Published March 9, 2010

Losing Weight - Day 9: Exhaustion

by Helen M. Ryan

When well-laid out plans go awry, you just hang on to the seat of your cycling shorts and try for the best. This is a short post by my wordy standards.

A day that started with a sick child who was up half the night (and mommy with her), a Spinning class, and deadlines for design clients, ended with an evening business event, homework fights, dinner and then - collapse and cry. Even a superwoman has her limits.

Trying Not to Binge

It took all I had today not to binge. I ate a bit too much, but overall it's not a deal breaker. I was proud of myself for that. Had a fairly big bowl of low fat yogurt after dinner with some light whipping cream on top and felt better after. Then I made an executive decision: No more work tonight. Get the kids ready for bed and hit the sack. Clients can wait. I will start fresh tomorrow.

Recognize Your Limits

Sometimes we need to recognize our limits...and respect them. I could have consoled myself with massive overeating like I have been doing the last couple of years.

Sometimes the weight on my shoulders can momentarily be lightened by heavenly brownies. It may be only a moment, but it's a good moment. Instead, today I focused on getting through the day hour-by-hour, project-by-project. A few extra carbs here and there kept me going. Compromise is what keeps me sane.

Today's advice: Exhaustion. Don't let yourself go there.

Onward and forward.
Until tomorrow.

How did you do today? Share your thoughts. You can do so anonymously. I'd like to hear from you.

? hours of sleep.
Taught one Spinning class, did no weight training

  • Plain oatmeal with flax seeds, nonfat milk, walnuts pieces and chocolate chips (60% cocoa - a must) - breakfast.
  • Coffee with non-dairy creamer (ugh) - after Spinning.
  • Orange - snack.
  • Weight Watchers Mini Cheese Pizzas - lunch.
  • Black beans with spinach and a dash of low fat cheese - lunch.
  • Coffee with non-fat milk, Stevia and light whipped cream.
  • Apple - snack.
  • Lean Pocket cheese pizza - dinner.
  • Green beans with feta cheese - dinner.
  • Non-fat frozen yogurt - dessert.

[Click on the Weight Loss category to read earlier posts...from Day 1 and on.]

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