Losing Weight - Days 12/13: Finally Losing Weight

by Helen M. Ryan
Read Day 1 - The StruggleRead Day 2 - M&Ms
Read Day 3 - Eating at 2 a.m. Read Day 4 - Famine
Read Day 5 - 1 Pound Up Read Day 6 - Snacking
Read Day 7 - Day of RestRead Day 8 - Anticipate
Read Day 9 - ExhaustionRead Day 10 - Carbs
Read Day 11 - Fitting It In 

I'm taking the weekend off from blogging about weight loss.
On the bright side - when I got on the scale this morning I was down 1.5 pounds. Finally!

High Calorie Snacking

I had a few food challenges to overcome today: Pizza with family members and then a trip to the movies, which meant popcorn. Movie theater popcorn is very, very high in calories and fat.  The Center for Science in the Public Interest found that a Regal theater medium popcorn, about 20 cups, contains 1,200 calories and 60 grams of saturated fat.

So although I had maybe 1/3 of a medium popcorn (sneaking handfuls from the kids), I am still looking at 400 calories and 20 grams of fat - for a snack. And this is in addition to the 1.5 slices of cheese pizza I had for lunch and the brownie I just had for dessert.

My total calories today were probably around 2,000 - not low enough for weight loss but not enough to gain, considering I burned at least 500 calories at the gym this morning. It's so hard to burn calories and so very easy to pack 'em in.

I didn't continue eating junk after the dessert brownie.

When you finally reach this point of control - you know you are on your way to success.

It's about looking at the week, not one particular day. Eating more today means that tomorrow will be a lighter day to compensate.

Onward and forward.

Until tomorrow.

Published March 13, 2010

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