Friday, July 31, 2009

I Heart My Scale & Inspiration

Today was the first time in a long time that I haven't cursed my scale's very existence. You see, for the first time in a long time, it inched downward! I've dropped two pounds. Yay! I'm so inspired to keep up this exercise/calorie counting/thinking about fitness all the time routine.

It was driven home to me even more today why getting into shape now is extremely important. My mom has a bevy of health issues, and after talking with people at her health clinic today, it appears she's going to be dealing with even more -- of yet another variety. I don't want to go into specifics, especially not until we see a specialist, but I appreciate any good wishes sent my mom's way. She's had a rough couple of years health-wise.

I have a revision deadline on Monday that necessitated a lot of in the chair computer time today. If I got workout points for typing, I'd be a supermodel. :) After several hours of work and the news about Mom, I really didn't want to face cooking. But I did make some smart choices when hubby and I went out to dinner. We went to Logan's Roadhouse and I got grilled shrimp, grilled zucchini, probably 2 tablespoons or less of rice pilaf, maybe six sauteed mushroom slices, and half a roll with only a smidge of butter. Gone was the loaded baked potato I used to order. Also gone was me scarfing down two rolls because I love bread. By making the smarter choices, I had such a low overall calorie count for the day that when I got hungry a few hours later, I was able to eat a Weight Watchers Fudge Bar.

I have a good friend who finds watching The Biggest Loser very inspiring. When it comes on for another season, I'm going to watch it too for my own inspiration. I love reading stories about people who have made positive changes in their lives and who are reaping the rewards of their hard work. Here is such a story, from Prevention magazine's site.

Today's progress:

Calorie intake: 1,130.12

Exercise: 40 minutes of step aerobics while laughing at Jon Stewart on The Daily Show

Steps: 10,240

Total pounds left to lose until weight goal: 38


Anonymous said...

Yay, Trish! Congrats on the 2 pounds! (And healthy wishes for your mom.)

Our kitchen has been under construction this summer, so I wasn't able to cook for a while. Hubby picked up the slack by cooking on the grill. In the past, we've mostly just cooked the main course (meat) on the grill, but this summer we cooked a lot of vegetables on the grill-- zucchini, eggplant, corn on the cob, even tomatoes-- by just sprinkling them with some seasonings or adding a little thinly sliced onion, wrapping them up in foil, and setting them on the upper shelf or the outer edges of the grill where it's not so hot. They steam in their own juices, so they're tender and tasty, and if you do a big batch (or several smaller ones), they refrigerate nicely for leftovers the next day. I have a hard time getting excited about raw veggies, but the cooked ones are so yummy, and you can add them to sandwiches or salads if you want a little more variety.

Also, I'm in love with our local farm market, especially the fresh fruit. Instead of eating ice cream for dessert (with my oh-so-fit husband and son), I've been "treating" myself to a juicy peach or a handful of fresh blackberries instead. Or mix them with nonfat yogurt for breakfast.

Keep up the good work!! :)

Marie-Nicole Ryan on July 31, 2009 at 12:54 PM said...

Good for you, Trish. At WW, we're not supposed to weigh every day, but I weigh at least every other day, and seeing those numbers go down is very rewarding.

Do you have one that weighs in tenths of a pound yet? I do. LOL

Sorry to hear about your mom's new health problems. My mom is eighty-five and it seems like there's something new just about every month. Luckily it has been a quiet couple of months, but I'm headed up to KY this weekend for a quick visit.


MaryC on July 31, 2009 at 2:42 PM said...

Congrats on the loss, Trish!!!

You inspired me. We were in Costco just now and they had a WeightWatchers digital scale that measures weight to the hundredth of a pound! Not sure I want that degree of accountability but I bought it anyway since our old one was getting hard to keep clean.

MaryC on July 31, 2009 at 4:33 PM said...

Update - HATE the new scale. I weigh 4 pounds more than on the old scale. :((((

I know I just have to measure progress but still....WAH

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) on July 31, 2009 at 4:47 PM said...

Laura, the grilled veggies sound yummy. We really need to do more of that. We have the charcoal kind of grill so it takes longer than just being able to just fire up a gas grill.

Marie-Nicole, I think my scale just does half pounds. Hope your mom continues to stay healthy. Hope you have a good visit.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) on July 31, 2009 at 4:47 PM said...

Oh no on the scale, MaryC! Evil, evil scale.

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