Thursday, March 18, 2010
Uh oh, I'm out of my maintanence range... time to go on a mini-diet until I get back there!!
Here's what happened...I was doing great until this past Saturday, but then I ate and drank too much while out partying and even though I didn't gain weight I felt crummy all day on Sunday. Despite that, I ALMOST managed to get myself right back on track...I went to the gym, and I ALMOST went the whole day eating on track...until night came! Then all of a sudden I cracked and went on a binge. My husband was home so I had to be quite sneaky about it, but I managed to eat myself up four pounds by Monday morning! Now, I very often weigh more on Monday mornings than I do over the weekend, but FOUR means I overdid it. No surprise there. But still, I got up and went to work on Monday ready to be back on track. Not only did I suck it up and get on that scale even though I really didn't want to see, I also packed myself a cooler filled with a healthy breakfast, lunch, and snacks. Unfortunately, as soon as I saw the pastries in the teachers' room it was all over. I ate those, and then I didn't stop. I ate all day, telling myself that it was just for the day because it was the day before progress reports were due, which is always the most stressful day of the term! After school I decided I'd finish progress reports at home, but along my commute I stopped at a convenience store for some horrible junk food, which I then ate all night as I worked. I wasn't done with progress reports until way past my bedtime, and of course I didn't go to the gym at all that day. On Tuesday I woke up quite tired and feeling rather disgusting, but I was once again convinced that today would be the day I'd be back on track. I got on the scale and had gained ANOTHER five pounds - I was now up 10 pounds from my weight on Sunday! Again, I packed a healthy lunch and went to school - and found CHOCOLATE and PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE in the teacher's room! Oh no!!!!!!!!!!!! Now Tuesday was a goner. That evening I went home, skipped the gym again, and had a GIANT serving of pasta for dinner.
Tuesday night, around the time my husband came home from work, I started to have a mighty stomach ache. No surprise...I'd done it to myself, right? Only it got worse and worse as the night went on, and by the time I realized I wasn't going to get any sleep because I kept having to get up and use the bathroom, and also realized I had a low-grade fever, I knew this wasn't just something I'd done to myself. (At least, I don't THINK you can give yourself a fever and stomach bug from overeating??) I barely slept that night, and decided to call in sick on Wednesday. My weight was back down 6 pounds from the day before and the urge to binge, thank goodness, was GONE. Despite the discomfort, I'm actually glad that something drastic happened to get me off of that binge mindset! I took it pretty carefully eating at first on Wednesday...my mom frequently reminds me of the BRAT diet, so I had a Banana, Rice, and Toast (well...bread...I didn't toast it). I didn't have any Applesauce though. I didn't track and probably still ate way too much, especially considering I was now on day 3 of no exercise, but by evening I was feeling a little better and had a healthy dinner and then invented a delicious healthy dessert - I put frozen fruit in a bowl, sprinkled diet hot chocolate powder on top, and microwaved it - yum. I woke up today being up a pound from yesterday, but still down from Tuesday's binge high, and felt not 100 percent better, but not nearly as bad as yesterday.
So today I am once again determined to get myself back on track. This time I haven't visited that evil teachers room, and I've tracked everything I ate and even the things I haven't eaten yet but am planning to eat the rest of the day. I just finished lunch and am actually quite full, so if I were to start rummaging for junk now it would NOT be out of hunger, but more out of bad habit. That's the funny thing...often when I binge eat, I'm not at all hungry and sometimes I'm already uncomfortably stuffed. I really don't know why I do it. I do know, however, that I'm only up 6 pounds from my maintanence weight and that I can and will easily get back there with a bit of time under 2,200 calories per day plus exercise. I know that no irreversable damage has been done and that I CAN and WILL recover from little slip-ups whenever they occur. All the exciting reasons why I love being at goal weight still hold true, and I've shown myself thoroughly how UNENJOYABLE binge eating can be. I'm going to be just fine.....I'm going to prove to myself that I can do this.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
WHY do I do this to myself?? Yesterday I overdid it in not one, not two, but THREE areas, and I'm paying for it today in terms of how my tummy feels and also the guilt factor. And then tomorrow I'll probably still be tired, great. Work is too busy for me to be dealing with issues I bring upon myself!
Here's how I overdid it...
1. Coffee - I had seven cups yesterday. WTF? People at a party I went to were joking that I was going to give myself a heart attack from all the caffeine.
2. Alcohol - I had six alcoholic beverages yesterday. Some overlapped with coffee beverages. Clearly far more than I needed. My friend got good and happy off of TWO drinks - I should have followed her example.
