grmakathy's profile



Member: grmakathy
Member Since: 8/12/2007
City: Carlsbad, CA

My Goal:
I want to consistently follow the great food plan that I have developed over the years. I have reached my goal many times. However, I have never been able to keep off the weight indefinitely. I frequently struggle with Maintenance. I need support to stay away from that first bite of snacks/trigger foods which get me started on a food binge!

Revised Jan 20, 2013: MY NEW CHALLENGE:
2) STRENUOUSLY AVOID 12 C's: Cake, Cookies, Candy, Crackers (except the ones I deem healthy),Chips, Cheese, Cereal after bkfst, Cereal with sugar, ice Cream , eating in Car, sugar by itself (C&H), Cashews or other nuts
3) Three meals a day, nothing in between except fruits, vegetables, or other healthy foods to be determined
4) LOG EVERY DAY unless I am away from a computer
5) WEIGH at least once a week and log weight
6) Try to WALK AT LEAST 30 MINS.4 or more days a week.

I'm inserting this weight here on 1/6/12 because although I weighed this amount last August, I was ashamed to tell anyone:

August 2011 - 138.5

10/29/11 - 135
11/17/11 - 136
12/14/11 - 134.5
1/1/12 - 131.5
1/5/12 - 130.5
1/18/12 - 129
1/27/12 - 128
2/28/12 - 127
6/18/12 - 125 (goal!)
7/15/12 - 126.5
8/27/12 - 126.8

1/19/13 - 125.3
1/22/13 - 124,6
1/29/13 - 123.1
2/3/13 - 121.9
2/14/13 - 120 (that's low enough! Now comes the hard part!)
2/24/13 - 116 (probably because I've been sick. I worry that
I'll start telling myself it's OK to eat more, but I
actually wouldn't mind gaining a couple of lbs.)
3/3/13 - 115.5 I'm getting used to this!
3/31/13 - 113 I've been at 113 for a couple of weeks now. I
have been trying to gain a couple of pounds,
eating healthy foods.

About me:
I am a 76-yr-old retired child development specialist. Since retirement I have been a docent at San Diego Botamic Garden. I do a story and music program there for preschoolers once a week. I also manage a kindergarten garden at my grandsons' elementary school where I teach lessons about plants and nature..I have 2 grandsons, ages 6 and 10, who live 3 miles from me. I volunteer in their classrooms and care for them after school. I have 2 granddaughters, ages13 and 16, who live 3,000 miles away in Washington, DC.. We see them often. I'm busy and active and enjoying life.

Diets I like:
I am a lifetime Weight Watchers member and have also attended Overeaters Anonymous meetings. Good nutrition and the freedom to develop my own food plan are important to me. I tried Jenny Craig for a while and liked the personal support, but I prefer to plan and prepare my own meals. The Cheat System has worked well for me in the several years I have been on Peertrainer.

Workout of choice:
I do 1 1/2 hours of exercises almost every day to combat spinal stenosis. I try to walk at least a mile a day.

My plan:
1) I try to eat 3 moderate meals a day with only fruits or vegetables in between No second helpings. 2) BREAKFAST: bran flakes and fruit 3) LUNCH: Everything on one plate; must include one vegetable and one fruit. No carbonated drinks. No getting up for more food. 4) DINNER: Moderate portions, must include a protein, several servings of vegetables and usually a salad.. 5) DESSERT: fruit 6) SNACKS: Fruits or vegetables. As many veggies as I want, any time. 7) NO TRIGGER FOODS ( I call them the 10 C's): Candy, cookies, cake, crackers, chips, cereal after breakfast, nuts except in a meal, eating in the car, spoonfuls of sugar, ice cream, popcorn). These foods can set me off on a binge, so I try not to eat that first bite!

I need the most help with:

Additional Info:
I am definitely a "food addict!" If I can stay away from my trigger foods, I am fine! But once I allow myself one bite of any of those foods, I stop thinking rationally and eat more and more of all the foods I should not eat. Once I start, it's really hard to stop. Since 2012, I have lost 20 - 30 pounds with the help of my Peertrainer friends, and I have kept it off. Still, there are times when I "binge," and then I must work hard to get myself back on track. Sometimes, when I need to get serious about The Cheat System again, it helps to tell my PT buddies that I am having a difficult time, and they are very supportive. My weight is almost where I want it to be, but I gain and lose about 3 or 4 pounds quite often, and it is always a struggle to maintain.