Sep 24, 2012

Manic Mondays: Weekend Recap

Ok people weekend recap time…Clifnotes version? I ate like a fat kid at a buffet L

Ok maybe it wasn’t THAT bad, but it still wasn’t that good either! It started on Friday night with happy hour festivities.  My plan to eat salad and grilled chicken went right out the window as soon as I had a beer in my hand.  I had chips (which I counted out a serving of onto my plate instead of eating mindlessly right from the bag, thankyouverymuch), I had a homemade soft pretzel that one of my girlfriends made (sooo good, and how could I say no to a home baked pretzel!?), and then I had pizza.  Oh and I had 5 beers! (But, they were Miller 64s, so it really wasn’t too bad calorie wise, just lowered my inhibitions for eating!)  I was pretty proud of myself on a very small level though, because I did track EVERYthing I put in my mouth that night, and while it wasn’t a number to write home about, an 1800 calorie net for the day isn’t the end of the world).


And then came Saturday..and the Sox/Baltimore game.  I did good with my “plan” for the most part, up until the end of the game.  We stopped at DD on the way up…black coffee and an veggie egg white flatbread for me, kept me under 300 calories for breakfast.  Then we stopped at a pizza joint before going into the game: everyone got pizza and a pitcher of beer.  Lame ass me got a salad and a bottle of water (I just had pizza and beer the night before!!)  We got to the game, and I still didn’t drink or eat anything else, but my sister lives in Boston and offered to meet us up for a drink after the game.  She ended up getting to the bar before the game was over (it went to 12 innings with an Orioles win, go O’s!), so I left right after the 11th inning to meet up with her and watch the rest of the game in the bar.  When I got there, she already had a beer waiting for me: Pumpkin Beer with a rim of Cinnamon and Sugar, YUM!!


I’m such a sucker for anything pumpkin this time of year, and she was buying, so who was I to turn down a FREE beer!?  She bought me another beer before the rest of the gang even got there, then we sat for dinner (and another beer!).  I had already done a salad for lunch, so I really wasn’t feeling another one for dinner.  I tried to be healthy by picking a Grilled Chicken Sandwich (but it came with bacon and avocado too!) and instead of regular fries I got sweet potato (I like to pretend those are healthy for me).  All in all, I have no idea how many calories I took in that day, because I stopped tracking after breakfast, which is not good at all.  The only saving grace I had that day was the fact that we parked really far away from Fenway, so we had like a 25 minute walk both ways.  Here's a few more pics from the game for your viewing pleasure:


Sunday wasn’t AS bad, but since I waitress at a breakfast diner, I’m around awesome food all morning that I really shouldn’t eat.  I had a bagel with cream cheese first thing in the morning (7:30 am) which keeps me pretty full until I’m done with my shift at 1pm.  We get free food at the end of our shift, and yesterday they had PUMPKIN PANKCAKES on special (See my previous comment about ANYTHING pumpkin this time of year!)  So I ordered that for breakfast, only ate 1 pancake and brought the rest home to the hubs (yay for self control!).  I did ok the rest of the day, then capped the weekend off with a pint of B&J’s Greek Fro-Yo…another food item I like to tell myself is “healthy” even though a pint of anything is not even close to healthy (But it’s fro-yo!! AND it’s GREEK!  Anyone? No? I digress).

 So there you have it, I fell off the wagon this weekend (well maybe my feet are just dragging off the side a little).  I did still go for a run yesterday (after being on my feet from 8 to 2!) and I continued to track my calories on MFP most of the weekend.  In the past, Friday night would have been A LOT more disastrous, and it would have meant and all on gorge-fest for the next 2 days, along with no exercise since I wouldn't see the point (I had already made the day a waste with eating, why bother!?).  I have to take pride in small victories here, because although I wasn’t perfect, I did exercise some self-control, and was a lot better than I have been on similar weekends in the past.  Now I have to deal with tonight, where we’re going up to The Big E after work…for those of you non-New Englanders out there, this is THE fall fair to go to in this area, and has the best damn food around.  They have things like fried Oreos and Crazy Burgers (um yeah, that’s a bacon cheeseburger with a Krispy Kreme donut for a bun!), so you can see where I’m headed with this one.  I’m going to try to keep in mind something I read recently about dessert…the last bite tastes the same as the first…slow down, split it with someone else, and let them take on most of the calories while you have just a taste.  We’ll see how that goes, but here’s hoping!


