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One Week Later.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Well, I planned my menus for the week and did the shopping so I was ready to begin the nutritional component of my next challenge last Monday. In fact, I began a day early because I was so excited and wanted to start right away (my son's 38th birthday was on June 3rd and I thought I couldn't manage with the celebration etc.). I kept to my menu plan to the letter! I was very pleased with myself.

I planned my menus around 1400 calories a day. My ideal calorie range is 1200 - 1550. That meant that if I slipped or needed something extra to eat I would have a cushion of about 150 calories. I call it 'wiggle' room. Also, I wanted enough calories so I could exercise vigorously and not feel faint or shaky.

The second day, Monday, was the hardest! This was when I discovered this wasn't as easy as I thought! I was really hungry between lunch and dinner. In fact, by supper time I was so ravenous - I thought I might just chuck the whole thing. However, at supper, (I prepare the food earlier in the day ready to cook - turning on the burner gets me out of the kitchen while the food cooks) I ate my planned meal, added the final snack for the day, and felt much better. Later, although I had eaten everything on my day's menu , I decided to have 10 baby carrots before I went to bed because I was hungry. The good part is that I was still within my calorie limit! Because I am on a team that is very encouraging, when I wrote about almost blowing it - I had so much support that I was motivated to continue on.

The third day, Tuesday, was a bit better. I didn't have the acute hunger pains that I did the first day. However, I did feel hungry between lunch and dinner, and I had a lowgrade headache that disappeared once I ate supper. So, I took another look at the menus and decided to do some re-shuffling. I was surprised about the headache as the food I was eating was what I usually ate (except I cut out the cookie or low fat ice cream for dessert) only the portions were smaller to fit into my daily calorie limit.

On the fourth day, Wednesday, using the food on my menu, I adjusted the eating time and food distribution and NO HUNGER pains!! Here is an important lesson - don't throw up your hands and give up. Keep going and experimenting until you find what works for you. Be patient, I may not get it exactly right the first time. However, a plan helps.

Looking Forward:
1. My next weigh in is on Monday - and I am looking forward to it. Being older, the weight comes off slower, but I think my plan will work. (When I was younger it seemed the pounds just melted off without much effort! I never even exercised.)
2. I will make up next week's menus on Saturday, do the shopping on Sunday, and be ready for my next week on Monday. (If on Monday I discover I didn't lose, I will review my menus and make adjustments.)
3. I will keep active on my Team Boards.
4. I will continue with my exercise plan.

What I discovered: It is important to find one or two team boards that really work for you. If the one(s) you are on don't help you - say goodbye and remove your name, and try another one that looks interesting. Find a team that you feel comfortable contributing to regularly. Get to know your team mates. By helping others you help yourself and your team mates help you. Team members have email me privately giving encouragement! How's that for motivation!! Finally make sure the team you are on has challenges. I am amazed how much those challenges keep me motivated and the life lessons I learn from participating in them is invaluable.
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