Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Progress Not Perfection

Progress, not perfection. Hmmm, that's the realization I have come to with regards to my eating habits. I have come a long way in the past 17 months. I have lost 68 lbs., I exercise every day and I eat well. Now that I am in the home stretch, I think I am feeling anxious to get to goal and transition into the maintenance phase of life. From the start of this journey, my motto was "doesn't matter how long it takes", but it seems that I am no longer feeling that way and almost have a sense of urgency to finally get to goal. I thought about it a lot today and I am trying to readjust my thinking to take one day at a time. I also realize that I tend to look at my meals individually and so, when I go off track a little or overeat at a meal or snack, I believe that eradicates all the other good meals I had! When I look back at my Tracker, sometimes it's not as bad as I thought. Somewhere along the way, I began to think that losing this weight means that I will alway eat "perfectly" or else the weight will come back. I know that's crazy. No one is going to have a "perfect" menu every day and it's the cumulative meals that matter. So, that's where I'm at today. Okay, enough psycho-babble and on to the food!

Breakfast was (after a great 45 min. interval elliptical workout!) a toasted Arnold Sandwich Thin with PB2 and some coffee...


I went with a ginormous salad for lunch today! I used lots of lettuce, leftover roasted carrots, cucumber, a Health is Wealth Chicken Free Patty sliced on top and 2 tbsp. Kraft Light Three Cheese Dressing. No chips today, but I did have a sundried tomato and garlic roll on the side (that's the blob on the right of the plate!)...


A ridiculously big lunch for 7 Points! I was full for sure!

I sat down to a nice snack while helping little daughter with homework. I had some grapes, a half serving of pretzel sticks and a pumpkin choco-chip cookie. A sweet and salty snack for 3 Points...

Dinner was a heat and eat - all from the freezer. I had a Salmon Roulette from Trader Joe's, some mixed veggies in cheese sauce and another sundried tomato and garlic roll, all for 8 Points...

I finished the night with some tea and 2 more pumpkin choco-chip cookies for 2 Points...


* just a note on the cookies- I liked them so much better today. I stored them in a plastic baggie and they became really moist, almost like little muffins or cakes. Very yummy!
I'm so excited to watch the start of The Biggest Loser tonight, so I'm gonna sign off and head to TVland! Have a great night!!!

10 comments:

♥ Dee ♥ said...

Great day, huh?

Guess what... we are on the same TEAM!!!!

Marisa said...

Dee - haha, I was just checking the teams out! COOOOOL! No excuses, now! Let's be in it to win it!

Sharon said...

I totally agree with taking things one day at a time.

Madison Song said...

yea, perfection often leads to failure!! progress is much much better =)

ALLL your eats look so yummy today!!!

Gina said...

68 lbs is a huge accomplishment! On days I know I go over on my points, I spend more time at the gym working it off. Don't forget you also have bonus points. That salad looked great!

Melissa said...

68lbs is awesome!! Way to go!!!

And I agree with Gina, the salad looks great!!

The same team? What team are you speaking of? I must have missed something...

theskinnyplate said...

Congrats in your 68 lbs accomplishment!! It is really hard to eat perfect 100% so don't give yourself too much pressure. A healthy life-style is always a work in progress.

I was wondering, how do you like the Trader Joe's Salmon Roulette? Looks quite good.

Rebecca said...

Hey...I'm Rebecca a fellow team Angie member! I do the same thing with looking at meals individually. For example the other night I ate a few crackers and felt like my whole was wasted! Everyone here in blog land gave me some perspective which is just amazing! Then I was able to get my confidence back up.

You have come so far and I can't wait until we get to goal together! Delighted to have come across your blog today!

Amanda said...

Marissa - I know what you mean about almost being to goal. I have lost 72 lbs (was 75 a few weeks back!) and have about 15-20 left. I have been on WW for 20 months and get anxious sometimes! But you have lost 68 lbs and it one meal or splurge will not put all that back as long as you get right back on track!! I think your food blog helps though, right?

Good luck!

Marisa said...

Sharon - yeah, I gotta remember that more often!

Madison- thanks!

Gina- thanks! I think I realized I have to bump up the exercise a little more!

Melissa- thanks! The team has to do with the Biggest Loser Blog Edition Challenge that I signed up for. Scary, but I need the butt kickin!

theskinnyplate- I like the Salmon Roulettes! The outside is coated in peppercorns, though which is a bit too spicy for me, but I wipe them off!

Rebecca -HI and GO TEAM ANGIE!!!

Amanda - Wow, you have an awesome weight loss!!! And you're right about the blog; it has been great for keeping me honest about what I eat and also allowing me to vent my feelings about it all!