Monthly Archives: January 2011

Challenge #4 – Day 9

I finally have my appetite back, (I don’t know whether that’s good or bad), but I didn’t do well with my resolution today. I was in a rush so I didn’t have much time to make good food for myself. Do you know what I’ve realized? Eating three meals really does make me less likely to pick at food. Today, I didn’t eat breakfast or lunch and I was pretty hungry even after dinner so I ended up having a second dinner and several cookies. I’m disappointed in myself.

Speaking of being disappointed, I had this beautiful picture in my head of what this blog would be. It isn’t anywhere near what I envisioned. I wanted to connect with lots of people and be interesting, but I’ve done neither of those things. I’m losing steam here.

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Challenge #4 – Day 6

I haven’t written in several days, but I have a legitimate reason for it. Anyway, let me go back to Thursday, which is the last day I worked. It was a normal day, pretty much. I actually felt like I did a really good job. My work provided pizza so I had two slices, I didn’t go overboard! I had breakfast, I had lunch and I had dessert.

Friday was a Hellish day. I try to get up around 9:30 or 10:00 AM when I’ve got to work. For some reason, I couldn’t get up, so I hit the snooze, slept until 11:30, decided to sleep some more, and then eventually got up at noon. When I got up, I knew something wasn’t right. I felt queasy. I hate calling into work, but I knew that this wasn’t normal. Thank God, I called into work. The rest of the afternoon wasn’t pretty. I’ll spare you the gory details and just tell you that I had some sort of stomach bug and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. I ended up eating lemon popsicles later on that night.

I started today off feeling much better (no chills, or cold sweat), but I just couldn’t eat like I normally do ( I suppose that’s a good thing!) so it was a good day for me. I’ve probably lost weight over these past few days but I can’t really give myself a pat on the back as it really wasn’t me doing the work, but mother nature.

Good night everyone, may you not get the stomach flu.

Challenge #4 – Day 3

Okay, so I can’t really say that I’m failing. I have been eating three meals each day and really, that’s what I resolved to do. However, I’m eating way too much. I don’t know if I should be beating myself up about it or if I should be happy that I’m eating three meals. Honestly, I’m not eating more than I usually eat.

The thing is, I want to eat less than I usually eat. I have several goals in mind that I’d like to succeed at while writing this blog. The goal that I really, really want to achieve is to lose weight. I feel like losing weight will bring about a number of positive changes to my life.

So, my dilemma is: how do I resist temptation and eat like a normal person? Please, let me know if you have any ideas, I’d like any advice you can give me.

Challenge #4 – Day 1

I was supposed to eat three meals per day today. I succeeded with that, however, I found myself over-indulging for dessert and for my late night snack. At work, I went to the pastry shop and bought myself another piece of chocolate cake. Then, I got home and I ate about ten crackers with pepper jack cheese on top.

I don’t know if you do this too, but if I slip up once during the day, I tend to just say “screw it” and then eat whatever is around me. “It’s okay, I’ll start tomorrow” I say. Then tomorrow comes and I slip up again and the cycle continues.

I’d like to learn to make a mistake and then get right back on track. If I continue the way I did today, then I’ll just be setting myself up for failure. Wish me luck for a better tomorrow!

Challenge #4

The Challenge: During this time period, I resolve to eat three meals per day.

The History: I can’t remember the last time I ate like I should on a regular basis. I want to eat like a normal person, that means breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a snack. Currently, my eating schedule is erratic. I work the 3-11:30 PM shift, so I tend to get up at 10 in the morning, watch some TV or use the computer while picking at some sort of convenient food. I go back to bed around 11 AM and sleep until about 12:30 or 1:00 PM. When I get up, I spend my time getting ready for work, and then I leave at 1:45 PM. On the way to work, I’ll stop at Dunkin’ and pick up a coffee, sometimes I’ll grab a donut or pastry to go with it. I’ll get to work at 2:30 and then I won’t eat until 7:30 PM. At that time, I’ll have one of my Lean Cuisines and maybe a bag of Fritos from the vending machine. If I get hungry while I’m working, I may stop at the shop that sells baked treats, like cookies, pastries, and cakes. When I finally get home at around 12:20, I usually fix myself a snack, like cookies or cheese and crackers.

The Reasons: I’ve heard that people who eat three meals per day, without skipping a meal, tend to be healthier than those who avoid certain meals or eat erratically, like myself. Think about it, when you skip meals, you’re body feels starved, so the next time you allow yourself to eat, you’ll most likely overeat. You will feel the need to shovel food into your mouth, mindlessly eating whatever is convenient.

The Benefits: Hopefully, this simple change to my diet will help me to lose weight and really gauge when I’m physically hungry as opposed to emotionally hungry. 

The Plan: This will be a bit difficult. For one thing, I’ll have to allow myself more time in the morning which means, I’ll have to wake up earlier just so I can eat. It’s always most difficult on the first day. As I progress, it will be much easier to adjust to this new schedule.

I’ve already completed the other part of this plan, and that part involved purchasing food. I went to the store last night and selected things that I could eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks.

The Time Period: I’d like to work on this challenge for two weeks.

 

Taken today: this is what I want to change.

 

 

Come Shopping With Me!

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Actually, please don’t. I’m one of those people who likes to shop alone. Shopping can be one of those great, girl-bonding activities for some people. As for myself, I don’t really care what you want to look at or try on. I want to go alone, look at something stupid for a long time; pick up something, put it back, then pick it up again; try clothes on without someone waiting for me; and most importantly, I don’t want to see how good you look in whatever you’ve picked out.

I love to go shopping, I did a lot of shopping this week with my Christmas gift cards. I have this obsession with cosmetics and nail polish. Fortunately, this year, I got a $100 gift card to Ulta! I went New Year’s Eve day and spent it all. I also went to Old Navy, Target, and Avenue. This trip to Avenue is in a way, connected to this blog and my next resolution.

Let me tell you about Avenue. It’s like Lane Bryant or Fashion Bug Plus. It’s a fat-girl store. I don’t want to have to shop at “plus-size” stores anymore. Don’t get me wrong, Avenue has very nice clothes. But I want to shop at normal stores, not stores that specialize in full-figured clothes.

Take J. Crew. J. Crew is my most favorite store of all time! I have boxes and boxes of sweaters and shirts from J.Crew in storage. I can’t wear them now, but I’m hoping that with this healthy lifestyle that I intend to work on, I’ll be able to fit into my J. Crew clothes again.  My brother got me a $100 gift card for Christmas. I’m hoping it’s motivation enough to work on my weight problem.

This leads me to my most recent shopping experience, my trip to Walmart last night. I have never been a huge Walmart fan. The place is just so crowded and disorganized and I don’t have much patience for long lines. However, last night I went to the local Super Walmart because they have amazing deals on groceries. I did really, really well. I purchased lots of food for my next challenge. It was such an exciting trip, I can’t wait to share my next resolution with you!