3. Calories - VERY rough guesstimate is somewhere in the 4,300-calorie range. I actually was making pretty good choices...except for the calories in the drinks, eating fries off of other people's plates, and then coming home and polishing off a bunch of orange sherbet. Heh, I guess that means I really WASN'T making pretty good choices yesterday, was I? Miraculously, my weight didn't change today.
Back on track today, and lots of water!!
Saturday, March 13, 2010
1. What did you eat for breakfast?
Smoothie made of organic skim milk, OJ fortified with calcium and D, a splash of organic cranapple juice, plain fat-free Greek yogurt, frozen mixed berries, and frozen mixed tropical fruit. Oh, and green tea, and coffee with unsweetened soy milk. About to have another mug! :)
2. How much water do you drink a day?
Do coffee, tea, and seltzer count?? If not, just a bottle or two. Yikes.
3. What is your favorite workout?
My favorite would be running in ideal weather in a scenic locale in the morning after a full night's sleep and some strong coffee. If I'm tired, elliptical.
4. What is your favorite fruit?
5. What is your favorite vegetable?
6. How many calories do you burn a week?
How could anyone really know the answer to this for real? I would imagine it would be a very rough estimate!
7. How many calories do you eat a day?
8. What are your favorite healthy snacks?
Almonds, walnuts, and really crisp apples
9. What do you usually eat for lunch?
Something I've batch-cooked - right now my choices are Mexican lasagna, a couple pasta-veggie combos, and Mexican chicken and beans. (Yes, I like Mexican!!) Oh, and a side of veggies (Trader Joe's Harvest Hodgepodge).
10. What is usually for dinner?
See answer to #9, minus the side of veggies.
11. What is your favorite body part to strength train?
Probably arms - it's my quickest routine.
12. What is your least favorite body part to strength train?
Lower body....it's tough!
13. What is your least favorite exercise?
Anything - if I'm tired and/or hungry.
14. What is your favorite exercise?
Didn't I answer this in #3? Oh well. A few other things I REALLY enjoy (but don't do very often) are dancing, roller blading, and biking.
15. What is your "bad" food cravings?
Ice cream, pizza, and whatever junk I see other people eating that I don't let myself eat!
16. What is your go to workout song?
I love it when Tik Tok comes up on the iPod......need some new stuff though.
17. Do you take vitamins or supplements?
Not since that study came out that said that vitamins didn't really do anything.
18. How often do you eat out?
Varies. When I'm keeping my eating under control I eat out a lot less.
19. Do you eat fast food?
Hardly ever. My husband helped convince me that stuff's gross.
20. How do you stay motivated?
Looking at my wedding pictures and wanting to keep looking like that, loving how I look and feel at my goal weight!
21. Who is your biggest supporter?
My wonderful husband!!!!
22. How much weight have you lost?
I have gained and lost a lot over the years. Usually when I gain I reach about 165-170, although I have weighed more. Now I'm trying to maintain at 145. So I guess you could say I've lost 25 pounds. Yay!
23. How did you determine your goal weight?
Wow, I could write a book about this. I used to always want to get lower, lower, lower, and then I'd give up and gain. Now I am maintaining at a realistic goal weight for me - 145. It's not my lowest ever, but it's healthy.
24. Do you have a gym membership?
Yes, my gym is like my 2nd home!!! (Well, third home...my husband and I both own condos!)
25. How often do you work out?
26. How did you find Spark?
I read an article about it online. That was in 2006, and I'm still here!
27. How much sleep do you get a night?
If I don't get 8 hours I'm miserable, so I try for at least that much every night...usually successful but not always.
28. Are you a morning or night workout person?
I have much more energy in the morning, but since I have to get up at 6 for work I usually work out in the afternoon or evening during the week, and consider a morning workout a weekend treat. :)
29. Do you have a "cheat" day?
30. Do you drink soda?
Not unless my occasional Bacardi and diet counts.
31. Do you drink alcohol? How much?
I might have a glass of red wine in the evening once a week or so...when I go out I drink, but that might happen once a week or once a month or not for a few months at a time. I tend to drink a lot when I go out though!
32. What is your favorite thing about Spark?
The nutrition tracker, blogging and being able to communicate with other Sparkers.
33. What do you not like about your body? What do you love about your body?
I don't like how bloated and big my belly seems to get at night, yuck. I love how I've made myself a fit person!
34. Do you have a workout buddy?
No, but I have a few acquaintances at the gym and my husband and I go together a few times a week.
35. What is the best thing that has changed about your life since committing to this Healthy Lifestyle?
Tuesday, March 09, 2010
So I get to eat way more calories now that I'm officially in maintanence. Do you think it's okay for some of these calories to be junk food?
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