March 11, 2011

Roses and thorns

A small loss this week, down one pound to 228. I can't say I'm thrilled - I saw a lower number earlier in the week - but I understand it. Even though I worked out a lot this week, I found myself eating more this week than I usually do, and little extras here and there add up quickly. I don't deny myself occasional treats (small ones here and there help me avoid cravings that lead to binges) but this week I think I had a few too many. One treat a week isn't fatal to me, but four or five treats can be counterproductive - the first craving is usually genuine, but I think that anything that follows is for love and comfort, not chocolate.

I also have been paying closer attention to the sodium content of the foods I eat, and it's something I need to work on. I have been cooking less because I've been busy with work and life this week - still eating at home, but just making less-than-stellar choices. For example, I haven't really been planning my meals. I've just been coming home, exhausted and hungry, and so I cook up a little of this and a little of that. Calorie wise it tends to be more than I would plan for, and the disorganization of it makes me overeat. Cooking dinner on an empty stomach is dangerous - it's like going grocery shopping when you're hungry. I can't function that way - I need a plan.

My goal for this week is to cut back on sodium - and for this weekend, to cook up a storm and restock my freezer with premade meals so I don't end up throwing together last-minute dinners.

That said, though, I was pretty pleased with my workouts this week: my failed long run on Sunday was tough, but I felt much better about doing 3 miles in 36:00 on Tuesday and one mile in 10:54 last night!so ready for spring in chicago And - my size 16 jeans are super loose. Payday can't come soon enough - bring on the 14s!

Some interesting non-scale news, I was having a discussion with some folks at work earlier this week, and I was mistaken about the end of the semester. I thought the last day of classes was May 6 - nope, it's April 29. That means only seven more weeks, not eight - and one of those weeks is Spring Break! It's bittersweet - I'm a little anxious thinking about not being able to pay my bills, but I'm also a little exhilarated by the uncertainty, surprisingly enough. For someone who obsessively loves plans, I'm kind of excited by the idea that I have absolutely no idea what I am going to be doing a few months from now. I'm not afraid of hard work, so the bills will get paid whether I'm a university lecturer or working three retail jobs. It will all work out.

8 comments:

Debbie said...

Congrats on the loss and hey any loss is good. I love the picture and I am jealous. We are still having a little cold weather.

Amy said...

You're flying through pant sizes! It's great!! I have indulged a little too much this past week or so - birthday and celebrating always kills me! I am craving a routine and getting back to planning - so that's definitely what I'm spending some of my time doing this weekend!

Ann said...

congrats on recognizing a bad food pattern and working to fix it!! Great job with the run and the wweight loss!!

Pretty Pauline said...

I am consistently over in sodium, as well as fiber, and cholesterol. I'm still new and am still just trying to stay within my cals, but I know more tweaking is coming down the road.

LoriV. said...

Those are awesome workouts! You're so speedy!

~ Darla ~ said...

As everyone will say, a pound is a pound is a pound...but I understand your feelings and I've had them too. I just keep telling myself it will take time and there's no way to speed time up :)

Robin said...

new follower...
congrats on the loss...
will be following for sure!!
Robin
http://www.1girlgettinfit.blogspot.com/

Amanda said...

Congrats on the loss, and for getting rid of your old clothes! That had to feel good. :)