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Monday, December 13, 2010

Yesterday I was doing really well. I counted my calories and was having a pretty good day as far as my intake went. Then my sister asked if I would help her clean up her new apartment before she moved it. I thought it would be a great chance to burn a few extra calories and help out my sis.

But it was terrible! For one thing, there was no heat on in the place (it was warm yesterday, though. 35 instead of 15). For another thing, the place was a mess. It looked and smelled like someone had lived there for years and years without ever cleaning. Dust and cobwebs and weird stuff on the windows, and it even looked like someone had peed on the walls! Gross city.

So when I came home, I was tired and didn't want to cook at all. Hubby doesn't like cooking usually, especially since I'm watching my calories. So he ended up getting a frozen pizza and a bag of salad mix. I thought I could make it work. One slice of pizza and a big salad with light dressing is a good meal. But then we had a fight just as the pizza was finishing, and I was really emotional... and ended up eating half the pizza.

Gah, I hate when I do that! It's like I have no control over myself. It really makes me feel like a failure.

But I'm trying not to stew over it. Today I put some rules in place to help me out.

1) No eating in front of the TV or the computer
2) No eating when I'm frustrated or upset
3) Spend 1 hour a day on Spark People. This really keeps me on track and gets me motivated.

And so far today I'm doing well. I did about 20 minutes of yoga just a little while ago. I like yoga, but I'm really weak in my arms and really stiff in my calves (downward facing dog is a hard pose for me), so I have to take it slow. I really miss being able to run. I would go out and do it in the snow, but it's so slippery out there. We had about four feet dumped on us last week, and they predict another couple feet this week. Until I can get outside, I'm trying to learn to like my new exercise bike. It's convenient, but it's not as satisfying as running.

One positive thing, though! When I first started SP, one of my mini goals was to be able to touch my toes. It's been about 10 months, but I can finally touch my toes! Go me!
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