Tuesday, August 25, 2009

So far, so good . . .

I got off to a shaky start Monday morning. I had a small bottle of chocolate milk from the gas station for a grand total of 440 calories. Man, I love that stuff! But I figured I would really need breakfast so that was better than nothing, since I didn't get up in time to make my 'normal' breakfast. Of course, I couldn't make the GOOD decision to get a piece of fruit or something, but yeah.

For lunch I had a lean cuisine frozen dinner and Activia fruit yogurt which came to a total of 410 calories.

By the time school got over I really, really wanted to eat lots when I got home. I started thinking about how hard of a day I'd had (and it was really bad yesterday--not because of my classes, but just because of how the day started which rolled over into the rest of the day). As soon as I started thinking about my hard day, my stomach started grumbling and I wanted to go home and snack, snack, snack. I stayed at the school kind of late, but thoughts such as, "I wonder if I have enough change to buy a candybar from the vending machines" or "I could go eat those cookies in my cupboard" . . . ran through my head. Somehow I resisted the call. By the time I got home I was hungry and tired enough that I had Damon pick up fast food on the way home, BUT I got a chicken nugget happy meal and that ranges in total calories of about 500 including the drink. And yes! I got fries! So my calories weren't high--of course my fat was, but hey. Let's take things one at a time, right?

Today has been better. I made sure to get up in time for my protein shake with a cup of skim milk and a bananas all blended together, which I think tastes fine. My husband and my niece both think it is one of the grossest things they've tasted, but it doesn't bother me at all. I don't love it, but it is quick, easy to bring with me, NOT gross to ME, and it hits the spot when more solid food just doesn't sound that good to me that early in the morning.

I had my typical lean cuisine lunch, which was fewer calories than yesterday along with my yogurt--330 calories and now I'm going to have a snack of a small apple with peanut butter. For dinner? Spaghetti, garlic bread, and string beans. That'll put me up to around 1500 calories and tonight is taekwondo, so it all works out.

I did not exercise on Monday. Even though I need to do more, I'm still okay with just adding in these changes as I go because school is really hard to adjust to!

My problem is this. What can I do in place of the snacking when I get home that still feels like a reward to me? I thought about reading a book, but reading to me is just about as necessary as breathing--okay--maybe not that extreme, but more necessary to me than a microwave! So me NOT reading stresses me out, versus reading for a reward. Other than that I'm clueless. I really want to avoid any kind of junk food for a while, because it helps me adjust and appreciate the little that I will start allowing myself in about a month.

Maybe when I start riding my bike--no that stupid road still hasn't opened up--maybe the exercise will make me feel good enough that I won't need it. Maybe . . .

But all in all? A good start. I've controlled the calories and I AM going to taekwondo tonight! Yay for days one and two!!


Sandra said...


I love these for snacks. The pears have only 40 calories and are the equivalant of 1.5 pears. The pears are my favorite, followed by the strawberries and then the apples. My grandson loves them, my kids love them. Try them for a pick me up snack when you have the munchies or want to reward yourself.

Christine Thackeray said...

Snacks are great but keep them under 150 calories. There are some great power bars that work and those little 100 calorie prepackaged things. BUT you only get one. (I always want to eat four).

Shauna said...

I always try to find nonfood "rewards" that I really enjoy, don't take too long, and distract me from the "eat eat eat" urge until the water/small snack has had time to kick in. I love painting my nails, putting on special lotion I absolutely love, and coloring, among other things. I know, coloring sounds a bit silly, but it is one of my small pleasures!

Tristi Pinkston said...

Sounds pretty good - but while you're looking at calories, I'll also encourage you to keep an eye on the sodium. Eating a lot of sodium is hard on the heart, and frozen meals do tend to be heavy on the sodium.

Main thing is, you've got your eyes on the prize!! Woohoo!

Shanna Blythe said...

I'm going to have to try those! Thanks.

I actually thought the snacks were supposed to be around 200 calories . . . because that is what your body needs to sustain you over a two to three hour period. Hmmm . . .

I need to find something like that! But all of my rewards that I would consider rewards I've been in the habit of ALSO eating food during those times . . . such as reading! Sigh.

The lean cuisine meals aren't TOO bad especially compared to some of the others--but yeah. You're right. Too much sodium is bad . . . also too much high fructose corn syrup--a lot of stuff has high fructose corn syrup in it, including my Lean Cuisines. Sigh. It'll be easy to watch the sodium though because Fitday tracks sodium too. Thanks for the suggestion!