Still Going Strong

The Jelly Beans

I’m very proud of myself today.  A co-worker offered me a couple of jelly beans, and I ate them, but resisted the urge to go back and have more.  Success #1 – allowing yourself a small taste of something sinful and then moving on.  Next up, a 1-hour Food Show, which is part of my job.  Oh the perils of trying to stay healthy while surrounded by mostly un-healthy food.  My role in Food Shows is primarily to take notes and report back the results, but everyone is welcome to sample the goods.  Afterall, they go in the trash when the sampling is done, something that kills me to watch.  That has always been one of my issues with eating – the feeling that I must clean my plate and not waste any food.  But isn’t it still wasted if it goes in your body and you work to burn it off??  Seriously, what sense does our mothers’ logic make?  So anyway, I had lunch before the food show and also a piece of gum to occupy my mouth and did not taste a single thing.  Success #2 – resisting the urge to eat something just because it’s in front of you.  If you’re not truly hungry, don’t eat it.

 

I managed to drag my tired, weak self out of bed at 5am to squeeze in a 45-minute chest & back P90x video before work.  I’m definitely feeling like a major wuss in this program.  I think we did well over 100 push-ups today and my hands and knees are rug-burned.  Hmm, maybe a skirt and bare knees was not a good option for work.  I wish I could do the videos at lunch since that’s when I am most energized, and evenings are out of the question.  I don’t usually have too much trouble with morning workouts at the gym or running outside, but that’s probably because there’s a good hour between rolling out of bed and actually starting the workout, whereas there’s only about 10 minutes from bed to P90x.  I’ll stick with it though and hope it gets better.  Afterall, there’s only 2.5 months left until Hawaii!!

Another Monday and Feeling Great!

Normally I hate Mondays – I can’t seem to ever get ready on time and always manage to spill my breakfast in haste.  Alas, today did not start out much better.  I dumped a drink in my car (thankfully water) and was later to work than I had planned since I had an 8am meeting to prepare for.  I feel great, however, because I weighed in at 135!  Woohoo!  I only did a 3-day Detox this time around, since I need more calories for my beloved workouts, but that 3 days was all it took to get back on track and feel completely de-bloated.  It’s amazing how quickly you can lose the bloat, but also amazing how quickly you can put it back on with a couple of bad meals! 

So I plan to keep sticking to the basic Cinch methodology — 4 small evenly spaced meals using the 5 puzzle pieces (produce, whole grain, lean protein, plant-based fat, healthy seasonings) — but also incorporate some other meals from our P90X and Eat Clean Diet books.  Both have some good recipes in them that will work with my 4-meal strategy.  I made a quick menu yesterday afternoon and prepped my meals for the next few days.  I’m going to take a little more casual approach this time around and not obsess over a menu spreadsheet, but still share on my blog.  Here’s today’s plan, which adds up to about 1200 calories:

  • Pre-workout Snack (5am) – Grapes
  • Breakfast (7am) – 1 egg, cooked spinach, 1 slice toast with drizzle of honey
  • Lunch (11am) – Humbeque sandwich (tuna, hummus, bbq, spinach, avocado)
  • Snack (3pm) – Greek yogurt with berries and almonds
  • Dinner (7pm) – Chicken cordon bleu with cooked carrots

I did an amazing thing over the past week: I had 3 boxes of girl scout cookies (weak moment) plus Easter candy (another weak moment) in my pantry and did not touch them!!  Then at church they announced that they were going to be collecting food every Sunday for donation, so when I got home, I made a donation bag with the cookies and Easter candy, plus some other healthier options.   Later that night I had some serious temptations to break out the donation bag, but managed to overcome them.  It seems that these temptations were triggered by one bite of Red Velvet Cake Sundae that I had made for my husband.  Hence, I plan to skip the daily chocolate indulgence called for in the Cinch plan.  The slightest taste of sugar turns me into a ravenous cookie-monster.  I think it’s time to break out my favorite picture:

If Cookie Monster went on a diet...

 

Have a great Monday everyone!!

Cinch Day 4

Wow, I’m a bit stunned  at how many people are suddenly tuning in to my blog.  As a fairly new blogger that was averaging 3-5 hits per day before Cinch, 400 in one day is so cool!  I hope I can help all of you stay motivated on your diets, just like you do for me! 

It is now Day 4 and I woke up feeling fabulous!  My average days starts at 5am, so I was a little worried how that would go after a very sluggish late start on Days 2 and 3, but I seem to have turned a corner and my body is adjusting to my new diet.  Our bodies are really amazing!  I even had the energy for a quick 15-minutes on my indoor trainer bicycle (I’m training for a 300-mile bike ride in July) before heading to work.  I’ll have to take a picture of that later for those that aren’t familiar with riding your bike indoors during the winter.

My cravings have all but disappeared, and that’s great because I’m surrounded by junk food now that I’m back at the office.  Between food shows (I work at Ruby Tuesday’s corporate office), supplier food gifts, and the various goodies everyone has brought in to clean out their kitchens, it’s a bit overwhelming!  I don’t want any of the junk, but I’m really ready for some grains!  I made some toast for my husband last night and was salivating.  I didn’t crave it at all until I was making it and reeeeeeaaally wanted a bite!  Wednesday’s waffle breakfast, the first meal post-detox, is going to taste amazing!  Oh, and I did run into a couple of new challenges at the grocery store.  I was supposed to buy dried cranberries that are naturally sweetened with fruit juice and non-fat ricotta cheese.  Neither of which is apparently carried at my super-Kroger , not even in the huge Organic section.  I’m going to sub fresh cherries for the cranberries and low-fat ricotta.

I’m going to attempt my normal Monday workout today without bonking: a weight-training circuit and 3-mile jog outside.  We’ll see how it goes . . .

Like my running shirt?  I love these shirts with funny little slogans.  They’re very motivating because I never want anyone to catch me walking when I wear them!  I picked up several different versions at the Disney Marathon.  You can click on the picture to see the store – One More Mile.  Anyway, today did involve some walking.  I’m not sure if it was the lack of calories / carbs or my new Reebok RunTone shoes, but it kicked my butt!  I ended up doing intervals of running / walking for 2.5 miles… still a decent workout.  I’ll have to give a RunTone shoes review later after I’ve used them a little longer.  Today was only my second workout with them and I did seem to be using muscles that I don’t normally feel. 

I’m off to have my 4th meal now while I watch my husband do P90x.  My turn to torture him by playing P90x referee; payback for eating all of my Cadbury eggs while I suffered through another plate of eggs and spinach!