Monday, February 11, 2013
Thursday was weigh-in day, where I switched to my new digital scale (bought just for motivation! Fresh start, fresh scale) and started tracking my weight in pounds because in my country we use the metric system, and I have absolutely no emotional associations with the number in pounds.
Friday went to a birthday party, and despite cake, came in only 200 calories above my range. This is a huge step if you consider that in the past, an outing such as this would mean upwards of 5000, 500 in the day and the rest consumed at the party, because after starving myself, I'd have a couple drinks and say to hell with it all. Not this time.
Saturday, went to the farmers market to stock up on fruits and veggies, then spent a couple of hours cutting them up and preparing them for the week. This mindless activity is good for stress, I've found. Although I was mildly put out about spending a Saturday night at home knitting, of all the things, I didn't try to drown my upset in Nutella. Instead had some of the fresh fruits and came in below 1800.
Sunday evening, going to the movies, I actually prepared carrot sticks and apple wedges, got oil-popped popcorn without additives, and despite eating out, came in under 2100, my absolute limit.
And today, at last, I went down another 100 kcals and set 1700 as my goal. I didn't omit a snack; instead I cut 50 kcals from breakfast (unfortunately, the half-orange had to go), and 50 from lunch, because I usually need more calories in the evening.
Also, today I read online abut motivation having its ups and downs like anything else in life, and that one should be prepared for it to wax and wane. I think that's true, at least for me. I had a minor freakout on Friday when a pair of jeans I haven't worn in 3 months turned out tighter than I remembered them to be, which discouraged me immensely. And today, I'm fairly bursting with energy and motivation. There's no scientific explanation for this; I'm chalking it up to the mysteries of life.
Also, thank you all so much for reading my blog and being supportive! I sometimes don't know the etiquette about this stuff, but please know that all feedback is much appreciated!