Sunday, November 09, 2014
This week I broke down and had Mcdonalds. Twice.
The first time I did good: although I really wanted chicken nuggets, fries, and mayo to dip the fries in, I chose a salad. The southwestern chicken salad is sooo good! I did get crispy chicken, but I felt like it was still a better choice than shoveling down about 1100 calories in pure fat and carbs.
That night, I dreamt about chicken nuggets. Sounds crazy, right? But I know that this is one of the longest times I've gone eating healthy. Umm... well, healthier. I've been consciously putting food in my mouth, and have been thinking about the consequences of "falling off the wagon". This is a good thing!!
Towards the end of the work week, my coworker had to make a trip to Dollar General. Walking up and down the aisles, I found one of my favorite holiday treats: a Terry's chocolate orange! It's like a magical chocolate sphere that you slam on the counter to separate the sections of delightfully creamy chocolate that has a bright orange flavoring. I had to get one. I did, however, take my one serving (5 slices), and shared the rest with my coworkers. I knew that if it were sitting in front of me, I would probably eat the whole darn thing! My coworkers enjoyed getting a sweet treat after lunch and I enjoyed knowing that I didn't have to feel guilty about having too much of a good thing. After all, it's all about moderation, right?
Now for my confession. Rewind back to DG. After our shopping trip, we had to get some lunch before we went back to work. One of my coworkers suggested McDonald's. We walked in, and I succumbed to the fries that were screaming my name, as well as a cheeseburger.... and 6 chicken nuggets.
I felt REALLY guilty afterwords. It was yummy to treat myself, but I don't know if it was yummy enough to curb my guilty conscience.
It's nice though, since I can recognize that the McDonald's binge: a.) Could have been much worse, but I limited myself to what I know would kick my craving in the tush and b.)was a treat.... and definitely not something I'm looking at allowing back in to my life regularly.
Today I have to get a few groceries and plan my menu for the week. I would like to get some fish/ shrimp, but I don't want to pay a fortune for it, especially since I'm not a huge seafood fanatic. I do know that it's a healthier alternative that red meat, and I'm at least open to trying to incorporate it into my diet.
Here's to a fresh week! :)
Saturday, November 01, 2014
So far, so good. :)
I've been tracking my food all week- hoping to make it a habit by doing it repeatedly. Looking at my days, I'm proud I was able to stay within calorie range, and within carb range. The only thing that is a let-down is that I keep surpassing my fat! Ugh!
My water intake today is the highest it has been all week. I brought my 101.4 fluid oz jug to my part time job today, and have been refilling my pretty paisley acrylic cup often. :)
I did just break down after 9 hrs of no caffeine and got a fountain diet coke... the headache was unbearable, especially having 5 hours of work left.
Next week I will be adding in workouts again. I've been paying for my gym membership for months now, and I need to use it!
Ps? The boyfriend comes home on Monday! Woot!
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Short post for today: managed to stay away from the sugary candy that is going around at work for Halloween. Go me! However, my "secret ghoul" gave me a vanilla cupcake with vanilla frosting as part of my gift, and I did eat that.
Stomach is better today.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
I went on vacation last week... and since I went to my grandma's house, that means cheese, cake, and beer. It really wasn't too terribly bad.... although I'm sure the 5 beers at bingo didn't help my waistline. I want to feel bad about my vacation... guilty, even. But I can't!! I had a wonderful, well deserved trip. I got to spend time with my mom and grandma, I got my grandma to make me some homemade apple sauce (yum!), and got to relax away from my apartment.
I got back to town on Sunday, and after a trip to Steak'n'Shake (one of my absolute weaknesses in life), I went grocery shopping for the week. I was so impressed with myself after the grocery store trip for two reasons: 1. I only spent 25.00 and 2. I avoided the overly tempting aisles... you know the ones. I've read that you are supposed to shop the perimeter of the store, sticking to fresh fruits and veggies, meats, and dairy. I didn't get any meat, but instead stuck to a budget and managed to get enough produce through Friday. Woot!
I've also been limiting myself to one diet coke a day... which is a pretty big accomplishment for me. I always joke that diet coke is my lifeblood, afterall. Eventually I'd like to cut that out, too.
This might be TMI, but I'm having some... errr....stomach problems after eating healthier than normal and drinking more water the last couple of days. Is this normal? How long will this last?
Friday, October 17, 2014
Well everyone out in internet world: Here I am again- in my "fat" pants. :(
My boyfriend has been in Puerto Rico visiting family for almost a month now, and I really haven't dedicated a lot of time to the two things I said I was going to: working out and learning Spanish. I blame lots of things... stress at my full time job, too many hours at my part time job, financial worries have me depressed and not wanting to do anything... blah blah blah. Folks, it is time for a cold splash of water to wake me up out of my denial...
I am an excuse maker. I am a procrastinator. I set goals, but I have a hard time seeing them to the end.
WAKE UP ERIKA! You are not forced to be someone you don't like.... take initiative and change yourself. Set some goals? Put some friggin' work into them. No one said it was going to be easy....
My close friend had the gastric sleeve surgery today. This is a great step forward in her future today, as this could possibly eliminate her diabetes! All this talk and prayers about her surgery had me reflecting on my weight loss goals. "Why can't I be getting a magical surgery?" I thought to myself. I found myself staring into the mirror at work tonight, longing for a chin without a second chin. I swirled into a fast moving depression.... coming to the harsh conclusion that I have no one to blame but myself.
Yep... I said it.
Now... how do I fix it? How do I put one foot in front of the other, and take that first step into the seemingly oblivion that is successful weight loss?
I thought back to this- SparkPeople. Suggested by a long-time doctor as a way to motivate and track my activities and foods. I set some new weight loss, fast track, and fitness goals. I updated my goal board. I got my notebook ready to track my foods tomorrow... and the day after that. And the day after that.
So, here I am. Sitting here in my "fat" pants, with the realization that today is the first day of the rest of my life. Let's go!
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