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I’m writing this a couple of days early because I have a really busy day ahead of me on Friday, and I want to make sure to get this post written.

Let me remind you that it’s not too late for you to join in on the challenge – make these last few weeks of 2010 really count in whatever way you think is most important for you:

  1. Choose a specific, realistic goal that you can achieve by December 31st.
  2. Post weekly updates (you choose the day) about your progress.
  3. Decide on a gift (reward) that you’ll give yourself when you meet your goal.
  4. Post the Countdown Badge above on your blog when you post your weekly update, and link back to either ScaleWarfare or me, if possible!

My NEW Countdown to Christmas/NYE Challenge Goals Are:

  1. My goal is to eat 1400-1500 calories a day, tracking everything in LoseIt. I’ll also continue to email Scale Warfare with daily food journals.
  2. On days when I have special holiday events, make sure to make up the difference in calories by putting in extra time at the gym.
  3. Speaking of the gym, I’m committing to go for a strenuous/formal workout 4 times/week. At least 3 days of which will include a strength training portion.
  4. I’m still posting on Fridays.
  5. My gift is going to be a new pair of sneakers.

This week has been strange, in a good way.  I’ve been excellent on #1.  I’ll speak more about it in a bit, but I’ve done perfectly on it.  #2 hasn’t come up yet, although I am attending a holiday party for work tomorrow afternoon.  As for #3, I haven’t gone to the gym in a week, although I’ve been really active with housecleaning, walking Lulu, etc.  I know those things don’t count as strenuous, but with everything else that I have going on right now in my personal life, I’m not upset that I haven’t gone to the gym.  Here’s why:

Even though I haven’t been writing weekly weigh-in posts, I have been weighing myself regularly.  In fact, I weigh myself every day, and today is my “official” weigh-in day.  I had fantastic results on the scale:

I lost 7 lbs this week!!!

So you tell me.  I upped my calorie intake, didn’t workout, but had the best week of weight loss since I tried the South Beach Diet two years ago.  Go figure.

Actually I know that one has to eat a certain number of calories in order to lose weight, so I guess for me that number is around 1400.  So while I was trying to be a good little lab band patient and follow Kaiser’s 1200 calories/day plan, I think I’m going to stick with this, because it’s working.

But how I lost this much weight without working out, I don’t know.

Before you write me a ton of comments, I know I need to get to the gym.  I understand the importance of cardio, resistance training, and muscle building.  I’m definitely going on Saturday, and until then, I’m going to increase the smaller activities I can do around the house.  There is just so much going on for my family right now (see yesterday’s post for more details), and I can only do what I can do.

But I do feel like I’ve hit that “sweet spot” in terms of calories and it makes me confident that I can continue this momentum.  I know I won’t lose another 7 lbs next week, but I think 2 is realistic, especially if I hit the gym.

I’m looking forward to these last 3 weeks of 2010!

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This has been a great week!!! But before I share the news, let me remind you that it’s not too late for you to join in on the challenge:

  1. Choose a specific, realistic goal that you can achieve by December 31st.
  2. Post weekly updates (you choose the day) about your progress.
  3. Decide on a gift (reward) that you’ll give yourself when you meet your goal.
  4. Post the Countdown Badge above on your blog when you post your weekly update, and link back to either ScaleWarfare or me, if possible!

My Countdown to Christmas/NYE Challenge was:

  1. My goal is to stick to 1200 calories M-F (1400-1600 Sat & Sun) AND to hit the gym 4 days a week.
  2. I’m going to start posting on Fridays.
  3. My gift is going to be a new pair of sneakers.

So the key word up there is “was.”  You see, after having quite a self-realization this weekend, I have decided to change my goals for the remaining 4 weeks of the challenge.

My NEW Countdown to Christmas/NYE Challenge Goals Are:

  1. My goal is to eat 1400-1500 calories a day, tracking everything in LoseIt. I’ll also continue to email Scale Warfare with daily food journals.
  2. On days when I have special holiday events, make sure to make up the difference in calories by putting in extra time at the gym.
  3. Speaking of the  gym, I’m committing to go for a strenuous/formal workout 4 times/week.  At least 3 days of which will include a strength training portion.
  4. I’m still posting on Fridays.
  5. My gift is going to be a new pair of sneakers.

This week, I did really, really well on the food.  In fact, upping the calories to 1450 has been phenomenal.  Not only do I feel so much less deprived, I’ve actually lost 5 lbs in the past 2 days.  Yes, you read that right.  I got on the scale this morning 4 times to make sure I was seeing it correctly.  I’m so thrilled that this is having such a positive effect.

