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Highs and Lows

Its been crazy this week- I am a teacher and we are doing national and state tests so no blogging. But I wanted to recap some of the good things I did this week, and things I could improve on:

Lows:
Ate a zillion calories on Friday
Forgot to read my reasons card
Missed the gym 3 days

Highs:
Brought healthy lunch every day
Went to the gym twice
Tracked food on Sparkpeople
Tried to eat more slowly
Didn’t take home leftovers
Rode horses

As long as the highs list is longer, woohoo!

During a window shopping expedition yesterday, I saw the siren call: So I suggested we go there, particularly since SIL had never gone.  “What’s the food like?” she asked.  “Delicious” was my one-word reply.

After being seated, I remembered that this was a good test- to enjoy the food, but to still eat moderate portions and make wise choices.  Instead of ordering the potstickers for myself, we split the egg rolls (not perfect, but better) and I had a bowl of hot and sour soup.  I’m sure that has calories galore, but it would help keep my portions smaller later.  I ordered shrimp with candied walnuts and the spicy green beans, with steamed brown rice.  I put exactly one serving spoon full of each on my plate, and tried to eat it with chopsticks.  This took me long enough so that I enjoyed the flavors and gave my stomach time to signal fullness.  I then had enough room to get the tiny dessert that was just perfect: And while I am sure I did damage- it was nothing like I used to do, ending up overfull and actually miserable.  I felt much more in control and pretty proud of myself.  And I have the best lunch today because of the leftovers!

Moral of the story:  all the tips the books tell you work, if you actually use them.  And smaller portions mean you can have more courses and enjoy more flavors!

Not a good start…

I have the perfect cake picked out for my birthday.  I found this masterpiece at Whole Foods and fell in love with it. The delicate pink roses and entwining vines created an instantaneous vision of a fabulous tea party, complete with little sandwiches and treats, clotted cream and jam on scones… a perfect excuse to start looking for a tea set…  Despite the weird looks (probably elicited from bizarre mumblings of tea set and jam),  I excitedly took a picture with my phone.  Why is this not a good start to my weight loss journey?  My birthday is not until September.