Friday, December 11, 2009
A note to record this week's little victory: I didn't have ANY candy at work this week!
I used to have at least a couple of small pieces pretty much every day. I'd eat chocolate when I was hungry (even though I did an okay job of keeping my desk stocked with healthier snacks). I'd eat a small piece of dark chocolate after lunch as dessert. And sometimes I'd get bored or frustrated with my job and that was a good excuse to have candy, too.
There are a couple of people who sit near me who keep candy dishes near their desks, so it was easy to make it a habit.
Well, I made it through 1 week without any candy. But best of all, I didn't miss it! That's the strange part. Or the not-so-strange part. I'd taken a break from candy before, but it was a struggle.
This time, focusing on my water intake and eating plenty of fruit (and occasionally a few almonds or unsweetened plantain chips), I barely noticed that I hadn't swung by the candy dish!
For the record, I've made no goals to give up candy. I intend to continue enjoying chocolate, but I want to eat it because I really want a small treat. Not because I'm dehydrated, bored, or craving something more nutritious.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
So tonight I was assembling a bit of a hodgepodge for dinner. I got some fish from the grocery store and sauteed it, and I had 1/2 cup bulgur that I had already made. Then I still had plenty of calories left for the day, so I thought I'd eat some avocado.
Now, I *know* avocados are high in fat and calories. But I've always just persuaded myself that they are GOOD FAT and so can be eaten without any worry. I think I was in denial.
I decided to look up the avocado on my food tracker before I decided how much to eat. Well, it turns out a cup of mashed avocado (which really is a lot) has about 380 calories. Oh, believe me, I've sat down and eaten a whole avocado plenty of times. In fact, just the other day I mentioned to a friend that I had just eaten half of one, and she looked at me a little strangely and said, "All by itself?"
*** So, healthy fat though it may be, I realized that I should be treating avocado more like butter. Like a buttery spread, and not like the cornerstone of my dinner. Heh. ***
I ended up deciding to have a 1/4 cup of mashed avo made into guacamole (+ lemon juice, salt & pepper, hot sauce) with some more of the bulgur mixed in. The flavor was 100% just as good as guacamole, with a nice chunky texture. If I were going to make more of this, I'd also throw in some diced tomato, jalapeno, and maybe some bell pepper. Could be good on rice cakes!
Oh no, I'm getting hungry again!
Anyway, this made me think of a question: is there a way to track the percentage of your total daily fat intake that is saturated, polyunsaturated, and mono?
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
I'm excited about having planned my breakfast for tomorrow. I planned some of it yesterday, but for tomorrow morning I have concocted a new creation that I expect to fill my tummy with delight and get the day started right! (ok, that was the silly part)
I know a hot, satisfying breakfast really gives me energy in the morning, but it's often hard to get organized on the way out the door. So I acknowledged that I don't usually really eat until I get to my desk, and I put the following in a tupperware to heat up at work:
- 1/2 cup brown rice
- 1 egg, scrambled with a bit of jalapeno and cut in chunks
- 1 lean veggie burger, cut into chunks
- sprinkling of paprika
It's like a breakfast burrito in a bowl! I don't see myself doing this all the time, but I am happy with my idea and looking forward to having it ready for tomorrow morning!
(Also, I was making an egg and veggie patty for dinner, so it was no effort to make extra.)
Monday, December 07, 2009
End of 2nd full day/ 3rd day on SP.
- I bought a scale and got an accurate first weigh-in. It was 2 lbs more than I thought I might be. I guess that part is not a "good thing," but it confirms that I need the help I'm getting from SparkPeople! (And it's not really a big difference, but it's definitely getting into my personal "unhealthy zone.")
- I had an excellent day today in terms of meeting almost all of my goals. I resisted several chances to over-indulge, didn't have any junk food, and enjoyed sharing one delicious, natural dessert (Middle Eastern pudding with rosewater!).
- I walked briskly and even ran a tiny bit in the rain! It was just a block or two, but I had fun doing it.
- Over the past 3 days of tracking my nutrition, I decreased my fat and calorie intake and finally hit the recommended guidelines today!
- Listening to good music is really boosting my morning energy level.
- Trying to get enough fiber. i thought I was pretty good about eating fiber, but I'm getting *way* less than I thought I was.
- Doing cardio on the weekends. I thought I'd have more time for exercise on Sat, Sun, but with allowing time for rest, fun, and the RAIN, I didn't do much. At least I got outside both days and did about 15 minutes of brisk walking.
- Doing cardio is going to be a challenge for me in general. I guess I'm just trying to do 30 minutes most days right now. I'm not going for super intense workouts.
- Keeping track of what I'm eating when I eat out with friends. Certain cuisines that I love (Thai, Chinese) are really going to be a challenge to track. I don't want to give them up, so I'll have to figure out a way to eat in moderation and account for what I'm eating. That sounds hard.
- I am good at getting 7 hours of sleep, but not 8. Time to go to bed! (Soon...)
Sunday, December 06, 2009
- I am not convinced my "start" weight is accurate, so I need to figure out how I'll be weighing myself regularly and get an accurate first weigh-in. (I was weighed at a doctor's office on Friday, but since I had all my clothes and my boots on, I adjusted it a few pounds).
- So, I guess I need to buy a scale. I've never owned one before as I had an "anti-scale" attitude for a long time! (I think there are good reasons for this -- I saw people in high school and college who were weight-obsessed, and I didn't want to be like them. But now I need to acknowledge that having a scale doesn't make me shallow or neurotic!) It's just a tool to use.
- I probably also need to get some hand weights that I can use at home. I used some cans (of beans) yesterday, but I think they are too light for the exercise I was doing, and it would be a nice motivator for me to have cute handweights rather than BEANS sitting in my bedroom.
- I am sure there's more to do. Oh, grocery shopping. I usually shop a few times a week, but I need to get some healthy food for the next few days. MORE FRUIT AND VEGGIES!
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