What hasn’t gone too well is the working out.  I’ve been active each day, but I haven’t put in the formal workouts.  Enough said.  The one thing I should add is that I put my personal training sessions on hold for a while.  I love my new trainer, but I decided that I want to do the moves he’s taught me on my own for a while before I resume our sessions.  We’ve been working on a similar series of moves (one for upper body, one for lower body), and I feel like I can continue them on my own before needing his help again.  The sessions are so expensive ($50/session, which means $100/week, since I was seeing him twice a week!!), and I want to make sure I’m getting the most for my money.  Some of you might not agree with my decision, and you’re totally entitled to that, but I’m happy with it, and that’s what matters.  Now I just need to make sure to get my butt in the gym and show that I CAN do the strength training on my own.

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On a side note, if my sister does move into the duplex next to me (fingers and toes crossed that it works out!!), it means that I’ll be watching my nieces 2-3 times a week from 3pm-6pm.  Which means that I’m going to have to get used to working out in the evenings.  So I think I’m going to try that out this week to see what it’s like.  I know the gym gets packed at 5pm, so I’m interested to see how busy it is if I get there at 7pm, around dinner time.  Only one way to find out.

This weekend I’m looking forward to Christmas shopping with my mom, finishing up my holiday decorations, and getting in some solid workouts.  Oh, and lots of Lulu time, too.  What are your plans for the weekend?

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I cannot believe that it’s been over a week since I posted something on this blog.  Sorry for the disappearing act.  I’ve been busy with the holidays, but I’ve also been working a lot out in my head lately and didn’t want to come back to the blog until I’d worked some things out.  More on that in the next blog post.

But this post is about the Countdown to Christmas/NYE Challenge, so let’s get to it. It’s not too late for you to join in on the challenge:

  1. Choose a specific, realistic goal that you can achieve by December 31st.
  2. Post weekly updates (you choose the day) about your progress.
  3. Decide on a gift (reward) that you’ll give yourself when you meet your goal.
  4. Post the Countdown Badge above on your blog when you post your weekly update, and link back to either ScaleWarfare or me, if possible!

My Countdown to Christmas/NYE Challenge was:

  1. My goal is to stick to 1200 calories M-F (1400-1600 Sat & Sun) AND to hit the gym 4 days a week.
  2. I’m going to start posting on Fridays.
  3. My gift is going to be a new pair of sneakers.

This week has been absolutely horrible in terms of my goals.  I didn’t go the gym since last Friday (until yesterday, but that’s the start of my new week), and I’ve been eating pretty horribly, beginning with a major meltdown of the Panda Express variety on Monday night.  There are lots of excuses I could give, but it all boils down to self-sabotage and lack of true commitment.

So I’m dusting myself off and starting fresh this week.  I went to the gym yesterday for a personal training session, and I’m committing to go to the gym again Sunday. Most of today is going to be spent cleaning and organizing around the house, as well as decorating for Christmas, which is fun.

Even though I’m not proud of the slip-up, I’m very proud that I’m bouncing back and getting on with this challenge.  How have you been doing with it?

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Happy Friday!  There’s something about cloudy Fridays that put me into a good mood.  I love the idea of wearing warmer clothes, getting comfy and enjoying the day inside.  Plus, today I have a minimum day at school, which means I get to leave at 11:30. But don’t be too jealous – I have a ton of grading to do this weekend.  Over 50 essays to read, 28 of which are research papers on The Scarlet Letter.  Good thing the forecast is calling for rain all weekend – perfect grading weather.

But this post is about the Countdown to Christmas/NYE Challenge, so let’s get to it. It’s not too late for you to join in on the challenge:

  1. Choose a specific, realistic goal that you can achieve by December 31st.
  2. Post weekly updates (you choose the day) about your progress.
  3. Decide on a gift (reward) that you’ll give yourself when you meet your goal.
  4. Post the Countdown Badge above on your blog when you post your weekly update, and link back to either ScaleWarfare or me, if possible!

My Countdown to Christmas/NYE Challenge was:

  1. My goal is to stick to 1200 calories M-F (1400-1600 Sat & Sun) AND to hit the gym 4 days a week.
  2. I’m going to start posting on Fridays.
  3. My gift is going to be a new pair of sneakers.

