Tuesday, November 27, 2012
I try to keep my late night snacks within my daily nutrition plan by making sure I have some calories left to "spend" at the end of the day.
I usually keep on hand some snacks that are super rich in flavor and "decadence" but not high in calories. The decadence factor (expensive, sweet/salty, exotic - whatever works for you) is important! Since it feels like an indulgence, I take tiny bites and roll it around my mouth and savor it slowly rather than horking it down like a St. Bernard.
My favorite late night snacks at the moment are:
* Half an ounce of a nice robust cheese and half an ounce of walnut pieces (Omega-3 boost)
* Dates, pears or apples with either of the above
* One or two squares of good dark chocolate and a glass of port wine
* Homemade treat that is rich and sweet but "healthy" such as tofu pudding (trust me, even Bill Cosby would like it - see my chocolate tofu pie makeover recipe)
Also important: I always, ALWAYS measure and track them before crawling into bed with the book and snackies. That way my mind won't trick me into thinking that I "need" more to feel satisfied, and I will see how little I have and try to make it last longer.
So far it's working - I might lose weight a bit faster if I didn't snack at all, but then I would feel deprived, which would lead to... you got it, bedtime bingeing.
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Watch this video. Please. And never give up.
The Amazing Transformation of a Guy Who Didn't Give Up!
If he can do it, we can do it.
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Not only did I not GAIN weight over Thanksgiving, I was shocked to see this morning that I had actually LOST a pound over the four day trip even though I felt like I ate a ton of heavy food. "Playing with kids" is in the fitness tracker for 513 calories an hour - it must be true.
The hotel had a computer, so I was able to spend a few minutes each evening tracking my food and exercise, and I also used the fitness room there.
As for Thanksgiving, I actually ate more the days before and after than the actual day. My Thanksgiving meal was quite moderate - only 527 calories - but of course I made up for it by having both kinds of dessert and a whopping 600 calories! (Thank goodness for that exercise bike.) Compared to the "typical" holiday meal which according to an article I read can pack in up to 4000 calories, I still did pretty well...
Although I was over my calories every day of the trip, I didn't go over the "calorie differential" so I was still burning more than I was eating.
My biggest triumph over the weekend was the morning that my sis decided to get doughnuts for everyone for breakfast. I had anticipated something unhealthy and tempting at her house but this was even more of a challenge than I had expected. At the hotel I had eggs, sausage and potatoes for breakfast to make sure I would not feel physically hungry. It was still incredibly hard to stay away from that big box of fresh doughnuts, but I took a cup of coffee and stayed out of the dining room altogether.
There's no place like home.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
The wifi on my laptop is dead. Dead dead very dead. Which means, I will be traveling over the Thanksgiving holiday with NO SP FOOD TRACKER. (Not to mention being off my regular exercise routine.)
I hope I have got the hang of this food monitoring well enough to do it on my own for a few days... I am resigned that it may not be possible to lose more weight this week but I would feel quite satisfied if I could maintain where I am without gaining anything back.
Happy Thanksgiving, try to stick with your plans as best you can, and I'll see y'all on the other side.
Friday, November 16, 2012
Well, it's Friday and although I have not gained any weight this week, I haven't lost any either.
I had several days of eating not as well as before, and it appears to me that substituting less healthy foods (such as pie) even if I stay in my calorie range is NOT enough to keep me losing weight at my current fitness/activity level. Clearly, as far as my body is concerned, not all foods are created equal. And until I get my nighttime eating under control, an apple or a dried fig as a bedtime snack is far better than a piece of pie.
Another thing I noticed was that even though I weigh myself in the morning, the evening is when I would worry and fret about it Then, to comfort myself, I would... you guessed it... EAT. And did it make me feel better? No, of course not. I felt even worse.
"Would you like another helping of self sabotage with that?"
So it will be back to following the nutrition tracker exactly, as that was working well for me; I lost 2 pounds a week the first three weeks. Slow and steady is better than two steps forward, one step back.
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