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Sunday, July 14, 2013

So, it's about midnight here in Texas. I wanted to get this written on the 13th, but I suppose it didn't work out that way. I had a pretty bad day, but I'm choosing to think of it as a stumble and look at the bright sides, because even though I had a bad food day, there were some silver linings.

First, the food. We went to Chili's and I had every intention of eating off the healthy choices menu. It just didn't happen. I was feeling low, the choices were too tempting, and I ate a whole lot of stuff I shouldn't have. I had some of the appetizer (which my husband insists on ordering), half of a grilled chicken sandwich (which is deceptive wording because the whole sandwich with fries has more than 1100 calories), half the fries that came with it. All of that might have been okay, but I was feeling so bad after eating all of that that I decided to eat a brownie sundae. That sucker has almost 1400 calories. My nutrition tracker chart for the day is half brownie sundae. It's insane and I feel terrible about eating it.

See what I mean!! The blue is the brownie sundae. emoticon

I know Bob Harper says it's okay to have one splurge meal a week, but I'm pretty sure this is NOT what he meant. And, honestly, I felt SOOOOOOOOOOO bad afterwards. My stomach problems acted up, which doesn't happen when I eat right. I felt sluggish and emotionally bruised.

It was not a good food day.

On the bright side, I managed to get down more than 8 glasses of water. Yay!! That's a BIG deal for me. I'm not a big water drinker.

I think I also found an exercise program that will work for me... or at least I'm beginning to put one together. I can't do high-impact workouts (which I learned the hard way this morning when I tried to do jumping jacks), so I need low-impact. I discovered that both yoga and belly dancing workouts are low-impact, but are really good for you. So, tonight, I tried a belly dancing workout I found on youtube. A woman in the UK (MelissaBellyDance) has a whole one hour workout up there. It looked like something I could do, so I gave it a shot.

And... I did okay. I only made it 18 minutes. So, I didn't make the whole hour workout. Usually, I would be talking myself down, telling myself I'm a failure for only getting about 1/5 of the way through the video. Instead, though, I'm choosing positive self-talk (another difficult thing for me). I'm choosing to tell myself that I haven't worked out in a long time and that I did really well for being quite out of shape. Besides, 18 minutes of face paced belly-dancing is more of a workout than I've gotten in a very long time, especially together with the 30 jumping jacks and 15 squats I did earlier.

I'll probably try calf raises before bed and yoga in the morning. So, I'm slowly feeling out a routine that works for me. I just wish I had access to a pool all the time. That would be awesome. I love to swim!

So, it was a day for stumbling, but it wasn't all bad and tomorrow, I'm right back on the wagon.

Good night.
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    Say...I think you did off-the-map FANTASTIC with your exercise! I'm still dizzy just reading about it! emoticon emoticon emoticon

    Chili's is a wonderful, very tempting place. Give yourself a pat on the back for enjoying some delicious food there...and also, for your awareness of what was eaten. It's all part of the process, and I hope you won't chastise yourself. I can share with you that while I was in the weight-loss phase, I used to eat one HUGE meal with a gazillion calories in it at a local buffet, one day a month...and I still lost weight. I'd always look forward to that day, and I still do! I have two of them a month in maintenance, and I don't at all mind careful tracking all the other days because I know I'm going to have those two blowouts.

    It's true for me, too, that I experience some uncomfortable tummy repercussions and usually a drop in my mood - one that has a distinctly biochemical feel to it - after my "feasts." I enjoy 'em anyway :) There are all sorts of creative ways to achieve weight loss and maintenance... I think this meal at Chili's was just part of your journey. It's ALL okay :) emoticon
    1710 days ago
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