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A loss and support, but not a loss of support.
Aug 29th, 2006 by Anna

 First, I had a significant loss today over yesterday. Yeah, I weigh myself daily. Can’t help it. I’m not saying it was an undeserved loss – I’ve been keeping my points/calories within reason for sure – but it was more than is really possible for a single day. I was getting scared I was already at a plateau because I was playing with the same couple of pounds for a couple of weeks. I won’t be surprised to see a rise on the scale tomorrow, but I’ll be happy with what I see today. I think my weight finally caught up with my food choices. Which is nice. What’s really cool about it is that now SparkPeople shows my goal line and my weigh-in amount exactly together. Finally. That means I’m right where I should be to reach my personal goal weight by my son’s third birthday. I realize I’m probably going to have to get in some exercise soon because my body will start fighting the weight loss otherwise. I still need to give myself time there, though. I’m under so much stress, I refuse to stress myself more by feeling guilty about not getting exercise. I do know that exercise relieves stress for me, but I can’t feel guilty if I can’t work it in right now. I have too many other things to worry about.

Now about support. My husband has always been incredibly supportive in every aspect of my life. I’ve posted about him before. But he’s offering a new support that he never really has before and it’s making quite a difference for me. See, one day he asked me to figure out his calorie intake like I’d been doing for myself. I created a SparkPeople account for him and we entered in his food eaten. At first I thought it was a one-time deal, but he’s actually being quite regular about doing this. He’s not being quite as particular as I get, grabbing up packages to enter in nutrition info for things not already there, but he’s being pretty consistent entering his food. And he’s saying things like, “I don’t have the points for that, really.” Wow! It feels so good to have someone really understand, “I don’t have enough points.” Personally. He’s always understood when I’ve said it and never said anything like “well, it won’t kill you just this time.” But now HE’S saying it. And while we’ll eat vastly different things, and he won’t start twitching when he goes over in his calories or fat for the day, I really feel less alone in this journey to be healthier. I have more than just his support, I have his understanding. I am truly blessed to have Jonathan.

WEEKEND!
Aug 25th, 2006 by Anna

Man, I’m glad this week is over. Mostly. It was stressful to say that least. This was the second week of school and I’ve been doing all of the intros in the labs. I like to make sure the kids get a good start learning to log into the computers and some basic terminology. But I’m exhausted now. We have like 45 classroom teachers! And I still have to get all of my other work done and there’s a LOT of other work to get done.

Then there’s home. Which includes a two year old in a cast. Sheah. This should be a Fear Factor challenge – being the parent of a two year old with a leg immobilized from toes to thigh. Not much sleep the first few days and then there’s just no way to explain to him that I can’t take the cast off. And no way to explain to him that it WILL come off some time (September 20th!!!!). He got some bug bites on his good leg and I kind of think he may have gotten some inside his cast because he was downright MISERABLE for quite awhile. And he’s so very two. It would be funny if it were happening to someone ELSE to watch The Boy sit and make his demands on everyone around him. His angry little face. He harsh little tone. He’s so darned cute but man is he being a brat. But then you kinda have to pity him.
But it’s Friday now. And The Boy is actually getting around pretty well now. I’ll have to get video as it’s kinda funny.

I’m happy with the way I’ve eaten for the most part. Well, no, that’s not entirely true. I WAS proud of myself because I was really staying in my points range from the time I posted my last message. Then a friend pointed out that I wasn’t really eating very healthy. I was in my points range, but WHAT I was eating was not so great. “How about an apple?” she suggested. A what? Umm… why? So then I went back to SparkPeople, which I’ve been going to daily and tracking stuff, and actually took a better look at the reports. Dang… my calorie range was fine, but I wasn’t getting much fiber or calcium or any vitamins to speak of. She dissed my Pria bars which I insist are very good – they were really the only thing of value I was eating – but she was sure right about my lack of fruits and veggies!

So now I’m trying to do better on what I eat, not just on my calorie intake or points. I ate YOGURT yesterday. And today I had fresh fruit with my lunch. Strawberries and grapes and canteloupe. And wow… now that’s pretty GOOD.

Of course if you look at today’s food journal you’ll see a bit more pizza than I should have had. And frankly I’m feeling it right now. I am definitely overfull. I feel icky. But honestly I’ll probably still have some ice cream tonight. By the way, that’s Healthy Choice Chocolate Chocolate Chunk. MMmM!

Which brings me to something else… that very ice cream is a red light food for me. Everytime I’ve gotten it, I’ve finished it off in less than four sittings. By myself! But I really like it (duh!) and I don’t want to deprive myself of it. So THIS time I asked JONATHAN to serve it for me. And then he puts it in a grocery bag and then back in the big freezer in the garage. I’m not sure exactly where in there because I’m not going to look. This has worked much better because I don’t generally get second helpings and I can’t eat out of the carton now. Yay me! Yay, Jonathan!

So I’ve rambled on enough. And I’m being summonded by The Boy.

Starting over over again
Aug 21st, 2006 by Anna

I haven’t been THAT bad, but I’ve neglected this site more than I intended to. Work has been work. More so than usual. I don’t see it slowing down any time in the near future, either. But I’ll try to make time to get back here at least to post food journals because that was helping a lot. So tomorrow. I’ll do it then.

