Sunday, July 22, 2012
My husband bought some snacks for the girls and me the other day. Fudge rounds, an old favorite of mine. I didn't ask him to, but it was sweet, and I accepted.
It's about 2.36 ounces of fudgy goodness. Can't be that bad, right? 9 months ago, I wouldn't even have blinked. I'd have hugged him, and noshed on a fudge round, washing it down with an ice-cold coca cola.
WRONG. That puppy is 300 calories! That's over 28 grams of sugar! If I'd followed my old habits, and had a coke. 450 calories, right there.
So it's been sitting on my desk, because that night, I didn't have the room in my calorie range.
Each day, I looked at it, and just found it... unappetizing. Such a little thing, for those 300 calories. Would it have been good? Indubitably. But was it worth it?
That was four days ago.
Just now, I cut it in half, and gave it to my kids.
I wasn't even slightly tempted.
I think I'll go have some cheese instead. I have some yummy sweet basil formaggio cheese in the fridge, calling my name.
Friday, July 20, 2012
A new dragon has replaced the snack dragon. I have definitely identified my biggest eating problem.
Yesterday, I seriously bombed out in the food department. It's eating out that does it! You see, the last few weeks have been very tight... we've been eating at home almost exclusively, because we've been broke and can't afford to eat out.
Well, I got paid yesterday, and after two meals yesterday and one out today, I can tell this is where my problem is. I gave in to my husband's begging and ordered pizza for lunch... and BLAM, 1,000 calorie lunch.
Good thing I slept in and missed breakfast.
So this is my next dragon to fight; the snack dragon is still there, but that one's cowering under the table after the beating I've been giving it this week.
Overall, I'm feeling pretty good; a little sodium-bloated, but otherwise okay. I'm sore from yesterday's workout; I picked up a Yoga DVD at Target, and figure I'll give that a try this afternoon and see if it helps with some of that soreness. Yoga's only offered twice a week at the gym, I'd like to start doing it more because it makes me feel so good!
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Generally speaking, I'm a pretty together chick. Recent travails aside, I do pretty well with self control. I avoid binges, for the most part, I make healthier and healthier choices as time goes by (seriously, today I got Baked Lays as a craving, not because it was healthier) and I really, really love to exercise, and am always looking for new ways to incorporate it into my life.
But I still have a dragon to fight: Snacking. Specifically, the nighttime snack dragon.
The battle has been long, and there was a time, earlier this year, it nearly slew ME! But I'm determined to defeat it. I tend to stay up late, and get snacky out of habit. Many a great day of counting calories has been undone by an ill-time pre-bed snack.
Yesterday, though, I made my very first attempt to fight it. And I am beating it! I went all day without snacking... and I actually found that I was under my calories for the day because of it! I inadvertently ate so l lightly that I had to have a few snacks before bed just to get CLOSE to my minimum! Seriously, I was under 1,000 calories! I ate a little bit, and still ended up just shy of the minimum.
So far today, I've been eating light again. I'm planning healthy between-meal snacks today, like salads with full-fat dressing, so I don't undereat again.
I think that if I can battle this dragon into quiescence, I will start making much quicker progress... so much of my progress has been slowed by days where I was great all day, and ended up 100 or 200 calories over my max.
No more, night dragon. I will beat you!
Monday, July 16, 2012
I'm very pleased with the last couple of weeks. We went on vacation two weeks ago, and a trip to the beach was not kind to me... I overindulged, and bloated two whopping pounds (I know, I know. ;) Not bad.) I wasn't too worried, though; vacation's vacation, and we never get them.
So I buckled down, and though I haven't been exercising like I want, I have been maintaining my nutrition (I don't diet.) As of my official weigh in, I've lost the two pounds I'd gained over vacation (meaning it was probably water weight) PLUS two more! So I'm actually down from my pre-vacation weight of 188.6 to 186.2!
That feels GOOD. I haven't weight this little since before I had my last child!
This brings my total weight loss from since September 2011 to 25 lbs! I also started back exercising Saturday and felt like I was starting over. I missed this morning because I stayed up till 4 AM playing Reckoning. Ah well. Will get in a walk tonight, weather permitting. I'm still pretty sore from Saturday, though...
I'm also well on track with my calories for the day. I was feeling snacky, and made myself a quick half-strength protein shake, and my calories are still only halfway through the day, so I'm making really good progress to maintain this momentum. Next week, I want to see 185 in my weigh in!
I do want to thank you guys for all your support over the last two weeks... it has been instrumental in this little victory. Without your kind words and support, I don't know that I would have been as motivated to DO this.
Sunday, July 15, 2012
I am SO stiff and sore today, in spite of the fact I was unable to finish the full workout yesterday. I'm definitely paying the price of my laziness. My butt feels like it's been beaten by a baseball bat, my shoulders are screaming, my thighs... let's not talk about my thighs.
Today is recovery, and tomorrow, I'm going to boot camp again. Just an hour, though... I know better. ;)
It feels good to feel bad again.
In other news: Pray for my youngest. She's got an infected lymph node, and is doing her best chipmunk impression. With a fever.
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