How are you today? I'm doing amazingly well. I've been out of my drops from Dr. Ray since Friday; due to the New Year's holiday they weren't able to ship them until Monday. Normally I'd be a basket case on crack right now. But so far, I have felt really good. Even keeled, able to take things in stride, even when the toilet overflows and floods the bathroom for the 5th time, even when Owen throws epic tantrums during story time at the library, even though Josh doesn't get home til tomorrow night. I'm so thankful. Consciously thankful.
I lost 1.2 today. I think. I honestly can't remember what came after the 144; it might have only been 0.8 that I lost. Either way, I'm glad. I feel so much thinner already. I think it's because I'm not bloated from wheat/sugar. I've also cut back on caffeine and drink maybe 4oz a day, if that. Water intake is a work in progress, but getting better daily. My pee is clear, which is supposed to be the sign that you're getting enough water.
I still have a hard time with the chicken. Jen got a glimpse of that last night. ;-) I really need to figure out a different way to bake/cook it. I'm thinking maybe I'll dice it up and boil it in 1/2 cup of chicken broth and eat it like soup. That might help. Otherwise I'm sticking to my plan of 1/2 cup of cottage cheese and an apple in the morning. I've been eating both servings of vegetables in the evening with my chicken, since that's when I'm the most hungry. And then an orange before bed.
I am so incredibly thankful that my mindset and body and emotions/hormones are cooperating!!! So, so thankful. It helps me so much to know that I'm *doing* something about it, so then it's not actually my main focus all day long.
I've started watching my niece, which is such a treat! My Owen is 3 now, so it's so fun to have a littler person around. She cracks me up!!! She chatters/babbles all day and has the hugest, toothiest grin that is just adorable. And Kate LOVES her. They get along famously and I think it really meets a need for Kate to have someone look up to her like that.
I didn't do any exercise yesterday. Totally no excuse, besides the fact that I got tired and lazy. I did hoist Miss Savannah around and my arm is actually sore from that! And she is just a wee bitty thing! I am moving around during the day, but I really want to work on at least doing my crunches and push ups. I can manage those in sets, so today is the day I start on that.
Mary Beth-I honestly don't know how I stuck to the diet the first time, besides the fact that I have real life friends who did it and I saw the weight fall off of them. So I was motivated to give it a go. And then the weight started falling off me and that has kept me motivated. You just have to do whatever works for you, and there have definitely been times where I haven't been able to stick to the diet, and then I've called it quits. You have to know your boundaries, which it sounds like you do! So, YAY YOU! =)
I hope you're all well!!! I got to move my ticker today again, so that is real fun! It also brought me down to less than 20 pounds to lose, so the goal seems tangible. Looking forward to hitting my goal and staying there. 2011 is a year of new beginnings and healthy habits. The End. :-D