The good and bad
Thursday, June 09, 2011
I just joined Sparkpeople on Tuesday, and I was starting from "square 1" again after some less then half-hearted efforts at weight loss.
So, I think a good way to start is by giving myself a base "score" each time I check in, acknowledge my accomplishments, confess what happened with the "hiccups" and how I will avoid them going forward.
I would call yesterday an overall 2.5 (on a scale of 1-5, 5 being a GREAT day).
I started to build up my water habit again, and got about 48 oz. of water for the day. This is a good base amount for me (along with the little bit of milk and usual 16-24 oz of diet soda or Crystal light I drink) so I am glad for that, and will build that back into a consistent habit.
I'd like to bring the diet drink consumption down ideally, but I'm realistic, and being a picky eater, I find one of my limited pleasures in my beverages, so I'll be easy on myself as long as I stick to at least 48 oz. water every day.
My job is largely sedentary, though I have a lot of freedom to get up and walk around when I need to, especially for the sake of managing my back pain.
I ran errands during lunch, but didn't have enough time for the 20 minute walk I wanted to take. My good intentions were further frustrated because I went shopping for some groceries, but forgot to get something for my lunch while there, which forced me to go to a neighboring grocery store (taking extra time) to grab something there. I did that, and then gave into the temptation to try a Mountain Dew Coolatta at DunkinDonuts. I am not a DD patron - thankfully I do not drink coffee at all - but some friends know I have an affinity for Mtn Dew, and that coolatta was mentioned to me more than once.
It was a VERY hot day, so I consciously allowed myself that treat and chose a medium, not a large. That would have been fine except that I gave into the UNPLANNED temptation of getting 6 munchkins as well. Since I rarely ever go to DD, I rarely get donuts, and I do love those tasty buggers, especially when they fulfill my desire for variety with the different flavors of munchkins.
So, my lunch was "eh". I had Weight Watchers Mac and Cheese and my Coolatta (and I confess I did enjoy that drink!).
I wound up eating the munchkins for "dinner" because I had to leave for a ministry meeting less then an hour after I got home, and didn't want to bother with making a decent meal. I also had a toasted roll with margarine, chocolate sprinkles and maple sugar (on each half respectively).
So, dinner was a bummer too.
I did avoid really bad stuff after my meeting by just popping some popcorn for a late night snack, and I had water during the whole evening, so I give myself kudos for that at least.
I'm tempted to decrease my rating to "2", but I did start out well, and I did get my water in, and I also accomplished some things on my "Getting Things Done" Quicklist for the day.
Observations: The Coolatta was worth the calories, but I could do even better. Next time I will plan ahead for my decandence by buying a couple cans of diet Mountain Dew. Next time I would like that treat I'll get the small size, and if I feel the desire to have more liquid I'll add diet Mtn Dew to it to bolster it's size (Or go with a small and drink a sip of water for every sip of Coolatta!).
The munchkins, surprisingly were not that good once I had them. So, I'll just remind myself to save for those goodies I REALLY savor.
I will plan and prepare a few meals with appropriate portions, so I can "grab and go" for work, and so that they're easy to pop in the micro and heat up for dinner.
I will ask my husband to take a walk with me in the evevning at least twice in the next 7 days and if he is not up to it, I'll bring my ipod and take the walk anyway!