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Monday, March 27, 2006

Losing Weight, Wk 5 (**STICKIED**)

Well, last week was basically a wasted week in terms of my weight loss progress. We went up to the in-laws for the week of Purim, and let's just say that I gave into a lot of temptations without doing anything to work them off. Maybe, it had something to do with my frustrations from two weeks ago or just getting lazy, or maybe it was a combination of the two. It's not that I stuffed my face or anything. I ate a bunch of sugar from Mishloach Manot, and I had some birthday cake and brownies. I definitely did NOT do as much walking as I should have. I may have walked like 10-15 a day, which was not enough, at all. So, suffice it to say that I did not lose any weight, but I don't think I gained any, either.

Now, I'm back at home, and it's time to get back to work. I'm a little woried about this pattern, though. It seems that every time we go up to the in-laws, I am extremely tempted to get lazy and just relax. 3 weeks ago, I didn't give into it, but last week I did. Now, I am a little worried about what's going to happen when we go up in a couple of weeks for Pesach. Anyone have some suggestions?

The husband and I also have another problem. Our fridge completely broke last week. Now, until the new fridge gets delivered, we have to basically eat out for all our meals. We have to be smart about this, so I need some suggestions for this also. In any case, I'm going to get back on track. I'm committed to it!


At 11:14 PM, Blogger ImJustAsking said...

Your problem is a common one. Anyone trying to lose weight knows how hard it is. The most important thing is to be strong in your mind about your conviction to losing the weight. Once you really tell yourself how important it is to you and that you are going to fight anything in your way, you are on the right path. There will always be obstacles. If there werent we would all be slim, fit and super healthy. We have to realize that we can either give in to temptation whenever we are faced with it, or we can dig deep inside and remember why we are doing this to ourselves. We want to be healthier. There will always be that yummy cake or deep fried whatever to tempt us.
As far as Pesach is concened. I always found it easy not to eat too much on Pesach. There is nothing to eat as it is! Matzah gets boring pretty quickly, and there is not really that much cake or cookies that tempt me too much.

I'm sure once you really get into it and you have your mind in the right place, everything else will just go smoothly. Good luck again! I know how hard it is. I also gave in to temptation on Purim. Unlike you I think I may ave gained some weight! But I know Purim is only once a year and I know that I dont want to be packing on the pounds.

You'll do just fine, dont worry yourself too much.

At 12:02 AM, Blogger Mich said...

Not having a fridge doesn't mean that you need to eat out. Canned tuna doesn't need refrigeration, neither do fruit and veggies. Neither does bread. You can buy a dozen eggs and hard-boil all of them; you eat six egg whites, hubby eats six egg whites, easy. [I haven't had a chance to read through your entire blog, so if you happen to be vegan I apologize for the unhelpful suggestions.)

In chalavi restaurants, I get a soup and a salad and ask the server to hold the cheese, or substitute cheeses that are 5% fat or less.

In besari restaurants, I get grilled meat. There's usually a grilled chicken breast on the menu, and I ask to get it without mayo, or ask for mustard instead.

At 12:29 AM, Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

imjustasking, you're right, absolutely right. What I'm really trying to work on is to stop beating myself up when I take a step backwards. You know what I mean? I feel like when I do that, all I'm doing is making it easier to go back to my old habits. You know what I'm saying? So, I'm really trying to just see the bumps as just bumps that I can easily get over. I just have to get my mind and body passed them. It's a real fight for me to think that way.

My problem with Pesach is that I REALLY like the food. I don't why, and it seems that I am very much in the minority on this one. I love Pesach. Next to Succot, it's my favorite holiday. I don't like Shavuot much since I'm allergic to dairy, but that's a side tangent. I love all the meat and associated trimmings served on Pesach. But, worst of all, because it's 8 or here, 7, days long, the temptation to get lazy after eating a big Bassar meal is very strong. The meat makes you tired, and all you want to do is eat. So, it will be a bit of struggle, but I hope to get through it. On the victory side of things.

mich, no, I am definitely not a vegan. Because of certain stomach problems vis-a-vie food allergies limit the amount of food I can eat. I think that if I couldn't eat meat, I would just wither away. Yeah, you're totally right. Instead of eating out today, I made myself a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for breakfast, a chewy nature valley bar for lunch, and we had maccaroni for dinner. So, I totally agree with you on that one, and because of our financial and health situation, we are really trying to stay out of the take out menus.

The rare times my husband and I eat at Chalavi restaurants, I usually order fish and steamed veggies. There's really nothing else I can order, and what I can order is almost always the healthiest choices. When it comes to Bassar restaurants, I too usually only get a grilled chicken breast sandwich. Maybe once a month, I'll give into the temptation to get a burger, but that's rare. I also order the sandwich without any sauce and put my own BB-Q or ketchup on at home. I read that almost half of the calories in a grilled chicken or burger sandwich comes from the sauce they put in. So, cutting back on those calories was really easy to do. I never go to a fast food place for this. Only places that prepare the food in front of me. But, you're totally right, and I look forward to more of your comments and/or suggestions.

At 1:47 PM, Blogger Jameel @ The Muqata said...

OC: All I can offer is moral support but no advice.

I'm eating slightly more (in terms of lunch)...and I'm worried about Pesach.

I have another 4 kilo to go...to reach my goal. I hope that Pesach doesn't totally kill everything.

How about biking as a means of transportation to school, around town, etc.?

At 3:48 PM, Blogger Mich said...

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At 3:50 PM, Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

jameel, you're right, and I'm trying to walk more. I'm also waiting for my roller-blades to come here. The weather's getting nicer, so I hope they're here soon.

mich, that's a very interesting observation. I have been told that before. I will definitely look into it. Thanks so much.

At 3:52 PM, Blogger Mich said...


If "a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for breakfast, a chewy nature valley bar for lunch, and we had maccaroni for dinner" is a typical day's worth of food, I'm wondering if you are eating enough to facilitate weight loss. I don't know your stats, but it seems like a very small amount of food, and if you're also expending energy on walking or other exercise, your body is probably very reluctant to let go of the weight with so little food coming in. I would suggest putting your stats into a Harris-Benedict formula and seeing if you're really taking in enough food to convince your body that it's ok to lose weight.

My methodology is here. Of course, everyone's different and so everyone needs to find something that works for their life and lifestyle. Good luck and hang in there!

At 5:03 PM, Blogger Jameel @ The Muqata said...

OC: Rollerblades are great - but even for very hilly areas? (Going up can be a killer)

A bike may be a better solution for Jerusalem...

At 5:15 PM, Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

Thanks, mich, I'll check it out later today and see if it's suitable for my needs. I'll let you know.

jameel, well, I think a bike would be just as hard to go up hill as blades. The going up is a killer, and that's percisely what I'm looking for. Know what I mean?

At 6:18 PM, Blogger Jameel @ The Muqata said...

OC: More power to ya!


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