Friday, October 23, 2009
So yesterday was just one of those feel good days that lasted till I went to bed. Safe in my own happy world I found staying within the SP meal plan was easy – better than easy, it was a relief. And packing my lunch saved me $$$. AND, since I am saving up for a special Spa Day when I reach my final goal, I thought I'd put the difference between a bought lunch and a bRought lunch (estimate a conservative $5) in the kitty too. Who knows – I may save up enough for a Spa Weekend.
I've been thinking of other rewards I might give myself to celebrate milestones along the journey. Rewards have always been difficult for me to come up with, because, let's face it, if I want something and I can afford it, I'll buy it. I'm just not that into denial. I don't “forbid” myself small pleasures and little treats. The Spa Day is an exception, hovering out there somewhere in the realm of Movie Stars, as in, say, Movie Stars drive Porsches and I drive a Chevy. Movie Stars go to Spas and I go to the gym. But as for treats, well, right now I am so well stocked with treats and playthings and delights, I had a bit of trouble coming up with rewards.
Then I asked myself “What do you really want” and the answer was easy. I want time. I want time to play with all my pretty toys, to indulge my passions, to savor my delights. And I want a pedicure. I have one scheduled for the Christmas holidays but I'd love to have another one between now and then.
Here's the reward breakdown.
Meet ¼ my goal --- Take the afternoon off
Meet ½ my goal --- Schedule a pedicure and take the rest of the day off
Fit nicely into those khaki trousers --- Leave 3 hours early the following Friday
Meet ¾ my goal --- Take a day off the next week
First time someone says “Haven't you lost weight?” --- Schedule a pedicure and take the rest of the day off
Make my goal --- Spa Day hooray!
And the spa? Ahhh yes. The one at The Williamsburg Inn – check out this link!
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Did you know a taco salad was over 800 calories!?! No. Neither did I. I thought it would be much less than anything else at that Mexican Restaurant my precious patient, on the way home from hospital and hungry, wanted to lunch at. Well. I have learned. Next time I will have a bean burrito at less than half the calories! Or not eat the shell, which, I confess, I did. It was delicious but I was eating it long after I wasn't hungry any more. I was ...gulp... Cleaning My Plate!!!
And while I'm reviewing my slightly misspent day, I will tote up the other sticks I stumbled over. In addition to Clean Your Plate (Honestly, my parents never did that to me ... I don't know where I picked it up)
Mindless Eating ..... those dreadful tortilla chips and salsa .. yup. I gobbled some of them
Eating too fast ... as in gobbling my food
Eating in ignorance .... not really knowing what the numbers were on the food I was eating. Of course, it was not the easiest day for doing that, bringing a patient home from hospital and celebrating over good news from doctors with friends who love us. Not at a computer, not carrying any information with me about calorie counts and fat grams. ... but hey! Wait! Is that realistic?
This was a celebration meal with friends. I will never have a computer with me when I'm in a restaurant. I have the sort of life that is sprinkled with Restaurant Traps. There has to be an answer to this problem of dining out in celebration and I beleive it's this:
I'm going to do a bit of research on restaurant dishes - generic restaurants, generic meals - I don't plan to nitpick about this. What I want are some standard dishes I can count on averaging 400 calories and know that if I find myself at one of these places I can order that, dine with friends and loved ones and not blow the day's total. What can I eat at a chinese restaurant? a Mexican? a steakhouse? a buffet? Italian, anyone?
Once I am armed with this information I ought to be able to have fun with friends without feeling left out or ending up like I did last night ... hungry with almost no room left on my meal plan.
Hey - suddenly this all seems like fun! Like a mystery to solve - like finding a secret key to having fun with food while loosing weight ... with nobody even knowing how I do it! Cool
And my other wonderful discovery? You can dilute thick delicious, rich tasting, 75 calorie a Tbs. blue cheese salad dressing with equal parts water and that same delicious taste will actually spread more completely over your 2 cups of lettuce salad!
So. Though I actually regained the 1.5 lbs I'd lost since October 1 - I am feeling more confident, more sure I will make my goal than before. I'm feeling the power!
Thanks Spark People Meal Plan.
Monday, October 19, 2009
It's a good thing I heeded the advice "do it - and then worry about doing it perfectly later" since perfect didn't happen yesterday. But then, mastery is achieved on the stepping stones of error - as in, say, when you are making white bean chili
and the recipe says 2 cups of white beans
and you mutter in the grocery store "Why do recipes call for cups of beans when everyone knows a can of beans is more than a cup but less than 2 cups"
Um. Bess? Duh???
It's time for you to realize the recipe means 2 cups of dried beans... not canned and if they'd meant canned, they'd have said so...
I had to tweak the recipe since I'd already dumped in the 2 quarts of water - by adding a package or taco seasoning to the pot and turning it into bean soup, but it still ended up delicious - and got the Non-Dieting Husband seal of approval. In fact, since I also forgot to buy cream cheese, I will have to tweak today's menu and I may just substitute yesterday's lunch for today's ... so long as the NDH didn't eat it all up last night. Have to check.
The only other problem I had was not being able to find an "Other " option in the meal plan where I could add something that wasn't already buried somewhere. I wanted to swap out my day's snack for something I'd eaten at a wake - smoked salmon on melba rounds. I found I could swap out one snack for a different already chosen snack but I couldn't find where to add something different. I did a calorie check for the salmon and melba and figured it came close enough to the calorie count planned and so just checked the preselected items anyway.
But these are minor things. The big thing is that I had delicious food all day, felt blissfully satisfied, and ended the day feeling really confident that I can do this. And it will be fun. What more can you ask from a meal plan than to end up feeling confident and happy at the end of day one? Bring on Day 2!!
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