Monday, April 02, 2012
Some days you just have to start over. Sometimes things are going well and you keep going, but each day is still a new start.. New day to track food, exercise, and SparkPoints. A new day to get it right, keep getting it right, or fix it if it's broken.
So I had been doing really well lately and all day yesterday. Then I made the mistake of not eating a regular meal when my son did around 5 or 6 pm last night. I got him to bed late - very close to the time of my Sparklive Class. I was so tired after that and so hungry. What I'd been thinking about for several hours was having pizza. We had a Freschetta brick oven style (square) thin crust cheese only pizza in the freezer. I had checked with my DH and he said texted back to say he could eat the rest cold later. OK, so I felt I could make it and eat my regular amount. I usually eat just half which is 680 calories - or even less. I had about that left in my range - well, maybe a little less, and also figured I'd save a couple slices for Nicholas, which means I'd only eat 6 slices, or 510 calories. Right.. but my son was asleep and my husband was at work.
I was really hungry and it would have helped to make a bag of frozen veggies or eat a plate of raw veggies. Nope. I already had my raw veggies.. and I'd put about a cup of sliced fresh bell peppers on the pizza. I just kept eating pizza. I did save 5.5 slices (half a slice was stuck on the pizza stone). I did NOT eat it all, and really had a fight with myself to not eat the whole thing. But that means I had 10 pieces and it was 1020 calories and put me way over on calories, fat, and sodium. I did burn more than 1000 calories yesterday, but it was still too much. Well, it was mostly the feeling that I was out of control that bothered me. I'm very glad I managed to stop before I ate the entire thing. Frustrated with myself about what I did do, too.
Today we (Keene, NH) have much nicer weather - bright and sunny and a bit warmer, like in the low 50s, and yet I don't feel I can walk far because my knee is sore today. I think I should rest it some. But it's hard to do that on such a nice day. I also feel like I should be training for the 5K this coming weekend. I took a short walk with the dog - once around our circle which is .35 mile. Not far and I went slowly. It was OK. I may go further later, haven't decided yet.
I made steel cut oatmeal this morning. I went to fix a big bowl of it as I usually do - 1 T maple syrup, 1/2 cup of strawberries cut up (I had 1 full cup), a medium banana, and 1/2 cup 1% milk (had a whole cup). But.. no maple syrup. I knew we were low, but not out totally. I found it.. Nicholas had it under the coffee table with a sticky spoon. It was all but empty. I got 1/2 of a tablespoon out of it and then had to add some brown sugar to my oatmeal.
I'm reading "You on a Diet" by Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen. It's very good. I just read the part that talked about eating higher fiber in the morning to stay more full all day. Also they say if you have about 65 calories of fat (a handful of nuts will do it) an hour before eating a meal that you'll eat less and feel better. They also suggested having fiber and fat together - ie. an apple and handful of nuts would be perfect. It gave statistics about people who do that (just the fat before a meal) lose about 6 more lbs per 8 weeks than the control group who didn't. It's worth a try to have that kind of snacks. I just need more apples and other healthy fiber foods. Maybe bananas or clementines would do it, too.
OMG! I just checked out my daily calorie differential report for yesterday (These are under the Reports tab from the Nutrition tracking section/page.) Here is mine for yesterday:
Total Burned 3,237
Yes, it could have been much worse. I still had a great calorie differential! I'm going to be more careful next time. I think I did just need to eat more because I'd worked out so much. It just didn't have to be all pizza.