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It's starting to feel a lot like summer

Thursday, April 19, 2012

This blog is an update on the craziness that was this past week and a reflection on the future.

As I had posted earlier, I had gone out to eat Thursday and Saturday night, Sunday was a 60th birthday celebration dinner, and again yesterday because my husband wanted to eat out. I don’t know why since we’ve spent the last few days eating out so much but whatever. Yesterday and Saturday I think I managed to stay just under or barely over my caloric range based on my best guesstimation. But I knew I blew it Sunday since there just weren’t any healthy options and I’m not going to say no to red velvet cake as I emoticon red velvet.

And it wasn’t just all the eating I was bad about it. There was drinking too… Not that I overdid it with the alcohol, just one glass of wine Sunday and one beer emoticon emoticon emoticon each Saturday and yesterday. I hardly ever drink anymore since it’s all empty calories but it’s one of those things I have REALLY, REALLY missed.

Now here is the amazing thing. Somehow between eating out and drinking, I have managed to lose the normal amount of weight I’ve been averaging per week. I have no idea how this is happening. Is it because I was still getting in 60 min of cardio every day? Is it because I'm still running emoticon? Is my body giving me some leeway because I’m still exercising?

This is the part I struggle with most. How do I live my life and eat (and drink) in a way that makes me happy, without causing the scale to go up again? I LOVE food. I love all sorts of food from all over the world emoticon. I believe that food is one of life’s great pleasures. And I live near /work in New York City and there are amazing food options to tempt me all the time. One of my goals in life is to eat at every restaurant in New York City. I know I will fail at this goal but it’s so much fun. I don’t ever want to give up being able to enjoy dining out.

As this weekend has shown, we have a rather crazy social schedule and it’s about to get even crazier. I call summer my “social season” as summer is the time of year when we tend to get together with family and friends the most (a lot of family and friends have birthdays between May and August). Of course, get-togethers involve food and alcohol. I’m so close to my goal weight and I see so many challenges ahead.

I’m going to find a balance somehow. I don’t know how but I’m going to do it.

P.S. Tonight was the first night we have used our grill since last summer. I am looking forward to a summer of grilled veggies. At least I'll eat healthy when we grill!
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  • SHARON10002
    I think you've got it since you're still losing weight even though you ate out and drank some alcohol. I think staying on track for the most part is the key. We all "fudge" some of the time so we don't feel deprived, and that is what helps us to stay the course. emoticon
    3023 days ago
    Reflection on the future...I think you GET IT! YAY! emoticon
    3028 days ago
    Never mind "finding" balance, I think you have found it. Between the cardio, and still watching what you eat "most" of the time, you are losing weight and still enjoying life. Here's to a successful summer...
    emoticon And grilled good!
    3028 days ago
    I think you're doing great. One big thing is you are really watching what you are doing and keeping up with your exercise. Weigh to go!!!!

    emoticon Mary Anne
    3028 days ago
    It is all about finding that balance. Look at how you ate on the days when you weren't faced with the big meals. Make a plan for how you are going to handle the unhealthy meals. Smaller portions really can make a difference. Exercising certainly has a big impact and you are seeing the results. You can get through the "social season" and still lose weight.
    3029 days ago
  • DANA564
    Way to go! I'm looking for that magic formula too!! I lose weight then go back to some of my old ways (not all) and regain the weight. I know one key trick for me is tracking. I will have to track for a long time once I hit maintenance. Good luck with your last few pounds! You can do it!
    3029 days ago
  • CANDOK1260
    i agree you going to have to make exercise your priority and tried to stay in portion control hey eating in every restaurant in new your sounds like fun to me
    3029 days ago
  • SASSY5468
    Way to go with losing anyway!!! It has to be that you're still exercising regularly. Good for you on that with as busy as you are! Do you adjust your calories to account for calories burned? I just learned about that a couple of weeks ago and it helped me a bunch. I really need to get my grill out.
    3029 days ago
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