I figured that the next 2 weeks are the perfect time for me to go all out and try the Spark Solution. I am teleworking for these weeks, so there are no excuses available anymore. And, let's face it, I really need to get serious about dropping some weight. My DH has been losing and he is actually getting frighteningly close to my own weight. (Yikes!) Even that wouldn't be so bad if he weren't 6 inches taller than I am. Wow, I really need to drop some weight.
I've been pretty good about getting regular exercise. I go to the gym 3 times a week - 2 cardio classes and 1 strength class. I also own a FitBit and find that it inspires me to walk more and take the stairs. Since I work on the 4th floor of my building, there is no excuse for not getting in the 10 flights of stairs per day.
So yesterday I started my prep work to begin my plan. One lesson was learned during the prep stage - don't take my husband grocery shopping with me. Oh, he wasn't loading junk food in the cart, but he really didn't have the patience it took to search for the food items that I don't typically buy. I've never tried a parsnip before - where in the heck do I look for those? And there are hundreds of different cheeses in the dairy case, but try finding the low fat versions when you aren't used to buying them habitually. It was a long and painful trip. I finally called it quits and just decided that for this week, I'll check the plan for the items I need the next day and just run to the store and buy those things. Yes, that's a lot of trips to the grocery store, but I'm hoping that in the future I will start to accumulate the items that I need and I'll know where to find them when I run out.
My blogging plan is that I'll update as the day goes. One entry per day, but changing several times.
Breakfast is done. I didn't eat the piece of fruit that the plan called for, but I typically like a morning snack and the plan doesn't call for one. That is when I'll pick up that fruit that I didn't eat earlier. Off to begin working now. I'll stop by later and let you know how things are going.
It's around 10 a.m. I had my piece of fruit at 9, but guess what - right now I'm really hungry. This is always the hard part for me. Powering through the hunger. All the books and posts say that the amount of food I'm eating should be enough to satisfy me, but I wish someone would tell my stomach that. It is definitely grumbling for more. Yes, I've been drinking water all morning. Sigh - well back to work for now and I'll hold on for lunch.
I held out until 11:30 before I had lunch. Considering how hungry I was, I probably ate too fast. I wasn't exactly hungry after I got done, but I certainly didn't feel satisfied. Then, after waiting a little while, I actually realized that I was satisfied. And I still have an afternoon snack to look forward to. Another thing, I am finding is that while working at home I'm actually less active than when I'm at the office. Teleworking, while it sounds awesome, leaves me constantly concerned that I'm not getting enough done. In actuality, I get more done! So, I need to learn to take those breaks and take a stroll around, just to get those NEAT minutes, and it clears my head.
At 4:00, I had my afternoon snack. Funny part is that I wasn't really that hungry when I had the snack, but by 4:45 I was starving. It is almost like my stomach is saying, "You are teasing me. Now where's the rest of the meal?" I have to wait until my DD gets home from band camp to start dinner, so Tummy is just going to have to wait patiently.
Dinner was good, but unfortunately I ate alone. DH won't touch anything with chicken in it and DD won't eat anything spicy. Great. Glad I have a dish that serves 6. I'm not really sure what to do with the leftovers. And I had my last snack of the day. I wasn't really hungry. So I've decided that starting tomorrow I'm switching the evening snack to be a morning snack instead - I'm much hungrier early in the morning and I seldom snack at night anyway.
I got my 20 minutes of cardio in; a Sparkpeople DVD. My FitBit wasn't impressed with my level of effort and said that I only worked hard for 10 minutes. I certainly felt like I was working hard for longer than that. Oh well.
I guess my day is at an end. And guess what? I did everything I was supposed to! That is so unlike me - or the old me, anyway. The newer, thinner, motivated me will find it strange when I don't accomplish everything I have on my schedule.
Now off to bed.