Tuesday, November 30, 2010
SNOW in the forecast!!! For December 9th, I saw snow showers. Hooray!
Tonight is the 300 challenge at my gym. I am super nervous!
- lots of water
- stick to the eating plan
- bake lemon cookies tonight (it's an easy recipe)
- do my best and give 100% during my challenge. It's only 15 minutes, and then I'm done!
Back to work...
Monday, November 29, 2010
Despite sitting on my bum in front of the computer all day, I am pretty happy about today.
- Drank a ton of water
- Got some Christmas shopping done, and only bought a few things for myself in the process (free shipping??? Hello!). I actually bought three pairs of leopard shoes from Target - I wasn't sure what heel I wanted, so I bought the kitten heel, the flat, and the wedge to see which one I like the best.
- Only ate one cookie!!!
- Stuck to the eating plan! The one I entered in yesterday!
- Got outside for a little bit - I emerged from my cave to go get the mail.
I texted my trainer, and tomorrow I will be doing the 300 challenge. Eeeep! I am very nervous - I was sick for almost two weeks and lost some of my training time. But I can only do what I can do. I won't regret doing it, but I would definitely regret not at least trying it.
So I am getting a little tired of sitting here. Time to clean up the kitchen and get my stuff ready for school tomorrow. I have not thought about work ONE BIT over my break, and it's been wonderful for me. Honey and I spent some quality time together, I did a lot of cooking and baking, and I feel like myself again. I got some really great workouts in, and I got back in control of my eating. It's like this long weekend was a total de-stresser for me.
No more long trips to Philly to take tests... my car is scheduled for an oil change - at a great place that is convenient! My usual mechanic is really really wonderful, but he's about 40 minutes away. I think I'll stick to him for big repair jobs. The guy doing my oil change is really great, too... he looked at my car last week when it was on the fritz - I didn't make an appointment, I didn't know him, I just drove up. Awesome. I thought I'd give him some more business.
Just heard Elvis' "Silent Night." Is there anything more beautiful?
Sunday, November 28, 2010
I decided to figure out how many cookie calories I've eaten this weekend. The good news is that I *over*estimated the number of calories in the molasses cookies. Each one has about 173 calories in it. And I was assuming they had over 300 a piece. So that's a good thing.
The bad thing is that I still ate too many. But now that I know how many calories are in each one, I am less likely to go crazy like that again.
I baked more cookies today. I know, I know, not the smartest idea, but I never baked them before and I wanted to make sure they'd come out OK for Christmas. They are called Rugelach, and I got the recipe from The Enchanted Broccoli Forest. OMG SOOOOO good. The doughy part is flour, butter and cottage cheese. The filling is semi-sweet chocolate, walnuts, cinnamon and sugar. The crust is so flaky and the filling is ooooh so good. The good news, though, is that I figured out how many calories are in each one BEFORE I went crazy with eating them. And the result - 228. EEEEK!
There was a good chance of being disappointed in this, but actually, I was quite pleased. I can work the calories into my day. I love a good holiday cookie, and now I have to figure out where to cut back to enjoy my homemade cookies.
As I look forward to December, I *know* that I will have to get back into tracking my food. Holiday calories tend to sneak up on me - all the treats from my kiddos and parents at school, all the nibbling at holiday parties, the wine...
I was going to return a coat tonight, but I kind of just want to stay home and get ready for the week. So that's what I think I'll do. I'm kind of tired of driving.
Rest of the night:
- water water water!!!
- plan out meals and workouts for the week
- Enjoy a glass of wine with honey when he gets home from work
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Yesterday I made molasses cookies. They are unbelievably good. And yesterday I ate four. Four big molasses cookies. So my goal for today was to stick to two. Not only did I *not* meet that goal, I gave it the finger. I ate six. Yes, six. And I could have eaten more, easily.
I usually try to find the positive in everything... I guess it's that the cookies were homemade...? That they didn't have weird ingredients in them? That I didn't eat eight? At any rate, I really need to not eat so many tomorrow. I bought a new cookie jar for the holiday (it's a cute penguin), and I think putting the cookies in there isn't doing me any favors. I can't see how many I'm eating, and Brad can't come home and say "why are so many cookies missing?" because he can't see how many are in there either. So the cute penguin may not have been a good idea. Hm... perhaps I should fill it with reminders to drink more water instead.
So I'll move on. Just poured myself a big glass of water, and my braces are in. Having my braces in is the best way for me NOT to eat. I should get back into the habit of putting them in right after I eat...
In a little bit I'm going out to do some Christmas shopping. This year I'd like to have it done early so I can spend more time baking some gifts and enjoying time at home.
I will have a glass of wine a little later tonight, as I sit in my jammies and watch some TV, but NO MORE COOKIES. I think a little note on the cookie jar will help.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Today I was in kind of a slump. I couldn't figure out why. And around lunch time, I had the "a-ha" moment. I was kind of dreading the trip to the gym after school. I wished I had gone in the morning - and although my time in the morning is limited, it forces me to get in a really good workout in a short amount of time.
So I gave myself permission to not go to the gym tonight. Instead, I got some shopping done that I needed to do, I came home and did some laundry and dishes, and I started a list for tomorrow's Thanksgiving grocery shopping.
This has happened before... I don't know why I didn't see it coming. In the winter, I like going to the gym in the morning because it's light out. After school I like to get home and get snug. And I just have to work with this. So my time may be limited in the morning, but I feel a heck of a lot better when I do the gym thing before school. Tomorrow I have a faculty meeting, but if I plan it out right, I should have enough time to make oatmeal for breakfast. I am loving my oatmeal with some frozen fruit and a little maple syrup. Yum!
OK so it's off to bed so I can get up early tomorrow for the gym!
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