Daily Calorie Goal: 1200 or less
Total calories eaten today: 1215. (Another decent day!)
Exercise today: 45 minutes on the treadmill / 150 calories burned. (Sweet!)
Today was another good one for me. It wasn't easy, or fun, but it was manageable. I survived. I kept things simple, and tried not to dwell on the mental stress of the "dieting stigma" quite so much. This seems to help me. One of the worst things about being on a diet is the fact that it places food in the foreground of your brain. When I'm trying to lose pounds, I inevitably think about food all day long, whether it's about what I'm going to eat for my meals that day, or wondering how many calories something contains, or trying to figure out portion sizes, etc.. My point is, I think about food WAY more when I'm dieting than when I'm not particularly trying to lose weight.
Shouldn't it be the other way around?!
Today, I tried to have more mental control over my tendency to obsess rampantly about food. One thing that really helped was planning out my entire day of eating in the morning. I have tried this before, and am wondering why I didn't remember until now how helpful this has been for me in the past. When the day is already planned, it eliminates the "what am I going to eat at my next meal?" question. It makes things easier, and it frees up brain time to think about more important things, like, "Why do I have to wait so long for the 3rd Season of True Blood to come out on DVD?!" See? It's win-win.
|This pic pretty much sums up my favorite T.V. show.|
|I always keep frozen raspberries and strawberries on hand... baby loves them, too!|
|40 dry roasted peanuts contain about 160 calories.|
|I would drink a gallon of milk a day, if I wouldn't weigh 500 pounds as a result.|
I'm back on the occasional crutch of diet pop, but I'm embarrassed to say that it's simply unavoidable. I'm a pop addict, and it's not something I can quit cold-turkey. I read the other day that many people who are addicted to regular pop, such as Coke Classic or Dr. Pepper like me, switch to the diet version "on their way to drinking water instead of any pop." I am still trying to "make" myself love water. I can only stand it ice-cold (as in, more ice than water in the glass). Keeping that kind of a crushed ice supply with me at all times is, unfortunately, impossible. So, back is a can of diet 7-up or diet Dew here and there, followed by the crushing, throbbing brain-pain. Fun.
|The elixir of migraines and eventual death.|
My favorite soups right now are from Progresso, and they include Hearty Tomato, Creamy Mushroom, Lentil, French Onion, and Minestrone. YUM!
|My current #1 favorite soup... Only 220 calories per can!|
|My current #2 favorite, with 240 calories.|
I loved my raisin Ezekiel toast-scrambled-egg sandwich so much on Wednesday, I made another one tonight, minus the turkey bacon (I was out!). I rounded out my day of eating with a cup of 2% milk, which I know I need to drink more of.
So once again, I headed downstairs after my sandwich for 45 minutes on the treadmill. I honestly have no idea what has kicked me in the butt the past 48 hours and served to motivate me to action; I really don't. I wish I did, so I could bottle it and sell it! LOL
A final note on two more celebrities who have inspired me to lose my pounds, though they're two that you'd least expect from me. I've never watched them on T.V., and the first, Drew Carey, used to really irritate me. But he has lost more than 80 pounds in the past several months, and he is unrecognizable! He hosts The Price is Right now; I keep forgetting! He has been quoted recently while explaining how he lost his weight, and cutting carbs was key for him - so I've been following his story with interest...
|Before and after... CRAZY!|
|80 pounds lost made a huge difference. DUH!|
|An old Marine pic of Drew, and one before his transformation.|
About his more than 80-pound weight-loss he has said: