Almost there...

Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Doing my best to get back on track and make one big push for losing weight (or at least not gaining!) between now and my birthday. I've been trying to put a bunch more veggies into my diet this week, and stay away from white flour foods - bread, cereal, tortillas, pasta, etc. - since they're so high in empty calories. The trouble is that what I want more than anything in the world right now is a big fresh loaf of Grace Baking Pugiliese, hot from the oven, spread with fresh butter.

I never have trouble staying away from sweets. I just don't have much of a sweet tooth, and one tiny piece of chocolate is as good to me as lots of chocolate. Plus, I can satisfy a sweet tooth easily with a diet soda or a Whole Fruit bar or a Skinny Cow ice cream sandwich. But there's just no substitute for bread. Bread and butter is my downfall. It's what kept the peasants alive when that's all they had because it has a lot of calories in a small space. Unfortunately, it's also what keeps me a little more well padded than I'd like. So, just to get started, I'm trying to cut out bread entirely this week and see how it goes. Tipping the scale above 155 on Saturday night was the gentle tap on the shoulder my body needed to get ready to be real about this again. I want to be down below 150 by my birthday for sure, and 140 is my initial goal weight. If I can consistently hover just below 140, I think I'm okay with that. We'll see when we get there. It's been about five years since I was there.

On the movie set on Saturday, all the women were joking about losing weight as a result of break ups. Sure, there was the usual joshing about "losing 180 pounds of dead weight just like that!" but there was also serious commentary about losing a good amount of weight personally immediately following the breakup. Apparently, having a happy relationship is strongly correlated with gaining 10-20 pounds. I guess that means my next step is to dump Rick if the watching what I eat thing doesn't work. Somehow, I think that may be just the incentive he needs to help keep me on track. (Hi honey!)

Regardless of how it works out, I'm still intending to celebrate my birthday with a whole bunch of my favorite foods. Heck, by the time I pass another decade, the odds are that many of these will be off the menu due to some health issue, so seize the day! Janelle is baking. My mom is bringing zucchini bread. Quinn is bringing espresso brownies. Daniel and Jenn are making their killer chocolate chip cookies. I'm hoping to pick up a pizza from Pizza My Heart, and maybe some burritos from Los Charros. I may also have my mom make her famous brocoli dish, and maybe her chestnut meatballs. Oh, and there will definitely be Grace Baking Pugiliese. And butter. Oh yeah.

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