Wore out.
Aug 18th, 2006 by Anna

I’m still alive. Thanks for those of you that have checked on me. It’s been crazy at work and crazy at home. I’m stressed and tired. I’m *mostly* eating okay, but I’ve been pretty bad about keeping up with it. I’d write more now, but I really need a nap.

Phooey.
Aug 11th, 2006 by Anna

I know I should stop weighing myself daily. But that’s just not going to happen. It’s just something about me that’s not going to change. Unless Jonathan hides the scale, I guess. It’s like the fact that anytime I buy anything new that I’m at all excited about, I have to pull it out of the bag in the car and open it up before I ever get out of the parking lot. Heck, Meghan got a new remote controlled car and I was tearing into that box before the kids could eat their dinner. But I digress. I weighed myself this morning and I was a full pound plus higher than I was yesterday morning. I know the entire list of reasons – real and wishful thinking – as to why that can be the case. I know that it could be partly because of the ridiculous number of cheddar biscuits I ate at Red Lobster yesterday, though to my credit I only used 3 out of banked for that – I did really good the rest of the day. I know about water weight, I know about the timing of weighing, I know, I know, I know. But it still frustrates the heck out of me to see that number go up.

I feel the Spark!
Aug 8th, 2006 by Anna

Okay, I’ve been registered for about a week now… maybe a little longer, and I finally decided it’s time to say I like this site! And it’s worth posting about! I’ll post a link on the “Tools I’ve Found” page, but I didn’t find this tool. My Rosary-praying, weight-losing, podcast listenin’, family lovin’ friend, Karen, told me about it! Awesome site! Click here to go to SparkPeople.com. This is a free diet plan creater, calorie tracker, fitness program, digital social network, meal planner, advice giver, all rolled up into one. I was apprehensive at first because there is just SO much information here and you can track SO much I was more than a little overwhelmed. But I kept going back and looking at a little here, a little there, tracking a bit of this and a bit of that, and now, frankly, I might just drop counting points and go to using this site. Their planner counts calories, but also carbs, fat and protein to help you get a good balance. You can add other goals to track if you need more fiber or calcium. Whatever. It works how you want it. For every little thing you do, you get SparkPoints. You can’t do anything with them except brag about them. But it does get fun to try to build up your points! I’m really enjoying it! So thank you, Karen! If you decide to check it out, I’m AhnMyWeigh there (OnMyWeigh was taken! Phooey!). “Ahn” is a nickname of mine so it was a fun play on the name. Anyway, I don’t post to the community boards much at ALL, but say hi if you see me!

Oh, and I get 10 points for each referral, but you don’t do anything with the points, like I said. So please don’t think I’ve gone commercial on you!

Movin’ on down!
Aug 5th, 2006 by Anna

I definitely feel like I’m back on track now. I think I’ve got my head “in the game” as my daughter would say. I’m eating right and when I don’t, I at least don’t blow the day (or week, or month as it had been there for awhile). I’m not feeling deprived – though I do whine. I’m getting excercise in at least three times a week and not letting myself have excuses not to. My attitude regarding my appearance is improving. I don’t like who I see in the mirror yet, but I’m definitely seeing positive body changes.

I’m not putting so much pressure on myself to do too many things at once. I decided against the gym for now. I have a new principal at my school and a LOT of changes in my department so who knows what my “free” time will be like. It was actually very relieving to when I decided finally against the gym for now. I have too much on my plate – no pun intended.

So not an exciting post, but wanted to check in.

Stupid spammers!
Aug 3rd, 2006 by Anna

I got a returned message email this morning. I wanted to see whose email didn’t go through and it’s not one I sent! I’m so ANGRY! Someone is using my email address of anna at my domain name and sending spam! Jerks. They aren’t into my email, they’re just using it as part of their from so that if you’ve whitelisted me, it might sneak in. If anyone has gotten spam that appeared to come from my address, would you kindly email me and tell me? And please accept my apology even thought it’s not my fault!

Nuts!
Aug 3rd, 2006 by Anna

“Did you know that the fruit & walnut salad is 7 points, but only 3 without the walnuts?

“Walnuts? That little bag is 4 points?”

“Yeah! They’re candied though. Really they’re soOOOOoo good!”

“Are they as good as being in a size 4?”

“Meghan, do you want some walnuts?”

Fixed the 2 year charts
Aug 1st, 2006 by Anna

A couple of people pointed out that my two year charts had a bug in them. They second year sheet began its calculations on the wrong cell from the first year. A simple fix. So if you were using a two year chart from my tools page, you can download a new version and copy/paste in your old version data. Or you can send me your old version and I’ll send it back to you in the new version. Just email me at anna (at) this domain name.

Also, I added a random quotes generator in the right side bar and a mini blog with my daily food journal. We’ll see how brave I get. :)

Oh! And one more thing! I have been made aware that Internet Explorer on the PC does not display my web site very nicely. I know I can fix the style sheet to make the sections a fixed width, but I’m not sure exactly how to do that. When I figure it out, I’ll fix it. In the meantime, I’ve been told that refreshing your page sometimes fixes the problem. Oh, and moving to Firefox definitely will!

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