on carb cravings, sodium tracking, and staying away from the munchies
Wednesday, September 05, 2012
i know...it's been 2 weeks since i've posted an update. i've been working on a scholarship application and studying for an(other) exam on this Friday so i had to let some things slide. and i know...this isn't a video; i really don't feel like doing one at the moment.
overall, things have been ok. my weight's actually up from the last 2 times i weighed myself before that, but i'm not concerned yet. this number makes a lot more sense than the other numbers did, especially given how sedentary i've been of late. but if it goes up again, i'll raise an eyebrow. or both. and frown.
for most of the past few weeks i've been within my set calorie range, but every now and then one or two other values is way out of whack. most of this comes from underestimating serving sizes, i think; it's hard when you go to the hospital cafeteria for lunch most of the time and you don't have measuring cups just sitting there in your backpack for when you're not sure how much fried rice the guy gave you (probably shouldn't be eating much fried rice anyway but i have a thing for Asian food and cutting anything out is nearly non-negotiable).
and of course there are the times i went wayyyy over. there was the Mexican restaurant on Friday; for those of you who saw the internal conflict status i posted from that afternoon, i ended up going with the chimichanga instead of the enchilada (haha) but the thing that really did me in was those dang tortilla chips. i probably went through half a basket or more on my own. and when i'm eating around other people, i have a habit of proclaiming how bad something is for me and how much i don't need it...WHILE putting it in my mouth. somehow not eating it in the first place, or stopping after i've had a serving (which for tortilla chips is generally 8 chips--sad right?) doesn't occur to my brain. this happens at restaurants, parties, when people bring treats into class...any time there's something social going on. any tips on how to keep this at bay would be appreciated. i DID join the Sugar Craving SparkTeam the other day; honestly at this point i'm not sure how much i'll take advantage of the resources (a sugar detox sounds too scary right at this moment), but maybe it'll help me with my tendency to overindulge in sweets (and carbs in general).
then there was today. went over on carbs and sodium (which i just decided to start tracking this afternoon). but it didn't have to be that way. for some reason, immediately after dinner (a Heatlhy Choice BBQ Steak Cafe Steamer with leftover steamed green beans mixed in, and a piece of wheat bread to get the sauce up), i just grabbed a bag of Quaker blueberry multigrain fiber crisps and munched for a while. ate about a serving. but now i'm full--of both food and regret. i didn't need those crisps. and i have no reason why i reached for them and didn't stop myself. i guess it's up to me to keep it from happening again.
well, i think that's all. i should have continued studying half an hour ago...