Saturday, June 02, 2012
THE CHALLENGE: Went to my favorite restaurant and was silently nervous about not having the ability to practice good habits (Portion Control-healthy choices). Mexican food in Los Angeles.... aaahhhhh..... the best.
THE CHOICES: Here comes the endless chips and salsa. My husband abstained completely, and I managed to stop without clearing an entire basket- so one and half portions. Not an easy task. I even had the the strength to ask the server to take the rest away.
If my rules are nothing fried, no cheese, and no lard, what does that leave me with at a mexican restaurant?! Why, oh WHY would I choose this restaurant in the first place?!
I had Cancun Chicken, which is was dry-rubbed and grilled- the sides... rice, fruit, avocado, and tomato. GREAT! Then the plate came out. Uh Oh. It was literally DOUBLE the acceptable portion size. So I divided it all up and only ate half. I was full when I was done, and had enough for lunch today.
The weird part- the chemicals in my brain were demanding- screaming even- for oil, cheese, lard, fried foods, more chips, more carbs BEFORE we ordered. Once I ate, those sensations were gone. It's amazing how the body works.
So it was a high caloric meal- about 750 calories, but I finished the day within range.... by the skin of my teeth.
Just another represenation of the struggles we all go through when decided to make healthy choices, even when the mind is conflicted. I am hoping it is like a muscle- it becomes easier with practice.
Friday, June 01, 2012
Oh, SparkPeople- how your data makes me face facts! Even as a long time member, I still find new resources in SparkPeople to help me learn about myself.
Take for example, the Reports Page. I can clearly see my long-term activity patterns. Based on the report, I can see that in two months, I am likely to lose steam. It's hard to deny this fact, since I can see that it has happened no less than three times in the past three years, where each burst of activity lasted approximately 90 days and I subsequently disappear for roughly six months.
Wow- seeing this fact redefined this way, gives me hope. Hope, because I feel like I am in front of this trend, not trying to make up for it this time. By knowing myself a little bit better, I am optimistic that I can eradicate this trend.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Today I posted a comparison of the calories of soda, milk, and our specialized coffee machine at work today. Here's to starting a small movement!
Sent an invite to a boxing class at the gym to a few co-workers as well. Here's to hoping at least a couple show up.
A coworker signed me up for a 10k without telling me until AFTER he did it. Thanks, Uli- I consider it a challenge. I'll see you on the course.
Scale is looking good for Sunday weigh-in. I was down two pounds as of this morning, but I am not concerned if I don't stay there- I'll take a 1lb loss- that's progress!
Ate terribly at lunch today, and I STILL feel it. All the proof I needed that my body likes/prefers fruit and vegetable based meals, and not CARBS, BEEF, and DAIRY. Nachos- NOT a good idea.
To punish myself-which ended up being a reward, actually- I did Kickbox Cardio for 55 minutes. 550 caloric burn, and great for the heart.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Today I put on pants that were too tight two weeks ago- just a bit too snug to be comfortable.
Today? No problem. Straight from the dryer.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
I thought I'd try out a 'free day' with food, where I wasn't too concerned about calories. While I have to admit, it all tasted very good- the Strawberry Shortcake (the BEST home-made cake that a friend made), a cheeseburger AND a hotdog, AND chips and salsa... I have to admit, I felt terrible later that night, and those feelings were just NOT worth it. .
What is it about the body that changes so quickly? This was the first time I've had beef in about three weeks, and I had NIGHTMARES, and did not have a restful sleep. Pretty interesting from a purely biological standbpoint
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