One Small Step For Me...

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

...One giant leap toward the road of progress!

Haha I know I'm making a bigger deal out of it than I should, but I stayed in my calorie range yesterday! Haha I was only about 83 calories from going over, but I still did it! I almost lost it when, on my pre-lunch break at work, I wanted a snack. I knew I was under my range with the dinner I had brought, so I indulged in a bag of baked Ruffles. Then I went back for a bag of Baked Cheetos. :X That alone was enough to derail me for yet another day, but somehow I managed to get a grip mid-munch. Somehow I stopped halfway through the bag and shoved it into my purse, nixed the extra large banana at dinner and downgraded to a medium banana for my post-work snack instead of my Rice Krispies Treat, and BAM! I managed to salvage the day.

The money is for sure out of my purse today, so no more vending machine temptations for sure! Instead of keeping my banana with my lunch in the break room, I'm going to stick it in my purse for quick accessibility and see if that helps for my snack.

Now that some of the stress has been alleviated at work, I'm in a better mood and feeling more in control. Haha it could also be because today is my Thursday, and I'm that much more closer to a day off. As long as I'm feeling good, that's all that matters. I've noticed the better I feel, the easier it is to make good food choices and say no to the temptations. I've always known that I was an emotional eater, but I never realized how much worse it is when I'm feeling upset or down. I suppose that's how it works for most people, though.

It's too early to tell, but I think adding the protein shakes to my regimen is helping. Beforehand it would be up to four hours after I woke up that I would eat. Now that I have one as soon as I get out of bed, I think it's helping my metabolism getting nutrients in my body from the get-go and it's forcing me to eat smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day. I had gotten into a bad habit of eating a VERY small and late breakfast, a modest lunch, then pigging out and eating almost 1000 calories for dinner. Now it's 190 with the shake, then a 200-300 calorie lunch about two or three hours later, a 100-200 calorie snack four hours later, then a 300-500 dinner three hours after that. About three and a half hours later I get home from work, and if there are any calories left over I'll have a snack.

I think adjusting my eating schedule in this way is how I got off the wagon in the first place. The old way was keeping me in range because I was still gorging or eating a large meal everyday that I'm used to, but it's probably why I wasn't losing any weight because of what it was doing to my body (and the higher-calorie choices I was able to make in the eating out sector). I'm going to do my best to keep this regiment up for the rest of the month and see what kind of progress I've made. Only time will tell, as they say.

In non-food news, I'm kind of bummed! Tonight is supposed to be a special, intimate dinner for my friends who are moving to Portland in two days, but I have to work! I'm tempted to call in, but at the same time I'm not really financially free to be able to lose a day's pay and drive to a fancy restaurant all the way to Fort Worth. I'm afraid that I'm going to hurt their feelings, though, because I was working on Sunday when they had their farewell party and got engaged. I feel like a bad friend, and I feel like a worse employee. Really it's too late to call in sick now per work policy (unless I fake a family emergency of some sort), but still. I don't know what to do and I'm going to feel sad either way. :
In the meantime I think I'm going to hop in the shower, because I'm going somewhere at some point today, and let the hot water melt the chill out of my bones. Here's hoping everyone out there is having a successful Tuesday!
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    I do the shake as soon as I wake up, too, and I like it! I'm glad it's something that will work for you.

    I'm also very proud of you for putting away an open snack bag! It's something I don't think I can do. Once it's open, I've committed to a bad day. So I really admire that you were able to put a halt to the process and get back on track. Way to go!

    As for the work thing.. that's tricky. Now, it's time to be selfish. Look at it objectively. You want to do something fun vs. something responsible. What will make you feel better? Seeing them now? Is it worth the stress you will feel later when doing bills? Will it cause stress with work? You had a fantastic day with them when you got to help them pack and eat a bunch of pizza :D Is it going to be really hurtful to you if you miss this dinner?

    I don't think you should worry about hurting their feelings. It sounds like they are good freinds, and they ought to be able to understand your financial situation. While it may take a few years, one you get everything in a comfortable place, you can always save up to visit them!
    1828 days ago
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