This week I did well on the food during the weekdays, but on the weekend, specifically Saturday, I went over my calories.  We had a progressive dinner party (appetizers at my house, dinner at my parents’ house, dessert at my cousin’s house), and we all went all out with our menu.  The food was delicious and decadent, and that definitely showed up later on the scale.

I’m not sorry that I enjoyed myself on Saturday night, though.  Life is meant to be lived, and I want to make sure I don’t stop myself from indulging every now and then, especially with a celebration.  I just need to make sure that I’ve factored that in and burned enough calories to make up for the ones that I’m going to consume.

Which brings me to calorie burning for the week – I didn’t do so well on that either.  I didn’t workout four times – I only worked out twice, at my personal training sessions.  Which the scale showed me was not enough.  This week I was busy at work and stayed late a couple of nights, so I should have planned ahead and worked out on the weekend.  Lesson learned.

This week I’m going to move forward and not repeat these same mistakes.  I’ve been doing well on my calories so far, and will be sure to hit the gym both Saturday and Sunday, despite the rain.

If you haven’t joined in on the challenge yet, what are you waiting for?

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Here it is, Week #2 of the Countdown to Christmas/NYE Challenge, and somehow I forgot to post last week’s update.  I guess we can chalk that one up to leading a busy life, right?

It’s not too late for you to join in on the challenge:

  1. Choose a specific, realistic goal that you can achieve by December 31st.
  2. Post weekly updates (you choose the day) about your progress.
  3. Decide on a gift (reward) that you’ll give yourself when you meet your goal.
  4. Post the Countdown Badge above on your blog when you post your weekly update, and link back to either ScaleWarfare or me, if possible!

My Countdown to Christmas/NYE Challenge was:

  1. My goal is to stick to 1200 calories M-F (1400-1600 Sat & Sun) AND to hit the gym 4 days a week.
  2. I’m going to start posting on Fridays.
  3. My gift is going to be a new pair of sneakers.

This past week I did great on the food part of the challenge! To help stay within my 1200 calorie goal during the week, I’ve started eating Trader Joe’s salads for lunch and frozen entrees for dinner.  While I’m mindful that this might increase my sodium intake, it is worth it, for convenience, money saved, and portion control.  My life is busy during the week and it’s been nice not having to worry about cooking dinner when I get home.  Having the frozen meals ready in the freezer also means I’m not tempted to turn to fast food out of convenience.  There are so many wonderful choices of frozen dinners to choose from in the store these days.  I thought I might share some of my favorites with you:

  • Lean Cuisine has a new line of frozen entrees called Market Creations, and every one that I’ve tried have been delicious.  In 6 minutes, I’m eating a well-balanced, well-seasoned meal that tastes so much fresher than most frozen dinners I’ve eaten, and I think that’s because of the steaming process.
  • I’ve also really liked Healthy Choice’s line of frozen entrees  – Cafe Steamers are similar to the LC Market Creations and just as tasty, but I really like the idea of the All Natural line, because they don’t have any preservatives.  Last night I had the Creamy Basil Pesto, and it was 240 calories of delicious.

On the weekend, I had high calorie days (1600+), but all of the food/drink I consumed was relatively healthy, and I made sure to track every single morsel and sip. I think it’s very realistic to have two more indulgent days of the week and 5 days where I’m stricter.  That’s a lifestyle I can live with, even during holidays.

As far as the gym, I have to be honest and say that I only went to the gym twice.  Both times I had personal training sessions that kicked my ass and burned tons of calories, but I didn’t go other than that.  I have been walking Lulu everyday, twice a day, though, so I am active each day, but I know I need to get better with the second part of my goal.

The result of all of this is that last week I lost 3.8 pounds, so this new plan is working!  I am so proud of myself and I know that I’m going to have continued success.

Now as to my gift, I want to get new sneakers, but I’d love to hear your recommendations.  I’m looking for more cross-trainer style, since I’m not going to be using them specifically for any one exercise.  I tend to use my sneakers as all-purpose for walks, gym time, etc.  I have wide feet, and have done well with Asics in the past, but I’m open to new suggestions.

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It’s already Wednesday again?  October has been flying by, and I’ve been so busy with work and other obligations that I feel like I’m not concentrating on weight loss as much as I should be.  Or, maybe it’s just become such a routine (in a good way) that I have it down pat and I don’t need to put as much effort in?  I’ve definitely developed some long-lasting habits in terms of weight loss that are beneficial, but I know that there’s more I could be doing so that I could see more dramatic weight loss.  At my size, I should be able to lose more than just 1-2 pounds per week and still be safe.

