Success! I was determined that this week would be the one where I got back on track and became a disciplined person again. I was through with holidays, vacations, and laziness. I planned to eat healthy, to stay within my calorie range, and to burn more calories than I took in. I was also going back to getting at least 8 glasses of water in. So far so good on all of that.
The work week started well on Tuesday. I logged my food and went to my classes. The total calories taken in - 1731, burned - 2923, so I burned 1192 calories more than I took in. I actually went to dinner with friends from dance that night at Ruby Tuesday and had steak, mashed potatoes, broccoli, and a beer. Ruby Tuesday has new Fit and Trim options on their menu that are all under 700 calories.
Wednesday went well also. It was Zumba day so I knew there would be a high calorie burn and I also had dance rehearsal for a performance. Even so, I did not go nuts. I was careful throughout the day and was even able to have two servings of parmesan crusted tilapia for dinner. Total calories in - 1702, total burned - 3124, burning 1422 calories more than taken in.
Today is yoga day so I will have to stay on track. While yoga is amazing for toning, health, flexibility, and strength, it does not burn a ton of calories. It has been something on which I have had to adjust my thinking. I am motivated by the fact that I see my body changing and I am so much stronger, so the calories burned are just a plus. Today my meals have been:
Breakfast - Bagel Thin sandwich with Laughing Cow Light Cheese, 2 strips bacon, fresh spinach leaves, coffee and cream. Total 309 calories.
Morning snack - Dole organic banana. 110 calories
Lunch - 2 Jennie-O Turkey burger patties, light american cheese, Arnold's Sandwich Thin, and edamame. Total 590 calories which is a little high for lunch but I will have about 600 calories left for the day which is easily doable.
After only a few days, I can already tell a difference in the way I feel. I think the key is the reduction of "white carbs". White potatoes, white rice, white pasta, and bread are all my "drug" of choice. I have not had hardly any bread except for my breakfast which is either multi-grain or whole wheat. I have not had rice or pasta at all and the small serving of mashed potatoes with my steak was the exception. I had to change my mindset last year when I started this process to get away from filling my plate with a protein, a starch, and a vegetable. I now serve myself a protein and at least one or more green vegetables. It works for me and on occasion, if I am craving pasta or rice, I do whole wheat pasta or brown rice, 1 serving only.
I really can tell a difference already and I know once again I can do this. Stay with me!