Monday, April 09, 2012
I had my game plan all set for yesterday, and theoretically, I did really well. I didn't track my food, but when I guestimate it, I'd say I still stayed within my calorie range.
Breakfast was my usual oatmeal, then we headed off to church.
Lunch consisted of ham, green salad with low fat ranch dressing, fresh fruit salad, and roasted asparagus ... ALL these are part of my usual diet. BUT! I indulged in about 1 cup of my mom's potato salad (it just doesn't get better than mom's!), 2 deviled egg halves (made with low fat mayo), and 1 cupcake.
And I felt AWFUL! Just plan gross all afternoon. Bloated, gassy, tummy aches, lethargic, etc. Just felt awful.
About 7 pm, I was hungry (hadn't eaten since the cupcake at 3pm). I made a bagel thin with skinny cow cream cheese (my absolute fav item right now) and lean turkey meat. It's 200 calories. That was my whole dinner.
I finally went to bed about 10:30, knowing that I wasn't going to feel any better no matter what I did.
This morning I am back on my usual routine. I eat small amounts frequently. That's what works for me. And I feel MUCH better doing that. I also had time in my schedule to hit the gym already this morning. That also made me feel better.
Ugh.... next time I want to indulge, I'm going to remember how awful it makes me feel. And I didn't even TOUCH my daughter's candy!
Saturday, April 07, 2012
This is my first major holiday since I got myself back on track in January. I've gone back and forth about how to approach the meal tomorrow, and all the goodies and treats we usually do. But I think I've come up with a plan that I'm okay with.
First ... I'm not tracking my food tomorrow. I've given myself permission to do this, with a few guidelines that should help me keep my intake reasonable.
Second... Breakfast will be my usual fare of oatmeal. Start out with some good fuel.
Third... A few simple changes to lighten up the meal:
Instead of the usual high sugar fruit salads (usually with marshmallows) I am opting for a fresh fruit salad of strawberries, grapes, bananas, apples, and pineapple. Simple and healthy.
I bought a lean ham without glaze that I'm heating in the crockpot.
We are having a green salad loaded with veggies that I can pair with my Cottage Cheese Ranch dressing (Sooooo good for about 40 calories for 1/4 cup).
Instead of some veggie with bacon or butter added, I'm roasting some asparagus.
I'm lightening up the deviled eggs with low-fat mayo.
My mom is making potato salad but I will keep my portion size small.
I've decided to skip a bunny cake that leaves us with a ridiculous amount of left over cake, or lemon meringue pie loaded with calories. Instead, we bough some cutely decorated cupcakes. Dessert for 200 calories? I can do that. My daughter is thrilled with them, and I'm not stuck with a bunch of left over cake.
Fourth.... After dinner, I'm back to my regular caloric intake.
Anyway.... that's MY game plan. I'm okay with it. What's your plan?
Friday, April 06, 2012
Today was my husband's last day of work. We learned a month ago that his department was being eliminated and he was being laid off, but today was his last actual day. There is no other job waiting in the wings. We have some ideas and plans about possible self-employment, but nothing concrete. For now, I am the sole earner for our family.
I am feeling better, and the sinus infection seems mostly gone. The cold still lingers, but it's not severe. I was able to get in a good workout today at the gym. I hit my usual distance on the elliptical, followed by a good 30 minutes of ST.
My eating has been good. I've been tempted to stress eat, but I haven't given in to temptation.... much. When I have given in at all, I've chosen healthier, lower calorie options. Last night I was DIEING for a bowl of ice cream while watching "grey's anatomy". Instead, I cut up a bunch of fresh strawberries and drizzled a bit of sugar-free chocolate syrup on it, and topped with a bit of fat-free redi-whip. Seemed decadent, but only had about 75 calories.
Over all I'm doing alright, sticking to my goals. I'm just stressed and overwhelmed. I know that is horrible for weight loss, but I don't really know how to change it right now.
Thursday, April 05, 2012
Today my fever was gone, and I was able to get back to the gym! After being out nearly a week with a terrible sinus infection and fever, I was going stir crazy! Not to mention the lower back aches from just sitting or laying. I'm still not feeling 100%, but the doctor said it was ok as long as my temp was normal.
I hit the elliptical today, but didn't go for a high resistance and kept my speed low but steady. I usually do about 2.5 miles in 30 minutes. Today I did 2.3. But I feel good about it. My heart rate was in range, and I worked up a good sweat. I also got in a good 20 minutes of ST. I feel good with my first day back.
This illness taught me a lesson. This journey to a healthy life is a marathon. Not a sprint. There will be times I need to take time off from the gym. Illness is going to happen. Life happens. My head was full of doubts.... "I'm sure I SHOULD work out regardless of how I feel".... "I'm sure other people work out when they are sick", etc., etc., etc.
BUT! Those people are not me. I know my body. I also know that I have clients, elderly parents, and a small chile relying on me. That means when I get ill, I have to do everything I can to get better ASAP. It also means that if getting healthy is a priority to me, then getting back to the gym and being consistent is important. I must find the balance. I feel like I did this time.
Friday, March 30, 2012
Just a little check in. I have come down with a terrible cold. The kind that is all in your sinuses... when I sneeze, I feel like my eyes will pop out and pain is shattering my nose. Yep... super fun. Add the aching ears, sore throat, and lovely cough and you have one very unattractive me.
Calories have been a bit low all week. I was coming down with this and didn't have a huge appetite. But what I ate was nutritious and packed with protein. I'm good with it.
I did about 4 hours of heavy yard work on Sunday, worked out Monday, then had to skip Tuesday due to a terrible headache. Worked out again Wednesday and Thursday. Taking today off just to rest. I'll play tomorrow by ear.
Anyway... still on track, just sick. Hope to kick it soon!
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