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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Last night, on a quick trip to pick up some essentials from the store, I purchased some chocolate flavored whey protein powder. I'm not a huge fan of smoothies, but I'm up for some experimentation.

This morning I made a smoothie using an overripe banana (yuck!) I cut up and froze last night. (I swear, that's the ONLY good use for a banana with brown spots.) To this banana, I added a cup of chocolate almond milk, a scoop of the protein powder and about a cup of raw spinach. The smoothie probably had too many carbs for some of you (55 grams), but I thought it was a pretty well rounded breakfast with 55 grams of carbs, 6 fat grams and 21 grams of protein.

I also packed a snack of yogurt and sliced strawberries for later today.

After my evening trip to the store while battling a wind chill in the single digits, I had NO motivation to get back out and go to the gym. I was also feeling bingey. I ended up making breakfast for dinner. Hungry Jack Extra Light and Fluffy Pancakes, sugar-free syrup, Turkey sausage and 2 eggs. No freggies, I know. But I stayed within calories. I'll take the compromise. Additionally, I compromised on the exercise. No, I didn't go to the gym, but I also didn't sit on my tookus all night in front of the boob tube either. The deal I made was to put on my workout clothes and get some cardio while watching TV. So, I put on my Heart Rate Monitor watch and started moving. Inelegant, to be sure. I used a mixture of moves from Leslie Sansone's Walk Away The Pounds, jogging in place, Zumba moves, and BellyDancing moves. 33 minutes and 400 calories later, I was satisfied with my evening choices.

Yesterday was a really crappy day for me emotionally. I am thankful for the support my Lemon mates threw my way and today I see some sunshine because I was able to stay on track yesterday. This follows a really bad choice day on Sunday, which included no exercise and a food frenzy of epic proportions. My emotional turmoil yesterday was not food/exercise related and that is why I was able to pull out of Sunday's swan dive. As soon as Sunday was over, I put my bad choices behind me. Yesterday, I think I tried to binge to self-soothe. I think my INTENTION was to self-soothe with food. Ultimately, it was just as convenient for me to do the right thing. Convenience is a big motivator for me. I did splurge on pancakes. I did not binge on pancakes.

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    way to go you tried somthing new AND stayed on track with calories! man 400 calories at home is impressive!! WAY to go!!!
    1910 days ago
  • LISAMG1220
    Look at you, trying something new! I have been upping my protein too and need to get some whey protein. Let me know what you thought about it. I love random exercise medleys! :)
    1912 days ago
    emoticon Tiffany! At least you moved, that is what is important and you made great food choices to go along with it! You should pat yourself on your back, you did a great job! emoticon Knowing the difference between splurging and binging.. is a huge step in the right direction! I still have a difficult time distinguishing the two~~ You are on the right path, chicka.. keep up the great work and experimenting!

    ps...i bought my son whey protein as he is a football player along with just being signed up for discus team.. I tried it and it sucked! I wanted to throw up and had to spit it out.. its great if you can get it down. Neither of us like bananas or the taste, so we eat 2 kiwi/day to get potassium. He drinks it with milk, no added nothing!

    1912 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/23/2013 9:54:04 AM
    Lulubelle is absolutely right, you really did make a great distinction between splurging and a binge. Girl, you are such a light! Great job with the impromptu session in front of the t.v.
    How are you liking the protein powder? I just can't bring myself to try it. My brother (fitness buff) puts it in a smoothie every morning too. But, then again, he also eats the same meal for lunch every day - plain chicken breast, plain green beans, and plain brown rice. Every day. So I think he's crazy. lol.
    Have a great day today! It's supposed to be cold all week, so I'm so glad for exercises in the house!
    ~ Teresa
    1912 days ago
    Good healthy choices!!! emoticon
    1912 days ago
  • BRADMILL2922
    That was a pretty cool little exercise session that you ended up getting in! Definitely should be proud that you got some calories burnt! You should look up some smoothie recipes, there are a ton out there and some really good ones that actually taste good!
    1912 days ago
    Great job knowing the difference! Keep your head up, and keep pushing forward...

    1913 days ago
    Excellent job. You still got up and moved and made healthy choices. You even worked well with the pancakes. You go gal! Hope things are better for you! Big hugs!
    1913 days ago
    Love doing protein powder breakfast smoothies like that...they are easy to drink during my commute. You can half the banana to cut down on carbs if that's an issue, without affecting the taste.

    I don't really see what you did as a compromise. I see it as making good choices that worked for you at the time. You just readjusted your food and exercise choices, but you still got your workout in and you still stayed within your calories. That's how you stay motivated and keep going....great job!
    1913 days ago
    I find your exercise totally inspired-- when you couldn't make it work one way (gym) you totally creatively innovated a 400 calorie workout... way to go.

    I think the smoothie sounds super tasty-- I've never been a whey protein user, myself, but I've been hearing so many good recipes (like yours!) that I might just have to try it out. Is the chocolate actually chocolate-y?
    1913 days ago
    I've thought about adding smoothies into my morning routine...I need to buy a few things to try when I get paid. I've never been a huge fan of smoothies unless they've come from Jamba Juice or some other smoothie place which I know has SOOOOO much extra sugar/calories than if I just made one at home.

    I think we all have days here and there when we just need to eat some comfort food- and its fine to splurge - just not binge which is a delicate balance sometimes. I know that I have my nights when I just eat and eat and keep finding things to eat and then feel horrible the next morning. I just need to remind myself of how horribly I felt afterwards sometimes to keep that splurging from becoming binging. You're doing great!!!! Keep on keepin' on!
    1913 days ago
    This is exactly what it's all about. Making good ol' comfort food work FOR us, not against us! I seriously don't think there's anything wrong with a splurge within reason. And since you were within your range - you were within reason! You didn't go overboard, and you didn't let yourself be a lump, either. You should be dang proud of yourself!
    1913 days ago
    That is a great distinction between splurging and bingeing, and I think that you are exactly right. There are some days that require pancakes, and finding away to allow yourself that treat and yet remain within your planned calories is awesome! Great job with the workout too. I have been avoiding working out because of the weather here, but I feel like tonight I am going to have to follow your lead and catch up on Downton Abbey while I burn some extra flab. emoticon
    1913 days ago
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