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Success Everywhere But Food!


Monday, July 22, 2013

First of all I want to say THANK YOU THANK YOU to all the encouraging comments on my previous blog! They are always so uplifting and sometimes that's what gets me through the day!

So updates! I passed that test like it was nothing! Haha. I was super nervous the whole time, and it didn't help that the first two questions were completely out of left field on things I hadn't even thought to study, but I soldiered through it and finished the two our exam in 42 minutes. Haha I got an 841 and needed a 650 to pass so I think I did a pretty darn good job. My pay raise has already taken effect, and that coupled with my ex shouldering his debt in the span of 24 hours, you can imagine I was quite euphoric the rest of the day on Thursday.

Things are finally looking up for me! Haha that raise is going to provide a lot of much needed mobility on my finances, and I finally feel like I'm getting back in control of my finances and getting into a position where I can start making serious progress toward my small dreams of financial independence. The debt transfer should be complete by Wednesday, so I'm told, and when that happens I will be less than five hundred dollars away from paying off TWO credit cards. Gah, that's so exciting and unbelievable that makes me feel giddy! I can't even imagine how I could benefit from the doubly extra money flow - paying off debt faster, super-sizing savings? Haha! Just typing about the possibilities makes me smile!

Haha if only I could say I was making progress on the weight loss front! Boo! I have to straight up be honest with myself and admit I've been flying off the wagon ever since my last post, which if I remember correctly was after a three day success stint of staying under 1500 calories. I've been haywire ever since. Haha it probably wasn't the best idea to surrender to the euphoric feeling of test success, because I ate with abandon two days straight. And ever since I've been doing just as bad.

So far I start the work day just fine. I eat the same lunch and dinner choices I had whenever I was on track with my food, and come home after work with anywhere between 200-600 calories to spare. But when I get home is when I fly off the handle and eat whatever is in sight! I can't control my cravings for some reason! It's like because I'm in a good mood I want to indulge or something, and the resolve and determination that got me this far in the diet game seem to have deserted me.

Needless to say, today's goal is to eat 300 calories or less (if anything at all!) when I get home from work tonight. I guess after a month of this I can't just hop back into the routine I previously had. Instead of just going back to 1200-1500 a day I'm going to have to take smaller steps. Like controlling my eating after work, then during work, then trying to make sure I fit everything in the daily budget ranges.

And then there's the whole workout thing. I really need to do that!

Hopefully I'm starting to get seriously fed up with this gaining/not losing business. I see so many of you making AMAZING progress and achieving your goals on this website, and I'm so sick of not seeing progress of my own for so long! I need to man up and just do it already, haha!

Well my laundry is done and it's about time to get to work. Instead of getting my usual 500 calorie lunch from Panda Express, I think I'm going to go to the new Kroger Marketplace that opened in town today, and grab a spinach salad thingy of some sort! And tonight I'm going to persuade my co-worker to go to Rockfish with me, where I can have a Mahi-Mahi dinner with wild rice and grilles asparagus for about 450 calories. That sounds like a good start to me - and I will keep 100 calorie all-fruit bars in my purse in case I get the urge to snack. I think that sounds like a good plan... I'll just have to see!

I hope everyone is having a fantastic Monday so far!
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SIRENSONGS 7/23/2013 9:31AM

    Congratulations on doing so well on your test! I was confident you would. You're brilliant, and I know you put your all into preparing for that test. And I'm so happy that your finances are looking so much more manageable now. I know the amount of stress that your debt inflicts on you, so I'm glad that it has diminished so much!

It's strange, but when it comes to my emotional overeating, I am almost always more likely to splurge when I am feeling super happy as opposed to when I am feeling super sad (this is not taking into account hormones at all), so I can definitely relate to your eating from joy, as a celebration of sorts. I'm also the same as you in that I'm usually okay with food when at work, and the risk of overeating starts when I get home. I still haven't figured out quite why that is, especially since there are so many more tempting choices for me to eat here. Maybe because I'm busier?

In any case, I know that you will manage to get back on track if you persevere. Just take it slowly. You've done it before, so you have enough experience to know what works for you. Good luck!

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POMATOJUICE 7/22/2013 8:45PM

    I knew you would pass that test, no problem! I didn't want to say something and jinx it, though :P

Purging the house of temptation and making a bigger effort to balance my meals has really helped me. I do my worst when I have a meal with too many carbs and not enough protein, or all fat& protein and no starch, etc. Also, now that most of the tempting snacks are out of the house, I'm having a much easier time of it. My only helpful suggestion would be to take a hard look at your meals and see if you can tweak your macronutrient ratios at all. I AIM for 40% protein 40% carbs 20% fat as my ideal, but I can tell you that I NEVER get the carbs right. It's always too many carbs :/

But.. I've been making a much greater attempt to make sure if I'm having 4oz of meat, I have 1/2 cup of something starchy like mashed potatoes or rice, and a cup of veggies.. when I try to balance things out.. I still end up with too many carbs most of the time.. but the discrepancy isn't as large and I feel fuller.

Hope things snap back into place soon!

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STINASTEW 7/22/2013 1:52PM

    Yay! Sounds like things are looking up! Good luck on getting back on track! :)

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