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4 Days in Review

Monday, February 18, 2013

It's been about 4 days since I really tracked everything here on SparkPeople and really paid attention to what I was doing and eating on those days. I also haven't really excercised much in that span on time. I figured it would be a good idea to go through those days and see what could have been done differently.

Day 1 - Thursday
I took the day off of work on Thursday. My mother has been in the hospital for a couple of weeks now, and she needed someone to sit with her for the day. My sister and father had both taken time off of work to be with her during the day, so it was my turn. I had to be up early, earlier than I do for work. I didn't do my exercises that morning because of the earlier time to be up. I was at the hospital by 8:00 am, and stayed until about 4:30 pm. Through that time, I mostly didn't eat much. I had a protien bar and a bottle of green tea. I also didn't do much physical activity that day. I helped my mother get out of and back into bed a couple of times, and I walked through the hospital to get her water a few times also. Certainly nothing major. My husband joined me at the hospital around 2:00, and he brought me some pizza from the restaurant downstairs. I ate more than half, but I made sure to log it when I got home. At that point I also consumed a can of V8 Fusion. It was delicious, and healthy for me, but really high in calories for just a drink.
When I got home from the hospital, I jumped onto the task of making dinner. Following several SparkRecipies (with some minor alterations), I made baked falafel, garlic naan, tzatziki sauce. I also made some roasted veggies and tahini to go with the dinner. My little sister and her boyfriend joined my husband and I, and had quite a nice night. I went over my calorie range, but only by a pile of roasted veggies, so I don't think it was that bad. I ended up going to bed late.

Day 2 - Friday
Friday I also woke up late and did not do my morning exercise. This was due to the fact that I had been up so late the night before. I was still feeling exhausted from spending the day at the hospital, so I really wanted my sleep. I started my day off with a horrible breakfast of Starbucks and Chick-Fil-A, but I didn't consume it quickly, so it pretty much lasted me all day. I was expecting to head home, eat some leftovers from the night before, and have a nice evening at home with my husband. Instead, he surprised me by taking me out to dinner at Bravo. It was a very nice meal, I only had one drink, and I tried to order a health-conscious meal of citrus-grilled mahi-mahi that I only ate half of. However, I also had soup, and a fried ravioli appetizer. I didn't track any of it. I just enjoyed the night. When we went home I did some homeowrk, stayed up late poking around online, then went to bed.

Day 3 - Saturday
I woke up at a reasonable time on Saturday. My husband and I had leftover Chick-Fil-A for breakfast, which was not the best start to the day. I went out shopping with a friend, and only had some tea while I was out (I wasn't really hungry for anything else). When I got home I had some chips and salsa with my husband, then went to a party, where I consumed more chips and salsa, barbecue potato chips, pizza, and alcohol. Again, I did not track any of it.

Day 4 - Sunday
Sunday I woke up and madea healthy breakfast consisting of quinoa, bluberries, almonds and bananas. I likely ate far too much of it. I then did some belly dancing, then sewing for most of the rest of the day. For lunch I had pasta with veggies, in an olive oil and butter sauce. Dinner was leftovers from Thrusday and Friday, which I also did not track.

While I know my biggest issue was that I tracked next to nothing over the weekend, I really need to know *why* I didn't track, exercise, or pay attention to what I was eating. Is it just that it's a break from my weekday routine? Is it that I spend my weekend doing fun things and not focusing on doing things that count as "work" to me? Is a lifestyle that relaxes more on the weekends than during the week something that is sustainable for weight loss? I'm not sure. It seems that breaking my "weekdady routine" is what causes me to lose track of things, but how can I keep my weekday routine going through the weekend when I don't do the things that make the weekdays so structured (like work)?
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    Before I had cancer, I could watch my weight religiously. By staying strictly on my schedule, I could take the weekends as a"time out" and found it didn't make a bit of difference in my weight or how I looked. I was a5-7 and stayed that way. When I started skipping during the week. Days on, day off, then my weight creeped back up. Using the weekends as a timeout gave me something to look forward to, a built in reward and gave me freedom to be social. I went out a lot and all my friends were 15-20yrs younger than me. They didn't have to work at their weight. Was bad enough I was vegetarian didn't need to post any more red flags. Lol I found this worked very well for me so I think you could not be so hard on yourself. Be proud you want to be the best you can be and try the weekend thing! The food you pick are such good choices, even when you think you're cheating. Good luck girl!
    1853 days ago
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