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Down another pound

Monday, August 18, 2008

Hello fellow Sparkies. I hope everyone had a good weekend! It was incredibly too hot. I thought with the 100+ degree days I was going to die! But it was also a learning experience for me. The entire weekend I ate whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. And as you can tell from my blog title, I'm down a pound.

To explain, I did not eat a pile of junk food with abandon. Basically, I refused to let myself overly obsess about each and every calorie I was eating. I still tracked my food, but I tracked it AFTER the day was over. Instead of planning it the day before (like I usually do). All week long I've had cravings for doughnuts and Toblerone. Which is strange to me because I have never had a Toblerone in my life. I even went to the website to learn more about it. I was tired of just hearing "oh my gosh, it's like heaven in your mouth!" from people.

I didn't have a doughnut or a Toblerone this weekend. Once I gave myself the option, I just....really didn't feel like it. We went to my husband's family reunion on Saturday and I allowed myself to eat whatever I wanted there. That happened to include two big chocolate chip cookies and a brownie, in addition to the other food. They tasted pretty good! I still told myself if I wanted something later, i would have it and not obsess about the fact that I had already had some sweets. Later on, I really wasn't thinking about it.

Then yesterday I was nervous because family wanted us to go out to eat with them at a restaurant that should basically just be called "Don't come here unless you want a burger the size of your head, filled with lard." But then, I don't think that'd be a good marketing strategy for them! I ended up getting a side salad. That's it. They had some, I guess you call them, "meal-type salads." But none of them sounded good. I'd have to ask them to remove about 50 items before they would resemble something I would eat. What's wrong with adding more veggies to a salad? Nope, I had the options of bacon, ham, turkey, chicken, croutons...yuck, yuck, yuck, yuck, and not worth it (I'm a fan of soft bread, not crunchy). The only other options all made my stomach turn. I just can't handle the fat and the grease like I used to! I can't believe we used to eat out like 4-7 times a week!

The only hard part of the day was everyone mentioning how little I was eating. I don't really like my eating habits being a discussion topic! Has anyone else had to deal with this? I'm sure others have stories about the constant comments about their food, so I won't bore you with mine! It left me a little down, but even still I didn't feel like any of the sweets I'd been craving all week. Instead I came home, relaxed for a bit and tried a Healthy Choice frozen dinner.

It tasted good, but was soooo not enough food for the amount of calories it was! I usually eat the Weight Watcher frozen dinners and I pair them with a decent size salad. But I wanted a frozen dinner where I could eat just that. (That's the lazy part of me talking. You can lose almost 100 pounds and still be incredibly lazy, trust me!)

I thought the Healthy Choice would be a good...choice. Considering you get a main dish, a side dish, and a dessert. The only problem is that there is about 3 bites of each thing. I usually take 20-30 minutes to eat my meals. This frozen dinner? Took me about 7 minutes. I bought another one to try, but now I'm a little nervous that I'll be just as hungry after that one. But that's what I like about life, you can try new things. I'm so much more open to it now that I'm not being FORCED to, but that's an entirely different story.

Basically I just think it's funny that I lost a pound over the weekend. I didn't jump into a big pile of junk, but I ate more both days than I usually do and I didn't find time to hit the gym either day. Oh, and the other thing I did was I didn't measure anything. I KNOW! I can't believe I did it. But I've been on this road awhile so I was sort of able to eyeball the things I usually grab measuring cups for! I actually scooped ice cream directly from the carton into my dish instead of the measuring cup. Say WHAT? emoticon

I know I'm happier when I'm not obsessive. I already deal with OCD with other things, I don't need to be obsessed with my food! I'll be much happier in my healthy lifestyle, instead of the watch every single bite and don't allow yourself anything "bad" diet.
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VBCLOWN 8/19/2008 12:55AM

    Hey congrats. I know you're basically already at your goal weight, but with your healthy habits I suspect you're not far away from losing the 4 more pounds that will put you at 100!

I would have never thought I'd say this, but I've become addicted to the Amy's frozen dinners. They are all around 340 - 410 calories, they usually fill me up (sometimes I'll augment with a salad), and they are all vegetarian and organic. I'm not vegetarian, but I've been surprised how satisfying most of these have been for me. So now lunch ends up being the only meal for me that regularly includes meat.

I sometimes feel guilty for eating this semi-expensive and lazy frozen dinners so often, but then I realize I used to have a pizza or Chinese delivered several times a week, and I stop feeling bad about the frozen dinner :)

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*AMBER512 8/18/2008 7:07PM

    There are a lot of things that won't hurt you, but if you don't want it...why should you be forced to eat it? I don't make comments on what other people are eating, why do they care so much about me?? They are going to give me a big ego...lol!

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DNJEN471 8/18/2008 6:12PM

    Yeah. Just today I had 10 different people tell me that 'one ice cream will not hurt you'. I turned it down every time. They don't understand... and I don't know if they ever will!

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JIBBIE49 8/18/2008 4:51PM

    When I first started SP, I bought a lot of the WW and Lean Cruisine dinners, because I could control the portions with them, and log the right calorie content. I found that having a SALAD or an apple with them, helped on amount. I like celery, cucumbers and sliced tomatoes with a LITTLE bit of dressing (low fat) and you can "MUNCH" a lot for a little. emoticon

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