To get back to the topic of the day (food and exercise, what else is there?), things have been going great. And if I can hang on tonight and resist the incredibly powerful urge I'm feeling to eat a bowl of cereal (that I don't need), I'll be doing even better. Monday I went to the gym and rode the bike for 25 minutes. It's the first time since getting sick that I did my "normal" plan, 25 minutes on level 8. Whew, it was tough! I was sweating like crazy. After that I did chest/triceps/core. I'd forgotten my workout book and had to try and remember my routine. I remembered everything but dips. And I did too many pushups. Three sets, 12, 10 and 8 reps. Normally I do 10, 9, 8. Guess I need to do 12, 10, 8 from now on since I know I can. Overall my workout was good.
My eating (until this afternoon/evening) was very good. I've been especially motivated and tracking 100% of my food intake. Take a look at the dinner I made myself Tuesday evening.
|Black beans, quinoa, zucchini, avocado and pico de gallo...Yum!|
I've been on this roll of motivation until I made a tactical error with lunch today. Instead of my normal protein heavy lunch I had a relatively small amount of fried rice. Point heavy but protein light. I've learned that my body needs a good amount of protein to stay satisfied. That left me feeling like eating the rest of the afternoon. Well, that and being home. It's SO much easier to stay on track at work. I did my best to avoid food overload but I managed to tip myself into the red with Points. Even if I stay within my points tomorrow and do my normal workout I'll still finish the week -2. I honestly don't care about a measly two points, but I really don't want to make matters worse by eating a bowl of cereal tonight. I had a very satisfying dinner (chicken breast marinated in curry spices, quinoa, green beans and a bit of Miguel's white rice and avocado) but sometimes once the "eat, eat, eat" feeling gets going no amount of food seems to end it. I'm not eating the cereal. There. It's done, I've decided.
On a more positive note I am on the brink of "normal". My blog's tagline is "Follow along as I strive to be normal...on the BMI scale anyway". Well, all that striving is going to be a reality soon. Could be this week, maybe next, maybe the following...all I know is, it's close. And I'm feeling a sense of excited anticipation. When was the last time I was in the normal category for weight? Probably 15 years ago, maybe more. And that was a relatively short-lived time in my life. I've spent almost my entire life being overweight ("obese", actually) and have been on this current journey 5 years, 6 months and 8 days. Talk about sticking with it. And I'm being taunted by cereal? Sometimes I forget how determined I can be.