Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Yesterday evening my body revealed to me why it was so suddenly feeling depleted of energy. *That* time of the month had arrived and taken my motivation hostage. Pushing myself to do some exercise yesterday helped to restore both my energy and my mood.
This morning I felt all bloated, cramped, tired and cranky... then I weighed myself and I am +1 from last week. I remember from my first go at this regular weigh-in business a few years ago that I skipped the weigh-ins around this time of the month because they were both depressing and inaccurate. So I am not going to beat myself up too much about a gain this time, and hope that my numbers next week will be better!! For good measure, I pulled out the tape measure and even with all the bloating, I am -.5 on both my hips and waist, so at least I have a non-scale victory to hold on to!!
After a crabby morning at work, I decided to make my afternoon better with a brisk 2 mile walk during my lunch hour. Actually I was super-annoyed with one of my coworkers (probably more due to my hormones than her actions) so I let out some aggravation with the walking and finished in 25 minutes.
I am certainly feeling better than I did this morning, so hopefully I can handle the next 3.5 hours better than I did the first 4.5!!
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
This morning I commented on a SparkFriend's feed: "If you just do it, even if you don't feel like it, you may discover energy you didn't know that you had!!" As luck would have it, this afternoon, I didn't feel like exercising... at all, motivation = 0, no energy, not even a little bit of desire to move!!
If I am willing to give advice, I ought to follow it, right? If you think about it, I have 200,000+ calories stored up in the fat cells throughout my body - what is that but Potential Energy waiting to be released?
So I dragged my lazy self over to the television and popped in a Walk Away the Pounds video - the three mile super fat burning video. I skipped the weights, but I did all the steps and arm movements. And I worked up a sweat with energy that I didn't know I had - and now I feel great!
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Tomorrow one of my co-workers is celebrating her birthday. She has worked in my office for 4 years now and it has become sort of a tradition that I bake chocolate chip cookies for her birthday. She absolutely loves them, and she is a super healthy sort of person, so I am not feeding into an unhealthy habit of hers by doing this. I really don't want my decision to try to fight my weight problem to get in the way of the treats that I give others, but how will I do this afternoon with a kitchen full of fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies?
Planning for temptations seems to be my best weapon for fighting them, and so I am taking the time now to plan!
1st line of defense - the raw cookie dough! Yes it may taste good, but there are raw eggs in there!! Who really wants to eat a raw egg?? Certainly not me! So am I going to eat the raw cookie dough? That is a big NO!! When it is in the bowl and I am tempted to taste it, I am going to think about raw eggs, salmonella and a host of other unappetizing things giant fat globules in the butter... whatever it takes, I will not eat the raw cookie dough. None of it, not a single taste!!
2nd line of defense - the freshly baked cookies!! I am planning my meals today to allow for the total calories and fat in 2 chocolate chip cookies. When I have finished the baking, I will put them aside for myself and eat them slowly. I will sit down to eat them, and enjoy every bite!!
3rd line of defense - the cookies in the office tomorrow! Normally I would just bring a big tray in and leave them in the break room for everyone to enjoy and then the birthday girl would bring the rest home. This year I have decided to be more cautious, to keep myself out of temptation. I will bring individual bags for everyone in the office - 3 cookies for my non-birthday co-workers, 1 for me, and a festively wrapped tin for the birthday girl.
The birthday girl gets her annual birthday gift from me, my co-workers all get a treat, I get the joy of bringing joy to others, and the pleasure of enjoying a few of my cookies and the reward of knowing that I did it all in moderation!!
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Another little food victory for me:
I have some "snack size" mini Keebler Fudge Stripe cookies - very high up on my list of favorite junk foods!! It has been a very good week for me - emotionally, physically, etc. and so I thought that I could indulge myself with a couple of the mini cookies - not the whole bag!
I went to the cupboard to open a bag armed with a clip to close it and keep the cookies left in the bag fresh. I opened up the bag, took out two mini cookies, and then promptly closed the bag and put it away.
Next, I brought my two little cookies to the table and sat down (no eating while standing is one of my new eating rules) and enjoyed them one at a time, even pausing between them for good measure.
I don't think that I have ever enjoyed a whole bag of these as much as I did the two individual cookies!! It is such a good feeling to have a taste of a treat and not feel guilty because I overdid it and inhaled the whole bag!!
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