December 10, 2010

More Sabotage from Unexpected Sources

I meant to tell you that since I've been on food restriction that I've found that my own family appears to be the biggest culprit in sabotaging my efforts to be diligent to my weight loss efforts. I didn't cook for Thanksgiving, but it was really hard when my mother went to a friend's for dinner, and then brought back plates of food. Mind you, she watches her weight, and she didn't eat the food, but she kept asking me if I wanted some or she would say, "you can have a little." I find that so frustrating! Why do people in my own household want to undo the good that I am putting into place? Does anyone else experience that?

So last night, I was asked if I was going to do a big Christmas dinner -- "you know where we could have a little of this and that". I explained that "a little of this and that" turns into a lot of everything like rice and potato salad, etc. My mom then said, "but we won't have any rice... we're having macaroni and cheese!" I was like, "see, that's what I'm talking about!" They see I am trying to loose weight and are just so not bothered by that fact. Argh! That irratates me! Anyone get that from home?

Solid Foods - Finally

I'm happy to report that I am getting in more solid foods including veggies. I even had a little salad last week with a sliver of a grilled chicken breast, feta cheese, assorted greens, and balsamic vinaigrette. It was soooo good. I dln't know if it was because I hadn't had a salad in so long or if it was because the dish was THAT tasty. Who knows.

I was on vacation with my husband and son last week and we went down to Panama City Beach, FL for the week. The weather was chilly, but the beach was beautiful! It was challenging being out of my comfort zone of home to go on vacation, but luckily we had a condo and I was able to cook most of our meals and drink my protein shakes as well. I was really good with my eating and even found my way to the workout center there at the resort 3 days during my time away for an hour each time. It was nice to finally get away for something other than surgery, or a funeral.

I think my next vacay will be sans the family, though. I would like to visit Miraval in AZ some time during the spring and really work on de-stressing. I want to take some downtime from everything and enjoy a spa atmosphere, aromatherapy, and healthy eating.

This week, some of the ladies from my department went out for lunch to a Japanese Hibachi place which I used to love to eat. It was really different this time for obvious reasons, but when people see that you're not eating what you used to consume, they get worried. "Are you sure you don't want any rice? Are you going to eat your salad? Are you sure you've had enough?" I almost had to chase our cook away from the table because he'd asked me about 4 times if I wanted fried rice and I declined, and then he tried to give me some anyway! I was good! I had scallops and veggies, and they were tasty tasty!!!

I have to tell you, I don't how much longer I can hold out on buying some new pants. I'm already using a "Belly Band" to hold up my dress pants since they don't have belt loops, but my belts are all too big now, and I "lost" my pants altogether the other night when I was going upstairs to give my son a bath. My daughter was a witness to that incident and she gave me a look like, "FAIL"! I got a great laugh out of it though. I may hit the Thrift stores this weekend or at least the sales racks to see if I can find anything suitable. I'll let you know what I find!

December 7, 2010

theworldaccordingtoeggface: Sausage Pancake Bites

Shelly has made my day! I have been fantasizing of having pancakes and sausage. This recipe post is exciting!
theworldaccordingtoeggface: Sausage Pancake Bites: "I had a $1 off coupon the other day for Jimmy Dean Sausage Crumbles. I thought they looked kind of neat. If you haven't seen them already......"

December 6, 2010

Taste of Torani Holiday Giveaway

Be sure to pop over to The World According to Eggface for your chance to enter her latest giveaway -- the Prize: This totally AWESOME Prize Pack of Torani's Holiday Flavors
  • 1 bottle of Sugar Free Peppermint
  • 1 bottle of Sugar Free Gingerbread
  • 1 bottle of Sugar Free Pumpkin Pie
  • and the pièce de résistance...
  • 1 bottle of Torani's brand new Sugar Free Salted Caramel.

Also be sure to experiment with the recipes Shelly has for Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate! OMG!!! That was one of my favorite former-life Starbuck's treats. The salty taste really balances the sweetness of the over-the-top hot chocolate. And, it's perfect on a cold night with fuzzy pajamas, a good book, and a log on the fire.

Thanks Shelly for posting the contest!

December 5, 2010

Sabotaging Your Weight Loss Efforts

This is a repost from Bypass Buddies. I thought it was well worth mentioning seeing that it is the holiday season and all.

1. Don't bother to count proteins; just assume you get enough.
2. Don't exercise; assume the reduction in food should do it.
3. Embrace temptation; eat whatever you want.
4. Don't seek support or advice from successful peers.
5. Don't celebrate your successes; simply go on to the next goal.
6. Don't drink your water.
7. Ignore your body's signals that it is full or what it can tolerate.
8. Always compare yourself to others; especially if they lose faster.
9. Don't use good stress management; use food to deal with feelings.
10. Ignore YOUR nutritionist; do what others do instead.

If you follow these 10 simple bits of advice, you too can be a WLS failure! See the original post here