I learned a really basic lesson yesterday, one that I should have learned a long time ago. This program isn't about deprivation. It's about moderation and health. We don't need to deny ourselves occasional treats...BUT appropriate portions are essential!
We took the granddaughters to Casa Bonita (a specialty Mexican Restaurant in Denver) last night. I had thought it was a buffet type deal and had planned exactly which items were ok for me and which weren't. When I got there and found out that we were served a one size fits all served up plate of food, I was lost.
I stopped thinking. Every one in the family ate their whole plate (DH and DS ate 2 plates). So I did too.... This morning it hit me... I could have cut everything in half and had a taste of everything without eating 1500 calories in one meal. 750 calories would have been too many calories for one meal, but it certainly would have been more reasonable than 1500.
I have decided to not feel guilty about what I did, but to remember - I don't have to eat the "whole thing" I can choose to limit my portions. Duh.....
I rarely eat out, but I accepted the challenge of eating at the mall with my grandkids. Luckily, they wanted to go to Subway so I had a 6 inch Jared turkey sub at lunch. After we finished shopping we wanted a treat so we stopped at DQ so the kids could get shakes. I asked if they had low cal/low fat frozen yogurt. The server said no and recommended their "special" ... only 250 cals for a fruity drink. I said no and we went and checked out Hagen Daz which had a 150 cal small low fat frozen yogurt.
I made it through the day well within my caloric limits !
My beautiful 10 and 12 year old granddaughters from Texas arrived yesterday. What a good job my DD and her DH have done in raising these girls. They are beautiful inside and out. They arrived hot and tired from the drive, but brought their suitcases in and unpacked right away. After a healthy supper they thanked me and told me how good the meal was. We sat at the table and began working out a schedule of what we would do the 2 days we are staying here at the house. They offered their opinions, listened to our comments and we easily decided on the activities we would do. After that we read for an hour. They are in AP programs and have summer reading assignments for school. Then we went for a walk. The 12 year old loves to run. (My DD runs daily) The 10 year old and I walked the dog and the 12 year old ran. We ended up walking / running a total of 2 miles so yesterday I walked a total of 4 miles - a first for me. Today, we're going to the mall, a pottery making shop and the library. I wish raising my kids were this easy and fun! lol Being a gramma is great!
I had an argument with my DH which ended up hurting my feelings. I decided to take my dog for a walk instead of eating my feelings. I said to my husband "I want to be happy, so I'm going for a walk." I walked about 40 minutes and tried to relax, but felt worse instead of better. When I got home I called my DD and finalized the plans for the grand kids coming tomorrow. I felt much better by the time the call was over. I went to bed without eating anything extra and patted myself on the back for handling my emotions in a more effective way than overeating.
The grand kids are coming tomorrow. My DH is driving down to Trinidad, CO and their Dad is bringing them up from Amarillo. I can't wait to see them. My DD has finally gotten a job interview and will be interviewing during the time the kids are coming up. I don't know what to be more excited about, so I'll just be excited.
I've been exercising at least 30 minutes a day for a couple of weeks and actually put in a full hour yesterday. It's funny, the more you exercise, the more energetic you feel.
I went 2 days without weighing, wanted to go a week, but couldn't resist today, and I lost 2 pounds.