Thursday, September 01, 2011
Oops, I did it again. I have come to the conclusion that Snyder's "Puffin Corn" can not be consumed in moderation- at least, not by me! I was right on track last night; I ate 1/6 of the casserole I made, as planned, and even got to have my planned snack of a sugar-free chocolate pudding cup. But I still felt like eating. I normally eat much more of the aforementioned casserole, and I guess I felt deprived. I went for the puffs- at first, I portioned out the serving per the package, but after I ate that, I went back and got the bag and finished it off. I felt bloated and greasy- the amount of trans fats I consumed is sickening! Alas, there is no more puffin corn to tempt me. I am glad for that- at least it won't be in the cabinets mocking me, with it's orange deliciousness and buttery, melt-in-your-mouth taste. Cruel puffs! How I despise thee.
Today is a new day. I had a good breakfast, consisting of an egg white, 3 slices 97% fat-free canadian bacon, and a slice of whole-wheat, low-fat, low-sugar banana bread (I made this yesterday, adapting my grandmother's recipe. YUM!). The leftover casserole is still calling to me, but not as loudly as it was pre-protein-filled breakfast, Going for a walk at 9 AM, and this will make day 6 of exercising!
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!
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