Thursday, August 11, 2011
So I had a bunch of work stuff last week that took me out of town. I did well the first half of the week and ate pretty sensibly and exercised a good bit but then the later part of it I was just too run off my feet (well stuck down in a chair in an airport Sheraton, being actually run off my feet would have been better). I didn't go crazy with what I was eating but neither did I make any use of either my exercise clothes or my swimsuit, despite having both gym and pool in the hotel. Not only did I not have a lot of time to exercise some cruel designer had put windows in both of these and they were on the ground floor on the way to the elevator. I don't mind getting sweaty with other people at the gym but being gawked by people who you're attending a conference with was just not on. Monday was completely shot traveling and then I had a cold from the handshaking and the airplane so didn't quite manage to do anything Tuesday (when I compounded the problem by going over my calories) and Wednesday (when at least I think I stayed more or less on target but couldn't quite track dinner as it was a meal out). Today I came in slightly under calories and got a three mile, hour long walk in, which wasn't super intense but a good way to ease back in. It's just frustrating that I only had a few weeks under my belt and I'm having to ease back in again, after doing so well. Well anyway, it's not the finish line, it's showing up every day at the starting line. The finish line will take care itself if I keep doing that.
So a question for you, if you find at the end of the day that you're under calories do you let yourself have a treat, run your daily feedback and then eat something to help bring it into line or just say oh well and go to bed? I did all three tonight, having two healthish cookies (they have oatmeal, raisins, and are half spelenda, about 110 calories each) and a glass of skim plus, as well as having a multi-grain light English muffin and a fried egg. I'm still about a hundred calories under but I'm not going to sweat it, it's all close enough. I should get that tattooed somewhere "Close Enough", then maybe I would stop letting my perfectionism sabotage me.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
So I'm getting through the C25K program again. Last time I think I only made it to week 5 or 6, although I did finish a 5K and in better time than I expected. This time I guess I haven't let myself go as much as it's easier and I'm using the hill program on the treadmill, as well as getting in some elliptical time at the end so I get a full 500 calories / hour of exercise. It's pretty much hell as I'm doing it but afterward I feel good. And I already like the mirror me a little bit more so score! And today I got to the gym just in time for a Project Runway rerun I hadn't seen so double score :)
Monday, July 25, 2011
So I went to the Cheesecake Factory for lunch with friends and had no more calories than I would have for a lunch at home (334 to be exact). I had a beet, pecan and goat cheese salad with a diet coke for lunch. Tea and strawberries with whipped cream for dessert (if I'd eaten the whole thing it would have been 110 but everyone was so enchanted by the bowl of berries I graciously shared). I came home feeling full and virtuous, hard to do at a place that won the two of top slots on The Center for Science in the Public Interest;'s 2011 Xtreme Eating Awards.
Cheesecake Factory Ultimate Red Velvet Cake Cheesecake: 1,540 calories, 59 grams saturated fat.
Cheesecake Factory Farmhouse Cheeseburger (“topped with grilled smoked pork belly, cheddar cheese, onions, lettuce, tomato, mayo and a fried egg”): 1,530 calories, 36 grams saturated fat, 3,210 milligrams sodium.
There are things at that place that have more calories than I eat in a day. Uggh. It's at times like this I'm glad I live in a place where chains have to post their calorie counts, even though I am philosophically opposed to the law forcing them to do it.
Saturday, July 16, 2011
I'm pondering the nature of time and patience over a refreshing glass of iced tea. Seems unrelated but it isn't. To make my tea I had to start last night. I had to brew a cup of strong English Breakfast tea, add a teaspoon of Splenda with Fiber and stick it in the fridge if I wanted to enjoy this glass with breakfast. And if I want to see the body, mind and soul I know I want to have I have to keep doing the prep work now. It isn't about the finish line, it's about starting towards it every day.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
So we went out for dinner tonight with another couple kind of on a whim, so I hadn't planned for it in the day's calories. As a result I went over by about 250 calories but I'm still super proud of myself. I had no bread, no desert, only a glass and half of wine and I still got to have some foie gras. I got a pleasant surprise when I logged that because I didn't realize it had any nutritional value, I thought it was all fat but it's got protein, lots of vitamin A and a good dose of iron. Still lots o' fat but that's why it is so very very tasty. Mostly unsaturated though, another surprise. Since I split it with the hubby I got fewer calories from that then I did the Lean Pocket I had for lunch. Go figure. Did get a little flack for pausing the refilling of my wine glass until the entrees came and for not wanting desert. And for saying I was watching my calories and then ordering foie gras but I think that's fair :). Hubby is generally in favor of healthy eating but he wanted to split deserts, ice cream and sorbet. I was just ordering tea but said ok, I'll order the sorbet. Turned out he wanted me to order the ice cream so I just passed and he got his sorbet and didn't share. Joke was on him though, it came with blueberries which he won't eat so I got desert after all :-P
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