Sunday, March 25, 2012
Every once in a while, no matter what you do, you just have a hungry day. The usual suspects don't seem to be the cause - nor do the usual suspects fill you up. Yesterday was that kind of day for me
In my case, I knew this particular one was hormonally driven- that knowledge doesn't make me any less hungry. It was all compounded by the fact that we were going out to dinner, but DH couldn't make up his mind about where so I couldn't plan for it. The best I could do was try to leave enough space for dinner.
I stuck to my plan, breakfast, lunch & a snack. But because I was so hungry I ate something almost every 2 hrs - sometimes just sn hour after I'd eaten. But all those unplanned snacks were either fruits or veggies: a banana, some celery, a cup of grapes. It really seemed to work for me. I tried to pick things that were filling, not empty calories like cookies, chips or pretzels.
Dinner was actually quite interesting. We went to a Chinese restaurant that has a lot of unusual items on their menu. I'm not a real big fan of Chinese, but I enjoy this restaurant. I got a vegetarian duck appetizer. It was sort of like tofu phyllo wrapped around mushrooms & bamboo shoots, marinated in some sort of sauce. It didn't exactly taste like duck, but was reminiscent of it.
DH got cold salted duck (not my cup of tea) & soup dumplings, which are, indeed, dumplings with soup inside. We got the honey fried shrimp & walnuts with mayo sauce to share - obviously not low fat but I only had 2 (large) shrimp, so not so bad. And I rounded it out with a large dish of garlic broccoli. I took half of mine home.
This is a strategy I'll have to remember to try again next month - eat more often, but only freggies.
Friday, March 23, 2012
Am I the only that does this?
Normally I plan out my meals the day before. Nothing is ever written in stone, tho, and I often change my mind - sometimes multiple times - but having a plan gives me a good guideline.
So I had my plan last night, which included a protein smoothie after dinner for dessert. Because it wad going to be warm. But then the devil whispered to me and said why not open that chocolate peanut butter coconut ice cream you got yourself? Because, after all, it's warm enough for ice cream, you just weighed in & lost, it won't be warm enough for ice cream next week & it actually isn't much more calories.
Now, I won't eat the whole pint at once. And I really don't crave ice cream when it's cooler. But it's also preTOM week, and sometimes once it's opened it calls to me. I think one of the reasons I was successful last week was because I made darn sure I wasn't running out of points after the weekend. This week could be very challenging; most likely I'll have a few really hungry days.
Here's the real kicker: I wasn't even hungry. I don't know what happened yesterday, but after lunch - which was large & late, but not humongous - I almost completely lost my appetite. No afternoon snack. Almost had to force myself to eat dinner. Which was actually another reason to break out the ice cream, because I'm less likely to overindulge if I'm not hungry.
And so the battle began: Smoothie. Ice cream. Raw truffle. Smoothie. Ice cream. Raw truffle. And on & on, my decision ping ponging all over the place.
When the smoke cleared, I settled on the raw truffle. It's very small, very tasty, and actually good for you bring mostly nuts. But fairly high in calories/points for something so small. It was the right decision. But I don't always make the right decision. This battle rages on often.
Is your home a battlefield?
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Since I couldn't get in yesterday to edit my blog, I just figured I'd start a new one today. Turns out there are enough photos to justify it.
These are the fuschia jeans. You can see the muffin top fairly clearly.
Here they are with another new top -- this conceals the muffin top better. I bought these really cute bright pink flats at Target today.
This top I bought in Anthropologie, on sale, while in Austin. There's little mirrors with tiny pink, yellow & tangerine beads on the chest. How did I know I was going to end up with tangerine (the newest "it" color) pants?
These flats are also from Target, but I think they're too small & I'm going to have to exchange them. Target had some REALLY cute brightly colored shoes at very reasonable prices -- and very comfortable.
This brown beaded top was bought at the same time as all the other most recent tops. The bag I bought today. I saw it in tan when I was out Monday, but it's pricey (altho over 50% off), so I didn't buy it right away. When I decided I wanted it, I went back today and they had it in this coral, plus white.
