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July 11, 2008 - Kathie Evanoff
I like setting goals. I like it especially because I can change them if the mood suits me, or if my time schedule is a bit off and I seem to be taking longer to get there than I originally planned. That’s not to say I am a procrastinator. I really do prefer to get things done and out of the way so I can move on the to the next thing on my list. But sometimes I tend to get a little over anxious with my goals. I’ve learned that rather than being frustrated at not reaching them in the time allotted, I simply adjust them to better fit my needs. Now I am ready to set a new goal and that is to lose 10 pounds by the time I go on vacation next month. It is five weeks away and I am hoping that a realistic goal of two pounds per week will get me there. The current program I’ve been trying to stick to, from the mypyramid.gov Web site has been very helpful in training me to stay within my nutritional needs, deal with portion sizes and has helped me lose about 12 pounds since I began following those guidelines back in February. But things have come to a stand still and I’m sure I haven’t helped matters by being lazy with my work-outs and sometimes indulging in a few extra sweets. I mentioned previously that keeping a food diary has been shown to help people double their weight loss. The information came from a study co-authored by Dr. Victor J. Stevens from Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research in Portland, Ore. Steven’s wrote in a recent article on www.everydayhealth.com, “It’s not fun to write down what you eat; it just works.” I might add that the Web site makes things easier for members by calculating the calories and other nutritional information for the foods entered in a personal log that you can set up for yourself. There is no charge to sign up with a screen name and password. There is even space for keeping your own food blog that you can choose to share or not share with others. So, if you also are trying to set a goal for yourself, try keeping a food log, whether its on a napkin, in an elaborate journal or online. Let me know if it’s working for you and you’ll see here if it’s working for me. By the way, look for a new photo of me after I return from my vacation. The one that is shown at the beginning of this blog page is not one of my favorites. I don’t even wear my hair like that any longer. So keep reading to see the change. I am still catching up and although I have a cheat on July 9 to confess, I am jumping ahead to today since this is the day I begin my goal. You’ll see my Wednesday cheat here, but the meals are today’s.
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CHEAT ALERT! Wednesday, we were honoring a co-worker who has left us, so we had lunch at a local establishment and I ordered almond encrusted chicken salad with ranch dressing. I also indulged in a slice of Italian bread with hot peppers in oil. But that wasn’t the worst of it. Later I had a piece of going-away cake. Small as it was, it is still a cheat. Cheating happens. Get over it and move on. I have. Total calories: unknown.