Wednesday, May 08, 2013
Once again I have surprised myself by managing to remain just barely within my calorie allowance on a special occasion. On May 6th, I turned twenty-nine. The good thing is that I have a lot of people who care enough to wish me Happy Birthday... The bad thing that several of them did so with food.
Boyfriend: Tomorrow is your birthday, so I'm taking you out to your favorite Mexican restaurant!
Co-Worker: Today is your birthday, so I brought in doughnuts!
Friend: Today is your birthday, so I baked you a chocolate cake!
Well, at least I know I'm loved. :)
Sunday, April 21, 2013
As the newness and fun of losing weight wears off, I have a secret weapon... An inspiration that helps to keep me dedicated. You see, although I have never been a fashion fanatic, I do have a very distinct-- not to mention eccentric and often expensive-- style.
As I lose weight, I will need to buy and make new clothing, and when I do, these are the sort of things I will purchase or create: pinterest.com/wildmagicgirl/otherwor
Monday, April 08, 2013
I am, quite frankly, amazed that I have somehow stayed more-or-less within my diet limits over the past few days. I have been so busy that I didn't even have time to log into Spark People and create menus to match my goals. Daddy Bear, as I call my father, is recover from surgery (and doing extremely well!) so last weekend, because he was preparing for surgery on Monday morning, my family chose to postpone our Easter/Ostra celebrations. (I'm Pagan, my parents are Baptist, but we respect each others' beliefs and make the holidays work.) :)
Any way, this weekend my boyfriend suggested that we should cook Easter Dinner, like Mama Bear (my mother) usually does, and take a picnic to my father in the hospital. I thought that was an excellent idea, so that is what we did. We told Mama Bear our plans and she joined us at the hospital. I tried to be at least slightly more health-friendly with my choices, but I wanted Daddy Bear to have the sort of Easter/Ostra meal I know he looks forward to. So we made honey and brown sugar ham, spicy turnip greens, steamed corn, and apple and onion brown rice. As you can tell by the relatively simple menu (remember that we're talking about a Southern girl cooking a holiday meal) we were rather short on time. Because of that I am afraid I cheated and bought the dinner rolls. That's alright, though... My best friend, who was visiting, baked Daddy Bear a special miniature cake. I think the nurses were a little jealous. LOL!
We had a nice visit with Daddy Bear which lasted for a few hours, and we stayed at my parents' house. The next morning my boyfriend and I bought ingredients and I made a surprisingly low cal breakfast casserole for brunch. (Seriously, I don't mean to brag, but it was so delicious that when I created the recipe on Spark People I was absolutely shocked to see that it was only about 400 calories per serving. It tasted like it should be 600 or 700.)
It's a good thing it was so low cal. My best friend decided to buy groceries and make casseroles so that Mama Bear didn't have to come home and cook every night after spending the day at the hospital. I washed dishes as she cooked, and we also made the cake for another friend's bridal shower. (Make hay while the sun is shining, as they say.) Afterward my boyfriend said: "You two have been in the kitchen all day. You shouldn't have to cook dinner too. How about I take you both out to eat?" He took us to a hibachi grill and sushi house that had recently opened nearby. As you can imagine, it was decidedly not a low calorie meal. I at least had a diet drink, and chose fresh fruit for dessert rather than one of their tempting and exotic looking treats. My meal itself, however, was deliciously fattening. Bad, I know... I tried to be reasonable, but I figured that if my Love was going to spend his money on me, I was going to make it worthwhile. LOL!
So, when I entered all of the foods I ate into my nutrition tracker, I fully expected to be far, far beyond my daily limit. Some how, miraculously, I wasn't-- at least on calories. I was barely, and I mean BARELY, below the maximum. I did, however, eat more fat than I was supposed to. Oh, well... I don't need to make a habit out of it, but sometimes you can't win them all.
Sunday, March 31, 2013
There seems to be a time management "sweet spot" that makes it easier to diet. If you have too much spare time, you take note of your hungry body and eat. If you have too little, you find yourself reaching for convenience foods on the way to wherever you're going.
At the moment, through no virtue of my own, I seem to be in that "sweet spot." I had an enjoyable breakfast with Ben this morning, and planned out the rest of my meals for today in my nutrition tracker. However, due to time constraints, I once again skipped breakfast. Just like last night, however, that isn't really bad. I didn't have time to go to the grocery store and buy the chicken I planned to use tonight, but, since I've taken in fewer calories than planned, I can use the pork chops we already had instead. It all comes out in the wash, so to speak. :)
Saturday, March 30, 2013
It's been a busy day, and that's a good thing. Because of how much I've been doing today, I only got time to drink half of my cup of coffee this morning, and I only had time to grab an apple for lunch. As a result, I had enough calories left to enjoy a barbeque-bacon-burger tonight!
That made me happy, as tonight is a date night for my core boyfriend, Ben, and I. It may sound geeky and silly to most, but we are having delicious burgers and watching old episodes of Red Dwarf. Life is good!
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