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Day 7 Check In

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The no sweets thing is going well! It's harder to stay away from carbs in general when lunch is lasagna and dinner is grilled cheese and the cornbread is delicious, but I'm giving myself permission not to feel guilty about that.

I have been doing pretty well drinking water, thanks to the 32-oz Nalgene I bought from the Palmer Store. I don't get to 64oz every single day, but I have been getting close.

Flossing feels good!

The running around Oahu thing before I leave might not happen. I need to run 5 miles a day, and I don't see that happening. I think I'll amend the challenge to include biking miles too.

In general, my body feels much better than it did this time last week. I haven't weighed myself or counted calories - I'm not quite ready to include that yet.

Day 1 Check In

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Yesterday went pretty well:

- No sweets.....CHECK!

- 2000 calorie limit....I'm not entirely sure, because I didn't track, but I definitely could have enjoyed seconds of Mexican dinner and I abstained. Later in the evening I had peppermint tea to quiet my stomach. I did have a glass of peach wine because I was playing cards and Nandi poured a glass for each of us, but I went to sleep with a slight rumble in my tummy which I always take as a sign that I did not overeat.

- 64 oz water a day....I was short about 8 oz, but 7 cups of water is pretty good.

- Floss....CHECK!

- Run around Oahu by the time you leave!....6 miles. For each mile I ran 3/4 at a 9min pace, and 1/4 at an 8 min pace. I think that makes that the fastest 6 miles I've run in my life.

This morning I took a slice of "oatmeal loaf" along with my usual eggs and yogurt, but the first bite was way too sugary. I took one more bite and tossed the rest.

40 Days and 40 Nights of Rules for Healthy Living

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

I was worried this would happen, and it has. Last summer and fall I was on fire with my new low-sugar, low-carb lifestyle. I was exercising more than ever and I felt great about my body and myself. I finished an Olympic distance triathlon. I lost a few pounds. I even started dating a wonderful, attractive, awesome guy, and I don't think it was a coincidence that love snuck in when my confidence was at an all time high.

Just after Christmas I left for a three and half month field season in Antarctica, the first month on a research vessel, the second two at Palmer Station. This was my third trip down, so I knew what I could expect in terms of food and exercise options on the ship and onshore, so I tried to mentally prepare for the decisions I would have to make. "If the prepared meal is not something you want to eat, don't. Focus on whatever veggies are available (if any) or stick to the almonds, peanuts, and yogurt that are usually available." And, "don't eat the cookies. You know you can't have just one and the supply is literally endless. One cookie eventually ends in you alone in your room with a pile of them, eating yourself sick."

This plan works sometimes, but I can't seem to get it to stick always. Last night was a perfect example. I had been eating well all day. I did a 20-minute audio yoga class with the group like we usually do before dinner. Dinner was fried fish or fried chicken, and french fries. There were no vegetables in sight. There was, however, a giant chocolate cake next to the buffet line. I had a split-second thought that I should scrounge something healthier from the leftover fridge instead, but I didn't want to hurt Fran's feelings so I got a small portion of fried dinner. And that left me craving cake. And that left me craving more. By the end of the day that started so well, I'd had three slices of cake, a scoop of cookie dough, and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

I know how to make the binging stop. I've been through this so many times before. The solution for me is to cut out sweets entirely. I'm like an alcoholic with sugar, one serving leads to 10.

Today is Ash Wednesday, the perfect day to start my sugar fast. I'm not religious in the slightest, but for the next 40 days, millions of people around the world are giving something up, so I'll join them. If that's not motivation enough, in 39 days Chris will be waiting for me at the Newark Airport and I want to look and feel just as great as I did (if not better!) when I left him in December.

Rules and daily goals for healthy living:
- No sweets (Nope, not even one. It's 40 days - you'll live)
- 2000 calorie limit (This one's a goal, not a rule. Sometimes when you're running a lot, it's just not enough, and that's okay - don't let a high calorie day derail you)
- 64 oz water a day (It makes you feel good and it curbs your appetite)
- Floss (It's amazing how much healthier this makes you feel. It doesn't really make sense, but go with it. It's good for you)
- Run around Oahu by the time you leave!

Don't feel guilty or embarrassed to go into the leftover fridge at a meal. Eat what you need to to stay physically and mentally healthy.

40 days is nothing. Ready? Go.

No more weigh ins

Sunday, August 11, 2013

At least for a few weeks. On each of the last two weigh ins I went up a pound. Who knows why. But I had been eating well, exercising a ton, feeling great. And the number made me feel not so great.

Let's go the next few weeks focusing on another number, 2000. That should be the maximum number of calories I consume per day. That should leave me with enough of a weekly deficit to lose some weight.

I am getting discouraged and feeling fat. Today I lost control and ate an entire package of biscuits. I feel crappy. I'm also on my period (finally) which is making me feel crappy for two reasons. First, I'm sore. Second, not having my period made me feel like I was doing well with exercising and losing weight. I'm sure my body eventually got used to the new exercise volume, but it still made me feel like I was failing when I saw my period had come back.

Don't get discouraged, Nicole. You didn't think this was going to be easy, did you? Focus on your calorie count, keep exercising, and don't worry about weighing in until after the triathlon.

Binged. Over it.

Friday, August 02, 2013

Whoa. What got into me yesterday? I had an insatiable appetite, and once I was no longer hungry I kept wanting to be chewing on something. I think I'm getting bored of the foods I've been eating. I need to come up with some more options.

But have no fear, this train has not been derailed. I had a chat with myself in the mirror last night. "Don't stop now, Nicole. You're doing amazing. You look amazing and feel amazing and it's only going to get better. I am proud of you. But next week has to be a lower number on the scale. It has to. Otherwise, you're going to fall off course for a few weeks until motivation springs again. Just stay on course."

I rode my bike for an hour this morning and am feeling skinny in my jeans. At lunchtime I'll go for a swim. The goal until next Wednesday is to keep the calorie count down. It has to be under 2000 every day. Aim for the 1800 range. You can do this.

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