Hmm...where to begin...
This will probably be a long entry since it's been at least a month since I wrote last. So all of you in need of some sort of distraction (from studying maybe?), you're in luck!!
I have to start out by saying that I am SO excited and so proud of myself. Almost 2 weeks ago, I made a calendar to hang up on my wall as a sort of motivator to keep myself on track. My goal was to stay within my calorie range for 3 weeks before I went back home to the US. That might not seem like it's that hard, but it is for me. Not to play the pity card, but it's sooo hard being constantly surrounded by beer and bread (which I've come to realize make up about 90% of Irish people's diets), as well as friends who are STILL in the mindset that being in Ireland means we're on an extended vacation. Imagine that, will you? Being in a "vacation" mindset for months! I can understand thinking that way for a couple weeks, but certainly not for months at a time! I guess that's the reason I'm the only one who has lost weight since being here....but anyway, that's irrelevant. Back to my story. I decided about mid-week that going for 3 weeks without any sort of "cheating" would only lead me to completely binge when I got home, especially because I know my Mom and I just know she'll have a kitchen full of food waiting for me when I get home. So, I thought about it a lot and decided that I was going to have a "cheat meal." I don't really like that term, I don't think it should be deemed cheating to treat yourself from time to time... But anyway, I decided that on Saturday night (last night) I was going to get Chinese food with my girl friends. It sounds so crazy that I have to actually plan for things like that, but I know if I just did it on a whim I would end up blowing it by having like 4 desserts afterwards too. So, yesterday I woke up and went to the gym, ate just like I normally do every other day, and then went to dinner with the girls around 6. I ate my Chinese, loved every single bit of it, and actually felt ok about it! Granted, I did do extra cardio at the gym, but still...there was no guilt. I was seriously shocked. Normally I feel so guilty about indulgences that I feel like the only solution is making it worse by devouring everything in sight. Sounds crazy, right? Ya, well, that's what I've always done. But this time, I acted like a normal, healthy person! I was so proud of myself, I feel like it was a big step forward in my healthy lifestyle change. And to add onto it, I woke up this morning and have eaten all day just like normal. I haven't even worked out yet and I still don't feel guilty! Yippee!! Yay for being healthy!!
Speaking of going home...I go home in 9 days!! AHHH! I can't tell you how excited I am. Don't get me wrong, I love Ireland and I'm going to miss my friends here like I can't even describe...but there's just nothing like being home. And not to sound super American, but I miss my car! haha! How lame is that? It's true though, I do. Although I have realized the benefits of public transportation, I think I'll be a lot more inclined to take advantage of that at home from now on. But as far as wanting to get groceries goes, it's so much easier to just jump in the car and go as opposed to it being a day-long excursion.
OH. That reminds me. Something awesome happened today when I was at the store. Well it's always packed on Sunday's, so the lines at the check-out were just awful...I was trying to find the shortest one, and when I finally found a reasonable looking line, a family with this HUGE cart of groceries walked towards it too. Even though I was kind of in a hurry, I let them go in front of me. Right after that, one of the cashiers came up to me and said that they were opening up a new lane and that they could take me first! So I skipped all the lines and saved about 15 minutes of waiting! THEN, since I got out so much earlier than I thought, I ended up catching the earlier bus back to my apartment. All because I let someone cut me in line. I think I'll start being generous much more often! haha
Oook, that's enough for now. I'm off to cook dinner (chicken with salad!) and have a girls night with my girlies. Keep up the great work everyone, and have a wonderful Sunday!