Monday, June 30, 2014

Consuming too much in one sitting

On this last day of the month, I hope to really preplan my meals and snacks effectively.  In fact, I would like to know about that since I am watching videos.  For someone such as myself who is trying to lose weight, I find that planning out meals in advance is essential to not overeating.  Today, I have consumed more fruits and vegetables than I usually would consume.  However, I realize that I do consume too much food in one sitting.  Instead of two drumsticks, I should have consumed just one drumstick with brown rice and maybe a vegetable.  That is just an example.  I do consume too much in one sitting.  That is the lesson that I have learned for today.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

I had one Sunday

I did eat one PB&J sandwich but I was a bit weak.  My blood sugar I felt was low so I felt was a bit low because I was shaking.  It could have been the green tea however.  I feel like I am doing better but maybe I should just skip doing the meal plans.  Or maybe not.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Lack of consistency

Well, I was not consistent.  I could say that today was a bad day but I won't go that route.  I will just say that it is a day where I learned a valuable lesson.  I did not follow the meal plan which was a big mistake.  I ate 2  PB&J sandwiches today which threw me off.  I consumed more than 2400 calories today which is more than what I should or usually consume.  I would like to consume less than 2000 per day, which is what I need to do.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Be consistent

I consumed just over 1800...well, I will consume over 1800 calories today.  Food is something that I enjoy eating, but it hasn't always been my best friend.  I did pretty well today.  Planning meals in advance plus staving off hunger has been beneficial because of something I actually did.  I had to be consistent and that is all I had to do.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

I did okay

I did pretty well today.  I consumed less than 1500 today so I am proud of that.  I finally ate the leftovers and I finally need to know what to do tonight or at least tomorrow morning.  I need to pre-plan my meals in advance so there would be less of a chance for the plans to change any.  I usually pre-plan only to eat things that are different than I meant to consume.  I would like to lose 100 pounds and  pre-plan my food while eating healthy.  I have made changes in the past but I have a long ways to go.  However, I am proud to say that I did pretty well for the most part.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

More than intended

I ate more than what is planned.  I consumed less than 2200 calories, yes, but it was planned that I were to consume less than 1800 calories.  I don't wish to say that I messed up however.  I had a good session on the treadmill this morning and I am proud of that.  However, I wish I could have eaten more healthier food, despite the health lunch and dinner of spaghetti and turkey meatballs.  Other than that, I don't plan on giving up.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

I didn't eat healthy today

I could say that I ought to be ashamed of myself, but I'm not.  That doesn't mean that I am so proud because I ate healthy today.  I often pick foods that are supposed to be healthy only to consume either too much at one time or consume foods that are unhealthy.  In short, I am not proud because I did not eat healthy today. I however, don't wish to be frustrated since every day is a lesson to be learned.

Here is really what I ate
        Oatmeal pie and apple
        Yogurt Pretzels (an entire bag)
         Popcorn with Orange Juice
Snack 1
         PB&J on honey wheat
Snack 2
         KIND bar
Snack 3
         Roasted Almond (an entire small bag)

Looking at the menu for today, here is what I should have done.  The truth is, I was concerned about my blood sugar and also I was hungry, truly hungry.  I wish I had divided both the yogurt pretzels and the almonds into the number of servings as packaged.  That way, I would have eaten as packaged.  I consumed the PB&J yesterday and carried it over for today.  The KIND bar is quite healthy on its own so I did well.  I should have chosen something else to eat along with the apple, but since it isn't chocolate, I thought it was okay to consume for breakfast.  The popcorn I admit wasn't the best snack I ever ate for dinner, but I didn't know what else to consume at the time.  However, I remind myself to plan my meals in advance and to actually follow the advanced plan.

Monday, June 23, 2014

My food intake

I need to be honest when it comes to my weight and my food intake.  I am here to write that I am okay today, but I didn't always eat well.  I consume fat and carbs, but not enough calcium, fiber, and potassium. This does not equal to a healthy diet.  I would like to eat fish, apples, and other healthy foods more so than oatmeal pies and peanut butter.  How do I change my eating habits?  That is really hard to do for me, but at least I don't wish to try anymore.  I don't wish to try it, I will do it.  Today is a day of encouragement and motivation.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Sunday's journal entry

I did okay today.  I did okay at least calorie-wise.  I consumed less than the calorie amount which is a good thing.  I even had enough in my "calorie budget" for a milkshake.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Saturday Summary

I don't usually do this, but maybe I should plan my meals first thing in the morning.  Maybe then the plans wouldn't change throughout the day.  I am not doing a great job of planning because I haven't done a good job of following it.  However, I feel pretty okay since I ate even the most unhealthy foods in moderation today.  I drank a lot of water however.  All I have to do is look into the pantry and the fridge and write things down while at the same time give room to any last minute changes that may occur.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Today is Friday..

