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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

NO! Just sayin'...


A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned my lack of ability to say no to the things I should--like root beer, pretzel dogs from Sonic, fries from Mickey D's, and so on and so on.Weight-wise, I've been hovering so very close to and on the wrong side of the 140 lb. mark. I really want clear that hurdle and head toward the 130 lb. point. That'll be the next hurdle.

I've turned a corner and I'm ready to get 'er done. So I'm saying no again. Monday, DH asked me if I wanted a root beer from an eatery here in the business park and I said NO. All weekend through the beginning of the week, I said NO to the tempting things in my cabinets and fridge (things I have to have--like cereal or heat and eat items for Sonshine and DH). Instead, I chose protein or fruits and veggies. I like protein and fruits and veggies, don't get me wrong, but most of the time there's prep work or cooking involved and when I'm hungry, I'm hungry. It's hard to wait. And, okay, I get lazy, too.

In trying to utilize my exercise time to better (and safer and cooler) effect, I switched from walking around my neighborhood for thirty minutes to pedaling my bike pedals. (I bought just the pedals on a stand, not a full stationary bike.) Now, if I can double that effort and pedal while I watch TV--you know, cuz the new TV season is right around the corner--I can earn almost three times as many burned calories as that thirty minutes of walking. Woot! More calories for eating, and possibly saying yes every now and then to an icy cold can of A&W Root Beer.

To get the figures for calories burned from walking versus pedaling, I had to open MyFitnessPal, and I figured, what the heck, I'll start keying in my food and my exercise now. No time like the present, right?

I have twenty pounds to lose to reach my ultimate goal. I know it's better to have a target date for things, but I also know slower weight loss is better weight loss, so I'm just going to shoot for reaching 137 lbs. by September 1st. That's four pounds in three weeks. That's do-able. I've done it before. I've just got to keep saying no! Just this morning I said no to sleeping in because it was raining and just oh, so tempting to snuggle back under the covers.

What about you? I know two of my faithful friends/readers are also watching what they eat and trying to shed a few pounds. How are you doing friends??

5 comments:

Regina Richards said...

This month I have been saying no to eating out. It hasn't affected my waistline, but my bank account sure looks better. The kids go to college the end of August. So I have warned my husband there will be NOTHING in this house but healthy stuff in September. He'll have to get his ice cream and burgers while he's at work.

Jen FitzGerald said...

Good for you, Regina. I've had to say no to many purchases of late too. But some day we'll be free of the college gremlins too. :)

Regina Richards said...

Three or four more years of college payments...

Char Newcomb said...

I always think the same thing about prepping the protein - it's so much easier to grab a cookie or dig into a bag of chips... *sigh* I try not to keep those things around the house. It will be easier now that I'm empty nesting. I'm also hoping to get into a walking routine.

I did have a weigh in yesterday at the doctor's office. I'd lost 2 lbs since mid-June. Just need to continue that downward trend!

Jen FitzGerald said...

YAY!! Char--good luck.

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