How did your weekend go? Any small victories to share?

Sep 21, 2012


Good morning loyal readers! (All six of you J)  So the weekend is upon us once again, and I’m going to start with a small recount from my morning that some of you may already have read..I’ve been getting up at 6AM Mon-Fri for the past 2 weeks to get a run in before work.  This morning, I just wasn’t feeling it…the days are getting shorter with Fall right around the corner, which means it’s now pitch black at 6 when I wake up…and cold too…and my bed looked so warm and cozy…but just when I was about to give up and crawl back into bed, hubs offered to go for a long walk with me instead (he can’t run since he had his meniscus removed from his knee last year).  We went for a 40 min walk that kept up a 4.0 mph pace, I was so proud of us, and so thankful for my hubby for keeping me moving! 

Ok enough sappy shit for the day…now for the weekend.  So tonight, we’re having some friends over to have a fire in the back yard with some drinks and pizza. This does not spell good news for my diet!  I have a plan though; I have some salad in my fridge, I grilled an extra piece of chicken last night, so I’ll eat that right when I get home (before the beer and pizza).  If I’m careful about my calories today, I can afford to have one or two slices of pizza (hopefully just 1) and a few drinks.  We’ll see, but so far having a plan has worked out well!


Tomorrow, we’re driving up to Boston to go to the Sox/Baltimore game (hubs is a big Baltimore fan). 
Here's us a few years ago at a game in Baltimore
We’re planning on getting lunch before the game, so the plan there is to get something healthy (I’m thinking salad with grilled chicken), and no alcohol…must stay motivated!! I keep thinking about my skinny jeans that I want to fit into for my 30th next Saturday, so I can’t give up now! (I should clarify that my skinny jeans are not the “style” skinny but rather the “milestone” skinny where I haven’t been able to fit into them in a long time…and fitting into them makes me feel like I’m making progress!)

So what about you ladies? What’s on tap for the weekend? Don’t forget to log you calories every day, even if it means you’re all starts with accountability!  Have a good weekend all!

Sep 10, 2012

Happy Monday

It’s not very often that I’m this happy on a Monday, but there are a few reasons I’m feeling good today.

For starters, Ashleigh over at Life in Bloom has featured my story along with 2 other lovely ladies!  Head on over and share the love!

 Next, I think I’m on a bit of an endorphin high; I got my lazy a$$ out of bed at 6am today and went for a run.  I’m on week 4 of the Couch 2k program, with hopes of running a 5k (without stopping to walk) on October 20th with my cousin.  I wasn’t feelin’ it this morning, but I’m doing pretty good right now.  I’ve mentioned it before, but I started an exercise challenge at work (starting today), with the goal being to work out 6 days a week for the next 10 weeks; the person who works out the most at the end wins 100 freakin bucks.  That’s motivation enough for me! Plus I’ll need some new jeans by that point, right? J

And lastly, I survived the weekend, including my all-day Saturday tailgate.  I had a plan, which I didn’t follow to a T, but it helped, and I snuck a peak at the scale yesterday, and I was actually down 0.2lbs. (OK not exactly a huge number but you bet you’re a$$ I was jumping for joy..these are days that usually result in a 5lb weight GAIN so I’m headed in the right direction!).  Here’s a few pictures from the game/tailgate, and yes, I got my drink on a 8 in the morning!

Here's to hoping the rest of the week goes this well!!

Sep 5, 2012

Happy Hump Day

Holy crap it’s Wednesday already!? These holiday weeks throw me off so much, I’m still in a daze from this weekend.  So New Hampshire went as expected…I ate like a fat kid at a buffet, and I’m sure my weight ballooned up to a ridiculous number (I’m holding off on stepping on the scale for this exact reason).  I tried really hard to offset my eating, I even went for a run with my hubby on Saturday morning, but the rest of the weekend was a full indulgence in drinking and eating everything in sight.  One of these days I’ll be able to balance this stuff but right now I just can’t.  On a lighter note, I convinced my cousin to sign up for a 5k with me on October 20th (it's called the "Love your Body 5k", how perfect is that!?) so I’m planning on using that date, along with the training I’ll have to do for it, as a big goal to get me back on the wagon. 
 I’ve also convinced my office to start an exercise challenge that will give me incentive to stick to my guns on getting healthy again!  So that’s it for now, maybe I’ll get a run in tonight in hopes that my weigh in on Friday isn’t as scary as I’m thinking it will be!

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