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Monday, August 22, 2016

Good news! Week four has me down another 1.8 pounds, bringing the 4-week total to 8 pounds. It might be a bit start-and-stop, but averaging 2 pounds per week is juuuuuuuuuust fine with me. I know this is going to take a long time, but I'll be healthier and happier and oh yeah thinner so it will all be worth it even if I get frustrated in the meantime.

Speaking of frustration. Yesterday went a little - ok a lot - off track. I went to the grocery store in the morning and got my usual veggies and fruits and healthy stuff. But then I saw them bring out a fresh tray of donuts. And I thought, you know what, I am going to have a donut. I will plan for it, I will stay on track, and this will be my little indulgence. It's gonna be fine.

And it was delicious.

And it was fine.


Until my friend called and decided to have an impromptu BBQ at her house. Which I did not plan for. What I should have done:

1. Eat a healthy meal at home.
2. Drink water at the BBQ.

What I did:

1. Eat guacamole, tortilla chips, a vegetable kebab, some couscous, two cookies, and a piece of cake.
2. Drink two ciders at the BBQ.

I sort of tracked the calories and all things considered it could have been worse, but obviously that puts me way over for the day and the scale showed it this morning. BUT I have all week to get back - and stay back - on track and undo any damage I may have done.

Real life has always been the deterrent in my efforts. It's super easy to eat right when you only have healthy food in the house and you're eating at home 98% of the time. You introduce friends and restaurants and BBQs and beer, and that's when things start to go sideways.

Oh, and travel, which I won't have to do for another month but I'm already getting a little nervous about how I can stay on track on the road when I can't even stay on track on a friend's patio a mile from my own home.

So, lesson learned: It's OK to have a life, but eat dinner first before you go and don't mindlessly snack. And just say no to desserts unless they are planned.

Of course I know all this. It's a matter of DOING it.
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    When I have road trips, I swear by getting two dollar menu side salads from just about any fast food joint and aim to use half a packet of whatever low cal dressing they have. Also, you can pop into any grocery store for a baggie of baby carrots, an apple or banana... convenience stores have packets of sunflower seeds or peanuts. Of course, if you can pack a cooler from home, that's cheaper and may give more options!
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  • SUMMER2203
    you are straight killin' it!!!!
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    Tracking the calories is a big step for splurges I think - you know what you actually ate, instead of blowing it up in your mind. You are facing the options and will be able to make better choices next time. You can do this!
    1151 days ago
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