Sunday, April 24, 2011
So, I'm not big on making excuses, but I really didn't have the best situation going on the past week to help me succeed. Instead of whining about it, I'm going to put all my stupid excuses in a list and figure out how I could have done better.
1. I had training all week at work, and we had breakfast and lunch brought in every day, M-F. Ordered by a guy who likes meat and potatoes. The healthy stuff on the menu...wasn't all that healthy. There was some salad for 2 days, but one of the days the salad had bacon, cheese, pasta, eggs, and some creamy italian dressing in it. Way to de-health a salad. Oh, and the alternatives that day were hot dogs and tamales :(.
So, how could I have done better? Well let's be real, no one forced me to eat any of the food. It's not like they duck-taped me to a chair and force fed me. After the first day or two, I did try to enjoy the food in more moderation then the first couple days.
2. I had two after work group dinners this week. Neither of them had anything healthy, they were full of sauces, italian food, tiramisu, and alcohol. I rarely have dinners after work, so 2 in one week, on top of the killer lunches, really did me in.
How could I have done it better? I could have skipped dessert, and I didn't need to try all the different kinds of pasta (2 different kinds at EACH dinner). And I didn't have to sample one of everything.
3. There was candy all over the place for the afternoons during the training. And I partook of it. Daily. I did well one day, but wow it's hard to avoid chocolate.
How could I have done better? Chewing gum really helps me curb my cravings especially when there is food staring me in the face in a standoff. But did I bring my gum to work? Nope. It would have been so easy to just drop the gum in my purse in the morning but in my rush I just forgot it every single day.
4. Easter. Nuff said.
How could I have done it better? Well, I was in control of it since I had people at my house, so I certainly didn't have to make the stuff I did, but it's tradition and I'm just a sucker for needing food traditions (really, if I wasn't I would be in this place now would I?). But, I could have definitely eaten LESS. I didn't need 3 pieces of bread, or all those deviled eggs, or the ice cream afterwards. GAH.
After all that, there were a couple of things I did well last week. I drank my water EVERY day, without a doubt. Sitting in training all week actually made it very easy to drink my water. But really, I'm just calling last week a bust and I'm moving on from this point because I can't change what I did but I can change the future. And that is all that matters.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Ever since I got pregnant with my daughter, I have had an intense craving for sweets. Previously, I only wanted salty things, fries, chips, fried chicken, etc. The second I got pregnant I wanted ONLY sugar and sweets. This is how I knew it was DH's kid lol. Seriously though, DH and I went to Cold Stone Creamery probably 2-3 times per WEEK when I was pregnant, hence the disaster I am in.
I'm trying to moderate everything now, but I still have this love affair with ice cream. And GOOD ice cream. We've got a local place that has this flavor that is a mix of everything. Creamy vanilla ice cream as a base, heath bars crunched up, chocolate chips, and maybe some kind of nuts. It's a completely DIVINE mix of creamy sweet goodness with crunchy satisfacation.
Today, the craving hit, and hit BAD. Normally, this would push me over the edge calorie wise, but due to the awesome challenge of eating more fruits and veggies I happily went and got my ice cream....and stayed at the LOW end of my range no less.
Sunday, April 10, 2011
And the best part of being down 7lbs.....food is slowly losing it's power on me. Honestly, for the past several days I have not thought about food all day long, which is a HUGE accomplishment for me. I normally plan my day around food, and am constantly thinking about what the next meal is going to be. I haven't done that in probably over a week and it feels awesome. This is exactly where I was trying to get, and 4 weeks in I feel better than I have felt since last year at this time. It's a nice place to be!
Wednesday, April 06, 2011
A lot of people see Subway as a healthy food place, probably largely due to the "Jared" commercials. But they forget to read the fine print. To be honest, it's a much healthier option than other fast food out there and their subs are generally healthier than other places in my area (Potbelly and Jimmy Johns...my favorite sub at Jimmy John's has over 700 calories in it, and that's without adding ANYTHING to it!!!). But it's very easy to make a sub unhealthy...put cheese, mayo, oil and vinegar, maybe some dressing and a bag of chips or cookies and you've just eaten your fat content for the WEEK practically. Part of my nutrition challenge for this week was to eat out and eat healthy while you did it. I ended up going to Subway to get lunch and was thinking it couldn't be too much healthier, but really, it could.
I got a 6" sub instead of a footlong. That's really SO simple, and just cut my calories in half. Previously I've wanted to stuff my face mindlessly while I'm eating lunch at my desk at work. But, I don't need to, really.
So back to the sub...I kept the cheese, because I'm sorry I just cannot eat a sandwich without cheese, it's sacrilegious!! Also I'm not about depriving myself of stuff, I just want to be overall healthier.
I used light mayo instead of regular, and asked them to go light on it too. That also cut about half the mayo calories.
I haven't gotten oil and vinegar on my subs for years, but I still cringe that I used to get mayo AND oil on my sub...no wonder I got in this predicament!
And....that was it. No chips, no cookies (I would occasionally - okay, every time I went to Subway - get two cookies and a drink...each cookie has like 400 calories or something ridiculous like that), no drinks.
My lunch, which was extremely satisfying and tasty, was only 370 calories. That's completely do-able.
Still on track for a great week!
Monday, April 04, 2011
I've dealt with the disordered eating issues for so long now that at the beginning of this 100 day challenge it seemed like there was no way I could change what I was doing. But in reality, it's easier than I think it is, I just have to want to do it. The want is what makes this journey easy right now.
And here I am, sitting at the end of a day where ate in my calorie range yet another time, and shockingly, I feel FULL. Stopping to think about it is really the biggest step for me to stop overeating. Normally, I just sit there and chow down regardless of what I am physically feeling, and then completely regret it afterwards. Well, not today, and not yesterday either. That's 2 days in a row with more logical thinking about food!
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