Tuesday, March 08, 2011
Today was pretty challenging for me health-wise. Things started off well. I had a healthy breakfast of oatmeal. Then, a healthy lunch (chicken and brown rice and peas) that I had packed using last night's leftovers. My afternoon snack was celery with peanut butter. But then, everything got scary.
My husband said the family was going out for dinner (in-laws, kids and all) at...of all places...Cheeseburger In Paradise. One - they don't list their nutrition info anywhere. Two - there is hardly anything that is low calorie on that menu at all. I did some research, though, and decided that the best idea would be to order the mini-cheeseburgers and only eat two of the four (490 cals) and a small salad with balsamic vinegar (130 cals). It was REALLY not easy seeing everyone eating fries...but, guess what? I lived without them. The salad was so much more delicious than I expected (I'm a ranch dressing girl, normally) and the serving size on the mini burgers was PERFECT. I actually felt full afterwards!
Challenge #2: I had planned on coming straight home, eating dinner and doing my Boot Camp workout (which is 45 mins long). By the time we got home, it was after 8:30pm. Man, I thought about skipping it. I reasoned...I did cardio last night and I wasn't even scheduled to. And, truthfully, I think that would have been just fine. And under normal circumstances, I might have gone with that. But I decided to do the workout anyway. Why? Because I really want to commit myself to this Biggest Loser Challenge at work. And I don't want to let my team down...or myself, for that matter. I REALLY didn't feel like working out...especially not a workout as difficult as Boot Camp, but I KNEW that my body would feel amazing afterwards. You know that feeling that gets addicting when you FINALLY get used to exercising? Yeah, well, I think I've been bitten by that bug. I must have been if I am willing to force myself to work out when it's late and I have had a long day at work and just ate mini cheeseburgers! I did it JUST so I could feel the "afterglow".
In the end, I sweat buckets during that workout. And guess what? I'm so glad I did it...even against my own will. At least now, I'll know when I weigh in on Monday that no matter what the scale says, I have truly done my best and done absolutely everything I can do for my body.
That's a pretty awesome feeling. Even better than the happiness I get from french fries and ranch.
Monday, March 07, 2011
So, my Biggest Loser team at work weighed in today after one week of the program. Two of the girls on our team lost 6 lbs this week! That is AMAZING and I am SO happy for them! I and one other team member each lost 2 lbs this week. Not necessarily what I was expecting, but I've gotta say...2 lbs a week is not a terrible thing. At least it's a loss and it shows that my efforts have not been wasted. Now that I've been really going at this for a week or so, I know exactly where I need to exercise some additional discipline...namely weekend eating. That was my catch this week, I think. So...with some careful planning, I plan to make this week better than last!
Sunday, March 06, 2011
Last night's roller derby bouts were SO exciting!!! It was really tough to stay neutral (as a scorekeeper) as our teams were out there blowing the other team away and, in the process, moving up two places in the rankings! This is such a huge deal for our team! We've been stuck at #16 (out of 19 in the region) for so long and haven't budged for four years. Last night, with that one win, we moved up to #14!!! It was truly a cause for celebration!!!! And celebrate we did!!!
It was the first time I've ever gone to an After Party and stayed past 11. I didn't leave the bar until 12:30 and, while I was there, I had an absolute BLAST! I had two Smirnoff Ice and one small shot of whiskey. So...not too bad in the calorie department, but then I really fell off the wagon and had two Taco Bell tacos afterward. I mean, we all know how tacos just seem to be synonymous with drinking! Then, when I got home, I ate 3 Thin Mints and 2 Do-Si-Do Girl Scout cookies. I thought, "Oh no...this is going to be bad when I put it all in Spark People!"
This morning, I was so happy. Yesterday before I left, I did Billy Blanks Boot Camp. Then, as the after party, I danced (like serious dancing...till my hair was soaked because I was sweating so badly) for an hour straight. My broken ankle is so swollen this morning, but it was the most fun I've ever had with the roller girls.
Long story short...even after a night of partying and ingesting a few treats, I was about 500 calories over my limit. But then, when I looked at my fitness, I actually burned 1100 extra calories yesterday!!!!
So, miraculously, I think it's going to be OK. Just goes to show...you can still have fun and occasionally have a little bit of a "no-no" as long as you more than make up for it by MOVING YOUR BODY!
Saturday, March 05, 2011
Sleeping in was heaven this morning! And slowly waking up is my idea of heaven. Pretty soon, though, I'm going to get moving and make a nice healthy and delicious lunch. Then, find a fun workout on Free On Demand. Spend some time with my little ones and just enjoy them and then make my way to the roller derby tonight! I'm scorekeeping for two bouts, so that should be fun. Might or might not check out the after party depending on how I feel.
It looks to be a great day. Weekends are always rough for me, as far as staying on track. To be honest, my husband's not the greatest at keeping me on a healthy eating track. I think that, in his head, he thinks he's alright on that front...but I don't consider frozen pizza and late night fried snacks something that I can even think about partaking in at this point (although, I'll admit...he roped me in last night. Fried green beans at 11pm. Ugh! But you know what? It was a great learning experience because I realized as I was eating them....these don't even taste good. They are just...gross.) Next time, it might be a little easier to resist. Positive thinking, right?
Weekends are hard for me, eating wise. But I'm going to hang in there. We have a Biggest Loser weigh in on Monday morning at work. I snuck and weighed myself on my bathroom scale last night and it appears I have lost 4 lbs. this week. This could be wrong (since scales weigh differently and I definitely can't guarantee mine is correct...the one at work is completely calibrated perfectly). But, I keep thinking of a possible 4 lb. weight loss in one week and it really is motivating me to keep on track. For a person who needs to lose 100 lbs., the idea of losing 4 lbs. the FIRST week is extremely significant and encouraging. I know intellectually that it won't always be that way and that there will be rough spots and plateaus...but to see something like that right away would really make me want to keep going.
Wish me luck!
Friday, March 04, 2011
Today has been "complete" in the sense that I've been all over the place with this new healthy lifestyle I've adopted. What I mean is...I struggled with wanting to eat too much, but was able to control myself and stay within calorie limits. I was successful in adding fitness in that wasn't "scheduled" for today when I went to a kickboxing class that my company offered over the lunch hour. Then, I had lunch with some lovely co-workers (part of my Biggest Loser team at work) and we got pretty deep talking about our marriages and issues that cause us to stumble there, which led to some pretty great and unexpected emotional healing. This is awesome, since these emotions have so often in the past driven me to eat. I have a caffeine withdrawal headache...but was still able to motivate myself to at least cook my go-to healthy meal that I always whip up when I'm too lazy or not feeling creative enough to find a healthy recipe (pasta, olive oil, diced tomatoes, garlic and some seasonings - simple, but yummy and pretty healthy). Looking forward to relaxing with the kids tonight for Family Movie Night like we do every Friday.
So, the day has been filled with ups and downs and ins and outs of day to day life. I'm so ready for it to end. But, all in all, glad for the day I've had. Because I've proven to myself that, even in the mundane, I can make healthy choices.
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