Important lessons; Day 19
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Interesting day yesterday. I think TOM is coming so my body is holding on to water weight, plus crankiness and sugar cravings. Another department brought our department cookies, and there was one of those damnable Lofthouse ones on the tray. Grrrr! I shouldn't have mentioned that I love them, because then my coworkers were like "oh, just eat it!" I let myself be talked into it, rationalized that there was only 1, so it wasn't like I could go back for extras and totally tank my calories for the day.
Still, that's 180 calories I could have spent on something healthier and more filling. I'm learning that if I'm going to have a treat, I'd rather have it at night at home, so it annoys me to "use up" those calories during the day at work.
Anyway. Stress and crankiness and primed by a cookie led to a few Hershey kisses also. Everything got tracked, but it was unnecessary. I normally can handle this stuff but I guess I'm more susceptible to cravings right now. So I'm using it as a learning experience.
You will see in Kick August that I was over my calories yesterday, but I am happy about that and I will tell you why.
I had enough to have my healthy dinner + a piece of toast with. Then some friends came over and I was feeding them also and I had an extra piece of bread. From one of those rather flat loaves that when you slice it is only like 2" by 3" for a 1" thick slice. Small. But still. Bread.
And you guys? I ALMOST. DIDN'T. Track it. Because I KNEW that I was only 40 calories or so from my limit for the day.
Which... not tracking it doesn't make me NOT go over!!!!! And I NEED TO LEARN TO NOT NOT NOT do that.
So. I tracked it. I went over my calories yesterday by 48 calories. Which is not that much. But I tracked it and I counted it as an "out" day for my challenge, and I am proud of myself because this is important. If I do not learn how "just a little" of this or that adds up calories faster than I think, now, while I'm losing weight, my maintenance journey is going to be not so much "difficult" as "nonexistent."
Otherwise I was within ranges. I missed stretch fiber by 1 gram! haha. 39 instead of 40. Also just missed stretch sodium, but everything else was in range including sodium so I'm pretty happy.
On the scale this morning I've lost over half of my pound regain I was seeing early in the week. I'm back down to 260.4. Once the TOM water weight is gone next week I'm sure I'll be back to 260 with no problem, maybe even below. So this is all good news. Moving along.
August accomplishments - December progress so far (December 1-19)
Tracked all calories eaten all 31 days – 19/19 days so far
Within calorie range 24/31 days – 15/19 so far
Went over 2000 calories on 6 days – 0 so far
Fat grams in range 25/31 days – 17/19 so far
Carbs in range 29/31 days – 19/19 so far
Protein under range 4/31 days – 0 so far
Protein over 90g 12/31 days – 9/19 so far
Cholesterol in range 25/31 days – 16/19 so far
Fiber in range 19/31 days – 14/19 so far
Fiber over 40g 4/31 days – 7/19 so far
Sodium in range 12 days – 12/19 so far
Sodium under 3,000mg 24/31 days – 18/19 so far
Remembered to take vitamins 23/31 days – 19/19 so far
Total cups of water 152 – 150 so far
Average of 4.9/day – average of 7.9/day so far
Total fruits & veggies 137 – 120 so far
Average of 4.4/day – average of 6.3/day so far
(Same as Day 18)
Worked out 3x a week 4/5 weeks – 3x for weeks 1-2, 1x week 3
Measured another way, worked out 13 days – 8 so far
569 fitness minutes – 336 minutes so far
Strength training days 0 – 3 so far
Calories burned 4720 – 5196 so far
Average of ~1005 calories burned per week - 1718 avg wk1-2