Wednesday, May 22, 2013
I knew I was being loose with my eating plan....but I didn't realize until I weighed myself today how serious the effects of my indulgences have been. I gained three pounds! And I know that this is not all "water weight" although some of it may be. This weight was after I'd eaten breakfast and had some coffee so it was not really on an empty stomach. But nonetheless there have been some bad effects. I've been exercising daily also. Doing about ten minutes of strength training and between 15-30 minutes of cardio daily. Now that the hot weather is here it will be harder to talk myself into working out. But I did it in the past....I should be able to do it again. If I work out early in the day it shouldn't be baking hot like it is later in the day.
One thing I haven't done is measured the inches. When my weight gets to 200 I will do that.
So what steps am I taking to get serious? 1) NO more eating in between meals. Sometimes that is hard but I think that is the one most detrimental thing I've been doing. WHAT I eat has not been really a problem (coconut ice pops aside). Normally I just eat fruit. One other thing I've done is to snack on nuts and that is a "no-no" ...That habit has to go also.
2) No "stretching the rules" and allowing dairy. Sour cream has been harder for me to give up than has cheese surprisingly.
3) If I eat at night, just make it an orange. nothing else.
I think if I can get back on the ball with these things, I will be fine. One problem I'm having in sticking to the meals exactly is getting beans and tomato products low in salt or salt free. SOMETIMES the store has them but usually not. I can't afford to shop in a health food store for all of that. Maybe what I should do to partly alleviate the problem is to cook my own beans. It is hard to find the time....well, not so much that....but just hard to be organized enough to have beans cooked from scratch in advance. I always forget to soak them over night....and you can do a shortcut by heating them to boiling (with 3X the amount of water) boil for two minutes and then let soak for an hour. And THEN cook them. I made a batch of black beans last weekend and they were a bit too firm for my taste. I need to cook them longer. The problem with beans is if you don't use them they get very stinky and gross. I'm not sure what to do to amend this situation. I guess I should make sure I always have at least three cups of beans made in advance. Of course then the problem you encounter is knowing WHICH beans you are going to be needing. Because I plan my menu a week in advance, that shouldn't be too hard to do with a little foresight.
Anyway....these are my plans to amend my eating habits. Hopefully I will soon have some weight loss to report. (Sometimes I secretly wonder if I would be heavy even if I ate perfectly and exercised for an hour a day. I wonder if my "skinny" self has taken a permanent vacation and left me here with old fatty. Do ya think?)