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|Read Day 3 – Eating at 2 a.m.||Read Day 4 – Famine|
|Read Day 5 – 1 Pound Up|
Cloudy Weather Snack-a-Thon
Cloudy days and cold weather always inspire me to eat. I think it’s a “hibernation” thing. Today, I just wanted to eat, snuggle under the covers and sleep all day.
To counteract doing something detrimental to my progress I made sure that I ate every two hours or so – tricking myself into thinking I was snacking. After breakfast and teaching a Spinning class, I had a small sugar-free* Vanilla Latte with soy milk, then an hour later ordered a warm and filling Buddha’s Feast with tofu from Pick Up Stix. It’s hard to tell from the nutritional information on their web site what it actually was that I was eating. I wanted the Wok Smart entrée (under 500 calories), but received small containers of brown rice and Buddha’s Feast instead. I had to just work with that.
I ate only 1/3 of the meal at lunch because I wasn’t very hungry (the latte had filled me up). Throughout the day, I snacked on the remainder of the food – in about 1/3 increments. It helped me feel constantly full, feel like I was eating a lot – fulfilling my desire to snack – and still kept me within a reasonable daily calorie count. It gave me a nice serving of vegetables and fiber, too.
It’s good sometimes to “fake yourself out.” The constant small eating helped me feel like I was eating a lot – just what the dreary day ordered.
Stiff and Sore – Oh Yay
I’m a little stiff and sore today. The kettlebells I’ve added to my workout have fried my thighs and butt, and since I challenged my core a bit more my abdominals were tender, an area usually hard for me to feel anything in. My shoulders are feel the workout I did at the gym after class. I used mostly free weights today, with a “pyramid up” structure, i.e. starting with a lower weight set first, mid-weight second set and heavier weight last set. Then I played with a Humansport machine and decided I liked the independent pulleys and the way the cables move with me, yet independent of each other. Though I prefer bodyweight, kettlebells and free weights, I like machines that work like the human body does, and doesn’t “lock you into” a particular position. The more variety in workouts the better, I say. Keeps my body on its toes.
I was definitely feeling stronger mentally and physically today. That urge to binge is actually gone. I’m surprised this early in the game. But it will come back again. This I know. It’s all about outlasting and outsmarting cravings.
This is a short day, blogging-wise. I have deadlines looming.
Onward and forward.
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6.5 hours of sleep.
1 hour Spinning class, followed by 30 minutes of upper body weight training at the gym.
- Plain oatmeal with flax seeds, nonfat milk, walnuts pieces and chocolate chips (60% cocoa – a must) – breakfast.
- *Sugar-free vanilla latte (usually I stay away from artificial sweeteners. I use Stevia, mostly, but today I went with whatever the coffee shop had – the chemical sucralose.
- Buddha’s Fest with brown rice and tofu – lunch.
- Low fat frozen yogurt with walnuts and a few 60% chocolate chips – snack.
- More Buddha’s Fest with brown rice and tofu- snack.
- More Buddha’s Fest with brown rice and tofu – dinner.
- Strawberries and blueberries – snack.
- Tangelo – bedtime snack.