I did exercise today which means that I consumed more calories than I usually do.  I ate too many peanuts and cornbread biscuits but other than that, I did well today.  I also like the fact that I didn't consume as much sodium as I have today.  I did not totally follow the food plan that I made yesterday because I changed my mind at the last minute.  I wonder if legumes count as vegetables?

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Not bad at all..

My food intake has been, I don't know, much better than even I expected.  I want to lose weight and keep it off.  I wasn't expecting this much control.  However, I have my off days.  Yesterday could be considered an off day.  I recorded less than 2000 calories today and along with the exercise, that makes me smile.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Everyday is a lesson

I ate a bit too much today.  I consumed more than the 2200 calorie limit that I consumed.  I hope that I not gain any weight from this.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

I have done okay

I have done okay.  I have one more snack to consume today.  I know that I need to eat more fruits and vegetables and fewer processed foods.  That has always been a struggle since processed foods too, are everywhere.  I don't avoid eating healthy foods, but I also struggle with eating in moderation.  Today I cannot say it is over though I wish it is so, but I have eaten in moderation.  It was so hard.  I tend to eat more than I really need.  Half a cup sounds like too little when I don't measure it.  However one cup does sound even better, but it only sounds good when I consider the nutritional information of a bowl of mac and cheese versus a bowl of cereal.  It is not hard to determine which one is better for me.  However, it hasn't always been easy to consume just the amount of food needed to stay healthy.  That is why planning meals is not an optional thing for me.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Ice Cream

I ate way too much ice cream for someone trying to eat healthy.  I am not ashamed but it was a lesson.  Ice cream is a trigger food.  What would be a great food to replace that particular trigger food?  I have no clue at the moment.  Anyways, I believe that other than the ice cream, I did eat healthy today.  Why can't I just say no to ice cream?

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Summary for today

I am going to lose weight the wrong way if I keep this up.  I have eaten too much peanut butter and fried foods today.  However, I did do well as far as nutritional value.  My diet could use some improvement however.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

"Country cookin'"

It finally felt good to consume foods that both my mother and I can eat.  Today it was called country cooking, lol.  I am from the South and there are foods that people down here are known for, such as tomatoes and rice, and of course, soul food.  I'm sure others eat foods like this in other parts of the country but there is just something about the South and food and its love and union with food.  It is hard to describe. I do have a tendency to eat too much fried foods which is what I did today.  Instead of fried chicken breasts, they should have been oven-fried or baked.  Also I have been guilty of drinking too many powdered drinks in one serving, which is not good healthwise, at least for me.  But when has drinking sweet powdered drinks been good for anyone?

Eating better than I should but not enough

Lately I have made an improvement and I have finally eaten food that both my mother and I eat.  It is good that she does tend to eat healthier than I on average.  Neither of us don't fully rely on processed foods, but I know that they are not my friends.  I have PCOS and it is important that I eradicate or limit the amount of processed foods that I consume.  It is also important that I plan my meals in advance and not spend my days frying foods and then eating too much of the "bad stuff".  I am doing better calorie-wise and health-wise, but I have to do a better job of keeping in mind that I have diabetes as well.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Lesson from 6/12/14

I have eaten relatively healthy, which is dependent upon what the definition of healthy and unhealthy are.  My breakfasts tend to be healthier than the rest of my meals.  For lunch, I tend to consume the most calories during the day.  With dinner and snacks I tend to consume fewer calories.  My meal plans would explain it better than I would.   I do wonder if one has to eat like a queen for breakfast, a princess for lunch, and like a peasant for dinner.  I know it sounds classicist, but I do eat like a princess for breakfast and dinner, a peasant for a snack, most of the time, and a queen for lunch.  Maybe that is the problem right there.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Lessons learned from 6/11/14

I should have just "hopped to it". Why did I not just be like Nike and "just do it"?  I ate more food than I should have but the amount of calories I have consumed have been within the limit.  On the other hand, it doesn't make sense that I eat the wrong kinds of foods.  I wish I had made a plan today.  Well, hindsight is 20/20.

