Friday, June 22, 2018
I am visiting my brother and sister-in-law this weekend and decided not to bring the scale along. I want to focus on monitoring what I'm eating, rather than what the scale is saying each day. I had gone down slightly on the scale before I left home, though. I'm hoping to maintain my weight while I am away.
My ten minute exercise goal is going well. It still feels a little strange to be trying out cardio videos, but I also feel great accomplishment in doing it. I can see what a discipline it is, and it is good to be trying to carve out some time for this each day. I've also added a goal of eating one fruit a day - this has been nice, too. One fruit is do-able and easy to remember.
I've been tracking this week, too. It's quite humbling when my calorie count sometimes hits 3000! Those calories sneak up so easily. Some days have been easier than others. Last night I enjoyed some prossecco with my sister-in-law. I very rarely drink, but I hadn't planned on it, so I know my calories were high.
Something else I've noticed this week is how my son likes to ask me to try what he's eating, or even to feed me. So I get spoonfuls of yoghurt that I hadn't planned to eat, but then end up eating. Another thing I've noticed is how my plans change very quickly. I had planned one meal to eat at an Indian restaurant, but when we were there I quickly realised that I needed to change my order as my husband had said he would share with me and the meal I had chosen had something he didn't enjoy. Also, we tend to let our son share our food rather than ordering something purely for him. As my husband had not ordered anything, I knew the curry I had pre-selected would be too spicy for my son. So, I changed my order. What I'm observing is that my spontaneous eating is quite high and that I now need to plan my eating by considering what my son needs to eat, too. Another thing I see very clearly now is how sometimes I feel too tired to cook. So we get take away. I'd like this to be something to prioritise changing. I need to work out what quick fixes I can put in place for the evenings when I can't face the stove. Healthy ready meals, or more pre-cooked frozen menus. I know there is a healthier solution to this.
It is good to be away. We have had a highly stressful few months, and this time always helps my husband and I to reconnect and relax a bit. I love seeing all the cousins playing together, too. It's a nice reminder that we are not as alone as we sometimes think in this busy world. I also have a bit more time to put into my healthy eating and career goals.