Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Much thanks to Beechnut for the fantastic tip on the Aldi Artisan lettuce. I had my first Aldi salad for lunch today and I loved it. It's a bit more work than a bag from Kroger, but totally worth it.
Today I'm attempting chicken in the CrockPot. I went home for lunch to start it, since I'm usually gone for almost 12 hours a day, and I think that would be too long to cook. Especially since I'm trying to avoid it getting too dried out.
I'll have to try the salmon filets too. From what I've had of salmon, I'm not a huge fan. But it's one of my options so I'll give it another shot. You say to cook them in a casserole dish, but at what temp and for how long?
This morning when I checked the scale, I was 5 pounds less than I was when I started this round of our Weight Loss challenge at work on Feb 28. 163. Not bad. I hope I can turn that number in tomorrow morning. (Our weekly weigh-ins are on Thursdays.)
I'm addicted to the scale. I know for a lot of people, it's a bad thing, but not me. I check it every day, often multiple times a day. Sometimes I check it before and after I go to the bathroom. Sometimes I check it before and after I eat. I usually check it before I go to bed, and I certainly check it every morning. For the most part, it works as a motivator for me. If the number is higher than I expect, it's usually because I did something wrong, or it's my time, or I have to go to the bathroom... or something like that. Because I check it SO often, I usually have a good idea of what makes it move. If I'm careless, the scale will remind me that I need try harder. If I'm good, I'm usually rewarded in numbers.
Speaking of rewards, I haven't come up with a reward scheme yet. I like to think that being leaner and stronger is it's own reward, but sometimes it would be nice to have something a bit more tangible to look forward to. I have a box of clothes that are too small and what I did last time was, every time I lost 5 pounds, I'd try everything on and put stuff into rotation that would fit again. I plan on starting that when I get to 155. I'm what my reward for 160 could be, though. I'm getting close, so I should probably come up with it soon.
My plan for eating is pretty strict, but I don't really ever feel hungry. I crave things I shouldn't eat, like the donuts someone brought in this morning or the cupcakes that were out all day yesterday. But usually I don't crave those things unless I see them. So as long as I avoid them, I'm good. My coach told me that I'm training my body to stop craving those things. So even though, I'd like to just eat whatever I want, I know I'm not disciplined enough to eat enough of the good stuff to outweigh the junk. I can easily eat within a specific calorie range, but when I look deeper, I see that I'm not getting any of the nutrients I need. So I'm happy to have this plan in place. I don't think about it. I just do it. And I'm only on my 3rd day, but so far, it's working. I have already decided that I'm going to "cheat" tomorrow and have french onion soup and a slice of pizza for dinner while I'm out with my family. There's an exception to every rule. This is one of mine.
The other good thing about eating this way is that I'm training myself to eat for fuel, not for enjoyment. When I eat for enjoyment, I over do it. And while there will always be special occasions, I'd rather enjoy them as special occasions. I don't need to go out to lunch every day. And I don't need to eat pizza 3 days a week. This way, when I do encounter a special occasion, it will feel special rather than like every other day.
Whatever. It's easy for me to rave about how easy it is right now. I'm only on Day 3. We'll see how much I love eating the same stuff day in and day out after a month. Ha!