I did not consume food from food and drinks planned in advance.  I am not disappointed, but that is a lesson that I have learned today.  I ate too many snacks at one time.  In fact, I do have a tendency to eat too much food in one sitting.  Also, I also tend to eat too much of the wrong kind of foods.  I want and need to lose weight so I cannot make any excuses.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Strategy to Lose Weight

I have to consume food according to what I have eaten.  Should I eat according to the PCOS, which has its own complications including diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and blood sugar?  Should I eat according to the diabetes, which has its own complications in itself?  What should my strategy for weight loss be?  I didn't eat much today but I should have laid off of the cereal and the penne and cheese.  Other than that, I think I did well today.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Contemplating about a healthy diet

I have been contemplating things.  Writing a healthy grocery list has been a good start.  However, trigger foods are my weakness.  As much as I love them, I realize that they don't love me back.  I eat them mindlessly and I gain weight.  I gained most of the weight that I had lost back and now I am back to square one.  Now it is getting harder to lose weight.  But I realize that no matter how hard, it is not impossible.  I will keep that in mind.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

My cares and concerns

Following a meal plan has been fruitless.  I am not going to stop but it has been frustrating working through an issue that I have.  It is overeating.  I am not sure if it is psychological but it sure is rough to have.  I don't know if it is a major problem that requires counseling but I realize that counseling is certainly an option.  I guess I have to keep it simple.  Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are a classic example of keeping it simple.  Losing weight is a journey and though I have fallen off this weekend, I will have to get back on the straight and narrow path.  I need to see this journey like I view Christianity.  Christians will walk the narrow path but even the straight and narrow have its unpaved areas and its temptations.  Now I will have to deal with mine.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Following a meal plan

Today as with every day or almost daily this week, I have overeaten.  I have eaten more than the 2200 calorie limit.  I realize that there were foods that needed to be replaced with healthier options.  Hindsight, however, is 20/20.  It is a fact.  I need to take my health and my food intake more seriously.  I have not done a great job following a meal plan.  I truly don't know what to do.  Following a meal plan is much more difficult than I thought.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Good and bad news

Well, here is the good news.  The good news is that I am under the 2200 calorie limit.  The bad news is that my sodium count is so much higher than I would like for it to be.  I hope that I did not miscount the hamburger as I have eaten two of them with condiments.  I don't consume enough calcium or other minerals.  I would like to lose weight but eat even healthier than I do.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Today from Sparkpeople

I consumed more than 2000 calories which is more than what I wished to consume.  I have told about eating a healthier diet which is both easier and harder than that.  I know that it will take a while and I won't be perfect, but at least I am not crying over spilled milk.  Also it doesn't help to continue to do the wrong things and expecting them to work.  They only make things worse.  I have learned that instead of eating peanuts, I could eat lower calorie whole grains, which is not quite what I did today but it would have been better than consuming more calories than it is necessary.  My goal is to consume between 1200 and 2200 calories per day.  Hopefully I will lose at least a pound this week.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Day 3 on Sparkpeople

I am doing okay but I still overdid it on the caloric intake.  I will not give up.  Giving up on myself and on my losing weight was something that I have regretted and still do a little bit.  Instead of peanuts, I ate cereal.  Cereal I didn't realize was a food that isn't always healthy.  It is a processed food that is full of nutritional value but also it has other things to preserve the flavor.  The preservatives are not good for me as I have diabetes and hormonal problems.  I need to do further research on that particular issue. and the effects on my health.  But other than that, I did well because I further had a plan as to what I was going to eat and I followed the plan, but unfortunately not to the number.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Day 2 on Sparkpeople

I feel as if I have lost an inch or two, but since this is day 2, I cannot say that specifically.  All I can say is that I feel better and a weight has been lifted off of me.  I would like to lose the weight but healthy eating and changing my eating habits are what is needed.  My goal is to eat healthy and eat in moderation.  Instead of two bowls of cereal, I could eat one bowl of cereal, plain toast, and a piece of fruit.  However, that is much better than a bowl or two of cereal and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  I am guilty of that by the way.  I have to learn how to eat and what to eat as well.  I am doing better at that but I have a ways to go.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Where do I need to begin on Sparkpeople? Well, so far so good.

There I go again.  I had made a decision today.  For now, I have left Weight Watchers.  I need to be more in control over my health but I have had no idea what I was doing.  I was in a funk there.  I had many difficulties along the way.  I am now using Sparkpeople and I hope to lose weight there.  Well since today, so far so good.  Sparkpeople is at least free like Weight Watchers, so I could track everything for free.  I have uncontrolled diabetes which means that I need to get on the ball.  I need to lose weight and I would like to lose it and keep it off.  I have learned and hopefully, a lot from Weight Watchers but the scale would not budge and the frustration increased.  I am sure that I could have those moments along the way, but at the beginning?  I have to do something or some things wrong.  What do I need to do?  Where do I need to begin?

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Eating in moderation

I have finally taken some action today.  I am supposed to eat, period, but only in moderation, which is mostly (I have to be honest.) in moderation today.  I have consumed fruits and vegetables and whole grains, which is supposed to be good even for PCOS and Diabetes.  I have to say that even with little activity, I am proud of myself today.