Wednesday, March 28, 2012
That's the tip I read today in some magazine. When you decide not to eat something (or buy something), tell yourself you don't want it, NOT you can't have it.
Been real tired lately, a bit under the weather Monday (I often feel that way before TOM - anyone else?), but had a nice group run last night. But those first coup,e of miles . . . around 10 mm . . . geez, why do I keep hooking up with people who are clearly so much faster than me? But then I stopped to drink some water & she went on . . . leaving me to go forward at a more comfortable pace.
No worse for wear today & being pushed is one of the things I like about running in groups.
Not really a whole lot else going on. Waiting for the crowds to die down some before going to see The Hunger Games . . . not this weekend, maybe next.
Monday, March 26, 2012
It's so easy to reach for the same old favorites . . . over & over again. And that's fine if the scale's moving in the right direction; if it's not, unsticking it might be as simple as changing things up.
I'll bet you've heard this before: if you do what you always did, you get what you always got.
Or how about this one? Edison figured out 9,999 ways not to create a lightbulb.
Yes, I was really not happy when the scale went in the wrong direction despite what I felt wa a very good week. So I decided to at least try to do something about it: I mixed up my breakfasts & snacks more. I didn't suddenly lose a lot of weight, but I did lose some & more importantly my clothes are feeling a lot more comfortable.
That 's a good comfortable - better fitting clothes; eating the same foods, day in & day out, is an example of a bad comfortable.
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!
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