Friday, August 03, 2012
Despite my much-lauded 30-pound weight-loss, I still have not mastered eating healthfully on vacation. No sir, I failed. Again.
Day 1: Massive pig-out.
Day 2: Less bad pretty big pig-out.
Day 3-6: Repeat day 2. In small ways, I restrained myself. I made some decent choices (as in, I had one Red Vine instead of the whole bag, etc.). Still, over in calories every single, blooming day.
The good news is that we were pretty active. Lots of tennis, running, walking, biking, swimming. I don't think I've ever been so active on vacation. I've taken my running shoes along on vacations past and never used them. So this is something to cheer. I'm glad about that. I ran!
In an effort to keep a lid on my bad vacation-style eating habits, I actually took my laptop along on vacation. I know how bad I normally am on vacation, and I know how tracking food keeps me on track. So I kept track of everything. It was a startling revelation, but alas, maybe taking the scale along would have been wise. Tomorrow will be the big reveal. Five pounds? God, I hope not. Yes, I joined the August 10-pound challenge. How lovely to start off in the hole.
I'm not beating myself up about it... much... Just vowing to get myself back on track now that I'm home.
Saturday, July 28, 2012
If you've been reading my blogs and status updates at all, you know I've been struggling to get my motivation back and to eat better every day. I'm doing pretty well! Not 100% perfect, but well enough, apparently, to drop 5 pounds. WOOHOO!
As we all know, the #1 important thing is eating right, sticking within the SP-recommended calorie range, and choosing good foods. To keep myself from binging, I allow myself some treats now and then, but I'm making a more conscious effort to eat healthful foods. I grab a piece of fruit or a hard-boiled egg for a snack instead of something sugary. It's important for me to make those treats a rare thing. They were becoming too frequent and getting in the way of my weight loss goal.
The other key is exercise. For some reason, I felt lethargic in the last month and just could not keep up with my running goals. So I didn't. Now -- no more excuses. I made a very do-able running plan and just need to stick with it. 3 days a week. I'm up to about 8 miles a week now and am aiming to add up to 10% every week. Yesterday I ran 3.7 miles outside (I mostly run on the treadmill) -- on hills even. I'm very excited about running again -- just to see that I can handle this! I can run outside, I can run hills! I never thought I'd get better at that, and now I'm doing it.
So there's my update. I'm working every day to do my best. Not perfect. Just my best for today.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Day 3 of Renewed Motivation went really well until about 4:00. Yeah, I overdid it just a tad. Really, just a tad this time. I was over by about 150 calories. I'm kicking myself (gently) but glad I didn't throw the whole bucket of motivation right out the window and have one of those 2000+ calorie days.
Back to reality today! I'm going for a good, long bike ride before the day heats up.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
After, oh, say, a month of eating like crap and on-again off-again exercise, I've had TWO WHOLE DAYS of eating healthfully. TWO WHOLE DAYS. Did I mention that? For TWO WHOLE DAYS I stayed under my calorie limit, logged every morsel, had ZERO beer, ZERO pop, and only one small brownie (99 calories, .75 ounce, thank you very much).
I have to say I think I look less bloated. That's a great psychological boost. I need those.
Those pesky numbers on the scale, on the other hand, haven't budged. Did I mention that I want "Instant Results -- NOW"???? Well, I do.
I will keep on this path. And I'll take that less bloated belly. Soon the scale will cooperate.
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