Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Perusing the pages of "Spark," I realized I have a touble goal, one which I have never been able to conquer, and one which I have never tried to work out. I saw today that I have exercised every day for the last 5 days, even on the days that I went over my calorie goal. Normally, I'd have given up and stopped tracking what I was eating and stop exercising. I am really proud to say that even though I ate over 3,600 calories two days ago, I went back and tracked EVERYTHING I ate that day, embarassing as it was, and I didn't feel overly bad about it.
I am weighing myself daily, and though I gained some of what I'd lost back due to the past two days (I went a bit over yesterday, as well, but not too bad- 1,700 or so), I have still exercised every day since re-starting Spark, and have remained active on here. I have tracked all my foods, and normally I don't. I have been trying to share my feelings about how I am doing and all the encouragement from you, fellow Sparkers, has really helped me muddle through.
My mini-goal for now is to keep exercising every day, at least try and do 20 minutes (a short walk- 1 mile or more) every day. I feel better when I know I am still fighting the good fight! I also hope to keep within my calorie goals. I have been eating less, eating healthier, for longer than I have in so long. I feel like I really can do it! 17 pounds by October 27th might be a lofty goal, but I know that if I keep doing what I have been doing, despite my small setback involving McDonald's and the binge that followed, I will make progress toward this goal. And that is what really matters!
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Well, I fasted yesterday for a physical. Afterward, I consumed about 3,200 calories. I did walk 3 miles during my fasting, and I was so ravenous that I ended up getting an Angus Bacon and Cheese burger from McDonald's - 790 calories, added mayonnaise, and didn't eat the bottom bun (like that mattered), a medium smoothie- 260 calories, and then a bunch more when I got home. 2 country-style ribs is over 1,300 calories! I didn't expect that. I only entered the food this morning. I am bummed, I stepped on the scale and gained a pound. It could be water weight, but I ate enough calories to gain a pound of fat- 3,600 approximately.
I am somewhat depressed about it all, but I will exercise today and stick to a healthier diet, that's for sure!
Monday, August 29, 2011
Just ate a small banana and a half tbsp. of almond butter and drank 8 oz. water. I have to fast until around 4 P.M. today.
I am excited to learn what my cholesterol is, though!
Sunday, August 28, 2011
I worked so hard today to stay on track. I succeeded- until, that is, I came home from the grocery store around 8 P.M. and whipped up our late dinner. In that one meal, I consumed a bit under 900 calories, 28 grams of fat, and 81 grams of protein! Wow. In my defense, though, I am going to have to fast until 4 P.M. tomorrow due to a physical (for insurance purposes). I guess that is why I went for the gusto. The meal wasn't too bad, really, with whole wheat linguine, 2.5 cups of broccoli, shrimp, and only a tiny cream cheese, milk, and a pat of butter along with many yummy spices. I find measuring dry pasta difficult, so I tend to overestimate to compensate for human error.
What is strange is that I am not beating myself up for it. I ate like a starving person, but I'd had a small portion of cottage cheese right before cooking this meal (since I hadn't eaten for hours) to tame the wild beast. I actually gave my husband about 1/5 of what I had to eat, as I was too full. I feel comfortable now, and completely satisfied! I know I will be O.K. calorically, as I won't be able to eat for the next 18 hours. Geez, that sounds unpleasant. I love to munch constantly.
Calories consumed- 1,900-ish
Fat grams consumed- 70 (!)
Protein consumed- >150 grams
I hope my fat consumption today doesn't increase my cholesterol reading for tomorrow's physical! Anyway, I am glad that I exercised today! My "Spark Streak" for exercising is now 2 days. I plan to make tomorrow day 3!
Sunday, August 28, 2011
I hope today goes as well as yesterday. I am going to try planning my meals for the day out in advance, like I did yesterday. Stick with what works, right? My question is- I am assuming my 3.5 lb. weight loss is due to water loss from all the exercise, but I drank more water than I normally do. Could some of it result from finally having 1 day of reprieve from stuffing my face with bacon, perogies (I'm talking at least 8 at a time- complete with butter and salt), cheese, and potato chips? That has literally been my diet for the practically the last 2 weeks up until yesterday!
Pounds of bacon consumed- 3.5 (This is NO JOKE!)
Perogies eaten- 70 (at least, this is a conservative estimate)
I am disgusted to admit to this, but I am hoping I can move on. I mean, who really eats 3.5 lb. of bacon in two weeks? But oh, do I love bacon.
So, down 3.5 lb. from yeserday, and I am suspicious; however, I met all of my goals for nutrients as well as calories, and usurped my goals for exercise yesterday. My husband and I went to the State Park and took a trail that was 2.3 miles and full of horrible hills of death, the memory of which I have already started to repress!
Calories consumed- 1,385 [35 grams of fat, 93 grams of protein] yesterday
Miles Walked- 4.9 Minutes Spend Exercising- 120
I am pretty impressed with myself. The only thing that happened that I did not plan is that after we did our walk, I came back home and had a string cheese and fat-free yogurt, and we left again until after 7 P.M. I was so hungry when I got back home at that point. I made and consumed my planned dinner, consisting of a pork chop, around 1-1.5 cups of steamed broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots, and a small baked potato with spray butter. It was so good! I ate it so fast that I felt like a vaccume afterward and felt compelled to consume MORE. More, more, more. My usual M.O. is to scarf down all the carbs in sight (especially starchy ones). Instead, I ate the lions share of a can of no-sugar-added pears. An extra 120 calories I had not intended on, but at least I got 3 grams of fiber and a fix for my starch-tooth (sweet tasting things are a quick remedy and are often scarfed on the way to the starchy carbs).
Good luck today, Sparkers!
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