Thursday, December 05, 2013
Altho my natural tendency is to beat myself up for not being perfect, I've decided to focus on what I DID achieve and positively build upon that teeny-tiny success.
Yesterday I made it to lunch carb-less
Self-assessing what happened, I figured out my downfall started with my beef-soup that I made for dinner the day before.
Now normally my soups are almost exclusively protein and beans and green veggies. This beef soup started with left-over pot roast that had some roasted potatoes and carrots in the tupperware. I figured a few potatoes wouldn't hurt and my miserly streak kept me from throwing them out. I added the customary onion, garlic, celery, diced tomatoes, a few more carrots, red pepper flakes, dash of worchester sauce and soon it was simmering away. YUM!
My BIG MISTAKE was adding dumplings made from Marie Calendar mix. This mix makes biscuits that are a carb lover's dream!!!! Again, normally I DO add dumplings using those canned biscuits. They stay together nicely on top of the broth and my family loves them. I don't. So they are NOT a temptation for me.
This time when I dropped the dough onto the boiling soup they formed nice looking dumplings. Trouble was, they broke up into the soup making the broth a very rich, SUPER YUMMY carb-filled gravy.
One bite and my carb-o-meter kicked in and I ate THREE servings at dinner. Plus regular spoon snackages all evening. My soup-fest resumed the next morning at mid-morning snack and continued until mid afternoon when I realized I've been binging instead of eating. DUH!!!
It didn't help that dd#3 left her Wheat Thins box in my car. The deal was I would buy her a box on the condition that she keep it hidden in her room or in her locker at school. I spied a few loose crackers on the floorboard and wasn't above thinking about eating them- YIKES!!!! By the grace of God, I didn't but I DID root around in her stuff she left in the car until I found the box.
My mind, mouth, stomach and hand couldn't resist and I quickly gobbled almost half a box. I managed to stop at the stomach-ache stage and not the throw-up stage. (Another teeny-tiny victory!)
DD#3 ate the rest of the box when I picked her up from school - Whew! My relief was short lived when she wanted chicken alfredo for dinner.
Again, 'normally' I don't eat either chicken or pasta. But my carb-o-meter was still going full throttle. One serving led to two and the evening spoon snackage fest repeated itself.
Not surprisingly, the scale is up 2 lbs.
Today is a new day and my goal is to go carb-less!!!
Monday, November 25, 2013
I heard that line (paraphrased) in the movie 'BABE' (I think) where the daddy dog says to the mama dog that she can help the baby pig 'only until he gets his feet under him'. (Let me know if I've got the wrong movie )
Anyway, I've been off work last week and have vacation this week so that pressure is off. I've been allowing myself downtime when I'm tired (which is ALOT these days) and am scheduling the hard, but necessary tasks usually one per day. Then I do some 'fun' work painting the rental house (formerly dad's) or doing some ambitious home improvement tasks on our house.
I ripped out the outside window trim boards that had wood rot, replaced with new pre-primed wood, caulked and primed again. This involved me going up on the roof, measuring, buying and everything all by myself!!! My dh made the cuts (he won't let me near his power tools All is ready for the painter to finish. DH was impressed. I cant wait to say to the painter 'I did this' when he asks who I got to do the work. (Painter arguement drama was in another blog)
Very satisfying, grief busting, mentally and physically challenging work!
(side note: I hung out with an uncle whose garage was a wood working wonderland. He made AWESOME furniture and I ALWAYS wanted to do that, but in those times, schools didn't 'allow' girls to take wood shop. So I'm in Hog Heaven doing these projects! )
Foodwise: I'm being conscientious about sticking with my eating/vitamin/protein 'routines'. I'm still drinking ALOT of HOT decaf coffee drinks, but have switched to using Torani sf syrups to flavor rather than my beloved Hills Bros Mocha powder. Torani = 0 calories; Hills Bros = 50 cal per serving. I ran out and the local stores also were out, so tried syrups. Very Good and satisfying, but not as GREAT as my original HOT skinny mochas
PS: Kitty is WAY better!!! Well on his way to getting back to 'normal'
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