Weighing In

saltIt’s the time of year I both love and dread. The dreading is because of not enough hours in the day and too much to do and all the yummy, not healthy food. There isn’t much time left for taking care of ourselves. This past week I’ve done pretty well though. I haven’t missed a workout in my c25k plan. I’m so committed to it that I put it ahead of some other important things. Priorities, priorities. I’ve also maintained my weight in the same one pound range, 169.5-170.5.

I stopped tracking the food I ate back on Friday because of crazy eating out. It’s just too much work sometimes trying to figure out the calorie count in some restaurant foods. Yesterday I declared it Cheat Day, but only if I entered all the food I ate in myfitnesspal as a way to get myself back to tracking. It was a good day of some of the comfort foods I’ve been missing like grilled cheese and eggnog and chocolate. And only 2000 calories 😉

Yesterday was strength day on my plan, so I did my Biggest Loser DVD. There’s four routines: 2 cardio and 1 strength and 1 bootcamp. But even the cardio routines involve a lot of strengthening activities, so it doesn’t really matter which I choose for strength day. Usually I only do one routine for about 35 minutes of exercise (with warm up and cool down). Yesterday, to help with my splurge day, I customized the workout and added two routines for a total of 60 minutes of exercise.

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Cheat Day

Things are going well. Yesterday was cheat day. I’ve never tried using cheat days before and it sure was fun! I used eight extra points. I took a drive to Ikea and had a blast. I hadn’t been there in several years and I saw a lot more items that would incorporate into my decor than I remembered. I took snacks for the drive and even though I ate Swedish meatballs at Ikea, I shared them and ate less than half, none of the lingonberries and a small salad without dressing. Water to drink. My big cheat was a Friday night fish-fry. It’s a staple in the area where I live. I was very careful to under eat. I ordered the battered, fried fish. I like baked fish when I make it at home, but have a hard time finding good baked fish offered at our local fish-fries. I tell myself that I can always take the breading off, but rarely do since it is so yummy.

All the fruit I’m eating is hard on my reflux. My heartburn is becoming very painful. I am switching to eating more vegetables as point-free instead of the fruit. I have some bananas and will shop for other less acidic fruits like melons. I am hoping that losing weight will help my heartburn. I slept upright on the couch last night – no fun!

All-in-all, I’m feeling good about my progress. I’m slowly learning to use the online system. I’m being patient with the hunger pains and keeping up with the exercise. I would like to start looking at the blogs and message boards that the system offers.