Monday, March 31, 2008
After going through three different airports on four flights this weekend, I have to wonder why it's so expensive to eat healthily at the airport. The only places that seem to stock fruit and other such things are the ones who charge $7 for a cold sandwich. When you can't afford that, you don't have a choice but to go for the fast food options, whose prices aren't *too* far off from their "normal" prices.
Fruit is not *that* expensive. I don't understand why they feel the need to charge such ridiculous prices for it. Even in Manhattan it was only 35 cents for a banana at a fruit stand on the streets in Times Square no less, and $1 for a pack of seedless grapes. The airport was much more expensive. In the end I went for the cost savings and chose Burger King, but the gross feeling I had later left me wishing I'd gone for the $5 fruit cup instead. I do wish they would reduce their prices though.
I ate pretty badly this weekend because I was trying to save money...I ended up ordering sandwiches at restaurants instead of grilled chicken and veggies because the chicken was twice the price...$15-$20 versus $7-$9. Our society really needs to do something about the availability and cost of healthy options versus unhealthy ones. I seriously doubt that a chicken breast, mashed potatoes, and broccoli costs the restaurant more than it does to purchase the same chicken breast, condiments, a bun, and fries. It may even cost less.
I used to run into the same thing when I was in college...burgers and fries were cheap, while subs and salads were twice the price. When your budget is tight, you do tend to choose the burgers. No wonder we gain so much weight.
Friday, March 07, 2008
I finally lost another pound, down to 134! My other measurements are still the same, but I'm happy to have lost another pound. I've done a lot more cardio this week, thanks to joining a gym with my husband. Now I can finally get a really intense cardio workout again without killing my tailbone on the stationary bike. I think that probably helped a lot with jumpstarting my weight loss again.
It's also made me very, very hungry, so I decided to rework my calorie cycling schedule to up my average from 1550 to 1600. We'll see how that works. :) Hopefully it will let me feel more satisfied. I've never been much of a veggie snacker, so when I want a snack, I usually want fruit or something like peanut butter toast, which isn't exactly as low calorie as something like carrot or celery sticks. I do like to snack on cucumber slices, which are very low calorie, but that's about it.
I'm sitting at home enjoying a snow day today...I didn't even have to go to work. I did my Walk Away the Pounds workout, the 2-mile, so I've had my daily workout. I've already burned almost 1000 calories this week. Maybe I'll even see more of a loss once Aunt Flo officially ends her visit.
Saturday, March 01, 2008
I went to the mall, as I usually do on Saturdays when James is working, and while I was buying my $5 clearance shirt at Macy's, I noticed a Clinique promotional card on the counter. You get two free gifts with a consultation. I'm a Clinique user anyway, and it had been a long time since I'd had a makeover at the counter, so I decided to go for it. They were really busy, so it took a while because my consultant was also trying to help other customers, but I honestly didn't mind...I was in no hurry. Usually I have problems with people trying to put too dramatic of makeup on me, but she really did a great job. I feel all pretty now. :) I ended up buying some lip balm, and getting a free eyeshadow and moisturizer. The eyes are darker than I normally do, but I really like how it looks now that I've had a chance to get used to it. She used eyeshadow as liner, which I may try myself since me and eyeliner don't get along. :P
It's nice to do something for yourself every now and then. James and I decided to take our tax return money and take $100 for each of us to do something for ourselves. The rest is going in the bank. I'm thinking with mine I'm going to get a gym membership at Ideal Fitness and some fancy new workout pants. With whatever's left over, I think I'll get some more of the makeup she used for me today, since I like the look so much.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Last year, I had no problem eating within a 1200-1550 calorie range every day for 5 months. Now, for some reason, I absolutely cannot do it. Even at 1550 calories, I'm starving. I was exercising more at that time than I am now, so it makes no sense that I should be more hungry now than I was then. I've decided to try calorie cycling in hopes of jump starting my body back into weight loss mode, and these low calorie days are killer. Even sometimes the high ones leave me hungry! Yesterday was an 1800 calorie day, and I ate a ton of food, but was still hungry around 8 p.m., so I had a bowl of Special K -- the best balance of healthiness and relatively large portion size without eating fruit or veggies alone (which usually just leaves me hungrier). Today is a 1300 calorie day, and I only planned a little over 1200, so I can allow for an unplanned snack later. I had a McDonald's salad for lunch, which historically can keep me full for a long time, so maybe I'll only need one of my afternoon snacks. I just don't understand why this is so difficult now, when it was so easy last year!
Speaking of afternoon snacks, someone either ate or threw away my grapes and cucumber slices from the fridge at work. I'm voting threw away. The grapes I brought last week are still there, but the ones I bought Monday were in a little bag with the cucumber slices, and that bag is gone now. :( The ones I brought last week probably *need* to be thrown away...heh. But the others were fresh. Bah.
I have a nice, hopefully filling dinner planned for tonight...veggie chili. I got the recipe from my Slow Cooker Favorites Made Healthy book. I looooove that book. When half of your weekly menu is cooked in the Crock Pot, is that a bad thing? ;) Anyway, it's a chili made with tomato juice, zucchini, peppers, onion, black beans, and of course the spices. Should be about 350 calories for a huge bowl with a dollop of light sour cream on top. It looked pretty yummy this morning, so I'm hoping it tastes just as yummy, and keeps me full tonight so I don't snack so much. Otherwise I'm never going to lose this next 5 pounds.
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
So it started out fairly well this morning...slept in until 10, then got up and got ready and hubby and I went out to Applebees for an early lunch, since we had a gift card. We did our Aldi shopping, then came home, and as I was putting things away I discovered mouse droppings in the cabinet, along with a ton of flour and some half-eaten marshmallows. We had a mouse who has a thing for sugar and flour apparently. :P So we had to disinfect our cabinets and our canned goods today, and I had to throw out a few things
Since I didn't feel comfortable putting the food back under there for now, we elected to buy a pantry at Big Lots. It was $55 and has a surprising amoung of space. I think this will be much, much easier than having food scattered everywhere and in the coat closet and under the sink. (Everything else in our tiny kitchen is taken up by dishes and cookware.) I am worn out. It's so frustrating to have this rodent problem, especially since it isn't our fault. If it's due to uncleanliness, it's got to be the neighbors, because our apartment is clean. We have squirrels running around in the attic too. At least they're on top of doing something about that. All they do for the mice is set out traps.
I feel like I've been on my feet all day, so I'm not bothering with cardio tonight. Putting the pantry together was workout enough. :P
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