Wednesday, July 09, 2014
Okay, I was initially going to call today a "fail" for the following reasons:
1. I did not work out this afternoon/evening.
2. I did not use meals from The Spark Solution for lunch or dinner.
So this is why tracking is important. I was ABOUT to binge, figuring my day was shot. Then I finished tracking my dinner and realized that I am doing fine: within calorie and nutrition ranges!
Also, I somehow forgot that, duh!, I teach tae kwon do in the mornings. I easily got in 3 sessions of cardio (minimum 20 minutes each) while I was working.
There it is. I managed to be active and eat correctly on my own terms. Hooray!
Sunday, July 06, 2014
Sure enough, yesterday was rough. I did not record anything in the nutrition tracker aside from breakfast and I don't plan to. Must simply move on.
Schedule: Take family to Bristol Renaissance Faire, stop at Culver's for a late lunch, attend a birthday party, attend a graduation party.
I was very conscious of making good choices and only small splurges with food.
Challenge to Overcome:
At the end of the day, I figured it was probably blown so I had a glass of wine and pretzels with the hubby at 10:00 that night. (Okay, now that I wrote it, it doesn't seem like the worst thing in the world.)
Also, I was not able to get a workout in, and I took the 4th off as well.
Seriously, track everything. Then I'll know if I "blew it" or not. And it appears I have some minutes to make up today and tomorrow. Therefore, I will bike all the way out to Wales today (20-mile round trip) AND go to TKD tomorrow evening at 7:00.
Okay. That's the plan. Now do it.
Thursday, July 03, 2014
Day 2 -- I'm on a roll.
Yeah, it's a short roll from yesterday to today, but I'm hoping it will continue to snowball. (Mixed metaphors -- I must be tired.)
My daughter and I rode our bikes on a 4-mile round trip jaunt to Culver's so she could get a well-deserved dessert. I enjoyed the ride and drank water while she licked her custard cone. Then we rode home.
I followed the Day 2 Spark Solution meal plan to the letter. Was hungrier today than yesterday, but not starving.
Got my share of NEAT minutes (Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis) by folding the laundry while standing (forced to squat), taking the bike ride, parking a block away from summer school and walking to get the kids, cleaning bathrooms...
My only challenge today was getting my strength workout in. I should have done this earlier in the day, but I let time get away from me. Therefore, I ended up doing it in my living room while hubby and I watched a movie. Still got it done.
Tomorrow, my family is going to the parade at 10:00. Plenty of time in the afternoon for a nice long bike ride.
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
I am back in the proverbial saddle. Hallelujah! Let me sum up my day:
1. Did not eat the cinnamon rolls that I made the kiddos for breakfast. Just had one bite to satisfy the craving and then moved on.
2. Read Day 1 of The Spark Solution religiously and made great nutritional choices.
3. Walk/jogged 3 miles in 38 minutes.
Just the cinnamon roll craving. I was THIS CLOSE to saying, "Ah, screw it. I'll eat what I want for one more day and start being healthy tomorrow."
But I didn't. I sucked it up. (I need to suck it up from here on out.)
Truth is, friends, my weight has gone from 143 to 150 in the last few months, and I've made only sporadic attempts to change it. However, I recently completed my first test toward my 2nd degree black belt, and this has inspired me to improve.
As the song goes, "I want to get better, better, better!"
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Ate well and stayed within ranges.
Took a Rest Day from exercise but purposely walked down my hilly street and back (twice) to get those sore muscles working.
I had a personal day from work, and I spent the afternoon cleaning out the basement and pricing two carloads of toys and clothes for my church's upcoming kid and baby rummage sale. My basement can breathe -- how exciting!
I budgeted an evening snack (the time when I normally want to binge) so I'm off to make my 100-calorie oatmeal and half a grapefruit. What a relief to eat after 9:00 and still be within calorie ranges. Thank you, Spark Solution!
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