I've had an up and down week. I've been a little disappointed because I haven't had time to exercise as much as I'd hoped, but I've been eating a little better and I got back to bicycle commuting today.
Here's what I weighed today.
Sorry about the sideways picture. I weigh 259.8. I'm down 2.4 pounds this week. Last week I was up 2 pounds, but I'm in the 250s again. I've got to keep working.
So one of the pieces of homework I had this week was to use a smaller plate. I've been doing this the past two dinners and it does work. Yesterday night I only had one small plate for dinner. Tonight, while I did go back for seconds of stir fry (yum) I realized that I had eaten too much and one small plate would have filled me up if I had just waited a few more minutes.
I have a very hard time stopping once I've started eating, no matter how full I am. I really think using a small plate is going to help me cut down on overeating.
Through my new job I had to complete a health assessment for my health insurance provider. I answered all kinds of personal questions about tobacco use, weight, eating habits, sleep, just about anything you could think of, including "does your back hurt sometimes?"
A week or so later I got a phone call from a nice woman telling me I was at risk for diabetes. We finally decided the best course of action was to arrange for telephone coaching with a nutritionist. I had my first appointment today and it was great!
My coach and I talked for about 20 minutes. I told her about my journey thus far and how I've been stuck for almost two years now.
We talked about how it's always going to be an uphill journey. I have a mountain in front of me, but the mountain doesn't get any smaller by standing at the bottom of it and complaining about how big it is. The only thing I can do is start working my way up it. I'm going to have to do better at fighting through cravings.
She gave me three pieces of homework. First is a goal to exercise for half an hour five days this week. The second is to use a smaller plate when I eat. The third one is when I eat impulsively, to give myself permission to do it, but write it down first so I can determine what my triggers are. I can see this is going to be useful.
I'm very optimistic. I'm finally getting the help I need to move in the right direction. I'm glad someone at Health Partners realized it's cheaper to pay someone to help me stay healthy than paying to treat me for Diabetes (or worse).
This week I got really frustrated with my eating. I felt out of control and decided there was only to fix it: by fixing it. I mustered up the will power to start logging my calories. I got hungry, but managed to power through (sometimes). I didn't log today, and I'm pretty sure I overate. I did, however, exercise hard and log food most of this past week.
So let's see how I did.
Not bad. I lost almost 3 pounds. This coming week is going to be even better!