When I jumped on the scale this morning, this was the readout I saw, and I couldn’t believe my eyes!

First of all, I haven’t seen a “1” in front of my weight in over 10 years, but then for it to show a weight that’s below my  goal weight?  I was awestruck!  I had to get on the scale three or four times, and they all showed the same readout.  This picture was taken right after I jumped off the scale the 4th time.  What was going on?

And then I turned the scale over and realized that it was set on kg, instead of lbs.  😛

Once I moved it back to lbs., it took at least 10 times for me to get a number that was closer to my actual weight.  First it was showing that I had lost 25 pounds (in one week), then that I’d gained 15 pounds (in one week).  I felt like I was on the scale from The Biggest Loser where it moves up and back until finally resting on the person’s real weight.  (I think it’s time to buy a new scale!!) So, seeing this number 4 times in a row, I think this is the correct weight for this week:

Which means I lost 1.8 lbs. this week, for a total loss of 4.4 lbs. Slow and steady, right?

I know I should be happy that I lost another (almost) 2 lbs, but since I started this in August, I only have a net loss of 4.4 lbs, which is ridiculous, especially at my size.  Now I know that last week I was saying that this was great progress considering that in the middle of all of this I’ve quit smoking, moved, and been sick, and that’s still true, but I’m getting impatient with myself.  I know that I can do better on my eating.  I want to stick more closely to the 1200 calories, but I’m finding that I constantly want to eat – even when I’m not hungry.  I know this is the “oral fixation” thing that comes when you quit smoking, but I’m so tired of it.  I need to stop giving into it, and just show some will power.  I stuck to a 500 calorie/day fasting regime, so why can’t I stay with 1200?  I can!  And next week, I will. I also need to  stop giving in to the “I’m so exhausted” feeling and make sure to workout at the gym at least 4 times a week.

Which leads me to the second part of this post, a challenge.

Scale Warfare and I have been feeling a little humdrum lately, and both decided that it’s time to revive my Countdown to Christmas Challenge from last year. I’ve decided to take the challenge past Christmas, so that I can have 9 full weeks, so it will officially end on December 31st.

2nd Annual Countdown to Christmas/NYE Challenge

The Rules:

  1. Choose a specific, realistic goal that you can achieve by December 31st.
  2. Post weekly updates (you choose the day) about your progress.
  3. Add the challenge button to your blog post/sidebar.
  4. Decide on a gift (reward) that you’ll give yourself when you meet your goal.

While not an official rule, it would be nice if you linked back to Scale Warfare or me.

My Countdown to Christmas/NYE Challenge:

  1. My goal is to stick to 1200 calories M-F (1400-1600 Sat & Sun) AND to hit the gym 4 days a week.
  2. I’m going to start posting on Fridays.
  3. My gift is going to be a new pair of sneakers.

Hopefully we’ll get lots of people to join in on the challenge!

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Betty Boop ChristmasAt this point in the challenge, there is no way I’m going to make it to my original goal.  But I’m not really disheartened by that.  I’ve decided to refocus my efforts in a way that I think will be much more productive for me.

My main focus now is not to gain any weight, even with the holiday festivities.  They say that, on average, people gain 7-10 pounds between Halloween and New Year’s, so I figure that if I maintain my weight (or hopefully lose a bit), I’m ahead of the game for January.

Here’s an idea I got from Fat 2 Fit Radio:

We always talk about setting goals and writing them down, but many people get caught up in always looking forward.  The homework this week is to start writing down all of your successes. Do it just like you do your goals, but do it in the reverse.  What are some things that you have accomplished in the last year that you are proud of with your fitness and weight loss goals?  The last 3 months, last week and even today.  Keeping track of your successes can be another way to keep yourself motivated and help with the momentum.

When I heard this idea, I loved it and knew I wanted to share it with all of you.  I am really guilty of always looking ahead and not focusing enough on the here and now, or the celebrating past successes.

