Friday, January 31, 2014
Calories: 1380 (within range)
Calories Burned: 1743
I'm quite pleased with what I did yesterday, as the numbers don't tell the whole story. The calories eaten are accurate, but the calories burned and steps amounts are actually lower than in reality as I had my FitBit off for a few hours during the day while the battery was being charged. (I have to start doing that at night.) I know I climbed stairs several times while it was off, so that's good.
The part I'm most pleased about with yesterday, though, is that not only did I stay within my calorie range, but I also stayed within range for all of my nutrition categories (i.e. carbs, fat, and protein). Recently, even when I was within my calorie range, I was usually over on fat, or low on protein, or both.
I've also been doing better with my water consumption over the past few days. I'm not right up to my 8 - 10 glasses per day, but I've been hitting 7 glasses consistently. So, that's going in the right direction.
Best of all, I re-lost those two pounds that I "found" last week.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
OK, I've given myself a few days of "space"; but I can't keep this up, or I'm going to end up right back where I was.
I've unfortunately "found" two of the four pounds I'd lost the other week. That's not surprising. When I went to write this blog today, I was originally planning to do my old "X calories in, X minutes of exercise" heading that would cover the few days I haven't been posting. The thought of that just imobilized me, though. I felt like Bridge Jones..."Calories consumed? Oh...MILLIONS!!!" (I love Bridget Jones, BTW - at least the first two books. I haven't had the heart to try the last one, where they've killed off poor old Mark Darcy.)
Anyway, I've decided that there's nothing I can do about the past few days; so I'm just going to put them behind me and start fresh today. So far, I've been doing alright with my eating. My Spark Friend Sarah, says that the calories are the easy part for her, but the exercise gives her trouble. I'm exactly the opposite - it doesn't take much to motivate me to exercise, but snacking all evening is my downfall. So, I'm going to plan out my evening's snacks now (it's 5:30 p.m., my tea is done, and I still have 192 - 542 calories to play with). If I can stay away from the chocolate (which should be a LOT easier, since I finished all the Christmas remainders off recently), I can make this day a success.
Now, the only thing I have to decide is what to do about my blog titles. Do I pick up where I left off, calling the next one Day 35, and just ignore the missing time? Or, do I start back at Day 1 since I broke my streak and have to start building a new one? Any thoughts?
Monday, January 27, 2014
This isn't one of my usual daily blog entries. You might have noticed that I didn't log in for the past two days. This winter just finally broke me. I spent all day Saturday working and all night eating; then, Sunday, I just stayed in my night gown all day (this NEVER happens normally) and did nothing at all but read and sleep. I just couldn't take being trapped in the house with the cold any longer.
Sunday, I woke up thinking, I HAVE to get out of here - even if I just drive to a shopping mall. Then I looked out the window at the roaring wind blowing the snow sideways and realized the roads would be a nightmare. So I stayed home yet again. Obviously, we didn't walk the dogs AGAIN. At one point, I just went to bed and pulled the covers over my head to try to muffle the sound of the wind.
I'm sorry - I usually try so hard to stay positive; but I'm just way past my breaking point with this.
Friday, January 24, 2014
Calories Eaten: WITHIN my range
I was starting to feel much better yesterday, so I completed 30 minutes on the elliptical. I was quite proud of that.
I was prouder, though, that I stayed within my calorie range; as I was having some SERIOUS chocolate cravings in the evening and there are still Christmas chocolates in the house. I wasn't hungry at all - I just wanted to eat chocolate. So, I stuck to my guns and stayed within range as planned.
One thing that helped me was an email from my young cousin in Liverpool. She's 25 years old, and I absolutely adore her. I guess she was very impressed by my efforts to stay active while I was visiting, and it inspired her to train for a 5K (which she completed last summer) and now for a 10K (which she'll run in March). She has also just started dating someone who seems very nice.
I got me thinking about the next time I see her in person (hopefully, in 2015). I want to continue to be a role model for her; and, who knows, maybe I'll be looking for a dress to wear at her wedding at some point. I'm not sure why, but that thought was what it took to re-focus me last night. It's a bit silly, because I had set a goal for next month that was not really doing the trick; but this was the thought that tipped the balance.
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