I found some me-time today! I used it to grocery shop. It’s weird how much better I feel knowing there are healthy options in the kitchen to eat. I got eggplant and broccoli and bok choy and organic sweet potatoes and little baby red potatoes and okra and green beans. I love variety! In the organic freezer section, which I haven’t visited for awhile, I found they have new things. My grocery store is very small and lacking in variety usually. They now have Ezekiel bread. They even had the organic waffles that Jillian Michaels eats. I grabbed a few things, but something that caught my eye was organic french fries. Now, I’m not a big french fry fan, but when you’re not “allowed” to eat them… Looking at the label, they seemed reasonable as far as points might go and I realized they’d go really well with our dinner. Turned out that baked they are only 1 point per ounce.
For dinner we had seared, teriyaki Ahi tuna garnished with sauteed onions, red bell peppers and mushrooms. I make my teriyaki without sugar because I prefer it not sweet and who needs the extra calories. With the baked french fries we had roasted cauliflower with garlic. Everything was delicious and I was able to get full for 6 points (3 oz tuna, 2 oz fries, 1 t. olive oil). I forgot how delicious seared tuna is. Nothing like canned tuna at all. It feels really good to not be hungry and to eat something besides chicken or salad.
It’s been a rough couple days. I went over points the last two days. This is the first time I’ve struggled this hard. Contributing factors are stress, exhaustion and lack of fruit and vegetables in the house to keep me full. I had a total breakdown last night. We had turkey burgers for dinner. No vegetable (besides pickles, lettuce and tomato on the burger). As soon as I laid that hamburger bun on the scale, I freaked out. Too many points for a bun. So I only used half. This is where I lost it. Looking at that puny turkey burger, knowing that as starving as I was, I was not going to get full from eating it.
But the real problem is sheer exhaustion and end of semester stress. I don’t have time to grocery shop or prepare food, so I have to deal with what I’m given. I am grateful to have my husband do those things for me right now while I can’t. Even if he doesn’t always get it right, he really is trying! And it sure beats going totally off the program.
I don’t have time to exercise either. It’s frustrating! That would help so much with the stress. Maybe next semester I can find a way that everything isn’t so much work at the end of the semester. But I think there’s not much I can do about that, since it’s just the way the work falls. Not like I was slacking all semester or anything.
Wednesday weigh-in was 177. Still progressing fine.
Here is some information I came across while doing research for my paper. This was taken from the CDC website. They have an animation there scrolling from 1985 to 2010. The animation does not run well, but they have a PowerPoint that can be downloaded of the slides. I took 1985 and 2010 and combined them together to get this image. I highly recommend viewing the slides all the way through. It is very sobering to watch the states get shaded darker and darker. I had no idea we had come so far from health in this country. I knew obesity was more prevalent now, but not to the extent it is. This is truly a crisis. Makes you wonder why? I have a lot of ideas on that, but will save that for another post. Obesity is linked to so many health issues. Imagine if we were able to reverse this trend. I’m going to start with me!