A Step In the Right Direction
Saturday, July 27, 2013
The weather was absolutely weird yesterday! It rained on and off in the most episodic fashion I've ever seen, leaving the temperature and humidity wobbling miserably and the barometric shifts making my knees ache. I'm hoping a long, hot shower will cure my aches as much as crawling into bed with the sweet realization that I have tomorrow off and do not have to be up by a certain time.
Food today was really, really hard to calculate. A friend wanted to meet up and hang out, which usually means shopping around and snacking a lot. We had Japanese for lunch, which translated to 502 calories of mostly raw, healthy sushi for me. I had two sugar-free, homemade peanut butter cups from a sweet shop that I estimate were about a hundred calories each, a pint of pilsner-style beer, and a twenty ounce jasmine milk tea without the tapioca bubbles. Those indulgences kept me full until about 11 pm, upon which I had a 250 calorie frozen steamer meal of macaroni and cheese with broccoli. As long as my estimates are correct (and I fear they aren't), I kept the day at 1494 calories. In the scheme of things, that should amount to a significant step in the right direction for me. Not only was I able to keep my calories in range, but I was able to have what I felt were multiple splurges and still stay in range, more or less. At the very least, most of my choices (like the sushi and the broccoli macaroni) were healthy ones.
Gotta stay positive, right?
I also took a trip to the grocery store and went over my budget by twenty-five dollars. :X And I did so without making a meal plan first, so I just have to hope that all of my food choices will amount to some healthy recipes of some sort without needing extra ingredients. But the good news is I made 100% healthy food choices! I have yams to bake, spinach salad, apples and bananas for sweet snacks, 92% lean beef and chicken thighs, Greek yogurt, whole wheat bread, zucchini to do something with, and fixings for a giant pot of tortilla soup that should come out to between 220 and 280 calories a serving, depending on if I can get 4 or 5 servings out of the pot. As far as I'm concerned, that should amount up to a week's worth of healthy eating and meeting my calorie ranges.
The main problem I'm going to have to deal with is my lunch buddy. I have a co-worker that I get along well with and we tend to take our lunch breaks at the same time. But he is a financially well-off guy who LOVES to eat out every single day. Like buffalo wings kind of eating out. And I've tried letting him down gently by saying that I don't have the money to go out to eat so much... and he insists on paying for my meal when I do that! So really my main challenge is to pick eating venues where I can be healthy. Right now I've got three places in the rotation that I can work with: Chipotle @ 675 calories (I need to tweak that one), Genghis Grill at 388 calories, and Rockfish at 476 calories. As long as I know that we're going to a place where I can count calories, it is relatively easy to adjust what I eat for my pre-work meal, like a 340 calorie salad all the way up to 500 calories of broccoli beef and steamed rice, but I'm afraid I'll have to find more venues than those three to keep the rotation fresh so he doesn't suggest fast food or - God forbid - buffalo wings.
Honestly though, this guy, even though I consider him a work friend, is up for a promotion this coming week, and I really hope he gets it. Not just because he totally deserves it, but because he will have to be on a different shift than me and then I won't feel pressured to go out and eat every single day. Hopefully that happens so I can start bringing my lunch to work again and keep the calories and the budget in check. I know that sounds terrible, though! :(
Tomorrow I'm scheduled to have sushi for dinner with a friend. It's going to be really, really difficult to stay away from the deliciously fried rolls (a shrimp tempura roll is nearly 600 calories by itself!!!), but I think I can manage it. Otherwise I plan to make high protein and high fiber choices in an attempt to keep the rest of the day low on calories and high on appetite satisfaction. Haha Greek yogurt, spinach, and broccoli have been my saving graces in the past, so hopefully they will come to my rescue again. Thankfully I have a lot of To-Dos for tomorrow, otherwise I would be idle around the house, and that's when I'm most susceptible to temptation!
Well. Here's hoping I'm definitely on track to getting back on the wagon and making real progress again! Even though it's probably too early in this process for me to be committing to long-term goals, I would love to lose eight pounds and be at 180 or in the 170s by the end of August. I know that will be a stretch, but I think I can do it - especially if I start seeing real progress again, because that's a serious motivator! I'm so ready to start feeling good and proud of myself again.
Well I've definitely prattled on long enough in this blog! I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend so far and making great progress in all your goals and dreams! Have a great day!