The day after the "Week of carbfree dinners"
Monday, November 19, 2012
So, I'll be honest with you, by Thursday's dinner I was craving carby food like there was no tomorrow. On Thursday I had a very long, very heated internal conversation with myself, trying to convince myself that the Buffalo Turkey Chili that was on the menu for that night was going to be satisfying enough and that no, ordering Thai food would not be a viable option. The little angel on my left shoulder won and we had the turkey chili but the next day my husband and I had date night and I broke down. I think the main problem was that I had been pushing myself at the gym all week (on top of being active a lot throughout the day anyway). I used to do 30-40 min of cardio and then maybe 20 minutes of strength training OR 50 minutes of cardio and no strength training but I have upped my exercise to do either 50 minutes of cardio+half an hour of strength training OR 65 minutes of cardio (usually elliptical on 7 resistance). On Thursday I did cardio and strength and then went on a three mile walk with my kid. This made me RAVENOUS, together with the reduced carbs and the very reduced calories. And on Friday I woke up so hungry, I felt like my body was getting ready for hibernation.
I had a hard time not binging on anything in the house all day but then when we arrived at the restaurant, I wanted EVERYTHING on the menu. I ate fish & chips, which I didn't even enjoy so much. It used to be my favorite food but when you are used to flavorful, healthy food then a plate of yellow food doesn't seems as appealing anymore. My husband had a burger. I usually don't like burgers - not a fan of red meat but it was all I wanted that day. Ever since I've added so much strength training to my exercise, I crave protein all the time, anybody else experienced that? I am over my protein every single day because of this.
Anyway, I couldn't get the burger out of my mind and when we had friends visiting the next evening and we all went out to dinner, I had a burger. And it was delicious. On Sunday I managed to make a healthy, low fat chickpea-spinach curry with rice.
So the results - I went from 304.6 to 300.4. A bit disappointing that I didn't make it under my goal and maybe I would have made it if I wouldn't have splurged on these two dinners. My scale consistently shows four pounds more than the scale at my gym and at my doctors, so I know that really, I am under 300 pounds already but I want to see it on MY scale. For some reason it is really, really important that I make this goal. And maybe me being so obsessed about it actually works against me.
But all the strength training definitely did make a difference. I noticed last night how my pajama pants had gotten so big (really, from one day to the next!) that I couldn't keep them up anymore. So this morning I tried all my size 20 pants and I can fit into all of them except one pair. Even my GAP curvy jeans. However, my goal until Christmas is to fit into my GAP Long&Lean jeans and those I can pull up but no way can I close them. Since I've had a baby, my body has changed though, so I don't know if these jeans will ever fit me like they fit me 5 years ago.
Either way - this week showed some results, though not quite as many results as I wanted. This week will be tough with a dinner party tonight, dinner out with a friend tomorrow, Thanksgiving on Thursday, dinner out with a friend on Friday ... but I'll try and keep the days I am eating at home light and try to make sure to get my workouts in.
Good luck to you all! And remember - if you have a day (or a few) where you splurge, that doesn't mean that you failed. It just means you need a few days of eating extra healthy to balance them!