Thursday, November 26, 2009
Happy Thanksgiving to all!
I did pretty well reining myself in food-wise today. After dinner was over and the kitchen back in order I sat down at the computer to log my food, and was happy with the outcome. I had only 1245 calories from the day, including everything right down to the butter on my roll and the cherry tomatoes on my salad, and including a healthy breakfast as well. I was happy and proud of myself for not giving into the mentality of "oh well, it's the holidays now.....might as well have everything I want...." But the funny thing is, I DID have everything I wanted--but I exercised portion control. I came away fully satisfied.
Of course, that was before the pie. I was going to pass on the pie if I was already over my calorie allotment, but since I wasn't, I indulged myself in a 500-calorie piece of pecan pie. And I must say, it was simply to die for. (My family was all irritated that I kept going on about it....but it was that good!) So anyway, now I'm officially over by around 250 calories, but I'm pretty sure I'm done eating for the day. If I get the urge to have a little something, the carrots and celery are standing at the ready. And I actually have the energy to do a little furniture rearranging in preparation for Christmas decorating! Life is good when you're not in a Thanksgiving-dinner-induced coma on Thursday evening!
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Well, it's been a rough few weeks. It seems like once I "fall off the wagon" it takes me a while to climb back on. Two weeks ago I blogged about my food indiscretions during the time around my birthday. I'm still battling the outcome of that. Haven't really gained any pounds--well, maybe one, depending on the way I lean on the scale--but my food habits are just not getting back to where they need to be in order for me to move forward. And my exercise habits are deplorable too.
But today I commit myself once again to what all that desire a healthier lifestyle do time and again: I'm climbing back up on that wagon, and I'm spending the next 11 days leading up to Thanksgiving being a good girl. Then by the time turkey-day rolls around I'll be on such a roll with my "new" habits that I won't be tempted to overdo it.
I wish me luck, and I wish you luck too. We are going to need it as we head into this most challenging time of the year.
Friday, October 30, 2009
I just don't even feel good. And it has nothing to do with the fact that I'm just getting over the cold/flu/crud/whatever it was that has been keeping me down for the past couple of weeks. Nope, I just had a REALLY bad food week, and as a result, I just feel really bleccchhhh.
It all started with a co-worker's birthday on Tuesday. We did a taco lunch and gooey brownies. Oh--and after work my husband's company had a party, catered by Famous Daves, which also included free frou-frou drinks, of which I had two. Then my birthday on Wednesday. For me another co-worker (and baker extraordinaire) baked a bavarian-cream-filled cake. Then after work the family went to the Olive Garden, where I proceeded to overdose on breadsticks. After dinner (from which I had to be rolled out) we went home, and due to a mixup my daughter baked a cake AND DH bought one too. So yes, that makes 3. But wait, there's more.....Thursday morning our HR guy brought in donuts. Not just any donuts either--these were as big as saucers and dripping with gooey icing. And there was leftover birthday cake too--both at work and at home. Friday it was donuts again, this time courtesy of a co-worker from the Finance department in honor of the month-end close. Then later in the day yet another group of co-workers came by selling treats (cookies, cupcakes, and pink lemonade) as a fundraiser for breast cancer awareness. Hey, it was for charity! Oh--all this is in addition to the Halloween goodies that are at home, work, EVERYWHERE!
OMG....no wonder I feel sick! Writing it all out like this makes me feel even more gluttonous than ever! I'm surprised I'm not in a sugar coma. Can't be good for anybody, and especially someone like me who is trying to keep the "big D" out of her life.
So, I think I answered my own question......yes, 3 cakes is over the top--and so was the rest of my week. I'm glad it's over!
Saturday, September 26, 2009
OK, I finally updated my ticker. I'm disappointed in myself, but ready to 'fess up to my indiscretions and get going again. I had gained a couple of pounds before I left on my vacation, and never updated, hoping that I could lose them again and nobody would be the wiser. Why is it that we try to trick ourselves that way? I'm sure nobody perusing my page would be as disappointed to see that gain as I myself--so why try to hide it? At any rate, I didn't get on the scale right after the cruise. As mentioned in a previous blog, I totally gave myself full rein, and knew without a doubt I had gained some weight during that week. But I felt fabulous, rested, well-cared-for, and I felt it was worth it--and that whatever backsliding I had done during that week would be made up for in the two weeks that followed. So today I felt it was time to face reality. Truth be known, these two weeks spent without my companion (the scale) were just another way of tricking myself. I tried only half-heartedly, and it shows.
So my fishy has taken a big swim backward. But now that I've made myself accountable--to myself, to my scale, to you--my Spark friends--I can finally start again to move forward. It's hard to admit when you've screwed up--and such a load off your shoulders when you finally come clean about it! So here's to fishies swimming forward, food trackers being accurate, and long walks in the crisp fall air. Here's to getting back on track. (Hopefuly!)
Monday, September 14, 2009
I'm back from vacation and ready to get Sparkin'! We had an absolutely fabulous cruise...I wasn't ready to come home but now that I'm really back, I'm glad to get back into the routine. I've uploaded a few favorite pictures on my page....hope you check them out!
I started the cruise intending to try to rein myself in food-wise, but I have to admit that flew right out the window once I left Minnesota soil. I haven't actually stepped on the scale yet, but I can tell by the way I look and my clothes feel that I didn't do as well as I'd hoped. This was our 4th cruise, so I sort of knew deep down I'd go hog-wild, and I did. Oh well--I had a fantastic time....warm chocolate melting cake 5 of the 7 nights....grand buffets....sampling local beers in every port.....fruity frou frou drinks on board every day....huge breakfasts including pastrys and bacon every day....whew! I did get a little more exercise than usual with all the walking around the ship, swimming in the ocean, and climbing the Mayan ruins of Belize....but the gym is the one area of the ship I never set foot in. Do I feel remorseful? Nah, not really. But I do acknowledge that I need to get back with the program. Back to reality in every way.
Today I took an extra day off work to catch up on laundry, bills, and email, and spend a little extra time with my dog Cassie. (She missed us!) But I'm back on the right food-wagon as of now, and back to the full routine tomorrow. Already looking forward to the next vacation. Ah, to be rich and live that lifestyle all the time! LOL, like I said, back to reality!
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