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Monday, May 23, 2011

Keep Calm and Carry On Dieting

Last week was a very weird week for me, hence no personalized post. I had a nice family belated-birthday party for the Hubby over the weekend, where we made seaweed soup, homemade sushi, drank sake from wooden boxes and had an Angry Birds Cake (complete with Pig cupcakes). I was really proud of not having any cake, but letting everyone enjoy theirs.

Then week was so busy that I kept forgetting to weigh in the morning. And then I broke out in horrible acne and was completely hormonally unhappy. So that explained the cookie eating depression from last week, it was just hormones taking control of my mind and mouth. Once I realized that, it was much easier to rein it in and take control. When I did get on the scale it was mid-day and said something insanely scary and I decided to just ignore it!

So, the super busy week went by and I had my eating under control. I even went through some sugar withdrawls again after all the cookies, not fun. But I had the weekend to myself, the Hubby and boys were off camping. I was really scared that I would not eat right when I was all alone. That I might go buy a huge bag of Dorritos, sit on my couch and watch Game of Thrones in the dark all weekend. I could feel that I wanted that a little bit.

A few things kept me from doing that:
#1 This Blog. I could not come back here and report that I did that. I couldn't. 
#2 The Month of No Excuses Challenge. I actually woke up one morning thinking "that was an idiotic idea, challenging a bunch of people to diet with me for a month. Now I can't quit". Cuz I wanted to quit. But now I've drug a bunch of others into this, including my Sister M, and I can't quit.  
#3 Where the Hell Would that Get Me? It would get me right back in Size 16 jeans. And I don't like those jeans. In fact, I freaking hate those jeans. I threw those jeans out. 

So I didn't do it!!! I ate right! I did the right thing, and it was actually pretty easy! And it FELT good! I looked that temptation in the eyes, I and said "No, no thanks". I kept calm, and I carried on.  w00t! The scales, however, are not participating in this celebration. They have been anywhere from 149.5 to 153 in the last week. Today, my official weigh in day, they say 151 and I accept that. (Next week they better say 149 though)

I hope you are doing GREAT! Leave a comment and tell me how it is going. Thank you for being here for me and all your encouragement over the last 18 or so months. I used all the goodwill this week and it really helped!

21 comments:

  1. Thanks for the post. I stumbled a bit this weekend too (sushi, beer, etc.) but I'm not looking back : )

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  2. I am so happy I found your blog. I followed the BFC for 6 months before I got pregnant and lost 50 lbs. Now that my dear daughter is here I am kicking myself for not sticking with it during those 9 months. Now that she is 7 weeks old it is time to get going again. I will come here for inspiration and accountability. Thnx!

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  3. Way to fight it. I posted just today about my first very slippery week and how I've gotten a grip and will get back on track. For me it was allergies that had me all shaky, sleepy and mindlessly eating. They haven't totally gone away but I sure know that food is not going to help them.

    Hang in there. We're all rooting for you and ourselves! :)

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  4. I LOVE the angry bird cake and pigs! Can't wait til I can get to the point where I can make a cake and not eat any.

    So weird that the BFC App doesn't count carb servings right. How can that be?

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  5. So, I am going to join you. My sister started the Belly Fat Cure late last year and lost 30 pounds. She has had a very stressful couple of months though and I am trying to get her to join me. I think my sister K and I are a lot like you and your sister M. I am the older of the two. I'll be 50 in December. I want to get rid of my belly before then!!--Susan

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  6. Thanks so much for this post at just the right time. I started BFC about a month ago and thought it was the easiest thing I have ever done. "How can anyone cheat" was my thinking. Well, I have strayed and have come to acknowledge that this plan takes some discipline. I am going to have a JUST DO IT attitude. I saw that you lost 20 lbs in your first 7 weeks and that is my motivation right now, just imagining being 20 lbs. lighter in just 7 weeks. As far as the BFC app. is concerned, no only does it not count carb servings correctly, but I am finding that the values for foods are wrong. For example, it says there are carbs in heavy cream, which is wrong. Can't wait for the app. to be fixed and useable.

    Thanks Amber, for the continuing motivation. So much appreciate you and the blog.

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  7. Sister Amber - Hang in there! You are not only an inspiration to me...but to so many more. You know when you are doing good on the program. Just like, you know at the end of a day if you were being a nice human. You don't need a mechanical device to allow you to feel good about a day "well done."

    I've been in the pink cloud since day one (Amber's catchphrase for rocking and rolling on the BFC plan) because I've been able to stay focused and see the goal..see Emerald City at the end of the yellow brick road. I'm seeing myself there..all pretty and pink and healthy..(omg..i've lost your for sure now!)

    Be your own judge. We can't let those DANG scales rule us. Keep your eye on the prize!

    LOVE YOU!!

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  8. Yup this does take a lot of discipline and will power. I know at times it is hard - passing on the cake was awesome!! I think it is easier for me cause I don't have small kids at home like you. Just a Hubby and 2 dogs. LOL
    Have a great day :-)

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  9. Sister Amber - Hang in there! You are not only an inspiration to me...but to so many more. You know when you are doing good on the program. Just like, you know at the end of a day if you were being a nice human. You don't need a mechanical device to allow you to feel good about a day "well done."

