
I never thought the benefits of eating well would outweigh the benefits of quick, easy, cheap and delicious. I figured I would always long for the foods I couldn’t have and would indulge sparingly once I hit my weight loss goals. Living for the rare occasions where I would allow myself to eat whatever I want was a depressing existence.
Now, I feel like I have a handle on my eating, exercise, and diet planning. I still go out to eat, but I do my best to be aware of what I’m ordering and how much I’m eating. Some days I’m hungrier than others and I’ll eat a bit more than usual. Not that I’ll turn to junk, but I’ll just eat a bit more of my healthier snacks. Eating more from time to time is not cheating, it’s being human, and I could never fault myself for that.
I have no desire to eat the way I used to and I’ve gone months without even thinking about driving through the Taco Bell line. I don’t think about splurging at restaurants, but more about what will work best for my body. I don’t feel deprived or hungry. In no way do I think I’m perfect, I’m just surprised by how simple things have been. I feel like a whole new person and I wish I had gotten here sooner, life is so much easier when you’re eating well!
Friday, August 22nd: 267.2
Pounds lost this week: 1.4
Total Pounds lost: 90.2
Officially over 90 pounds down!
Tonight the MS Society of South Florida hosted a young women’s dinner. I’ve been waiting for an event like this for a long time and I was so excited when I got the invitation!
The setting: A cozy private room in Brio Tuscan Grille. I was a bit concerned about planning my meals, so I called someone from the MS Society to ask what was on the menu. It was a pre-fixe (3 course) menu but luckily, it wasn’t difficult to choose a healthy option.
Here’s what I ate:
A chopped salad without feta cheese and vinaigrette on the side.
A piece of bread with 1/2 a pat of butter.
Salmon Fresca without feta cheese (grilled salmon over spinach, tomatos and sweet potatoes served with asparagus).
I skipped dessert entirely but the choices were caramel chocolate cake or tiramisu.
A nurse (Nurse Betty, to be exact) from Shared Solutions to talk to us about everything MS. We all asked questions, ate this delicious food, and told each other our personal concerns/stories with MS.
Despite the fact that I volunteer with the MS Society often and I’ve connected with a lot of MS patients online, I feel pretty alone when it comes to my illness. I know a few other people who have it, but we only get to speak on the phone occasionally and are in very different places with our illnesses. Being able to sit in a room filled with girls close to my age who actually understand how much it sucks to be a 20-something with MS was incredible.
For the first time since I was diagnosed I left a “support group” feeling empowered rather than terrified. Tonight was one of the best nights I’ve had in a long time and I’m realizing that these groups can be very fulfilling, I just have to find the right ones for me!
Friday, August 15th: 268.6
Pounds lost this week: .4
Total Pounds lost: 88.8
Not a big loss this week, but I’m still happy. Anytime the scale goes down, I can’t help but smile.
I’ve been under a lot of pressure lately. I’m still having some symptoms from the last relapse, I’m applying to jobs, moving to another state, trying to figure out the GRE, and trying to pick the next best medication since the Rebif has “failed”.
It all feels like a lot of pressure and I’m doing my best to stay as optimistic as possible. The good news is that my diet and exercise routine are becoming more like basic habit and I barely crave any of the old foods I used to eat.
I still get the occasional craving for a soda or for chocolate. Other than that, I just don’t care about it anymore. I haven’t had any meat (besides fish) in well over a month and it’s been easy as pie, or, um, maybe its as easy as pie flavored nonfat frozen yogurt….
Exercising just feels easier when I’m not weighed down by heavy foods laden with saturated fat. In fact, I went to the gym 6 times this week and it didn’t feel like a mission. I’m so excited that everything is going so smoothly in the health and wellness department. Now, if I could only get rid of these leftover exacerbation symptoms. My neuro says it’s probably stress, I’m not surprised. Time to take some deep breaths and maybe treat myself to something relaxing this weekend! I can’t think of a better excuse.