Monday, April 19, 2010

Nothing New

Today was really bad on the food front. But, I have to say that what I ate was done consciously and not as a binging episode or due to negative emotions or anything. Maybe that makes it worse since I was in full control of my decisions, but I think it is actually a good thing.

I started the day off as normal and didn’t anticipate any deviation from my typical fare. Then I got confirmation of something that I am really excited about and suddenly the eating started to go downhill. I wanted to celebrate. So, I went to McDonald’s and had a single cheeseburger, plus I located one of my favourite specialty shops and I purchased and ate three chocolates from there. To me that felt like the perfect way to acknowledge that I was deserving of a little treat. I was satisfied with what I had eaten and felt completely ready to move forward from my indulgence.

Then, however, as the day drew to a close, I was feeling like I hadn’t had the opportunity to celebrate as much as I should have. I was not craving more food, but rather the enjoyment of festivity over my circumstances. Unfortunately, because it was so late in the evening at that point, there really weren’t a lot of options available to help highlight the gaiety that I was feeling. So I turned to food again.

My husband and I went to a restaurant for a late night meal. I did opt for a salad in a minor attempt to maintain some semblance of healthy choices, but, honestly, it was quite heavily laden with bacon and cheese. When the waitress asked if we wanted dessert we decided to pass… but then we walked around the corner to a coffee shop where I enjoyed a doughnut.

So, it certainly was not a very stellar day for eating well. I feel like there should be a bigger lesson in here somewhere, but I think that this is really just an example of me having more food than I know I should have. I am now bloated. It will take me time to work off the excess calories and sodium. I will have to be even more diligent over the next few days to stay on track. Poor choices lead to consequences. The rule of cause and effect remains tried, tested, and true.

- 10 glasses of water
- 2 1/2 cups spinach salad with canned shrimp, cubed cheese, croutons, dried cranberries, and calorie-wise Greek feta and oregano dressing
- 2 golden delicious apples with cinnamon
- 1 banana
- 1 mug toffee nut steamed skim milk
- 1 cheeseburger with ketchup, mustard, and onions
- 1 ice wine chocolate truffle
- 1 pecan caramel chocolate
- 1 orange cream chocolate
- 1 skinless chicken drumstick
- 2 cups creamy garlic Raffaello pasta
- 3/4 cup fat free strawberry yogurt with 1 cup honey nut granola cereal
- 1 mug hot chocolate with whipped cream
- 7 yam fries with spicy mayonnaise dip
- 4 1/2 cups spinach salad with bacon pieces, grated cheese, boiled egg, tomato, mushrooms, and vinaigrette dressing
- 1 vanilla dip doughnut with icing and sprinkles

- 1 hour Body Strengthening class


  1. So you had a bad day. We all do! Heck I didn't run or do any exercise last week for four days.
    Look how far you have come. You will come out of your slump! I know you will.
    Have a great day!

  2. What's the old saying Sh*t happens?? You said you were celebrating something why not enjoy yourself a little not the end of the world.

  3. Everyone's entitled to a treat now and then, there's nothing wrong with that!
    Perhaps, though, you can think of other ways to celebrate the good things in your life, instead of with food. This way, the next time you have cause to celebrate, you can go get your nails done, or whatever would constitute a non-food treat for you!

  4. I was on the page as Jen... maybe there are other ways to celebrate for now if the after effect brings you down. BUT, this is just one day in the journey... today is a new day!

  5. I understand the need for a treat. I plan on treating myself as soon as I get back to my first 10lb mark, I'm only 1/2lb away. I hope to meet that goal this Thursday. I have some pictures of on my blog of haircuts I'm thinking about getting. Head over and cast your vote.

  6. I actually beg to differ, your eating was driven by emotions-happy and celebratory ones, but still emotions! lol.
    I think it's ok that you indulged for one day, what's a life when it is full of deprivation? so you gave yourself what you wanted, and that's that. It is what it is. Just don't let the day linger into a second, 3rd or week, lol.
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  7. Carb refeed-- get your leptin back in shape. Not to worry. Wondering about the celebrating with food part though... funny how we do that. You'd think happy news would be celebration enough. Maybe a new outfit instead of a restaurant meal next time? One thing about overeating-- you turn to your regular foods with relief, because that bloated ugghy feeling is so unpleasant.

  8. I think it is a good thing that you are aware of what you eat -- even when you decide to go for something you typically don't. it means that you can control it.

    if it were a binge than you would have some more work to be done on that food front.

  9. Hey, at this point in the game, one slip of the chocolate isn't going to derail you. You know what now needs to be done, and will get back at it, I have no doubt.

  10. Yes!!! You are all so right! I am past the moment now and will strategize to come up with alternatives for next time! :oD

  11. A slip but you look AMAZING. I am new to your blog. What was your program and how many calories? You lost fairly fast. Cpuld you post some thing or tell me where to look. Iam a senior citizen in need of a 100 pound loss. Thanks Bella

  12. Thanks, Bella! I don't really have a program apart from eating healthier foods and exercising every day; it's honestly pretty simple. My biggest thing is that I have developed a lifestyle that I feel is sustainable. My very best advice is for you to read this post: I wrote it a few months back and I think it's the most concise collection of my thoughts on the subject. It all boils down to developing a new way of life and leaving diets and fads behind; use your instincts and common sense and make sure that you are tailoring your plan to your own needs. I really hope that helps you!!!