These are the same fuschia jeans in a regular size I tried on in the store. No muffin top there, but clearly too long. I'm pretty sure I'm going to have to exchange these for a larger size, especially after seeing how much better the ones in the store fit (just not quite right since they're not petites). I'm wearing them today to see if they really stretch like everyone said, but I doubt they would stretch THAT much.
I bought some of those pads you put in your heels so your heel doesn't keep slipping out at Target. They never really seem to work for me, tho: the shoes I was wearing no longer slipped, but then they were just a tiny bit tighter up front and I ended up with small blisters on my pinkie toes.
And I have a new love in the sushi department: the sweet potato sushi rolls at Pricechopper. I've had them in various restaurants, but they just started making these & they are the best sushi sweet potato rolls I've ever had -- they have cucumber & avocado in them too, and a little bit of the spicy mayo sauce & are just pure heaven. I think I like them even better than regular sushi!
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Been a while since I did a photo shoot. So, I got it into my head that I needed some of those brightly colored jeans. And I searched high & low:
I ended up with this pair from H&M. Imagine my delight when the size 6 fit better than the size of 8. Of course, they should be hemmed, but I hate spending almost as much to hem them as the jeans themselves cost!
I am unsure of the top. As always, I apologize for the crappy cell phone photos. Well, the top is a lovely color, but I don't think I was wearing a bra (I'm very small on top) when I tried it on & I think the bra strap will show . . . and it's really sheer so you definitely have to wear a bra with it. I left the tags on so I could return it if I decided against it.
I bought this top at H&M, too. The drapey neck is very in this season -- I now own a bunch of tops in that style -- which is nice because it's really flattery. It's a glittery silver, but I discovered the day I wore the top at home that I'll need a camisole underneath (after watching DH stare at my chest during dinner).
Turquoise and tangerine go so nicely together; I bought those shoes at Target last year. But I only have one turquoise top . . .
This top is ready for the premiere of The Hunger Games.
I didn't think I had anything to wear with these jeans (ok, they're cotton, but not actually jeans) when I bought them. Then found the previous top & the top below. Problem solved. The sparkly brown loafers were a deal from American Eagle Outfitters.
Another dilemma . . . much to my surprise, the skinny jeans at Gap were the real winners. Unfortunately the most expensive pair I tried on. But they only carry petite online, not in the stores, so I was left guessing which size would work. I gambled on a size 6 and they are a bit too tight. Definite muffin top. And no, I wouldn't wear this top with these jeans, just showing the top.
Many reviewers said they really stretched out tho. I've left the tags on & will have to try wearing them at some point to see if that's true. But I really love the cut & now I want them in every color. Which is a definite want, not a need. I know Stacy & Clinton always say dress the body you have now, not the one you're hoping you'll have . . . some day. But it's a pain, since I can't exchange it at the store.
Finally, I bought this dress at H&M too. I don't really need a lot of dressy winter dresses, but hey, it was $7, it was purple, it was an XS -- too much for me to pass up on.
Just because something fits doesn't always mean you should buy it. The colored jeans I tried on at Target fit but they sure weren't flattering. I was so surprised the size 6s almost fit . . . but to bring me back to reality the size 10s at Old Navy wouldn't even button. So it isn't you, it's the clothes. No rhyme or reason at all.
Speaking of fit, my jeans are feeling more comfortable today. Hopefully they haven't just stretched out. I'm hoping to at least maintained . . . maybe lost.
Had a really nice group run last night. A group of 19 people! Our first day of spring was really spring-like and groups expanded rapidly. I lost the first group fairly quickly (found out later they were doing like 8:30 mm!), but then hooked up with a girl I'd actually noticed at the race sat. She pushed me (funny, since I did come in before her at the race).
Then we stopped to hook up with one of my regular buddies -- she was going way too slow, which was hardly shocking since she'd just run a HM that sunday & personally I thought she shouldn't be running at all. So on the average it was almost perfect!
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