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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Well, this has been a rough day.
For the first time since I started really working on my diet and health issues, I have had a backslide.

When I started tracking my food in November, I promised myself that every day I would burn more calories than I ate. Even if I went over my calorie allowance for the day I would make sure that, between my BMR and exercise, I would still have a deficit by the time I crawled into bed for the night.

Well, this is the first time since Thanksgiving Day that I haven't ended the day with a caloric deficit. Seriously. I survived Christmas and a Hawaiian vacation without breaking my promise--and I wasn't depriving myself, either. I totally indulged in treats and yumminess, and made sure I enjoyed every bite. No guilt!

But today... oy. For some reason, I ate pretty much everything that got in my way today. Afternoon snacks at my desk, hot cocoa, a baguette the size of my thigh for lunch, it just went on and on. The killer though, was the tortilla chips. I've had a Costco (that is to say, ginormous) bag of tortilla chips sitting on the top of the fridge, unopened, for about 6 weeks. My sweetie opened it over the weekend, and BAM! It was suddenly irresistible! 1400 calories later, and nothing to show for it. They're not even all that yummy.

So here's how I rallied: At about 8:30 p.m., I also realized that I had zero minutes of exercise today. Mind you, it's like the coldest night of the winter so far, with a plummeting temp of 9 degrees and a bitter, bitter wind (yeah Minneapolis!). But I bargained for 10 minutes. Just 10 minutes to move myself and do what I could with the day as I had created it. Knowing full well I couldn't burn off the chips, I still plugged in the tunes and went for a walk.

I lasted for 20 minutes. OMG it's cold out there. :)

But I gotta say, that I felt 100% better when I got home. Better enough to know that this is only one day, and that there will be more like it. Better enough to pat myself on the back for losing 25 pounds so far. Better enough to smile as I threw the rest of the chips in the trash.

Tomorrow is another day, and another chance to do it right. Wish me luck. If I don't need it tomorrow, I'll store it up for another day when I do!

~A
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