Monday, November 18, 2013
Last week I started logging my calories again. It was quite eye opening. I just ate normally for the first few days, and it quickly became obvious that thought I was eating good foods I was eating waaaaaaaaaaaay too much. 100 calories here, 75 calories there, 120 calories over there...it really adds up fast!
This week is dedicated to getting back under control. When I lost the weight the first time, I ate between 1400 and 1600 calories a day. I looked at what I ate last week and made a decision to cut things down. Today, I only took 3 snacks: A banana, a fruit cup, and a protein bar. I came home with the fruit cup still in my bag. And, b/c of that, I was able to have some jello pudding for dessert, instead of the bowl of icecream I normally have.
The result? 1575 today! YAY!!!!
I'm happy with these changes and I feel I can keep them up. :)
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
This morning I was making my lunch for work and decided enough was enough. I had to start tracking again. I use to do it in the morning while I was eating breakfast. But now I don't have time in the morning to go on the computer. I was reading something on my new phone (just got it on the weekend) and decided that was my answer! I'd just do it on my phone.
First, the SparkPeople website is terrible on a small smartphone screen. It was very hard to navigate. So I checked if there was a SparkPeople app, and lo and behold there is! Only...unlike the site, it's not free. Boo. I read through the reviews of the app and a lot of them weren't good. I don't have a problem paying for something that is going to help me achieve my goals, but I want don't want an app I'll fight with either!
A quick check on the Play Store showed many other free options that I could at least try out and see if I liked first. I downloaded the My Fitness Pal's app, and was soon entering my foods for the day like a pro.
I'm excited to say, I was within my calorie range by 8 calories today. I know, really close. BUT! I would have been way over without the app. I know it is true.
So, even though it's not in the Spark-Sphere, I have started tracking my calories again, and I think it was long over due. :)
Sunday, September 22, 2013
It's taken quite a bit longer than I would have hoped, but I finally feel like I'm back to myself again.
Before I got pregnant with my daughter, and indeed, before getting married, I had cut all the junk from my diet. I didn't eat fast food, I didn't eat out, I didn't buy candy or junk food. I maybe had a small bag of chips once a month, or a small piece of chocolate once or twice a month. I discovered I didn't actually like those things, and I always hated myself after eating them. So I cut them out.
After my husband and I got married, we started going out for dinner or we would order in. He has a serious sweet tooth and buys candies every time he goes shopping. And I eat what's in the kitchen.
When I got pregnant, my last thing of no fast food went out the window, and I ate burgers from various chains multiple times a week. :(
Well, since starting back on the weight loss path, I have been trying hard to not give in to cravings. I have spent the last 2 weeks asking myself "Am I hungry" every time I want to eat something. I really think on this and if the answer is no, I drink some water or chew some gum.
I have said not to candy and chocolate at work. I have sidelined the urge to grab something quick at a fast food joint on the way home.
Then, on Thursday, I went to Timmies (Tim Hortons for all you non Canadians out there!) and got a sandwich and a green tea. The guy asked me if I wanted to make it a combo for 30c more. And I said no, I don't need a doughnut. And I didn't. He pressed the issue though asking if I wanted a cookie. No. How about a muffin? Nope. Danish? No. I don't need any of them. Just the sandwich and the tea.
And I was right. After finishing the sandwich, I wasn't hungry any more.
So, there we have it. I can turn down sweets again! Go me :)
Tuesday, September 03, 2013
On Saturday, I needed to do some shopping. The shop is a 5min drive from my house, but I decided that I would walk. I sunscreened my daughter, and got the stroller out and we headed out.
It took us just under a half hour to get there. I felt good! I got the few things I needed and b/c my daughter was so good, I got her some dried apple slices (which she loved) instead of cookies.
We then stopped off at a Timmies, mostly for the AC. It was so hot and humid out I was sweating buckets! We got a small smoothie. My daughter got 1 timbit and I got a bagel. We shared the smoothie and I'm happy to say my daughter was more interested in the dried apple slices than and smoothie than she was in the timbit. :D
Once we were done (and after my daughter had won the hearts of everyone in the dining area!) we headed out again. We live in a suburb with lots of winding and turning roads. I saw a road and thought it would take us home in a different way. Boy was I wrong! We got lost. We eventually made it out to the main road just outside the suburb and I decided that instead of walking back, might as well just keep going forward.
Our 25min walk home turned into over an hour. We saw a park on the way and my daughter wanted to play, so I let her. We got home just over 3 hours after we had left.
Here's my sign of success. I thought for sure my legs would hate me. That they would tighten up and I'd be limping before sundown. They didn't. They were sore, oh yah, but being on my feet, walking, for 3 hours would have normally required pain killers and a hot bath. On Saturday, all it required was a light stretching.
This makes me happy. Even if the scale isn't moving, my body is moving much better than it did. I'll take it :)
Thursday, August 29, 2013
I have a confession to make; I haven't been to the gym at all this month.
I don't like that. In fact, I hate it. Our daycare provider went on vacation, and my husband and I were turned down for vacation. The first week of the month, I was scrambling to find a daycare for my daughter.
After contacting dozens of places and interviewing 8 different ones, I found one the day before she needed to start! Only problem was that it was further away from home, and my daughter needed to be picked up by 5:15pm. Our current daycare is around the corner, and she can stay until 6:30pm. So yah, quite a difference there.
So, for the next two weeks, I was unable to make it to the gym b/c I had to go get my daughter b/c my husband couldn't (we only have one car).
This week, we have been getting back to normal, but b/c I had to leave work early for the previous 2 weeks, I'm not behind on most all of my work and have had to stay late all this week to catch up.
So stressed. Add onto this that my daughter didn't like the temp daycare and threw an epic fit every time I went to leave, DH cancelling on me last min for going to the beach with our daughter, tight deadlines at work, and a heatwave, and you have one stressed and tired mama!
I'm surprised that I haven't gained weight this month.
Well, today I decided I can't not go to the gym this month. So, I'm going to go at lunch today. Wish me luck :)
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