Wednesday, June 25, 2008
I wonder why sometimes a person can be so into the positive changes they're making in their health and other times it can seem too daunting, too hard. The shift can come so quickly, too. Maybe it's hormones, maybe the weather, maybe it's planetary alignment, who knows?! In the end I guess it really doesn't matter WHY the shift has occured. I guess the question becomes what are you going to do about it? It doesn't really matter if you FEEL like exercising, you still get the benefits if you do it anyway.
Knowing and doing are two different things, though. Knowing I'll feel better if I eat right and exercise and actually eating right and exercising anyway are not the same thing. Accepting the change as temporary might be part of the answer. I don't know. What I do know is that today I feel like my efforts are not enough and I do not feel like making the effort. I also know I'll eat right anyway. I may not exercise, but I'll eat right!
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
One of the families I've taught has a tradition that after the youngest of their 3 daughters has had a teacher they take that teacher to dinner at a fancy Italian restaurant here in town. Their youngest finished 2nd grade this past year so it was my and my team partner's turn. Now, I have really been doing well on phase 1. Seriously. The only "cheat" was a teeny bite of a DELICIOUS butter and jam cookie from my daughter early on, like day 3 or something. So I felt prepared. However, knowing I've never been to this restaurant, that I LOVE Italian food more than any other kind, and that I'm unlikely to ever go there again (way too fancy for me!) I was prepared to "wiggle" a little plan-wise.
I did not arrive hungry. My friend and I did arrive a bit early, though, and our hosts were running a bit late. So Kim and I sat at the bar. Now, I do love wine. I already figured that if the parents ordered wine I would have a glass (hate to be rude, lol!). So, I ordered a glass. Didn't finish it, left about 1/4 of the glass at the bar when the family arrived.
I started with a salad caprese. Good choice! And delicious! I had half a small slice of bread dipped in extra virgin olive oil. Delicious! When the rest of the appetizers came I had a steamed mussel and a steamed clam, and 2 rings of the fried calamari. Dinner was salmon on a bed of shrimp and crabmeat with some sauce on it (forgot to get it on the side) but I subbed the potatoes for sauteed spinach in olive oil. I ate half of the salmon and spinach amd realized I was getting full so I stopped. (The rest is Hubby's lunch today.) Two bottles of wine ended up being ordered, which meant each adult had 2 glasses.
Then the dessert cart came by. This was perhaps the largest dessert cart I have ever seen. The waiter ran down the list showing us each item: carrot cake, creme brulee, profiteroles, chocolate mousse cake, chocolate-Kahlua mousse cake, coconut cake, and berries with zabaglione. Kim, who has successfully kept 75 pounds off for about 9 years, and I locked panicked gazes! I knew she has a weakness for carrot cake and figured if I HAD to have somethingI could share. She read my mind (we've worked together and been friends for a long time!) and said, "I'll share something." and I quickly agreed. Then I busied myself talking to the youngest daughter next to me. I didn't order anything!
When the desserts came I was given a fork (along with the dad who also did not order a dessert) and the plates were passed, I had TEENY bites of everything that was there: profiteroles, the best creme brulee known to man, a rather disappointing chocolate mousse cake, the carrot cake, and some berries from the youngest daughter who ordered berries with a scoop of ice cream. Coffee and conversation went on for quite a while (these are really nice people).
When I got home I poured a glass of wine from a bottle we've had in the fridge for who knows how long, took a few sips and realized it was not even good so I dumped it. I had some nuts and a stick of cheese and went to bed.
Now that it's in writing I see that I didn't really do that badly at all. I had a very satisfying phase 1 breakfast this morning and will go on my merry way. While not exactly "hung over" I do feel a little fuzzier in the head than I'm used to but will go for a mall walk later today with my daughter. It's all going to be alright!
Monday, June 09, 2008
So I ate my dinner tonight and was still hungry. I waited 10 minutes or so to see if it would pass. I drank a big glass of water. I was still hungry. So for dessert I decided to have........................a salad. Yes, a big ol' bowl of chopped romaine with a drizzle of caeser dressing and the tiniest sprinkle of parmesan. It was fabulous!
So, thanks to South Beach phase 1 I have become the kind of person who eats salad for dessert. Go figure! Who knew SHE was in here?!
Sunday, January 27, 2008
I just finished a new video I got at Target yesterday, "Ultimate Fat Burn" from Women's Health. I burned 944 calories in just under 40 minutes! WHOO-HOO!!!!!! I feel fantastically proud of myself!
I did not meet my goal of staying w/in my calorie range 6 of 7 days last week, so no new nail polish or ringtone for me. :-( Oh well........I have a new chance to get it this week!
I'm going to Austin for a teacher's conference Wed-Fri. I really doubt I'll stay w/in my calories. Lunch is provided for us and the hotel has the free continental b'fast thing. We'll be going out to dinner and also enjoying the complimentary happy hour and other assorted beverages as well. I plan to take Kashi cereal bars and apples for a healthier less processed carby b'fast. I may grab some shelf stable soy milk singles, too. I can certainly control the other 4 days of the week, though. I can be sure I workout M-W, as well as Sat and Sun. I can also make it a goal to stay w/in my calorie range M, T, Sa, and Sun.
So, those are my goals for the week! My reward will once again be the polish or the ringtone.
I'm only 4 stickers away from being able to order Turbo Jam!! I'm very excited!
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