Wow, is it Week 4 already!?
First for a short update on my weekend eats. I did fairly well with my eating except for a bad case of I-want-something-sweet last night. I tried to satisfy my sweet tooth with one of these:
So, here’s a little free advice, folks: If you are trying not to lose/maintain weight, do NOT buy a package of anything dipped in chocolate! See there, I saved you lots of trouble. (They were on sale and I don’t know why I thought they wouldn’t tempt me that much. Hello, they’re dipped in CHOCOLATE!! Who was I kidding.)
Now I think the drumstick was a perfectly okay choice because I hadn’t eaten any sweets and I’d had a very light dinner. Here’s where the problem comes in. After eating the drumstick I “needed” more sweets. Of course, it would not be appropriate to eat ANOTHER drumstick, so instead I eat this:
Yeah, that’s a lot better, isn’t it? Well, it is half the calories of a drumstick, but, seriously, two desserts? Honestly, even after that, I still would have enjoyed eating more sweets, but I did stop myself. That’s probably one of the worsts mistake I’ve made in the past four weeks. Which really isn’t that bad and calorie wise my day was still okay. However, it was really hard not to let the guilt and negativity of that drag me down. Honestly, it’s usually not the calories from an extra unneeded indulgence that do the harm – it’s the aftermath – the feeling like a failure and therefore acting like a failure that really do the damage. I’ve learned that quite well in my many years of losing weight. However, remember Commitment #3 to reject the all-or-nothing mentality? I can’t let one bad decision turn into a thousand bad decisions.
I did struggle a little on the workout front this weekend. I still went out there and did it, but I just had a tough time really getting into it. I’m hoping for a serious, intense workout tomorrow.
Now, for the new commitment that I’m adding to my original three.
- Commitment #4: No eating while standing and use utensils. This means no munching on things while standing up. I must be sitting down to eat. Also, for things that can be eaten with utensils and bowls/plates, I must use that. I have found myself often mindlessly eating and not really feeling satisfied because if I just grab a handful of something I don’t feel like I’ve really eaten. These calories really, really add up. I’ve eaten entire boxes of cereal (over the course of several days/weeks) without even using a bowl or spoon, simply by grabbing a handful every time I walked through the kitchen. I’ve done this with crackers, cereal, chocolate chips, shredded cheese, oyster crackers, breads, granola bars, cookies, brownies, etc. This commitment will be a REAL challenge for me even though it may not seem that hard. I will have to be very vigilant while I’m retraining myself, because this is such a mindless habit.
Alright, now what you’ve all been waiting for: My week 4 results! I lost TWO pounds this week for a total of 6.2 pounds in four weeks!!!!