Here are my successes for the past six months, since June 18, 2009 when I started to get really serious about my weight loss efforts:

  • I am now living an entirely new lifestyle than I was 6 months or a year ago.  That new lifestyle includes eating healthy food, tracking my points for every meal, and working out.  By living this healthy lifestyle I am setting myself up for major success in 2010.
  • I spent my off time this summer working out in my own little “Bella Boot Camp.” I made a Stay Active Plan and not only stuck with it, but actually really enjoyed it.  I’m going to do a mini version of this during the Christmas vacation in a few weeks.  (Although there won’t be any swimming in the outdoor pool – it’s too cold for that, even here in California).
  • I hired Jimmy as my personal trainer and met with him twice a week for 2 1/2 months.  This was absolutely life changing!  Jimmy pushed me enough that I was able to gain new confidence in my physical capabilities.  Although I had to put the personal training on hold because of my bought with bronchitis, I’m looking forward to returning to the sessions at the start of the new year.
  • I participated in several 5Ks, which was a major accomplishment for me because I had to give up my Team in Training program due to injury.  Taking things a bit slower and being able to walk a 5K was great for my confidence.  I’m looking forward to taking this to the next level in 2010 (more on this on Jan. 1).
  • I’ve found some amazing new blogging buddies in the past year.  Women whom I consider true friends and whom I hope to someday meet face to face.  This is truly priceless.
  • I’ve written 248 blog posts this year.  Weight loss and leading a healthy lifestyle have been the focus of my life, aside from work, and I love it.  I hope that I have informed and  inspired a few people along the way.

I’d love for you to comment with a few of your own successes.  You choose the time period (last year, last 6 months, 3 months, month…).  Or, if you want, write a whole blog post about it.

The point is, in this journey, knowing and celebrating where you’ve been is as important as looking forward to where you’re heading.

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Betty Boop ChristmasNot much to report this week.  I haven’t been able to work out at all because of my bronchitis.  I’ve been eating well, and tracking every point that  goes into my mouth, which is good.  I just can’t wait to start feeling better so that I can exercise again.  I really miss it, which is a huge change from the past – I used to dread working out before, but now I really feel like something is missing.

I did a quick check-in on the scale this morning and it looks like I’ve lost 0.3.  LOL.  It’s good, considering that I’m spending my days sleeping.

Week 4 Stats: +4.3 pounds, 19.3 to go. 6 weeks left, and at this point, I don’t think I’ll be able to lose close to 20 pounds.  I’m hoping to lose 10 pounds before the end of the year.  Thinking positive and hoping to make it!

Wanna join the Countdown to Christmas Challenge? Click HERE for the details.

How is it going for those of you participating in the challenge?

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On a somewhat unrelated note, I need some ideas from you guys about what to buy Jimmy, my personal trainer, for Christmas.  He’s really helped me change my life, and he’s such a huge support for me, so I want to give him a great gift.  He’s 28, very athletic, and loves football.  I was thinking of buying him tickets to the last 49er game, but since it’s on Dec. 27th, I’m not sure if he’s going to be in town to attend it.  He loves them (as I do).  I’ve budgeted about $150 for his gift, so if you can think of something meaningful, please let me know.  I’d rather not buy a gift card, but I guess I could… Any ideas you have would be much appreciated.

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Betty Boop Christmas As you can see from the ticker on the sidebar, my gain on the scale this week has really set my progress back.  I now have 18 pounds to lose, which is fairly daunting, but I think I can still do it.  I’m determined to give it my best and to get as close to my goal as I can.

Even though I had a major gain on the scale this week, I really am having a great week.  Despite the fact that TOM is here and I have a really miserable cold (still!), I am feeling really positive about my weight loss.

This week Scale Warfare and I started being accountability partners. The way we’ve worked it is to email each other our daily food journal, with all of our points tallies.  We do it at the end of the evening, after each of our “kitchens are closed.”  It’s been a great way for me to stay on track!  Not only am I logging my points into the tracker on WW Online, but I also send it to Scale Warfare.  The thing I like about sending her my food journal is that she can look at it and let me know of any problem areas that she may notice that I’m unaware of.  Also, seeing hers each day gives me some great ideas for meals and snacks, and hopefully vice versa.

The other thing that has been so useful this week is the idea of closing the kitchen. I’ve been eating my dinner in my breakfast nook, away from the living room and the t.v.  This has not only made mindless eating a thing of the past, but it’s also really helped me catch up on my reading.  Sometimes my mornings are so hectic that I don’t have time to read the newspaper before I leave for work, so I’ve been able to catch up with the news at night.  Or, I’ll read one of the many magazines that I have waiting for me.  (I think I’m almost done with all of Septembers, LOL).  After I eat, I clear away the dishes, wash any pots and pans I may have, and clean up the counters.  Then, I start making my lunch for the next day.  I pack everything that’s non-perishable into my lunchbag and put the things that need to be refrigerated in the front of one of the shelves so all I have to do in the morning is grab it and go.  This has been a huge time saver in the morning.  And the fact that I’m doing it at 7:30 at night makes me feel so organized.  As I’m making my lunch, I set the teapot on so that the tea can steep while I’m finishing up, and then when I’m doing cleaning everything up, I can turn off the lights in the kitchen to signal that it’s “closed” and take my tea into the living room to enjoy while I catch up on my shows.  I really suggest trying this if you’ve had any problems with nighttime eating.  It works!!