    I've been in the pink cloud since day one (Amber's catchphrase for rocking and rolling on the BFC plan) because I've been able to stay focused and see the goal..see Emerald City at the end of the yellow brick road. I'm seeing myself there..all pretty and pink and healthy..(omg..i've lost your for sure now!)

    Be your own judge. We can't let those DANG scales rule us. Stay strong

    LOVE YOU!!

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  10. Amber, I love that hungry bird cake...so cute! I have not dont great sticking 100% this month like I planned but I am going to have surgery in a couple of weeks and then once back on my feet it will be back to the gym and on track for sure. Have you heard the bad news that sun crystals have been discountinued? I really am sad about it and dont know what to use for my coffee. I really dont care for truvia in my coffee. Have you tried anything else that does not have that after taste?

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  11. Hi Amber,
    Quick question I thought you might know the answer to. I made the "Bug Juice" tonight and loved it. When I add up all the ingredients, it comes to 6.5 g of sugar/ 25g of carbs with 15 grams of fiber.
    Why does Jorge count it as 0/0?
    I'd love any wisdom you might have. It is healthy and yummy, but 6/2, not 0/0 ....unless there is some magical rationale Jorge has. Confused.

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  12. Diana - That is awful about Sun Crystals! Its my favorite sweetener, but I noticed it is hard to find. Smart & Final still has it, so I will stock up! Thanks for the heads up!

    Lisa - A few things on the Bug Juice: #1 The most you could drink in a sitting is 1/2. Id split it with my Hubby and usually had more left over. #2 That count seems higher than I have added up. But most of it depends on the cucumber size #3 Ive seen Jorge's counting not add up for green veggies many times. I think he doesnt count their sugar. Confused is right!

    All I know is I used to drink it twice a week and lost good weight during that time. It also seemed to help keep my energy and mood up! I personally count it as 1g sugar/4g carbs/4g fiber for 1/3 of the recipe.

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  13. Way to stay strong, Amber!! I think your main key to this (besides your own mind willpower) was that you PLANNED your food before the weekend and you had belly GREAT options ~ yay!! Even though you may have wanted some Dorritos, having some yummy cheese or dark chocolate is not a bad alternative ;-)
    You remain a wonderful inspiration to us all and I'm glad we can encourage you back sometimes!!
    xoxo
    DeAnnah

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  14. THANKS AMBER.
    THIS HELPS A LOT!!
    LISA

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  15. Good for you staying on track while your family was away! That's the hardest time for me, you know, when no one is looking. We can do this & finish May strong!

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  16. Hey Amber, great job over the weekend! I have been up and down all month. I have only had one day so far where I have really messed up - today! For some reason I can't keep my fingers out of the peanuts... and that is going to hurt on the scale tomorrow, I know it. To make matters worse, I let myself eat some of the pumpkin cookies I made for the rest of the family over the weekend. My horrible 'excuse' is that I was up in the night with a sick little one, and he's still sick today. Horrid excuse. It's making me 'sugar sick.' I feel woozy and everything. Thanks for posting this - I needed to read of your struggle and your reasons for NOT GIVING IN. Going to make my own list now, to stop this insanity that is today!

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  17. Dawn - Im a stressed eater too! Especially if I have skipped a meal during the day. Sick kids are tough, and there is no putting yourself 1st and taking care of your needs in that situation. You will do great tomorrow!!

    Love you guys! Thanks so much for all the great comments!

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  18. Amber, I swear this is so weird that you wrote this post. I too have had some incidents with cookies lately. We are spending the week at our vacation home with our grown boys and I took out some christmas cookies from the freezer that I had saved, to bring along for everyone. That was the first problem! Darn if I haven't had about thre or four every day for the last three days. I have been sneaking them! I haven't had a cookie in so long, and really had the sugar thing under control. Still struggle with the carbs, but sugar has always been the hardest for me to give up. I haven't even missed it, until I took that first cookie. I couldn't stop. I was so disgusted with myself. I was about to go to the beach, and I thought, let me just log on to ambers blog and get some motivation to help me get past this horrible cookie incident!It was comforting to know that I'm not the only one who messes up, but I can still recover from it and get back on track. I am sorry that you had the same struggles this week, but your post made me say, start fresh as of this moment. I threw the rest of the cookies away, and I'm going to forget the whole thing happened. Good luck to you too and thanks for keeping us going!

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  19. Thank you so much for all the information and tips that are always given! I"m new to BFC! I just completed my first week and I lost 2 lbs! I have a modest weight loss goal of 10 lbs and I am so excited I am able to eat such great food and not count every calorie on this plan. I begin a program then I always stop because I get hungry and eventually binge.

    I'm taking it one day at a time but very excited so far.

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  20. I was shocked that when i came you your blog the other day that red "keep calm and carry on sign was there!" i had a terrible week (sick dog vomited and had diarrhea in my car 3 times if that gives you any indication of how bad it got.LOL) and i am not kidding you, l literally kept saying to myself, "keep calm and carry on girl!" even ordered my own poster of it as a daily reminder so its really weird that you posted it here too! definitely words to live by to get you through those tougher times! things have stabilized here and i'm back on track with my bfc now. sounds like may ended up being a little turbulent for a few of us. LOL

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  21. Pattie and Jbug - Weird how things work like that, right?! Sometimes we all need a little reminder to Keep Calm and Carry On!

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