Wednesday, February 19, 2014
I'm having one of those days where I can't seem to get full. Did a search on sparkpeople and there was a good message board post on the topic. Someone there highlighted a connection I had made in the past but hadn't related it to today...
...when I don't sleep enough, the next day...I'm more irritatable, feel like the universe (and everyone in it) is against me and crave lots of food (usually unhealthy ones).
Last night, I had company over late and though it was fun, in hindsight, I didn't get my min 7 hours of sleep. That explains my hungry day today!!
So far, I am still on track for a healthy eating day. Tomorrow is my weigh in day, so I don't want to screw that up with a potential binge tonight. So, what's the plan for the rest of the day?
--get thru the workday with no more food. I think I will put some music on for distraction and plow thru the project I am working on.
--be sure to leave work in time to make my yoga class tonight
--changed my planned dinner to be something that requires very little prep, is delicious and still within my calorie range. If I have to cook tonight (as I had planned), I'm likely to stop in somewhere to get unhealthy takeout. Mitigating the chances of that by not cooking and eating something much easier and faster to prep tonight.
--and finally get thee to sleep at a reasonable hour tonight...so that I'll be well rested for tomorrow....another day.
Writing this out makes me feel in control and that I can easily do this. Now off to execute the plan!!!!
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Amazing how quickly I can fall into old habits. I've been doing so well balancing life with my dieting needs. If I have dinner or lunch out plans, I make sure I eat my own trackable cooking for the rest of the days meals. If the calories aren't worth it, I've been passing (and reminding myself how much time it would likely take on the elliptical to burn off the calories...sometimes, the unplanned food is worth it....most times its not and I talk myself out of it quickly. The plan is working...as I feel and look better, I have more energy, I feel happier and have lost 8 pounds (on avg a pound a week since I started...so meeting my goals).
But sometimes, I slip into old habits. As an example, yesterday, I had a club meeting after work. It is held at a bar and they have an all you can eat buffet for $20 before the meeting starts. I've had that buffet before...food is good but not great. So instead of having dinner at the meeting, I planned in advance...brought to work my meals from home. Had a delicious butternut squash chili with brown rice for an early mini meal dinner at work before I left for the meeting. Had my planned one beer at the meeting and then went home to have my planned 2nd mini-meal dinner.
But, as I was walking home, I was craving food. I made the mistake of stopping at the store for a few not critical groceries. In the process, I picked up a few things that were not necessarily in my interest. And yes, you guessed it, I ate more than my planned minimeal once I got home.
However, I will give myself credit for tracking it all. In the end, I was 500 calories over my daily limit (way over on my sodium, though). And frankly, even my binges now are not nearly as bad as they used to be. And I'm keeping myself accountable even through the binges.
So, in the end, a good reminders...
--I'm human and some days will be more challenging than others.
--Key is to get right back on the wagon which I will do today (delcious breakfast/lunch/snack already planned and with me at work).
--This is a process...if I stick to the plan, most of the time, I will progress to my goals.
So, I'm committing to STICKING TO THE PLAN!!
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