Week 2: Pain and Doughnuts

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Well, it's the end of week 2 and it's time for a recap. If you haven't checked my weight updates on the main page, I lost a whopping 5lbs this week! It's been awesome to see the pointer on the scale head more and more towards the 160s and farther and farther away from 183 (where I started 3 weeks ago). One more pound and I have lost 10lbs in 3ish weeks. If that isn't motivation, then I dont know what is!

Ok, now on to this week. Counting my calories has been going well, but I am noticing that I am not actually eating healthier, just eating within my range. I really need to change that. I hate veggies, but love fruit, so I am aiming to get at least three servings of fruit this week. That means a trip to the grocery store to stalk up on some apples, grapes, and oranges. I figure if I can eat one thing of fruit a meal, I should be set.

But I do have a confession to make for all sparkpeople to see and judge. I was seduced by three boys with a dunkin doughnut. I had just gotten back after seeing the premier of my friend's original musical, when I decided to head over to my boyfriend's dorm to hang out for a bit. Him and his two friends then proceeded to taunt me with a large box of chocolate frosted dunkin doughnuts. they were persistant in getting me to break my diet. After they did some nutritional research and snooping on my sparkpage, they convinced me to eat one. Guilt set in soon after, and I repented with 3 glasses of water. Yikes.

As for things that I have learned, I have added a new eating/drinking habit to my routine. Everytime I take 2 bites of food, I drink some water. It's really helped make my food feel more filling and it gets my 2 cups of water/meal goal done with. I am starting to also drink it from a 2.5 cup water bottle which lets me measure it out completely and gives me a goal of how much water I have yet to drink.

On to fitness... this week was very good for fitness. I worked out every day this week, including yesterday when the gym was closed (it will be till Tuesday). Most of my 2203 fitness minutes came from daily yoga sessions and Couch to 5K, which has been my biggest motivator. I have never, ever been a fan of running, but with this program, I look forward to getting to the gym and jumping on a treadmill. And today, I jumped a big hurdle... I ran outside in the cold (it was about 22 degrees). I finished W2 in the cold! Awesome! I am excited for W3 and the more challenges running will bring to me. I am also done with W2 of 100 Push Ups and can already see a huge change in my endurance and strength.

And to sum it all up:
Pounds lost: 5
Pounds lost to date: 9 (CW: 174lbs)
Things learned:
*Temptation sucks when it seems like everyone around you has no control.
*If you can run outside in 20 degree weather and snow, then you can do anything.
*Take a drink of water with every two or three bites of food for more water intake.
*Spoil yourself once in awhile if it will benefit your overall well-being.
Goals for next week:
*7 days straight of 8 cups of water
*Run one of my intervals outside
*5 times a week of yoga for 40 minutes.

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  • SOOZ1172
    Hi there! Just wanted to let you know I enjoyed reading your page very much from one music teacher to another! Love your rewards. Is the NY Ballet DVD really good? I've looked at it before and am dying to get back to my childhood roots when I used to love ballet. I worry that it will be too hard, but I love to dance.

    As for your doughnut, I wouldn't beat yourself up too much. You didn't eat the whole box, which is something I would normally do! One is certainly in moderation, and as long as you keep things in check, it won't kill your progress. I certainly understand the frustration of eating something that you weren't planning on though, but sometimes its important to give in to a craving so that you don't over do it later. Sometimes when we deprive ourselves for too long, cravings can get out of control and result in a binge. Moderation is key. I have realized that I can't eliminate sweets from my diet as it usually backfires and results in me overdoing it, but I can limit what I eat. For me, I allow myself something sweet once a week. If I have it, great, if not, even better, but then I don't beat myself up for indulging on that day.

    Congrats on all you have accomplished so far. Keep up the good work!
    3713 days ago
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