Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Balancing Act

This week I was a little off balance with my menu. I had too many breads and meat and not enough veggies and salad. Normally I shy away from a lot of bread but it was just there, in front of me, and I didn't stick to the "taste" rule. I just ate. And ate. Surprisingly, the day I think I did the best was on the 4th of July, which surprised me. I had a little of everything and the ones I really liked, I indulged a little more in. But I stopped when the food stopped tasting as good as the first bite. In the end, I gained a little bit. Not much, but the wrong direction is the wrong direction.

I've started watching a new show on the Oxygen network called Dance Your Ass Off. You can almost hear the omitted "fat" missing from the title... It's a combination of all the dancing shows with The Biggest Loser. Contestants from different weight categories and health issues come and dance each week, and exercise and eat healthy during the week, and compete in a dance contest. Their weekly score is based on their execution of the dance moves with how much they've lost that week, and the person with the lowest score is eliminated. Overall it's entertaining, and I give each person props for going out and literally exposing their bodies on TV. The only problem I have is with the weekly elimination. Each person has their own struggles with weight. Tonight, the heaviest guy ended up with the lowest score, and he was so enthusiastic about being on this show, and he really could have used the opportunity to stay and continue. I don't feel that they should be eliminating people. I think they could wait until the last episode and see who has the highest overall score, and they could win something like a home gym or cash prize or something.
Underneath all that, it kind of makes me want to take a dance class. But I can't afford those extravagances right now. Job, money, then extras.

Unemployment sent me a letter to set up another phone interview for July 17th, so I don't get any unemployment checks until after that. Makes everything really tight. I think I'll get by okay but it isn't easy. If unemployment keeps doing this, I may have to settle for a lower paying job that I don't want just to guarantee getting a consistent check.

Went to the gym tonight. Had planned a nice long workout, but as soon as I got up to the cardio floor, my tummy turned into those knots you get when you have to go potty. I was so determined to work out that I ignored my tummy and hopped on the cardio machine - for an hour! Then I did another 10 minutes on the treadmill. I was watching that big interview that Michael Jackson had done a few years back - that really helped keep me on the machine and my mind off my tummy. I'm still broken up about his passing. And I'm even more bummed that I didn't get chosen in the lottery for his memorial service tomorrow. I noticed how many people were selling their tickets online for thousands of dollars, and how sad and greedy that is. Anyway, I digress. After the workout I showered and came home, and yes I needed to potty, but overall my day was a successful one. I had a small bowl of granola for breakfast, a nothing-fancy sandwich for lunch, and a salad for dinner. I had a light snack in between lunch and dinner, and I had lots of water throughout the day. So far this week is off to a much better start than last week!

Week 26
Weight: 235.0
Weekly pounds gained: 0.4
Total pounds lost: 22.0
Size: loose 18/tight 16
Goal: 150
Pounds to go: 85.0

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