Monday, February 6, 2012

Measurements

I’m so excited because when I weighed in and took my measurements yesterday, I had logged in a 16 pound loss and an overall loss of 5 inches between my waist, hips, thigh and upper arm.  I know that’s a really good loss for just 5 weeks. 

Something else I did that impressed me with myself was that I went almost exactly 5 weeks without slipping up more than 100 calories over my daily limit of 1350.  Friday, after I got home from working a shift of overtime, I kind of binged a little.  But with each thing that I ate, I paused long enough to enter it into my Sparkpeople nutrition tracker so I was aware of what I was eating as I was eating it.  After I reached a certain amount, I was finally able to stop myself.  And when dinner time came around, I found I wasn’t hungry, so I didn’t eat dinner, which saved me  about 400 calories, so the binge session wasn’t as detrimental as it could have been. 

Saturday, I went grocery shopping with a friend.  We stopped in the bakery section so she could look at some cheesecake slices.  I looked but they didn’t have any nutritional values listed on them, so I wasn’t going to get any.  Then, I found a package of 4 serving size slices of cheesecake that did have the nutritional values listed.  So I got that, thinking that I would eat one a day for the next 4 days.  Yea, right.  No such luck.  I ended up eating all 4 slices on Saturday.  And then, I went out to dinner with a friend Saturday evening.  We went to Outback Steakhouse.  I figured since I had already indulged with the cheesecake, eating part of a bloomin’ onion wouldn’t hurt too much more.  By the time we got done eating, I was STUFFED!  I haven’t felt that full since December, before I started counting calories.  When I entered everything into the nutrition tracker, I had eaten about twice what I normal eat in one day!  Wow! 

But when I weighed in Sunday morning, expecting to be the same weight I was last Sunday, you could say I was surprised to find that I had lost almost 3 pounds!  While I don’t recommend willy-nilly overeating on a cheat day (carefully planned cheating is the much better idea), it seems to have given my metabolism a little boost.  So, I think on the first Saturday of each month, I will PLAN a healthy cheat day.  I will allow myself to eat up to 2000 calories and I will choose healthy versions of food that would be considered splurge items so that I can have more volume of food with minimal impact on my calories for the day.

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