Yesterday and today have been wonderful ponder days for me. I'm able to reflect on my week, job search issues, dreams, shakes, juices, my eating...Yesterday, the family went to a Smashburger joint which is like Five Guys which is like any other burger joint. We've been there a few times (twice including yesterday since I began my new journey in January) and I've been gravitating toward their Smashchicken Buffalo grilled chicken sandwich which I am sure has a lot of sodium and calories as well as fat.
I budgeted my calories yesterday because I did not want to cook and I wanted to get away from our neighborhood and drive. Being cooped up in the house day after day since January 9th takes its toll on a guy in Florida!
I digressed...Anyway, we went and I had the Smashchicken and an order of their smashfries which I never have eaten; again in my budget as I planned for a fairly big dinner. I worked out hard yesterday and was starving for a good somewhat hot meal.
Water is the usual beverage of choice and I'm never worried about that. When I got home my estimate of 1000 calories was spot on. According to the SB website, I consumed 1020 calories between their buffalo grilled chicken and smashfries. Wow- it never ceases to amaze me how gaining weight was so easy when not tracking food. i would eat 2 of those a day (lunch and dinner) sometimes (1020) and have snacks, soda AND more during my "old" days. This doesn't include my chocolate cheerios (2-3 bowls) and OJ for breakfast and my mid morning snack of whatever the daily office faire was (donuts, pastries, you name it). Tracking calories is so beneficial and FUN. Yeah, you read that correctly. I look forward to succeeding every day and being within budget of my calories. I have to because I have to do this. No deadline; just steady and positive progress daily. You see, if I do decide one day to go to McDonalds or Smashburger again, if the calories are budgeted and planned for, then I guess it's OK. I have to be careful though to not get back to that 'entitled to a cheat meal day' for me. Those never worked out well, because the cheat day would bleed over into another 1 day, then another and before I knew it, the plan no longer existed. Why? I don't know except that it was easier to NOT work and track rather to be accountable and track.
I mentioned in a recent blog about my knee feeling like a well oiled knee with a little less pain and more flexibility. While playing with Ginger (she has been deprived exercise lately; partly my fault; actually all my fault) I noticed little thoughts popping into my mind. Here is another oberservation; while bending down to picking up her little tennis ball you see down there (pic from yesterday), I no longer tip over like a teapot. I can actually (AND FORCE MYSELF) bend my knees and hips a little more to accomplish this. Yesterday I was so elated, I actually mentioned this to my family. My son noticed me bending down to pick up his ipod headphones from his floor and said "OK Dad!! We get it, you can bend your knees". It's all good; he's 16 and this is so minor to him, I'm fine with it. But for me; I cannot say how much happier I am to see this seemingly little accomplishment appear before me. A true surprise for me; I had to share that.
Below is a picture of Ginger from yesterday. I love this pic; she is so loyal and loving, we love her with all our hearts.