I used up the very last of my Seven Day Salad today; admittedly it was looking a little rough around the edges, but I think that’s because I pushed it an extra day and a half. I still have some fruits and vegetables in the fridge though so I won’t be doing another shop just yet.
Despite my less-than-perky mood this morning and the annoyance that I felt when dealing with fair food, I think I did pretty well with what I consumed. My biggest accomplishment though was not what I ate, but what I avoided. I passed by mini doughnuts, cotton candy, burritos, deep fried Oreo cookies (no, I am not joking), deep fried mars bars (still not kidding… these I have tried before; pardon me while I wipe the drool from my chin), elephant ears, candy apples (okay I had one bite of a friend’s, but I made sure to have more apple than caramel), ice cream, hot dogs, (did I mention mini doughnuts?), pizza, fudge (so tempting), and - oh, yeah – mini doughnuts. I am proud of me!
The best part of the day was that for some reason it wasn’t all that hard. I don’t know if that makes it less of a victory, but I am still really pleased. Maybe I am feeding my body such great, fresh stuff that it knows it doesn’t need the crap. Or perhaps I am simply getting used to eating better. What I think is really making the difference though is knowing that if I decided to, I could have something I was craving.
In the past, with my many attempts to lose weight, I have always made the mistake of being an all or nothing type of gal. Either I don’t ever have chocolate or I eat three candy bars plus twenty dollars worth of other junk foods. Either I work out every single day to the same routine or I sit on the couch like a slug. Either I succeed or I fail.
But this time around I have changed one crucial piece of thinking. This is forever and forever won’t happen without the occasional cookie. I will always have the opportunity to have another piece of cake, another bag of potato chips, and another McDonald’s cheeseburger. I don’t have to treat each temptation like it’s the last chance I will ever have of tasting that particular food again. That knowledge, coupled with the realization that if I do give in it doesn’t mean that the whole experience has been lost, has finally gotten me to a place where I don’t obsess about my cravings and feel the overwhelming desire to eat every bit of unhealthy food that I see.
Then again, those mini doughnut are still rattling around in my brain!
FOOD & BEVERAGES:
- 8 glasses of water throughout the day
- 1 1/2 cups of pineapple
- 1 wrap on a soft tortilla shell with honey ham, grated cheese, 1 cup of Seven Day Salad, calorie wise Miracle Whip, mustard, and pepper
- 1 cup of fried rice, 1 cup of fried green beans, and 4 fried shrimp in a Chinese food platter combo
- 1/2 cup of Crunchy Cinnamon Fruit To Go Apple Chips
- 1 small bite of a candy apple
- 2 cups of celery with 2 Tb. peanut butter
- 1 mug of decaffeinated tea with honey
- 15 minute walk
- 2 sets of 5 minutes of weight lifting with 2.5 lbs per arm
- 4 sets of 20 stomach crunches