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Week 2 hasn't broken me yet!

Thursday, January 31, 2013

This week has been stressful and I figured as much. Week 2 has always been my biggest hump to get over. I think I'm doing pretty well so far.

Week 2 has been all about figuring out how to satiate my bad food cravings without making bad choices. It's funny I never had a huge sweet tooth or been a big snacker. I love to cook and I've almost always cooked at least 5 times a week, we much prefer to go out to a nice dinner than get greasy takeout. I mean don't get me wrong I love fries as much as the next guy, I'm just not a weekly greasy food kind of person EXCEPT when I tell myself that it's off limits for a while, that it's "a very rare, once in a while kind of food". By week 2, I'm in the throes of that discussion with myself, which my mind rewards with WANTING EVERY BAD FOR ME THING KNOWN TO MAN!

I mean this week alone I've craved apple pie a la mode, an eggplant parmesan sandwich with a side of fries, A Grafton black bean burger on a pretzel roll with cheese, grilled onions, guacamole and fries with a side of curry sauce. I could go on and on but to suffice it to say I've wanted every fast food item I've ever eaten this week, don't even get me started for my insane craving for deep dish pizza this week!

So this is what I've been focusing on: finding healthier ways to satisfy this little grease monster that lives in my head.

For lunches this week I went for Morningstar Farms Spicy Black Bean Burger on half of a ciabatta roll with mixed salad greens, .70 oz of Cheddar and 1 tbsp of homemade guacamole. I have never been able to eat a burger without at least a side of chips, so I was delighted that the Black pepper Lentil Chips I bought were not only tasty but less calories and more protein than your average chip (not to mention that I got 22 chips in a serving). I have to say I felt like I was really shushing the bad food addict in me.

I also discovered that I just needed a little bit of the sweet to quiet the Cookie monster inside me. I bought a 99cent single serve container of light vanilla ice cream and only ate half because apparently that's all I needed to send a signal to the brain that I was getting the good stuff, hehe!

Also a Skinny Cow 100 cal fudge pop saved me from a near run in with an apple pie.

I've also managed to log all my food (I did go over by 140 cal one day) but I managed to add in an extra day of cardio to my goal of just 1 per week and have been doing the rest of my exercises.

For the last three days I have started to get the amount of protein I need, which is huge for a non tofu eating vegetarian like myself .

All in all so far it's been a pretty successful week 2, one of my best!

Now let's just hope I can make it through the dinner party I was invited to tomorrow night. I hear there's going to be a taco bar, yikes!
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  • MEDUSA1977
    Thanks guys! There will always be challenges ahead for sure and new issues to deal with. I just discovered another one on Friday at the dinner party, did well not stuffing myself on tacos but not so well sticking with just 2 glasses of wine, hehe, I do like my wine and cocktails! :)

    Stephanie, totally know about Pita bread (and Naan)! Are you doing Paleo? My friend is trying it out now, he really likes it although he "cheats" by still doing some dairy and cocktails! But he's really liking it.
    1841 days ago
    ROCK ON! you can totally do this. the struggle is finding a balance so that you don't feel deprived... sounds like you are doing great with figuring that out!
    1842 days ago
    Great job!!!! Healthy swaps are just what you need. As soon as I say I "can't" have something that's the only thing in the world that I want to eat! It's a terrible thing. Glad you were able to find the things you need to quiet the cravings. Now to figure out how I can learn to say no to pita bread... :)
    1843 days ago
  • MEDUSA1977
    Hi DEESKAY- They are by Mediterranean Snacks and are called Cracked black pepper lentil chips, they also have dill and cucumber, and plain. Maybe you'll be able to find them, they are in the spark food tracker system so they might be pretty common. I found them at my little neighborhood grocery store. Good luck on your food swaps! We are rewiring our brains! :)
    1843 days ago
    Congrats on your food swaps and helping your brain and body... I'm working on doing the same... Dangit, now I want those lentil chips!
    1844 days ago
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