I can't believe it... I had almost finished writing a whole blog, when I accidentally closed the tab and lost it. I won't try to recreate the whole thing, but will keep it a bit shorter this time.
I was trying to blog daily, but my life really isn't that interesting, so I thought I'd try blogging weekly. A couple of supportive friends have reached out lately to see if I'm still on track. Thanks for the support, kind Friends - you know who you are!!
The good news is I'm still using the Nutrition Tracker to track everything I eat and drink daily. My exercise "Spark Streak" that I began on Dec. 30th is still going well. Even though I don't feel like getting "extra" exercise every day, I still do it and I ALWAYS feel better afterwards!!!
Where I've struggled is with calorie intake. On 3 days since Dec. 30th, I have gone over my calorie limit. One time was when I made a tracking mistake and thought I had used fewer calories than I really had. I tracked 'Salmon patties, Baked' instead of 'Salmon patties, FRIED,' which made a big difference and by the time I realized my mistake, I had already eaten more calories than I should. The other two days were when I was having GI distress and only wanted comforting foods (carbs) and beverages (sweet tea) and I went over my calories those days.
The first few weeks after I started these healthy changes (on Dec. 30th), I lost 6 lbs. fairly quickly, then I lost one more pound, but this past week, I only lost 6 ounces. I am a bit discouraged at this point. I know what I need to do - I need to stay within or under my calories goals!!! It is so easy to let extra calories "sneak in," especially when you're not feeling your best. I have to guard against this.
Today, I had already tracked Everything I was going to eat All day. THEN, as I was writing this blog, my husband asked me to go to Zaxby's for lunch with him today. ACK!!!! I've just spent time perusing their menu for healthy options. My lunch today WAS going to be a salad at home for a little over 300 calories. The lowest calorie option for a salad at Zaxby's is 530 calories (without Texas Toast) Before the dressing (their lite vinaigrette has 35 calories).
What to do, What to do???
If I go out to Zaxby's with him, it will mean I will have to eat less of the yummy homemade beef stew I'm cooking for dinner tonight.
Truthfully, I'd rather stay home, eat my low-cal salad for lunch and have a bigger portion of beef stew tonight, but I almost always say "No" when he asks me to go out, so I will go with him and have a small portion of beef stew tonight and maybe some more for lunch tomorrow.
One thing I know for sure, is that I don't want another day of going over my calories!!!
In the past, when I would go over my calories one day, I would say, "I've messed up, I've ruined everything, I may as well give up now." And I did. This time, I'm not doing that. If I mess up one day or break a Spark streak, then I'll start another streak and try to make it last longer than the one before. There's no need to give up just because I'm not perfect.
Thanks for reading. Writing this blog has helped me organize my thoughts and intentions and I'm grateful for that.
I wish each and every Spark member the VERY BEST on reaching ALL your goals!!!!