Wednesday, August 24, 2011
There's a new all you can eat al a carte sushi place dangerously close to my house. I say dangerously because we went there for the first time tonight and oh how I ate. I planned for it, had about 1100 calories to blow (I mean lunch was literally a cucumber and tomato salad with only dill and salt on it, no oil at all) and I still went over by 300 odd calories. Damn you all you can drink sake, you are the devil's drink. But oh so smooth.
That said it was mostly fish and rice and the odd fried shumai (next time I'll see if they'll take pity on me and just steam them, though the fried ones are oh so yummy). And when we came home the hubby got on the drums and I danced behind him like a mad, possessed woman so I ended up between that and the walk this morning at a deficient of over 400 calories for the day. Not at all too shabby but I will say that if all you can eat sushi opens up in your neighborhood beware, or at least make your hubby walk there to burn a few extra calories.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
I got on the scale this morning and found I've lost 6 pounds since I came back to SP. This shouldn't have been a surprise. It's one pound down from the last time I got on the scale. I've been really gradual with my weight loss thus far, a lot closer to one pound a week than two but that's ok, it's still moving in the right direction. I've been mostly not worrying about the scale but somehow having that number, 160, so close to breaking down to the fifties, which I haven't seen in a few years, well, it feels real now. I don't know why. But I'm glad it does.
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.
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