All in all, I’m feeling much more in control and aware of my eating, which is wonderful.  I haven’t worked out since Saturday morning because of my cold, but I think that I should see fairly good results on the scale on Tuesday.

Week 3 Stats: +4.9 pounds, 18.6 to go. 7 weeks left, which means 2.6 pounds a week – I’m going to do my best to make it!

Wanna join the Countdown to Christmas Challenge? Click HERE for the details.

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Before I install a lock on my fridge, I thought I’d come to you for some help.  I need some support and suggestions, guys.  Much of this post is going to be a bit stream-of-consciousness, so I hope you can follow me.

I know I can do better with my food.  It must be obvious to you guys, as well.  Anyone who is working out as much as I am (3-4 times a week, at least, an hour each time) should be losing more weight than I have been.  During the summer it was because of an adverse reaction to medication, but since then, I should have shown bigger numbers on the scale each week.  The reason why I haven’t is because I’ve been eating too much at night.  Call it stress eating, call it emotional eating, call it binge eating.  The point is, at night I seem to have something take over me and I feel like a serious food addict.

It’s strange because when I was doing the fasting, or when I was on Medifast, I didn’t “cheat” at all.  I never overate.  I stuck to the 500 or 800 calories a day and was fine with it.  (Well, it was f-ing up my metabolism, but I wasn’t eating more than they prescribed).  Now that I can eat whatever I want to (as long as I fall within my points), I’m doing terribly.  I do well all day and even at dinner, but once the nighttime hits, I’m like a caged animal that has finally been set free.  I’m not even hungry, but there is this insatiable need to eat and eat and eat.

So it’s time that I take real control of myself.  If I can do it on an extreme diet, why can’t I do it when I’m eating in a healthy way?  Why is it so difficult for me to stop myself from overeating at night?  I know that I’m not alone in this, and I’d love for you to give me any pointers that you might have.  I know that one big culprit is probably watching too much t.v. at night.  The thing is, I love certain shows on t.v. and do not want to give up watching them.  The evening after dinner is the only time I have to really unwind.  But maybe I can do something so that t.v. time doesn’t equal eating time.

One thing I know I can do is to stop eating dinner in front of the t.v.  I do it far too often, and even though that’s guideline #1 on most diet plans, I’ve fallen into that habit.  Mostly because I like the “company” the t.v. offers.  Since I’m single and live alone, it’s nice to have the t.v. on when I eat so that I have some sort of entertainment.  But I know that I don’t have to.  I can eat dinner in my cozy breakfast nook while reading a magazine (I have so many that I need to catch up on) or a book (lots of those, too).  Plus, if I eat in the other room, it’s right next to the kitchen, making clean up easier.

Ok, so solution #1 is to stop eating anything in the living room (where the t.v. is).  The only thing I’m going to allow myself to have in this room is some sort of drink – water, tea, coffee.  No more eating meals in front of the t.v.

The second thing I need is some new meal plans.  I have loads of cookbooks that I should go through to get inspired, but I never seem to have the time.  So starting this week, I’m going to use a half hour of my evening after dinner to find at least one new recipe.  I think breaking it up in smaller bits like this will actually help me accomplish more than if I try to devote 2-3 hours at a time.  Little steps.

This is also where you can come in.  I need ideas for all meals because I’m getting bored of my usual food.  Please post meal plans in the comments, and be as specific as you can.  Exactly what you ate for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks on a given day.  That will really help me.  If some of you have a new recipe that you’ve tried recently, could you post about it and send me the link in the comments?

I need to get serious here.  There are only 9 weeks left in this year, and I want to show some sort of positive momentum going into  the new year. That’s what my Countdown to Christmas Challenge is about.  That’s what this post is about.  I’m “coming clean” about overeating at night because I need your help and admitting the problem is the first step.

iStock_000004917602XSmall Please help me feel more like this.

 

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